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High school football predictions, Week 5

One of our staff writers thinks Lakewood’s shutout streak ends tonight.
quarterback Greg Spann II (No. 1) and Lakewood take on Braden River at home tonight. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]
Published Sep. 20

Our staffers’ predictions for the games we’re covering in Week 5.

Steinbrenner at Hillsborough, 7:30

Rodney Page: Steinbrenner 21-19

Bob Putnam: Steinbrenner 35-21

Clearwater Academy at American Collegiate, 7:30

Rodney Page: Clearwater Academy 40-7

Bob Putnam: Clearwater Academy 42-21

River Ridge at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Rodney Page: Wiregrass Ranch 24-21

Bob Putnam: Wiregrass Ranch 28-14

Land O’Lakes at Sunlake, 7:30

Rodney Page: Sunlake 17-16

Bob Putnam: Sunlake 21-13

Wildwood at Hernando, 7:30

Rodney Page: Hernando 28-7

Bob Putnam: Hernando 21-20

Pasco at Dixie Hollins, 7

Rodney Page: Pasco 21-14

Bob Putnam: Dixie Hollins 27-21

Chamberlain at Armwood, 7:30

Rodney Page: Armwood 45-14

Bob Putnam: Armwood 28-6

Bloomingdale at Plant, 7:30

Rodney Page: Plant 27-23

Bob Putnam: Bloomingdale 24-20

Durant at Newsome, 7:30

Rodney Page: Newsome 23-21

Bob Putnam: Newsome 28-16

Tarpon Springs at East Lake, 7:30

Rodney Page: East Lake 42-0

Bob Putnam: East Lake 56-0

Braden River at Lakewood, 7:30

Rodney Page: Lakewood 35-7

Bob Putnam: Lakewood 28-0

Palmetto at Largo, 7:30

Rodney Page: Palmetto 18-16

Bob Putnam: Largo 14-13


  1. Tre'von Riggins, a University of Miami commit, has been a force for the Lakewood defense since he transferred from IMG Academy. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The “Duke Energy Boys” have helped drive an unbeaten season, not giving up a touchdown in seven games.
  2. Mitchell quarterback Ezra Brennan has already surpassed 2,000 yards passing this season. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
    The learning curve isn’t too steep for the first-year Mustangs starter, whose unflappable nature can be traced to the other sport he excels in — baseball.
  3. Indiana wide receiver Whop Philyor of Plant High makes a move around Northwestern defensive lineman Joe Gaziano on Nov. 2  in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 34-3. DOUG MCSCHOOLER  |  AP
    Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota have become feel-good stories in college football this season, with coaches and players who have roots locally.
  4. Clearwater Central Catholic's Zac Elam says that one of the offensive line's strengths is that "we’re really close as a group." DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
    While often inconspicuous, the Marauders’ offensive line knows its value this season.
  5. Nature Coast's Dedric Hall does a little bit of everything for the Sharks, which is why they're in the second round of the playoffs. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    The junior can burn you in the running game. He’s nifty in the passing game. And if you’re not careful, he’ll pick off your quarterback, too.
  6. Admiral Farragut's Martel Mott takes off after intercepting a pass by Cambridge Christian's Titan Williamson during the teams' Sept. 13 regular-season matchup. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    One thing is certain in the playoffs under the new format: rematches from the regular season.
  7. Not only is Riverview's Alyssa Hendrix a two-times state champ in cross country, but her latest title follows two earlier this year in state track. Hendrix, pictured here from the spring, won the 3,200- and 1,600-meter titles in May. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The final tally: Two individual champs, three team champs and a host of individual medalists.
  8. Clearwater Central Catholic’s Jordan Niles, right, hugs Calvary Christian’s Richie Ilarraza after the Marauders’ playoff win. Niles is a former Calvary player. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    Sunday Morning QB: Clearwater Central Catholic, Steinbrenner and Chamberlain are just a few of the standouts in the region quarterfinals.
  9. Plant senior Birdie Frierson, here in a match earlier this postseason, says on Saturday the Panthers "were just a little bit off. The serves were just a little bit off. The sets were just a little bit off. Nothing felt like ‘This is it. This is our point.’ It was that kind of day.” SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Both Tampa teams sustain road losses in the state semifinals.
  10. The region quarterfinals started Friday night for teams around Tampa Bay. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The Packers, missing a few playmakers while a few more take their lumps Friday, shut out Countryside.