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Thursday night football forecast



Games to watch

Tampa Bay Tech at Gaither, 7:30

Outlook: The biggest matchup is the Titans’ passing game going up against the Cowboys and their air-tight defense. Tampa Bay Tech quarterback David Wright, who threw for more than 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, has plenty of weapons around him, including four-star prospect Greg Gaines III and Jamari Gassett, who committed to Buffalo this summer. Gaither’s secondary is loaded, led by Jordan Oladokun (Iowa) and Jordan Young (Florida), both Division I-A commits.   

Pinko’s pick: Gaither by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Gaither 28-26

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Boca Ciega at Lakewood, 7

Outlook: This was a mismatch last year with the Spartans cruising to a 35-0 win. The outcome should be more competitive this time. The optimism stems from the number of returnees the Pirates have at the skill positions, including quarterback Taffery Peterman and running back Chris Phillips. Still, the key is going to be how well Boca Ciega’s offensive line does in containing Lakewood’s ferocious pass rush, something the Pirates were unable to do last year. 

Live stream: Fans can watch for free as part of Identity Tampa Bay’s Pinellas featured game of the night.

Pinko’s pick: Lakewood by 16

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood 21-20

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Bradenton Manatee at Plant City, 7

Outlook: This was a game the Raiders picked up early in the week. It also provides a much better gauge for Plant City’s high-octane offense, led by Oklahoma commit Mario Williams, to see where it stands against a consistent playoff contender. 

Pinko’s pick: Manatee by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Plant City 24-20

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Plant at Armwood, 7:30

Outlook: Normally, this would be one of the marquee matchups on any regular season schedule. Now it looks more like a mismatch. The Hawks, who won last year’s meeting 38-0, are sure to be testy after losing their opener a week ago to Bloomingdale. 

Pinko’s pick: Armwood by 28

Putnam’s prediction: Armwood 42-7

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The remaining schedule

Seminole at Dunedin, 7

Pinko’s pick: Seminole by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Seminole 22-20

PHU at Wharton, 7

Pinko’s pick: Wharton by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Wharton 28-7

Leto at Sickles, 7

Pinko’s pick: Sickles by 48

Putnam’s prediction: Sickles 42-7

Shorecrest at Bell Creek Academy, 7

Pinko’s pick: Shorecrest by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Shorecrest 14-13

Steinbrenner at Alonso, 7:30

Live stream: Fans can watch for free as part of Identity Tampa Bay’s featured Hillsborough game of the night.

Pinko’s pick: Steinbrenner by 34

Putnam’s prediction: Steinbrenner 31-6

Jesuit at Sarasota Booker, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Jesuit by 49

Putnam’s prediction: Jesuit 40-14

Hollins at Sarasota, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Sarasota by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Hollins 20-16

Jefferson at Middleton, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Jefferson by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Jefferson 37-20

Bayshore at Chamberlain, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Chamberlain by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Chamberlain 21-7

Blake at Sumner, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Sumner by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Sumner 21-13

Brandon at King, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: King by 20

Putnam’s prediction: King 20-6

Freedom at Spoto, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Freedom by 1 

Putnam’s prediction: Freedom 16-10

Haines City at Riverview, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Riverview by 35

Putnam’s prediction: Riverview 20-18

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Football: Friday night scoreboard



Final Tampa Bay Tech 21, Wharton 12

Final St. Petersburg Catholic 47, Bishop McLaughlin 15

Final Gibbs 50, Gulf 21

Final Countryside 28, Sunlake 7\

Final Berkeley Prep 49, New Orleans Newman 24

Final Zephyrhills Christian 30, Bradenton Christian 7

Final Boca Ciega 28, Seminole 21

Final Lakeland Christian 38, Calvary Christian 13

Final Clearwater 48, Tarpon Springs 7

Final Clearwater Central Catholic 56, Kissimmee Gateway 0

Final Northeast 21, Hollins 20

Final Sumner 14, Braden River 10

Final Legacy Charter 21, Indian Rocks Christian 14

Final Mount Dora Christian 48, Keswick Christian 0

Final Seffner Christian 62, St. Joseph Academy 16

Final Zephyrhills 35, Nature Coast 0

Final Largo 25, Sickles 7

Final Osceola 48, St. Petersburg 9

Final Steinbrenner 35, Chamberlain 21

Final Carrollwood Day 42, Cambridge Christian 7

Final Tampa Catholic 38, Winter Haven 0

Final Land O’ Lakes 36, Pasco 0

Final Jesuit 44, Blake 0

Final Armwood 41, Wiregrass Ranch 11

Final Palmetto 23, Bloomingdale 3

4th Q Alonso 52, Robinson 17

Final Plant City 31, Plant 24

Final Wesley Chapel 44, Hudson 6

Final Newsome 55, Riverview 7

Final Pinellas Park 46, Palm Harbor University 0

Final Fivay 27, Freedom 25

Final Bradenton Manatee 29, East Bay 13

Final Dunedin 48, Anclote 22

Final Spoto 46, Brandon 0

Final Durant 49, Middleton 6

Final Cypress Creek 43, Weeki Wachee 0

Final Lennard 33, Jefferson 31

Final Gaither 48, Leto 7

Final McCallie (Tenn.) 47, Clearwater Academy 14

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Football: FACA District 14 team announced



Here are the selections for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 14 team, which includes all Pinellas County schools. The picks were made by coaches who belong to the FACA.

Overall Coach of the year: Shawn Davis, Northeast

Overall Player of the year: D’Angelo Hutchinson, Northeast

Players of the year (by classification)

Class 8A: Luke Yoder, Palm Harbor University

Class 7A: Tre’son Everett, Largo

Class 6A: D’Angelo Hutchinson, Northeast

Class 5A: CJ Lee, Clearwater

Class 4A: Terrell Crosby, Lakewood

Class 3A: Preston Cushman, Calvary Christian

Class 2A: Anthony Weaver, Keswick Christian

IND: Cortland Mitchell, Osceola

Coaches of the year (by classification)

Class 7A: Marcus Paschal, Largo

Class 6A: Shawn Davis, Northeast

Class 5A: Thor Jozwiak, Clearwater

Class 4A: Cory Moore, Lakewood

Class 3A: Chris Harvey, Clearwater Central Catholic

Class 2A: Phil Hayford, Keswick Christian

IND: Cody Montgomery, Osceola



QB Anthony Colandrea, Jr., Lakewood

QB Aidan MacLean, Sr., Clearwater

RB Lenwood Sapp Jr., Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic

RB Luke Yoder, Jr., Palm Harbor University

RB Terrion Williams, Sr., Pinellas Park

RB Jaden Griffin, Sr., Countryside

WR Amari Niblack, Sr., Lakewood

WR Nate Johnson, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic

WR Eric Jackson, Sr., Pinellas Park

TE Wyatt Stiehl, Sr., East Lake

C Tyrek Tripp, Jr., Clearwater

C Jacob Johanning, Sr., Pinellas Park

OL Preston Cushman, Sr., Calvary Christian

OL Connor Homa, Sr., Palm Harbor University

OL Aaron Sanez, Sr., Clearwater

OL Franklin Miller, Sr., Northeast

K Robert Gunn III, Sr., Pinellas Park

UTIL CJ Lee, Sr., Clearwater


DL Jack Hostetler, Sr., East Lake

DL Maikeli Tuinakauvadra, Sr., Osceola

DL Jaylan Anderson, Sr., Northeast

DL Deondre Randall, Sr., Largo

LB Garrick Ponder, Sr., Pinellas Park

LB Melvin Jordan, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

LB Adarius Hayes, So., Largo

LB Anthony Weaver, Sr., Keswick Christian

CB Terrell Crosby, Sr., Lakewood

CB London Hall, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

SS Jaeden Atkins, Sr., Calvary Christian

FS D’Angelo Hutchinson, Sr., Northeast

P Logan Gregory, Sr., Countryside

UTIL Jordan Jiminez, Sr., Pinellas Park

UTIL Sammy Miller Jr., Jr., Gibbs

LS Mac Wiand, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

LS Liam Holden, Jr., St. Petersburg

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FNF Campus Tour Preview: Pinellas Park at PHU



Pinellas Park (6-1) at Palm Harbor University (3-4), 7

Three things to know

Pound the rock

Both teams have strong rushing attacks. Palm Harbor University’s ground game is led by Luke Yoder, whose father is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Todd Yoder. The younger Yoder currently leads the Tampa Bay area and ranks fourth overall in the state with 1,271 yards so far this season. Pinellas Park is more diversified in its approach. Isaiah Hampton (780 yards) and Terrion Williams (652 yards) are the Patriots’ top two leading rushers. 

Trap game

Pinellas Park is tied with Northeast for second place in Class 6A, District 11 and needs a win against Boca Ciega on Oct. 29 to force a three-way tie at the top of the standings. Before the Patriots can worry about playoff implications, they have to focus on Palm Harbor University. After starting 1-3, the Hurricanes have lost three straight and dropped out of contention for the 8A, District 11 title. That relegated Palm Harbor University to playing the role of spoiler the remainder of the season. 

Check out the FNF Campus Tour

The Friday Night Football Campus Tour, presented by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a free, interactive event that includes games and prizes for all fans, including the opportunity to get Tampa Bay Buccaneers swag. A 15-foot-tall replica of the NFL’s Super Bowl trophy is on display at each stop.. Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear, the Bucs’ mascot, also will be in attendance.   

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