Friday night football forecast

General

Games to watch

Largo at Clearwater, 7

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Outlook: Both teams lost their opener and need a win over their rival to avoid an 0-2 start. There is plenty of incentive for the Tornadoes, who have lost three straight in the series. That success gives the Packers some confidence. The key will come down to which offense is more careful with the football. Last week, both teams had critical turnovers that resulted in big momentum swings. .

Pinko’s Pick: Clearwater by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 28-20

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Pinellas Park at Mitchell, 7:30

Outlook: It all comes down to the run game. The Patriots, who operate out of the wing-T, are proficient with their rushing attack. This is what the Mustangs have to stop. Last year, Mitchell was unable to do it, allowing Pinellas Park to run for more than 400 yards in a win. The Mustangs might be better equipped to do that this year. 

Pinko’s pick: Pinellas Park by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Mitchell 21-20

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Clearwater Central Catholic at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Outlook: After meeting in the preseason the past three years, the two teams decided to square off when it counted, mostly because they needed to fill out an empty week on their schedules. The Bulls have the edge in experience, especially with the return of quarterback Rocco Becht, who looked sharp in the season-opening win over St. Petersburg. The Marauders, meanwhile, are going through some growing pains. 

Pinko’s pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Wiregrass Ranch 27-23 

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East  Lake at Sunlake, 7:30

Outlook: A matchup between a pair of 0-1 teams trying to get back on track. The Seahawks have to improve in the secondary to win. Last year, Sunlake gave up five touchdowns to Matt Trotto in a loss. Trotto has graduated so the Eagles will turn to a trio of quarterbacks — Jake Bechtel, Mark Brady and Aidan MacLean. 

Pinko’s pick: East Lake by 21

Putnam’s prediction: East Lake 31-14

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Hudson at Fivay, 7:30

Outlook: The backyard brawl has been dominated by Fivay the past two years. To reverse that trend, the Cobras will rely on Brian Lindsay, who did a little bit of everything in the season-opening win against Anclote (125 yards rushing and an interception on defense).

Pinko’s pick: Fivay by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Fivay 24-13

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The remaining schedule

Bishop McLaughlin at Bronson, 7

Pinko’s pick: Bishop McLaughlin by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Bishop McLaughlin 28-21

Cambridge Christian at Trenton, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Cambridge Christian by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Cambridge Christian 27-21

Clearwater Academy at Mosley, 7

Pinko’s pick: Clearwater Academy by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater Academy 31-10

IMG White at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Pinko’s pick: IMG White by 21

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg Catholic 28-26

Gulf at Anclote, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Anclote by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Anclote 30-6

Keswick Christian at Indian Rocks Christian, 7

Pinko’s pick: Indian Rocks Christian by 28

Putnam’s prediction: Keswick Christian 20-17

North Florida Educational at American Collegiate, 7

Pinko’s pick: American Collegiate by 29

Putnam’s prediction: American Collegiate 34-6

Osceola at Countryside, 7

Pinko’s pick: Countryside by 35

Putnam’s prediction: Countryside 38-13

Pasco at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Pasco by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Pasco 14-12

Tarpon Springs at River Ridge, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: River Ridge by 49

Putnam’s prediction: River Ridge 56-7

Robinson at Gibbs, 7

Pinko’s pick: Robinson by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Robinson 31-14

Seffner Christian at Calvary Christian, 7

Pinko’s pick: Seffner Christian by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Calvary Christian 28-21

Strawberry Crest at Lakeland Kathleen, 7:30

Pinko’s pick: Kathleen by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Kathleen 35-7

Tampa Bay Christian at Lakeside Christian, 7

Pinko’s pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Lakeside Christian 27-13