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Scoreboard

Gaither 34, Tampa Bay Tech 14

Bradenton Manatee 32, Plant City 27

Lakewood 40, Boca Ciega 6

Armwood 45, Plant 7

Wharton 7, PHU 3

Steinbrenner 50, Alonso 7

Jesuit 46, Sarasota Booker 0

Sumner 7, Blake 6

Chamberlain 47, Bradenton Bayshore 0

Seminole 28, Dunedin 6

Sickles 41, Leto 6

Jefferson 6, Middleton 0

Sarasota 42, Hollins 27

Riverview 40, Haines City 0

Spoto 21, Freedom 6

Prime time teams

Gaither (2-0): The Cowboys, who took over the top spot in the Prime Time 15 for Hillsborough County, faced its toughest test of the season against Tampa Bay Tech. It turned out to be no contest. Gaither won 34-14 to remain undefeated.

Sumner (2-0): Starting a program from scratch was not the easiest thing to do for the Stingrays, who had no spring football and only two months of summer conditioning to put together a team because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. No matter. Sumner battled through the adversity and has made some by winning their first two games in their inaugural season. 

Seminole (2-0): The Warhawks are 2-0 for the first time since 2002 after knocking off Northeast 28-6. Defense has been the key to Seminole’s fast start. In two games, the Warhawks have allowed a combined 12 points. 

Lakewood (2-0): The Spartans proved they are the top team in Pinellas County by dismantling Boca Ciega 40-6. Scoring came in all facets with Lakewood getting touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. 

Wharton (2-0): It was not pretty but the Wildcats found a way to pull through by blocking a punt for a touchdown to beat Palm Harbor University 7-3 and remain undefeated in coach Mike Williams’ first season with the program.

Jesuit (3-0): Throughout Matt Thompson’s tenure, the Tigers became a state title contender by relying on a smothering defense. Now, it’s the offense making most of the headlines. Jesuit has scored a combined 109 points during its perfect start — 46 coming in a shutout over Bradenton Bayshore on Thursday. 

Armwood (1-1): The Hawks bounced back from last week’s heartbreaking loss to Bloomingdale by routing rival Plant 45-7 to get back to .500. 

Prime time performers

RB Deon Silas, Sr., Steinbrenner: The Iowa State commit ran for five touchdowns to help the Warriors get back on track with a 56-7 win over Alonso. 

DB Aumhryaun Brown, Sr., Lakewood: The enforcer in the Spartans secondary finished with tackles, picked off a pass and recovered a fumble in the win over Boca Ciega. 

QB Kiael Kelly, Sr., Gaither: The Ball State commit threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Cowboys win over Tampa Bay Tech.

WR/DB Jamal Jones, Sr., Armwood: The versatile playmaker had two touchdown receptions, scored on a punt return and picked off a pass in the win over Plant.  

LB Trey Trimble, Sr., Seminole: In the third quarter, he scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown to put the exclamation point in a blowout over Dunedin. 

QB Joe Pesansky, Sr., Jesuit: This becoming a common occurrence. The transfer from Virginia threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a win over Sarasota Booker. It should be noted that backup Luke Knight also accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).

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Sydney Stout reaches 100 touchdown passes — this season

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Robinson quarterback Sydney Stout reached an impressive milestone with her 100th touchdown pass on Monday.   

That is not a career mark.

Stout reached that total this season.

The senior already had shattered the flag football single-season state record of 79 touchdown passes and entered the Class 2A region final needing just three touchdowns to hit triple digits. 

No problem. 

Stout threw four touchdown passes — in the first half. 

She added another in the second half to give her 102, a number that will continue to grow. 

After all, the Knights beat Lecanto 34-0 in the region final. Robinson, which has won state titles in five of the past six seasons (the 2020 season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic), advances to the state semifinals on Friday. Stout could end up playing in two more games if the Knights keep their state title streak intact. 

And there’s a good chance of that happening considering Robinson has outscored foes by a combined 816-50 this year.  

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Former PHU/UCF star Jacob Harris goes to Rams in 4th round

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Jacob Harris, a former star at Palm Harbor University and Central Florida, was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Rams.

Harris, a former soccer standout who did not start playing organized football until senior year at Palm Harbor University, has gone through a meteoric rise to become a sleeper pick in this year’s draft.

He started off as a walk-on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF. For the past two seasons, Harris was a dependable receiver for the Knights. As a senior, he had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns.

Harris’ most memorable game came against USF this past season when he had five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns.

With the Rams, Harris will join former East Lake star Tyler Higbee in a group of tight ends that features plenty of locals.  

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The local list of potential NFL picks

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The NFL Draft concludes Saturday. Plenty of locals have the potential to be picked. Below is the list of former area stars who could hear their name called. All were either on mock drafts or were selected to an all-star game or NFL Combine. 

Photos courtesy of UCF Athletics

TE Jacob Harris, Palm Harbor University/UCF

Harris, a former soccer standout who did not start playing organized football until senior year at Palm Harbor University, has gone through a meteoric rise to become a sleeper pick in this year’s draft. He started off as a walk-on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF. For the past two seasons, Harris was a dependable receiver for the Knights. As a senior, he had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns. Harris’ most memorable game came against USF this past season when he had five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns. 

OL Shane McGough, Gaither/Florida International

The younger brother of former Gaither and FIU quarterback Alex McGough redshirted as a freshman before becoming a consistent starter on the Panthers’ offensive line. He was an all-Conference USA honorable mention selection in 2018 and 2020. This past season, McGough started in four of FIU’s five games as a center.  

WR Antonio Nunn, Jefferson/Buffalo

Nunn, a dynamic deep threat at Jefferson, redshirted his first season at Buffalo before rocketing up the depth chart. He started every game the past two seasons, finishing with a combined 86 catches for 1,271 yards and eight touchdowns. Nunn was a third-team all-MAC selection in 2019 and second-team selection this past season. 

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WR Whop Philyor, Plant/Indiana

A first-team, all-state selection at Plant, Philyor became Indiana’s most dependable receiving target during his college career. He finished with 2,316 all-purpose yards (2,067 receiving, 134 rushing, 66 kick return, 49 punt return) in 38 games (22 starts).Philyor also is the Hoosiers’ s all-time leader in double-digit catch games (7), ranks fourth in receptions (180), fourth in 100-yard games (7), ninth in yardage (2,067) and is tied for 16th in touchdowns (12). He capped off his career by setting a Big Ten bowl and Outback Bowl record with 18 receptions for 81 yards. 

DL Justus Reed, CCC/Virginia Tech

A first-team, all-state selection, Reed led Clearwater Central Catholic to its only state final appearance as a senior in 2013. He started out at Florida before spending three seasons at Youngstown State. This past season, Reed transferred to Virginia Tech as a graduate student. He started in 10 of the Hokies’ 11 games, finishing with 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks.  

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DB K.J. Sails, East Bay/USF

A highly touted high school recruit, Sails spent his first three years in college at North Carolina before transferring to USF. As a junior, he led the Bulls in interceptions with three and recorded 22 tackles this past season. Sails gained notoriety this past summer when he organized a unity walk during the social justice movement that was attended by about 400 teammates, coaches, administrators and community members.  

Oregon's Jordon Scott/Photo credit: Oregon Athletics
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DL Jordon Scott, Pinellas Park/Oregon

The three-star high school prospect originally committed to Florida before signing with Oregon. He immediately became a force on the Ducks’ defensive line, earning FWAA freshman all-America honors in 2017. Scott opted to return to Oregon as a senior rather than turn pro and helped the Ducks reach the Pac-12 title game for the second straight season. 

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TE Pro Wells, Hollins/Texas Christian

As a senior at Hollins, Wells had a breakout season, finishing with 31 catches for 952 yards and five touchdowns. He played at Milford Academy and Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he became the No. 4 JUCO tight end in the nation. After redshirting in 2018 at Texas Christian, Wells turned a reliable red-zone target and led the team in touchdown receptions each of the past two seasons. 

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