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Berkeley Prep at Jesuit, 7:30

Outlook: The most interesting storyline is Buccaneers coach Dominick Ciao returning to play the Tigers for the first time since his departure in 2002. This is Berkeley Prep’s first game. The lengthy layoff could be a major factor considering Jesuit has already played three games. 

Pinkos’ pick: Jesuit by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Jesuit 24-10

Which team will win?
Which team will win?
Which team will win?

Plantation American Heritage at Clearwater, 7

Live stream: Fans can watch for free at Identity Tampa Bay (Friday Night Prime Time).

Outlook: The Tornadoes are not afraid to play anyone. This game is proof of that. Clearwater added the state powerhouse earlier this month to fill out a schedule that is among the toughest in the state. After all, the first six games on the Tornadoes’ schedule are all against teams that made the playoffs a year ago. 

Pinkos’ pick: American Heritage by 24

Putnam’s prediction: American Heritage 27-20

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Which team will win?
Which team will win?

Bloomingdale at Tampa Bay Tech, 7:30

Outlook: The Titans passing game will be tested once again. This time Tampa Bay Tech quarterback David Wright faces a secondary that includes three players who have already committed to colleges — Philip Riley (Notre Dame), Britton Pascoe (North Dakota State) and Jayden Williams (FAU). 

Pinkos’ pick: Bloomingdale by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Bloomingdale 21-14

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Which team will win?
Which team will win?

Wiregrass Ranch at River Ridge, 7:30

Outlook: Two of the top three teams in Pasco County square off. The Bulls have some incentive, especially after losing to Clearwater Central Catholic last week. The Royal Knights, meanwhile, are looking for some payback after losing last year’s meeting 35-7. Expect a low scoring game between two stingy defenses. 

Pinkos’ pick: Wiregrass Ranch by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Wiregrass Ranch 20-13

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Which team will win?
Which team will win?

The remaining schedule

Hillsborough at Armwood, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Armwood by 27

Putnam’s prediction: Armwood 34-14

Cypress Creek at Mitchell, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Mitchell by 54

Putnam’s prediction: Mitchell 35-13

Tampa Catholic at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Tampa Catholic by 49

Putnam’s prediction: Tampa Catholic 35-16

Lakewood at Braden River, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Lakewood by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood 28-20

Sebring at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Sebring by 6

Putnam’s prediction: CCC 14-6

Plant at Sickles, 7:30 

Pinkos’ pick: Plant by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Sickles 21-20 

Boca Ciega at Seminole, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Boca Ciega by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Boca Ciega 27-14

Central at Nature Coast, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Nature Coast by 35

Putnam’s prediction: Nature Coast 49-14

Calvary Christian at IMG White, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Calvary Christian by 1 

Putnam’s prediction: Calvary Christian 28-21

Carrollwood Day at Fort White, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Carrollwood Day by 1

Putnam’s prediction: Carrollwood Day 24-20

Northeast at Osceola, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Northeast by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Northeast 21-7

Weeki Wachee at Citrus, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Citrus by 16 

Putnam’s prediction: Citrus 35-20

East Lake at Palatka, 7

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: East Lake 34-7 

Sumner at Strawberry Crest, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Sumner by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Sumner 17-6

Spoto at Jefferson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Jefferson by 31

Putnam’s prediction: Jefferson 49-0

Fivay at Anclote, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Fivay by 31

Putnam’s prediction: Fivay 42-21

East Bay at Durant, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Durant by 10

Putnam’s prediction: East Bay 14-13

Largo at Palmetto, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Palmetto by 38

Putnam’s prediction: Palmetto 28-16

Crystal River at Hernando, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hernando by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Hernando 27-18

Hollins at Pasco, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hollins by 8

Putnam’s prediction: Hollins 21-13

King at Blake, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: King by 1

Putnam’s prediction: Blake 13-12 

Middleton at Brandon, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Middleton by 38

Putnam’s prediction: Middleton 35-6

Wesley Chapel at Hudson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Wesley Chapel 17-13 

Robinson at Freedom, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Robinson by 39

Putnam’s prediction: Robinson 45-6

Alonso at Lennard, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Lennard by 32

Putnam’s prediction: Lennard 42-6

Cambridge Christian at Evangelical Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Cambridge by 31

Putnam’s prediction: Cambridge 38-14 

Santa Fe Catholic at Keswick Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Santa Fe by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Keswick Christian 21-16

Bishop McLaughlin at Seven Rivers Christian, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Bishop McLaughlin by 15

Putnam’s prediction: Bishop McLaughlin 28-14

Zephyrhills Christian at Crescent City, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Zephyrhills Christian by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills Christian 24-14

Seffner Christian at NFEI, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Seffner Christian by 32

Putnam’s prediction: Seffner Christian 30-13

Lakeside Christian at Shorecrest, 7

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Lakeside 20-14 

American Collegiate at Jordan Christian Prep

Pinkos’ pick: American Collegiate by 20

Putnam’s prediction: American Collegiate 31-10

Bell Creek Academy at All Saints’ Academy, 7

Pinkos’ pick: All Saints by 48

Putnam’s prediction: All Saints 35-21

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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.  

Photo courtesy of USF Athletics

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. 

Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics Communications

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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