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PTP 15: Football rankings for Hillsborough County

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1. Gaither (2-0)

Up next: at Fivay

Last spot: No. 1 

After beating Tampa Bay Tech by 20 points two weeks, the Cowboys started to get some national exposure. They are ranked No. 35 in the nation and No. 6 overall in the state by MaxPreps. Against the Titans, Kiael Kelly accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and Ricky Parks added two scores on the ground. The defense applied the pressure with five sacks, including two by Mario Eugenio and Willie Jackson Jr. Gaither, which was idle this past week, has a great shot to be undefeated when it faces Armwood on Oct. 23. After all, the Cowboys’ next four opponents are a combined 2-4. 

2. Bloomingdale (2-0)

Up next: at Plant City

Last spot: No. 2 

The Bulls did not just knock off two of the area’s top teams, Armwood and Tampa Bay Tech, to start the season. They did it with a flair for the dramatic. Against the Hawks in the season opener, Bloomingdale’s Philip Riley returned a kickoff in the fourth quarter to cap off the rally in a 15-14 victory. That was nothing compared to this past week. Down 22-0 in the third quarter to TBT, the Bulls mounted a furious comeback that ended when Tre Simmons lofted a 33-yard touchdown to Agiye Hall on the final play of regulation for a wild 25-22 win. Hall, an Alabama commit, got into position before outleaping three other defenders for the game-ending catch. 

3. Armwood (2-1)

Up next: at Wiregrass Ranch 

Last spot: No. 3 

Week by week, the Hawks keep getting better. After a frustrating one-point loss to Bloomingdale in the season opener, Armwood has won its past two by a combined 101-17. The latest rout (56-10) came against Hillsborough. Cam’Ron Ransom threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more. The special teams and defense also contributed with scores. 

4. Jesuit (4-0)

Up next: vs. Chamberlain

Last spot: No. 4 

Sure, the Tigers won by double digits to remain undefeated. But the 25-14 victory over Berkeley Prep was a struggle. Jesuit had to overcome four turnovers and rally from a 14-0 second quarter deficit. Joe Pesansky showed his resolve, throwing for 205 yards. So did the running game, which grinded out 183 yards, including 112 and two scores from Joquez Smith. 

5. Tampa Catholic (3-0)

Up next: vs. Berkeley Prep 

Last spot: No. 7

The Crusaders have been dominant, winning their first three games by a combined 113-14. Last week, the offense showed some balance in a 35-7 victory over Zephyrhills. Xavione Washington threw for 201 and three touchdowns, all to AJ Williams. Tampa Catholic also ran for 341. Raphael Ekechi had the biggest night with 160 yards and a touchdown on the ground.  

6. Plant City (1-1)

Up next: vs. Bloomingdale

Last spot: No. 6

The Raiders were idle last week, giving them more time to prepare for one of their toughest tests of the season. Plant City’s offense, which is averaging 35 points per game, will go up against a Bloomingdale secondary that ranks among the area’s best. The game also is matchup between two of the best receivers in the country, the Raiders Mario Williams (an Oklahoma commit) and the Bulls’ Agiye Hall (Alabama). 

7. Tampa Bay Tech 1-2)

Up next: at East Bay: 

Last spot: No. 5

For just more than a half, everything went right for the Titans against Bloomingdale. David Wright threw a pair of touchdown passes. Rod Gainey returned a kickoff for a score. The defense was stifling. The result was a 22-point lead. Then things began to unravel. A once insurmountable lead started to slip away until eventually it was gone after a desperation heave on the final play resulted in Bulls touchdown. Though Tampa Bay Tech lost 25-22, it can take consolation in knowing it stayed with one of the area’s best teams until the end. 

8. Berkeley Prep (0-1)

Up next: at Tampa Catholic

Last spot: No. 8 

It would be tough to drop the Buccaneers. They played their first game this past week and gave unbeaten Jesuit everything it could handle before wearing down in the second half of a 25-14 loss. Gavin Rupp threw for two touchdown passes and an opportunistic defense picked off four passes. The schedule does not get any easier with Berkeley Prep with another undefeated rival, Tampa Catholic, on Friday. 

9. Newsome (1-0)

Up next: vs. Riverview

Last spot: No. 9

COVID-related issues forced the Wolves to remain idle for the last two weeks. They return this week to face Riverview. The running game, which averaged 5.2 yards per carry in a season-opening win over Durant, could have continued success against a Riverview team that gave up more than 500 yards on offense to Plant City in the opener.

10. Chamberlain (1-1)

Up next: at Jesuit

Last spot: No. 10

The Chiefs, who were idle last week, return to face one of their biggest nemesis. Last year, Chamberlain lost twice by double digits to Jesuit, including the Class 5A region final. To reverse the outcome, the Chiefs likely rely on the running of Antony Guzman, who more than 100 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Bradenton Bayshore two weeks ago.  

11. Steinbrenner (1-1)

Up next: vs. Plant (Oct. 9)

Last spot: No. 11

The Warriors’ game against Newsome was cancelled two weeks ago and they are on bye weeks, giving them plenty of time to prepare for a pivotal showdown with Plant. Last season’s win in the series was a historic one for Steinbrenner. Not only was it the first the program had ever beaten the Panthers but it also marked the first time Plant had lost a district game in 14 years.  

12. Jefferson (2-0)

Up next: vs. Hillsborough

Last spot: No. 13 

The defense reached the end zone almost as many times as the offense in last week’s 53-0 win over Spoto. Eric Felder returned interceptions for touchdowns and CJ Lewis added two more defensive scores. Jefferson is adept at keeping opponents out of the end zone, too. The Dragons have shut out their first two opponents, though that streak will be tough to maintain this week against Hillsborough. 

13. Hillsborough (0-1)

Up next: at Jefferson

Last spot: No. 12

After spending two weeks in quarantine, the Terriers opened their season by playing defending state semifinalist Armwood. The rust showed in a 56-10 loss. Hillsborough will try to regroup against Jefferson, a team the Terriers have beaten in each of the past seasons. 

14. Robinson (3-0)

Up next: vs. Sarasota Booker

Last spot: No. 14

The Knights have already equaled last year’s win total. Myron Thomas threw for three touchdowns and Arkese Parks had 118 yards of offense (62 rushing, 56 receiving) and added three more scores in a win over Freedom that helped Robinson stay perfect on the season. 

15. Lennard (2-0)

Up next: at Sarasota Riverview

Last spot: No. 15

Gavin Henley threw for 171 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Longhorns in a 21-3 win over Alonso last week. Lennard’s perfect start will be tested this week with a matchup against Sarasota Riverview. 

On the bubble

Carrollwood Day (2-1), Wharton (2-0), Sumner (3-0), Durant (2-1), Cambridge Christian (3-0). 

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Football: Friday night scoreboard

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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

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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

Teams

Offense

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

Defense

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

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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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