Thursday night football forecast

Countryside (3-0)  at Largo (0-3), 7 p.m.

Outlook: If the records are any indication, this one should be a mismatch. But the Packers have won the last four meetings, including a region quarterfinal matchup a year ago. The running games for both teams will be key. Countryside has a more balanced approach with quarterback Gabe Olds and running back Zyterius Watts doing most of the work. Largo relies heavily on TJ Holmes, who had more than 300 yards on the ground in the first two games. 

Pinkos’ pick: Largo by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Largo 22-20

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Hollins (0-3) at Northeast (1-1) 

Outlook: Emotions could be high for this one. A year ago, the Vikings were dealing with the loss of running back Jacquez Welch, who collapsed during a game and died days later from a pre-existing medical condition. The community rallied around Northeast, including the Royals, who wore No. 4 decals (Welch’s jersey number) at last year’s game. 

Pinkos’ pick: Hollins by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Northeast 27-21

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Seminole (2-1) at Osceola (0-3), 7 p.m.

Outlook: Expect a close game. The Warriors have won each of the last two in this rivalry by the same score, 21-20. There is plenty of motivation for the Warhawks. A win would not only snap a losing streak in the series but also surpass Seminole’s win total from the two seasons combined. 

Pinkos’ pick: Seminole by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Seminole 21-20

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St. Petersburg (0-2) at Boca Ciega (2-1), 7 p.m.

Outlook: This one is a reunion of sorts. Green Devils coach Denis Gillen was an assistant at Boca Ciega the past few seasons before taking over as coach this year. Gillen is looking for his first win, which will be a tough task against a Pirates team that can be potent on offense. 

Pinkos’ pick: Boca Ciega by 37

Putnam’s prediction: Boca Ciega 35-10

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