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Riverview (8-4) at Sickles (12-5), 7:30

This is a preview of the Class 7A, District 14 semifinal match in two weeks that will determine a playoff berth. The Gryphons, led by outside hitter Kylie Stroehlein, have won four of their last five matches.  

Osceola (13-4) at Academy of the Holy Names (9-4), 7:30

Both teams are on impressive win streaks after taking home tournament titles last week. The Warriors have won seven straight, including one over East Lake in the PCAC semifinals. The Jaguars, meanwhile, have won six straight to rebound from a 3-4 start. 

Wesley Chapel (10-4) at Cypress Creek (6-2), 7:30

This is the first and only regular season meeting between these Class 4A, District 6 rivals. They could end up squaring off again in the district title match in two weeks. 

Plant (11-6) at Wharton (12-7), 7

These teams met four times last season. After losing the first matchup, the Panthers went on to win the next three, including the region quarterfinals. Both could face off again at some point in the postseason. 

The schedule

Keswick Christian at Northside Christian

Zephyrhills Christian at Faith Christian, 4:30

Spring Hill Christian at Hope Christian, 5

Tampa HEAT at Indian Rocks Christian, 6

Boca Ciega at Admiral Farragut, 6

Cambridge Christian at Seffner Christian, 6

Tampa Catholic at Berkeley Prep, 6

Life Christian at Hillsborough Baptist, 6

Lakeside Christian at Hernando Christian, 6

Armwood at Plant City, 7

Nature Coast Tech at Hernando, 6

East Bay at Bloomingdale, 6:15

Dunedin at Canterbury, 6:30

Countryside Christian at Seven Rivers Christian, 6:30

Lecanto at Crystal River, 6:30

Osceola at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

Tarpon Springs at Calvary Christian, 6:30

Central at Weeki Wachee, 6:30

Newsome at Freedom, 7

Plant at Wharton, 7

Alonso at Steinbrenner, 7

Hollins at Largo, 7

Anclote at Land O’ Lakes, 7

Springstead at Citrus, 7

Hillsborough at Lennard, 7

Gulf at Zephyrhills, 7

Palmetto at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Fivay at Wiregrass Ranch, 7

River Ridge at East Lake, 7

Hudson at Mitchell, 7:30

Durant at Strawberry Crest, 7:30

Northeast at Pinellas Park, 7:30

Spoto at Middleton, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Riverview at Sickles, 7:30

Sunlake at Gaither, 7:30

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Football: Friday night scoreboard



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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The Hillsborough County Football Player of the Week



LB/S Cole Highsmith, Jr., Plant City

After becoming a starter as a sophomore last season, Cole Highsmith took on a more prominent role as one of the leaders of Plant City’s defense. 

He took on that task by making play after play. 

This season, Highsmith has recorded 73 tackles and six sacks. Those totals already surpassed what he ended up with last year. 

Against Bloomingdale two weeks ago, Highsmith had 13 tackles, two sacks and an interception to lead the Raiders to victory. 

Fans paid attention. Highsmith received 50 percent of the votes (746) in the Hillsborough County football player of the week poll to beat out Wharton’s Daveon Crouch, who had 25 percent (376 votes). 

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Thursday night football forecast



Seffner Christian (2-3) at St. Petersburg Catholic (3-3), 7

After starting 2-0, the visiting Crusaders have lost three straight. The host Barons, meanwhile, have rebounded from a 1-2 start to win two of their last three games. 

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg Catholic 30-28

Gibbs (3-3) at Tarpon Springs (3-3), 7

An important Class 5A, District 10 game for both teams not only to stay in the mix for a title but also to get above .500 for the season. 

Putnam’s prediction: Gibbs 34-21 

Clearwater (5-1) at Anclote (1-5), 7:30

The Tornadoes have won five straight and are the clear favorite to the Class 5A, District 10 title. The host Sharks are on a two-game losing streak. 

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 42-7

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