Friday night rewind


Bloomingdale 37, Plant City 20

CCC 14, Clearwater 10

Armwood 34, Wiregrass Ranch 6

River Ridge 35, Pasco 6

Berkeley Prep 19, Tampa Catholic 14

Tampa Bay Tech 47, East Bay 6

Sandalwood 39, Clearwater Academy 38

Zephyrhills Chr. 35, Zarephath Academy 0

Calvary Christian 20, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 10

Lecanto 67, Central 0

Sickles 14, Zephyrhills 13

Carrollwood Day 44, Bishop McLaughlin 13

Palm Harbor University 14, Alonso 9

Mitchell 35, East Lake 0

Jesuit 41, Chamberlain 12

Wesley Chapel 16, Anclote 7

Newsome 49, Riverview 14

Wharton 14, King 0

Lakeland 44, Strawberry Crest 0

Hillsborough 17, Jefferson 13

Sarasota Riverview 49, Lennard 26

Robinson 29, Sarasota Booker 7

Gaither 43, Fivay 0

Durant 34, Sumner 6

Gibbs 26, Sarasota Booker 16

Academy at the Lakes 53, Duval Charter 18

Northside Christian 58, Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 36

Dunedin 41, Parrish Community 0

Victory Christian 34, Seffner Christian 0

Cypress Creek 47, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 0

Pinellas Park 44, Leto 0

Prime time teams

Berkeley Prep: The defense came through with a goal-line stand in the final minutes to preserve a much-needed 19-14 victory over previously undefeated Tampa Catholic. 

Clearwater Central Catholic: The Marauders have a knack for winning games with some last second panache. Anthony Colandrea hit Jarquez Green for the go-ahead touchdown with eight seconds remaining  to beat rival Clearwater 14-10. That win came two weeks after CCC scored in the final minute to knock off Wiregrass Ranch.  

Hillsborough: After being idle for two weeks and losing to Armwood in its opener, the Terriers showed their resolve by rallying to beat Jefferson 17-13 for their first win of the season. 

Bloomingdale: The Bulls, who scored a combined 39 points in their first wins of the season, nearly matched that total Friday night in a 37-20 win over Plant City to remain unbeaten. 

Mitchell: The Mustangs allowed just 85 yards of offense in shutting out East Lake 35-0. In three games, Mitchell has given up a combined 15 points. 

Prime time performers

RB Joey Sipp, Jr., Hillsborough: Scored two rushing touchdowns, the last coming midway through the fourth quarter that put the Terriers ahead for good against Jefferson.  

QB Tre Simmons, Sr., Bloomingdale: The dual-threat quarterback had his best game of the season, throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns and adding 73 yards and two more scores on the ground in the win over Plant City.  

RB Xavier Townsend, Jr., Berkeley Prep: The Buccaneers’ biggest playmaker scored twice on two short runs to help his team beat rival Tampa Catholic. 

WR/DB Jarquez Green, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Accounted for both Marauders’ touchdowns, including a 13-yard touchdown catch for the winning score against Clearwater.  

RB Joquez Smith, So., Jesuit: The dependable runner got off to a strong start with two touchdowns in the first quarter that gave the Tigers a lead they never relinquished against Chamberlain. 

What a catch!

Friday’s Bloomingdale-Plant City game was a matchup between two of the nation’s top receivers. The Bulls’ Agiye Hall, an Alabama commit, is a four-star recruit who is ranked as one of the nation’s top receivers in the 2021 class. The Raiders’ Mario Williams, an Oklahoma commit, is another four-star prospect and is listed as the top receiver in the 2021 class according to ESPN. 

Both lived up to the hype. 

They each had a pair of touchdown caches, along with some of other highlight-worthy grabs. 

Okay, that was on offense.

What about defense? 

The two made plays on that side of the ball, too.

Hall knocked down a pass intended for Williams. 

Williams picked off a pass. 

But Hall had the better result. His team won 37-20. 

Unbeaten, untied, unbelievable

There are still plenty of undefeated teams left in the area. Some were expected to be in that position. Others have opened some eyes with their perfect start. Here are three of the biggest turnarounds this season. 

Robinson (4-0): The Knights have already surpassed their win total from last season thanks to an offense that is averaging 37 points per game. Their win streak will be put to the test against undefeated Jesuit on Oct. 15.  

Wesley Chapel (3-0): The momentum for this strong start began last season when the Wildcats won four of their last games. They have a good shot to still be undefeated when they face River Ridge on Oct. 11.

Wharton (3-0): Under new coach Mike Williams, the Wildcats are off to their first 3-0 start since 2015. The success is due largely to a defense that has allowed just three points in the first three games.