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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. 

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Flag Football

Sydney Stout reaches 100 touchdown passes — this season



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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College Football

Former PHU/UCF star Jacob Harris goes to Rams in 4th round



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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College Football

The local list of potential NFL picks



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. 

Photo courtesy of Indiana University Athletics

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
Photo courtesy of Oregon Athletics

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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