Friday night football forecast

Games to watch

Wiregrass Ranch (2-2) at Mitchell (3-0), 7:30

Outlook: This is the most anticipated matchup of the year in Pasco County. The biggest dual is between the quarterbacks. Mitchell’s Ezra Brennan, the SAC’s Western Division player of the year last season, is off to another strong start. Wiregrass Ranch’s Rocco Becht already has several Div. I offers, including Iowa State, Toledo and Wake Forest. Two weeks ago, Becht tied a county record with six touchdown passes in a game. 

Pinkos’ pick: Mitchell by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Mitchell 21-20

Hernando (2-0) at Nature Coast (2-0), 7:30

Outlook: This one likely is for Hernando County supremacy. Both have been dominant to start the season. The Leopards have outscored their first two opponents by a combined 68-0. The Sharks won their first two by a combined 110-7. The key will be stopping the playmakers on either side. Hernando’s Contae Cason has rushed for 333 yards and has seven touchdowns. Nature Coast quarterback Ethan Fahey has completed all 10 of his passes for 192 yards and six touchdowns. 

Pinkos’ pick: Nature Coast by 9

Putnam’s prediction: Hernando 20-13

Clearwater Central Catholic (2-2)  at Jesuit (5-0), 7:30

Outlook: Throw out the records. After all, the Marauders are the one area team that has given the Tigers fits in recent years. CCC had won three straight in the series until Jesuit snapped that streak with a victory over its rival last season.  

Pinkos’ pick: Jesuit by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Jesuit 24-17

Plant City (1-2) at Tampa Bay Tech (2-2), 7:30

Outlook: Both teams need a win. The Raiders have lost two straight. The Titans snapped a two-game losing streak with last week’s win over East Bay. There should be plenty of points produced with a pair of high-octane offenses. 

Pinkos’ pick: Tampa Bay Tech by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Tampa Bay Tech 31-23

The remaining schedule

Lakeside Christian at Master’s Academy, 6 p.m.

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Lakeside Christian 28-14 

Lakewood Ranch at Gulf, 6:30

Pinkos’ pick: Lakewood Ranch by 54

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood Ranch 49-0

Foundation Academy at Northside Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Foundation Academy by 31

Putnam’s prediction: Foundation Academy 35-21

Pinellas Park at Clearwater, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Clearwater by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 21-19

St. Petersburg Catholic at Bradenton St. Stephen’s, 7

Pinkos’ pick: St. Stephen’s by 6 

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg Catholic 28-26

River Ridge at East Lake, 7

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: River Ridge 14-13 

Indian Rocks Christian at Keswick Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Keswick Christian by 4

Putnam’s prediction: Keswick Christian 24-20

Academy at the Lakes at Gainesville Oak Hall, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Oak Hall by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Academy at the Lakes 28-21

South Lake at Anclote, 7

Pinkos’ pick: South Lake by 18

Putnam’s prediction: South Lake 30-14

St. Petersburg at Tarpon Springs, 7

Pinkos’ pick: St. Petersburg by 14

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg 20-6

Merritt Island Christian at Shorecrest, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Shorecrest by 1

Putnam’s prediction: Shorecrest 21-20

Dade Christian at Calvary Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Calvary Christian by 16

Putnam’s prediction: Calvary Christian 31-17

Lakeland Victory Christian at Berkeley Prep, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Berkeley Prep by 4

Putnam’s prediction: Berkeley Prep 14-10

Lakeland Christian at Carrollwood Day, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Lakeland Christian by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Lakeland Christian 28-24

Seffner Christian at Cambridge Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Cambridge Christian by 3 

Putnam’s prediction: Cambridge Christian 20-16

Steinbrenner at Gainesville Buchholz, 7

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Steinbrenner 35-28

Dunedin at Northeast, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Northeast by 19

Putnam’s prediction: Northeast 35-21

Bishop McLaughlin at Lakeland Santa Fe, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Bishop McLaughlin by 15

Putnam’s prediction: Bishop McLaughlin 28-14

Newsome at Lennard, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Newsome by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Newsome 14-13

Fivay at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Fivay by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Wesley Chapel 21-14

Riverview at East Bay, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: East Bay by 6 

Putnam’s prediction: East Bay 21-20

Zephyrhills at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills 26-21 

Chamberlain at Gaither, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Gaither by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Gaither 30-6

Blake at Spoto, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Blake by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Blake 20-14

Freedom at Alonso, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Alonso by 27

Putnam’s prediction: Alonso 28-6

Pasco at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Pasco by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Pasco 27-14

Durant at Bloomingdale, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Bloomingdale by 31

Putnam’s prediction: Bloomingdale 35-7

Sumner at Leto, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Sumner by 31

Putnam’s prediction: Sumner 28-6

Zephyrhills Christian at Hudson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Zephyrhills Christian by 23

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills Christian 31-16

Weeki Wachee at Springstead, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Springstead by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Springstead 16-14

Citrus at Central, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Citrus by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Citrus 28-7

Brandon at Hillsborough, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hillsborough by 52

Putnam’s prediction: Hillsborough 56-7

Jefferson at King, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Jefferson by 16

Putnam’s prediction: Jefferson 30-14

Wharton at Middleton, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Middleton by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Wharton 14-7