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Friday night football forecast



Games to watch

Robinson (4-0) at Jesuit (6-0), 7:30

Outlook: The Knights, who are off to their best start in years, are dealing with COVID issues that forced their starting quarterback and kicker to quarantine. Being depleted does not bode well against the Tigers, who could likely finish the regular season undefeated. 

Pinkos’ pick: Jesuit by 42

Putnam’s prediction: Jesuit 42-14

Victory Christian (4-1) at Calvary Christian (5-0), 7

Outlook: This is the biggest test of the season so far for the Warriors. Expect a high-scoring game. Last week, the Storm fell short in a 41-35 loss to Berkeley Prep. 

Pinkos’ pick: Victory Christian by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Calvary Christian 35-34

Wesley Chapel (3-1) at River Ridge (3-2), 7:30

Outlook: Both teams are trying to rebound after losing last week. Points could be at a premium. The Wildcats have allowed 34 points all season. The Knights have given up 67.  

Pinkos’ pick: River Ridge by 19

Putnam’s prediction: River Ridge 28-13

Sickles (2-2) at East Lake (3-2), 7:30

Outlook: Three of the Gryphons’ four games have been decided by a combined eight points. This could be another tight one that could come down to the last possession. 

Pinkos’ pick: East Lake by 21

Putnam’s prediction: East Lake 20-13

Tampa Bay Tech (2-3) at Armwood (3-1)

Outlook: The Hawks have reeled off three straight wins since losing by a point to Bloomingdale in the season opener. The Titans know all about close outcomes. Twice, they have lost on the final play of regulation.  

Pinkos’ pick: Armwood by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Armwood 27-26

The remaining schedule

NFEI at Zephyrhills Christian, 4 p.m.

Pinkos’ pick: Zephyrhills Christian by 18 

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills Christian 31-16

Jacksonville Young Kids in Motion at Keswick Christian, 6

Pinkos’ pick: Keswick Christian by 1 

Putnam’s prediction: Keswick Christian 30-28

Bishop McLaughlin at CFCA, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Central Florida Christian by 26

Putnam’s prediction: Bishop McLaughlin 27-26

Academy at the Lakes at Shorecrest Prep, 7

Pinkos’ pick: AATL by 21

Putnam’s prediction: AATL 35-21

Jordan Christian Prep at Cambridge Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Cambridge by 37

Putnam’s prediction: Cambridge Christian 42-7

Northside Christian at Bradenton Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Bradenton Christian by 4 

Putnam’s prediction: Northside Christian 21-16

Central at Crystal River, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Crystal River by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Crystal River 14-7

AACA at Carrollwood Day, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Carrollwood Day by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Carrollwood Day 35-14

Pasco at Lake Minneola, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Lake Minneola by 32

Putnam’s prediction: Lake Minneola 26-21

Countryside at Clearwater, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Clearwater by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 31-14

Chaminade at Clearwater Academy, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Chaminade by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Chaminade 38-34

Cypress Creek at Dunedin, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Cypress Creek by 3 

Putnam’s prediction: Dunedin 17-14

St. Petersburg Catholic at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 7

Pinkos’ pick: SPC by 13

Putnam’s prediction: SPC 28-13

Pinellas Park at Sunlake, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Pinellas Park by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Pinellas Park 27-14

Nature Coast at Springstead, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Nature Coast by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Nature Coast 31-7

Blake at Steinbrenner, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Steinbrenner by 47

Putnam’s prediction: Steinbrenner 48-6

Parrish Community at Hudson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hudson by 29

Putnam’s prediction: Hudson 35-7

Jefferson at Brandon, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Jefferson by 55

Putnam’s prediction: Jefferson 49-0

Newsome at Haines City, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Newsome by 60

Putnam’s prediction: Newsome 

Lennard at Ridge Community, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Lennard by 1 

Putnam’s prediction: Lennard 20-19

Anclote at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Zephyrhills by 27

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills 35-20

Durant at Lakeland, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Lakeland by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Lakeland 30-14

Middleton at King, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: King by 1

Putnam’s prediction: King 14-12

Citrus at Hernando, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hernando by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Hernando 42-21

Fivay at Freedom, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Fivay by 36

Putnam’s prediction: Fivay 42-7

Gaither at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Gaither by 59

Putnam’s prediction: Gaither 41-0

Sarasota Riverview at Riverview, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Sarasota Riverview by 31

Putnam’s prediction: Sarasota Riverview 42-13

Lakeland Kathleen at Bloomingdale, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Bloomingdale by 45

Putnam’s prediction: Bloomingdale 49-6

Hillsborough at Spoto, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hillsborough by 46

Putnam’s prediction: Hillsborough 52-7

East Bay at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Wiregrass Ranch by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Wiregrass Ranch 24-14

Avon Park at Seffner Christian, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Seffner Christian by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Seffner Christian 21-7

Gibbs at Chamberlain, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Chamberlain by 28

Putnam’s prediction: Chamberlain 26-20

Gulf at Tarpon Springs, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Tarpon Springs by 34

Putnam’s prediction: Tarpon Springs 14-0

Alonso at Wharton, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Wharton by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Wharton 24-6

Cardinal Mooney at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: CCC by 14

Putnam’s prediction: CCC 20-14

Lecanto at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Lecanto by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Weeki Wachee 14-10

Palm Harbor University at Plant, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Plant by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Plant 23-14

Strawberry Crest at Plant City, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Plant City by 52

Putnam’s prediction: Plant 56-7

Leto at Mitchell, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Mitchell by 63

Putnam’s prediction: Mitchell 49-0

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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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