Friday night football forecast

Football General

Games to watch

Armwood (3-2) at Gaither (5-0), 7:30

Outlook: This is perhaps the most anticipated game of the season. Players from both teams took to social media this summer to stake their claim as to which team is the best in Hillsborough County. Gaither has zeroed in on this game ever since the schedule came out. Last season, the Cowboys’ chance to go undefeated in the regular season was wiped out with a 14-0 loss to the Hawks. Gaither was able to take solace in holding Armwood to its lowest point total of the 2019 season. This year, the Cowboys’ defense is even better, allowing just 20 points in five games and recording three straight shutouts entering tonight’s game. Armwood’s offense has been the team’s biggest strength this season.. In the last four games, the Hawks are averaging 45 points per game. Both of Armwood’s losses this season have been by a point (15-14 to Bloomingdale and 48-47 to Tampa Bay Tech).   

Pinkos’ pick: Armwood by 4

Putnam’s prediction: Gaither 20-19

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Bloomingdale (5-0) at Lakeland (3-1), 7:30

Outlook: The Bulls already exacted revenge for a pair of losses to Armwood by beating the Hawks in the season opener. Now, Bloomingdale can get payback for its other loss last season by knocking off the Dreadnaughts. A win would do more than just settle scores. It also would make the Bulls the favorite to advance out of a highly competitive region in Class 7A. 

Pinkos’ pick: Bloomingdale by 4

Putnam’s prediction: Bloomingdale 14-10

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Carrollwood Day (4-2) at Cambridge (6-0), 7

Outlook: This game is exactly what the Lancers needed: a test. All six of Cambridge Christian’s wins this season have come against teams with a losing record. Carrollwood Day, winless a year ago, is a serious playoff contender thanks to a number of high-profile transfers that arrived in the offseason. A win here would make the Patriots the team in Class 2A, Region 3. 

Pinkos’ pick: Cambridge by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Carrollwood Day 28-21

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Newsome (4-0) at Sarasota Riverview (4-1), 7:30

Outlook: A 20-14 loss in last year’s meeting ultimately cost the Wolves the Class 8A, District 8 title. There is no district title to play for this season, but Newsome still has plenty at stake. A win would keep a perfect season intact but also get payback for last year’s loss and instill some confidence going into the postseason. 

Pinkos’ pick: Sarasota Riverview by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Newsome 21-16

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Remaining schedule 

Bell Creek Academy at Academy at the Lakes, 7

Pinkos pick: Academy at the Lakes by 39

Putnam’s prediction: Academy at the Lakes 34-21

Northside Christian at Keswick Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Northside Christian by 19

Putnam’s prediction: Northside Christian 31-20

Bishop McLaughlin at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Pinkos’ pick: St. Petersburg Catholic by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Bishop McLaughlin 28-26

Lakewood Ranch at Hollins, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Lakewood Ranch by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood Ranch 30-14

Shorecrest Prep at Gainesville Oak Hall, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Oak Hall by 43

Putnam’s prediction: Oak Hall 42-7

Springstead at Citrus, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Springstead by 16

Putnam’s prediction: Springstead 28-14

Steinbrenner at Palm Harbor University, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Steinbrenner by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Steinbrenner 28-16

Out-of-Door Academy at Indian Rocks Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Indian Rocks Christian by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Indian Rocks Christian 21-14

Seffner Christian at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Cardinal Mooney by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Cardinal Mooney 24-13

Merritt Island Christian at Lakeside Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Lakeside Christian by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Lakeside Christian 28-21

Tampa Bay Christian at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Saint Stephen’s by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Saint Stephen’s 28-20

Hudson at Dunedin, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Dunedin by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Dunedin 34-30

Jesuit at Gibbs, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Jesuit by 52

Putnam’s prediction: Jesuit 49-14

Brandon at Blake, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Blake by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Blake 20-7

Haines City at Lennard, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Lennard by 35

Putnam’s prediction: Lennard 45-14

Hernando at Central, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hernando by 63

Putnam’s prediction: Hernando 56-0

Ridge Community at Riverview, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Ridge Community by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Ridge Community 35-17

Sickles at Pinellas Park, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Pinellas Park by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Pinellas Park 24-6

Spoto at Middleton, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Middleton by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Middleton 28-6

Strawberry Crest at Durant, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Durant by 26

Putnam’s prediction: Durant 42-13

Tarpon Springs at Anclote, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Anclote by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Anclote 16-10

Land O’ Lakes at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Wiregrass Ranch by 30

Putnam’s prediction: Wiregrass Ranch 37-14

Cypress Creek at Fivay, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Fivay by 19

Putnam’s prediction: Fivay 31-12

Chamberlain at Sarasota Booker, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Chamberlain by 28

Putnam’s prediction: Chamberlain 35-7

East Lake at Leto, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: East Lake by 35

Putnam’s prediction: East Lake 42-7

Robinson at Bradenton Bayshore, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Robinson by 41

Putnam’s prediction: Robinson 34-6

Crystal River at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Weeki Wachee by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Weeki Wachee 20-14

Wharton at Plant, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Wharton by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Wharton 28-7

Lecanto at Nature Coast Tech, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Nature Coast by 18

Putnam’s prediction: Nature Coast 34-13

Gulf at Wesley Chapel, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Wesley Chapel by 35

Putnam’s prediction: Wesley Chapel 34-0

CCC at Pasco, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: CCC by 25

Putnam’s prediction: CCC 21-6

King at Hillsborough, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Hillsborough by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Hillsborough 31-14

Plant City at Lakeland Kathleen, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Plant City by 26

Putnam’s prediction: Plant City 35-9

Mitchell at Sunlake, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Mitchell by 49

Putnam’s prediction: Mitchell 49-14

Zephyrhills Christian at Sarasota, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Sarasota by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Sarasota 28-20

Berkeley Prep at Lakeland Christian, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Berkeley Prep 21-20 

East Bay at Jefferson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Jefferson by 15

Putnam’s prediction: Jefferson 28-13