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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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Which team will win?
Which team will win?

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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Which team will win?
Which team will win?

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

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Sydney Stout reaches 100 touchdown passes — this season

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

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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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The local list of potential NFL picks

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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. 

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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
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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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