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Gaither 17, Armwood 10

Bloomingdale 39, Lakeland 14

Sarasota Riverview 26, Newsome 13

Cambridge Christian 14, Carrollwood Day 11

Jesuit 69, Gibbs 6

Berkeley Prep 34, Lakeland Christian 28

Lakewood Ranch 34, Hollins 12

Clearwater Academy 60, Surge Academy 0

Indian Rocks 47, Out-of-Door 7

Hudson 29, Dunedin 28

St. Petersburg Catholic 42, Bishop McLaughlin 14

Seffner Christian 14, Cardinal Mooney 9

Anclote 28, Tarpon Springs 13

Lennard 51, Haines City 0

Zephyrhills 35, River Ridge 24

Steinbrenner 34, Palm Harbor 8

Wiregrass Ranch 42, Land O’ Lakes 7

Mitchell 47, Sunlake 0

Northside 36, Keswick Christian 14

Nature Coast 42, Lecanto 0

CCC 38, Pasco 21

Springstead 40, Citrus 0

Crystal River 7, Weeki Wachee 0

Wharton 10, Plant 0

Durant 51, Strawberry Crest 0

Hillsborough 52, King 18

Wesley Chapel 26, Gulf 8

Middleton 18, Spoto 0

Sarasota 45, Zephyrhills Chr. 22

East Lake 43, Leto 20

Plant City 35, Kathleen 13

Fivay 36, Cypress Creek 11

Robinson 42, Bayshore 0

Jefferson 25, East Bay 19 (2 OT)

Ridge Community 45, Riverview 42

Blake 28, Brandon 0

Oak Hall 42, Shorecrest 8

Prime time teams

Gaither: The Cowboys were calling this their statement game and they certainly made one by applying constant defensive pressure to exact revenge from last year’s loss to beat Armwood 17-10. 

Bloomingdale: The Bulls also got some payback by routing Lakeland 39-14. It is Bloomingdale’s first win against the Dreadnaughts since 1983 and puts the Bulls in a position to be the top team coming out of the ultra-competitive Class 7A, Region 3. 

Cambridge: The Lancers dealt with a coaching change and the loss of a few players who transferred during the offseason. Still, under new coach Chad Walker, they have thrived and are now one of the frontrunners to get through the Class 2A, Region 3 bracket after knocking off Carrollwood Day 14-11.  

East Lake: After starting 2-3, the Eagles have won three straight after beating Leto 43-20. That gives East Lake some much-needed momentum heading into this week’s game against Pinellas Park. 

Pinellas Park: The running game is starting to click. And the pass rush has been relentless. It all adds up to a two-game win streak in which the Patriots outscored Sunlake and Sickles by a combined  69-7. 

Zephyrhills: After an 0-2 start, the Bulldogs have won four straight, the biggest coming against River Ridge (35-24) on Friday that would have clinched a district title for Zephyrhills if there was one this season. 

Prime time performers

RB Austin Blandford, Sr., Fivay: Scored on a run and a reception on offense and added a defensive touchdown with an interception return against Cypress Creek. 

DB Jaiden Bivens, Jr., Cambridge Christian: Recovered two fumbles to help the Lancers beat Carrollwood Day. 

DB Tyler Corish, Sr., Jesuit: Returned two interceptions for touchdowns against Gibbs and has three defensive scores in as many weeks. 

QB Emery Floyd, Sr., Wharton: Threw for 133 yards, as the lone touchdown, in a win over Plant. 

SB Tre Gallimore, Sr., Zephyrhills: Ran for a 55-yard touchdown and added another score on a 57-yard reception to help the Bulldogs beat River Ridge. 

DL Mykel McBurrows, Sr., Pinellas Park: Record four sacks against Sickles and has eight in the past two games.  

RB Kinyatah Morgan, Sr., Nature Coast: Scored twice, including on a 50-yard run, in a win over Lecanto.

QB Carson Mohler, Jr., Plant City: Came in for relief at quarterback and threw two touchdown passes in the win against Lakeland Kathleen. 

QB Dylan Oester, Sr., Dunedin: Set the school single-season record with his 18th touchdown pass against Hudson. 

RB Ricky Parks, Sr., Gaither: The Utah commit scored both the Cowboys touchdowns on the ground against Armwood. 

QB Caleb Pierce, Jr., Hillsborough: Threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns in the win over King. 

QB Tre Simmons, Sr., Bloomingdale: Threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Lakeland. 

QB Jack Smitherman, Sr., Lakewood: Completed all five of his passes for 190 yards and four touchdowns before being relieved in Thursday’s rout over St. Petersburg. 

QB Chris Stephenson, So., Cambridge: Ran for two touchdowns in the win over Carrollwood Day. 

DL Tawfiq Thomas, Jr., Gaither: Showed off his hands by picking off two passes, the last one to seal a victory over Armwood. 

RB Raymond Walker, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in a win over Bishop McLaughlin.

QB Hunter Young, Jr., Hudson: Threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Dunedin. 

Still perfect

Nine area teams still are undefeated. They have either one of two regular season games left depending on if they drew a play-in game for the opening round of the playoffs to try and keep their perfect regular seasons intact. 

Bloomingdale (6-0)

Remaining schedule: Friday at Strawberry Crest (0-6); Nov. 6 vs. Steinbrenner (3-2). 

Calvary Christian (6-0)

Remaining schedule: Friday at Trinity Catholic (3-3); Nov. 6 at Land O’ Lakes (1-3)

Cambridge (7-0)

Remaining schedule: Friday vs. Orlando Christian Prep (5-1); Nov. 6 at Lakeland Victory Christian (4-3)

Gaither (6-0)

Remaining schedule: Friday vs. Freedom (0-6)

Jesuit (8-0)

Remaining schedule: Thursday at Bradenton Bayshore (0-6); Nov. 6 at Tampa Catholic (4-1)

Lakewood (5-0)

Remaining schedule: Friday vs. Largo (3-3); Nov. 6 at Plant (1-4)

Mitchell (6-0)

Remaining schedule: Friday at Sickles (2-4); Nov. 6 vs. Wesley Chapel (3-2)

Nature Coast (5-0)

Remaining schedule: vs. Crystal River (2-2); at Weeki Wachee (2-3)

Wharton (6-0)

Remaining schedule: Friday at Steinbrenner (3-2); Nov. 6 vs. Durant (3-3)

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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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