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Games to watch

Jesuit (8-0) at Tampa Catholic (5-1), 7:30

Outlook: The Tigers own this series. They have won 20 straight against their biggest rival and another win would not only keep the streak going but also wrap up an undefeated regular season for Jesuit. 

Pinkos’ pick: Jesuit by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Jesuit 28-21

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

Outlook: This game, originally slated as the season opener, was added again, this time as the regular season finale after some scheduling changes. The Bulls have plenty of motivation. A win would complete the first undefeated regular season in school history. 

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: Bloomingdale 27-16 

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Zephyrhills (5-2) at Pasco (4-4), 7:30

Outlook: Last year, the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak in the “9-Mile War” by beating the Bulldogs in the regular season finale. Zephyrhills is not only looking for payback but also is trying to extend its current five-game win streak going into the playoffs.

Pinkos’ pick: Zephyrhills by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills 35-14 

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Plant City (5-2) at Hillsborough (5-1), 7:30

Outlook: Since losing the regular season opener, the Terriers have won five straight. That streak could be in jeopardy against the Raiders’ high-octane offense, which has scored 30 or more points in every win this season. 

Pinkos’ pick: Plant City by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Plant City 20-16 

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Playoff play-in games

Class 6A

Palmetto (4-3) at Blake (1-6), 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Palmetto by 51

Putnam’s prediction: Palmetto 49-6

Northeast (4-3) at Countryside (5-3), 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Countryside by 3

Putnam’s prediction: Countryside 28-27 

The remaining games

Cambridge Christian at Lakeland Victory Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Victory Christian by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Cambridge Christian 14-13

Clearwater Academy at Venice, 6

Pinkos’ pick: Venice by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater Academy 35-30

Lakewood at Plant, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Lakewood by 35

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood 35-0

Anclote at Keswick Christian, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Anclote by 7

Putnam’s prediction: Anclote 28-20

Tarpon Springs at East Lake, 7

Pinkos’ pick: East Lake by 43

Putnam’s prediction: East Lake 42-7

Sickles at Berkeley Prep, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Berkeley Prep by 42

Putnam’s prediction: Berkeley Prep 34-6

Seminole at Lakewood Ranch, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Lakewood Ranch by 14

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood Ranch 21-7

Northside Christian at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Northside Christian by 3

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg Catholic 38-36

River Ridge at The Villages, 7

Pinkos’ pick: N/A

Putnam’s prediction: River Ridge 14-13 

Hernando at Lecanto, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Hernando by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Hernando 42-16

Dunedin at Palm Harbor University, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Palm Harbor University by 19

Putnam’s prediction: Palm Harbor University 28-19

Calvary Christian at Land O’ Lakes, 7

Pinkos’ pick: Calvary Christian by 45

Putnam’s prediction: Calvary Christian 42-14

Middleton at Lennard, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Lennard by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Lennard 30-19

Durant at Wharton, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Durant by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Wharton 20-14

Freedom at Strawberry Crest, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Strawberry Crest by 10

Putnam’s prediction: Strawberry Crest 14-12

Zephyrhills Christian at Sunlake, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Zephyrhills Christian by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills Christian 27-21

Carrollwood Day at Seffner Christian, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Seffner Christian by 1

Putnam’s prediction: Seffner Christian 16-14

East Bay at Chamberlain, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Chamberlain by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Chamberlain 21-10

Wesley Chapel at Mitchell, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Mitchell by 48

Putnam’s prediction: Mitchell 56-14

Riverview at Tampa Bay Tech, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Tampa Bay Tech by 48

Putnam’s prediction: Tampa Bay Tech 38-14

Leto at Robinson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Robinson by 20

Putnam’s prediction: Robinson 34-7

Cypress Creek at Gulf, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Cypress Creek by 13

Putnam’s prediction: Cypress Creek 28-7

Clearwater Central Catholic at Sarasota Booker, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Clearwater Central Catholic by 17

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater Central Catholic 

Alonso at Jefferson, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Jefferson by 24

Putnam’s prediction: Jefferson 28-14

Nature Coast at Weeki Wachee, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Nature Coast by 27

Putnam’s prediction: Nature Coast 30-7

Central at Springstead, 7:30

Pinkos’ pick: Springstead by 49

Putnam’s prediction: Springstead 48-0

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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. 

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
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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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