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Cambridge Christian 42, Keswick Christian 7

Palm Harbor University 31, Alonso 17

Tampa Catholic 55, Cypress Creek 7

Bloomingdale 35, Plant City 21

Pinellas Park 28, East Bay 7

Tampa Bay Tech 39, Bartow 14

Jesuit 50, River Ridge 7

Hillsborough 31, Heritage 0

Mitchell 42, Lake Howell 6

Sarasota Riverview 42, Plant 0

Lakewood 26, Astronaut 13

Largo 33, Hollins 0

Viera 35, Sunlake 0

Berkeley Prep 33, Bishop Verot 6

Seffner Christian 21, Zephyrhills Christian 6

Lakeland Christian 41, Calvary Christian 0

Lake Gibson 77, Spoto 0

Chamberlain 40, Wesley Chapel 0

Wharton 34, Riverview 27

Hudson 27, Space Coast 20

Lake Minneola 54, Land O’ Lakes 0

Anclote 42, Central 6

Clearwater 56, St. Petersburg 6

Zephyrhills 26, Weeki Wachee 0

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 31, CCC 24 (OT)

Gaither 41, Seminole 7

Lakeland Kathleen 27, East Lake 10

Fort Pierce Westwood 28, Middleton 0

Bayside 18, Jefferson 14

Northside Christian 48, Indian Rocks Christian 17

Bishop Moore 42, Nature Coast 14

Lake Wales 48, Gibbs 14

Auburndale 45, King 10

Pasco 9, Lecanto 8

Lakeland George Jenkins 13, Strawberry Crest 0

Deltona 19, Freedom 13

Countryside 21, Springstead 7

Hernando 55, Tarpon Springs 14

Carrollwood Day 39, St. Petersburg Catholic 14

Prime time players

RB/LB Jaiden Bivens, Jr., Cambridge Christian: Ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns on offense and had a team-leading nine tackles and a sack on defense in win over Keswick Christian.

QB Ezra Brennan, Sr., Mitchell: Three of his six completions went for touchdowns in a win over Lake Howell. 

RB Contae Cason, Sr., Hernando: Ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries and had a 65-yard reception for a score in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

CB Jason Cornwall, Sr., Wharton: Picked off three passes, including one he returned for a touchdown, in a win over Riverview. 

DL Mario Eugenio, Jr., Gaither: Recorded six tackles and a sack and scored on a fumble and interception return in a win over Seminole.  

WR Greg Gaines III, Jr., Tampa Bay Tech: Finished with 104 yards receiving on four catches, three going for touchdowns in a win over Bartow. 

RB Malcolm Gibbs, Sr., Pasco: Ran for 66 yards and had the go-ahead touchdown in a win over Lecanto. 

ATH Antonio Jamison, Sr., Chamberlain: Had four catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Wesley Chapel. 

QB Scott Lynch, So., Northside Christian: Threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Northside Christian. 

CB Tymar McKever, Sr., Zephyrhills: Recorded an interception and recovered a fumble in a win over Weeki Wachee. 

ATH Jordan Oladokun, Sr., Gaither: Caught two passes for 97 yards, both going for touchdowns, and recorded an interception in a win over Seminole. 

QB Joe Pesansky, Sr., Jesuit: Threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns in a win over River Ridge. 

QB Geramyah Porter, Fr., Anclote: Accounted for 235 yards (140 passing, 95 rushing) and six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) in a win over Central.

ATH Kadeem Robinson, Sr., Riverview: Accounted for all four of his team’s touchdowns in a loss to Wharton. 

RB Zyre Roundtree, Sr., Zephyrhills: Ran for136 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Weeki Wachee.  

QB Tre Simmons, Sr., Bloomingdale: Threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in a win over Plant City. 

QB Jack Smitherman, Sr., Lakewood: Completed seven of his nine passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Astronaut. 

ATH Junior Vandeross, Jr., Jesuit: Had four catches for 207 yards and three touchdowns in a win over River Ridge.  

RB Jaydunn Walker, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Zephyrhills Christian. 

DB Josiah Whetzel, So., Countryside: Finished with 12 tackles, a forced fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown in a win over Springstead. 

RB Mitchell Wood, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Ran for 218 yards and scored three touchdowns on 25 carries in a win over Alonso. 

QB David Wright, Sr., Tampa Bay Tech: Threw for 335 yards and five touchdowns in win over Bartow. He now has a combined 17 touchdown passes in his last four games. 

Auden Tate honored

Former Wharton standout Auden Tate, now a wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals, attended his alma mater’s Class 8A play-in game against Riverview this past weekend for a ceremony to retire his No. 18 jersey.  

Tate played for Wharton from 2011-14. As a senior, he was ranked among the top 25 receivers in the country and had offers from just about every major college program before signing with Florida State. 

With the Seminoles, Tate became a dependable target. In 2018, he was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Bengals. 

Tate was in Pittsburgh for the Bengals game against the Steelers on Sunday. He finished with two catches for 24 yards. 

What a catch

Bloomingdale’s Agiye Hall and Plant City’s Mario Williams, two of the nation’s top receivers, met for the second time this season in a 7A play-in game this past weekend. 

Both put up impressive stats — again. The Bulls prevailed for the second time, sweeping the season series to move on to the quarterfinals.

Here is how they fared in the two meetings

Agiye Hall, Bloomingdale

National position ranking: 6th (ESPN), 12th (247 Sports), 15th (Rivals). 

College: Alabama

First matchup stats: 6 receptions, 104 yards, 2 touchdowns (W 37-20))

Second matchup stats: 3 receptions, 64 yards, 1 touchdown (W 35-21)

Mario Williams, Plant City

Ranking: 1st (ESPN), 2nd (Rivals), 16th (247 Sports)

College: Oklahoma

First matchup stats: 6 receptions, 81 yards, 2 touchdowns (L 20-37)

Second matchup stats: 5 receptions, 46 yards (L 21-35)

Wright in verge of record

Tampa Bay Tech quarterback David Wright needs one more touchdown pass to tie the school record of 61 career touchdown passes originally set by Michael Penix Jr., now a star at Indiana. Here are their numbers

Michael Penix Jr. 

Years: 2016-17

Games played: 24 

TDs: 61

INTs: 6

David Wright

Years: 2018-20

Games played: 32

TDs: 60

INTs: 16

Big time blowouts

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Florida High School Athletic Association decided every team that opted to stay in the state series would qualify for the playoffs this season. There were no district titles or points-based system. Instead, the pairings were determined by a blind draw. 

That meant a lot of mismatches, particularly among area teams. 

Of the 39 postseason games involving local programs this past weekend, 33 were decided by double digits, including 18 by 30 or more points. 

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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
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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