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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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The Hernando County Football Player of the Week



FB/LB Zack Buzze, Sr., Central

This season has been challenging for the winless Bears. 

Outscored 325-22 in eight games, Central tries to accentuate the positives to build upon next season.  

Zack Buzze is one of the bright spots. The linebacker leads the team in tackles with 44. 

Against Gulf two weeks ago, Buzze recorded a team-high 13 tackles. 

That got the attention of fans. Buzze received 49 percent of the votes (699) in the Hernando County football player of the week poll to beat out Hernando’s Jordan Williams, who had 44 percent (628 votes).

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The Pasco County Football Player of the Week



Hunter McFarland, Sr., Mitchell

After losing 26 players to graduation, Mitchell needed to fill plenty of voids to make the playoffs for the eighth straight season. 

Hunter McFarland has stepped up on defense. 

The senior is enjoying the best season of his high school career. He has 53 tackles, more than he had in his previous two seasons combined. 

McFarland also a nose for the ball — and the quarterback. He has forced three fumbles, recorded 3 ½ sacks and recovered two fumbles. 

Against Hudson two weeks ago, McFarland finished with five tackles, two fumble recoveries, a sack and forced fumble to lead the Mustangs to a victory. 

Fans were impressed. McFarland ended up with 52 percent of the votes (1,462) in the Pasco County football player of the week poll to beat out Zephyrhills Christian’s Jayce Nixon, who had 34 percent (955 votes).  

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The Pinellas County Football Player of the Week



LB Garrick Ponder, Sr., Pinellas Park

A transfer from Seminole, Garrick Ponder wasted no time making an impact. 

The senior not only became a starter but also turned into one of the area’s defensive stars.

Ponder leads the Patriots in tackles (72), sacks, (six), forced fumbles (three) and fumble recoveries (two). Those numbers are a big reason the Patriots are 6-1 and currently tied with Northeast for second place in Class 6A, District 11. 

Against St,. Petersburg, Ponder had one of his best performances, finishing with 14 tackles and a sack. 

Fans were impressed. Ponder received 40 percent of the votes (812) in the Pinellas County football player of the week poll to beat out Keswick Christian’s Caleb Morris, who had 32 percent (646).   

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