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Football: Region final preview (Classes 4A-2A)



All games start at 7:30

Class 4A

Cocoa (9-0) at Tampa Catholic (7-2)

Stat leaders: Cocoa: DJ Arroyo, Sr. (280.0 passing yards per game); RB OJ Ross, Jr. (97.8 rushing yards per game); WR Davis Mallinger, Sr. (89.3 receiving yards per game); LB AJ Williams, Sr. (5.9 tackles per game); DL Daniel Robinson, Sr. (1.0 sacks per game); DB Cedrick Hawkins, So. (0.5 interceptions per game). Tampa Catholic: QB Xavione Washington, So. (98.0 passing yards per game); RB Antoine Hill, So. (85.4 rushing yards per game); Wr AJ Williams, Jr. (51.9 receiving yards per game); LB Edward Zanato, Sr. (12.7 tackles per game); LB Antonio Camon, So. (1.1 sacks per game); DB DD Snyder, Sr. (0.4 interceptions per game); DB Adrian Ramsey, Jr. (0.4 interceptions per game). 

Outlook: The Crusaders are coming off their best performance of the season, beating previously undefeated Lakewood 17-14 in double overtime. Now comes the biggest challenge yet. The Tigers have won five state titles since 2008 and have made it to the region final every year during that span. The big matchup will be Cocoa quarterback DJ Arroyo (2,240 yards, 19 touchdowns) going up against a Tampa Catholic secondary that has recorded 14 interceptions this season, including four by Illinois commit DD Snyder. 

Pinkos’ pick: Cocoa by 21

Putnam’s prediction: Cocoa 35-21

Class 3A

Berkeley Prep (6-1) at Lakeland Christian (8-2)

Stat leaders: Berkeley Prep: QB Gavin Rupp, Sr. (119.7 passing yards per game); RB Travis Bates, Jr. (87.0 rushing yards per game); RB Xavier Townsend, Jr. (81.1 rushing yards per game); WR RJ Garcia II, Sr. (59.7 receiving yards per game); DL/LB Austin Dean, Sr. (8.0 tackles per game; DL/LB Titus Bullard, Fr. (0.5 sacks per game); DB Damien Henderson, So. (0.5 interceptions per game). Lakeland Christian: QB Elijah Hunter, Sr. (104.0 passing yards per game); RB Jacorian Davis, Sr. (72.4 rushing yards per game); LB Bo Copen, Sr. (10.2 tackles, 0.7 sacks per game). DB EJ Vickers, Sr. (0.8 interceptions per game). 

Outlook: Since losing the season opener to Jesuit, the Buccaneers have won six straight, including a 34-28 victory over Lakeland Christian. In that game, Berkeley Prep relied heavily on its rushing attack, gaining 254 yards on the ground. Most of that came from Travis Bates and Xavier Townsend, who each had more than 100 yards. But the Buccaneers are not one-dimensional. They can hit big plays in the passing game, as evidenced by the 110 receiving yards Kansas State commit RJ Garcia had against the Vikings.   

Pinkos’ pick: Berkeley Prep by 6

Putnam’s prediction: Berkeley Prep 21-17

Class 2A

Seffner Christian (7-4) at Northside Christian (6-5)

Stat leaders: Seffner Christian: QB Titan Williamson, Sr. (149.4 passing yards per game); RB Jaydunn Walker, Sr. (48.3 rushing yards per game); DL Victor Black, Jr. (7.6 tackles, 1.6 sacks per game); WR Herman James, Sr. (56.6 receiving yards per game). Northside Christian: QB Scott Lynch, So. (226.1 passing yards per game); RB Brian James, Sr. (121.8 rushing yards per game); RB Zuri Watson, So. (89.0 rushing yards per game); WR One Williams, Jr. (73.3 receiving yards per game); DL Brock Richards, Sr. (2.0 tackles, 2.0 sacks per game); DB Azari Davis, Jr. (0.3 interceptions per game). 

Outlook: This is a rematch from last year’s region semifinals that the Crusaders won 49-21. Both teams look remarkably different this time around. Seffner Christian dealt with the graduation of quarterback Isaiah Knowles and multiple players who transferred to other schools in the offseason. Still, the Crusaders persevered, overcoming a 104 start to win their last six, including a wild 49-47 victory over Cambridge Christian in last week’s region semifinals. The Mustangs have rebounded from a similar shaky start, winning four of their last five, including a 42-33 victory over Carrollwood Day in last week’s region semifinals. 

Pinkos’ pick: Seffner Christian by 11

Putnam’s prediction: Seffner Christian 45-34

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Football: Friday night scoreboard



Final Tampa Bay Tech 21, Wharton 12

Final St. Petersburg Catholic 47, Bishop McLaughlin 15

Final Gibbs 50, Gulf 21

Final Countryside 28, Sunlake 7\

Final Berkeley Prep 49, New Orleans Newman 24

Final Zephyrhills Christian 30, Bradenton Christian 7

Final Boca Ciega 28, Seminole 21

Final Lakeland Christian 38, Calvary Christian 13

Final Clearwater 48, Tarpon Springs 7

Final Clearwater Central Catholic 56, Kissimmee Gateway 0

Final Northeast 21, Hollins 20

Final Sumner 14, Braden River 10

Final Legacy Charter 21, Indian Rocks Christian 14

Final Mount Dora Christian 48, Keswick Christian 0

Final Seffner Christian 62, St. Joseph Academy 16

Final Zephyrhills 35, Nature Coast 0

Final Largo 25, Sickles 7

Final Osceola 48, St. Petersburg 9

Final Steinbrenner 35, Chamberlain 21

Final Carrollwood Day 42, Cambridge Christian 7

Final Tampa Catholic 38, Winter Haven 0

Final Land O’ Lakes 36, Pasco 0

Final Jesuit 44, Blake 0

Final Armwood 41, Wiregrass Ranch 11

Final Palmetto 23, Bloomingdale 3

4th Q Alonso 52, Robinson 17

Final Plant City 31, Plant 24

Final Wesley Chapel 44, Hudson 6

Final Newsome 55, Riverview 7

Final Pinellas Park 46, Palm Harbor University 0

Final Fivay 27, Freedom 25

Final Bradenton Manatee 29, East Bay 13

Final Dunedin 48, Anclote 22

Final Spoto 46, Brandon 0

Final Durant 49, Middleton 6

Final Cypress Creek 43, Weeki Wachee 0

Final Lennard 33, Jefferson 31

Final Gaither 48, Leto 7

Final McCallie (Tenn.) 47, Clearwater Academy 14

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Football: FACA District 14 team announced



Here are the selections for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 14 team, which includes all Pinellas County schools. The picks were made by coaches who belong to the FACA.

Overall Coach of the year: Shawn Davis, Northeast

Overall Player of the year: D’Angelo Hutchinson, Northeast

Players of the year (by classification)

Class 8A: Luke Yoder, Palm Harbor University

Class 7A: Tre’son Everett, Largo

Class 6A: D’Angelo Hutchinson, Northeast

Class 5A: CJ Lee, Clearwater

Class 4A: Terrell Crosby, Lakewood

Class 3A: Preston Cushman, Calvary Christian

Class 2A: Anthony Weaver, Keswick Christian

IND: Cortland Mitchell, Osceola

Coaches of the year (by classification)

Class 7A: Marcus Paschal, Largo

Class 6A: Shawn Davis, Northeast

Class 5A: Thor Jozwiak, Clearwater

Class 4A: Cory Moore, Lakewood

Class 3A: Chris Harvey, Clearwater Central Catholic

Class 2A: Phil Hayford, Keswick Christian

IND: Cody Montgomery, Osceola



QB Anthony Colandrea, Jr., Lakewood

QB Aidan MacLean, Sr., Clearwater

RB Lenwood Sapp Jr., Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic

RB Luke Yoder, Jr., Palm Harbor University

RB Terrion Williams, Sr., Pinellas Park

RB Jaden Griffin, Sr., Countryside

WR Amari Niblack, Sr., Lakewood

WR Nate Johnson, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic

WR Eric Jackson, Sr., Pinellas Park

TE Wyatt Stiehl, Sr., East Lake

C Tyrek Tripp, Jr., Clearwater

C Jacob Johanning, Sr., Pinellas Park

OL Preston Cushman, Sr., Calvary Christian

OL Connor Homa, Sr., Palm Harbor University

OL Aaron Sanez, Sr., Clearwater

OL Franklin Miller, Sr., Northeast

K Robert Gunn III, Sr., Pinellas Park

UTIL CJ Lee, Sr., Clearwater


DL Jack Hostetler, Sr., East Lake

DL Maikeli Tuinakauvadra, Sr., Osceola

DL Jaylan Anderson, Sr., Northeast

DL Deondre Randall, Sr., Largo

LB Garrick Ponder, Sr., Pinellas Park

LB Melvin Jordan, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

LB Adarius Hayes, So., Largo

LB Anthony Weaver, Sr., Keswick Christian

CB Terrell Crosby, Sr., Lakewood

CB London Hall, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

SS Jaeden Atkins, Sr., Calvary Christian

FS D’Angelo Hutchinson, Sr., Northeast

P Logan Gregory, Sr., Countryside

UTIL Jordan Jiminez, Sr., Pinellas Park

UTIL Sammy Miller Jr., Jr., Gibbs

LS Mac Wiand, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

LS Liam Holden, Jr., St. Petersburg

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FNF Campus Tour Preview: Pinellas Park at PHU



Pinellas Park (6-1) at Palm Harbor University (3-4), 7

Three things to know

Pound the rock

Both teams have strong rushing attacks. Palm Harbor University’s ground game is led by Luke Yoder, whose father is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Todd Yoder. The younger Yoder currently leads the Tampa Bay area and ranks fourth overall in the state with 1,271 yards so far this season. Pinellas Park is more diversified in its approach. Isaiah Hampton (780 yards) and Terrion Williams (652 yards) are the Patriots’ top two leading rushers. 

Trap game

Pinellas Park is tied with Northeast for second place in Class 6A, District 11 and needs a win against Boca Ciega on Oct. 29 to force a three-way tie at the top of the standings. Before the Patriots can worry about playoff implications, they have to focus on Palm Harbor University. After starting 1-3, the Hurricanes have lost three straight and dropped out of contention for the 8A, District 11 title. That relegated Palm Harbor University to playing the role of spoiler the remainder of the season. 

Check out the FNF Campus Tour

The Friday Night Football Campus Tour, presented by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a free, interactive event that includes games and prizes for all fans, including the opportunity to get Tampa Bay Buccaneers swag. A 15-foot-tall replica of the NFL’s Super Bowl trophy is on display at each stop.. Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear, the Bucs’ mascot, also will be in attendance.   

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