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Hillsborough County all-star football game set for tonight

Bob Putnam



Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Hillsborough County All-Star Football Game

When: Tonight, 6

Where: Sickles

Admission: Free

Parking: $5




Armwood: DL, Ty’Juan Peoples, RB Jordan Shepard

Bloomingdale: LB/RB Wa’myron Howard, OL/LB Derrick Mahoney, WR Dinero McClendon, LB Jamarion Neal, DE/TE Malik Simmons

Brandon: TE/DE Kenric Rosario, TE/DL Tae Williams

Cambridge Christian: OL Jason Campbell, DB Chase Cregan, WR/DB Gavin Martinez

Durant: DB Aashton Kirkland, OL Wyatt Lawson, RB Eli Reed

East Bay: OL/DL Garret Hines, DL Ethan Lyons

Freedom: RB/LB Keegan McCalla

Lennard: OL Hayden Gondleman-Matthews, RB/LB Amari Jones

Newsome: RB Jack Arane, OL Zach Clay, OL Thomas Heeps, TE/DL Max Paplin

Plant City: WR Reagan Ealy, QB Nick Felice, LB Todd Miller

Riverview: TE/FB Ryan Peacock

Seffner Christian: WR Herman James, OL/DL Juice Williams

Spoto: DL Alvin Hancock, LB/S Jesse Hayag

Strawberry Crest: OL Jackson Bradford, LB Jake Craig

Tampa Catholic: WR/KR Rafael Ekechi, DL/OL Cole Essek

Tampa Bay Tech: WR Armone Harris, DL Rahki Kinsey, DE/LB Matthew Myles, QB David Wright, 

Wharton: OL Tyree Brooks, S Markell Dominique, FB/TE Kaden Durgan, QB Emery Floyd, OL/DL Khalil Richardson

Head coach: Mike Williams, Wharton


Alonso: RB James Berry, DB Aumari Gary, DL Antonio Moore

Blake: DB Xavier Barton, OL Kenneth Hunter

Carrollwood Day: OL Mason Arnold, QB Brendan Palamar

Chamberlain: DB JT Anderson, RB Antony Guzman, WR/DB Antonio Jamison, WR Keveyon Marbra, QB Enzo Tedesco

Gaither: LB Nick Bartalo, RB/WR Jayden Mendez, OL William Silverman, OL/DL/TE John Wallace

Hillsborough: WR/TE Kareem Chambers, P/K Zachary Long, OL Nigel Richardson, DL Laregos Williams

Jefferson: DL Nasir Beckham, RB/LB/DB Jeremiah Burnett, TE/DL Carson Moore, TE Gage Wilcox

King: WR Dwayne Taylor, DL Carlos Torres

Leto: DL Enrique Chamberlain, DB Michael Crumpton, DB Myshawn Crumpton, OL Jordan Guisao, LB James Moore

Middleton: LB Tyrone Lelt, WR/QB Marlon Singletary, Lb/RB Edward Williams Jr. 

Plant: OL Jadeon Anderson, WR Ray Desanto, LB Nick Gordon, OL Matthew Sherer

Sickles: QB Brandon Dessi, DB Tahj Hunter, OL Nohl Settlemire

Steinbrenner: OL Joseph Encarnacion, DB/LB TJ Hubbell, WR Justin Woodward

Tampa Bay Christian: WR/LB Bryce Webb

Head coach: Robert Spann, Leto

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College Football

Seminole’s Chris Miller selected to coach in Tropical Bowl

Bob Putnam



Seminole’s Chris Miller was named one of the head coaches for the Tropical Bowl, an all-star college football game featuring mostly FBS players who are potential NFL draft picks. 

Miller will coach the American team. He left Thursday to start practices for Sunday’s game, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at Kissimmee’s Celebration High. 

The staff Miller assembled includes Warhawks assistants Rob Ewing and Chris Parker and former Admiral Farragut standout Kreg Brown. 

After spending more than a decade as a player and a coach at Admiral Farragut, Miller left to become coach at Seminole in 2013. 

This is his third year coaching in a college all-star game. He was the receivers coach for the National Bowl in 2018 and was offensive coordinator for the game in 2019. 

Two locals are playing in this year’s Tropical Bowl — USF defensive back Mike Hampton (Hillsborough) and Florida International offensive lineman Shane McGough (Gaither).  

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Hillsborough track star Erriyon Knighton reportedly turns pro

Bob Putnam



Hillsborough’s Erriyon Knighton, who solidified himself as one of the nation’s top sprinters after an impressive performance this summer, has decided to forgo his high school and collegiate eligibility by signing with Adidas according to a report by Track and Field News. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Knighton becomes the second area track athlete to turn pro before exhausting his amateur status. In 2015, former Gibbs and Baylor sprinting sensation Trayvon Bromell signed with New Balance. A year later, Bromell was in the Olympics. 

Knighton is on the same path.  

At the Junior Olympics this past summer, Knighton won the 200 meters in a wind-legal time of 20.33 seconds, the fastest-ever recorded in the 16 year old’s age group (15-16) at the Junior Olympics and the nation’s top time by a high school athlete at that point last year. 

Knighton shaved 56 seconds off his personal best set in June of 2020. And his blistering 20.33 time was just 0.20 seconds off the under-18 world record set by Usain Bolt. 

That was not all. 

In the 100 meters, Knighton again sprinted to the head of the class at the Junior Olympics, this time winning in 10.29 seconds, a time that was tied for the nation’s top mark by a high school athlete this past year.

Those eye-opening times got the attention of the track-and-field aficionados — and the sporting world.

It also put him on the fast track to potential Olympic stardom. That was in part why he made the decision, according to Track and Field News. 

By doing so, Knighton is all but giving up a promising career in football. 

Knighton’s big-play ability, combined with his speed, made him a bona fide football prospect. He is already ranked as a four-star recruit and considered the state’s 15-best player for the Class of 2022 on 247 Sports’ composite list.

As a junior this past season, Knighton had 201 rushing yards, 484 receiving and accounted for eight touchdowns.  

Colleges took notice. Knighton has offers from several Division I-A programs, including Florida, FSU, Michigan and Tennessee. 

Knighton’s future is coming into his focus.

So is his vision. 

This summer, Knighton failed a physical because of poor eyesight. He had 20/100 vision in one eye and 20/80 in the other. He now has glasses and plans on getting contacts. 

“It didn’t really bother me in track,” Knighton told Prime Time Preps at the time. “I could still see. The only thing that was blurry was when I tried to read plays from the sideline in football.”

The picture is clear. No more football and track at Hillsborough, followed by four more years of both sports in college. 

The focus is now on the Olympics, something that Knighton said was a possibility this summer. 

“I might lean towards track, slightly,” Knighton told Prime Time Preps this summer.. “I’m thinking about the Olympics more and more.” 

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Locals to watch in Sunday’s NFL wild-card games

Bob Putnam



Several locals are playing in NFL wild-card games this weekend. Here are the ones on active rosters for Sunday’s games. 

Baltimore Ravens

WR Chris Moore

High school: Jefferson

College: Cincinnati

New Orleans Saints

RB Tony Jones Jr.

High school: St. Petersburg Catholic/IMG Academy

College: Notre Dame

Diontae Johnson
Photos courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

WR Diontae Johnson

High school: Lennard

College: Toledo

WR Ray-Ray McCloud

High school: Sickles

College: Clemson

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