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Tampa Bay flag football coaches poll makes its debut



Area flag football programs have started a top 10 poll. More than 27 coaches submitted ballots for the first one. Robinson, perhaps the area’s most dominant program, takes the top spot after starting the season 6-0, followed by Newsome (6-0) and Steinbrenner (4-0). 

The Warriors, which handed powerhouse Alonso its first loss in two years, is ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps. 

1. Robinson (6-0)

2. Newsome (6-0)

3. Steinbrenner (4-0)

4. Alonso (4-1)

5. Lennard (5-1)

6. Riverview (5-2)

7. Lakewood Ranch (3-0)

8. Durant (3-0)

9. Chamberlain (3-0)

10. Bloomingdale (2-1)

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Flag football: Class 2A state final preview



Saturday’s flag football state finals

All games are at Mandarin High in Jacksonville.  Admission is $10 in advance, $13 on the day of the event. Parking is included in the ticket price. 

Class 2A

Newsome (19-1) vs. Davie Western (17-0), 1

How they got here: Newsome d. Alonso 27-0, d. Bloomingdale 20-19, d. Navarre 33-18. Davie Western d. Miami Dr. Krop 27-0, d. Miami Ferguson 38-6, d. Seminole Ridge 19-6. 

Outlook: This is the first time Newsome has appeared in a state championship game. The Wolves advanced by jumping out to an early lead and maintaining it in a 33-18 victory over Navarre in the state semifinals. Now comes the tough part with a matchup against Davie Western in the final. Both teams are ranked among the top two in the classification and the top four nationally by MaxPreps. The Wildcats, the nation’s top-ranked team, has outscored opponents by a combined 554-42. 

Team leaders (stats entering state semifinals)

Passing (yards/TDs)Devyn Silvestri, 3,435 yards/50 TDsSydney Ford, 3,430 yards/56 TDs
Rushing (yards/TDs)Devyn Silvestri, 422 yards/11 TDsSydney Ford, 157 yards/6 TDs
Receiving (yards/TDs)Kayla Ludwig, 1,079 yards/14 TDsVeronica McBride, 812 yards/14 TDs
TacklesKassidy Keebler, 84Lian Scott, 55
SacksCaroline Mckenna, 42Naiya Rampat, 16
InterceptionsDevyn Silvestri, 12Keylee Allen, 9

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Flag football: Class 1A state semifinal preview



Friday’s flag football state semifinals

All games are at Mandarin High in Jacksonville.  Admission is $10 in advance, $13 on the day of the event. Parking is included in the ticket price. 

Class 1A

Robinson (20-0) vs. Miami Edison (10-1), 8:15

How they got here: Robinson d. Bradenton Southeast 52-0, d. Lecanto 34-0. Miami Edison d. Miami Southridge 19-14, d. Miami Monsignor Pace 12-0. 

Outlook: The Knights have won five state titles (2014 2016-19), including the last four in their classification (the 2020 season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic). They have demolished the competition so far this season, outscoring foes by a combined 816-50. Robinson’s defense has posted shutouts in four of the last five games, including both playoff contests. Quarterback Sydney Stout has already shattered the state single-season record for most touchdown passes in a season with 102. Her favorite target is Bella Dolce, who has 127 catches for 1,276 yards and 25 touchdowns. After getting shut out by Western in the season opener, Edison has won 10 straight. The Raiders reached the state semifinals by surviving a pair of close, low scoring postseason games against Southridge and Monsignor Pace.   

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Sydney Stout reaches 100 touchdown passes — this season



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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