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Football: Hernando County Top Three

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1. Hernando (4-3)

Up next: Tonight vs. Sunlake

The Leopards appear to have a playoff berth secured. They are currently fourth in Class 4A, Region 2 based on the Florida High School Athletic Association’s latest RPI rankings. The next week is busy with Hernando playing three games in a six-day span. After hosting Sunlake tonight, the Leopards play Wiregrass Ranch on Tuesday in a makeup game from earlier this season and finish with a matchup against Lecanto on Nov. 5.

2. Nature Coast (5-3)

Up next: Friday vs. Weeki Wachee

The Sharks have been battling injuries, particularly with their receivers and their secondary. Last week’s loss to Zephyrhills dropped Nature Coast to third place in Class 5A, District 9 and out of contention for a title. Still, the Sharks are in good position to make the playoffs with an at-large bid. They are currently third in their region based on the latest RPI rankings. 

3. Springstead (6-3)

Up next: Friday vs. Ocala Vanguard

The Eagles, who are coming off a bye, close out the regular season with a matchup against Ocala Vanguard that will decide the Class 6A, District 5 title. A Springstead win could force a three-way tie with Vanguard and Belleview at the top of the standings. The winner would then be determined by which team has the highest RPI ranking. Vanguard currently has the top ranking in the region.   

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Football Player of the Week Poll — Region Semifinals (Nov. 15-19)

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Here are the nominees for the football player of the week. Voting lasts until 9 a.m. Friday. 

WR EJ Allen Jr., Jr., Zephyrhills Christian: Had five catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Lakeland Victory Christian. 

LB Drew Canody, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Had an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a win over Fort Myers Bishop Verot. 

DL Keyon Clark, Sr., Tampa Bay Tech: Recorded seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in a win over Palmetto. 

QB Carson Mohler, Sr., Wharton: Threw for two touchdowns in a win over Lehigh. 

ATH Jershaun Newton, Fr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Scored two rushing touchdowns in a win over Tampa Catholic.

RB Efrem Only, Sr., Clearwater: Ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a win over Nature Coast. 

WR Diezel Spann, Sr., Lakewood: Had two touchdown receptions in a win over Glades Central. 

ATH Junior Vandeross, Sr., Jesuit: Scored four touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving, one punt return) in a win over Braden River. 

RB Zuri Watson, So., Northside Christian: Ran for 151 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in a win over Community School of Naples. 

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Time to vote: Region Final Football Games — Nov.

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Time to vote: Region final football games — Nov. 26

The playoffs continue this week. Here are the area matchups you can vote on in this week’s region finals. The selections must be submitted by 1 p.m. Friday. 

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Boys Soccer Player of the Week — Nov. 15-20

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Boys soccer player of the poll — Nov. 15-20

Here are the nominees for the boys soccer player of the week. Voting lasts until 9 a.m. Friday. 

F Jonathan Brink, Jr., Academy at the Lakes: Scored a combined seven goals in wins over North Tampa Christian and Hudson and a tie with Cambridge Christian. 

F/MF Bryan Cervantes, Jr., Osceola: Scored a goal in all three wins last week to keep the Warriors undefeated. 

MF/F Lukas Kaller, Sr., Alonso: Finished with a combined three goals and two assists in wins over Blake and Leto. 

GK Angelo Montoya, Sr., Mitchell: Made four saves in a win over Carrollwood Day and has yet to allow goal this season. 

F/GK Esteban Navarette, Jr., Plant City: Scored five goals in a win over Brandon

F/MF Otis Wildman, Sr., Plant: Had a combined four goals and two assists in wins over Palm Harbor University and Lakewood. 

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