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Football: Class 6A region quarterfinal recap – Nov. 12

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2021 FHSAA Football State Championships 6A Football State Championships

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Jesuit 50, Boca Ciega 0

The nationally-ranked Tigers jumped out to a 28-0 after the first quarter and were up 42-0 at the half. That was more than enough as Jesuit cruised through a running clock in the second half and posted its fifth straight shutout and sixth overall this season.

Prime time performers

WR Jarriett Buie Jr., Jr., Jesuit: Finished with three touchdown receptions, all in the first half, in a win over Boca Ciega.

LB AJ Cottrill, Sr., Jesuit: Picked off a pass in the third quarter, his third forced turnover in the past four games.

QB Luke Knight, So., Jesuit: Threw for four touchdowns, all in the first half, in a win over Boca Ciega.

RB Joquez Smith, Jr., Jesuit: Ran for two touchdowns in the first half of a win over Boca Ciega.

Braden River 30, Countryside 16

Down 24-9 with 3 minutes, 11 seconds left in regulation, the Cougars scored to make it a one-possession game. But Countryside could not get any closer, allowing the Pirates to score a minute later to put the game away.

Prime time performers

RB Jaden Griffin, Sr., Countryside: Ran for 90 yards on 18 carries in a loss to Braden River.

QB Dylan Nahra, Fr., Countryside: Threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Braden River.

Hillsborough 33, Pinellas Park 27

The Terriers erased a nine-point second half deficit to win their eighth straight game. The streak after a loss to Jesuit. Now, Hillsborough is just one game away from a possible rematch with the Tigers in the region final.

Prime time performers

RB Jordaan Bailey, Sr., Hillsborough: Totaled 130 yards of offense and two touchdowns in a win over Pinellas Park.

QB Shaun Joshi, Jr., Hillsborough: Threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Pinellas Park.

RB Terrion Williams, Sr., Pinellas Park: Ran for more than 70 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Hillsborough.

Sumner 8, Northeast 6

The Stingrays are the first team from the Tampa Bay area to not only win a district title but also win a playoff game in its first year playing a district schedule. Last year, Sumner made its debut as a program by playing a hybrid varsity/junior varsity schedule.

Prime time performers

RB/CB Keoni Denny, Jr., Sumner: Operating out of the wildcat, Denny threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Execus in the first half that turned out to be the winning score.

ATH D’Angelo Hutchinson, Sr., Northeast: Scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the second half, but the Vikings were unsuccessful on the two-point conversion that would have tied the game.

S/RB Kylen Webb, Jr., Sumner: Recorded an interception in a win over Northeast.

Friday’s region semifinal schedule

Braden River at Jesuit, 7:30

Hillsborough at Sumner, 7:30

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Class 7A

Half Tampa Bay Tech 14, Wharton 6

Class 6A

Half Jesuit 21, Hillsborough 0

Class 5A

Half Clearwater 6, Sebring 0

Class 4A

2nd Q Clewiston 0, Lakewood 0

Class 3A

Half Berkeley Prep 21, Clearwater Central Catholic 10

Class 2A

2nd Q Orlando Christian Prep 26, Zephyrhills Christian 6

2nd Q Naples First Baptist 28, Northside Christian 7

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Friday football forecast — Nov. 26

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Region finals

Class 7A

Wharton (9-2) at Tampa Bay Tech (12-0), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Tampa Bay Tech (69 percent/49 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Tampa Bay Tech 21-20

Class 6A

Hillsborough (10-2) at Jesuit (12-0), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Jesuit (73 percent/52 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Jesuit 21-7

Class 5A

Sebring (8-3) at Clearwater (11-1), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Clearwater (76 percent/54 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 28-21

Class 4A

Clewiston (8-2) at Lakewood (10-2), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Lakewood (89 percent/63 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood 22-17

Class 3A

Clearwater Central Catholic (8-3) at Berkeley Prep (10-0), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Berkeley Prep (75 percent/53 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Berkeley Prep 28-24

Class 2A

Zephyrhills Christian (9-2) at Orlando Christian Prep (9-1), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Zephyrhills Christian (58 percent/41 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills Christian 21-19

Northside Christian (7-2) at Naples First Baptist (9-1), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Northside Christian (66 percent/47 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Naples First Baptist 35-21

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7A region final

Wharton (9-2) at Tampa Bay Tech (12-0), 7:30

This is a rematch from a regular season game the Titans won 21-12. That win not only clinched the district title for Tampa Bay Tech but also helped the program go undefeated in the regular season for the first time. The Titans schedule included nine games against teams that made the playoffs. Playing — and beating — such tough competition is the reason why Tampa Bay Tech earned the top overall seed in 7A based on RPI rankings.  The offense has displayed some nice balance with more than 2,000 yards rushing and passing this season. Quarterback Xavione Washington, a transfer from Tampa Catholic, took over as the starter and had played well down the stretch, throwing for 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions the last seven games. Defensively, the Titans are led up front with a furious pass rush that has recorded 38 sacks this season. The Wildcats are road warriors. They have won all road the past two seasons under coach Mike Williams, including two straight in the playoffs so far to reach the region final. Wharton’s strength is its defense, which has allowed just 93 points all season and has posted four shutouts. Last week, the Wildcats stymied Lehigh’s five-star running back Richard Young, who held to his lowest rushing total of the season. Wharton’s defensive playmakers also have a knack for finding the end zone once they get their hands on the ball. The Wildcats have scored a whopping 12 defensive touchdowns this season (five fumble returns, seven interception returns). 

Stat leaders

CategoryWhartonTampa Bay Tech
Passing yardsCarson Mohler, 947 (10 TDs, 5 INTs)Xavione Washington, 1,932 (19 TDs, 7 INTs)
Rushing yardsArkese Parks, 570 yards (7 TDs)James Evans, 917 yards (14 TDs)
Receiving yardsJason Cornwall, 227 (2 TDs)Greg Gaines III, 741 yards (9 TDs)
TacklesCameron Campbell, 92Ed Gwinn, 78
SacksBooker Pickett Jr., 19Keyon Clark, 15
InterceptionsTwo players tied with four. Two players tied with three.
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