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Football: Class 6A region semifinal rewind — Nov. 19

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2021 FHSAA Football State Championships 6A Football State Championships

Area recap

Jesuit 49, Braden River 9

The Tigers’ streak of five straight shutouts came to an end. That was the only setback in a dominating performance. Jesuit jumped out to a 42-3 lead at the half and cruised the rest of the way. The win sets up a rematch with Hillsborough in the region final.

Prime time performers

LB Troy Bowles, Jr., Jesuit: Returned a fumble for a touchdown in a win over Braden River.

QB Luke Knight, So., Jesuit: Threw for two touchdowns in a win over Braden River.

ATH Junior Vandeross, Sr., Jesuit: The dynamic playmaker scored four first half touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving, one punt return) in a win over Braden River.

Hillsborough 28, Sumner 7

The Terriers relied on a strong run game and a stingy defense to break open a close game and extend their win streak to eight. With the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, Hillsborough scored twice in the final six minutes of the half to take control.

Prime time performers

RB Jacquez Gibson, So., Hillsborough: Ran for a touchdown in a win over Sumner.

RB Joey Sipp Jr., Sr., Hillsborough: Ran for more than 100 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground in a win over Sumner.

QB Greg Smith III, So., Sumner: Scored the Stingrays’ lone touchdown on a short run in a loss to Hillsborough.

Friday’s region final schedule (Nov. 26)

Hillsborough at Jesuit, 7:30

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Region finals

Class 7A

Half Tampa Bay Tech 14, Wharton 6

Class 6A

2nd Q Jesuit 14, 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 12, Zephyrhills Christian 0

2nd Q Naples First Baptist 28, Northside Christian 0

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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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Football: Wharton at Tampa Bay Tech preview

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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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