St. Petersburg Times Online: Business

Weather | Sports | Forums | Comics | Classifieds | Calendar | Movies

Friday night replay

Each week, the Times breaks down the previous Friday's games and provides a statistical outlook. The breakdown for Week 6:

Times staff writers
Published October 15, 2003

50-50 chance: Opponents recovered 31 of 62 fumbles.

Balanced attack award: Chamberlain threw for 188 yards and rushed for 194 in its 21-0 victory against Tampa Bay Tech.

After Week 6 last year, there were 55 offensive touchdowns of more than 50 yards. After six weeks this season, there have been 60.

Diminishing returns: So far this season, there have been 21 non-offensive returns for touchdowns. Last year after Week 6, there were 47.

Ten of the 14 winners committed fewer turnovers.

Takeaways = victories: The teams with the five highest number of takeaways through Week 6 are a combined 38-20. The teams with the five lowest takeaways are 13-22.

Leto ran 64 plays to Freedom's 28 and had 14 first downs to Freedom's three. Freedom won, however, 13-12. The difference: Freedom needed only 3- and 1-yard drives to score their touchdowns after forcing turnovers.

Teams with more penalty yards have won 59 percent of the games this season. In 2002, teams with more penalty yards in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties won 62 percent of their games.

Thirteen of 14 teams ahead at the half won Friday. The exception was Middleton, which beat Sickles 25-23 with a field goal at the gun.

83 percent of the teams scoring first this season went on to win.

Completed passes Friday averaged 15 yards. The average rushing gain was 5.4 yards.

When teams ran, they lost the ball 3.7 percent of the time by fumbling. There were 19 interceptions out of 378 passes, a turnover rate of 5 percent.

Armwood, Chamberlain, Berkeley Prep and Durant recorded shutouts.

County kickers converted 14 field goals compared with five in Week 6 of 2002. Durant's Jonathan Clarkson made the longest field goal, 43 yards.

Field goals were the difference in Robinson's 10-7 victory against Alonso and Middleton's 25-23 victory against Sickles.

County passers completed 46 percent of their passes for 2,609 yards.

Every team getting the first two scores won.

- Compiled by Times Staff Writer Scott Purks and Jim Reese.

© Copyright, St. Petersburg Times. All rights reserved.