By Times staff writers
Published November 12, 2003
Last year teams with more penalty yards won 63 percent of the time. This season that number rose to 67.
In the past five weeks teams with more penalty yards won 80 percent of the time.
A Times survey of 314 games in the Tampa Bay area last season showed teams scoring first won 77.5 percent of the time. This year that figure dropped to 75.3.
It's up and it's good! Hillsborough County point-after attempts were 89.6 percent accurate in Week 10.
One is all it takes: Friday, East Bay used a last-minute pass - its only completion - to turn back playoff-bound Chamberlain 14-11 and secure a winning season at 6-4. The Indians have not had a losing season since '95.
Four of the top five penalized teams this season - Hillsborough, Alonso, Armwood and Jefferson - had a combined record of 34-6.
Tampa Bay Tech (3-7) was hit with more penalty yards this season (848) than it gained rushing (643).
Jefferson, Armwood and Tampa Bay Tech were in the top five in penalties in 2002 and 2003.
Berkeley Prep and Temple Heights, a combined 14-4, were among the least penalized teams this season at 40 and 35 yards per game, respectively.
Up in the air: Local quarterbacks threw 219 touchdowns, 38 more than last season.
Go figure: The 13 highest penalized teams had an 82-48 record. The 13 lowest were 40-74.
Last year, the highest penalized teams were 58-62 and the lowest 58-59.
Anybody have a good pep talk? The team behind at the half this season lost 89 percent of the time.
No place like home this season: Home teams won 61 percent of their games. Last year, they won 49.7.
Berkeley Prep's Derek Hatcher led in quarterback rating for 2003 at 127.96, based on the NFL formula. Robinson sophomore Marcello Trigg was second at 101.42.
Last week, teams with more penalty yards won 12 of 14 games (86 percent).
In the NFL last weekend, teams with more penalty yards won seven of 14 games.
Getting the first two scores of a game is huge. This season, 92 percent of teams that did won.