Cotey stumbled to an embarrassing 9-5 record last week, getting trounced by Thalji's 11-3 finish. Props go to Dixie Hollins and alma mater Osceola for helping the Pinellas rookie shut up the doddering old man. Cotey is so speechless he didn't really have anything to say this week. And, really, what can be said in such a heavy nondistrict week? So here we go:
All games at 7:30 unless noted.
Tarpon Springs (3-1) at Boca Ciega (3-1)
LAST MEETING: Boca Ciega 27, Tarpon Springs 13 (2003)
THE SKINNY: Bogie is averaging 16.5 points a game. Tarpon Springs has given up 15 - all season. The Pirates are coming off the most dramatic win in the history of Pinellas County football (hey, we can be dramatic, too, ya know). Tarpon couldn't score against one of the county's most porous defenses last week, but had better this week.
Cotey: Tarpon Springs Thalji: Boca Ciega
Countryside (4-0) at Seminole (2-2)
LAST MEETING: Countryside 41, Seminole 7 (2003)
THE SKINNY: The Cougars were only 6-of-8 for 46 passing yards last week. So what? Countryside still ran for 171 yards. Don't expect coach John Davis to keep the safety on Harrison Beck two weeks in a row. Seminole won despite four turnovers last week. The Warhawks won't have a chance of winning tonight if they don't hold onto the ball.
Cotey: Countryside Thalji: Countryside
St. Petersburg Catholic (3-0) at Jesuit (3-1)
LAST MEETING: St. Petersburg Catholic 24, Jesuit 10 (2003)
THE SKINNY: Someone lost the Barons' stats this week, and we'll take the blame. So trust us: Billy Tapp is the county's leading passer, Jock Sanders one of the highest-scoring players, Andrew Harris and Ryan Batty two of the best receivers. Now, we find out just how good a team they have.
Cotey: SPC Thalji: Jesuit
Clearwater (3-1) at St. Petersburg (2-2)
LAST MEETING: Clearwater 29, St. Petersburg 13 (2003)
THE SKINNY: St. Petersburg had 175 yards in penalties in last week's loss. Say what? A more disciplined Green Devils squad will be the toughest test of the season for a Tornadoes team whose three wins are against foes that are a combined 1-11. St. Pete's battle-hardened squad is Clearwater's first real test of the season.
Cotey: St. Petersburg Thalji: St. Petersburg
Fort Meade (3-1) at Clearwater Central Catholic (3-1)
LAST MEETING: Fort Meade 6, CCC 0 (2003)
THE SKINNY: CCC's defense showed up last week and will need to be there again tonight against a big-play Miner offense. Considering the Marauders have a pretty impressive bunch of playmakers as well, you might want to get there early for this one.
Cotey: CCC Thalji: CCC
Palm Harbor U. (1-3) at Dixie Hollins (3-1)
LAST MEETING: Dixie Hollins 29, PHU 8 (2003)
THE SKINNY: Dixie Hollins and quarterback Mike Martin showed just how good they can be in last week's 20-19 win over Dunedin. Which is bad news for a PHU team that got its first win of the season last week, edging East Lake 13-7.
Cotey: Dixie Hollins Thalji: Dixie Hollins
Dunedin (1-3) at Osceola (3-1)
LAST MEETING: Dunedin 21, Osceola 20 (2003).
THE SKINNY: Is that Taps we hear in the background? The Falcons' season imploded in a hurry, and the Warriors grind-it-out attack is tailor made for the soft middle of the Falcons defense. But all the analysis in the world doesn't change one fact - Dunedin needs to have Theo Wilson back at quarterback.
Cotey: Dunedin Thalji: Osceola
Indian Rocks Christian (2-2) at Northside Christian (4-1)
LAST MEETING: Northside Christian 15, IRC 6 (2003)
THE SKINNY: The stingy Mustang defense is allowing fewer than 100 yards per game, and the Golden Eagles boast a back who's been getting 100 yards a half when healthy in Jimmy Davis.
Cotey: IRC Thalji: Northside
Largo (3-1) at Lakewood (0-4)
LAST MEETING: Largo 35, Lakewood 0 (2003)
THE SKINNY: We promised Lakewood coach Brian Bruch that we would no longer mention that his team hasn't ... umm ... well, you know, hasn't, uhh, finished with more points than an opponent in a while. So we won't ... this week.
Cotey: Largo Thalji: Largo
Pinellas Park (0-4) at Northeast (2-2)
LAST MEETING: Pinellas Park 28, Northeast 9 (2003)
THE SKINNY: The Vikings' two starting offensive tackles are hurt and Jerrell Lamb picked a fine time to get suspended last week. Northeast needs to turn it around fast against a Pinellas Park team that outgained Clearwater last week but got trounced.
Cotey: Northeast Thalji: Northeast
Cambridge (3-2) at Keswick Christian (2-2)
LAST MEETING: None
THE SKINNY: Cambridge is on a two-game losing streak. Keswick is on a two-game win streak. Make it three after tonight.
Cotey: Keswick Thalji: Keswick
Calvary Chr. (2-1) at Hernando Chr. (0-3); 4 p.m.
LAST MEETING: None
THE SKINNY: Calvary Christian plays a lot of schools we've never heard of, but those schools have had trouble with the Crusaders' explosive offense and swarming defense.
Cotey: Calvary Thalji: Calvary
St. John Neumann (3-1) at Shorecrest (2-2)
LAST MEETING: Shorecrest 28, St. John Neumann 9 (2003).
THE SKINNY: The Chargers rallied to score 21 in the fourth quarter last week but couldn't close the deal. St. John Neumann is coming off a 17 point loss last week. Are they still mad about that?
Cotey: Shorecrest Thalji: St. John Neumann
Evangelical Chr. (2-2) at Admiral Farragut (0-4)
LAST MEETING: Evangelical Christian 28, Admiral Farragut 14 (2003)
THE SKINNY: The Blue Jackets got shut out last week. Hard to imagine Admiral Farragut getting off the slide this week.