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Hillsborough football roundup

Times staff writers
Published October 9, 2004

Chamberlain 21, TBT 7

TAMPA - Chamberlain rebounded after a sluggish first half, highlighted by a 79-yard run by Jordan Wilson on Chamberlain's first play of the third quarter.

The Chiefs (2-3) tied it at 7 late in the first half on Jet Steele's 15-yard touchdown to Cody Overby.

Andre Patrick battled to keep the Titans (2-3) in it, rushing for 71 yards and completing 6 of 10 passes for 46 yards before leaving late with an undisclosed injury.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Wilson scored on a 62-yard burst up the middle to put Chamberlain up 21-7 in the fourth. Wilson broke a tackle then outran the defenders to seal the victory.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: After being bottled up during the first half, Wilson ran for 163 yards and a touchdown on only five second-half caries. He finished with 221 yards on 18 carries. Overby caught six passes for 89 yards.

THEY SAID IT: "I told Coach at halftime that the middle was wide open, but we kept running it outside in the first half. So then we just kept pounding it up the middle until we finally broke through. We just played to their weakness, I guess." - Wilson

- JASON H. DAVIS, Times correspondent

Leto 33, Freedom 21

TAMPA - The Falcons' first win of the season was an impressive one, as they defeated Freedom 33-21. Key turnovers and Leto's offensive execution proved to be too much for the Patriots, who dropped to 1-4.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Bryant Leonard's first of three touchdowns came early on a 44-yard scamper. This set the tone and Leto never looked back.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: This game was dominated by the performances of Leto's Bryant Leonard and Drew Adkins. Leonard added touchdown receptions of 55 and 43 yards to his 44-yard run. He finished with 214 yards of total offense. Adkins was all over the field on defense, picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles. He returned the first fumble 32 yards for a score.

THEY SAID IT: "Keeping my game consistent has led to these results. When I work hard all week in practice, good things will happen. This was a big win for us." - Adkins, Leto defensive back

- DARREN AUGUSTOWSKI, Times correspondent

Robinson 41, Alonso 18

TAMPA - Alonso tried double coverage, multiple defensive looks and a myriad of blitzes. But in the end, the Ravens could do little to derail the Robinson passing attack.

Led by quarterback Marcello Trigg, Robinson gained 252 yards and scored three touchdowns through the air. Seventy-one of those passing yards came on the Knights' opening 80-yard drive, which, capped by an 8-yard touchdown from Trigg to Kyle Weihs, gave Robinson the lead for good.

PLAY OF THE GAME: In the second quarter, Alonso's blitz showed signs of success with a couple of sacks. Then with 2:42 left in the half, the Knights answered. Trigg lofted a perfect screen pass over the heads of Alonso's blitzers to Jermaine Doster. With most of the defense caught in the backfield, Doster followed a couple of nice blocks during an 80-yard scamper to the end zone.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Trigg threw for three touchdowns on 13 for 20 passing for 252 yards and no interceptions. Doster caught two passes for 85 yards and a touchdown, and ran 13 times for 71 yards and two scores. Defensively, Robinson's Javier Arenas returned a fumble 74 yards for a touchdown. Alonso's Jose Isa rushed 27 times for 156 yards.

THEY SAID IT: "I thought we had some mental lapses there we can't have in weeks to come if we want to make the playoffs," - Robinson coach Mike DePue.

- ROB BRANNON, Times correspondent

Gaither 11, Blake 7

TAMPA - Chris Bonner's reception on a 2-point conversion after Carlton Mitchell's second-quarter touchdown seemed trivial at the time. It put Gaither ahead by one point. But with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Blake inside the Cowboys' 30-yard line, the decision to go for two became key as the Yellow Jackets were forced to drive for a touchdown instead of a tying field goal. With the Cowboys on their heels, Blake quarterback Josh Archie converted on fourth-and-21, finding Leroy Vann on a pitch-and-catch that covered 30 yards. Yet the Jackets failed at their second attempt on fourth down. Gaither safety Robert Harvey jarred the ball loose from a receiver to secure the win. PLAY OF THE GAME: Up by a point late in the second quarter, John Chesnut scrambled from the pocket and connected with Bonner for a 24-yard reception that set up a 33-yard Korry Kubly field goal.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Gaither running back Ovie Esalomi had 98 yards on 23 carries. THEY SAID IT: "This might be a springboard. We had to overcome a lot of stuff, and the defense played great." - Mark Kantor, Gaither coach.

- DAVID NORRIE, Times correspondent

East Bay 31, Bloomingdale 14

VALRICO - After a slow start and many delays for injuries and mistakes, East Bay (4-1) put everything together to win a Class 5A, District 7 game.

The Indians ran over 400 yards and scored all four of their touchdowns on the ground.

The first quarter was scoreless as Bloomingdale's defensive line kept the potent East Bay running game under 40 yards. In the second quarter East Bay went around the Bulls' defensive line bulk and scored two touchdowns, one each by Randy Merrell and Durrell Williams.

Jason Grant and Dominick Colla scored touchdowns for the Bulls (1-4).

PLAY OF THE GAME: Early in the second quarter, Merrell, a senior fullback, skirted around the line and raced 85 yards for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Williams had 11 carries for 202 yards and three touchdowns. He was both the leading scorer and top rusher. For Bloomingdale, Colla ran 16 times for 132 yards and a touchdown.

THEY SAID IT: "We came out a little banged up tonight, but we played a tough team in Bloomingdale. They get better every year. The best thing about tonight's game was the win. It was a hard win and it was a district win." - Brian Thornton, East Bay coach.

- TERRY JONES, Times correspondent

Lakeland 42, Riverview 7

RIVERVIEW - Lakeland's powerful offense spent much of the first half on the sideline thanks to Riverview's clock-chewing ground attack, but the Dreadnaughts made the most of their limited opportunities.

Despite having just four first-half possessions, Lakeland scored on its first and last plays from scrimmage in the half to build a 15-0 lead. The Dreadnaughts then scored 21 third-quarter points to remain unbeaten and atop the Class 5A, District 7 standings.

Chris Alexander hooked up with Jason Harmon for a 15-yard touchdown for the Sharks' lone score.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Alexander rolled to his right and floated a ball that looked well over Harmon's head. But the 6-foot-2 wideout went up high and got a hand on the ball. As Harmon fell to the ground on his stomach, he stretched up and came down with the pass for a 22-yard completion.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Lakeland sophomore tailback Chris Rainey rushed for a game-high 216 yards on seven carries, caught three passes for 70 yards and scored five touchdowns.

- BRANDON WRIGHT, Times correspondent

Elsewhere

MIDDLETON 51, SICKLES 12: The host Tigers won their fourth consecutive game with an opportunistic defense and potent passing attack.

Middleton (4-1) led 24-7 at halftime and did not let up, scoring in just about every way. David Lee returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown, and Claxton Perry blocked a punt and returned it 8 yards for another. O.J. Murdock and Bernard Tillaman caught touchdown passes of 30 and 8 yards, respectively, from Cedric Harris.

Sickles' Nick Carpenter had 75 yards and a 1-yard touchdown run on 13 carries. Aaron Moses scored the final touchdown on a 2-yard run for the Gryphons (2-3).

"This was about as complete a victory as we've had here at Middleton," Middleton coach Harry Hubbard said. "We overcame some mistakes, and the special teams, offense and defense all played well."

NEWSOME 24, NORTH PORT 14: The host Wolves rallied behind the running of Will Pullie and Mike Ivey. Newsome (3-2) led 10-7 after halftime after trailing 7-0. Pullie, who had 31 carries for 178 yards, scored two touchdowns and Ivey one.

Newsome won its first two games this season but struggled in its last two. Friday's victory also avenged a 54-32 loss to North Port last season.

"This was a real sweet win for us after what happened last year," Newsome coach Floyd Graham said. "We made a couple of mistakes early, but the guys came back and made up for them to get the lead and stay ahead for good."

BERKELEY PREP 20, CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER 13: Seniors Derek Hatcher and Ryan Zirkle helped the host Bucs improve to 5-0. Berkeley Prep rallied after Coral Springs (0-4) returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Hatcher scored on a 1-yard sneak, and Zirkle scored on runs of 1 and 12 yards.

"This was a very talented team we played," Berkeley Prep coach Frank Sullivan said. "They put quite a scare into us, but if we are going to continue to be a good team, we have to learn to come back if we are down. And that's just what we did. It was a good win for us."

TEMPLE HEIGHTS 35, PROVIDENCE CHR. 13: T.J. Luke and Sean Patrick lifted the visiting Eagles to their first win of the season. Luke scored on runs of 9 and 4 yards and Patrick on runs of 57 and 4 yards.

"It sure feels good to get that first win," Temple Heights coach Steve Lewis said. "These boys deserve it."

The Knights (1-1) pulled to within 14-7 with 36 seconds left in the first half. But Patrick scored from 57 yards on the first play of the ensuing series. Mike Perea scored on a 53-yard option in the fourth to seal it for the Eagles (1-4).

- Compiled by JIM REESE, Times correspondent

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