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Breakin' it down

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

By Times staff writers
Published October 13, 2004

Every team ahead at the half (17 of 17) won. TBT and Chamberlain were tied going into the break.

Hillsborough got strong passing from Jarred Fayson (10-15, 108 yards) and used an opportunistic defense to overcome a strong ground game from Sarasota Riverview (364 yards) in winning 35-21 to remain undefeated at 5-0. This also didn't hurt the Terrier cause: Riverview fumbled five times and lost four while Hillsborough didn't have any turnovers.

Tampa Bay Tech amassed 217 rushing yards against Chamberlain. The Chiefs also got 217 yards rushing against Tech, but the Chiefs did it in 31 fewer carries than the Titans (22 to 53).

Seven of eight returns for scores - off fumbles, interceptions, kickoffs and punts - went to the winners. This season, that number is 22 of 27.

If your team scored first, the odds were 2-1 in your favor it would win. If your team got the first two scores, those odds went up to more than 9-1.

So far this season, NFL teams with more penalties are winning 40 percent of the time. In college, the number is 48 percent. In Hillsborough County, teams with more penalties than their opponents have won at 62 percent rate, not far off the previous two-year county average of 66.6.

The most productive passer was Jefferson's Steven Garcia, who was 21 of 28 for 320 yards, no interceptions, and three touchdowns in a 37-26 win over Plant.

In 79 percent of last week's games, the winning team had more passing yards.

Mike Brown of Brandon had three rushing touchdowns in a 35-27 win over Plant City. Brown had one more than the Raiders' Derrick Hallback.

Kickers hit 88 percent of extra points compared to a 40 percent success rate on two-point attempts.

Jesuit and Armwood did not have to punt.

Demetrius McCray scored four touchdowns in Armwood's 84-0 victory over King. The Hawks also scored four touchdowns on the first play of a drive.

- Compiled by Times staff writer Scott Purks and Times correspondent Jim Reese.

[Last modified October 13, 2004, 00:39:22]


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