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Hillsborough football roundup

By Times staff writers
Published October 16, 2004


BLOOMINGDALE - Bloomingdale scored on all seven of its first-half possessions, amassing 217 yards on 19 plays and racing out to a 44-point halftime advantage.

The Bulls defense did the rest, holding overmatched Upperroom Christian to 140 total yards and forcing four turnovers.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Replacing starter Jason Grant at quarterback, Bloomingdale's Mike Green took the first snap of the second half and ran the option to the left. A stutter step and fake toss later, Green had turned the corner, outracing the Soaring Eagle secondary and finding the end zone to complete a 68-yard scamper.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Green ran for 93 yards on three rushes, scoring a touchdown each time he carried the ball. Grant was 2-of-3 passing for 29 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed three times for 18 yards and two touchdowns. Dominick Colla ran 14 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. Jahmaal Jones recorded three interceptions for the Bloomingdale defense, and Bulls kicker Travis Morgan connected on a 45-yard field goal.

KEY STATISTIC: Bloomingdale scored on nine straight possessions. During that span, the Bulls average starting field position was the UCA 35.

THEY SAID IT: "It was a good out-of-league game. ... Teams like that are scary because you don't know much about them." - Bloomingdale coach Corey Brinson.

- ROB BRANNON, Times staff writer


TAMPA - Armwood improved to 6-0 in trouncing Alonso. After the Ravens marched the ball downfield on their opening series, quarterback Brandon Russell was picked off by Armwood strong safety Rhett Giddens, who returned it for an 82-yard score. Armwood never looked back, dropping Alonso to 0-6.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Hawks running back Demetrius McCray opened the second half with a 62-yard touchdown burst, straight down the field, to increase their lead to 47-0.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: McCray carried the ball eight times for 186 yards rushing and a touchdown. Hawks quarterback Jameel Williams added four touchdowns on passes of 10 and 39 yards and on runs of 1 and 5 yards.

KEY STATISTIC: Armwood outrushed Alonso 455 yards to 72.

THEY SAID IT: "We went out and played like we were supposed to tonight. Our offensive line did a great job picking up Alonso's blitzes. We like the fact that we were able to get all the kids involved in tonight's game." - Sean Callahan, Armwood coach

- DARREN AUGUSTOWSKI, Times staff writer


TAMPA - Plant and Blake (1-5) played their version of flag football, with the Panthers (2-4) emerging with the win. Plant was penalized 15 times for 157 yards but controlled the game defensively to hold on. Blake was flagged 11 times for 100 yards, eclipsing their 78 yards of offense.

PLAY OF THE GAME: With five seconds left in the first quarter, Plant defensive back Walner Leandre blocked a Blake 28-yard field goal, picked it up and scampered 89 yards for the game's first score. Leandre recovered three fumbles in the game.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Junior running back Thomas Allen ran 13 times for 59 yards, most of which came in the second half. The 5-foot-eight, 150-pounder's quick moves and sharp jukes helped milk the clock in the second half. Allen sealed the win for when he scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth.

KEY STATISTIC: The Plant defense held the Blake rushing attack to -1 yards. The defense, led by linebacker Donte Spires, got its first shutout of the year.

THEY SAID IT: "After I blocked the field goal, I saw the ball bounce and all I thought about was scooping and scoring. Our defense stepped it up. It was a success." - Leandre, Plant senior

- JOHN CALKINS, Times correspondent


CLEARWATER - A gutsy two-point conversion call in overtime gave the Eagles the narrow victory. With everyone anticipating a game-tying extra point Temple Heights coach Steve Lewis called a fake that led to Chaki Smith's conversion reception and a win.

Calvary Christian had sent the game into overtime on David Penn's 24-yard touchdown.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Temple Heights quarterback Mike Peria threw for 92 yards and two touchdowns and added 80 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

KEY STATISTIC: The Eagles controlled the clock by rushing 34 times for 168 yards, leaving the defense fresh so they could come up big late in the game.

- BRIAN WILLS, Times correspondent


LAKELAND 21, DURANT 18: Lakeland came from behind with a pair of touchdowns in the third period, then played ball control and gritty defense to nab the Homecoming win in a Class 5A, District 7 matchup.

The victory was the seventh in a row for No. 2-ranked Lakeland, whichimproved to 4-0 in the district. The Dreadnaughts have gamesremaining against Bloomingdale and Plant City. Durant (4-2, 2-2) got an outstanding performance from senior runningback Matt Stwan, who scored touchdowns on runs of 52 and 56 yards andfinished with 160 yards rushing.

SARA. CARDINAL MOONEY 42, TAMPA CATHOLIC 7: Striving to gain their first win of the season, visiting Tampa Catholic came up short despite an outstanding rushing performance by Raj Arasu. The Crusaders' senior running back gained 108 yards on 15 carries. Tampa Catholic (0-6) scored in the first quarter when Joey Hernandez was on the receiving end of an 11-yard scoring strike from quarterback Joe Lauteeria.

"Cardinal Mooney scored the first three times they touched the ball," Tampa Catholic coach Jim Guderian said. "It's hard to overcome a first quarter like that, but our kids did not quit and played as hard as they could."

CAMBRIDGE 24, WINTER HAVEN ALL SAINTS' 14: Host Cambridge prevailed behind a punishing ground game and an opportunistic defense in raising its season record to 4-3. Chris Widel gained 150 yards on 20 carries to lead the Lancers and had a 37-yard run to open scoring in the second quarter. David Valdez also went in on a 7-yard run, and junior linebacker Austin Welti completed the night's scoring when he returned one of his two interceptions 40 yards for a touchdown. Korey Simms added a 16-yard field goal for Cambridge.

"We had a total team effort tonight - special teams, defense and offense all came together," Lancers coach Jim Kennedy said. "It feels real good to get back over .500."

- Compiled by JIM REESE and WINSTON CHAPIN, Times correspondents

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