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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 20, 2004

Players scoring three touchdowns last week were Andreas Harris of Middleton, Mike Green of Bloomingdale, Derrick Hallback of Plant City, Derek Hatcher of Berkeley Prep, Jordan Wilson of Chamberlain, and Alex Suber of Jefferson. All but Hallback's Raiders won.

The Blake-Plant game had 257 penalty yards. That was more than the penalty yards in the Hillsborough-King, Chamberlain-Gaither, and Sickles-Wharton games combined.

Berkeley Prep and Armwood each gained more than 500 yards in victories.

Durant was the only team to lose after leading at the half. In the past two weeks, 32 of 33 games have been won by the team ahead at the half.

Plant City, Leto, and Durant were the only teams to score first and lose.

There were only two games - Tampa Bay Tech vs. Jesuit and Chamberlain vs. Gaither - in which each punter averaged better than 40 yards.

79 percent of the games played were won by the team with more penalties.

There were 13 touchdown strikes of more than 50 yards and winning teams had 11 of them.

Middleton, Jesuit, Armwood, Plant, and Berkeley Prep all had returns for scores. They all won.

Brandon, down only 7-0, had three straight turnovers to start the second half against Riverview. The Sharks took advantage of every one, scoring three touchdowns in four minutes to go up 28-0.

Why teams run: Last week teams threw 390 passes and had 25 intercepted. They ran 843 times and lost 28 fumbles. The turnover ratio was 3.3 percent running and nearly double that (6.4 percent) passing.

Jesuit ran 36 plays to Tampa Bay Tech's 71. The Tigers were also penalized 120 yards. Jesuit won, 35-14. How? Big plays: A 68-yard pass, a 36-yard interception return, and a 71-yard run accounted for three of Jesuit's five touchdowns.

Berkeley Prep took over the No. 1 position in team defense, dislodging Armwood. The Bucs have given up an average of 165 yards a game compared to Armwood's 186.

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

[Last modified October 20, 2004, 00:18:19]

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