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Tonight's games: Hillsborough

By Times staff writers
Published October 22, 2004

The guest picker this week is Brandon Wright, a four-year veteran of the Hillsborough County prep scene, who has been a victim of messed up schedules.

On three occasions, Wright has gone to cover games only to have them be located elsewhere. Wright blamed Times Tampa sports editor Scott Purks, but Purks claims he gets the schedules from the county and the private schools. How was he supposed to know they were wrong? Anyway, the correspondents have an 83-21 record picking games this season, two ahead of Purks and 11 ahead of Niebuhr. Will Wright be at the right place at the right time this week?

Berkeley Prep (6-0) at Keswick Christian (3-2)

LAST MEETING: Berkeley 44, Keswick 27 (2003)

THE SKINNY: The only thing that's going to stop Berkeley Prep is a hurricane. A quick glimpse at the tropics, however, shows Keswick is in for a bit of trouble tonight.

Purks: Berkeley Niebuhr: Berkeley Wright: Berkeley

Calvary Christian (3-2) at Cambridge (4-3), at Jefferson

LAST MEETING: Cambridge 30, Calvary 0 (2003)

THE SKINNY: Technically, the winner leads in the race to be the area's best independent team. Hey, you gotta play for something.

Purks: Cambridge Niebuhr: Cambridge Wright: Cambridge

Plant (2-4) at Alonso (0-6)

LAST MEETING: Alonso 15, Plant 13 (2003)

THE SKINNY: 3-3 may not look tremendous, but consider: During the past 11 years, Plant has won no more than five games in any season. A win tonight puts the new coaching staff on track for a bright future.

Purks: Plant Niebuhr: Plant Wright: Plant

Middleton (5-1) at Armwood (6-0)

LAST MEETING: Armwood 66, Middleton 7 (2003)

THE SKINNY: Middleton is good and should take second in Class 4A, District 10. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Armwood will show tonight why it will be first.

Purks: Armwood Niebuhr: Armwood Wright: Armwood

Blake (1-6) at Leto (1-5)

LAST MEETING: Blake 21, Leto 8 (2003)

THE SKINNY: Something you won't find in any other newspaper today: A 1,200 pound horse will eat seven times its own weight each year. That's 8,400 pounds or, roughly, the combined weight of both teams. That's a lot of oats.

Purks: Blake Niebuhr: Leto Wright: Leto

Lakeland (7-0) at Bloomingdale (2-4)

LAST MEETING: Bloomingdale 24, Lakeland 14 (2003)

THE SKINNY: Nothing personal, but here's betting Bloomingdale doesn't beat Lakeland for the second year in a row.

Purks: Lakeland Niebuhr: Lakeland Wright: Lakeland

Brandon (3-3) at East Bay (5-1)

LAST MEETING: Brandon 22, East Bay 16 (2003)

THE SKINNY: Another situation in which the team that won last year will have a hard time making it two in a row.

Purks: East Bay Niebuhr: East Bay Wright: East Bay

Wharton (2-4) at Gaither (3-3)

LAST MEETING: Wharton 24, Gaither 7 (2003)


Purks: Wharton Niebuhr: Wharton Wright: Wharton

King (1-5) at Chamberlain (3-3)

LAST MEETING: Chamberlain 56, King 12 (2003)

THE SKINNY: The Jet Steele-Cody Overby connection could be huge tonight. Or maybe Jet Steele-Jordan Wilson. Or Jet Steele-Stephen Pimm. Okay, I just like writing the name Jet Steele.

Purks: Chamberlain Niebuhr: Chamberlain Wright: Chamberlain

Durant (4-2) at Plant City (3-3)

LAST MEETING: Durant 20, PC 10 (2003)

THE SKINNY: We've noticed the large number of cows out Plant City way, which brings us to this: The average cow produces 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime. Gives you something to talk about during halftime.

Purks: Durant Niebuhr: Durant Wright: Plant City

Jesuit (5-1) at Freedom (2-4)

LAST MEETING: Jesuit 35, Freedom 0 (2003)

THE SKINNY: This just in: The Tigers are good. This just out: Freedom's chances at the postseason.

Purks: Jesuit Niebuhr: Jesuit Wright: Jesuit

Sickles (3-3) at Hillsborough (6-0)

LAST MEETING: Hillsborough 27, Sickles 0 (2003)

THE SKINNY: Hillsborough's preordained trip to the postseason doesn't take any detours here.

Purks: Hillsborough Niebuhr: Hillsborough Wright: Hillsborough

Jefferson (5-2) at Tampa Bay Tech (2-4)

LAST MEETING: Jefferson 45, TBT 7 (2003)

THE SKINNY: Don't let the records fool you; this will be a tougher game than your typical 5-2 vs. 2-4 affair. Unless Jefferson plays up to its abilities. Then it won't even be close.

Purks: Jefferson Niebuhr: Jefferson Wright: Jefferson

Sarasota Riverview (4-2) at Riverview (3-3)

LAST MEETING: Sara. Riverview 27,

Riverview 19 (2003)

THE SKINNY: Pick Riverview. Ha ha ha! The joke that only gets dumber every year. Purks: Riverview Niebuhr: Riverview Wright: Sar. Riverview

Tampa Catholic (0-6) at Santa Fe Catholic (1-5)

LAST MEETING: TC 27, Santa Fe 7 (2003)

THE SKINNY: In 1999 the state of Florida averaged 280.2 people per square mile. You can bet almost that many will be at this game.

Purks: Santa Fe Niebuhr: Santa Fe Wright: Tampa Catholic

Newsome (3-3) at Robinson (5-2)

LAST MEETING: Robinson 63, Newsome 7 (2003)

THE SKINNY: It's Homecoming at Robinson. That makes it only fitting that we mention that a chameleon's tongue is twice as long as its body. And it can moves its eyes two directions at once. Oh, to be a chameleon ...

Purks: Robinson Niebuhr: Robinson Wright: Robinson

All games at 7:30 unless noted.

[Last modified October 22, 2004, 01:09:27]


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