Tonight's Hillsborough prep games

All games at 7:30 unless noted.

By Times staff writers
Published September 16, 2005

Freedom (3-0) at Plant (1-1)


THE SKINNY: Homecoming at Plant and that means the Panthers are on the prowl. Freedom has turned heads with its big start. 4-0 and those heads start to turn Exorcist-style.

Purks: Plant Niebuhr: Plant

Leto (0-2) at Alonso (1-1)

2004 MEETING: Alonso 17, Leto 14

THE SKINNY: Leto's still sputtering out of the gates (scoreless in two games) and needs a win tonight to avoid what looks to be an 0-5 start as Robinson and Jefferson loom.

Purks: Alonso Niebuhr: Alonso

Armwood (2-1) at Jefferson (3-0), 1470-AM

2004 MEETING: Armwood 54, Jefferson 7

THE SKINNY: The past four times these teams played, Armwood outscored the Dragons 113-17. That barely makes up for the two meetings before that when Jefferson beat the Hawks 103-0. No teams want to beat each other more than these.

Purks: Jefferson Niebuhr: Armwood

Bloomingdale (1-1) at Durant (0-3)

2004 MEETING: Durant 51, Bloomingdale 14

THE SKINNY: 1998: The last time Durant started a season 0-4. 1996: The last time Bloomingdale started a season 2-1. Somebody's really long streak is about to be broken.

Purks: Bloomingdale Niebuhr: Durant

King (0-3) at Brandon (1-2)

2002 MEETING: Brandon 14, King 2

THE SKINNY: Survivor pool pick of the week: Brandon.

Purks: Brandon Niebuhr: Brandon

East Bay (2-1) at Chamberlain (1-2)

2004 MEETING: East Bay 41, Chamberlain 35

THE SKINNY: East Bay is the Chick-fil-A of football: little variation, great results. You know what you're going to get and the Indians rarely give you anything different. A chance for Chamberlain's defense to make a statement.

Purks: East Bay Niebuhr: Chamberlain

Gaither (2-0) at Mitchell (2-1)


THE SKINNY: Mitchell's first foray against a Hillsborough County opponent. Newsflash: It's a little different than playing someone from Hernando.

Purks: Gaither Niebuhr: Gaither

Hillsborough (3-0) at Newsome (1-2)


THE SKINNY: One of the few tidbits of good news for Newsome in this instance is that this is a home game and the Wolves will save on gas.

Purks: Hillsborough Niebuhr: Hillsborough

Tampa Bay Tech (0-3) at Middleton (2-1)


THE SKINNY: Middleton continues to gain steam as it heads into district competition. Tech still trying to right its ship.

Purks: Middleton Niebuhr: Middleton

Plant City (1-2) at Lake Gibson (0-2)

1994 MEETING: PC 34, Lake Gibson 6

THE SKINNY: Lake Gibson appears to be down a little from its typical playoff form. The Raiders should take full advantage.

Purks: Lake Gibson Niebuhr: Plant City

Sickles (0-3) at Jesuit (3-0)


THE SKINNY: Jesuit's Anthony Allen (17 rushes, five TDs, 131 yards) might have set the world rushing record last week if he had played more than two quarters. Look for lots of him tonight. In the first half at least.

Purks: Jesuit Niebuhr: Jesuit

Wharton (2-1) at Wesley Chapel (1-2)


THE SKINNY: Wesley Chapel's record against Hillsborough County teams is 2-3. Tomorrow it will be 2-4.

Purks: Wharton Niebuhr: Wharton

Lake Placid (1-1) at Tampa Catholic (2-1)

1994 MEETING: TC 40, Lake Placid 15

THE SKINNY: Upon further review, Lake Placid does indeed still have a football team. Hmmmm. All of a sudden, so does TC. The Crusaders go to 3-1 tonight.

Purks: TC Niebuhr: TC

Bell (0-2) at Temple Heights (0-2)

2004 MEETING: Bell 18, Temple Heights 0

THE SKINNY: This is turning into a nice little rivalry and always seems to be a decently played game decided by one or two plays. Bring some sunscreen and enjoy a hot dog.

Purks: Bell Niebuhr: Temple Heights

Cambridge (2-0) at Lakeland Evangel (0-2)


THE SKINNY: Evangel lost just 14-0 to Auburndale. That means trouble for the Lancers.

Purks: Evangel Niebuhr: Evangel

Indian Rocks Christian (1-2) at Tampa Baptist (1-2)


THE SKINNY: The Rams win this and people will stand and take notice. Then they'll sit again.

Purks: Rocks Niebuhr: Tampa Baptist


Purks: 15-1 last week, 38-10 overall

Niebuhr: 13-3 last week, 34-14 overall