By Times staff writers
Published September 17, 2005
Hillsborough 36, Newsome 6
LITHIA - Behind an intense passing game, Hillsborough moved out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and coasted to its first district win, 35-6 over Newsome.
Newsome's only score came in the third on a fourth-down five-yard pass from junior quarterback Keith Gosdoski to junior receiver Gerald Raga.
PLAY OF THE GAME: A 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter by quarterback Jarred Faysonput the Terriers in front 14-0. That caused the defense to move up, opening up the short passing game for Hillsborough.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Fayson was directly involved in most of Hillsborough's scoring. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
KEY STATISTIC: In the first two quarters, Newsome gained more yards on the ground with Hillsborough penalties than by rushing . The Terriers' 80 yards in penalties in the first two quarters were more than Newsome's first-half rushing yards of 56.
THEY SAID IT: "I have to commend Newsome's football program. They are very new and Hillsborough is in its 100th season, yet they played tough against us tonight, especially in the second half. Our guys have several things we have to work on before next week. We will get better though."- Hillsborough High head coach Earl Garcia.
- TERRY JONES, Times correspondent
Middleton 20, Tampa Bay Tech 0
TAMPA - The Tigers played sluggishly on offense but put up enough points to win. The Tigers scored on their first two drives of the game to take the lead 10-0. They would not score again until less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Harbored by sloppy play and turnovers, Middleton managed just 78 yards through the air out of its shotgun offense. The Tiger defense stifled the Titans, holding Tech to 126 yards of offense. The Titans only crossed midfield three times during the entire game.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Late in the third quarter, Tampa Bay Tech punter Jeremy Carr boomed a 69-yard punt from the Tech 23 yard line. The punt rolled out of bounds pinning Middleton at its own 9 yard line.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Middleton running back Bruce Brown. He fumbled twice in the game, but ran for 164 yards on 16 carries for a 10.25 average.
KEY STATISTIC: Middleton shot themselves in the foot all night accumulating nine penalties for 80 yards. Tampa Bay Tech did not commit a foul all evening.
THEY SAID IT: "We played poorly," Middleton coach Harry Hubbard said. "The mistakes we made tonight we did to ourselves. If we don't think sensibly, then we play erratic."
- MARK LENNOX, Times correspondent
Brandon 48, King 15
BRANDON - The Eagles did not trail and outgained the Lions 356-160.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Senior Dontavious Bunts took his first carry of the game 73 yards for a touchdown that put the Eagles up 14-0 in the first quarter.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Bunts rushed for 83 yards and scored touchdowns on his only two rushes of the game. He also scored on a 32-yard reception. Teammate Marquel Gilmore added 109 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
KEY STATISTIC: Brandon gained 317 rushing yards on 39 attempts and held King to 103 rushing yards.
THEY SAID IT: "We got back to .500, and that was our goal." - Brandon coach Jim Wilt.
- JUSTIN DARGAHI, Times correspondent
Durant 21, Bloomingdale 0
DURANT - Durant snapped its three-game losing streak by controlling the clock. The Cougars had six ball carriers contribute to the team's 333 rushing yards. Durant quarterback Chip Bowden looked confident in the pocket with 111 yards passing and 71 yards scrambling. His two second-half touchdowns, mere padding to Durant's score, seemed to deflate the Bulls on both sides of the ball.
Josh Fussell's 43-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter put the Cougars up 14-0 as they proceeded to dominate time of possession in the fourth quarter. The Bulls had only three offensive plays before a fumble recovery by Durant's Mitch Ross ended Bloomingdale's offensive night.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Durant running back Jack Coan's 26-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the winner early on. After taking the handoff form Bowden, Coan sidestepped a defender at the 10-yard line and eased into the end zone.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Durant defensive end Kyle Swallows made a big sack for the Cougars in the third quarter setting up a third-down interception by Durant. Swallows also scored the Cougars' final touchdown as a wide out on a 9-yard pass from Bowden.
KEY STATISTIC: The Cougars defense was strong, holding Bloomingdale to only 82 yards on offense.
THEY SAID IT: "The defense just shut them down," Durant coach Mike Gottman said. "They swarmed to the ball and played great assignment football and contained them. They couldn't get anything going."
- JARRETT GUTHRIE, Times correspondent
Jesuit 44, Sickles 0
TAMPA - Jesuit dominated in all areas in a 44-0 romp over Sickles.
Jesuit took a 13-0 lead on its sixth play from scrimmage. Defensively, the Tigers held Sickles to 74 yards total offense and five first downs.
Jesuitquarterback Chris Uhrig picked apart the Gryphons' defense for four touchdowns and 256 yards.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Not one, but several - Uhrig passed 19, 36, 8 and 23 yards for Tiger touchdowns.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Senior wideouts Andy Peluso and Hunter McCrory caught five passes. McCrory converted five extra-point kicks and had a 36-yard field goal.
KEY STATISTIC: The Gryphons never got past the Tiger 45 . More importantly, Uhrig's 256 yards passing more than tripled Sickles' 74 yards of offense.
- DAN GENOVESE, Times correspondent
Bell 22, Temple Heights 14
TAMPA - Bell quarterback Josh Mast rushed for the game-winning touchdown, despite eight team turnovers. The Bulldogs from Gilchrist County rushed for 195 yards to Temple Heights' 59. Mast completed 11 of 18 passes for 168 yards, two for touchdowns.
PLAY OF THE GAME: With the game tied at 14 and just over a minute left, Mast swung out on a quarterback sweep and ran 33 yards for a touchdown.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Bell receiver Brandon Ridgeway caught seven passes for 136 yards and a score. Temple Heights junior Chaki Smith caught two touchdown passes and had a pair of interceptions.
KEY STATISTIC: Bell's eight turnovers on three interceptions, four fumbles and one turnover on downs.
THEY SAID IT: "We had too many turnovers tonight, but Ridgeway played like we have been expecting him to play." - Roy Harden, Bell coach.
- ADRIEN DE MARTINI, Times correspondent
Tampa Catholic 15, Lake Placid 8
TAMPA - The Tampa Catholic Crusaders picked up their first district win in more than three years, using a come-from-behind fourth-quarter touchdown to atone for five turnovers and defeat Lake Placid 15-8 at Leto High's Falcon Stadium.
Tampa Catholic had not won a district game since a 37-20 win over Berkeley Prep in the 2002 season opener.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Tampa Catholic quarterback Dickie Delama connected with receiver Joey Lauteria in the corner of the end zone with 5:42 left in the game after throwing two interceptions, one of which set up Lake Placid's only score.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Lauteria baffled Lake Placid's defense all night, catching seven passes for 133 yards. Delama was 11 for 19 passing for 179 yards.
KEY STATISTIC: In addition to the two interceptions by Delama, Tampa Catholic lost three fumbles, but managed to stay in the tight game with its defense. The Crusaders held Lake Placid to 177 yards offense and forced six punts.
THEY SAID IT: "Listen, we'll take it. I'm sure people around here would have been pretty happy if somebody last December had said we were going to start next year 3-1." -TC coach Bob Henriquez.
- THOMAS SIMONETTI, Times correspondent
Alonso 55, Leto 20
TAMPA - Leto scored for the first time this season but was unable to contain Alonso quarterback Brandon Russell, who passed for five touchdowns in a 55-20 rout.
Leto (0-3) was able to move the ball against Alonso (2-1) but the Falcons' defense couldn't contain Russell and his receivers.
Led by quarterback David Nogueras, who had one TD passing and one rushing, the Falcons hung on for three quarters. Leto trailed only 27-14 early in the fourth quarter before the Ravens scored 28 unanswered points.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Two plays after stopping a 15-play Leto drive on downs in the second quarter, Russell connected with sophomore receiver Joe Clarke for a 77-yard bomb to put Alonso up 13-0.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:Russell accounted for six total touchdowns, something he never had accomplished before at any level. He finished 9-of-18 for 232 yards passing, connecting with four different receivers. Russell added a TD run .
KEY STATISTIC: Leto gained 313 yards offense and control the game clock with the triple option, but stalled drives and defensive struggles made for a long night for the Falcons.
THEY SAID IT: "(Six touchdowns) will help my confidence, but what matters to us is that we get that win. A win's a win, no matter how we do it." - Alonso QB Brandon Russell