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Jefferson athletic director Bob Morgan said Tuesday his school has sold approximately 700 of the 1,000 visitors-side tickets it was allotted for Friday's nationally televised showdown at Armwood. "We sell them at lunchtime to kids and to parents who come by the school," Morgan said. "We'll keep selling them up to Friday at lunch." Tickets may be purchased at either school's main office for $5 each. Additionally, Morgan said, a school bus has been booked to shuttle Jefferson students needing a ride to the contest. "That hasn't happened for a long time," Morgan said. "We've already got one (bus); we're hoping to get going on the second one."
FREE SPEECH, HEAVY COST?
If the Hawks have their way, Jefferson lineman Mike Williams' postgame meal will feature a helping of his own words. In a Tampa Tribune first-person story previewing his team last month, Williams said, "Armwood is going to be our biggest challenge, of course, but besides them, I don't see anyone who can stop us. And I don't think Armwood can stop us either." On Monday, the story had been posted by Armwood coach Sean Callahan on a bulletin board outside the Hawks' locker room - with the final nine words of Williams' quote underlined in red marker.
TIPPING THE SCALES
During the preseason, new Brandon coach John Lima insisted he wanted a balanced offense. We say balance, shmalance. Just give the ball to senior Mike Brown.
In his first full game of the season Friday night, the fleet tailback ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in a 27-26 win against Durant.
Local pride - not to mention early-season district supremacy - will be at stake Friday when Gaither hosts Mitchell (in a Class 5A, District 5 game) and Wharton hosts Wesley Chapel (5A-8). Neither Pasco County program has ever defeated a Hillsborough school in the regular season.
WANDERING DAYS OVER?
If all goes as scheduled, the Plant Panthers - A.K.A. nomads in pads - should finally play their first home game Sept. 22, coach Bob Weiner confirmed Tuesday. The Panthers haven't been able to use Dads Stadium, which ironically received new sod this summer, because of standing water resulting from some broken drainage pipes. Their initial home opener, Aug. 25 against Bloomingdale, was moved to Valrico because of the excess water. "The drainage on that field was awesome. It was probably the best drainage of anything in South Tampa," Weiner said. "But I think when they were putting in the new grass, just the pressure of all the machines and stuff like that caused two of the drainage pipes to collapse." Weiner is uncertain whether his team will be able to practice on the field before the Sept. 22 game against Sickles, but said "they've assured me" it will be ready for that belated home opener.
TIMEOUT AND A SHOUTOUT
A belated game ball goes to Jesuit senior tailback Kevin Valenti, who had nearly 350 total yards - including more than 250 on the ground - in the Tigers' bizarre, breath-taking 32-29 win Friday at St. Petersburg Catholic. The Tigers, out of timeouts, were able to set up for Adam Perhosky's winning field goal when an SPC player inexplicably called timeout with five seconds to play.
Toughest schedule so far? Tough to argue against Middleton's. The Tigers' first three opponents - Jefferson, Robinson and Plant - currently own a combined record of 7-1. Fortunately for Harry Hubbard's squad, its next two foes - Tampa Bay Tech and Blake - are a combined 2-4.
A NO BATTING ZONE
Suggestion for the Bucs' Chris Simms: Perhaps rolling out is the remedy for the batted-pass epidemic from which you're currently suffering. It works for Alonso signal caller Cory Quintilliani, the smallest starting quarterback (5-foot-7) in Hillsborough County. Quintilliani may be struggling - he tossed two first-half picks last week against Jefferson - but hasn't had a pass batted all season. "We're a sprint-out type of team," Ravens coach Mike Heldt said. "He's real small but everything we do is sprint out."
Stephen Garcia is in hot pursuit of Hillsborough County's record for career passing yardage and touchdown passes. In Friday's 36-0 victory against Alonso, Garcia completed 12-of-23 for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Statistics through Game 3 of this season:
GARCIA, JEFFERSON: 5,951 yards, 60 touchdowns.
KENNY KELLY, TAMPA CATHOLIC: 7,949 yards (1993-1996)
MARCELLO TRIGG, ROBINSON: 82 touchdowns (2002-05)
* Information gathered from official school records