By Times Staff
Published September 15, 2006
Tarpon Springs (1-2) at Central (1-2)
Keys for Central: Stop Calvin Wood. The Spongers' senior tailback is a big play threat. Last week, in a win over Seminole, he scored on runs of 45 and 95 yards and finished with 195 yards. Central also needs to make sure its star running back, DuJuan Harris, gets his motor running early. Harris shattered the single-game county rushing record last week, but Tarpon Springs is a lot better than Crystal River.
Keys for TARPON SPRINGS: (This might sound familiar). Stop DuJuan Harris. The Bears' senior tailback is a big-play threat. Last week, in a win over Crystal River, he scored on runs of 89 and 90 yards and finished with 363 yards and five touchdowns. Tarpon also needs to make sure its star running back, Calvin Wood, gets his motor running early. The Spongers easily won last year, beating the Bears 44-14.
VINCE'S PICK: Tarpon Springs
DAVE'S PICK: Central
Hernando (1-1) at Zephyrhills (3-0)
Keys for Hernando: Avoid mental mistakes. Miscues killed the Leopards last week against Lake Weir, and Zephyrhills is a much better team than the Hurricanes. Hernando can't afford to give up a fake punt for a first down, or allow four fourth-down conversions, or fumble on its 5-yard line 30 seconds before the half, all of which it did last week.
Keys for Zephyrhills: Stop the run. This is a key for any team that plays Hernando, but especially now with fullback Robert Smith having rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his first two games and running back Justin Braswell coming into his own.
VINCE'S PICK: Zephyrhills
DAVE'S PICK: Zephyrhills
SPRINGSTEAD (2-1) at SOUTH LAKE (3-0)
Keys for SPRINGSTEAD: Jeff Demps and Bob Evans can take off for a game-changer at any time. They've been doing it all season. Maybe three or four spies on each back might get the Eagles a win.
Keys for SOUTH LAKE: Whatever it is that they've been doing all season, just keep that up. Just like when compared to its previous opponents, South Lake is more talented and athletic than the Eagles. But that alone won't beat Springstead. South Lake still has to bring it.
VINCE's PICK: South Lake
DAVE's PICK: South Lake
NATURE COAST (2-1) at CRYSTAL RIVER (0-3)
Keys for NATURE COAST: Crystal River beat you last season under similar circumstances. Get some payback. Because, really, are you going to lose to an 0-3 squad?
Keys for CRYSTAL RIVER: It's your Homecoming. Don't go into the halftime ceremony down 36-0, having given up 200 rushing yards to Josh Ortiz. Get that first win and expense it to the Sharks' account.
VINCE'S PICK: Nature Coast
DAVE'S PICK: Nature Coast
Titusville Temple Chr. (3-0) At Hernando Chr. (1-2)
Time: 4 p.m.
Keys for Temple Christian: Keep on keepin' on. TC has been blowing out opponents left and right this season, including a win over Brevard Christian last week in which the 75-26 score seemed more fit for a game between two uneven basketball teams than two uneven football teams.
KEYS FOR HERNANDO CHRISTIAN: Score. The Lions have struggled to do so the first few weeks of this season, and last week notched just 10 points in a win over Eastland Christian. In fact, HCA is averaging under eight points a game.
VINCE'S PICK: Temple Christian
DAVE'S PICK: HCA
CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 8
Team Record District
Springstead 2-1 0-0
Ridgewood 2-0 0-0
Central 1-2 0-0
Tarpon Springs 1-2 0-0
River Ridge 0-3 0-0
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 6
Nature Coast 2-1 0-0
Hernando 1-1 0-0
Citrus 1-2 0-0
Lecanto 0-2 0-0
Crystal River 0-3 0-0
Note: Hernando Christian is an independent.