Around Hillsborough County

Results from Friday night high school football.

By Times Staff
Published September 23, 2006

Bloomingdale 21, Tampa Bay Tech 14

Bloomingdale set the tone early to capture a victory over Tampa Bay Tech. Quarterback Shane Geyer capped a nine-play, 81-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.

Geyer finished with 112 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

During the first half, the Titans only managed 35 total yards, as the Bulls dominated defensively, recording three sacks, two fumbles and an interception.

Tampa Bay Tech tried to stage a comeback after halftime but fell short. The Titans marched down the field on their first two second-half drives but were forced to settle for field goals.

Quarterback Tarean Austin scored on a 20-yard run to trim the Bulls' lead to seven.

Defensive back Christopher Curran spoiled the Titan's hopes for coming back with a tackle during a fake punt attempt.

- BRENDAN GALELLA, Times correspondent


Tampa Catholic 34, Berkeley Prep 6

TAMPA - Tampa Catholic's offense started strong and stayed in synch all night as the Crusaders scored a touchdown on all four of their first half possessions.

Tampa Catholic running back Drew Zink rushed five straight times for 57 yards and a score on the Crusaders' opening drive.

"We thought it was critical that we come out here and establish the run early," Crusaders coach Bob Henriquez said. "Drew (Zink) and Rodney (Johnson) both had good games and our offensive line came to play."

Once TC's running game was established, quarterback Dickie de Lama went to work, completing 14-of-23 for 253 yards and four touchdowns.

Berkeley Prep's score came in the second quarter on a 21-play, 80-yard drive capped by quarterback Josh Knight's 8-yard touchdown run.

- DAN GENOVESE, Times Correspondent


DURANT 35, George Jenkins 0

PLANT CITY - The boys from Durant looked like a team against George Jenkins on Friday.

Three Cougars intercepted George Jenkins' passes, four scored touchdowns, and three rushed for more than 40 yards.

"We took a big step in the right direction," said coach Mike Gottman, who heads into district play next week with a 3-2 record. "Getting this momentum right now, I think it's critical."

The Cougars set the tone early, opening the game with a remarkable 11-play, 90-yard drive capped off by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Fussell to Ryan Rice.

Fussell finished 7-of-10 for 70 yards and added 31 rushing yards. Rice, Kevin Gainer and Archie Rembert each rushed for more than 40 yards.

The Cougar forced four turnovers, three of them interceptions by Jacob Wall, Jashiwa Powe and John Hicks.

- BEN MONTGOMERY, Times staff writer


Gaither 31, Freedom 10

TAMPA - A pair of freshmen gave Gaither a fresh start after intermission.

Alan Sampson returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards to snap a tie and Tony Moore ran 53 yards for a touchdown in a 21-point third quarter, as Gaither rolled to victory over Freedom at Cowboy Stadium.

Gaither (3-1) and Freedom (2-3) went into halftime tied at 10. But Sampson changed that with his decisive run along the right sideline. Moore's touchdown - one play after John Jean-Baptiste blocked a Freedom field-goal attempt - gave the Cowboys a 24-10 lead. Jarvis Giles added a 23-yard scoring run later in the period.

Freedom quarterback Andrew Carr completed 19 of 31 passes for 190 yards to eight receivers and scored on a 27-yard run. Freedom hurt itself with 14 penalties for 105 yards.

- DON JENSEN, Times correspondent


Alonso 35, Jesuit 14

TAMPA - Alonso rolled up 304 yards rushing on 47 carries and scored four times on the ground in a rout of Jesuit.

After spotting Jesuit a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Ravens scored 23 unanswered points in the second to take control of the game. Mike Forbes (84 yards rushing) put Alonso (3-1) on the board early in the second quarter with a one-yard touchdown run before Kendrick Hopkins (139 yards on 14 carries) ran through the Tiger defense virtually untouched from 37 yards out to put Alonso up for good, 14-7.

Alonso quarterback Cory Quintilliani found receiver Joe Clarke for a 24-yard touchdown, and David Mullen added a 22-yard field goal just before halftime.

Quintilliani extended Alonso's lead in the third quarter on a two-yard run off a broken play, and Kofi Kuma-Mintah broke out for a 52-yard touchdown run after being initially bottled up at the line of scrimmage in the fourth.

Kevin Valenti scored both touchdowns for Jesuit (3-2) on carries of 13 and 33 yards.

- Bryan Burns, Times correspondent


Wharton 23, King 9

TAMPA - After leading 10-3 at halftime the Wildcats pulled away with 188 rushing yards in the second half, 165 by senior running back Joel Miller.

Miller had both of Wharton's second-half touchdowns, including a 27-yard run with less than two minutes left.

"Joel Miller played an excellent ballgame," Wharton coach David Mitchell said. "That kid - you can yell at him and get all over him, but he'll come back and pay you in the end."

King had opportunities as Wharton lost two fumbles in the fourth quarter. But the Lions gained only 43 yards in the second half, all on the ground.

The Lions opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 47-yard field goal by Daniel Zychlinski, but Wharton answered with 10 points before the end of the first half.

- KEVIN SMETANA, Times Correspondent


ROBINSON 33, Leto 6

TAMPA - It took Robinson about 10 seconds to take control against Leto on Friday.

Even though they were outgained on offense, the Knights turned Leto's special teams errors and offensive miscues into a win.

On the opening kickoff, the Knights recovered their own kick at Leto's 27-yard line and scored on the next play, a touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Le to Greg Ellingson.

The Knights increased their lead to 14 on a 17-yard touchdown run by Jermaine Doster late in the first quarter. They added two more before halftime, cruising to a 27-0 lead.

Falcons running back Rudontae Ashley finished with 133 yards on 22 carries. But Leto's passing game was missing for the second straight week as they failed to complete a single pass. Running back Jeremy Scott chipped in with 54 yards and the Falcons only score.

- JUSTIN DARGAHI, Times correspondent



LITHIA - Plant City and Newsome looked pretty evenly matched at halftime, tied at 7 and with only 11 yards difference between them. The second half told a different story. The Wolves controlled the half to win their homecoming game.

On the second play, Plant City scored on a 69-yard run by Sirchauncy Holloway.

Newsome answered in the second quarter when Ryan Rodd scored on a 2-yard run.

The second half started with Newsome scoring on a 46-yard pass from Keith Gosdoski to Collin O'Connor. O'Connor would complete a 41-yard halfback pass for a touchdown to J.R. Raga after defensive lineman Jordan Mims recovered a fumble. Mims would scoop up another fumble, leading to a 6-yard touchdown pass from Gosdoski to Rodd.

- JARRETT GUTHRIE, Times correspondent


Bradenton Prep 35, Tampa Baptist 7

BRADENTON - What concerned Tampa Baptist assistant coach David Smith the most coming into the game against Bradenton Prep Academy was the Patriots' speed.

His worst fears came true.

Bradenton Prep's Damien Gilbert rushed for 220 yards on just 11 carries, including touchdown runs of 57, 67 and 33 yards, as the Patriots crushed the Rams at G.T. Bray Park.

Gilbert, a senior running back, had 144 yards in the first half as the Patriots built a 21-7 lead. But Tampa Baptist (2-3) hung tough, scoring on a nifty 30-yard halfback pass from Cliff Cullifer to Terrance Doughty in the second quarter.

"We knew they had the speed," said Smith, who ran the team in the absence of head coach Dennis Duggan, who was tending to family matters. "We thought we could contain them a little better."

- SCOTT ROSCOVIUS, Times correspondent


Bishop McLaughlin 20, Cambridge 13

SPRING HILL - Despite gaining only 186 total yards, the Hurricanes were able to escape with a victory.

The Lancers had the ball in the Bishop McLaughlin red zone three times in the first quarter, but came away with seven points. The Hurricanes forced a couple of turnovers and take a 12-7 halftime lead.

After a third-quarter stalemate, Bishop McLaughlin (3-2) took advantage of another Cambridge (2-3) offensive miscue, intercepting a Ryan Horan pass and taking it 32 yards to pay dirt.

The Lancers made it interesting after Horan left with a concussion and backup Michael Miller tossed a 20-yard touchdown to Micah Lewis.

Cambridge's comeback came up short when Miller's 14-yard touchdown pass to Josh Lockwood was called back due to offensive pass interference.

- DEREK LaRIVIERE, Times correspondent