Hillsborough roundup

Results from other high school football games around the county last night.

By Times Staff
Published October 7, 2006

Riverview 32, Blake 6

RIVERVIEW - When Riverview gathered after the game, coach Dan O'Reagan wasn't all smiles. He talked about mistakes and miscues and what the Sharks need to work on next week in practice.

"We just weren't doing a good job," he said later. "We weren't executing our offense well."

The Sharks' biggest problem was penalties, which plagued both teams. Riverview racked up 17 for 150 yards; Blake had 13 for 100 yards.

The Sharks came out quickly, scoring four plays into their first possession on a 25-yard scamper by Jahleel Addae, who led the offense with 147 yards on 15 carries. They tacked on another touchdown five plays later after recovering an on-side kick. Blake scored early in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass from Mark Mosquera to Ryan Davis to make it 14-6. The rest of the game belonged to Riverview.

- BEN MONTGOMERY, Times staff writer



DURANT - Newsome capitalized on strong defense and 130 yards in Durant penalties.

The Wolves scored on a 36-yard field goal by Vinny Zacarrio for the first half's only points.

Newsome linebacker Ricky Garcia recovered a Durant fumble on the Cougars' first drive of the third quarter, setting up a 7-yard touchdown run by Collin O'Connor. Durant answered on the next drive with a 32-yard field goal by Evan Kelly.

Durant pinned Newsome back at its own 15-yard line, but Cougars' two personal fouls and five Newsome rushes of at least 7 yards resulted in another 7-yard touchdown run by O'Connor.

The Wolves red-zone defense came up big in the final quarter. After Durant quarterback Jeremy Fussell got the ball to the 7-yard line, a penalty and three incomplete passes ended the Cougars' final drive.

- JARRETT GUTHRIE, Times correspondent



GIBSONTON - With the game tied at seven, East Bay defensive back Chip Burnett blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt by Daniel Zychlinski, ending the Lion's threat.

Indians quarterback Rex Ballenger connected with Joe Blum for a 25-yard touchdown pass to give East Bay the lead.

Late in the fourth, Burnett nearly recorded a safety when he drove Mike Wilson back 8 yards. The tackle forced a Lions' punt and set up a 1-yard Chaz Burrows touchdown run.

King controlled the ball for most of the game but couldn't manage to capitalize with any points on three 11-play drives.

The Lions started the game quickly as quarterback Keith Graham found Wilson for a 72-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive.

East Bay responded immediately as Aaron Freeman returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to tie the game.

- BRENDAN GALELLA, Times correspondent


Jefferson 25, Robinson 7

TAMPA - Robinson hung with Jefferson through three quarters before the Dragon defense took over.

The Knights were held to 193 total yards.

Robinson's own defense wore down after being on the field a lot as the offense failed to sustain long drives.

Jefferson opened the scoring in the second quarter when Stephen Garcia hit Cedric Mills for an 8-yard touchdown.

Robinson tied it with 10 seconds left in the half.

Jefferson (6-1) took its opening possession in the second half 60 yards for a score. Garcia found Byron McLeod for a 9-yard touchdown.

The Dragons didn't move the ball much the rest of the game but watched as their defense picked off Le three times in the second half. Kevin Brown ran one of the interceptions back 50 yards for a touchdown with four minutes to go.

JUSTIN DARGAHI, Times correspondent


Freedom 19, Bloomingdale 7

TAMPA - Freedom opened scoring in the second quarter when running back Louis Bonnet capped off a 33-yard drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown. The Patriots went on to score the next 12 points en route to 316 total offensive yards.

Freedom quarterback Andrew Carr completed 13-of-18 for 214 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown to senior Sherrard Evans to give the Patriots a 19-0 lead in the third quarter.

Bloomingdale had its chances as Freedom gave up three turnovers, two on its opening drive of each half.

The Bulls offense produced 158 rushing yards in the second half, but they only found the end zone once - a 1-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Shane Geyer.

"We're starting to click better and better," Freedom coach Leon Brockmeier said. "And we're clicking at the right time with districts right around the corner."

- KEVIN SMETANA, Times correspondent


Wharton 34, Brandon 0

TAMPA - Just before halftime, the lights went out at Mitchell Muley Stadium. Before that, Wharton looked listless and led just 7-0 on a second-quarter touchdown run by Joel Miller.

But after a 45-minute delay and halftime, Wharton came out re-energized and piled up 27 second-half points to rout Brandon 34-0 and stay unbeaten at 7-0.

The Wildcats defense keyed the rout, shutting down Eagles star running back Mike Brown. Brown's second-quarter carries went for -1, -1, -4, -1, -3, -13 -5 and -3 yards, and he finished with minus-16 yards on 12 carries.

Miller, meanwhile, got on track for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries as the Wharton running game tallied 255 yards.

"We just stepped up to do what we had to do in the second half because our motto is 'finish,' " Miller said. "We wanted to make a statement."

- JEREMY RASMUSSEN, Times correspondent


Jesuit 14, Chamberlain 13

TAMPA - Chamberlain controlled the ball, held Jesuit running back Kevin Valenti to under 60 yards, recovered a pair of fumbled punts and called the right plays at the right time to gain first downs.

It turned out it was the easiest aspect of the night that baffled Chamberlain: the snap from center to holder on extra points and field goals.

Chamberlain watched as one extra point squiggled short and another was bobbled, forcing a run for a loss with 20 seconds to go.

Chamberlain (2-4) appeared doomed when what would have been the tying extra point was plagued by a bad snap with 5:36 to go. But Jesuit (4-3) couldn't get a first down. Chamberlain then drove to the 3 but was called for holding. Three plays later a 21-yard field goal attempt was botched when the snap was bobbled. Jesuit ran out the clock after tackling Marcus Burton for loss.

- MIKE READLING, Times correspondent


LETO 30, Sickles 29 (ot)

TAMPA - Quarterback Robert Scime scored on a 3-yard run and running back Rudontae Ashley sprinted in for his third two-point conversion, giving Leto an overtime victory over Sickles.

Playing in front of a homecoming crowd, Sickles (0-7) took a 29-22 lead as Josh Mendez (144 yards rushing) scored his third touchdown and Daniel Winsey kicked the PAT.

Leto (2-4) appeared to be stopped in overtime, but a fourth-down pass interference penalty in the end zone against Sickles gave the Falcons a first down at the 3, setting up the dramatic finish.

Ashley finished with 209 yards rushing on 27 carries. His lone touchdown, a 75-yard run, began a Leto rally from a 22-8 third-quarter deficit.

The Falcons tied the game on an 8-yard TD pass from Scime to Luther St. Luis and an Ashley conversion run with less than four minutes left.

- DON JENSEN, Times correspondent


Plant City 30 , TBT 6

Plant City registered 287 yards on the ground. Sirchauncy Holloway ran in from 17 yards to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead. Tampa Bay Tech answered with a 30-yard pass from quarterback Tarean Austin to Marcus Washington to end the half.

Holloway scored from 2 yards out as the Raiders increased the lead.

The Titans threatened to score again on an 88-yard completion only to have the ball stripped and recovered by the defense at their own 7.

Jacari Bennett capped a 185-yard rushing day with an 86-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. A field goal and a 1-yard Keith Dawson touchdown run contributed to the final score.

- PATRICK NGUYEN, Times correspondent


Tampa Catholic 32, Miami Bay Point 6

TAMPA - Good field position. Great passing. Solid running. Tough defense. Tampa Catholic (6-1) was better in every aspect than Miami Bay Point (2-3). Crusaders quarterback Dickie de lama he threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to freshman wideout Christian Green on his first passing attempt. De lama finished the game 14-of-18 for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He ran in another.

"He's been very efficient and awfully good for us all year long," Crusaders coach Bob Henriquez said. "He'll make the safe throw and take chances when they're there."

After the Tampa Catholic defense allowed the Falcons' only touchdown, a 7-yard run by Eric Moore, de lama came out and capped a seven-play, 61-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Green. Drew Zink gave the Crusaders a 25-6 lead in the third quarter with a 5-yard run. He finished with 109 yards on 16 carries.

- DAN GENOVESE, Times correspondent



Hernando Christian 21, Tampa Baptist 8: Tampa-Hernando Christian (4-3) led 21-0 at halftime against visiting Tampa Baptist (2-5). Rams running back Matt Reynolds blocked and recovered a punt in the end zone to close the gap to 13 after the two-point conversion.

Vero Beach St. Edwards 46, Cambridge 13: St. Edwards (4-3) forced seven turnovers against visiting Cambridge (2-4).

ADRIEN De MARTINI, Times correspondent