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John C. Cotey's Top 10

Ranking the bay area's football teams, with previous ranking in parentheses.

By JOHN C. COTEY, High Schools Columnist
Published September 30, 2007


1. (1) Armwood (5-0)

Friday: beat No.12 Jefferson 26-9.

This week: at Tampa Bay Tech.

Jefferson linebacker Gorby Loreus said his Dragons wanted to send a message to Armwood that it was beatable. The Hawks response?: This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification. Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently.

2. (2) Largo (4 -0)

Friday: beat No.7 Dunedin 37-71 in 2OT.

This week: at Pinellas Park.

There's not too much standing in between the Packers and 8-0. Just QB Leonard Johnson's balky ankle and the next four opponents, who are a combined 4-14.

3. (3) Hillsborough (4-0)

Friday: beat No.14 Riverview 35-0.

This week: at Freedom

Sharks running back Jahleel Addae called the Terriers' defense the Great Wall of China. So what he's saying, if I'm hearing correctly, is that you can actually see the it from the moon. Now that is impressive.

4. (4) Plant (3-1)

Friday: DNP.

This week: at Blake.

Poor Plant. They guys had no game to play this week, so they had to stay home and play video ... what? Huh? They all got to go the USF game? Awww man!

5. (5) Northeast (4-0)

Friday: DNP.

Next week: vs. Boca Ciega.

The Vikings needed the week of rest before this week's big game with Bogie. But we hear RB Jeff Brinson went out to the field Friday night and ran its length three times anyway. Just for kicks.

6. (6) Ridgewood (4-0)

Friday: beat No.43 Gulf 49-34.

This week: at River Ridge.

Okay, so maybe my nickname for RB Byronell Arline hasn't caught on - the kids at Ridgewood seem to prefer the "Arline Express" - but after his 343-yard, seven-touchdown performance Friday, I may still be able to unload some of these "Look out! Here comes Big Daddy Delicious Destruction!" T-shirts I had printed up.

7. (8) Boca Ciega (4-0)

Friday: beat St. Petersburg 28-0.

This week: at Northeast.

Bogie quarterback Orhian Johnson still hasn't had his breakout game yet. If we had to pick a good time for it, we'd pick Friday!

8. (9) Chamberlain (2-2)

Friday: beat No.20 East Bay 31-0.

This week: at Sickles.

You think coaching has nothing to do with it? Well, without Billy Turner, Chamberlain only scored a 28-0 victory last week. With Turner back Friday, the Chiefs scored 31 points. Case closed.

9. (7) Dunedin (3-2)

Friday: lost to No.2 Largo 37-31 in 2OT.

This week: at Largo.

In the past two weeks, it has become official: Adaris Bellamy's name can be mentioned with the very best. Here, you try it. Breathe in, aaaand: JeffBrinsonBrynnHarveyByronellArlineEricSmithAdarisBellamy. Whew. Not as easy as I thought.

10. (11) Gaither

Friday: beat No.25 Jesuit 35-14.

This week: at Mitchell.

Hey Cowboys, welcome to the No.10 spot. I'm not going to say it's cursed, but our previous No.10s are 1-3-1, with Bogie the only one that managed to move up, and that was its bye week. So, good luck.