North Suncoast: News and notes

By IZZY GOULD and DAVID MURPHY, Times Staff Writers
Published September 30, 2007

Humphrey may be back Friday

Mitchell coach Scott Schmitz said he decided Thursday night not to start quarterback Tate Humphrey, who was hampered by a high ankle sprain. Without the county's leading passer, the Mustangs, who entered their 36-27 loss to Hudson averaging 43 points, struggled to find their usual offensive rhythm.

But Humphrey, who is averaging more than 200 passing yards and 90 rushing yards, said after the game that he expects to play next week.

It remains to be seen whether he'll have his top receiver: Senior Tyrone Hendrix limped off the field in the fourth quarter and did not return. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Lizama out for rest of season

Hudson linebacker Vance Lizama will miss the rest of the season with ACL and MCL injuries, coach Mark Nash said Friday. Lizama, a sophomore, was injured in a loss to Pasco last week.

Central moving on

Most coaches will tell you they are focused only on the game at hand. But Central coach Cliff Lohrey admitted his team struggled to forget about its 42-21 loss to Ridgewood last week.

"I don't think we got over it until (Friday night)," he said after the Bears' 41-7 win over Lecanto.

The Bears will look to get their first district win Friday in an county game against Springstead.