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North Suncoast: Sunday morning quarterback

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


Week 5 was, like the first four weeks, the week of the running back. Byronell Arline outdueled David Williams, Sean Scott turned in more than 200 yards, and Nature Coast's Tevin Drake gave his team a last-second win. Perhaps Week 6 will bring some answers at quarterback. Will Mitchell rebound with Tate Humphrey's return? How will Wesley Chapel fare without Greg Jenkins? Can Zack Wynn possibly top his 286-yard, four-touchdown game?

In hindsight   |   Our predictions record 

Each Friday, staff writers Izzy Gould, David Murphy and a guest "celebrity" predict the outcomes of each game on the North Suncoast. Each Sunday, they'll look back at just how poorly they did.

We're at the halfway point of the season, and one thing is certain - we still haven't mastered the art of the picking winners. You begin to wonder how many times Pasco can burn one man. Is Zephyrhills really that good? Should we start picking Hudson more? And is fast food after a Friday night game really a bad idea?

Moving on, David Murphy climed into first place this week, leapfrogging Izzy Gould for a one-game edge. And Mayor Dan Tipton had a tremendous showing, making this a three-horse race with five weeks left.

David Murphy
This week: 8-2
Season: 31-15
Best pick: He had Central ready to come out of its cave and romp by the tune of 63-0. Close, as the Bears won 41-7.
Worst pick: Okay, Mitchell didn't come close to scoring 49 points or winning. But who could have known Tate Humphrey really wasn't going to play?

Izzy Gould
This week: 6-4
Season: 30-16
Best pick: After following Land O'Lakes two weeks in a row, it was pretty clear the Gators would win with ease at Sunlake. Now stop following Land O'Lakes. You're scaring people.
Worst pick: In an effort to please the Wiregrass Ranch readers, Gould went out on a limb. No more going out on limbs.

Dan Tipton
Occupation: New Port Richey mayor.
This week: 7-3
Celebrity pickers' season: 28-18
Best pick:Tipton picked Nature Coast to upend the Pasco, 20-10. Gould has been covering the Pirates for a few years and still can't get it right.
Worst pick: Hernando Christian to beat Temple Christian, 17-13. Okay, private schools aren't your forte. We get it. Thanks for your contribution.

All-Friday first time 

Sean Scott
RB, Hudson
We've already given QB Zack Wynn enough love - how about some respect for hard-running senior Scott, who finished with 153 rushing yards and 66 receiving yards.

David Williams
RB, Gulf
The senior has 1,220 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in five games. At this rate, Williams will break the single-season county record Tyrone Tomlin's 1,753 in three weeks.

Byronell Arline
RB, Ridgewood
Arline is averaging 233 rushing yards per game, putting him on pace for more than 2,300 yards and more than 30 touchdowns this season.

Tevin Drake
RB, Nature Coast
Don't call it a comeback, but Drake led the Sharks back into the win column with 120 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 3-yard run to win it in the fourth quarter.

Jerome Harrison
WR, Land O'Lakes
Harrison collected 122 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Gators' shutout of Sunlake. And this isn't even his best sport.

Keenan Reynolds
RB, Wesley Chapel
Reynolds carried 18 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats' loss to Zephyrhills. Yeah, Reynolds, above, has got one more year