Hillsborough: News and notes

By JOE SMITH, KEITH NIEBUHR and JOEY KNIGHT, Times staff writers
Published November 25, 2007

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Two-headed QB

The future at quarterback looks bright for Gaither.

Junior starter Kamren Hawkins returns for his senior season, as does change-of-pace freshman Dylan Fisher. Hawkins is the passer; Fisher the runner.

After Gaither fell behind 24-0 in Friday's loss to Chamberlain, Fisher delivered by producing the Cowboys' only score, a 20-yard pass to Justin Lattimore. He also did damage with his legs, rushing for 54 yards on 10 carries.

It starts up front

Chamberlain's first-half defensive performance Friday was one to remember, at least for Chiefs fans.

Against a Gaither offense that scored 37 points the previous week against Sickles, the Chiefs allowed 55 total yards and two first downs. The Cowboys had one play for more than 10 yards - a 28-yard run on a fake punt.

"That was one of our better games," defensive tackle Eric Hammond said.

Tape it up

Last week, Chamberlain's coaching staff made plans to exchange game video with the coaches from Lakeland on Saturday.

Small problem: Lakeland lost to Kissimmee Osceola.

"We weren't looking past (Osceola)," Chiefs coach Billy Turner said. "The Lakeland coaches called us."

Odds and ends

Gaither tailback Jarvis Giles, who entered Friday's game with 1,378 rushing yards, was slowed in the second quarter by a bad headache. He finished with 34 yards on eight carries.

On the Web

Head to blogs.tampabay.com/preps to read about the boys basketball SEBA Thanksgiving Classic at Tampa Prep.

By the numbers

103-16 Armwood's collective scoring margin against Hillsborouogh in the teams' last four meetings - all Hawks wins - since the Terriers' 21-20 upset of the Hawks in the 2005 season opener. Armwood lost that game when it missed an extra point.

Sound bite I

"If he's not the best receiver in the history of Florida, I want to see who is."
Plant coach Robert Weiner on senior receiver Derek Winter, who had three touchdowns and 211 yards against Jefferson on Friday.

Sound bite II

"We've got eight out of our starting 11 back on offense, so we'll be okay in '08."
Terriers coach Earl Garcia following Friday's 35-0 loss to Armwood.