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Hillsborough football

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 12, 2001

Quote of the week

"What I was thinking when it was 14-0 I cannot state publicly." -- ALEX ALBERT, Riverview coach on getting down two touchdowns to Chamberlain before the Sharks came back to win 38-35

Game of the Week

Haines City at East Bay

AT STAKE East Bay can go 3-0 for the first time since 1998, when it finished 10-1 while playing an independent schedule.

OFFENSE: East Bay scored a combined 28 points in victories over Chamberlain and Leto while Haines City rolled up 57 in wins over Palmetto and Lake Gibson. EDGE: Haines City

DEFENSE: Haines City turned back Lake Gibson at the 5-yard line with 42 seconds remaining. But its defense is not as stingy as East Bay's, which has allowed a total of nine points in its two victories. EDGE: East Bay

SPECIAL TEAMS: East Bay blocked two fourth-quarter punts in its victory over Chamberlain. EDGE: East Bay

INTANGIBLES: Haines City lost 18 starters to graduation. However, some residue must remain from a program that has qualified for the playoffs each of the past five seasons. EDGE: Haines City

The top 10

A periodic look at Hillsborough County's top 10 teams:

1. Hillsborough (2-0) -- Take away Kwane Doster, and Robinson gained 17 yards.

2. Jefferson (2-0) -- Outscored Sickles and Armwood by a combined 110-0.

3. Jesuit (2-0) -- Fourteen points off of turnovers against St. Petersburg Catholic.

4. Riverview (2-0) -- Avious Steadman bearing down on county rushing record.

5. Gaither (2-0) -- Bob Gries 2, critics 0.

6. East Bay (2-0) -- Stopped Leto three times inside Indians' 10.

7. Wharton (2-0) -- Chris Wilson averaging two picks per game.

8. Chamberlain (0-2) -- Too talented to be 0-2.

9. Plant (1-1) -- Shut down by Hillsborough, shut out Blake.

10. Tampa Bay Tech (1-1) -- Without Romae Rucker's fumble recovery, Titans are 0-2.

Others to watch: King (1-1), Durant (2-0), Armwood (1-1), Blake (1-1), Sickles (1-1).

Five to watch

Andre Caldwell, Jefferson: Reche's younger brother caught a 74-yard touchdown pass then moved to quarterback and ran 80 yards for another score in a 63-0 victory over Armwood.

Chris Hutchins, King: The 6-foot-5, 340-pound tackle moved bodies and Lions running backs moved the ball a combined 647 yards against Brandon and Tampa Bay Tech.

Charles Sallet, Armwood: Quiet against Jefferson, Sallet made 10 tackles, had a sack and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in a 21-0 opening-night win over Plant City.

Ean Randolph, Durant: One week after returning kickoffs 88 and 92 yards for touchdowns against Leto, Randolph rushed for 142 yards and two scores in a 26-7 win over Bloomingdale.

Chris Wilson, Wharton: Wilson's two interceptions in a 9-3 victory over Brandon gave him four for the season. None were bigger than his game-saving pick in the waning moments of a 16-13 win over Robinson in Week 1.

Players of the week

Week 2

Romae Rucker, Tampa Bay Tech -- All seemed lost for the Titans, who trailed King by six points, when Lynn Moore fumbled into the end zone in overtime. But Rucker outfought a pile of players for the ball, tying the game. Don Jones' extra point gave Tampa Bay Tech a 20-19 victory.

Previous Weeks

Week 1: Chris Wilson, Wharton

This Week's Games

Hillsborough at Clearwater

Admiral Farragut at Temple Heights

Alonso at Wharton

Plant at Armwood

Blake at Robinson

Bloomingdale at Tampa Bay Tech

Brandon at Sickles

Chamberlain at Gaither

Durant at Lakeland

Haines City at East Bay

King at Leto

Riverview at Plant City

Tampa Catholic at Santa Fe Catholic

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