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Pinellas football

Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 20, 2000


HILLSBOROUGH (7-0) at EAST LAKE (4-2)

A 5A-7 game. The Eagles were stunned by Clearwater last week, but the opportunity to play the No. 4 team in the state should have East Lake Stadium rocking. To pull the upset and strike a blow for Pinellas football, Eagle quarterback Chris Thomas must play flawlessly and the defense can't yield big plays.

Putnam's pick: Hillsborough

Schwarb's pick: East Lake

Young's pick: Hillsborough

TARPON SPRINGS (6-1) at DIXIE HOLLINS (3-3)

A 3A-7 game. In their lone loss, the Spongers were blasted by a 272-yard rushing attack from Clearwater, and the Rebels' specialty is rushing behind senior Andre Hall. Tarpon has two solid wins since that defeat, and another tonight means a peaceful open week before playing Gibbs.

Putnam's pick: Tarpon Springs

Schwarb's pick: Tarpon Springs

Young's pick: Tarpon Springs

CC CATHOLIC (5-1) at TAMPA CATHOLIC (1-5)

A 2A-7 game. The Crusaders are having their worst season in years, and it just got worse as first-year coach John Diehl resigned this week. CCC has its own problems with running back James Sommers out indefinitely with a knee injury. The Marauders should clinch the district tonight.

Putnam's pick: CCC

Schwarb's pick: CCC

Young's pick: CCC

GIBBS (5-1) at OSCEOLA (3-3)

A 3A-7 game. Both teams were off last week, and the break allowed Gibbs quarterback Ron Mathis to heal a shoulder injured in the team's romp over Dunedin. Look for the Gladiators to come out firing and take one more step toward a showdown with Tarpon for the district title.

Putnam's pick: Gibbs

Schwarb's pick: Gibbs

Young's pick: Gibbs

BOCA CIEGA (2-4) at SEMINOLE (7-0)

A 4A-7 game. The Pirates actually could pull even with the Warhawks in the district with a victory, but no signs point to that happening. Bogie has scored in double digits only once while Seminole has not put up fewer than 19 points all year. The Warhawks should run wild again.

Putnam's pick: Seminole

Schwarb's pick: Seminole

Young's pick: Seminole

DUNEDIN (3-3) at LAKEWOOD (1-5)

A 3A-7 game. After a fast start, Dunedin fell hard with three consecutive losses. It rebounded last week at Palm Harbor University. The Spartans were happy to take last Friday off after five consecutive defeats, and tonight, Lakewood could crawl out of the district basement.

Putnam's pick: Dunedin

Schwarb's pick: Lakewood

Young's pick: Lakewood

NORTHEAST (2-5) at CLEARWATER (2-5)

A 4A-7 game. The Tornadoes seemingly don't have a chance as they are 0-5 against teams not from Tarpon Springs. But neither of Northeast's wins (Lakewood, St. Petersburg) carry much clout. Clearwater also will have an emotional edge, playing its final home game of the season.

Putnam's pick: Northeast

Schwarb's pick: Clearwater

Young's pick: Clearwater

LARGO (5-1) at PINELLAS PARK (1-5)

A 4A-7 game. The Packers' calling card is defense. Only Seminole averages fewer yards and points surrendered among county public schools. That defense will be tested by Patriots running back Billy Henderson and in Largo's next two games, against Countryside and Seminole.

Putnam's pick: Pinellas Park

Schwarb's pick: Largo

Young's pick: Largo

GULF (1-5) at PALM HARBOR U. (2-5)

A 4A-6 game. Despite two district losses, the Hurricanes aren't out of the playoffs yet. However, they'll need help from Ridgewood. A loss tonight to the wretched Buccaneers and all is for naught, though.

Putnam's pick: Palm Harbor U.

Schwarb's pick: Palm Harbor U.

Young's pick: Palm Harbor U.

MOORE HAVEN (2-4) at SP CATHOLIC (4-3)

The Terriers are a Class A school from Glades County that has played bigger competition and likely won't roll over for the Barons. Porous defense continued to plague SPC in last week's 41-34 loss to Orlando Lake Highland, but Chris Davis and the offense continue to sparkle.

Putnam's pick: SPC

Schwarb's pick: SPC

Young's pick: SPC

RIVER RIDGE (2-5) at ST. PETERSBURG (1-5)

A 5A-7 game. The loser likely will end up being the only team in the district not to win a district game. This was one of the most exciting games of last season as River Ridge kicked a field goal to win on the final play. Expect a low-scoring contest.

Putnam's pick: River Ridge

Schwarb's pick: St. Petersburg

Young's pick: St. Petersburg

SANTA FE CATHOLIC (2-5) at SHORECREST (2-4)

An A-8 game. The Crimson Hawks opened with five losses but have won two in a row, against Northside Christian and Indian Rocks Christian. This game is likely to determine the runner-up playoff berth behind Fort Meade.

Putnam's pick: Shorecrest

Schwarb's pick: Santa Fe Catholic

Young's pick: Shorecrest

ST. JOHN NEUMANN (2-2) at KESWICK CHR. (3-3)

After 12 years without football, the Celtics, a Class A school in Naples, have returned with a six-game schedule and have played well, including an 8-6 win over Indian Rocks Christian. The Crusaders got the offense churning in a 49-20 win over IRC last week.

Putnam's pick: Keswick Chr.

Schwarb's pick: Keswick Chr.

Young's pick: Keswick Chr.

ADM. FARRAGUT (6-0) at AUCILLA CHR. (0-6)

The Warriors have the home-field advantage -- and that's it. If the Blue Jackets aren't tired after the long trip to Monticello, this one could get real ugly. Aucilla is the antithesis of Farragut, having been outscored 253-24 while AFA has outscored its foes 238-16.

Putnam's pick: Adm. Farragut

Schwarb's pick: Adm. Farragut

Young's pick: Adm. Farragut

NORTHSIDE CHR. (2-5) at TEMPLE HEIGHTS (4-2)

The Eagles started 4-0 but have dropped their past two. The Mustangs started 2-1 but have dropped their past four by a combined score of 180-19. Ouch. Both teams could use a week off, but instead, they've got each other.

Putnam's pick: Temple Heights

Schwarb's pick: Temple Heights

Young's pick: Temple Heights

INDIAN ROCKS CHR. (1-5) at WEST OAKS (3-3)

West Oaks Academy, a Class A independent in Orlando, is coming off a 39-6 victory over winless Lakeland Sonrise Christian. The Golden Eagles haven't tasted victory since the first week, and this could be their last good chance.

Putnam's pick: IRC

Schwarb's pick: West Oaks

Young's pick: IRC

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