By Compiled by Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 3, 2000
East Lake (5-3) at Chamberlain (6-2)
The winner goes as the district runner-up. The loser hopes for a wild card. Chiefs coach Billy Turner claimed last week he has three running backs that can't walk due to a variety of injuries. The Chiefs, however, have a passing game thanks to Brian Clark's emergence at wide receiver.
Robinson (5-3) at Gaither (7-1
The magic number is 268. That's how many rushing yards Gaither's Lydell Ross needs to break the county record. The question now is when. Second quarter? Third quarter? Next week? Oh, Gaither should win, too.
Purks' pick: Gaither
Readling's pick: Gaither
There is nothing sweeter than avenging a loss. Unless it is on the other team's home field. And that is what TBT could do. Plant's Mike Williams and Devin Kennedy are good, but Tech's Tyrone Timmons, Lynn Moore, Frank Irby, James Idleburgh and James Hopkins are better.
Purks' pick: Tampa Bay Tech
Readling's pick: Plant
We're calling this the I-don't-want-to-finish-behind-you- in-the-district-standings bowl because that's the only thing these teams are playing for as both will miss the playoffs. Blake can clinch its first winning season since reopening four years ago.
Purks' pick: Blake
Readling's pick: Blake
Say What?!? Part one. Tampa Catholic can still sneak into the playoffs because a win tonight at King High forces a shootout with SPC and Wesley Chapel for second place. Don't rush out and buy your playoffs tickets just yet. The Barons will be a bear to beat.
Purks' pick: St. Petersburg Catholic
Readling's pick: St. Petersburg Catholic
Say What?!? Part two. The winner earns second place in the district. Theoretically, Bloomingdale could make the playoffs with two wins. Theoretically, the Earth was flat before Columbus stumbled upon America, too.
Purks' pick: Sarasota Riverview
Readling's pick: Sarasota Riverview
Purks' pick: Jesui
Readling's pick: Jesuit
Armwood is in the playoffs. Winter Haven is not. Armwood was expected to be. Winter Haven was not. Armwood should win big. Winter Haven should not.
Purks' pick: Armwood
Readling's pick: Armwood
Lakeland (7-0) at Brandon (4-4)
During the regular season, Lakeland has been unbeatable. At least for the past 53 games. The Dreadnaughts already have beaten Bradenton Manatee and Southeast this season. Brandon probably won't pose a threat.
Purks' pick: Lakeland
Readling's pick: Lakeland
Berkeley Prep (4-4) at CCC (7-1)
CCC has scored 303 points. Berkeley Prep could play eight more games and probably not equal that. Don't look for that total to increase too much.
Purks' pick: CCC
Readling's pick: CCC
Durant (2-7) at Lakeland Jenkins (3-4)
The weekly your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine special. Durant seems to be on the verge of doing something great, but it just can't seem to get over the hump. Lakeland Jenkins might be that hump. Purks' upset special: Durant
Readling's upset special: Durant
Wharton (2-6) at East Bay (5-3)
East Bay won 34-28 in overtime last year. What are the chances the Indians can score that many points again? Chances are, they won't need to, but this is a Wharton team that shows up some weeks (Plant) and takes others off (Sickles, King).
Purks' pick: East Bay
Readling's pick: East Bay
St. Petersburg (2-6) at Hillsborough (8-0)
We don't like to feel sorry for anybody, but you have to worry about St. Petersburg. The little green guys didn't do anything wrong, yet still must face Hillsborough because the FHSAA decided they should be in the same district.
Purks' pick: Hillsborough
Readling's pick: Hillsborough
Jefferson (7-1) at Pasco (4-4)
Speaking of playoff teams cruising through the season ... Jefferson will use this game as a warmup for the playoffs. Unfortunately, you get the idea that an intrasquad game would be more helpful. But as everybody knows, it's good to get out and hit somebody else once in a while.
Purks' pick: Jefferson
Readling's pick: Jefferson
Purks' pick: Kin
Readling's pick: King
Bradenton Manatee (6-2) at Plant City (3-5)
Two years ago, Plant City played Manatee at home, and the entire city showed up. It won't be that big of a deal this year, but you can still expect a pretty good turnout. After years of domination, everybody likes seeing one of the Bradenton teams lose to a local.
Purks' pick: Manatee
Readling's pick: Manatee
Lake Region (2-5) at Riverview (5-3)
In case you're wondering, it's not the jersey that makes Avious Steadman so great. Last week, he wore the number his brother, Larry, wore when he was at Riverview. He gained more than 200 yards. Kind of makes you think it might be the talent, huh? Lake Region finds out tonight.
Purks' pick: Riverview
Readling's pick: Riverview
Sonrise Christian (0-9) at Riverhills Christian (4-4) at Antioch Field, 7 p.m.
Sonrise forfeited its past two games by not playing. Many would argue it did that with their first seven just by playing. Riverhills is using tonight as a Homecoming game. The team from Lakeland is a good choice.
Purks' pick: Riverhills Christian
Readling's pick: Riverhills Christian
Jacksonville Providence Christian (2-5) at Temple Heights (5-3), 3 p.m.
Those mighty Eagles are flying high. They can run, pass, intercept and return kickoffs for points. Look for more of that this afternoon against the school from Jacksonville.
Purks' pick: Temple Heights
Readling's pick: Temple Heights