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Pinellas football tonight

Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 3, 2000

Tarpon Springs (7-1) at Gibbs (6-2)

A 3A-7 game. The Spongers have had a week off, and they can complete an unbeaten district season with a win. But Gibbs appears healed offensively after a 13-3 loss two weeks ago at Osceola, and quarterback Ron Mathis will be ready for what should be another high-scoring game. Last year, Tarpon won 53-34.

Putnam's pick: Gibbs

Schwarb's pick: Tarpon Springs

Young's pick: Gibbs

Seminole (8-0) at Largo (6-2)

A 4A-7 game. This one looked really big two weeks ago until Largo was upset at Pinellas Park. The Packers rebounded nicely, though, beating Countryside behind a rare air show from quarterback Marcus Paschal. Two of the top defenses in the county will go head-to-head.

Putnam's pick: Seminole

Schwarb's pick: Seminole

Young's pick: Seminole

East Lake (5-3) at Chamberlain (6-2)

A 5A-7 game. This one is real simple: The winner is the district runner-up, the loser crosses its fingers for a wild-card berth. Chamberlain won 38-22 last year to claim the second playoff spot. The Eagles look to turn the tables.

Putnam's pick: East Lake

Schwarb's pick: Chamberlain

Young's pick: East Lake

SP Catholic (6-3) at Tampa Catholic (1-7)

A 2A-7 game. Take the one-win Crusaders lightly, and the Barons might be getting ready for the winter sports season sooner than they think. A TC upset forces a three-way playoff between TC, SPC and Wesley Chapel. But if SPC quarterback Chris Davis continues his sublime play, the Barons should roll.

Putnam's pick: SP Catholic

Schwarb's pick: SP Catholic

Young's pick: SP Catholic

Osceola (4-4) at Lakewood (3-5)

A 3A-7 game. A Warriors win coupled with a Gibbs loss to Tarpon Springs clinches a playoff berth for Osceola, which would be its first since 1994. You can be sure Warriors coach George Palmer will give running back Jason Teague every opportunity to carry his team to the post-season.

Putnam's pick: Osceola

Schwarb's pick: Osceola

Young's pick: Osceola

Clearwater (4-5) at Pinellas Park (2-6)

A 4A-7 game. During the second half of the season, Clearwater arguably has been the second-best team in the county behind Seminole -- and the Tornadoes nearly knocked off the Warhawks. The Patriots, with a 2-2 district mark after upsetting Largo, still have solid playoff hopes.

Putnam's pick: Pinellas Park

Schwarb's pick: Clearwater

Young's pick: Clearwater

Boca Ciega (2-6) at Northeast (2-7)

A 4A-7 game. The Vikings' season to forget mercifully ends tonight. After four years of district titles, Northeast will finish last. Miraculously, Boca Ciega still could make the playoffs. If Bogie and Pinellas Park win tonight and Largo loses, the schools will have a three-way tiebreaker.

Putnam's pick: Northeast

Schwarb's pick: Boca Ciega

Young's pick: Northeast

Countryside (5-3) at Ridgewood (3-5)

A 4A-6 game. Traditional doormat Ridgewood is no pushover this year, and if the Cougars don't bring their A game, they will regret it. The Rams had Palm Harbor U. beat until a last-second field goal. Regardless of the outcome, Countryside is the district champion.

Putnam's pick: Ridgewood

Schwarb's pick: Countryside

Young's pick: Countryside

Berkeley Prep (4-4) at CC Catholic (7-1)

A 2A-7 game. The Marauders can wrap up an unblemished district slate while keeping the Buccaneers winless in the district. At this point in the season, CCC is just hoping to stay healthy and align things so it peaks for the playoffs.

Putnam's pick: CC Catholic

Schwarb's pick: CC Catholic

Young's pick: CC Catholic

Dixie Hollins (4-4) at Dunedin (3-5)

A 3A-7 game. Talk about a season of "what ifs" for the Rebels. What if they had not lost in September to St. Petersburg? What if last-minute defeats to Gibbs and Tarpon Springs had gone the other way? Instead, a win tonight merely ensures a .500 season.

Putnam's pick: Dunedin

Schwarb's pick: Dixie Hollins

Young's pick: Dixie Hollins

Shorecrest (3-5) at Northside Chr. (2-6)

An A-8 game. The Mustangs have lost five in a row by an average of almost 41 points. Shorecrest's Jeff Ritch is trying to win the county scoring title. His 86 points are tied for second, four behind Admiral Farragut's Jon Hunt.

Putnam's pick: Shorecrest

Schwarb's pick: Shorecrest

Young's pick: Shorecrest

St. Petersburg (2-6) at Hillsborough (8-0)

A 5A-7 game. The Green Devils must feel like ... well, let's just say they can't feel too good. Hillsborough has won 19 in a row and is ranked No. 4 in 5A. St. Petersburg kept it close last year, losing 28-14. A similar performance would be outstanding.

Putnam's pick: Hillsborough

Schwarb's pick: Hillsborough

Young's pick: Hillsborough

Fort Meade (6-1) at Indian Rocks Chr. (2-6)

An A-8 game. Fort Meade, the No. 2 team in Class A, has thoroughly enjoyed its Pinellas foes this season. Keswick Christian, Northside Christian and Shorecrest have been waylaid by a combined 167-6. The Golden Eagles appear to be next.

Putnam's pick: Fort Meade

Schwarb's pick: Fort Meade

Young's pick: Fort Meade

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