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Hillsborough football notebook

By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 3, 2001


Berkeley Prep 21, Northside Chr. 8

Berkeley Prep 21, Northside Chr. 8

TAMPA -- Senior quarterback Vince Chillura passed for two touchdowns and scored once as Berkeley Prep (2-6) denied Northside Christian (5-5) a Class A playoff berth with a 21-8 victory at Stanford J. Newman Stadium. The Buccaneers forced five turnovers, including two fumble recoveries by Chris Zutes, to set up two first-quarter touchdowns.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Trailing 14-0 in the third quarter, Northside Christian had a third-and-goal at the Berkeley Prep 6. However, after an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Mustangs, Mike Gerson stopped the drive by intercepting a Josh Franklin pass at the 5.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Chillura completed 9 of 16 passes for 170 yards and his 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down gave Berkeley Prep the lead for good. The Buccaneers' defense limited Northside Christian to 153 yards as the Mustangs converted only one of nine third-down opportunities. Northside Christian's P.K. Keller caught three passes for 98 yards.

KEY STATISTIC: Berkeley Prep overcame 17 penalties for 175 yards.

THEY SAID IT: "Our kids were excited to come out and try to salvage the season by knocking (Northside Christian) out of the playoffs. They practiced hard all week and it showed." -- Berkeley Prep coach Frank Sullivan.

-- DON JENSEN

Durant 55, Alonso 0

Durant finished the season on a high note, defeating Alonso at home 55-0.

The Ravens, who scored their first offensive touchdown of the year last week to snap a five-game shutout streak, finished the year 0-10. Alonso scored 13 points this season.

The win broke Durant's two-game losing streak and allowed the Cougars to finish 6-4, the first time in the school's seven-year history the team has finished with a record above .500.

-- Times staff

Chamberlain 31, Plant City 12

TAMPA -- Coming off an emotional overtime victory against Hillsborough last week, Chamberlain coach Billy Turner said he was concerned about a letdown in the Chiefs' final regular-season game with Plant City.

But Chamberlain survived a sluggish start, scoring three touchdowns in the second half to pull away from the Raiders at John Adcock Stadium.

PLAY OF THE GAME: With Plant City trailing 10-0 late in the third quarter, Chamberlain quarterback Sidney Bryant was intercepted on third-and-3. But the Raiders were whistled for roughing the passer, keeping alive the Chiefs' drive. Michael Ross then capped a 12-play, 85-yard march with a 2-yard touchdown plunge to put Chamberlain ahead 17-0.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tailback Donovan Davis was the workhorse for the Chiefs, rushing for 100 yards on 16 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

KEY STATISTIC: Chamberlain attempted only six passes, but that was due to the Chiefs' dominance on the ground. Chamberlain rolled up 254 yards compared to Plant City's 105.

THEY SAID IT: "We've played two unbelievable games in a row, and to expect these kids to come out here tonight and play as hard as they did against Hillsborough is not human." -- Chamberlain coach Billy Turner.

-- BRANDON WRIGHT

East Bay 45, Blake 25

TAMPA -- Six Indians rushed for positive yardage to lead East Bay past Blake. East Bay enters the playoffs with an 8-2 record after utilizing solid blocking and a three-back set to rush for 310 yards. A 45-yard run by Billy McPhaul was the final score of the first half and the Indians never looked back. The second half would be started by a kickoff return for a touchdown and another score in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Blake ends the season 1-9 with its lone win coming against winless Alonso.

PLAY OF THE GAME: East Bay received at the start of the second half leading 21-3. Fourteen seconds and a 99-yard kickoff return would change that. Following some excellent blocking along the Blake sideline, East Bay's Reggie Doby took Blake kicker Alexander Arhin's kickoff all the way to the opposite end of the field.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: A duo of East Bay rushers deserve the majority of the credit for the win. Jimmy Strong and McPhaul contributed 100 yards and one touchdown to the Indians' eighth win.

KEY STATISTIC: East Bay quarterback J.B. Garris was 0-for-2 passing Friday. Although he did contribute 45 yards on the ground, the only completed pass for the Indians came from punter Ryan Vanalstyne.

THEY SAID IT: "Our season was so tough that I thought we could be anywhere from 5-5 to 8-2. But we were successful and won some close ball games early and started thinking. Our expectations started going higher and higher. We beat Haines City, Chamberlain and Riverview, and you start thinking 'Maybe our team is better than we thought."' -- East Bay coach Brian Thornton.

-- JARRETT GUTHRIE

Bloomingdale 21, Brandon 9

BRANDON -- The Bulls knocked off their cross-town rival Eagles in come-from-behind fashion to earn their first win and give first-year coach David Bankston his first victory in the season finale for both teams. The victory came after Brandon dedicated its field to longtime supporter Patricia Fussell at halftime, with the Eagles leading 9-0.

Bloomingdale, which entered the game on a 15-game losing streak, finished its third consecutive season with a 1-9 record scoring the most points of the season and surrendering the least. The Bulls had averaged just 5.8 points a game and allowed an average of 34.7, including three shutouts.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Carl Elkins returned a fourth-quarter punt 69 yards, which set up Skaletski's go-ahead touchdown on first down from the 9-yard line with 11 minutes, 25 seconds left in the game.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Bloomingdale, which had scored just eight touchdowns all season, got three from quarterback Jarob Skaletski. He ran for two (9 yards and 1 yard) and threw for another (13 yards). On defense, Bryan Langford keyed the Bulls to their best outing since an 8-7 win against Sickles last season. He recovered two fumbles and nearly had two interceptions.

KEY STATISTIC: Brandon (3-7) picked the worst times to rack up most of its 94 yards in penalties. Multiple personal fouls extended Bloomingdale scoring drives.

THEY SAID IT: "We felt we could attack their inside with the option game. We got good blocks and finally showed discipline." -- Bankston.

-- ERIC VICIAN

Leto 25, Sickles 18

TAMPA -- With 1:06 remaining in the game, Leto returned an interception 45 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

The score capped a Leto comeback in which the Falcons scored 18 unanswered points in the final 12:01.

PLAY OF THE GAME: With six minutes left in the game and down 18-15, Leto faced third and 11 from within its own 1-yard line. Quarterback Joey Bailey avoided the pressure and found receiver Kevin Lin for a 14-yard gain and a first down. The play swung the momentum and sparked a 12-play, 80 yard drive that culminated in the game-tying field goal.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Leto quarterback Joey Bailey completed 10 of 15 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. Leto running back Walter Madry rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Madry also had five receptions for 71 yards. Sickles running back Bryan Dalton rushed for 183 yards on 26 carries and had all three of his team's scores.

Leto kicker Edison Cantor connected on a 35-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining that tied the game.

KEY STATISTIC: In Leto's final two drives, the offense gained 146 yards on 19 plays and scored 10 points. On the Falcons' other six possessions, they ran 36 plays and gained 164 yards.

THEY SAID IT: "That was wild ... I was proud of our senior leadership." -- Leto coach Andy Martin.

-- ROB BRANNON

Tampa Bay Tech 17, Wharton 13

TAMPA -- A Maurice Crum 1-yard touchdown run with 6 minutes, 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter put Tampa Bay Tech back on top, and David Daymond's interception five minutes later sealed the Titans' victory against Wharton. Tech (8-2) had 191 yards on the ground from Crum and tailback Lynn Moore. It also kept the Wildcats' (4-6) Ross Corcoran to 6 of 19 passing. The game was marred by seven unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and the teams had to be physically separated after the game.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Corcoran dropped back to pass in the second quarter and that's when the Titans' pass rush came. Corcoran broke one tackle, scrambled to his right, then lofted the ball toward receiver Paul Morris as he was being dragged down. The defender leapt for the interception, but misjudged it, and Morris hauled in the pass and raced 10 yards into the end zone.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Even though Wharton lost, Wildcats running back Larry Edwards kept his team in the game, rushing 19 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. Wharton as a team had just 222 yards of total offense.

KEY STATISTIC: Tech committed 13 penalties for 110 yards, including four 15-yard personal foul calls.

THEY SAID IT: "It's not a good thing. It's something we need to take care of -- team discipline I'm at a loss for words. I just can't believe the way these guys behaved." -- Tampa Bay Tech coach John Colbert on his team's numerous penalties.

-- ANTHONY GAGLIANO

All Saints 41, Temple Heights 2

WINTER HAVEN -- In a matchup of one-win teams, Winter Haven's All Saints easily handled Temple Heights.

Temple Heights ended its season with a 1-8 record. All Saints finished 2-8.

-- Times staff

Riverhills Chr. 26, Sonrise Chr. 22

LAKELAND -- Riverhills picked up its second win of the season by defeating Sonrise on the road. Riverhills was ranked 22nd and 23rd in offense and defense respectively in the county going into the game against Sonrise.

-- Times staff

King 28, Armwood 21

TAMPA -- King flexed its passing muscle in preparation for next week's Class 5A playoffs, using quarterback Michael Brewster's 32-yard touchdown pass to Raymond Neal in the final minute to defeat stubborn Armwood in a non-district game.

Brewster completed 4 of 8 passes for 172 yards, as King finished the regular season 7-3. Cornelius Mitchell scored on runs of 5 and 10 yards for Armwood, which finished 4-6.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Brewster hit Neal in stride in the corner of the end zone on a fly pattern for the game-winning score with 44 seconds to play. Brewster set up King's third touchdown midway through the fourth quarter with a 74-yard completion to tight end Chris Brevi, moving the ball to the 1. Brewster scored three plays later.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: In addition to Brewster, King senior defensive lineman Delton Griffin disrupted Armwood's offense all night. Griffin clogged up the run and forced Armwood quarterback Ryan Watts to scramble out of the pocket on several pass attempts.

KEY STATISTIC: Armwood held Neal, Hillsborough County's leading rusher entering the game with more than 1,600 yards, to 25 yards on 17 carries. Neal contributed in the passing game, however, catching two passes for 59 yards, including the game-winning score. Neal missed several plays after exiting early in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle, but he returned for the game-winning drive, running without pain.

THEY SAID IT: "We're a play-action passing team (out of the Wing-T) and we've been working on it because we know we have to be balanced in the playoffs. Teams have been putting 10 and 11 people in the box against us trying to stop Raymond." -- King coach Joe Severino.

-- JOEL POILEY

Chamberlain 31, Plant City 12

TAMPA -- Coming off an emotional overtime victory against Hillsborough last week, Chamberlain coach Billy Turner said he was concerned about a letdown in the Chiefs' final regular-season game with Plant City.

But Chamberlain survived a sluggish start, scoring three touchdowns in the second half to pull away from the Raiders at John Adcock Stadium.

PLAY OF THE GAME: With Plant City trailing 10-0 late in the third quarter, Chamberlain quarterback Sidney Bryant was intercepted on third and 3. But the Raiders were whistled for roughing the passer, keeping alive the Chiefs' drive. Michael Ross then capped a 12-play, 85-yard march with a 2-yard touchdown plunge to put Chamberlain ahead 17-0.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tailback Donovan Davis rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

KEY STATISTIC: Chamberlain attempted only six passes, but that was due to the Chiefs' dominance on the ground. Chamberlain rolled up 254 yards compared to Plant City's 105.

THEY SAID IT: "We've played two unbelievable games in a row, and to expect these kids to come out here tonight and play as hard as they did against Hillsborough is not human." -- Chamberlain coach Billy Turner.

-- BRANDON WRIGHT

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