By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 16, 2001
Hillsborough (9-2) at Chamberlain (9-2)
LAST MEETING: Chamberlain 26, Hillsborough 23 (4 OT), Oct. 26
THE SKINNY: If you're smart, you'll run out today, buy a station wagon (or a minivan, I guess, since this is 2001) and charge people $5 each to shuttle them from their faraway parking spot to the stadium. The last time these two met, the game went four overtimes and there were close to 6,000 people there to see it. There will be more this time. People, that is, not necessarily overtimes.
Purks: Hillsborough Readling: Chamberlain
LAST MEETING: None
THE SKINNY: You've got to think the winner of this is setting itself up for a state semifinal showdown with St. Thomas Aquinas in two weeks. The Dragons just have to be careful not to look that far ahead. You don't want to say Winter Haven isn't formidable, after all, it is in the region semifinals and it did beat Largo last week by three whole points. It's safe to say the Blue Devils probably aren't in the same class as Jefferson. Of course, there are a couple small college teams that aren't in the same class as Jefferson.
Purks: Jefferson Readling: Jefferson
LAST MEETING: Jesuit 21, Bartow 7 (1998)
THE SKINNY: Okay, the two teams Bartow lost to (Lake Gibson and Lake Wales) are still alive in the playoffs. One point for the Yellow Jackets. Meanwhile, the two teams Jesuit lost to ... oops, that's right, the Tigers haven't lost a game this season. Hmmmmmm. Two points to Jesuit. And this marks the fifth consecutive year the Tigers will play in the region semifinals. A win tonight most likely sets up a matchup with undefeated Lake Wales next Friday. Now that's one you don't want to miss.
Purks: Jesuit Readling: Jesuit
THE SKINNY: They spell Kowboys with a "K" over there in Kissimmee, but they're thinking about adding a "W" tonight. No, not to make it "Wowboys", although that would sound kind of cool. We're talking about the kind of "W" you get when you win a football game. They also spell King with a "K", but unfortunately for the Lions, the next letter in the alphabet is, well, never mind, you can figure that out. Osceola is tough, probably a lot tougher than people thought before last week's 33-8 domination of Riverview. Maybe that 11-0 record is legit.
Purks: Osceola Readling: Osceola