Player of the Week | Michael Penix Jr., Tampa Bay Tech
With a strong running game, Penix is not required to throw the ball on every down. The senior is averaging 19 pass attempts per game. When the Tennessee commit does throw, he makes it count. On Friday, Penix was 13-of-19 for 222 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 55-28 victory over Durant that wrapped up the Class 7A, District 9 title. Penix treats the football with the care of a family heirloom. In two seasons with the Titans, he has thrown for 51 touchdowns and just two interceptions. ...
10/21/17 Swimming Preps
ST. PETERSBURG — Patty Nardozzi's scouting report had her convinced the boys and girls swim teams she coaches at Shorecrest could maintain their dominance at the Class A, District 8 meet.
But she also was certain it would not be by an overwhelming margin.
There was not much to be concerned about. The Chargers' boys and girls each won their 14th straight titles — 11 with Nardozzi as coach....
DURANT — Tampa Bay Tech knew who was getting the ball in Friday's key Class 7A, District 9 game.
Still, stopping Durant's Cameron Myers is tough to do.
The senior entered the game as the state's fourth-leading rusher with 1,430 yards.
On the first play from scrimmage, Myers added to that total, ripping off an 80-yard run for a touchdown. He continued to gain big chunks of yardage throughout the half....
There will come a day when Cameron Myers is stopped, when opposing defenders gang up to prevent him from breaking off big gains.
When? Who knows? It has not happened yet.
Whether the Durant senior running back is lowering his shoulder or accelerating in the open field, Myers has found a way to rack up an impressive amount of rushing yards each week.
The big games started in the season opener when Myers ripped off a 75-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 14-10 victory that snapped Jesuit's 21-game regular-season win streak. Myers finished that game with 138 yards on just 11 carries — his second-lowest total of the season. ...
All games at 7:30 unless noted
Central at Hernando, 7
Page: Hernando 36-7
Putnam: Hernando 42-17
IMG White at Berkeley Prep, 7
Page: Berkeley Prep 21-18
Putnam: Berkeley Prep 28-7
1. Armwood (7-0)
Up next: vs. Brandon
Skinny: The Hawks' defense had its best performance of the season against Plant on Monday with 10 sacks and four turnovers in a 27-7 victory. Even some of Armwood's offensive stars got to play on the other side of the ball. Running back Brian Snead, who scored three rushing touchdowns, got in about 12 snaps on defense as a spy on Panthers' quarterback Jordan McCloud. Speedster Jerome Ford, who had a 77-yard touchdown reception, recorded one of the Hawks' 10 sacks and recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter. ...
SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.
The players watched videos from former Hawks standouts who explained what the rivalry meant to them. Armwood then raced out on to the field wearing all-black uniforms, a reward for their work throughout the season.
That reward just happened to come when Armwood played a certain team in South Tampa....
10/16/17 Swimming Preps
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Chloe Grimme, Sunlake
Two weeks ago, Grimme's coaches told her she could swim the 50-yard freestyle in 23 seconds. Grimme was skeptical, not of the suggested time but of the timing.
Last year, she finished second in the 50 free at state in 23.93 seconds. Grimme knew she was capable of swimming that fast again, but was more confident it would come later in the season, not during the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet....
Coach of the Week | Chris Harvey, Clearwater Central Catholic
The second-year coach took over the program last year from his father-in-law, John Davis. Harvey inherited the difficult position of maintaining the Marauders' deep run through the playoffs. Last year, CCC went 8-1 in the regular season and made it to the region final. This year, the Marauders have done even better. CCC is 7-0 after Friday's 23-14 win over Calvary Christian. If the Marauders beat Admiral Farragut and Sarasota Cardinal Mooney the next two weeks, they will go undefeated in the regular season for just the second time in school history. Better still, CCC is doing it without a slew of major Division I-A prospects. ...
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Oct.7-Friday, Oct. 13. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Jessica Angelo, volleyball, Palm Harbor University: The junior outside hitter had 15 kills in the final of the PCAC championship against Tarpon Springs. The Hurricanes won 2-1 for their third straight PCAC title....
CLEARWATER — The rest of the teams in Class 3A, Region 3 looked at Clearwater Central Catholic this season and engaged in some wishful thinking.
Maybe the Marauders, winners of five straight district titles, would not be able to cope with the loss of so many talented players who graduated or transferred. Maybe it would all be too much for the Marauders to handle.
Maybe the rest of the region should have known better....
Last month, Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis started questioning the status of five East Lake players.
He insisted they were living in Tarpon Springs' zone and called Pinellas County athletic director Al Bennett to check on their eligibility.
Bennett said he informed East Lake to allow the school to conduct its own investigation.
Once the investigation was completed, Bennett said he went to East Lake to double-check that the proper paperwork was in place....
ZEPHYRHILLS — Charles Harrison III lofted a 32-yard touchdown pass on his fourth attempt of the game. The Zephyrhills High senior spent the rest of the half launching left-handed strikes from wherever his swift feet would take him.
The speed. The strong arm. The improvisational skills. It is all part of Harrison's athletically divine DNA.
This football lineage bridges three generations. Harrison III shares a name, a number (12) and a position with his father and grandfather. ...
Carrollwood Day at Zephyrhills Christian, 7
Page: Zephyrhills Christian 42-7
Putnam: Zephyrhills Christian 28-14
Games at 7:30 unless noted
Ridgewood at Anclote, 6:30
Page: Anclote 44-14...
Calvary Christian High coach Todd Yoder has been waiting for this type of game — a heart-stopping, cliff-hanging, five-star, four-act drama on the football field.
The Warriors host neighboring private school power Clearwater Central Catholic (6-0) tonight. At stake for Calvary Christian (3-1) is a chance to stay among the points leaders in Class 3A, Region 3 and earn a possible first-round postseason home game....