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Pinellas County Football Preview: Week 8

Friday Northeast (4-3) at Lakewood (6-1) Lakewood, on a six-game winning streak, can climb one victory away from the Class 4A-9 district title with a win. One reason for the Spartans' solid season is the play of quarterback Jacquez Jenkins, who has 1,185 yards and 16 touchdowns. Running back Tyler Tisdale has developed into Northeast's main backfield weapon. He has six touchdowns and is averaging over 5 yards a carry. Palm Harbor (5-2) at East Lake (3-4)
The visiting Hurricanes are one win from the school's first winning season. Getting the victory at East Lake will be a challenge. Palm Harbor quarterback Sean Shelton has been a big surprise, racking up 850 yards with nine touchdowns. A win would give Palm Harbor at least a one-game lead in the Class 5A-9 race with one district game left, possibly locking up the school's first playoff berth. Fort Meade (8-0) at Indian Rocks Christian (8-0) Simply put, the winner captures the Class 1A-5 crown. But Indian Rocks Christian has a mountain to climb trying to beat one of the state's powerhouse programs. The challenge got worse for the Golden Eagles this week when running back Ethan Englebert was declared out for the game with an injury. Fellow running back Jonny Sitton has been nursing a strained hamstring. The two have combined for 1,166 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Boca Ciega (1-6) at Osceola (0-8) Someone has to score in this game and it possibly will be Osceola. Boca Ciega has been struggling to find any semblance of an offense. Only twice have the visiting Pirates scored double-digits in a game and just once have they scored more than 12 points. In the past five games, Boca Ciega has scored a total of 20 points. Clearwater (2-6) at Countryside (4-3) In the battle of Clearwater, the host Cougars desperately need a win to stay alive in the Class 5A-9 race. Countryside trails Palm Harbor by two games and second-place Dunedin by one, but has the tiebreaker advantage over the Falcons. Another district loss will knock Countryside out of the playoffs. Gibbs (3-4) at Pinellas Park (0-7) Gibbs still has a shot at the playoffs in Class 5A-10. The Gladiators trail district-leading Largo by a game and face the Packers next week. Gibbs is currently tied with St. Petersburg for second place in the district but the Green Devils have the tiebreaker. Seminole (3-4) at Largo (7-1) The Packers bounced back after their first regular-season loss in 15 games to blast Dixie Hollins last week. But Largo played a terribly sloppy game offensively committing five fumbles in the first half alone. Playing Santa Claus against Seminole will likely get the Packers burned. St. Petersburg (5-2) at Dixie Hollins (3-4) The Green Devils, barring a monumental collapse, should secure a Class 5A-10 district berth in the next two games. St. Petersburg plays a similar style as Largo which tore apart Dixie Hollins 33-6. Tarpon Springs (5-2) at Brooksville Central (3-4) Simply put, the visiting Spongers cannot afford to lose another district game. Tarpon Springs is in a three-way tie for the Class 4A-8 district lead with a 2-1 district record. If quarterback Danny Reyes continues to play strong, Tarpon Springs has a good shot. Reyes has thrown for 1,384 yards and 10 touchdowns, mostly to receiver Bobby Vavlas who has 667 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Mitchell (4-3) at Clearwater Central Catholic (4-4) Though not a district game, the host Marauders are playing for pride for the first time in a long time. A loss to Frostproof last week knocked CCC out of the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. Mulberry (4-4) at St. Petersburg Catholic (1-7) This may be a chance for the Barons to capture their first home win of the season. St. Petersburg Catholic had been improving each week after an awful start and finally got its first win of the year last week at Fort Myers Bishop Verot. Shorecrest Prep (4-3) at Fort Myers Gateway Charter (4-3)
This game is mainly for the visiting Chargers to stay sharp and somehow hope Fort Meade collapses allowing Shorecrest to sneak in the Class 1A-5 race. Running back Jack Schroeder has gotten the job done for Shorecrest rushing for 782 yards on 63 carries for a 12.41 rushing average. Sarasota Out-of-Door (5-2) at Keswick Christian (3-4) Keswick could pull within a tie of the Class 1B-6 district lead with Out-of-Door with a win. The Crusaders have been getting solid running for a number of backs but none better than Jaylin Coleman who leads the team with 332 yards and an average of 6.3 yards a carry. Bradenton Christian (4-4) at Admiral Farragut (1-6) The Blue Jackets are playing for pride, already out of the Class 1A-5 district race. It may be another long night as Bradenton Christian has been known to put up some points. Twice in the past three games Bradenton Christian has scored more than 40 points. Northside Christian (1-6) at Lakeland Christian (3-3) The visiting Mustangs have had a rough year under first-year coach Andre Dobson. They may have a shot at this game. Lakeland Christian has had a rough time scoring points with only 25 points scored total in the past four games. Saturday Canterbury (4-3) at Hernando Christian (8-0) Despite winning last week, the past three games have been a struggle for Canterbury. Last week's 10-9 win over Mount Dora Bible was the first time in a month Canterbury has scored double-digits. Hernando Christian is averaging 36 points a game.
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