TAMPA — The “play of the night” is what Chamberlain coach Cam Jones called it. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the play was an interception by Robinson defender Brandon Peters on a two-point conversion attempt with just over a minute left in the game that allowed the Knights to hold on for a 13-12 win on Friday night.
“It was there right away,” Jones said of the pass. “We went away from No. 27 (Peters) all game, and then he makes the biggest play of the night.”
The call to go for two and not a tying extra point, along with Peters’ subsequent interception, changes the landscape of the nine-team Class 6A-District 8. With Armwood (7-0, 6-0 in district) at the top, Jefferson (6-1, 5-1) sits in the driver’s seat looking for a playoff berth with Chamberlain and Blake as its remaining district games. Hillsborough (5-2, 5-2) has just Robinson (3-5, 3-3) left in district play and would need Chamberlain (4-4, 4-3) to win at Jefferson on Friday to force a tie in the standings.
Tampa Catholic win sets up showdown
With Tampa Catholic’s 17-10 win against Berkeley Prep on Friday, the Crusaders’ homecoming game against Lakeland Christian (6-1) will be for the Class 3A-District 4 championship. TC is undefeated in district play at 3-0, with wins over Frostproof, Fort Meade and the Buccaneers. Lakeland Christian is 2-1 in the district with wins over Berkeley and Bishop McLaughlin. Lakeland Christian suffered its first loss of the season Friday against Frostproof, 55-14.
“This was our goal all along, to be undefeated (in district) going into the week against Lakeland Christian, and we know they’re a good football team, just as good if not better than Berkeley,” Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory said.
Crest eyes playoffs and home-field advantage
With its 35-14 win against East Bay on Friday, Strawberry Crest (6-2) is 3-0 in Class 7A-District 8 with just one district game left, Friday at Plant City (5-2, 1-1).
If the Chargers win, they will clinch home-field advantage for a region game. With Friday’s win, they have earned a playoff berth for the first time in school history.
Terriers duo sets school marks
Hillsborough junior Dwayne Lawson took little time getting things going in the Terriers’ 52-21 win at Blake, as he opened the game’s scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run on the second play of the first drive.
Lawson finished with more than 100 yards on the ground, but it was his arm that stood out. He passed for a school-record 411 yards, adding five passing touchdowns.
Also setting a school record was junior speedster Xavier Byrd, who hauled in three touchdown passes and put his name in the Terriers’ record books with 257 receiving yards.
Logan Crouse, Bloomingdale – The 6-foot-6 junior receiver sparked a 20-point fourth quarter as the Bulls rallied to top Riverview 27-24 behind Crouse’s three touchdown catches.
Mike Smith, Carrollwood Day – Smith was an effective weapon for the Patriots in a 49-0 rout of Bradenton Christian, catching three passes — all touchdowns — for 136 yards and adding an 81-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Derius Davis, Alonso – Davis’ 99-yard interception return for a score stopped any hopes for a Wharton comeback late in the fourth quarter as the Ravens topped the Wildcats 33-15.
Deiondre Porter, Jefferson – The Dragons quarterback accounted for six touchdowns in a 40-16 district victory against King on Friday, striking through the air on four and rushing for another two.
Noah Johnson, Armwood – The Hawks’ quarterback had five touchdowns in a 49-6 win against Lennard. Johnson rushed for more than 100 yards with three touchdowns and threw for two more, both to running back Greg Newton.
Alex Jackson, Plant – The Panthers’ senior had three first-half touchdowns in Plant’s 30-14 win against Newsome, two on receptions and one on a 99-yard kickoff return.