Every team that was in last week’s Tribune’s Top 10 remained this week, though there was some shuffling. Plant and Sickles switched spots at No. 2 and No. 3 after the Panthers defeated the Gryphons 24-20 on Friday. Tampa Bay Tech and Tampa Catholic switched spots at No. 5 and No. 6 even though TC was idle on Friday.
The poll awards points for each place voted on by five panelists who cover the sport extensively in Hillsborough County for the Tampa Tribune/TBO: Mike Camunas, Jarrett Guthrie, Nick Williams, Scott Purks and Doug Jacobs. First-place receive 10 points, followed by nine points for second place, and so on. First-place votes appear in parentheses following team totals.
1. Armwood (6-0) 50 (5)
Up Next: at Lennard (0-7)
Comment: The Hawks led Leto 46-0 after the first quarter last week. Lennard must not like the looks of that.
2. Plant (5-1-1) 44
Up Next: Newsome (4-3)
Comment: Plant better not take Newsome lightly. The Wolves’ hybrid wing-T continues to give everybody fits.
3. Sickles (5-1) 37
Up Next: Gaither (3-3)
Comment: Don’t expect the Gryphons to lose focus after losing a heartbreaker to Plant on Friday. This is a huge Class 7A-District 7 game.
4. Jefferson (5-1) 37
Up Next: at King (5-2)
Comment: How about those Lions? They beat Robinson 24-0 on Friday. Dragons better beware.
5. Tampa Bay Tech (5-1) 30
Up Next: Freedom (1-5)
Comment: TBT has steadily improved this year and is 5-0 since losing its season opener.
6. Tampa Catholic (5-1) 28
Up Next: at Berkeley Prep (2-3)
Comment: Both teams had bye weeks and didn’t play on Friday. The question is who put their time off to better use?
7. Wharton (6-1) 16
Up Next: Alonso (3-3)
Comment: An Alonso victory keeps the Ravens in the Class 8A-District 6 race. A loss almost certainly sinks their playoff chances. A Wharton victory would improve the Wildcats to 3-0 in 8A-6.
8. Hillsborough (4-2) 15
Up Next: at Blake (2-5)
Comment: The Terriers defeated Chamberlain 22-21 on Friday with a 99-yard, last-minute touchdown drive. Terriers coach Earl Garcia can’t take much more of that.
9. Plant City (4-2) 10
Up Next: at Spoto (0-6)
Comment: The Raiders remain in the Tribune’s top 10 despite consecutive losses. A third straight loss would surely drop Plant City from the top 10 for the rest of the season.
10. East Bay (5-2) 7
Up Next: at Strawberry Crest (5-2)
Comment: The Indians eked out a 13-12 victory over Bloomingdale on Friday and barely hung on to their top-10 ranking.
Also receiving votes: King, Jesuit