Field Goal(s) – 3 points for District 5A-9

Tarpon Springs


Gladiators with the toughest schedule in Pinellas…
*Folgers Coffee Commercial Scene*–“If you look closely, the Gibbs Gladiators have secretly replaced their schedule with the University of Alabama’s; let’s see if they notice.”– Okay, so maybe it’s not the SEC West or East or any other major P-5 Conference schedule, but if you want to BE the best, you’ve got to BEAT them and with a non-district schedule of St. Petersburg, Boca Ciega, Northeast, Countryside, Clearwater, Tampa Catholic and Braden River we think Gibbs is out to at least prove they can line-up and play with the best. Regardless of the wins and losses this season, the Gladiators are taking on one of the toughest paths in this region during the regular season.

Well don’t forget about us, too…
With a small district of just three games, that means the schedules can get creative to a certain extent. The Spartans have always traveled out-of-county in recent years during the spring, fall classics and regular season games and this season is no exception. Lakewood travels to 6A Naples on the 21st and also plays at Jacksonville-Bolles, who, really need no further explanation. The Spartans also face Ocala-Vanguard at home. Dunedin will host Mitchell for their Homecoming and will also play Springstead. Tarpon isn’t playing outside of Pinellas, but with games versus East Lake, Clearwater and Pinellas Park they will certainly have their work cutout for them.

Great expectations?
Sure. Not the ones you may think at first, however. We expect Lakewood to do-what-they-do, but we also think this district could end up in a situation very similar to the Hernando/Citrus (5A-7) in that these four teams could all give each other some pretty good competition. Let’s face it, with those out-of-district schedules they’ll be facing, the district games may feel like breaks in the action and provide for some serious entertainment in the process.