The 5 Things You Need To Know For August 26, 2019

VERY IMPORTANT: If you are interested in some FREE football this evening, Pasco at Land O’Lakes and Discovery at Mulberry will both resume their games from the point in which they were suspended, which is just before the halftime break for each. Pasco-Land O’Lakes will resume at 6pm with Pasco leading 13-0 and Discovery and Mulberry are tied at 6-6 and will resume at 6pm as well.

  1. BLU SAID IT AND HE MEANT IT: St. Thomas Aquinas’ victory over De La Salle aside, it was a rather rough weekend for teams from down south against nationally-ranked opponents from outside the state. Things got especially awkward for Miami Central and Miami Southridge, who were outscored 97-13 by St. Frances Academy out of Baltimore and St. John’s College Prep from out of Washington D.C. respectively. The case of St. Frances is a curious one to say the least. First we give you the link to that courtesy of Deadspin here—> and for the uncut truth and quintessential definition of irony, here’s The Godfather of Miami HSFB’s Larry Blustein’s message (that we support fully) to the school that simply got beat by a team better at the shenanigans than them:

2. IT WAS A FREAKY-FRIDAY NIGHT: Well, the first week of the regular season (save for the two games in our are needing to be finished) gave us more to talk about than we even imagined. We made mention of the Pinkos forecast that saw eight games that were separated by one point or position. Not a single one of those games finished within a field goal of each other. The average margin of victory in those games ended up being over 3TD’s difference. Three of the games (Saint Stephen’s-Farragut, Nature Coast-East Lake, and Cambridge-Foundation) ended up 7 points or less. There were blowouts of 57-0 and 41-0 with the rest of those finishing a minimum of 21 points difference. Pinkos actually went 4-4 in those eight games, but was nails in several other big games around the state, so take that for what it’s worth.

3. HEY NINETEEN: Steely Dan might not have known this, but the title of their song got us to thinking. We start with this little factoid from outside the HSFB world on Friday, which will serve as the baseline comparison for some of these crazy final numbers; the Miami Marlins scored 19 runs in a ballgame. Start there. There were 55 teams that did not reach the 19-point mark during the course of their games on Friday. There were two teams that actually hit the number on the head, and there were 6 games in which the total points were of equal value or less than 19, with four of those totals not even getting to the number that Marlins posted. And if that wasn’t enough, the combined scores Largo-Braden River (9) and Hudson-Tenoroc (6) combined were four points less than runs scored by Miami.

4. WHEN THE DEFENSE BECOMES O-FFENSIVE: Get ready to find your name on this list, because you already know who you are. It’s time to formally recognize the teams that got defensive in their feelings and took other teams scoring on them personally. There were a total of 41 teams that either posted a shutout (22) or gave up a touchdown or less (19). Those that gave up 7 points or less were: Wharton, Armwood, Middleton, Mitchell, Lake Wales, George Jenkins, IMG, Palmetto, Durant, Sickles, Strawberry Crest, Clearwater Academy International, Hillsborough, Port Charlotte, Largo, Citrus, Dunnellon, Cardinal Mooney, and Victory Christian. Those that served doughnuts to their opponents this past week were: Hardee, Wesley Chapel, Hudson, Bradenton Christian, All Saints’ Academy, Santa Fe Catholic, Lennard, Auburndale, Steinbrenner, Springstead, Sarasota, Tampa Bay Tech, Lakeland, Tampa Catholic, Lakewood, Osceola, Northeast, Boca Ciega, Lake Gibson, Charlotte, South Sumter, and River Ridge.

5. THE SCOREBOARD IS LIT: Along with the various surprises in results, and in conjunction with the superior defensive efforts by many of our squads, there were some teams that absolutely lit the scoreboards up on Friday. Today, we recognize the teams that put up at least 40 points. There were 29 teams that did this, and five of those went for 50+, while another two squads were TWO POINTS SHY of 70. Those that hit the 40-point mark: Ridge Community, Auburndale, Mitchell, George Jenkins, IMG, Durant, Wiregrass Ranch, Lakeland, Fivay, Hillsborough, Lakewood, Osceola, Boca Ciega, Lake Gibson, The Villages, South Sumter, Calvary Christian, Northside Christian, Dunedin, Bradenton Christian, All Saint’s Academy, and Lake Placid. Those that hit the 50-point mark: Springstead, Lake Wales, Sarasota, Northeast, and Brooksville Central. Those that hit 60+: Steinbrenner, and Clearwater Academy International.