Armwood High senior receiver Talvin Bailey is the fourth Bailey to play at Armwood. His older predecessors left some big shoes to fill.
Alvin Bailey graduated from Armwood last year as an All-American and is a freshman at the University of Florida.
Alton Bailey, who graduated in 2010 as one of the top defensive ends in the state, is a sophomore defensive end at Pearl River Community College.
Kalvin, the oldest, won the Guy Toph Award in 2005 and went on to play for Iowa.
Talvin Bailey said he didn’t want to be the odd man out in a family of standout players.
On Friday, Talvin proved his worth with two touchdowns at Jefferson in a pivotal district game, scoring on a 45-yard touchdown pass and a 95-yard kickoff return.
“Feel like I’m a part of the Bailey Team now,” he said. “Everyone thought I was going to be the little one that couldn’t do much, but I showed them.”
Tech’s Fullwood redeems himself
It wasn’t pretty, but in the end Tampa Bay Tech got a pair of Tajee Fullwood interceptions late in the fourth quarter to hold off Plant for a 14-7 win, its first against the Panthers since 2009.
The loss was Plant’s first to a county opponent in 14 games. The teams combined for 24 penalties in the game.
All three touchdowns in the game came after turnovers, with nine of the game’s 24 drives ending up with one team giving the ball over.
Fullwood saw his night redeemed, after starting with a pair of fumbles in the first half.
The senior recovered a pair of fumbles in the first half, before sealing the win for his team with interceptions in the fourth quarter, including one at the goal line in the final minutes.
At halftime, Titans coach Jayson Roberts said he told Fullwood to shake off the first-half mistakes.
“I’m just so proud of Tajee, because a year ago those two fumbles might have ruined him for the game,” Roberts said. “I told him, ‘great players make up for it,’ and he definitely stepped up to the challenge in the second half, coming up with two big interceptions that iced this game (for us).”
Fullwood said he took the words to heart and felt he owed his team after the early miscues.
“I feel like every time I make a mistake I have to come back and make an impact play or else I’m not helping my team,” Fullwood said. “I had to come up with a play. I had to do my part for our defense.”
CDS’ Yaffe suffers concussion in loss
Carrollwood Day School coach Lane McLaughlin said sophomore kicker Stephen Yaffe is OK after he was carted off the field Friday afternoon in the Patriots’ 49-35 loss to Admiral Farragut. Yaffe left the field in an ambulance after taking a hit during a punt return.
McLaughlin said Yaffe will be out for two weeks recovering from a concussion.
Zach Stein, Cambridge Christian — The Lancers freshman had just seven carries on the season before leading the way in a 56-0 rout of All Saints’ Academy with four rushing touchdowns.
Kyle Ploucher, Tampa Catholic — The senior quarterback went 16 of 19 for 175 yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing score in the Crusaders’ 43-0 win against Cardinal Mooney.
Tre Watson, Tampa Catholic — The Crusaders’ senior linebacker had eight tackles and 2.5 sacks as TC won its fourth straight.
Ish Witter, Alonso – With 118 yards and three rushing touchdowns, the Ravens senior running back led the way to a 56-14 win over Spoto.
Dontriel Perry, Durant — Defense came up big for the Cougars when the team earned its first win of the season, 26-0, over Gaither, and the senior defensive end chipped in with four sacks.