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Prep football game of the week: Robinson at Jesuit

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday. WHERE: Corral Memorial Stadium

Key matchup

Robinson QB Zain Gilmore vs. Jesuit's secondary

Last year as a junior with Blake, Gilmore and the Yellow Jackets lost to Jesuit, 35-0. Gilmore completed 9-of-26 passes for 86 yards and threw three interceptions, all to Jesuit safety Travis Johnson (a University of Miami commitment). Tonight should be a different story for Gilmore playing for Robinson, which has a better offensive line and more weapons than Blake had last season. Jesuit, however, has just as many weapons at defensive back as it did in 2011, including Johnson, Tim Foley, James Peek, Bryant Camareno and Reggie Brown.

Is Zain the Real Deal?

So far, so good for Zain Gilmore in 2012. Playing in the Knights' multiple-threat attack, Gilmore hasn't had to throw a lot, but when he has, he has been effective, completing 15 of 27 for 161 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. "Zain has been great for us in every way," Robinson coach Mike DePue said. "He has all the tools and he is a great leader." Gilmore is also elusive, running when the opportunity presents itself, gaining 104 yards on 12 carries. "(Gilmore) scares you with his athleticism," Jesuit coach James Harrell said. "He can get himself out of a lot of trouble."

Bulls, Bulls, Bulls …

Tonight's game offers a glimpse into the future of the University of South Florida's offensive and defensive lines.

Robinson has two linemen committed to the University of South Florida – Bruce Hector (6-foot-2, 270 pounds) and Conner Rafferty (6-4, 275). Both Hector and Rafferty can play both sides of the ball, but Hector is projected more as a defensive lineman.

Jesuit, meantime, features South Florida commitments Robby Garcia (6-3, 260), Cameron Ruff (6-4, 280) and Brad Smith (6-4, 220). All three are also capable of playing on both sides of the ball, but Garcia and Smith are seen mainly as defensive line threats.

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