Tampa Catholic (6-1) at Alonso (4-3): Could you blame TC or Alonso for not looking ahead to next week? Next Friday, TC takes on Berkeley Prep in Class 3A-District 5, and Alonso plays Wharton in 8A-District 6. Passes to the playoffs hang in the balance for those games.
Armwood (6-2) at Plant (6-1): More fur may fly at this one than at a Romney-Obama debate. It could be awesome. It usually is.
Wharton (5-2) at Blake (3-5): The Wildcats just don't want to get anybody hurt the week before their district showdown with Alonso.
Plant City (3-4) at Brandon (1-6): Congratulations to Brandon's Dean Eychner on his first coaching victory last week, 16-8 against Riverview. Two in a row is not out of the realm of possibility.
Chamberlain (3-4) at Gaither (6-1): Of all the quarterbacks in Hillsborough County, Gaither's Alex McGough continues to be one of the best. In last week's 16-7 victory against Freedom, McGough threw for 193 yards and a touchdown, pushing him over 1,000 passing yards for the season with 14 TD passes and two interceptions.
Durant (8-0) at East Bay (3-4): This may look like a mismatch. But look again. East Bay is dangerous when it gets its running game cranked up (averaging 215 rushing yards a game). The Indians also have plenty to play for. A victory would tie Durant for the Class 7A-District 8 lead with a 3-1 record.
Freedom (2-6) at Tampa Bay Tech (5-2): Many believe Freedom is better than its record. But are the Patriots better than the Titans?
Hillsborough (6-1) at King (3-5): The Terriers pulled off the victory of the year last week, beating Armwood 3-0. Now they must avoid the mental letdown of the year against the Lions.
Jefferson (3-4) at Leto (0-8): The Dragons are in position to do the exact same thing they did last year: Start the season with a 1-4 record and finish with five straight victories.
Lennard (0-8) at Spoto (2-5): The Longhorns have turned the ball over 17 times in the past five games, including four last week in an 18-0 loss to Blake. Lennard will have a chance if it protects the ball.
Middleton (2-6) at Dunedin (3-4): The Tigers scored 34 and 20 points against Blake and Gibbs in their last two games. That's 54 total points, or exactly double the amount they scored in their first six games.
Newsome (3-4) at Riverview (2-6): The Wolves sort of fly under the radar, but the fact is Newsome's offense is one of the most explosive in Hillsborough County. Newsome averages 27.7 points and 327.4 yards a game (252 rushing). Averages could rise against the Sharks.
Robinson (7-0) at Lakewood (7-0): Lots of folks are talking about the Plant-Armwood matchup, but Robinson-Lakewood might be the best game of the night. Two great teams with the Class 5A-District 8 title hanging in the balance. Good stuff.
Strawberry Crest (3-4) at Sickles (4-3): This matchup features what may be the county's most improved team, Strawberry Crest, against what may be the county's most frustrated team, Sickles, which has lost tough games to Armwood (20-16), Jefferson (21-14) and Wharton (29-27).
Berkeley Prep (6-1) at Orlando First Academy (8-0): Bucs coach Dominick Ciao loves a challenge, and this week it looks like he has one. First Academy is averaging 47.4 points and 363.2 yards a game.
Cambridge Christian (4-4) vs. Seffner Christian (4-3): A moment to salute Cambridge senior Robbie Robertson, who averages about 100 yards rushing, 50 yards receiving and six tackles a game. Oh yes, he also has three interceptions, punts for a 40-yard average and returns punts as well.
Indian Rocks Christian (6-1) at Carrollwood Day (7-1): Carrollwood Day has had this game circled on its calendar since Oct. 28 of last year, minutes after it lost 58-55 to the Golden Eagles. Once again, a pass to the playoffs is on the line.
Jesuit (5-3) at Gibbs (2-5): Jesuit's playoff hopes pretty much went down the tubes last week with a Class 5A-District 8 loss to Lakewood. But the Tigers are never short on pride, and, of course, there is always the Tampa Catholic game waiting at the end of the season.
Wiregrass Ranch (0-7) at Steinbrenner (2-5): It looks like Steinbrenner is due for a big breakout game after a season of tight games and close losses. No question the Warriors know Wiregrass has given up an average of 40 points a game.