Jesuit running back Joquez Smith sprints free for a long touchdown run during a 31-0 playoff victory over Largo Friday night.
The Tigers improve to 7-1 in region finals under coach Matt Thompson.
The Spartans’ tough regular-season schedule, and a quarterback who can’t miss early, come into play Friday night.
Here’s how action went down with Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco playoff teams this week.
The Marauders endure self-inflicted miscues in the second half, but dig deep to fend off Carrollwood Day.


  1. Lakewood receiver Gage Nix shakes off a hit to complete his 12-yard fourth-quarter touchdown catch in the Spartans' 63-42 region final victory over Calvary Christian.
  2. Clearwater Central Catholic struggles a bit in the second half, but still finds a way to top Carrollwood Day and move on to the Class 1M state semifinals.
  3. Jesuit running back Joquez Smith sprints free for a long touchdown run during a 31-0 playoff victory over Largo Friday night.
  4. Jesuit linebacker Troy Bowles signals a change of downs after stopping Largo in first-half playoff action Friday night.
  5. Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback Jershaun Newton has thrown for 1,822 yards and 20 touchdowns with only one interception and rushed 115 times for 1,046 yards and 13 touchdowns.
  6. Largo forced seven turnovers in its 28-12 victory over East Bay to advance to a Class 3M region final.
  7. East Lake defensive back Amari Ray, left, and linebacker Caleb Coburn celebrate after the Eagles recovered a late fumble during their 38-14 victory over Plant in a region semifinal game on Friday night.
  8. Fourth-seeded Lakewood upset No. 1 Tampa Catholic 44-41 in a Class 2M region semifinal thriller.
  9. East Lake players jump for joy after forcing a turnover during their region semifinal victory over Plant on Friday night.
  10. East Bay senior quarterback Nathan Carter, front, has rushed eight times on fourth and short this season, and has gotten the needed yardage every time, including several times in key moments.
  11. The Clearwater Central Catholic volleyball team poses for a celebratory photo after defeating previously unbeaten Miami Westminster Christian, ranked No. 1 in the state regardless of classification by MaxPreps, Sunday night in the Class 3A final.
  12. A person died and another was wounded in a shooting following a high school football game in Orlando on Saturday.
  13. East Bay quarterback Nathan Carter pulls away from the Osceola defense for a touchdown during the Indians' 14-12 victory over Osceola Friday night.
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  15. The East Bay football team bursts through a banner before taking on Osceola in a first-round playoff game Friday night.
  16. Gulf High junior quarterback Ethan Holewski has led the Bucs to a 7-3 record and playoff berth following a 3-6 season in 2021.
  17. Osceola coach Cody Montgomery's beard is approaching record length after a 7-3 season, including the Warriors' first district title in 28 years, heading into Friday's playoff game at East Bay.
  18. Largo sophomore Kino MIddleton leads the Packers  onto the field before a game this season.
  19. Largo head coach Marcus Paschal congratulates linebacker Adarius Hayes after the first of his two interceptions against Northeast on Friday night.
  20. Tampa Catholic senior Lewis Carter(4) celebrates after playing on both sides of the ball and making huge plays, none bigger than a blocked punt that led to a touchdown against rival Jesuit.
  21. Tampa Catholic quarterback Trey Hedden celebrates a Crusaders touchdown against arch-rival Jesuit on Friday night.
  22. Tampa Catholic linebacker Lewis Carter is a picture of intensity every time he gets on the football field, whether it is for practice or a game. Lewis, who averages 9.6 tackles a game, also has 462 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a running back.
  23. Armwood misses a field goal late and Tampa Bay Tech hangs on for the 18-17 victory Friday night.
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