High School Football Picks (Week 9)

The Tampa Bay area’s spotlight game this week takes place out of state. Berkeley Prep will take its unblemished 7-0 record west to New Orleans Friday night to take on Arch Manning and the Newman Greenies. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and features the aforementioned Manning – son of Cooper, nephew to Peyton and Eli, grandson to Archie.

Manning, a junior, is regarded by many as being the top recruit of the Class of 2023. 

But don’t expect this Berkeley Prep squad to be arriving all wide-eyed and in awe of anything. The 7-0 record is legit and the Buccaneers head to N’awlins loaded up with next-level prospects. Xavier Townsend, Travis Bates, TJ Bullard, CJ Hawkins, Keon Keeley, Nihkil Jefferson, Titus Bullard – some are already committed, all are highly recruited.  

And if the Bullard surname rings a bell, it’s because Manning isn’t the only kid coming from famed pedigree. The Bullards are sons of Thaddeus Bullard, former Florida Gator and best known as Titus O’Neil, WWE Superstar and Hall of Famer. 

The bright and shiny headliner isn’t the only big game, however.  

Who we got? 

Plant-Plant City, Sickles-Largo, Wiregrass-Armwood, Tampa Bay Tech-Wharton, Hudson-Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills-Nature Coast Tech, Lakeland Christian-Calvary Christian. 

All big games. They all are. How about Dunedin-Anclote? Gulf-Gibbs? Programs working on turning things around. 

We’re never 100 percent, but here are some picks from a couple guys that try to pay attention to it all. 

ERIC HORCHY 

HILLSBOROUGH 

Chambo at Steinbrenner 

Gaither at Leto 

Sickles at Largo 

Robinson at Alonso 

Hillsborough at King 

Middleton at Durant 

Plant at Plant City 

Riverview at Newsome 

Lennard at Jefferson 

Palmetto at Bloomingdale 

Wiregrass at Armwood 

TBT at Wharton 

Brandon at Spoto 

Sumner at Braden River 

Freedom at Fivay 

Blake at Jesuit 

East Bay at Manatee 

Cambridge at CDS 

Seffner Christ at St. Joseph’s Acad 

Winter Haven at TC 

Berk Prep at Newsome (La.) 

PINELLAS  

Sunlake at C-Side 

P. Park at PHU 

Dunedin at Anclote 

Tarpon at Clearwater 

Sickles at Largo 

Seminole at Bogie 

Hollins at Northeast 

Osceola at St. Pete 

Gulf at Gibbs 

Lakeland Christ at Calvary 

CCC at Gateway 

SPC at Bishop Mac 

Keswick at Mt. Dora Christ 

Legacy Charter at IRC 

PASCO 

Dunedin at Anclote 

Gulf at Gibbs 

Hudson at Wesley Chapel 

Cypress Creek at Weeki 

Z-Hills at NCT 

Wiregrass at Armwood 

Sunlake at C-Side 

Freedom at Fivay 

LOL at Pasco 

SPC at Bishop Mac 

ZCA at Bradenton Christ 

HERNANDO 

Cypress Creek at Weeki 

Z-Hills at NCT 

ANDY VILLAMARZO 

HILLSBOROUGH 

Chambo at Steinbrenner 

Gaither at Leto 

Sickles at Largo 

Robinson at Alonso 

Hillsborough at King 

Middleton at Durant 

Plant at Plant City 

Riverview at Newsome 

Lennard at Jefferson 

Palmetto at Bloomingdale 

Wiregrass at Armwood 

TBT at Wharton 

Brandon at Spoto 

Sumner at Braden River 

Freedom at Fivay 

Blake at Jesuit 

East Bay at Manatee 

Cambridge at CDS 

Seffner Christ at St. Joseph’s Acad 

Winter Haven at TC 

Berk Prep at Newsome (La.) 

PINELLAS 

Sunlake at C-Side 

P. Park at PHU 

Dunedin at Anclote 

Tarpon at Clearwater 

Sickles at Largo 

Seminole at Bogie 

Hollins at Northeast 

Osceola at St. Pete 

Gulf at Gibbs 

Lakeland Christ at Calvary 

CCC at Gateway 

SPC at Bishop Mac 

Keswick at Mt. Dora Christ 

Legacy Charter at IRC  

PASCO 

Dunedin at Anclote 

Gulf at Gibbs 

Hudson at Wesley Chapel 

Cypress Creek at Weeki 

Z-Hills at NCT 

Wiregrass at Armwood 

Sunlake at C-Side 

Freedom at Fivay 

LOL at Pasco 

SPC at Bishop Mac 

ZCA at Bradenton Christ 

HERNANDO 

Cypress Creek at Weeki 

Z-Hills at NCT