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Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor There’s good news and bad news ahead. The bad news is that the ever-hapless Picks of the Weak column, as you can see, is back. Hold the applause. The good news? If you can make better picks than we do (And how hard could that possibly be?) you might win free chicken, courtesy of the News-Gazette, Kerr’s Winghouse in Kissimmee and Bonnie Lee’s Fried Chicken in

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  • Dogs ‘O’ amazes in 69-56 victory

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    St. Cloud amasses 720 total yards By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud and its KSA Football Classic opponent, Eaglecrest, Col., combined for 88 points, 818 total yards and 13 touchdowns ­­during Thursday’s season-opening game at ESPN Wide World of Sports. That was just in the first half, when Eaglecrest built a video-game like 48-40 lead. In the second half, St. Cloud’s defense caught up to the Eagles offense, but

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  • Bulldogs take on Colorado team at Disney

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette It just couldn’t wait for Friday, so St. Cloud opens the football regular season Thursday at 8 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports in a KSA Classic against Eagle Crest, Col. “They had an intra-squad scrimmage last week, and from what we saw on tape, they are legit,” Bulldogs Coach Bryan Smart said. St. Cloud might be legit, as well, after the

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  • Kowboys sloppy in win over Oviedo

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery 
Osceola quarterback Isaiah Wilson (5) threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Nazayah Brown against Oviedo, but he didn’t have much luck during this play in the second quarter when he was sacked.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola begins its quest for the Class 7A state football championship Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Kowboys field against Orlando Freedom, a team it dispatched easily last year. The Kowboys, ranked No. 4 in the Class 7A state poll, won its Kickoff Classic last week by taking down Oviedo, 36-27, at Kowboys field. But, it was not a smooth sail for OHS, which turned it

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  • Panthers, Eagles square off

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Last year’s Gateway-Poinciana season opener went to overtime before the Panthers pulled out a 6-0 victory. This year’s rematch, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gateway, could be another low-scoring affair based on the outcome of last week’s Kickoff Classics. The Panthers scored only seven points in a 17-7 loss to Lake Howell, and the GHS touchdown came via an interception return. Poinciana was blanked by

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  • Harmony impresses at Kickoff Classic

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony will carry momentum into its regular season football home opener Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Space Coast. The Longhorns beat Cypress Creek, 21-6, at the Kickoff Classic last week behind a strong performance by quarterback Jamison Munns, who threw for 200 yards (13-of-17) and two touchdowns. The team got a boost from transfer running back Jake Morris, a sophomore from Nevada, who ran 14

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  • Road games await Storm, Chargers

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Celebration and Liberty take to the highway for their season openers Friday. The Storm visits Lake Placid at 7 p.m. and Liberty travels to Lakeland Tenoroc for a  7:30 p.m. contest. Both teams were blanked at their Kickoff Classics. Celebration lost, 49-0, against Daytona Warner Christian. Liberty fell to Holy Trinity, 36-0. Celebration Coach Dennis Thomas said his team is prepared for Lake Placid. “We’re

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  • St. Cloud sizzles in Classic

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

    By  J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette  Quarterback Hunter Weismore directed four scoring drives and running back Bryan Johnson rushed for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the St. Cloud Bulldogs rolled to a 30-15 win over Colonial before a large and enthusiastic home crowd in the Kickoff Classic. “Although it doesn’t count in our season record, this was a big deal for our players, our coaches and

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  • Osceola wins, 36-27, but lacks top form

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola won its Kickoff Classic Friday, taking down Oviedo 36-27, but Coach Doug Nichols said the form on display wasn’t what took the Kowboys to the Class 7A state semifinals the last two years. Three critical turnovers and costly penalties, three coming on fourth downs that kept Lions’ drives alive, bogged down the Kowboys, who trailed 20-14 at the half. But OHS got enough on

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