Gainesville Rolls Past North Marion In Spring Game

The North Marion Colts had a solid spring practice however that did not translate into a good showing in their spring game against the Gainesville Purple Hurricanes.  North Marion was sluggish on offense from the start and never found a rhythm until the game was no longer in doubt.

The only facet of the game that we did not see was the special teams as each team started at their own 20 yard line, punts were not fielded, extra points and field goal attempts were without a rush.

Gainesville (purple) dominated North Marion at the line of scrimmage in their 35-7 win over the Colts

North Marion only managed 3 yards of total offense in the first half while Gainesville put up 21 points behind the arm of quarterback Mark Cato. Cato tossed three touchdown passes in the first half, hitting standout receiver Chris Thompson twice in the first quarter on back-to-back possessions and then hitting Case Harrison for another on their final drive of the first half for the 21-0 halftime lead.

The Purple Hurricanes would continue to show glimpses of a team looking to make another deep run in the Florida 6A classification playoffs in the second half when running back Justin Crawford took a reverse 44-yards for a touchdown and then later caught an 11-yard TD pass from Jack Cornell to give Gainesville a comfortable 35-0 lead through three quarters.

Gainesville’s number one running back Raphael Webb lead the Purple Hurricane rushing attack finishing with over 80 yards rushing on the day. Webb had several big runs over 15 yards that set up Purple Hurricane touchdowns and is being talked about favorably in recruiting circles.

Reggie Wilkerson of North Marion

North Marion would finally put together a drive late in the fourth quarter. Reggie Wilkerson, who played quarterback from start to finish, would rip off runs of 24 and 20 yards and then Ian Neal would have a big 27 yard run to the Gainesville 3. Neal would then punch it in from 3 yards out on the next play for the Colts lone touchdown of the day for the final score of 35-7. Neal has been battling an ankle injury throughout the spring but showed signs of being a dynamic back for the Colts offense going into next season.

“We were exploited, Gainesville High did a great job of pointing our weakness, they are a great football team they go deep in the playoffs every year, put a lot of kids in college and have some great athletes on both sides of the ball, big up front on the line and they were more physical than us tonight”, North Marion Head Coach Craig Damon said afterwards.

Damon added, “They gave us a great evaluation  of where we are and what we need to work on this summer during the off-season to get better. We can take this and use it as a humbling moment so we are not too full of ourselves and hopefully get it turned around before the season starts next year. All of the mistakes we made are correctable things that we can work on to get better at and that is what you want from this game you want to be able to see things and areas that you are weak in and get those things corrected”

North Marion will open their 2012 season with three consecutive home games beginning August 31st against rival Trinity Catholic, Vanguard visits the next week with Forest closing out the season opening home stand.

Other Florida Spring Game Scores:

Fletcher 24 Vanguard 12

Oakleaf 17 Newberry 16

Countryside 38 Tarpon Springs 3

Eustis 23 Lake Weir 0

Sunlake 21 Wiregrass Ranch 3

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Florida Spring Football

The North Marion Colts take on the Gainesville Hurricanes in the spring game to close out spring practice for each school. Both schools are looking to prepare their programs and team to make a return trip to the Florida state playoffs.

North Marion will feature defensive back Reggie Wilkerson, who recently committed to the University of Georgia. Gainesville linebacker Keith Kelsey Jr. will be looking to provide leadership on the defensive side of the football. Kelsey Jr has a number of college offers ranging from several SEC and ACC schools.

Total Sports Coverage will have live coverage of this spring game on Friday May 25th beginning at 7:30 pm EST.

Young Gator Latroy Pittman Named Scholar Athlete Of The Year

The North Marion Colts were loaded in 2011 with all focus on bringing a championship to Marion County (FL). It did not happen as the Colts bowed out int he second round of the playoffs. However success was attained. Standout wide receiver and defensive back LaTroy Pittman is a prime example of that.

Former North Marion Colt, now current Gator Latroy Pittman will look to continue his success on and off the football field in Gainesville

Pittman starred at North Marion not only on the football field but in the classroom and that hard work and focus paid off as Pittman, who is currently enrolled at the University of Florida, was named the TV 20 Scholar Athlete of the Year. Pittman had won the  TV 20 Scholar Athlete of the Week award entering the 2011 season.

North Georgia Gladiators Roll To Open Playoffs, Set League Record

The North Georgia Gladiators came in on a mission as they entered the 2012 NDFL Playoffs. They were looking at a first round opponent that they laid 52 points on during the regular season while yielding none to the West Georgia Jaguars. Much of the same would take place in the first round of the playoffs.

Quarterback Joey Vicary tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more in the game leading the Gladiators to a 35-0 halftime lead. Former Auburn running back Bo Harris, Chris Young, Matt Mazzanti and Mo Issak added offensive touchdown an Rashud Arthur and Jermaine Walker powered the defense to its seventh shutout of the season.

In the second half special teams and defense got into the scoring act, Mo Issak returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and Barry Lennon returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. Mo Issak scored the final touchdown of the day on the final play of the day running in as time expired to give the Gladiators a 78-0 win and a NDFL league record for points scored in a games (playoff or regular season).

North Georgia will face the Georgia Titans in the second round,. This will be the first meeting this season between the two teams. The Titans shutout the Georgia Falcons 14-0 in the first round to advance.

Other Scores from around the NDFL Playoffs…

Huntsville (AL) Rockets advanced by forfeit over the Alabama Red Devils and will face the Alabama Ravens in the second round.

Alabama Ravens 36 Alabama Bengals 7 Final; The 2011 NDFL Champion Bengals are out.

Georgia Bandits advance by forfeit over the Chattanooga Outlawz and will face the Georgia Panthers in the second round.

Georgia Panthers 8 Douglas County (DC) River Dogs 0: The Panthers used a late fourth quarter touchdown pass from Shane McClesky to Dan Drake from 25 yards with 14 seconds remaining to advance to the second round.

South Carolina Commanders advance by forfeit over the Gainesville Firebirds and will face the Georgia Revolution.

Georgia Revolution 30 South Georgia Hawks 8

The playoffs resume this Saturday May 26th.

North Georgia Gladiators Open 2012 Playoffs

The North Georgia Gladiators will be open their pursuit for a 2012 NDFL Championship when they playoffs open this weekend. The Gladiators will face the West Georgia Jaguars in the first round of the playoffs tonight from Raider Valley in Cumming, Ga.

Joey Vicary, TJ Hamilton and Mo Issak lead a high-powered Gladiators offense that is averaged 35.2 points per game during the regular season. Zack Fralick, Rashud Arthur and Chris Young anchor a Gladiator defense that recorded six shutouts and allowed only 5.3 points per game during the regular season.

The Gladiators organization has a minor league championship under its belt, winning the DSFL Championship in 2010 in their second year of operation.

Total Sports Coverage will be on the scene to bring you all of the action with kickoff shortly after 7pm EST.

North Georgia Gladiators Playoff Game Archive

Calhoun Will Attend The University Of Georgia

Track and Field standout Jamario Calhoun of Cedar Shoals (GA) High School announced via Twitter this week that he will attend the University of Georgia. Calhoun won the 2012 Georgia State Championship in the long jump and triple jump last week at the 41st Georgia Olympics.  Calhoun was also a wide receiver in the Cedar Shoals Jaguars football team  and caught this touchdown pass (at the 0:32 mark) in a win over Rockdale County in 2011. .

Spring/Summer Football Heating Up

Football is here… huh say what, yes Spring/Summer football is in the air and that means Total Sports Coverage will be on the scene around the region to get you up to speed on what to look for in the high school ranks this upcoming season and who can claim bragging rights in the minor league ranks.

High School Football Spring practices are underway in the region and some have completed their spring practices and games but the groundwork is being laid for a 2012 season in which many goals will be chased. The summer is coming and that means plenty of teams will be attending summer camps and 7-on-7 tournaments looking to get that edge before the fall comes when it comes time to compete for state championships and land scholarship offers.

The North Gwinnett Bulldogs, Valdosta Wildcats, Bruswick Pirates, Lakeside-Evans Panthers and Jefferson County Warriors are the Georgia schools that will be competing in the Palmetto State (SC) Showdown hosted by Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC in June. Byrnes won the Class 4A D-I State Championship this past season defeating nationally ranked Gaffney at Clemson Memorial Stadium in December 2011 and is a nationally known program on the high school ranks.

Brunswick won the Palmetto State Showdown passing tournament in 2011 however did not make the Georgia Class 4A playoffs in 2011 finishing 4-6. The Pirates will compete in Georgia Class 5A after Georgia expanded to six classifications for the 2012 season. No Florida schools are scheduled to compete in the tournament. Byrnes, Byrnes JV, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Berkeley, Wren and Union County will be the South Carolina school competing. The biggest name school not from the southeast region will be Bergen Catholic (NJ). There will also be a handful of North Carolina schools in the tournament and Ocean Lakes (VA) will be the lone school from the state of Virginia.

We will have updates from around the high school ranks in reference to Spring/Summer ball and we will also be live on the scene to broadcast the North Marion (FL) vs Gainesville (FL) Spring game live across the network from Gainesville, FL Friday May 25th to kickoff your Memorial Day weekend.

The Spring/Summer is also a heavy time for minor league football and if you know Total Sports Coverage we keep you in the know with minor league football because well, it’s football and who doesn’t love a good football game between hotly contested foes.

Total Sports Coverage will kick off its Spring/Summer minor league football coverage this Saturday on the scene for the North Georgia Gladiators first round playoff game in the NDFL against the West Georgia Jaguars. The Gladiators have appeared on the network in previous years and we at Total Sports Coverage are thrilled to be able to bring you their latest run at a Minor League Championship beginning this Saturday May 19th.

Total Sports Coverage is also nailing down the final terms of a deal to bring you the GDFL Game Center Show on Sunday Nights for a second consecutive season.

The GDFL Game Center Show will air Sunday Nights throughout the 2012 season which begins June 2nd all the way through the GDFL National Championship game in late September. In addition there will be GDFL games on the Total Sports Coverage network all summer so stay locked for broadcast schedules and updates across the network.

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We are gearing up for an exciting football season and look forward to sharing it with you. In getting geared up we have introduced our summer series “Classic Archive Calls”. Each week we’ll bring you a ‘Classic Archive Calls” which have come across our network from either high school football or minor league football since our inception in 2010 and feature some of those athletes you may not have heard of and some you pretty much have had no choice to have heard of but will as they continue their football careers at some level.

Were not calling an audible so we hope your ready…Down Set Hut….

Total Sports Coverage Classic Archive Calls: Jamie Gilmore Shreds The Defense

North Marion (FL) running back Jamie Gilmore got some good looks on the recruiting trail from the likes of Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Duke among others. However the talented back decide to accept a scholarship offer from Temple University in the northeastern part of the country, far from the warm temps of Central Florida.

Gilmore leaves North Marion as the school All-Time leader in touchdowns scored and rushed for over 1,000 yards his final three seasons leaving a mark on a program that has won several district titles over the past 10 years under the watch of head coach Craig Damon. Gilmore was also named to the Class 5A All-State First Team in 2011. In 2011 Gilmore rushed for 1,859 yards and 16 TD.

Jamie Gilmore ran for over 1800 yards as a senior at North Marion High School

On this night the Colts had already clinched a playoff berth so they were just playing out the regular season in a homecoming game against visiting St. Could (Orlando-area FL). St. Cloud wasn’t the biggest of foes Gilmore and the Colts had seen in his four years at the school but they were a playoff team in Florida’s Class 7A and could not be taken lightly.

Gilmore was out to play the game he loved most and wanted to send a statement not only for himself but for his team entering the playoffs and he did just that. Gilmore had a field day against the St. Cloud defense and did much of the damage in the open minutes of the contest. Gilmore would finish with almost 160 yards rushing and 2TD, with 141 of those yards and both TDs coming in the first quarter of the contest.

Hear Jamie Gilmore’s “Classic Archive Calls” by clicking below.

Jamie Gilmore Classic TD runs

Georgia Boys State Track & Field Team Champions Crowned

The 41st Georgia Olympics (Track & Field State Championships) are complete and the team state champions have been crowned.

The Brookwood Broncos captured the Class 5A crown with a total of 40 points. Coffee County (34), and Mill Creek and Wheeler tied for third with 33 points round out the top 3.

In Class 4A the Kell Longhorns took home the title with 48 points. Sprayberry (37) and Creekside (35) round out the top 3.

In Class 3A the Carrollton Trojans won the title with 58 points. Westover (45) and Woodward Academy (37) complete the Top 3.

In Class 2A the Putnam County War Eagles were crowned champs with 46 points. Elbert County (44) and Oglethrope County (38) round out the Top 3

The Athens Christian Eagles won their second consecutive Class 1A State Championship with 63 points followed by Darlington (60) and Wesleyan (50).

Cedar Shoals Falls Short At Bid For Track & Field State Championship; Kell Wins

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars have plenty of track and field history. The Jags were the last Class 4A track team to win back to back state championships at the Georgia Olympics when they did it in 2002 and 2003. The boys from the Eastside of Athens also won the state championship in 2005. They got their bid at winning in 2012 off to a solid start when the state championships got underway with the field events on Thursday however did not have enough in the running events to secure the state championship.

Kell wins the Class 4A State Championship with Sprayberry and Creekside rounding out the Top 3. Cedar Shoals finished with 26 points as they did not score in the running event finals on Saturday.

Jamario Calhoun was the considered to be one of the best all around athletes at the State Championships and he went out and added hardware for conformation. Calhoun won the Class 4A state title in the long jump with a leap of 23-5.25 and the triple jump with a jump of 49-5.00. Calhoun’s leap in the long jump was not better than his jump at the Sectional when he jumped  23-9.00, however improved on his Sectional triple jump effort 49-0.00. Calhoun, who quallified for the 300 meter hurdle finals with a prelim time of 36.97, would miss his shot at a third state title in the 300 meter hurdles finals after falling down. Devon Williams of Kell won the state in the 300 meters with a time of 37.45, which was the fastest time across all classes in the event finals.

Cedar Shoals had 26 points going into the finals of the running events on Saturday. Ricky Clarke finished 6th in the shot put with a distance of 50-08.50 for 3 team points and Josh Bolden finished 6th in the triple jump with a distance of 44-11.00 which was good for 3 team points. Johnathan Fleming recorded a foul in the Discus and did not score any team points. The Jaguars only team running event on Saturday was in the 4×400 meter relay with the team consisting of Tay Bowens, Telvin Fleming,  Asa Smith and Jamario Calhoun after they ran the second fasted time of both heats with a 3:20.28. The Sprayberry team of Michael Newton, Patrick Dubois, Tye Richcardson and Willy Dorcin ran a 3:19.81. The Cedar Shoals 4×400 relay team would be disqualified in the finals, Sprayberry won the state in the 4×400 relay.