The Florida high school football week 3 schedule was hit heavy by the approaching Hurricane Irma. Some games were moved up to Thursday, others were cancelled, some were postponed with uncertainty of if they will ever be played. Other games were played even out-of-state on Friday. Here are the games of interest that we followed this week.
Vanguard (3-0) handed rival North Marion (0-3) its third straight loss to open a season for the first time since 1994. The Knights jumped on the Colts early and often and ran away with a 45-0 victory. Vanguard is a heavy favorite in the Marion County area and has contender status in the 6A class under fourth-year head coach Edwin Farmer. Knights’ quarterback Marquez Glover passed for over 250 yards and three touchdowns passing.
The game was never in doubt as Vanguard raced to a 31-0 halftime lead and early in the third quarter enforced Florida’s running clock rule after going up 38-0. Vanguard capped the scoring when backup quarterback Trevonte Rucker hit Russell Tolbert for a 15-yard touchdown pass for the final 45-0 margin.
The shutout ended a 94-game streak for North Marion and the 45-point defeat was their worst shutout loss since 1983.
Miami Central (3-0) was able to leave south Florida on Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Irma for the pacific time zone. The Rockets had a nationally televised date with Nevada power and private school Bishop Gorman (1-2). Gorman is ranked higher than Miami Central in most every respectable national poll but were coming of their first loss last week to Mater Dei (CA).That loss snapped Gorman’s 55-game winning streak.
Miami Central was unfazed by the lore of Bishop Gorman and represented the state of Florida and southeastern high school well coming away with a 24-14 victory.
James Cook rushed for over 200 yards with rushing touchdowns of 83 and 87 yards. Cook’s 87-yard touchdown run came moments after an interception by Chris Metayer inside the Bishop Gorman five with less than four minutes remaining in the game. The Rockets win marked the first time Bishop Gorman had loss consecutive games since 2006.
Georgia continues to occupy a number of spaces in the latest Perfect Game High School Top 50 national poll.
Parkview is the highest ranked Georgia teams coming in at No.5. The Panthers swept a four-game spring break swing in Florida with victories over Jesuit, Sarasota, Venice and IMG Academy. The Panthers outscored those teams by a combined 14-1. Parkview extended it’s winning streak to 16 consecutive games with a pair of victories over Norcross this week. The Panthers have tallied seven shutouts during the winning streak.
Winder-Barrow (23-2) continues to climb the rankings moving up to No.7. The Bulldoggs have followed up their 3-1 showing in the National High School Invitational with a three-game sweep of region foe Habersham Central to go with two victories this week against Apalachee.
North Gwinnett (24-2) is the third Georgia team in the top ten coming in at No.9. The Bulldogs have won four of their last six games. They have defeated Discovery and Peachtree Ridge this week.
No.19 Allatoona (23-2) ran its winning streak to nine after defeating Stockbridge, Grayson County (KY) and North Atlanta at the Perfect Game Spring Fling at Lake Point. The Buccanners outscored those three foes by a combined 26-1 score. The Buccaneers rule-ruled Osborne 15-0 this week and face Dalton in a home-and-home series with region 6-6A first place on the line beginning Friday in Dalton.
Blessed Trinity (No. 12), Pope (No.15), Walton (No. 37) are the other teams in the Perfect Game HS Top 50.
The first annual Craig Sager Memorial Classic will be held November 18, 20 and 21 at Dacula High School. The tournament is in honor of the late sports broadcaster Craig Sager, who passed away in December of 2016 after battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Thursday morning the tournament field was announced by event co-founder and head Dacula boys basketball coach Dr. Russ Triaga.
Triaga along with Sager’s son Craig Sager II are the founders of the tournament.
Tournament seeding will be conducted by an independent panel of Coaches, Media and Player Evaluators. There are three non-active coaches on the panel with a combined 12 state championships who still reside in Georgia and follow Georgia high school basketball.
A total of 32 teams will participate, 16 each of boys and girls. Host Dacula along with Buford, Lakeside-Dekalb, Therrell and Walnut Grove will each have both boys and girls teams in the tournament field. 48 games will be played in total.
Below are the girls teams in the field.
Archer (GA 7A semifinalist), Walnut Grove, Grayson, Douglass-Atlanta, Dacula, North Gwinnett, Duluth, Columbia, Holy Innocents (GA 1A Private Runner Up), Valdosta, Hebron, Shiloh, Buford (GA 5A Champion), Lakeside-Dekalb, Therrell and West Forsyth
The boys field will feature non-Georgia teams from Alabama, Florida and New York. Below are the boys teams.
Dacula, Harrison, Harris County, John’s Creek, South Gwinnett, Johnson-Savannah, Osbourne, Northview, Owego Free Academy (NY), Walnut Grove, Hialeah (FL), Therrell, Lakeside-Dekalb, Buford (GA 5A Champion), Discovery and Carver-Montgomery (AL).
Dacula will utilize both gyms on their campus for the tournament with boys and girls games being played at the same time. Each day games will begin in both gyms at 10 am with the final games beginning each night at 8:30 pm. Triaga said talks were “in progress” for live broadcasting/streaming of the event.
Oconee County (4-0) won its fourth straight game with a 28-10 victory over previously undefeated Cedar Shoals (3-1). Sam Middlebrooks hit Roques Dowty on a 52-yard touchdown pass on the Warriors opening possession for a 7-0 lead which held to halftime. Trent Harris got Cedar Shoals on the board in the third quarter with a field goal to pull the Jaguars to within 7-3. In the fourth quarter Oconee County put the game away with touchdown runs from Champ Hall, Jared Hood and Christian Casey. Jaivanni McDavid returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown for the Jaguars only touchdown of the game. Cedar Shoals’ three-game win streak, it’s longest since 2007, was snapped with the loss.
Camden County (1-3) won its first game of the season getting a 7-6 decision over Brunswick (2-2). Mickey Packard scored for Camden County while Brunswick quarterback Jamarius Stevens scored for the Pirates. Stevens missed the PAT to leave the score 7-6 which held for the final margin. Former Camden County Wildcat running back Brandon McMaster- now at Brunswick, finished with over 100 all-purpose yards for the Pirates against his former mates. Brunswick’s two losses have came by a combined two points-both off missed extra points.
Greater Atlanta Christian broke open a 9-7 halftime game in the third quarter with two touchdown passes from quarterback Davis Mills to Harrison Sloan and Trey Morrison. Mills finished with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown as GAC (3-1) defeated St. Pius (0-4) 37-7.
Lovejoy (2-3) improved to 2-0 in region play with a 28-27 victory over Stephenson (1-3). Lovejoy quarterback John Seter- a transfer from The Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, was 15-of-24 for 301 yards, three touchdowns with one interception passing. Through five games (four games played) Seter has passed for 933 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
Grayson (2-1) defeated Deerfield Beach (FL) (1-2) 39-14. DeAngelo Gibbs caught two touchdown passes and Jamyest Williams returned an interception for a touchdown in the Rams second straight victory. Grayson is now 1-1 in interstate games this season with interstate games against Ramsay (AL) and Hoover (AL) remaining this season.
Quarterback Patrick Ferris passed for three touchdowns and Tyray Devezin rushed for another as Etowah (4-1) defeated Milton (2-2) 28-10. Blake Jones continued his stellar play with two touchdown receptions. Jones had interceptions in the previous two games against Spartanburg (SC) and East Coweta late in the fourth quarter to seal Etowah victories. Jackson Sisk also caught a touchdown pass for Etowah.
Other Games Of Interest:
Mays (3-1) routed New Manchester (0-4) 51-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Raiders have won three consecutive games and the lone loss to Stockbridge, was by one point.
Colquitt County (1-4) won its first game of the season 52-14 over Brookwood (2-2). Colquitt chalked up its first-ever victory over Brookwood in the fourth all-time meeting in the series. Brookwood has lost two straight since opening the season with wins over North Gwinnett and Walton but have a favorable schedule upcoming in the next few weeks as region play opens. The Packers hit the road to face undefeated Valdosta (5-0) next.
Dwayne Davis picked his first victory as head coach of Mundy’s Mill (1-3) with a 33-13 victory over M.L. King (2-2).
Norcross defeated Archer 34-16 behind three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown from quarterback Baron Radcliff. Tyler Ranel returned a kickoff 99 yard for a touchdown for Archer .
Lowndes (4-1) defeated Newton 42-34 for its fourth straight win. The Vikings have scored 35 or more points in all four victories this season after being held to only 13 points in the season opener against Valdosta (5-0)
Clarke Central (2-2) snapped its two-game losing streak with a 45-21 victory over North Oconee (0-4). Jonathan Swelled rushed for over 175 yards and two touchdowns for the Gladiators. Clarke Central is at rival Cedar Shoals this Friday in the region opener for both.
Tucker (3-1) won its region opener 58-0 region over Jonesboro. Jonesboro (0-5) has only scored nine points through its first five games and have been outscored 149-0 the last three weeks against Spalding (3-1), McEachern (3-1) and Tucker. Jonesboro went 11-2 last season and have several transfers this season.
Northgate (4-0) defeated Creekside (3-1) in a 61-48 region game shootout. Both teams figure to fight with Mays (3-1), Douglas County (3-1), Alexander (3-0) and Langston Hughes (3-1) for playoff spots in the underrated yet extremely tough region 5-6A.
McEachern (3-1) scored a season-low six points in a 6-2 victory at Westlake (1-3). McEachern has not scored an offensive touchdown in two of its last three games against Grayson (scored touchdowns on punt and interception returns), Jonesboro (won 69-0) and Westlake (scored on two field goals). Westlake under first-year head coach Kareem Reid- who previously was a head coach in Florida, face Lithonia (1-3; defeated Meadowcreek for its first win this season last week) this Friday before opening region play against East Coweta (3-1) in two weeks. East Coweta’s lone loss came to North Cobb (3-1) who handed Etowah (3-1) its only loss this season so far 24-20.
Grayson fumbles on its opening possession inside the IMG twenty. IMG’s drive stalled due to penalties and punt to the Grayson fourteen. Grayson began its next drive late in the first quarter and finished it early in the second quarter with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Chase Brice to Jamyest Williams for a 7-0 lead with 10:28 remaining. Williams committed to South Carolina earlier in the afternoon.
IMG Academy answered the Grayson score with a 14-play 80-yard drive capped by a Kellen Mond 15-yard touchdown run tying the game 7-7 with 5:16 left.
Grayson fumbles on a high snap and handoff between Brice and Williams, IMG recovers with 2:14 left at the Grayson 41. Cooper Graham connected on a 37-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to give the Ascenders a 10-7 lead at halftime.
On the first play of the second half Mike Jones intercepted Brice on the Grayson 23. IMG had a 23-yard touchdown called back due to holding and then turned the ball over on downs with 10:04 in the third quarter.
Grayson turned the ball over on downs with another high snap on fourth down for a loss of 18 yards. IMG started on its own 49. Kellen Mond went over 100 yards rushing for the game on a 9-play 51-yard drive ending with his second rushing touchdown of the game from 2-yards out. IMG missed the extra point and leads 16-7 with 1:48 left in the third quarter.
Grayson goes three-and-out and punt near the end of the third quarter. IMG leads 16-7 at the end of the third quarter. Copper Graham connected on his second field goal, this one from 34-yards to give IMG a 19-7 lead with 9:47 left in the fourth quarter. IMG added another score on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mond to Jhamon Ausbon for a 26-7 lead with 4:43 remaining which held for the final score.
The 2016 regular season high school football kicked off around the southeast with a slate of games from Thursday night to the wee hours of Sunday morning in what has come to be known as Week Zero. Here is a look at some noteable games from the weekend.
Myrtle Beach forced six turnovers, scoring 21 points off those turnovers and scored a special teams touchdown in a convincing yet surprising 35-19 victory over Byrnes. Seahawks’ Keyonte Sessions rushed for two touchdowns and Chris Weston returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half as Myrtle Beach jumped out to a 28-0 lead on the Rebels. Byrnes pulled to within two possessions in the fourth quarter however the Seahawks put the game away on a 84-yard touchdown pass from Lawson Cribb to Daron Finkley. Myrtle Beach dominated the line of scrimmage particularly on the defensive line causing issues for Byrnes multiple quarterbacks in starter Dylon Dunnahoo and backup Brock Carroll as the pair combined for three interceptions. Wide receiver Demarcus Gregory recorded over 120 yards receiving and a touchdown for the visiting Rebels. Myrtle Beach will host New Hanover (NC) this week while Byrnes will host Greer.
Speaking of turnovers, Spartanburg forced four Summerville turnovers, all in Viking territory, including three inside the 20 and two fumbles inside the Viking five by Green Wave quarterback Jonathan Bennett. Spartanburg quarterback William Yex passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another in his debut as the starting quarterback. Running back Ladarius Jones caught two touchdowns while receiver Romaine Kelly caught the other.Senior Eric Rice showed he’ll need to be accounted for by rushing for over 60 yards in the first half alone for the Vikings. Bennett hooked up twice for touchdowns with Shaq Davis and Darryl Hancock added a rushing touchdown for Summerville. Spartanburg will host TL Hanna (lost 45-35 to Gaffney) this week. Summerville is idle this week and will host Berkeley (lost 32-31 to Daniel) in two weeks.
South Pointe snapped its three-game losing streak to rival Northwestern with a 30-23 victory. South Pointe jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind three fields goals from B.T. Potter in the first half. The Stallions extended their lead to 15-0 on a Derion Kendrick touchdown run in the third quarter. Northwestern would fight back to take a 23-22 lead on a Jerry Howard touchdown run with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. South Pointe would score the game-winning touchdown on a Geomni Mayfield 5-yard touchdown run and successful two-point conversion reception. Mayfield’s touchdown was setup by a 75-yard run from starting running back Voshon St. Hill. Kendrick rushed for over 100 yards with two touchdowns and passed for over 100 yards for South Pointe. Howard rushed for two touchdowns while falling just shy of 100 yards rushing for Northwestern. South Pointe takes on Nation Ford this week while Northwestern travels to Dorman (lost 35-14 to Bob Jones, AL).
Fort Dorchester won its 16th straight game behind quarterback Dakereon Joyner’s 430-plus yards passing and five touchdowns. Joyner connected with Justin Williams on touchdowns of 72, 80 and 24 yards and Raquan Simmons on touchdowns of 77 and 79 yards as the Patriots from Fort Dorchester held off the Patriots from Sandy Creek (GA) 48-35 at Georgia Southern University. Sandy Creek running back Jaelen Green rushed for over 175 yards and touchdowns against the Fort Dorchester defense. Fort Dorchester will host Colleton County (lost 46-14 to West Ashley) this week.
Dillon lost a hard fought defensive struggle to Mallard Creek (NC) 7-3 snapping its 37-game winning streak. Mallard Creek held Dillon out of the end zone from inside the ten four times in the second half. The game was marred by highly questionable officiating from start to finish.
For years homecoming opponents are suppose to be easy victories where alumni gather for festivities, fun and cheering proudly in support their team in an “expected” victory. In Thursday night’s regular season finale North Marion took that to another level against Marion County foe Lake Weir (5-5; 0-4).
The Colts kicked off the homecoming weekend in grand fashion by jumping all over Lake Weir early and often to the point that multiple mercy rules were activated. By the end of the first quarter the Colts had set a new Marion County record* for points in a quarter with 53 as they led 53-0. The second quarter was played with a running clock which only saw the Colts score one touchdown on a 63-yard Cameron Mackey run making the score at halftime 60-0.
The third and fourth quarters were played with ten minute running clocks yet still saw North Marion put up three more touchdowns to take a 74-0 lead. Lake Weir would score on a 94-yard touchdown pass in the waning moments for the final 74-6 margin.
When the dust settled Cameron Mackey rushed for two touchdowns with a touchdown reception. Sophomore sensation Justin Watkins rushed for two touchdowns, eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing for the season on his first carry-a 60-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. D’monte Reaves caught two touchdown passes while backup quarterback Dreqwan Williams rushed for a touchdown. It wasn’t all offense for North Marion as the defense was in on the scoring posting 18 points on two safeties. Jordan Woods returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown and Elijah Vuckovich returned an interception 65 yards for a score for the defense.
“We took it personal,” head coach Stephen Field said after the victory. North Marion (9-1; 2-0) was coming off its poorest performance of the season in a 38-14 loss to Hoover (AL) on national television last Thursday.
Field stated earlier in the week, “any opponent ahead of us right now will have to feel the improvements we made from the Hoover game. We took that loss personal as a staff and a team.” Check the box on that one as Lake Weir felt the wrath.
The 74 points by North Marion tied a school record for points in a game*.
“It’s pretty awesome breaking a county record, it’s a great feeling for our kids,” Field said yet was also quick to acknowledge the groundwork laid prior to his arrival.
“(North Marion) is the way it is because Craig Damon (former North Marion Head Coach and Athletic Director) built it this way,” Fields lamented. “Craig is a guy that’s my mentor in many ways and I’m glad to keep going what he did.”
North Marion opens the 5A playoffs at home against Menedez in the 5A regional quarterfinals next week at Stan Toole Memorial Stadium in Sparr. Menedez (5-5; 3-2) lost to Mantanza 28-20 Thursday night to close the regular season.
The Hoover Bucs entered their out of state contest with North Marion (FL) with plenty on the line. The Bucs picked up eight points towards the tiebreaker and will finish as the Region 3 runner-up after a 38-14 victory over the visiting Colts.
North Marion got it started early on a 66 -yard touchdown pass from Caleb Seiler to Freddie Swain for a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter. From there Hoover used short fields, a strong running game with timely passing and third down conversions to to rip off 31 unanswered points to close the first half with a 31-7 halftime lead. Quarterback Chris Vacarella rushed for two touchdowns, CJ Sturdivant and Vonte Brackett scored on rushing touchdowns and Barret Pickering added a 27-yard field goal during Hoover’s explosion.
After a stagnant first half after the opening touchdown, the Colts offense came to live on their second possession of the third quarter by going 98 yards in 15 plays scoring on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Seiler to Swain to pull within 31-14 but would get no closer. Hoover added another rushing touchdown from Gailen Richardson early in the fourth quarter for the final 38-14 margin.
North Marion (8-1; 2-0) was lead by Justin Watkins 134 yards rushing on 25 totes while Swain finished with five receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Vonte Brackett finished with 77 yards rushing (71 in the first half) and Vacarella was 10-of-18 for 122 yards passing without a touchdown or interception.
Hoover was able to use the field position game to it’s advantage and went 6-of-7 in the red zone, a missed field goal on their third possession of the game was the only time the Buccaneers did not score int he red zone. North Marion was unable to convert on third downs throughout the night finishing 1-of-14.
Hoover will begin the Alabama 7A playoffs next Friday while North Marion will host Lake Weir to close their regular season in Florida before hosting the first round if the 5A Florida playoffs on November 13th.
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North Marion will be playing its first-ever varsity football game outside of the state of Florida. Prior to this season, North Marion rarely played outside of the north central Florida area. The Colts opened their season at Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, FL) marking the farthest south the Colts had ever played a varsity football game. North Marion is 8-0; 2-0, 2015 District 6-5A champions and have made the playoffs the last 16 seasons, the last two under second-year head coach Stephen Field.
Hoover is nationally known and respected. Despite limping in to the contest winners of only 2 of its last 4, the Buccaneers are 7-2 and currently in a three-way tie for the runner-up spot in Region 3, which carries a first round home playoff game. Hoover has faced a team from Florida this season defeating 8A Manatee 42-21.
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In Florida…North Marion (FL) defeated Gainesville 37-28 to improve to 5-0 this season. Jordan Woods and Sherman Jones each had fumble recoveries for touchdowns while Cameron Mackey, Caleb Seiler and Justin Watkins each had rushing touchdowns for the Colts.
The Colts played most of the game without standout receiver Freddie Swain. Swain suffered a shoulder injury early in the game and did not return. Head coach Stephen Field indicated Swain was “ok”.
Gainesville’s Caelan Christian passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another. Dock Luckie caught two touchdown pass for the Hurricanes in the loss.
North Marion will look to improve to 6-0 for the first time in school history next Friday when they face Eastside (0-4). Eastside feel 28-14 to Forest Friday night.
In South Carolina…Spartanburg (5-0) remained undefeated with a 55-7 victory over Riverside with another display of the depth of weapons they possess. Junior Eric Rice caught two touchdown passes and recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown for the Vikings. Tavien Feaster, Tavaris Scott and Ladarius Jones each caught touchdown passes from Austin Scott. Scott passed for over 400 yards with five touchdowns while MIke Murphy returned an interception for a touchdown.
Spartanburg (5-0; 1-0) will travel to rival Byrnes (5-0; 1-0) next Friday.
Byrnes remained undefeated by winning its region opener 28-23 over Boiling Springs 28-23. Micah Young connected with Jaylan Foster for the Rebels only passing touchdown of the night. Quez Mayes added a rushing touchdown however it was two fourth quarter rushing touchdowns by Steadman Rogers that sealed the victory. Rogers first touchdown run put Byrnes ahead 22-16 while his second extended the lead to 28-16 before Boiling Springs pulled to within five on a Mason Streater to Travalas Massey touchdown pass for the final margin.
In Georgia…Mill Creek improved to 5-0 for the first time in the school’s history with a 28-0 road win over North Gwinnett (2-3; 0-2). It marked the first time in school history the Hawks defeated the Bulldogs. Running back Daniel Laconte rushed for over 150 yards and three touchdowns while Cameron Turley connected with Miles Riley for a passing touchdown in the Hawks victory. Mill Creek’s defense recorded three interceptions.
North Gwinnett leads the all-time series 9-1 over Mill Creek.
Mill Creek (5-0; 2-0) will host an improved Meadowcreek next Friday. North Gwinnett was shutout for the first time since 2009 when Camden Camden defeated them 35-0 in the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs. The Bulldogs will travel to Norcross (5-0; 2-0) next Friday.
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