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North Marion Wins In Triple Overtime

The North Marion Colts clinched their 15th consecutive playoff berth in thrilling fashion Thursday night at Stan Toole Memorial Stadium.

After a scoreless fourth quarter, Sante Fe and North Marion would go to overtime tied 15-15.

Freddie Swain caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Selier to give the Colts a 22-15 lead. Santa Fe answered back with a touchdown run by defensive stand out Caysuan Wakeley to force a second OT with the score 22-all.

Wakeley scored again on the Raiders possesion in the second overtime, the extra point sailed wide right for a 28-22 Santa Fe lead. Seiler hit Cameron Mackey on nearly the identical play he hit Swain on early to even the score 28-all. Santa Fe blocked the extra point to force a third overtime.

North Marion scored again on a Jake Reed 4-yard touchdown run and the extra point was good for a 35-28 Colts lead. On Santa Fe’s possession, two runs were stopped along with an incomplete pass on third down.North Marion called timeout prior to the fourth down. Instead of talking strategy head coach Stephen Field chest-bumped, hi-fived and smacked his players with emotional support and hype then sent them back on the field for the fourth down. Santa Fe’s pass fell incomplete sealing the victory for North Marion (6-2; 4-1). Santa Fe (5-3;2-3) rushed for over 250 yards.

North Marion wrapped up the home portion of their regular season with a 4-1 mark at the soon-to-be renovated Stan Toole Memorial stadium.

James Allen finished with 170 yards and two touchdowns while Seiler passed for over 225 yard and two touchdowns.

North Marion will close the regular season on the road against Belleview and West Port before opening on the road in the playoffs against Class 5A No.1 South Sumter.

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North Central Florida Football Media Day This Weekend

The 4th Annual North Central Florida Football Media Day will be held this weekend. 15 teams-only four made the playoffs, from around the area will converge on the Ocala Hilton hotel beginning Saturday morning at 10am continuing until 4pm. Full pad practice will begin on August 5th for most teams. Below is the schedule for Saturday with the team results from 2012 noted. All times are eastern.

10am- Trinity Catholic (8-5; lost in 3A regional finals), Vanguard (6-6; lost in 6A regional semifinal)s and Chiefland (5-5; did not make playoffs)
11am- Belleview (3-7; did not make playoffs) and Hawthorne (0-10; did not make playoffs)
12pm- Palatka (4-6; did not make playoffs), Lake Weir (3-7; did not make playoffs), Eastside-Gainesville (6-6; lost in regional semifinals)
1pm- West Port (5-5; did not make playoffs), Ocala Christian Academy (3-6; did not make playoffs), St. Francis (3-7; did not make playoffs)
2pm- Forest(3-7 did not make playoffs), Dunnellon (5-5; did not make playoffs) and North Marion (5-6; lost in 5A regional quarterfinals)
3pm- Santa Fe (1-9; did not make playoffs)

Currently there are no players that are being heavily followed or ranked highly by major recruiting services however North Marion’s running back James Allen and defensive lineman D “Money” Jackson are drawing interest from several ACC and SEC programs and transfer quarterback Jake Roddenberry has a chance to up his recruiting. Natrell Jamerson of Vanguard is prime for a breakout year and could draw the eye of some later in the season with a strong effort. West Port offensive lineman Christopher Hudson and Delroy Baker are on some recruiting services radar with favorable marks and will anchor the West Port line this season. They are committed to Alabama-Birmingham and Indiana respectively. Trinity Catholic tight end Max Linder is going to Middle Tennessee State and all-purpose Dominique Brown is drawing more interest. Palatka defensive back Ka’Tavis Jackson has some interest as well with some college programs. Keiwan Jones of Dunnellon has interest from mid-level programs at the defensive tackle spot.

Vanguard Bounces Back, Thumps North Marion 20-6

North Marion entered their yearly showdown against rival Vanguard coming off a thrilling overtime win over Trinity Catholic while Vanguard went back to the drawing board after a beat down by national power Camden County (Ga).

Vanguard would answer the bell  playing in front of 5,300-plus at North Marion’s jammed packed Stan Toole Memorial Stadium with a solid 20-6 win over what turned out to be a short-handed Colts squad. North Marion was playing without talented transfer running back/athlete James Allen, starting quarterback Brody Hall-a Vanguard transfer and leading tackler De’Amontae Jackson and they were missed. Aaron Pringle and Myles Stewart did most of the heavy lifting for the Colts’ defense.

North Marion would get some early chances deep in Vanguard territory but were unable to  score touchdowns and had to settle for two David Hatcher field goals of 19 and 30 yards and led 6-0 early in the second quarter. From that point forward it was all Vanguard as they took the ensuing possession 4 plays and 80 yards with Ty’ronte Files finishing off the drive with a 37-yard touchdown run tying the game at 6 after a failed extra-point.

Files would strike again for Vanguard two possessions later going 36-yards for a touchdown giving the Knights a 13-6 lead after a successful extra-point with 4:09 left in the quarter. Both teams were careless with the football as each squad had three first half turnovers. After North Marion’s third turnover of the half Vanguard would go 5 plays and 28 yards for another score when Adam Robless hit Cameron Livingston on a fade route for a 5-yard touchdown pass giving the Knights a 20-6 halftime lead.

For North Marion the offense was vastly different from the previous week and never got going as Junior Nick Trino got the start at quarterback instead of Reggie Wilkerson for the injured Brody Hall. Trino, a baseball standout, took his lumps to the tune of 6-21 36 yards and 2 interceptions passing (29 of those yards to Reggie Wilkerson on one play). North Marion Head coach Craig Damon had to convince Trino to come out for the football team earlier last week and had only had one week of full practice with the team. All six of his completions were within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage and everything thrown down the field was off due to either timing or miscommunication with receivers.

The run game provided little help for Trino as the Colts rushed for only 41 yards in the game with running backs Ian Neal and Derrick Harmon getting the bulk of the carries. North Marion finished with only 77 yards of total offense, 41 of those on the ground and two first downs.

“Not once did I think about moving Reggie [Wilkerson] to quarterback, I wanted to be able to get him the ball in space. It was a tough week for us with this flu bug going around but that is no excuse, credit to Vanguard, they beat us and we have to get better”,  Damon said on the Total Sports Coverage Scoreboard Show.

Vanguard showed that playing a national powerhouse you can improve. Files rushed for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns and Reshard Sweet had 55 all important yards that setup Files to break big runs. Linebackers Marcus Davis, Kyle Sandner and Deltron Modican camped out in the North Marion backfield all night and Sanchez Loften anchored the secondary with two interceptions for the Knight defense.

“We had more effort tonight and our receivers blocked down field and that helped us. Our linebackers, all of them played great. Davis, Sandner and Modican will hit you and hit you hard, they can play”, Vanguard head coach Alex Castaneda said.

Vanguard is off this week while North Marion will regroup and get ready to host Forest, who defeated Dunnellon 37-20 behind the play of talented two-sport star Jordon Austin.