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Colts Rout Lake Weir In Regular Season Finale

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.

*According to Richard Burton of Florida Football Records (follow on Twitter)

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Hoover’s 31 straight points powers win over North Marion

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.

TSC to carry North Marion at Hoover contest

Total Sports Coverage continues to strive towards providing you with high school football from across the southeastern United States. We are pleased to announce that we will have our traditional live audio only broadcast for the North Marion (FL) Colts against the Hoover (GA) Buccaneers on tonight Thursday October 29th.

This will feature our first game in the state of Alabama and our first game featuring teams from Alabama and Florida. In our seventh season, Total Sports Coverage continues to apply its mission statement…” Our quest is to bring premium sports broadcast to the internet covering the sports landscape that normally would not receive optimum coverage.”

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.

Our live broadcast coverage will begin at 7pm central time with kickoff following at 7:30pm. Catch all of the action here via your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

North Marion, Spartanburg, Byrnes, Mill Creek all improve to 5-0

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.

Colts take 48th meeting against Knights

Marion County’s (FL) longest running series continued last Friday night from Booster Stadium in Ocala, FL when the Vanguard Knights hosted their northern county neighbors, the North Marion Colts.

North Marion, ranked fourth in the 5A AP state poll and 19th in the FloridaHSFootball.com Sunshine State 25, got off to a quick 14-0 nothing lead as Caleb Seiler connected with James Mitchell and Justin Watkins for touchdown passes of 43 and 10 yards on the Colts first two possessions.

Vanguard would make it interesting on more than one occasion. After a 7-yard touchdown run by Alonzo Taylor, Vanguard forced North Marion to punt from its own end zone after a three-and-out. North Marion would botch the snap and give up a safety. On the ensuing possession Vanguard faced a fourth and goal for the two yard-line trailing 14-8. North Marion would keep Vanguard out of the endzone and the offense answered by going 98 yards in three plays to take a 21-8 lead on a 9-yard Justin Watkins touchdown run.

A late second quarter Vanguard touchdown made it 21-14 at the half.

In the second half, Vanguard score on a 47-yard screen pass from N’Kosi Perry to Alonzo Taylor to pull within 21-20 after another failed extra point- Vanguard was 0-of-5 on PATs in the game. That would be as close as Vanguard would get.

North Marion proceeded to score 21 unanswered points on a three-yard touchdown run by Cameron Mackey, 27-yard touchdown run by Watkins and 30-plus yard fumble return by defensive/offensive lineman Darius Carr in the third quarter to take a commanding 42-20 lead. Watkins finished with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. Standout wide receiver Freddie Swain did not score a touchdown despite recording close to 100 yard receiving yards

Perry would connect with Darryn Lake on two late touchdown passes for Vanguard to make the final 42-32 score more respectable. Lake finished with three touchdown receptions (all from Perry).

The Colts (3-0) senior-laden defense was led by four-star recruit Jordan Woods, Desmond Carson and Khali Mitchell  among others in an good defensive effort barring big plays by Vanguard (2-1).

North Marion won its third consecutive game in the series and lead the overall series 25-23. Vanguard dropped its eighth straight game against ranked opponents since 2012.

North Marion will host Pasco at Stan Toole Memorial Stadium Friday while Vanguard will travel to Lakewood.

The audio broadcast of this contest can be heard on Total Sports Coverage.

North Marion Outlasts Blanche Ely In Opener

A week removed from nearly defeating Booker T Washington, albeit in a preseason event, the North Marion Colts won their season opener on the road 17-6 over Blanche Ely.

Freddie Swain and Kentrai Patterson scored second half touchdowns to lift North Marion to the win.

North Marion (1-0) is scheduled to host Forest next week in their home opener providing their stadium is ready. North Marion is upgrading their facilities and will play the game at Forest if temporary seating is not available for the game.

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.

Creekside Ends North Marion’s Historic Season

North Marion was making their deepest push in the playoffs in school history when they faced Creekside-Jacksonville (26-2) in the regional semifinals in a rare matinée. The game was played at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon after officials declared the field at North Marion to be unplayable on Tuesday due to rainy conditions earlier in the day forcing the unique mid-week “businessman’s special”.

Creekside would get the better of North Marion behind one swing of the bat from Creekside’s Colleen Darragh (Georgia Tech). With the bases loaded it the third, Darragh took a Holly McKinnon (South Alabama) pitch yard to give Creekside a 4-0 lead. Darragh’s grand slam would be all second-ranked Creekside need as they won 6-0 to advance to the regional finals.

North Marion only had four hits in the game, all on singles, completing their season 21-6 and were shutout only three times all season (Belleview, Ponde Vedra and Creekside).

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.