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Florida HSFB Report Week 3-Hurricane Irma Week

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.

Hurricane Irma did not halt all Florida High School Football

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.

Other scores of interest:

Bartram Trail defeated Clay 49-28

Lakeland defeated Apopka 42-35

Bolles defeated First Coast 34-26

Forest defeated Mount Dora 48-39

Fort White shutout Santa Fe 49-0

Wakulla defeated Taylor County 47-14

Belleview defeated Palaka 49-34

Dr. Phillips defeated West Orange 44-24


North Marion Looks To Rebound Before Playoffs

For North Marion (8-1; 2-0) it’s about bouncing back from their first loss of the season. There were a laundry list of issues for the Colts in last weeks loss at Hoover (AL). They were penalized 11 times for 65 yards, committed three turnovers, were 1-of-14 on third down, allowed season highs in points (38) and rushing yards (166 and five touchdowns) while scoring a season-low 14 points.

“After reviewing the film we are still upset with our performance but excited to polish the product for the next opponent, we are ready for whoever,” head coach Stephen Field said.

With the final week of the regular season here the Colts turn their attention to county foe Lake Weir (5-4; 0-4). The Hurricanes struggled in district 5-6A play this season and will miss the playoffs.

“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,” Field said.

North Marion will host district 5A-5 runner up Menendez (St. Augustine, FL) in the regional quarterfinals when the playoff begin November 13th.

“Menendez I’m sure is a great program but we are concerned with improving us, everything else will fall in place.”

Menendez (5-4; 3-2) closes it’s regular season against Matanzas (7-2; 3-2 District 6A-13).

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 Post Strong Showing Vs Booker T Washington

Booker T Washington will not put their Florida record 41-game winning streak officially on the line until next week against St. Thomas Aquinas- a private school heavily ranked high in national polls with an influx of transfer talent, but the Tornadoes got a strong test in their classic game against North Marion prior to that.

North Marion went up 20-18 after a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second half. The Colts would add more points, going up 27-18 in third quarter. From there Booker T Washington used 10-unanswered points and a blocked field goal to seal a 28-27 win over the stubborn Colts of North Marion.

North Marion widely is considered a contending threat in Florida Class 5A in the southeast despite national projections. The Colts showed tonight, in a game that did not count, that are out for a special season.

At points during the contest emotions/competitive fire ran high on both sides. Both teams exchanged unpleasant greetings with some slight pushing and shoving prior to the second half.

“They showed me tonight they are the team I think they are. Full of heart and passion. Nothing but up from here,” North Marion second-year head coach Stephen Field said.

North Marion opens the regular season next week against Blanche Ely followed by their home opener against Forest the next week. A date with Hoover in late October highlights North Marion’s schedule and will be televised nationally on ESPN 2. The contest against Hoover will be North Marion’s first out-of-state game in school history and the first nationally-televised game for a Marion County (FL) school in history.

‘We’ll play them, we’ll play anybody,” Field said when approached about the opportunity to play Hoover with no regard to the historically context of the game.

North Marion Releases New Uniforms For 2015 Season

The North Marion Colts continue to up their marquee value. Months away from breaking in a newly upgraded football and track facility, the Colts, on Sunday revealed new threads that they will wear this fall.

North Marion (FL) Colts
North Marion (FL) Colts
North Marion (FL) Colts

North Marion will wear Nike uniforms after previously wearing Under Armour.

North Marion has made the state playoffs 15 seasons in a row and will be entering its second season under head coach Stephen Field, replacing Craig Damon now with the FHSAA. Damon was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Executive Director for Eligibility and Compliance Services.

North Marion, which is in Sparr, FL despite being listed as Citra, FL nationally, will play their first-ever out-of-state game this fall when they travel to Hoover, AL to take on nationally known and respected Hoover October 30th.

North Marion wide receiver Freddie Swain and Hoover defensive back PJ Hall will highlight the matchup. Both are being recruited by multiple colleges despite not being household names.

Hoover is the defending Alabama 7A state champions, North Marion bowed out in the regional quarterfinals last season in Florida.

Colquitt County’s Wild 7-on-7 Stretch

The Colquitt County (GA) Packers have experienced a series of thrilling outcomes the last two weekends on the 7-on-7 passing league summer circuit.

Last Saturday the Packers fell 37-21 to North Marion (FL) in the semifinals of the University of Alabama 7-on-7 and finished 6-2 in the event.

Six days later the Packers made the familiar trip north to the Atlanta-area for the 2nd Annual Corky Kell 7-on-7. Colquitt used back-to-back thrilling late game heroics in the semifinals and finals to finish a perfect 8-0.

In the semifinals a touchdown pass from Chase Parrish to Ty Lee with no time remaining gave the Packers the 30-25 victory over Byrnes (SC).

In the finals it was the defense that stepped up. After surrendering a Peachtree Ridge touchdown in the waning seconds, the Packers knocked down the conversion attempt to preserve the 23-22 victory and championship.

Colquitt County (GA) Packers 2015 Corky Kell 7-on-7 Champions
Colquitt Co. Packers 2015 Corky Kell 7-on-7 Champions

The Packers boarded the bus and headed to Auburn University’s 7-on-7 event. Again the Packers found themselves in a championship game coming down to the wire, this time against Westside (SC). However this time it was Westside coming through with the late game heroics completing the game-winning touchdown pass on the games final play to earn the 27-21 victory. It was a sweet victory for Westside, who fell in the championship game of the event last summer.

Colquitt County will participate in other 7-on-7 events before competing in the National Select 7-on-7 National Championships in Hoover, AL July 16-18.

Vanguard, North Marion Spring Updates

Edwin Farmer looks to improve on a 4-6 record in his first season as the head coach of the Vanguard Knights this fall. In front of summer workouts, 7-on-7’s and fall preseason, the spring is is here. The Knights will travel to Forest on Thursday May 21st for a scrimmage to conclude the spring.

North Marion, who will be playing national power Hoover October 30th in the schools first-ever out-of-state contest. The Colts will be entering its second season under Stephen Fields. Fields continued the North Marion playoff tradition of playoff football as the Colts made the playoffs for a 15th consecutive season, finishing 8-3 advancing to the region quarterfinals. Field confirmed North Marion will not be playing a spring scrimmage contest.

Vanguard will host North marion Friday September 11th at Booster Stadium in Ocala, FL. North Marion defeated Vanguard 28-14 last season for its second straight win in the cross county rivalary.

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.

North Marion Defeats Forest In Spring Football

The JV squads lead off the spring football game between county opponents Forest and North Marion. North Marion won last season’s spring and regular season games. In the 2013 spring game the varsity went first followed by the JV. In 2014 they flipped it.

North Marion’s JV handled Forest 32-0 after their half.

In the varsity half North Marion needed only one play. Rising junior Freddie Swain caught an 89-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Seiler in the third quarter, as North Marion won 7-0 in the varsity portion of the game.

For North Marion, it was the first time a Stephen Field’s led team took the field in a game situation since Craig Damon moved on. The Colts have made the playoffs 14 straight seasons. Field took over this year coming from South Florida.

James Allen rushed for over 100 yards in the game showing signs from his sophomore season. Allen is now a senior on a team with Cameron Mackey and Jack Reed among others on the radar with recruiting services.

North Marion Moves On To Regional Semifinals

The North Marion Colts were tired of losing in the playoffs to Pasco. The Colts had lost their previous three meetings to Pasco, all in the playoffs. That changed Friday night at Stan Toole Memorial Stadium as the Colts defeated Pasco 17-7 advancing to the regional semifinals, snapping the losing streak to Pasco.

Pasco returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for an early 7-0 lead. Eric Hatcher added a field goal for North Marion to make it 7-3 in the second quarter and the score held until halftime.

In the second half the Colts scored on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Seiler to Shaq Autry and James Allen scored on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Colts a 17-7 lead that would hold until the final horn. North Marion’s defense held Pasco under 170 yards of total offense.

North Marion will host district 6 champion South Sumter in the regional semifinals. South Sumter defeated North Marion’s district foe Suwannee 31-12 to advance.

The biggest news in Class 5A was nationally-ranked Godby falling 41-40 to West Florida Tech. Godby was considered the heavy favorite to repeat as class 5A champions. American Heritage, previously regarded as a serious contender, is now considered the heavy favorite. American Heritage cruised by Lely 51-13 and will play Immokalee in the regional semifinals. Immokalee downed Cardinal Gibbons 25-23 to advance and was the Class 5A runner-up in 2012.