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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.


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 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.

Bo Scarbrough, IMG Too Much For Trinity Catholic

One of the most talented running backs in the state of Florida and the nation brought his game to Marion County and left many in attendance shaking their heads in awe of his ability. Scarbrough, a four-star prospect by recruiting services is committed to Alabama, said afterwards that Florida State is still highly interested. Scarbrough rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns of 24, 24, 7 and 44 yards in the win over Trinity Catholic.

Bo Scarbrough of IMG Academy
Bo Scarbrough of IMG Academy

Trinity Catholic got off to a nice start with a safety but from there it was mainly Scarbrough and IMG lighting up the scoreboard putting up 33 unanswered points before Trinity Catholic would score again, they led 20-2 at the break. Scarbrough had plenty of help as four-star quarterback Mike O’Conner (verbal to Penn State) tossed the ball around the yard for 186 yards and two touchdowns despite a low completion percentage of 35%.

Trinity Catholic would hang tough despite being down and only converting on four-of-fourteen third downs on the night. Quarterback Reid Carlton passed for just under 200 yards while tossing two touchdowns to Rudi Outar and Dominique Brown. The Celtics also got a solid rushing effort from Johnny Taylor and Mark Franklin. Taylor and Franklin combined for 150 yards rushing on the night but IMG was too much dowing the Celtics 47-23.

IMG Academy is not your grandfathers high school. The Bradenton, FL boarding school gains national attention with plenty of high level recruiting prospects such as Scarbrough, it’s training facilities and athletic camps for both youths and adults. IMG has ten players in this years 2014 class that recruiting services are tracking and expect to have a big signing day come February.

Trinity Catholic (3-1) will look to rebound this week on the road against Clearwater Central Catholic (3-1) who is coming off of a 49-0 win over Stonecrest Prep. IMG Acdemy (4-0) will look to remain undefeated when they face First Academy (3-1) out of Orlando.

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.

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).

North Marion Advances To Regional Semifinals

The Lady Colts won the Class 5A District 6 title last week defeating Eastside and Palatka by a combined 17-0. Now the Lady Colts have followed it up with a win in the Regional quarterfinals defeating Bartram Trail 3-2 to advance to the Regional semifinals against Creekside (Jacksonville) next Tuesday.

North Marion (21-5) showed their versatile style of play in the win over Bartram Trail by playing “small ball”, in other words manufacturing runs. Senior Erin Klein stole two bases while Savannah James and Danielle Miller each swiped a base piece for the Lady Colts who have stolen 106 bases this season. The Colts broke the ice scoring two runs in the second inning when Brooke Sapp singled to get it started. Hailey Cone dropped a bunt single-one of six bunts by North Marion, allowing Sapp to touched home on a squeeze bunt single by Amber Capps with a groundout sandwiched in between. Cone would make it 2-0 scoring on a wild pitch later in the inning. Klein scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning for a 3-0 Colts lead.

North Marion would surrender a run in the sixth inning and the seventh innings however held on for the win when Kayley Chisholm of Bartram Trial (21-6) flied out stranding a runner at third in the seventh ending the ballgame.

North Marion's Holly McKinnon is one reason Colts are in Regional Playoffs
North Marion’s Holly McKinnon is one reason Colts are in Regional Playoffs

Holly McKinnon was the winning pitcher yielding and is 3-0 in the postseason. McKinnon allowed five hits hurling seven strikeouts in the win over Bartram Trail improving to 21-4 with a .40ERA 254 strikeouts and 25 complete games pitched this season.

If North Marion wins in the regional semifinals they will face the winner of the Hernando-Gulf (New Port Richey) winner in the regional finals. Hernando defeated North Marion 6-5 during the regular season in the Doc 4 Life Tournament.

Kingdom Of The Sun Information

The 39th Kingdom Of The Sun High School basketball post holiday tournament was completed at the end of December 2012. The Ballard Bruins out of Louisville, Kentucky won the 2012 tournament.

Morgan County (Georgia) finished 6th in the 2012 Kingdom of the Sun. They are ranked in the Top 5 in Georgia Class 3A
Morgan County (Georgia) finished 6th in the 2012 Kingdom of the Sun. They are ranked in the Top 5 in Georgia Class 3A

The tournament committee released the following information on the value of the tournaments.

“Kingdom of the Sun is born off Illinois tourneys & becomes the 1st 16 team tourney in the Southeast in 1974
Fairdale, Ky. goes to the Kingdom of the Sun & starts the King of the Bluegrass tourney
Bristol, Tn. goes to the 1st Bluegrass & goes back & starts the Arby’s tourney
Decatur, Ga. Columbia HS goes to the Kingdom & starts the Nike Classic
All events are 16 team formats”

Morgan County (Madison, GA) competed in the 2012 tournament which is hosted by Vanguard (Ocala, FL), who also competed in the tournament.

Potential participants for the 2013 tournament are still unknown at this time.


Ballard Bruins Win 39th Kingdom Of The Sun Tournament

Ballard defeated Deerfield Beach 72-67 to win the 39th Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in Ocala, Florida at Vanguard High School. Lavone Holland led all scorers with 27 points while Quentin Snyder tossed in 19 and Tournament MVP Kelan Martin had 17 points for the Bruins. Ballard also defeated American Heritage (FL), Morgan County (GA), West Gadsden (FL) during the four-day tournament. Their largest margin of victory was 40 points in a 75-35 win over tournament Cinderella West Gadsden in the semifinals.

“We had a lot of guys step up while we were here. Tonight we got a big contribution from Lavone Holland, he’s been sick but he’s getting healthy again and getting back in shape and he was big for us. Obviously Kelan Martin had a huge tournament and can do a lot of things, then we have Quentin Snyder, a Louisville commit, along with some really good role players”, Ballard Head Coach Chris Renner said afterwards.

Ballard (Louisville, KY) Bruins won the 2012 Kingdom Of The Sun Tournament
Ballard (Louisville, KY) Bruins won the 2012 Kingdom Of The Sun Tournament

Ballard averages 74.5 points per game over their four tournament games and scored a tournament high 85 points in their opener against American Heritage.

“This tournament is one of the top tournaments in the country. It has been around along time and it always provides top competition . We come down here for a lot of reasons, the competition and it gives our team an opportunity to bond and get better over the winter break”, Ballard Head Coach Chris Renner said.

Kelan Martin Of Ballard is presented with the Tournament MVP trophy
Kelan Martin of Ballard is presented with the Tournament MVP trophy

Kelan Martin averaged 21.2 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 55% from the field and that performance earned him Tournament MVP honors. Lavone Holland averaged 14.5 points (27 in the championship game) while shooting 54% and Quentin Snyder averaged 13.2 points during the tournament for Ballard.

“We are excited to get back home get a little time of, but were going to Orlando and enjoy some time at Universal Studios but in general were going to take sometime off during the new year and then prepare for our Kentucky and Louisville competition and try and put ourselves in a position to win a regional and state championship”, Renner added.

Morgan County In Florida Kingdom Of The Sun Basketball Tournament

The Morgan County Bulldogs boys basketball team has taken their act south of the Georgia border to the Kingdom of The Sun basketball tournament hosted by Vanguard High School in Ocala, Florida.

Entering the tournament Morgan County was 6-2 on the young season with their only two losses coming to Berkmar in overtime and Greater Atlanta Christian.

The Bulldogs first opponent was Dr. Phillips (Orlando) in the first round. Morgan County advanced in the winners bracket after a 58-54 win. CJ Turman led Morgan County with 22 points while Tookie Brown scored 20 in the win. The Bulldogs used a 22 point second quarter to lead 32-30 at the half. Then the Bulldogs outscored Dr. Phillips 26-24 in the second half, only allowing eight points in the third quarter, to earn the win. RaShawn Powell led Dr. Phillips with 24 point and was 10-16 from the foul line.

“We’ve had a great visit so far and the competition has been outstanding and we are just really excited and honored to be able to participate in this tournament”, Morgan County Head Coach Charlemagne Gibbons said.

In the quarterfinals Morgan County went up against Ballard (Louisville, KY), who led Morgan County 27-23 at halftime after throwing what seemed like five alley oops in the first half. In the third quarter Ballard increased their lead with scoring in the post and on the perimeter and increased their lead to 12 at one point and led 49-39 at the end of the third quarter. Kalan Martin scored 13 of his team high 21 points in the third quarter for Ballard. Throughout the fourth quarter Ballard kept their lead between five and nine points and advanced to the semifinals with a 64-57 win.

Morgan County's Tookie Brown (No.4) attempts a free throw against Ballard (Louisville)
Morgan County’s Tookie Brown (No.4) attempts a free throw against Ballard (Louisville)

Mike William and Tookie Brown both finished with 12 points to lead Morgan County in scoring while CJ Turman finished with 10 points.

“We played a great opponent tonight. We didn’t make some of the open looks that we had especially in the third quarter. We just didn’t convert enough of the opportunities we had and they did, they made a couple of big time shots down the stretch”, Morgan County Head Coach Charlemagne Gibbons said.

No.1 CJ Turman of Morgan County battles a Ballard (Louisville) player in the low post
No.1 CJ Turman of Morgan County battles a Ballard (Louisville) player in the low post

“We come to these tournaments because we feel we have a state championship caliber basketball team so you want to be pushed every night so that is why we come to events like this to try to get better. I feel better about my guys after this game than I did before this game because they showed a lot of fight to get back in the game and make it a war and that is what we want to do every night out and think that was step in the right direction and we just have to be ready to play tomorrow night”, Gibbons added.

Morgan County will play Vanguard in the losers bracket Friday evening. Ballard (KY) will play West Gadsen  in the semifinals. In the other semifinal Deerfield Beach will play LaSalle (Cincinnati).