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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


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.

Vanguard Drops Spring Game

The Vanguard Knights took the field for the first time under first-year head coach Edwin Farmer in their spring game Friday night against Lakewood. Vanguard and Lakewood played two quarters of varsity action and the Knights needed every second to put points on the board.

On the games final play N’Kosi Perry found Eddie Jackson on a 16-yard touchdown pass for Vanguard’s only score. Perry was a bright spot for the Knights offense passing for 88 yards and rushing for 32 yards. Lakewood won the varsity contest 14-6.

The Knights JV squad was unable to find the end zone in their 14-3 loss in the JV portion of the spring game.

Colts Send Damon Out A Winner; Down Vanguard 21-20.

Craig Damon told his team two weeks ago after a scrimmage game win that he would be resigning for a position with the FHSAA and that he would coach two more games “because they gave me two weeks”. The last of those two weeks came on Friday night with a road game at Marion County rival and class 6A Vanguard.

The football gods intervened by extending Damon’s tenure on the sidelines as the game was delayed by weather and did not begin until shortly before 9pm eastern time. When it finished in the early morning hours of Saturday, Damon had collected his 113th and final victory with a 21-20 win over Vanguard.

Entering the game Coach Damon was excited for the kids and North Marion but acknowledge that he had some anxiety, which the weather delay added to.

The Colts defense sacked Vanguard quarterback Adam Robles with less than two minutes remaining on fourth down and the Colts ran out the clock to give Damon his final win

North Marion never trailed in the game scoring on a short Caleb Seiler touchdown run set up by a big reception by Travonte Matthews followed up by a James Allen run to down to one yard-line to make it 7-0 in the second quarter. Vanguard answered back after halftime to even the game on a Reshard Sweet 7-yard touchdown run. Sweet led the Vanguard rushing attack with 129 yards and a touchdown.

North Marion (2-0) played for their departing coach all night and took a 14-7 lead later in the third on a Seiler to Cameron Mackey 42-yard touchdown pass. The Colts defense would set up their next score recovering a fumble deep in Knight territory and on the next play stud junior James Allen extended their lead to 21-7 on a 10-yard touchdown run. The impressive Allen has yet to gain respect from recruiting services while being very worthy of said attention, finished with 90 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Colts. Vanguard (1-1) was game to spoil the party and hit the comeback trail. Robles found Natrell Jamerson for a 47-yard touchdown pass pulling Vanguard to within seven at 21-14.

Vanguard struck again on another Robles to Jamerson-94 yards and two touchdowns receiving, connection from 23 yards out for a touchdown to make it 21-20 but were hit with a fifteen-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty resulting in a failed extra-point , which would be the difference.

North Marion held on until the final horn and when it sounded, Damon received a Gatorade bath from the team followed by numerous hugs and congratulations from many supporters in attendance, even from Vanguard supporters who have a deep dislike for North Marion on the field.

“Caleb made some big throws tonight, Matthews caught some good balls tonight and Mackey got a touchdown. James Allen ran well and the offensive line…were getting better it’s an area we’ve been working to improve on and I thought we played a little bit better tonight than we did before and our tight ends blocked pretty good tonight and our defense played well and they played a lot of plays tonight,” Damon said.

The fire was still there from Damon even after the win over Vanguard.

“Very joyous (about beating Vanguard). Vanguard has gotten us the last few times we’ve played them so it was nice to know that North Marion owns the bragging rights for the Northside,” Damon expressed with relief that it was over.

Damon leaves North Marion winning 113 games-the most of any coach in North Marion history, taking North Marion to the Florida state playoffs all 13 years he was the head sideline boss. He leaves big shoes to fill and feels the program is in good shape as he exits stage left.

“The program is in good hands, they’ve got some good coaches there and Coach Johnson has been with me for years now so he knows what they have to do, it’s just a matter of the guys continuing to believe in the goals that we’ve set and working towards them,” Damon said.

Damon will now shift his focus to his role as a director of athletics for the FHSAA in Gainesville, a position he applied for while randomly checking the website in a moment of downtime in early August. He applied, talked to his family about it and knew he would accept if the call came, it did on the Thursday afternoon before North Marion’s scrimmage the next day, Friday. He’ll begin his duties on September 10th and is excited about what lies ahead while knowing he may come across things he hasn’t had to deal with previously.

“Uncertainty, the unknown. For what 20 years now I’ve known pretty much everyday what I possibly could run into, Tuesday I have no idea what it’s gonna be like, I’m not sure how those eight hours are gonna pass by,” Damon said.

Damon has left his mark at North Marion in the most humble of ways while not winning a state title during his time but being well-respected throughout Marion County and the state. He has “no plans” to return to coaching. “I’ve done my time and now it’s somebody else turn.” We can only hope that in a few years Damon will be back at North Marion to be honored for something that should bear his name (Craig Damon Field at Stan Toole Memorial Stadium?-that’s a good start) but how does HE want to be remembered for his time at North Marion.

After a deep breath and pause Damon said, “I care for our kids. It doesn’t matter about wins and losses it’s about our kids. I hope that I treated every kid like I would want folks to treat my son.”

A lot of those kids ran on that field under his watch, so Craig Damon Field at Stan Toole Memorial Stadium would be fitting.

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.


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.

Vanguard Humbled in 53-7 Loss To Camden County

On its first possession of the game the Vanguard Knights looked to be getting off to a great start when Reshard Sweet broke free on a 57-yard run down to the Camden County 12-yard line. That would be the biggest threat for Vanguard as Sweet fumbled two plays later and Camden County recovered it on their own 1-yard line. The Wildcats lined up and went 99 yards in 14 plays taking a 6-0 lead on a 2-yard Marcus Jordan touchdown run, the extra point was no good but Camden has seized the momentum of the game and the rout was on.

Camden County scored 26 unanswered points to start the game before Vanguard would dent the scoreboard off Camden’s lone turnover of the game. After Kalvarez Bessent intercepted Vanguard quarterback Adam Robles at the Camden 2-yard line, the Knights recovered a Camden fumble on the Camden 1-yard line scoring one play later on a Tyronte Files touchdown run making it 26-7 with 7:41 left in the second quarter.

For Camden County it never matter where they started on the field in the game as they had scoring drives of 99, 46, 19, 3, 80, and 1 yards in the first half for a 40-7 halftime lead.

The second half began with more of the same for Camden County as they opened the third quarter with a 59-yard drive scoring on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Brice Ramsey to Connor Lockhart. Vanguard would punt on its possession and Camden would score on a Ryan Johnson 5-yard touchdown run capping an 11-play 42-yard drive for a 53-7 lead at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and the Knights fell to 0-1 on the young season.

“That Wing-T is just very hard to defend and they run it well. We had a good drive to begin the game and we coughed it up and kind of got down and they went 99 yards for a touchdown”, Vanguard head coach Alex Castaneda said.

Turnovers would plague the Knights in the first half as they committed 4 turnovers on their 8 first half possessions. Vanguard turned the ball over 5 times in the game on 11 possessions with 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions.

“We had 3 quick turnover and gave up a big punt return and that blew it wide open but our kids played hard at the end. We had a bad week of practice and I told the kids if you practice bad you play bad and we played just like we practiced. We’re going to regroup next week, we are humbled right now and should be”, Vanguard coach Alex Castaneda added

Camden County never punted in the game and scored 8 touchdowns on 10 possessions in the game. Brice Ramsey tossed 2 touchdown passes to Kalvarez Bessent and Connor Lockhart while Marcus Jordan, Tyler Rauls, Antonio Wimbush, JJ Green and Ryan Johnson each had touchdown runs behind an effective offensive line led by Mikey Call and Luke Griffis.

Castaneda mentioned some positive signs he saw from his team.

“Kyle [Sandner] and Marcus [Davis] played well along with Deltron Modican and [Wade] Forde and those guys are leaders and they stepped it up. Adam [Robles] had a rough go but had some good passes in his first varsity start and we saw some things with Darren [Macnair], he looked pretty good so we’ll probably have a package with him in there because not only can he throw the ball but he brings a different look with him running the ball”, Castaneda said.

Vanguard will be back in action next week against Marion County rival North Marion, who defeated Trinity Catholic 27-24 in double-overtime.

Vanguard Headed Back To Georgia; Will Face National Power Camden County

The Vanguard Knights will open their 2012 season on the road in a Florida-Georgia tilt as they travel to coastal Georgia to take on the Camden County Wildcats. This marks the second consecutive season the Knights have traveled to Georgia for an out-of-state game. Last season the Knight fell 42-7 to Carrollton, in a game in which head coach Alex Castaneda says provided a ton of growth and experience for his team and program.

“Last season we went up there and had guys that had not even played varsity football, had never played at noon or on turf. This season we know what to expect and we expect more”, Castaneda said.

Vanguard’s Cam Livingston, Head Coach Alex Castaneda and Marcus Davis

Vanguard enters the contest unranked in Florida’s Class 6A by the AP. Class 6A in Florida is loaded with plenty of solid programs including Miami Central-who will be playing Grayson (ranked No. 1 in Georgia’s AAAAAA poll) in Georgia Friday night and Armwood who are both ranked nationally and sit 1-2 atop the Florida Class 6A AP state rankings . The Knights were Class 6A District 5 champions last season and are in the same district as No.3 Gainesville, the district favorite this season.

Camden County is coming in off a 42-0 win over Peachtree Ridge last week to begin their season 1-0. The Wildcats have won 3 state championships in Georgia in the past 10 seasons and are loaded with top-tier talent. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 2 in the Georgia AAAAAA AP poll and are in the Top 25 of several national polls.

“They are a really good team, they are well coached, disciplined and run the Wing-T about as good as you can run it”, Castaneda said about the Wildcats.

“We have to go out and play well and not make mistakes but it concerns me that they will be playing their third game (Camden played South Cobb in a preseason scrimmage) and we’ve only played a half and a couple of minutes”, Castaneda added.

There will be no video coverage allowed per Camden rules,  however you can Listen Live to all the action beginning at 7:30 pm  right here.

Camden County Drops Peachtree Ridge 42-0; Focus Shifts To Vanguard

The Camden County Wildcats brought a crowd and were ready for their first game in the Georgia Dome since winning the state championship in 2009 in the building. 2009 also marked the last time the Wildcats have played in the historic Corky Kell Classic, which was held for the 21st consecutive season. The Wildcats got off to a solid start but missed a field goal on their opening possession. That would be all that went wrong for the Wildcats in a 42-0 win over Peachtree Ridge.

Peachtree Ridge mistakes would open the door for Camden County as they mishandled a punt giving Camden excellent field position which ended with an Antonio Wimbush 3-yard touchdown run. After the Lions put together a drive they would miss a 40-yard field goal, Camden came right back scoring on a Jacob Johnson 19-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. From that point the rout was on as Peachtree Ridge had no answers.

Georgia commitments Brice Ramsey and JJ Green hooked up on a touchdown pass from 34 yards out as Green made a circus catch as he bobbled the ball before catching it falling into the end zone making it 21-0 in the second. Green finished with over 120 all-purpose yards. Peachtree Ridge again would move down the field but again the drive ended with a missed field goal attempt of 27-yards.

“I think we played pretty well, we came out here and executed almost every play. Coach [Jeff Herron] said he wanted us to come out and prove a point to the state of Georgia and prove a point to Atlanta that they can’t play with us so we came out here and did it to them”, Green said afterwards.

In the opening moments of the third quarter “The Ridge” was moving until Camden County’s Kalvarez Bessent returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown and a 28-0 Wildcat lead. The boys from Kingsland would continue to pour on their “Royal Treatment” in the third quarter after that. Ramsey hit Conner Lockhart on an 8-yard TD pass making it 35-0 with 4:38 left and later on third down he hit Marcus Jordan for a 61-yard touchdown strike for the final margin.  Ramsey on the night was 6-8 for 134 yards through the air. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock as the margin was greater than 30 points entering the fourth quarter.

“We seemed to be pretty focused and we came out and started real well offensively and anytime you can get a shutout that is a huge deal. We improved a lot from last week [noting their scrimmage against South Cobb]  and if we can continue to do that then we got a chance to be pretty good”, Camden County Head Coach Jeff Herron said.

The Wildcats will open their 2012 home schedule next week entertaining Ocala Vanguard (FL) marking their fifth consecutive season playing a school from Florida. Camden is 4-1 in games against Florida schools the previous four seasons, losing only to nationally respected St. Thomas Aquinas. Herron weighed in briefly on their next opponent.

“They are very talented and have great athletes and the coach [Alex Castaneda]that has come in there has done a very good job and they are a pretty good football team, we’ll have our hands full”, Herron said.

Vanguard is not a nationally respected team however they lost in the Florida 6A quarterfinals last season and are the early pick to contend with Gainesville for the district title this season. Vanguard defeated Forest in a jamboree classic on Friday 21-0 racking up 205 total yards of offense with running back Tyronte Files finishing over 100 yards rushing playing only a half.

The squads will meet Friday August 31st at Chris Gillman Stadium in Kingsland at 7:30pm EST.

Total Sports Coverage Early Look At Florida High School Football

Total Sports Coverage takes a look at Vanguard and North Marion High School football programs as they prepare for the upcoming season. This preview can be found in the latest edition of Whats Up Ocala magazine available in the North Central Florida area and online.

Whats Up Ocala and Total Sports Coverage teaming up to keep you in the loop this High School football season.

Take a moment and check our latest article right here.

We’ll take a full look at all area teams and look at the Top 10 in all of Florida in the next edition of Whats Up Ocala that will hit newsstands at the beginning of September so be on the lookout.