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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.

Wrigley Fields Ready For Adult Softball

The weather is slowly turning to fall and the parks are ready to fill up with softball action. Entering their fourth season, Wrigley Field Adult Co-Ed Softball Leagues will be getting underway this month. Team and individual registration began on Monday Sept 16th. The fee is $12 per player and there is a team limit of 14 players per team.

Grab your glove, bat, cleats, Gatorade and call your buddies and get out there and play some softball. For more information please contact Danny Smith at 352-671-8560 or you may email him at danny.smith@marioncountyfl.org.

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.

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.

North Marion Advances To Regional Playoffs

The Lady Colts earned a 1-0 win over Palatka to win the District 5A-6 crown advancing to the Regional Playoffs and will host. Amber Capps savvy base running led to the only run of the game in the third inning. Capps, after stealing second, scored when Savannah James reached base on an error.

North Marion's McKinnon has 247 strikeouts and 13 shutouts this season
North Marion’s McKinnon has 247 strikeouts and 13 shutouts this season

South Alabama-bound Holly McKinnon tossed 13 strikeouts surrendering only three hits. McKinnon has pitched 150 innings and has a 0.37 ERA. North Marion defeated Eastside-Gainesville 16-0 in the previous district tournament round. The Lady Colts improved to 20-5 on the season and will be in action at home Wednesday April 24th.They will face the winner of the Bartram Trail/Creekside-Jacksonville, which will be played today, in the Regional Playoffs.

LIVE Scoreboard Show Tonight

Join us LIVE from Terry’s Bar and Grill, 4121 NE 36th Street in Ocala, FL tonight September 28th from 11:30pm until 1am for the LIVE Total Sports Coverage High School Scoreboard Show following all high school games from Friday Night.

We’ll have player, coach and fan interviews, scores from around the state, region and nation as well as special guest from across the region informing you on the latest in high school football.

We’ll see you at Terry’s Bar and Grill for all the good food and Friday Night Specials. If you’re not in the Ocala area don’t worry, you can still catch the entire show right here on totalsportscoverage.com  tonight September 28th after all of the games.

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.

Whats Up Ocala And Total Sports Coverage Finalize Agreement

As of June 1 2012, Total Sports Coverage finalized an agreement with Whats Up Ocala magazine and What’s Up Media headquartered out of Ocala, Florida.

Upon terms of the agreement, Total Sports Coverage will provide coverage in the bi-monthly magazine and its online website of sports coverage in the Ocala and Marion County areas in addition to coverage for all of Florida and other southeastern states.


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