* Haven't seen a game as intense as the Fletcher-First Coast slugfest in a while. Two blocked PATS in overtime. Two blocked field goals in regulation. A halfback pass to the quarterback for a touchdown in overtime. You don't see that kind of wackiness in a full season, much less the span of about 10 minutes. Just a great high school football game. It's a war for an hour and then hugs and congrats afterwards.
* Say what you want to about the Bucs ... they don't win pretty, they look ragged at times on offense ... but First Coast can play with the game on the line. The Bucs had a pick with Fletcher inside the 10, and a third-down sack by Spencer Williams in the second OT was something you don't expect to see from a 230-pound lineman after a marathon night in humidity.
* Orange Park 15, Oakleaf 14. Major win for coach Craig Nosse and the Raiders. One week after shredding Ridgeview, OP muscles up and wins in one of those "Rocky" movie moments. Quarterback Jacob Mezera to Raekwon Fuller with 2:34 left wins it. Clutch.
* A speedy recovery to Columbia safety Trey Marshall, who ruptured his stomach during a Thursday game against Tallahassee Lincoln and went to the hospital in an ambulance to undergo emergency surgery for internal bleeding. Glad it wasn't worse. Coach Brian Allen said Marshall was in good spirits, and that an injury like the one Marshall sustained during a hard collision on a punt return, typically needs four to six weeks to heal.
* Two games, two very good opponents for Trinity Christian. Combined score: 72-8 in favor of the Conquerors.
* White's Taylor Thomas, take a bow. And take a breather, why don't you? All Thomas did was score on offense (20-yard run), defense (29-yard INT return) and special teams (88-yard kickoff return) in the Commanders' 49-0 win over Forrest.
* Welcome to the party, D.J. Davis. The Sandalwood quarterback whose specialty is running the ball, has thrown it well in two games. Against Paxon in a 47-7 win, Davis was 12 of 18 for 301 yards and six touchdowns.
* I've said it all summer and leading up to the season - Fletcher RB Matt Henderson is a player. He took a good lick from a couple First Coast players on an option pitch, did nearly a full-turn and regained his momentum for a 49-yard run. Excellent athlete.
* Mandarin has lit its two opponents up this year to the tune of 91-0. Week 3 is where it went south last year in a tight loss to Raines. Up next for the Mustangs is a trip to White, which got on track with a 49-0 win over Forrest. Should Mandarin find a way to beat the Commanders, there's a very real possibility that the Mustangs could be 5-0 for an Oct. 4 game against First Coast. How would that be for a turnaround story?
* What is going on with Bartram Trail? Two good teams out of the gate in Bishop Kenny and Fleming Island, but the backbone of this team is defense and the Bears aren't playing much of it. Eighty-five points allowed in two games.
* Bolles may need to find out how to slow teams down a little better, but the pairing of Dexter Carter Jr. and Christian Bermudez combined for 333 yards against DeLand. There's your 1-2 punch, Bulldogs.
* Bishop Snyder is alternating big play running backs. Friday, it was Austin Cooper lighting up the scoreboard (14 carries, 176 yards, four TDs). Last week it was Alex Brennan (26 carries, 261 yards, two TDs).
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