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Snap judgments from Week 4 of high school football

8:45 AM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
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Two weeks, two clutch performances by Raines. How do you like that? The Vikings offensive struggles have been well-documented this year, especially in this weekly web installment. But give credit where credit is due. Raines won because of its defense - the Vikings forced seven turnovers - but its offense needed this kind of breakout performance badly. It needed to kick down the door and barrel through, and for three weeks this season, that hadn't happened.

But it did on Friday night.

Marvin Zanders threw the ball better than I've seen him throw it. He did had a bad interception in the red zone in the first quarter, but shook it off. His two touchdown passes to Desmond Hill in the third quarter were major throws.

Running back Alex Gardner had his best showing of the season, an output I know he's been itching for. I thought the Vikings were more comfortable when Gardner had the ball in his hands and found room outside of the tackles. He had 187 yards on 23 touches.

Raines coach Deran Wiley said the same thing that his players did: This won't be the last time this year that they see the Bulldogs.

* Injuries have worn down Bolles, with Cody Boswell following Justin Ackerman as the latest to miss action. Coach Corky Rogers said that the Bulldogs started five sophomores on defense against Raines, and a pair of freshmen on offense. Curious to see how much more refined those younger players are in Week 12.

* Columbia at White on Oct. 11. District title game, calling it now. I know, I'm really putting myself out on a limb with those two. They're two of the most impressive 6A teams in the area.

* Speaking of Bolles, Friday's loss to Raines was just its third district loss since 1992.

* How about the game from Bolles WR Tyrell Moorer - 8 catches, 199 yards and a TD. There was a stretch in the second quarter where Moorer had a 44-yard grab on third-and-14, a 29-yarder on second-and-10, a 33-yarder on fourth-and-7 and a 26-yard grab on third-and-11. He capped the half with a 9-yard touchdown grab.

To appreciate the half Moorer had (5 for 141 at the break) you'd have to see the coverage that Moorer was facing. No soft zone. He was going up in congestion and winning battles. Even better was his production after the catch. I'm guessing on this, but I'd say of Moorer's first half, at least 70 of those 141 were YAC. That's saying something considering the defenders Moorer was playing against.

* Trinity Christian 6, Madison County 3. Unimpressed by the Conquerors, who are the No. 1 team in the TU Power Poll? That win was every bit as impressive as any other on the First Coast. Beating the Cowboys at Boot Hill is a feat for area programs, who have historically struggled out west. Kevin Toliver II's scoop up and score off of a fumble on a bad snap with 28 seconds left was all Trinity needed to escape. And they'll take it. That was a signature win.

* Mike Scarnecchia and Fleming Island are 4-0 and haven't been challenged since OT in Week 1 at Clay. You can believe that an Oct. 4 game at Oakleaf is circled in red on their calendars. And looking even further ahead, how about Fletcher and Atlantic Coast on back-to-back weeks, Oct. 17 and 24, respectively. Some good football in front of Fleming Island.

* Atlantic Coast is now a program-best 4-0 after dropping Oakleaf 36-20. I keep hearing the name Traevaris Ferrell just about every time anything Stingrays-related comes up. He had a 77-yard pick six against the Knights, one of three interceptions for Atlantic Coast.

* Bartram Trail is snakebitten when it comes to St. Augustine. For the third time since 2008, the Bears had a three-score lead (up 19-0 in 2008 and '12) and 21-0 on Friday. The Yellow Jackets trailed by that margin in the second quarter, but stormed back to take the lead on a 7-yard TD pass from Cole Northrup to Jahq Jackson with just over a minute to play. Bartram comes back down the field and can't get a Hail Mary to drop. Ballgame.

That's a 15-0 mark for St. Augustine against Bartram. Last year's win was 27-26. There was a 16-15 game in the playoffs a few years ago. The Yellow Jackets are as young as they've been since I first covered them back in 1999, yet they just don't lose when they should. St. Augustine hasn't lost a district game since Oct. 30, 2003.

* John Wolford, take a bow. The Bishop Kenny quarterback threw five touchdown passes Friday in a win over Wolfson, breaking former Nease star Tim Tebow's area mark of 95 in a career. Johnny Football hit Anthony Farmand for No. 96. That's now fifth all-time in state history. With at least seven games to go, it's conceivable that Wolford could challenge the state record of Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian's Javan Shashaty, who had 112 between 2008-11.

Some confusion on the Wolford mark, which I no doubt created a few weeks ago by digging into our archives, along with those from other media. The discrepancy came from 2005.

Tebow's box score totals from his 15 games in 2005 credit him with 32 touchdown passes, although the total is actually 31. Tebow's Mr. Football bio credits him with 98 touchdown passes. Nope.

It's John Wolford 96, Tim Tebow 95.

Wolford said that the record is humbling, and whether he holds it for a day or a decade it's still the same honor to him. In the next breath, Wolford said it's a footnote to what the Crusaders do this season.

* I said it last week, and I'll say it again: District 2-2A is going to be a blast this year. Take away University Christian for a minute and focus on three schools - Cedar Creek Christian, Duval Charter and Harvest Community.

Cedar Creek edged Duval 28-27 on Thursday, and Harvest pummeled Eagle's View 47-0 on Friday. I think Duval can still throw a wrench into things, but Oct. 25 is when Harvest and Cedar Creek play. Assuming both lose to UC, which I'll do since reigning state champions get the benefit of the doubt, then Oct. 25 will be for the runner-up spot and a playoff berth. That is going to be a great atmosphere for first-year district schools to be apart of.

* All summer long, the Ribault football team talked up its squad on Twitter, saying that the Trojans would shock people this season. Talking in June and talking in September are two different things.

One month in, Ribault can claim that it will shock some people, although I don't know how many more fans will be surprised at what the Trojans are doing after they put the brakes on high-flying Baker County 17-9. Super 11 quarterback D.J. Gillins rightfully gets top billing for Ribault, but reiterated Friday what he said after a Week 1 loss to First Coast: Ribault's defense deserves major props. Nine tackles and a pair of forced turnovers for linebacker Jakob Johnson. Three interceptions for the Trojans.

Justin Barney

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