from Week 1 of the high school football playoffs.
survivors: Bartram Trail, Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Clay, Columbia, First Coast,
Fletcher, Raines, Trinity Christian, Union County, University Christian.
* What's it
look like next week:
1-8A: First Coast (10-1) at Lake Mary (11-0)
1-7A: Fletcher (9-2) at Oak Ridge (8-3)
1-6A: Bartram Trail (6-5) at Columbia (10-1)
1-5A: Clay (7-4) at Bishop Kenny (10-0)
2-4A: Bolles (8-3) at Raines (9-2)
1-3A: Ocala Trinity Catholic (8-3) at Trinity
1-2A: University Christian (9-2) at Tallahassee
North Florida Christian (8-3)
4-1A: Union County (10-1) at Dixie County (9-0)
* From the file
of 'I Didn't See That One Coming.'
7A: Oak Ridge 48, Fleming Island 41, OT.
In Class 6A: Bartram Trail 50, Ed White 20.
* I'm more
surprised of the Bartram-White game than anything else this week. Not
stunned that the Bears won as much as I am the method at which they did.
which I've questioned since it got Wolford'ed by Bishop Kenny in Week 1, was
Not only did it
hold the Commanders to 99 yards on 37 plays, it smothered one best rushing
attacks in the area.
* The flip side
of that Bartram performance was a masterful showing by
senior quarterback P.J. Blazejowski, a Furman commit, who had his way with the
Commanders. He and the offense did their part to take White out of its
bread-and-butter rushing scheme.
numbers: 20 for 32 passing, 291 yards, 3 TDs, no picks; 15 carries, 108 yards,
coach Paul Pierson told me last week after his team took a 39-21 loss against
First Coast that he was very impressed with what he'd seen of Bartram and its
offense, the different looks that it showed.
But I don't
think anyone saw Blazejowski having one of the best all-around games of his
career against a defense that had been largely dominant this year.
* Teams from
the Gateway Conference are now 2-6 all-time in the state
playoffs against teams from St. Johns County. Only Jackson (d. Menendez 42-13
in 2008) and Lee (d. St. Augustine 28-6 in 1979) have beaten their neighbors to
* I get this
question all the time. Now that it's officially here, I will say that it's
difficult to beat the same team twice in the season, especially when one of
those teams is Bolles.
Can Raines do what it couldn't in 2011 and beat
the Bulldogs at the Graveyard? The Vikings won a district title that year with
a comeback to beat Bolles, yet followed that with a 24-6 clunker in the
regional finals at Raines.
nor Raines got any sort of challenge in their playoff openers Friday and
strolled into a regional final appearance next week.
If the Vikings
can win the turnover battle, they'll win the rematch. Sounds so cliché, I know,
yet in the Bulldogs' three losses this year, they've given the ball away at
least five times. Doesn't matter how good the offense is, and it has been very
good at putting up, but when you're giving away good field position and possession
every other drive, you're going to lose. Raines capitalized last time.
Dexter Carter Jr. could be an equalizer. Carter was not 100 percent when the
teams player the first time (sick nearly the entire week) and has already
beaten the Vikings in memorable fashion in 2012. It's also worth mentioning
that WR Tyrell Moorer has been hobbled with an ankle injury. He feasted on
I think it
Bolles is minus in the giveaway department, it loses. If it's ahead in the
turnover margin, it wins.
* Who picks
against Fletcher in a road playoff game? Senators are
now 6-1 in playoff games away from Neptune Beach over the past three seasons.
They iced Winter Springs 20-0.
Congratulations to Columbia coach Brian Allen, who celebrated the
birth of his third child, another girl, on Wednesday.
And in the
spirit of sticking with the No. 3, a third consecutive win over St. Augustine
in the state playoffs.
pulled away in the second half for a 42-24 win. What a difference a healthy
Lonnie Underwood makes. He went for 191 and three TDs on 27 carries, the bulk
of that coming after halftime.
area's top team in our power poll, went 10-0 and then one-and-done, losing
48-41 in OT to Oak Ridge, the victims of one of the best individual
performances I've heard of in the playoffs.
Oak Ridge QB
Jerrelle Antoine had 555 passing yards and 7 TD passes, including the winner in
OT. Two of his receivers were over 200 yards. I've never seen a game locally
where there was a team with a pair of 200-yard wideouts.
to me that Fleming gave up 625 yards of offense. But sometimes, you have to
step back and just admire a performance that you're probably not going to see
* The return of
Bilal Ally has been huge for Clay.
tore his meniscus before the regular season began and was thought to be done
for the year.
All he did on
Friday night in a 29-12 win over Ribault was go for 186 and a TD on 19 carries.
Ally's appearance opens so many more things up for Clay.
John Wolford moved past another record on Friday night in a 42-22 win over
passing night moved him past Tim Tebow (9,810) and in to third place in state
history. Only two players - Quentin Williams of Tampa Jefferson (10,384) and
Javana Shashaty of Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (10,140) are in front of
state records this year. Wolford, a Super 11 selection, has set the mark for
career completions and career TD passes, too.
* Speaking of Kenny,
how interesting is it that defending state champion Tallahassee Godby is out,
courtesy of West Florida's 41-40 win on Friday. Godby powered over Kenny 64-29
in last year's regional final. Deceptive final score in that one. It was 36-29
going into the fourth. I don't know how much that opens up a door for either
Clay or Kenny to move out of Region 1-5A, but no Godby standing in the way is a
nice way to start the playoffs.
* Kenny WR Chuck Wade's night - 11 catches,
249 yards, 3 TDs. No big deal.
going to kick itself if the Conquerors don't run the table and win a Class 3A
state championship. Trinity is sick loaded with talent. Some offensive issues
still to address after fileting Father Lopez 49-7, but I think it will get
there. If you remember, QB Jacquez Riles has missed a good portion of the
season injured and Trinity only played a nine-game regular season schedule.
Clicking just in time for the games that really count.
was strong in its playoff opener last year, yet the offense didn't do anything
and the Buccaneers lost in OT to a 5-5 Buchholz team. On Friday, the offensive
labored early, with struggles in the red zone a problem. But the Buccaneers put
together enough offense, and got a big night from its defense - three picks,
including one for 6 - and special teams - two blocked field goals.
* Still looking
for that playoff-drought buster: Ribault (last win 1994); Sandalwood and White
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