GHS's forfeits benefit teams

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2002 at 11:59 p.m.
The Gainesville High School football team having to forfeit two games for a Florida High School Activities Association rules violation not only negatively affects the Hurricanes (who have played wonderfully this year, despite now being officially 1-3), but also offers a benefit to a pair of local teams.
Improving Santa Fe is now 2-2 (0-1 in District 3-2A), and if a few things go their way (i.e. upsetting Tallahassee Rickards, Chiles and/or Suwannee in district contests), the Raiders - 0-10 in 2001 - could find themselves in the hunt for a playoff berth. The forfeit victory would help in tiebreaker situations.
Affected most positively, however, is P.K. Yonge.
The forfeit erased a 21-16 Week One defeat by GHS and made the Blue Wave 4-0. This is significant because the two teams expected to compete with P.K. Yonge for the No. 1 seed in the Class A north bracket, Tallahassee North Florida Christian and Jacksonville Trinity Christian, already have losses. So, the Blue Wave now hold a tiebreak advantage.
All of that could change, however, on Oct. 11 when Lafayette (3-1) comes to town. That game, which could decide the District 4-A title, just became even more important.
  • HIGH PRAISE: His team may have been beaten 46-8 by Lafayette last Friday night, but Trenton coach Greg Jeffcott had a lot of nice things to say about one of his players.
    "I believe (running back) Jarrod Langford is the toughest kid on any team in the area," Jeffcott said. "I can't talk enough about him."
    Jeffcott added that at one point late in the fourth period, Langford, who had played both ways the entire contest, vomited, and then went back onto the field, scored a touchdown and ran in the two-point conversion.
    "He's got no quit in him," Jeffcott said. "Nothing against anybody else in the area, because there are a ton of quality players, but I wouldn't take anybody over him."
  • DRESSING OUT: Former Branford High School football player Eddie Hatch, a walk-on long snapper/fullback, dressed for Florida on Saturday against Kentucky, as did former P.K. Yonge linebacker Alik Scott, the younger brother of starting defensive tackle Ian Scott, who played for GHS.
    Former Buchholz player Casey Conner also suited up, as did one-time Blue Wave quarterback Jeff Creveling, who is third on UF's depth chart at the position.
    Interestingly, Creveling occupies the same locker (No. 31) of his childhood favorite Gator, Emmitt Smith.
  • TIDBITS: In the latest FACA fall soccer poll, Oak Hall is ranked fifth. Bradenton St. Stephens Episcopal is No. 1. ... The Buchholz cross country team, coming off a tremendous performance at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Charlotte, are scheduled to be the guests this week on the Beef O'Brady's High School Sports Report on Thursday at 5 p.m. on AM 1430, The Team. ... In a late addition to each team's schedule, volleyball's Class A No. 1 Oak Hall will host 2A No. 1 P.K. Yonge on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ... In making the all-tournament team at the Mosley High School Invitational, Bradford's Kiley Alvarez placed 94.87-percent of her serves in play. ... Crazy stats of the year (so far): Columbia receivers Tamar Jernigan and Josh Hill are averaging 38.5 and 48.8 yards-a-catch, respectively. ... When asked after playing Bradford this week, Jacksonville First Coast's highly recruited pair of receiver Amp Hill and offensive lineman Aubrey McPhadden each listed UF among their final choices of colleges. Hill added that the Gators are a strong No. 1 with him. ... Westwood Hills Christian School, in its first year of FHSAA affiliation, has opened its volleyball campaign with a 5-0 record. The fall soccer team also has had success, starting off 4-1. ... All fall sports coaches are asked to remember to please call in your statistics and athlete of the week nominees to either 352-374-5074 or 800-533-9622 on Sundays between 4-7 p.m. Stats also can be sent in before that time to
    John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. You can reach him by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at John can be heard every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. on the Beef O'Brady's High School Sports Report on AM 1430, The Team.
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