Too many good ones to watch


Published: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 11:14 p.m.

Facts

Tonight's schedule

  • Bell at Trenton
  • Bradford at Pedro Menendez
  • Branford at Lafayette
  • Aucilla Christian at Bronson
  • Fletcher at Buchholz
  • Chiefland at Ocala West Port
  • Gainesville at Columbia
  • Dixie County at Tall. FAMU
  • Interlachen at Fort White
  • Tallahassee FSU at Hamilton Co.
  • Hawthorne at P.K. Yonge
  • Keystone Heights at Jax. Bolles
  • Newberry at Williston
  • St. Augustine at Palatka
    Suwannee at Santa Fe
  • Madison County at Taylor Co.
  • West Nassau at Union Co.

  • Oh, to have a magic carpet. Because if I did I'd have the chance to peek in on more than just one game in the most important football Friday night until the playoffs arrive in 14 days.
    I'll have to settle for just watching Hawthorne at P.K. Yonge for the District 4-A championship. That's probably a bad choice of words as really how tough of a "settle" is it to watch a 7-1 team square off with an 8-0 club with so much on the line.
    Still, if only there was a way to also visit...
    Palatka is the home of the state's biggest matchup this week.
    Top-ranked St. Augustine (8-0) comes calling on the No. 2 Panthers (8-0) in the zillionth renewal of Florida's oldest rivalry. The winner claims the District 5-3A championship, while the loser likely will finish the regular season 9-1 and have to travel more in the postseason than enjoy home cooking.
    From there, I'd fuel up the carpet and travel to Citizens' Field, where Buchholz (6-2) will host Neptune Beach Fletcher (7-1) for the 2-5A title.
    Neither team has been defeated in district play, and the Senators are unbeaten since a Week One 17-13 loss at Jacksonville Lee. If this game is anything like last year's - a 17-0 victory by the Bobcats on the road - it should be quite entertaining. Each team would love to have this one, Fletcher alumni included. The Senators haven't captured a district title since 1991.
    No doubt that throughout the night, drop-ins on Ocala West Port-Chiefland, Bronson-Monticello Aucilla Christian, Gainesville-Columbia and many others also would provide quality football.
    But, alas no such carpet exists. Constant updates on my cell phone will have to do until that day comes.

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