Games of the week
Eastside's Leonardo Washington watches from the sidelines last Friday. Buchholz won the game.
TRACY WILCOX/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE GODBY (1-0) AT GAINESVILLE (1-0)
What's the deal: Godby is ranked fourth in the most recent Class 3A state poll. Gainesville is 11th in 5A.
Who to watch: GHS may have the best linebacking corps in the area.
Notable: With a few players suspended by the FHSAA after a postgame skirmish against Green Cove Springs Clay in Week One, GHS was beaten 40-7 at Godby last year. Don't think the Hurricanes have forgotten.
BUCHHOLZ (1-0) AT COLUMBIA (1-0)
What's the deal: Buchholz is ranked 13th in 5A, while Columbia is eighth in 4A.
Who to watch: Columbia freshman Tiger Powell already has created a tremendous buzz with his speed. Not sure what kind of golf game he has, but his efforts against Suwannee (four carries for 94 yards and a TD) have started talk he could be one of the Tigers' next great players.
Notable: Columbia has won each game in the series since 2001 with all but 2002's 51-14 Tiger win having similar scores (24-14 in 2003, 28-9 in 2004 and 21-10 in 2005).
DIXIE COUNTY (1-0) AT NEWBERRY (1-0)
What's the deal: Both teams opened with impressive wins last week, with Newberry winning 14-6 at Santa Fe and Dixie County topping visiting Chiefland, 35-6.
Who to watch: Just before the summer started Newberry running back Antwan Ivey read an item in the newspaper predicting Gainesville's Chris Batie would edge Trenton's Brandon Mathis for the area's rushing title in 2006. Ivey pinned that item on his wall as motivation. A few months later, he ran for 251 yards in the season opener and leads the area in rushing.
Notable: Last year's game was an entertaining 19-14 win for Newberry, the first with the Panthers for coach Tommy Keeler and Newberry's first against Dixie County since 1999.
WILLISTON (1-0) AT CHIEFLAND (0-1)
What's the deal: Here's a crazy stat. The Red Devils and last week's opponent P.K. Yonge are 1-1 against each other the last two years with the combined score being a relatively close 40-31 in Williston's favor. The game scores those two years? It was 31-2 Blue Wave in 2005 and 38-0 Red Devils this year.
Who to watch: This will be the home debut of new Chiefland coach Bobby Rast, Jr.
Notable: Williston won just one of its first five games last year, a 20-14 victory against the visiting Indians in Week 2.
OCALA VANGUARD (1-0) AT PALATKA (0-1)
What's the deal: Palatka had a rough start last week, losing 31-7 to visiting Jacksonville Bartram Trail while Vanguard picked up a 17-10 victory against Ocala West Port.
Who to watch: Minus 240-pound stud Tyshawn Anderson (likely out until the Sept. 15 GHS game with a knee injury), the Panthers netted just 69 yards on 21 carries against Bartram Trail last week. That included a 44-yard scamper by Malcolm Smith in the first quarter.
Notable: Last year's 20-13 loss at Vanguard was part of the Panthers' 0-4 start, one that saw three of the losses come by a touchdown or less.
P.K. Yonge (0-1) will hope to get back on the winning track with a home game against Tallahassee FSU (1-0). The Blue Wave won last year's game, 29-28, in Tallahassee.
One week after travelling to Madison County, Union County (0-1) will face its second straight state power this week when 2005 Class 2A runner-up Bushnell South Sumter (1-0) visits Lake Butler.
Hamilton County (1-0) and Fort White (0-1) will look to get in the win column when they face one another in Jasper tonight.
Lake City Christian (0-0) revives its football program with a game at Mount Dora Bible (0-1).
En route to a 3-0 start last year, Trenton won 33-32 at Jacksonville Paxon. The Tigers enter this one 1-0, while Paxon is 0-1.
THE OTHER GAMES
Bell at Lafayette; Bradford at Baker County; Bristol Liberty County at Branford; The Villages at Bronson; Hawthorne at Crescent City; Daytona Beach Father Lopez at Interlachen; Keystone Heights at Baldwin; Oak Hall vs. Tallahassee Pope John Paul II (at Florida High); Jacksonville Episcopal at Suwannee; Middleburg at Santa Fe; Taylor County at Tallahassee Chiles.
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