High School Blitz


Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:55 p.m.

Four things of note

■ P.K. Yonge's 6-foot-2 senior center Brooksie McGraw has verbally committed to Alabama, according to Blue Wave coach Willie Powers. She was a second-team all-area selection last year after averaging 6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks as P.K. Yonge won the FHSAA Class 3A state title. McGraw, the daughter of former Bradford boys basketball coach Mark McGraw, also had scholarship offers from UNC Charlotte, Southern Mississippi and Temple.

■ Former Santa Fe running back Adrian Peterson, who helped lead the Raiders to the 1994 FHSAA Class 4A state title, is going to be inducted into the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. Following his time at Santa Fe, he starred at Georgia Southern, becoming the all-time FCS (formerly Division I-AA) rushing leader while leading the Eagles to a pair of FCS national championships in 1999 and 2000. Peterson was drafted in 2002 and played eight seasons for the Chicago Bears. He will be recognized with six other honorees during halftime of Saturday's Eagles game. His autobiography “Don't Dis My Abilities,” is scheduled to be released today.

■ Gainesville High's Zach Goldberg, The Sun's 2011 boys tennis player of the year, has received a scholarship offer from the University of North Florida. The senior, who has been a three-time first-team all-area selection, said he also received interest from UCF and UNC Wilmington. Goldberg, who was 20-1 and the Class 3A state runner up at No. 2 singles last spring, said he expects to make his college choice in the coming weeks.

■ After two years in which Gainesville High did not field a girls golf team due in part because of a lack of participation, the Hurricanes are back on the links this fall. Paul Spradling, the GHS boys tennis coach, is guiding the Hurricanes (3-5-1) this season. The GHS roster includes Emily Vollmer, Joedelyn Badajos, Amanda Donovan, Sarah Smith, Toni Simmons and Rothel Badajos.

— Cliff Olsen

Games of the Week

Games start at 7:30 p.m. unless noted; Staff predictions by Larry Savage, Cliff Olsen, Paul Kardasz and Laura Bernheim are at the bottom of each preview.

6A NO. 1 GAINESVILLE (4-0) AT 5A EASTSIDE (2-2), at Citizens Field: The Hurricanes have won the last three meetings against the Rams, allowing just 9 points total in the process. Prior to that, Eastside had a five-game winning streak against its city rivals. GHS is led by RB Ralph Webb (520 yds., 7 TDs), QB Mark Cato (714 yds. passing, 10 TDs, 4 Ints.) and WRs Case Harrison (17-286 yds., 2 TDs) and Kenric Young (13-253 yds., 2 TDs). UF commit Chris Thompson, who injured his foot against Columbia, is questionable. Defensively, LBs Keith Kelsey, Matt Solt and Alex Gonzales have combined for 141 tackles. Eastside, which has played nearly three games without starting QB Sir Jackson (injured right shoulder), has rebounded behind the play of sophomore QB Landon Rogers, who passed for 163 yards and 1 TD in a 22-16 district win last week over Dunnellon. RB Danzy Willis ran for 83 of his 97 yards in the 2nd half, and WRs Keandre McCray and Jamari Walker both caught some big passes. The Rams are led defensively by linemen Antony Burch and Barry Johnson, who had an interception last week. Jackson's status remains day-to-day. Eastside has already beaten Buchholz, 13-10, in its season opener and can claim its first city title since 2008 by upsetting the ‘Canes.

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LS: GHS; CO: GHS; PK: GHS; LB: GHS

1A NO. 2 UNION COUNTY (4-0) AT 3A FORT WHITE (3-1): A year ago, Joaquin Lovo kicked a 22-yard field goal with 5.5 seconds left to lift the Tigers to a 16-14 win. Fort White gave 5A No. 3 Wakulla a tough game in Crawfordville last week, although it lost 37-26. QB Andrew Baker threw for 176 yards and two TDs, but was also intercepted four times. RB Tavaris Williams had 110 yards on just 18 carries, but the Indians also had five fumbles. Union County held on for a win for the 2nd straight week with a 12-6 District 7 victory over Chiefland, but dipped to No. 2 in Class 1A poll this week, overtaken by Trenton. The Tigers were held to a season-low 109 yards rushing. QB Chandler Mann completed just 2 of 4 passes, but one went for 21 yards to Dylan Clark for the winning score with about four minutes remaining.

LS: FT WHITE; CO: FT WHITE; PK: UNION; LB: FT WHITE

6A NO. 6 COLUMBIA (3-1) AT 6A OCALA VANGUARD (2-1): The visiting Tigers had their poorest showing of the season in a 19-13 district win at Orange Park Oakleaf. They will have to play better tonight in Ocala against Vanguard, a team looking to jump into the state rankings. Columbia's Ronald Timmons ran for 115 yards on just 15 carries, but teammate Rakeem Battle had the play of the game, blocking an Austin Chipoletti punt with Solomon Bell scooping up the loose ball and running it in for a Tigers touchdown. QB Adam Robles threw for 207 yards and four TDs in the host Knights' 35-7 win over Buchholz last week. A year ago in Lake City, Columbia edged Vanguard 22-21.

LS: COLUM; CO: COLUM; PK: COLUM; LB: COLUM

7A OCALA WEST PORT (2-2) AT 1A NEWBERRY (3-1): The host Panthers take on a much bigger classification program that has shown improvement over the years. Newberry, winner of three straight, is also much improved and is getting state attention by receiving votes in this week's 1A poll. Defensively, the Panthers have only given up 21 points in four games, and posted their first shutout since 2009 with a 26-0 win over Williston last week. Offensively, Newberry is averaging 350 yards rushing per game, and were led last week by Tamarcus Faulkner (107 yds., 1 TD), Trace Stankunas (101 yds., 1 TD) and Travyaun Presley (87 yds.). Three of four players suspended after the season-opener — Monte Seabrook, Mike Hicks and Jimmie McCoy — have returned after sitting out for disciplanary reasons. RB Ra'kheem Hoyt, who hasn't played a game since the opening game, remains suspended. The visiting Wolf Pack are coming off a tough 33-20 loss to district-rival Ocala Forest, despite gaining more than 100 yards than their opponent, including 190 on the ground.

LS: NEWB; CO: NEWB; PK: NEWB; LB: NEWB

Others

1A CRESCENT CITY (1-3) AT 1A CHIEFLAND (3-1): The Indians nearly took down the top-ranked 1A team a week ago in Lake Butler, and need to not look ahead to another big district game next week against Newberry.

LS: CHIEF; CO: CHIEF; PK: CHIEF; LB: CHIEF

7A BUCHHOLZ (1-3) AT 5A SANTA FE (0-4): Both teams are struggling, but at least the Bobcats are scoring points. The host Raiders are coming off consecutive 35-0 road shutouts (at Suwannee and at Crystal River), and have only scored 15 points in four games.

LS: BUCH; CO: BUCH; PK: BUCH; LB: BUCH

3A TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA HIGH (2-2) AT P.K. YONGE (0-4): The Blue Wave are happy to be home after three straight road games, but are still winless, although it played a good first half before falling at Tallahassee FAMU (30-13).

LS: FLORIDA; CO: FLORIDA; PK: FLORIDA; LB: FLORIDA

1A WILDWOOD (1-3) AT WILLISTON (1-3): The host Red Devils have been dominated in three straight losses and look to get back on the winning side against the 1A Wildcats. Williston standout QB/RB David Heinkel (back) will miss tonight's game, according to coach Jamie Baker.

LS: WILD; CO: WILD; PK: WILL; LB: WILL

2A ST. FRANCIS (1-3) AT MONTICELLO AUCILLA CHRISTIAN (2-1), 7 p.m.: The Wolves hit the road again after losing three straight home games, including to likely the best team it will have faced this season in Jacksonville University Christian last week.

LS: AC; CO: AC; PK: AC; LB: AC

2A OAK HALL (1-2) AT TALLAHASSEE MACLAY (1-2): The Eagles have lost two straight, and last week played without its star player Danny Stirt. He will play this week, but it will still be a tough test.

LS: MACLAY; CO: MACLAY; PK: MACCLAY; LB: MACCLAY

3A JACKSONVILLE BISHOP SNYDER (2-2) AT 1A BELL (1-3): The Bulldogs are home for the third straight week, but are looking for their first win since the season opener.

LS: BELL; CO: BELL; PK: BELL; LB: BELL

1A NO. 5 DIXIE COUNTY (3-1) AT 1A HAMILTON COUNTY (0-3): The Bears, who have won three straight, take to the road again and must stay focused and not look ahead to next week's huge district game against Union County in Cross City.

LS: DIXIE; CO: DIXIE; PK: DIXIE; LB: DIXIE

1A LAFAYETTE (1-2) AT 1A SNEADS (2-1), 7 p.m.: The Indians have had two weeks to prepare for this road trip against a team that is 3 points from being unbeaten.

LS: SNEADS; CO: LAFAY; PK: LAFAY; LB: LAFAY

OCOEE LEGACY CHARTER (4-1) at BRONSON (1-2), 7 p.m.: It is the battle of the Eagles as Bronson is looking for more offense tonight against Legacy, which is in its first year in varsity football.

District 4-4A games

BRADFORD (2-1) AT UMATILLA (4-0), 7 p.m.: Tough district opener for the Tornadoes, who go into Lake County to face the Bulldogs, who already have a district win (38-15 over Weeki Wachee)

LS: UMAT; CO: BRAD; PK: BRAD; LB: BRAD

INTERLACHEN (1-3) AT MOUNT DORA (2-2), 7 p.m.: The Rams have been shut out three of their four games with their only points (12) coming against 1A Hawthorne.

LS: MT DORA; CO: MT DORA; PK: MT DORA; LB: MT DORA

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS (3-1) AT WEEKI WACHEE (1-2): The Indians look to go 2-0 in the district with another road win. Keystone's only loss an 8-7 setback to 1A power Union County.

LS: KEY; CO: KEY; PK: KEY; LB: KEY

Idle: Branford, Bronson, Hawthorne, Suwannee, Trenton

STAFF PREDICTIONS

Week 4: Cliff 17-1; Larry 16-2; Laura 16-2; Paul 16-2

Season: 1. Cliff 57-12; 2. Larry 55-14; 3. Laura 54-15; 4. Paul 53-16

Gainesville Preps Power Rankings

Area's Top 10 through Week 4

1. Gainesville

2. Columbia

3. Fort White

4. Trenton

5. Union County

6. Dixie County

7. Keystone Heights

8. Newberry

9. Eastside

10. Chiefland

Prep Zone Power Poll

The Prep Zone Power Poll covers 26 counties in North Central Florida and includes all classifications (www.theprepzone.com)

1. Fletcher (5) (8A) (4-0) – 137

2. Gainesville (2) (6A) (4-0) – 131

3. Madison County (3A) (4-0) – 128

4. First Coast (7A) (4-0) – 118

5. South Sumter (4A) (4-0) – 111

6. St. Augustine (6A) (4-0) – 100

7. Fleming Island (7A) (4-0) - 95

8. Columbia (6A) (3-1) – 79

9. Union County (1A) (4-0) – 77

10. Trenton (1A) (4-0) – 74

11. Bolles (4A) (3-1) – 71

12. Raines (4A) (4-0) - 69

13. New Smyrna Beach (6A) (4-0) - 52

14. Mainland (6A) (2-1) – 43

15. Ridgeview (6A) (4-0) – 42

16. Trinity Christian (3A) (2-1) – 38

17. Bartram Trail (6A) (3-1) – 37

18. Warner Christian (2A) (3-1) – 20

19. Crystal River (5A) (3-0) – 17

20. Bishop Kenny (5A) (3-1) – 11

Also receiving votes: Yulee (4A) (2-1) 8; University Christian (2A) (4-0) 7; Sandalwood (8A) (2-2) 2; Chiefland (1A) (3-1) 2.

Attention coaches

Please call in your box scores to 352-374-5050 each night by 10:30. Football coaches should call in their box scores no later than 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

Athlete of the week nominations are made via phone call on Sundays between 4-7 p.m.

Football, volleyball, golf and cross country coaches should email their weekly statistics to Paul Kardasz at kardasp@sunwriters.com or sunprepstats@gmail.com.

Swimming coaches are asked to email their honor roll candidates to Dee Flowers (dflow50@aol.com) each week by Monday night. If you have no changes, please send her a note saying so.

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