High School Blitz


Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:20 a.m.

Four things of note

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

■ Oak Hall's top girls golfer Taylor Tomlinson, a junior, verbally committed to play for the University of Florida on Tuesday afternoon. Tomlinson, a four-time first-team all-area selection, said that she was also recruited by LSU, Miami and Clemson, but that UF was the first school to offer her a scholarship. Her older brother, J.D. Tomlinson a three-time winner of The Sun's boys golfer of the year award, is currently a sophomore on UF's mens golf team.

“It was kind of an adrenaline rush, it was really exciting,” said Taylor Tomlinson about pledging to the Gators. “It definitely will be nice to have my brother there. It is a nice feeling to be able to put college aside now that I have that settled. I can just play my game now.”

■ The Gainesville High volleyball team finished as the runner-up in the Gold Division at last weekend's Jacksonville Bolles Invitational tournament. Chancie Grant and Alex Fischer helped lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 mark at the event and both earned spots on the all-tournament team.

■ After a one-year break, the FHSAA boys and girls lacrosse finals are returning to Winter Garden West Orange High School. The FHSAA reached an agreement with the school on Wednesday to serve as the official host school and venue for the 2013 lacrosse finals to be played on May 3 and 4. West Orange hosted the finals from 2008-2011, while last year's semifinals and championship games were played at South County Stadium in Port St. Lucie.

— 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.

7A BUCHHOLZ (2-4) AT 6A NO. 1 GAINESVILLE (6-0) at Citizens Field: For the host Hurricanes, a chance to clinch their first title of this season, the city championship, for a fourth straight time. Two weeks ago, GHS crushed Eastside 40-0, and the Rams opened the season with a 13-10 win over Buchholz. The Hurricanes have the top passer (Mark Cato, 1,021 yds., 13 TDs, 5 Ints.), top rusher (Ralph Webb, 794 yds., 11 TDs) and the second-leading receiver (Case Harrison, 25 catches, 405 yds., 3 TDs) in the area. Bobcats RB Kenny Scott, who ranked among the area leaders in rushing (661 yds., 6 TDs), missed last week's 45-7 district loss to No. 6 Tallahassee Lincoln, because of concussion-like symptoms. His status likely won't be known until game time. Jordan Nichols will be making his fourth straight start at QB for Buchholz, replacing injured starter Bryce Goston. GHS has outscored the Bobcats 79-16 in the last three meetings.

Broadcasts: Radio: AM 1230; Online (video/audio): theprepzone.com

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

District 4-4A

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS (5-1, 3-0) AT BRADFORD (3-2, 1-1): One of only three district games this week in the area. For the host Tornadoes, a 41-0 loser at home last week to district front-runner and No. 2 South Sumter, a setback tonight would severely hurt their playoff chances. Keystone Heights, meanwhile, looks to stay unbeaten in the district heading into a showdown at home with the Raiders on Oct. 26. Bradford sophomore QB Jacob Luke passed for 153 yards last week, but was intercepted 3 times. WR Kenny Dinkins had five catches for 107 yards. Keystone struggled a bit offensively in a 21-6 home district win over Umatilla, totaling just 174 yards. Alex Gonzales, one of the area's leading rushers at 709 yards, was held to 85 on 31 carries against the Bulldogs, who had turnover problems

LS: KEYSTONE; CO: KEYSTONE; PK: BRAD; LB: BRAD

1A NO. 5 DIXIE COUNTY (4-2) AT 1A NO. 1 TRENTON (5-0): The host Tigers have outscored opponents 270-48 this season, with the closest game being the season opener, a 42-26 win over Lafayette. The visiting Bears, who lost to No. 2 Union County (28-14) in a District 7 battle last week, had two costly turnovers in the second half. Dixie actually had a 14-0 lead over the Tigers in the first quarter and then gave up 28 unanswered points. The Bears are led on the ground by James Bowers (616 yds., 9 TDs) and Kendell Copeland (567 yds, 4 TDs). Bowers, who hurt his foot against Union and had only three carries in the second half, is questionable for tonight. QB Shaquille Mitchem struggled last week against Union. The Tigers continue to put up gaudy numbers offensively, averaging nearly 500 yds. (413 on the ground) and 54 points a game. This will be their toughest test of the season. Junior QB Stephen Smith, who is averaging 26.74 yards per rush (19 carries), has passed for 379 yards and accounted for 16 TDs this season. RB Cedric Stokes has 622 yards, averaging 12.69 per carry. Defensively, Trenton has given up just 18 points in its last three games.

LS: TRENTON; CO: TRENTON; PK: TRENTON; LB: TRENTON

3A FORT WHITE (3-2) AT WILLISTON (2-3): Both teams were idle last week. The visiting Indians have lost two straight (Wakulla, Union County) after opening the season 3-0. The host Red Devils are playing their second of four straight home games and are looking for their first back-to-back wins of the year. RB/QB David Heinkel, who suffered a back injury against Newberry, will play tonight, according to Williston coach Jamie Baker. Fort White is led by QB Andrew Baker (818 yds. passing, 9 TDs, 5 Ints.; 174 yds. rushing, 1 TD). The junior set team single-season records for passing yards (248) and consecutive completions (17) in their last game, a 28-21 loss to Union County. Michael Mulberry is averaging 20.7 yards per reception with 3 TDs, Tavaris Williams has a team-high 423 yds. rushing and 3 TDs, and LB Kellen Snider ranks 4th in area in tackles with 83.

LS: FTWHITE; CO: FTWHITE; PK: FTWHITE; LB: FTWHITE

Others

1A NEWBERRY (4-2) AT 1A HAWTHORNE (0-5): The visiting Panthers, who just missed being ranked in the state poll, are coming off a big District 7 road victory at Chiefland (16-7) while the Hornets, who have played all of their previous five games on the road, are coming off a 41-6 loss at 2A No. 1 North Florida Christian. Ra'kheem Hoyt had 215 of Newberry's 330 yards last week. The Panthers ran it 61 times against Chiefland and only allowed the Indians to have six offensive plays in the second half. Hawthorne is averaging just 8.4 points per game.

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

P.K. YONGE (0-5) AT 1A NO. 2 UNION COUNTY (6-0): The host Tigers have won two impressive road games at Fort White (28-21) and last week at Dixie County (28-14) in a key District 7 matchup. The visiting Blue Wave were idle last week and have been shut out twice this season and have scored only 33 points.

LS: UNION: CO: UNION; PK: UNION; LB: UNION

1A WEST GADSDEN (0-5) AT 1A LAFAYETTE (3-2): The host Hornets have won two straight and will host their biggest District 5 game next week against defending 1A state champion Jefferson County. The visiting Panthers, who were shut out in their first two games, scored 24 last week in a loss to Liberty County.

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

5A PANAMA CITY BAY (2-3) AT 5A SUWANNEE (2-3): Both teams are riding losing streaks, the visiting Tornadoes three and the host Bulldogs two. Suwannee is coming off its first shutout of the season at No. 7 Tallahassee Godby (54-0) while Bay was idle last week. The Tornadoes beat Monticello Jefferson County (29-26) in their season opener.

LS: BAY; CO: SUW; PK: BAY; LB: SUW

District 4-4A

UMATILLA (4-2, 1-2) AT INTERLACHEN (1-4, 0-2): The visiting Bulldogs, losers of two straight district games, scored just six points total in those losses. The host Rams, off a week ago, also scored just six points in consecutive district losses.

LS: UMATIL; CO: UMATIL; PK: UMATIL; LB: UMATIL

QUINCY MUNROE (0-5) AT OAK HALL (2-3), 7 p.m.: The host Eagles snapped out of a three-game losing streak last week with a district win over rival St. Francis, 17-14. The visiting Bobcats are the only team St. Francis (1-5) has beaten this season.

LS: OH; CO: OH; PK: OH; LB: OH

District 6-1A

BRANFORD (2-3, 0-1) AT BRONSON (1-4, 0-1): Both teams are looking for their first district win. A year ago Branford won this game by 1, 14-13.

LS: BRAN; CO: BRAN; PK: BRAN; LB: BRAN

Idle: Bell, Chiefland, Columbia, Eastside, St. Francis, Santa Fe

STAFF PREDICTIONS

Week 6: Cliff Olsen 16-0; Paul Kardasz 15-1; Laura Bernheim 14-2; Larry Savage 13-3

Season: 1. Cliff 86-15; 2. Paul 83-18; 3. Laura 82-19; 4. Larry 79-22.

Gainesville Preps Power Rankings

Area's Top 10 through Week 6

1. Gainesville

2. Columbia

3. Union County

4. Trenton

5. Keystone Heights

6. Fort White

7. Dixie County

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. Gainesville (7) (6A) (6-0) – 140

2. Madison County (3A) (6-0) – 132

3. First Coast (7A) (6-0) – 123

4. South Sumter (4A) (6-0) – 116

5. St. Augustine (6A) (5-0) – 111

6. Columbia (6A) (5-1) – 104

7. Fletcher (4) (8A) (5-1) – 98

8. Union County (1A) (6-0) – 89

9. Fleming Island (7A) (5-1) - 75

10. Trenton (1A) (5-0) – 74

11. Bolles (4A) (5-1) – 70

12. Raines (4A) (5-0) - 68

12. New Smyrna Beach (6A) (5-0) - 68

14. Trinity Christian (3A) (4-1) – 50

15. Bartram Trail (6A) (5-1) – 43

16. Yulee (4A) (5-1) – 29

17. Warner Christian (2A) (5-1) – 25

18. Springstead (6A) (6-0) – 17

19. Keystone Heights (4A) (5-1) – 11

20. Ridgeview (6A) (5-1) – 7

Also receiving votes: Baker County (5A) (4-1) - 4; Newberry (1A) (4-2) - 4; Ponte Vedra (5A) (4-1) - 4; Trinity Catholic (3A) (4-2) - 4; Chiefland (1A) (4-2) - 2;; Atlantic (5A) (4-1) - 1.

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 Fridays.

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.

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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