High School Blitz


Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.

■ Williston will host the first Mighty Ike Shootout on Saturday, Dec. 22. The boys basketball tripleheader will benefit the Team Mighty Ike Charitable Foundation in honor of former two-sport Red Devils standout Isaac Floyd. In December 2011, Floyd died in a car accident. The schedule: Newberry vs. Bronson, 4 p.m; Hawthorne, 2012 Class 1A state runner-up, vs. Chiefland, 6 p.m.; Eastside vs. Williston, 8 p.m.

■ The Buchholz boys soccer team is off to a 6-0-2 start this season. That includes the Bobcats posting a scoreless tie last week with Montverde Academy, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps last year. Led by Eric West's 10 goals and eight assists, Buchholz faces city rival Eastside (10-1-1), a regional finalist a year ago, at Citizens Field on Monday at 7 p.m. That is the nightcap of a doubleheader, with the girls game at 5 p.m.

■ The Rock will be hosting its annual Gatortown Hoops Classic this weekend. Boys basketball teams from around the state, plus teams from Georgia and Alabama are scheduled to participate. Admission for the event is $10/day or $15 for both days for adults (18 and older). Students (10-17) are $7/day or $10 for both days. Children under 10 are free. The schedule: Today- Glove Prep vs. Elev8 Sports, 3 p.m.; Covenant Christian vs. Oldsmar Christian, 4:30 p.m.; Faith Baptist vs. The Rock, 6 p.m.; Arlington Country Day vs. Central Park Christian, 7:30 p.m.; Potter's House Christian vs Elev8 Sports, 9 p.m.; Saturday- Central Park Christian vs. Glove Prep, 10 a.m.; Elev8 Sports vs. Faith Baptist, 11:30 p.m.; The Rock vs Central Park Christian, 1 p.m.; Faith Baptist vs. Glove Prep, 2:30 p.m.; The Rock vs. Covenant Christian, 4 p.m.

■ Former Newberry football coach Tommy Keeler will be hosting a five-year reunion of his 2007 Class 2B state runner-up team on Friday, Dec. 21, from 5-8 p.m. All players and coaches from that team are invited to a cookout at Keeler's home. RSVP to Keeler by phone 352-472-4718 or email tkeeler@fca.org.

— Cliff Olsen

State playoff capsules

Admission: $9 for state semifinal; $12 for state final

CLASS 6A STATE SEMIFINAL

NO. 1 GAINESVILLE (13-0) AT NO. 10 NAVARRE (12-1)

Time: 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CST)

Radio/online: 104.9 FM/theprepzone.com (video and audio); pregame at 8 p.m.

Headliners: Gainesville — QB Mark Cato (1,907 yds., 26 TDs, 9 Ints.), RB Ralph Webb (1,703 yds., 23 TDs), RB Tony James (975 yds., 10.6 avg., 7 TDs), WR Case Harrison (46 catches, 742 yds., 7 TDs), WR Chris Thompson (UF commit, 20 catches, 378 yds., 6 TDs); LB Keith Kelsey (163 tackles, 6.5 sacks), LB Alex Gonzales (137 tackles, 9 sacks), LB Matt Solt (142 tackles, 2.5 sacks), LB Keon Jenkins (121 tackles, 8.5 sacks); Navarre — RB/S Jay Warren (1,721 yds., 19 TDs), QB Andrew Rieves (1,312 yds., 12 TDs, 6 Ints.), TE Jordan Leggett (Clemson commit, 50 catches, 854 yds., 7 TDs), LB Jessie Holmes (113 tackles), CB Nick Benton (51 tackles, 5 Ints., 16 pass break-ups)

Scouting report: This is Gainesville's second state semifinal in three years while it is Navarre's first in four playoff appearances. In 2010, the Hurricanes had eight turnovers in a 36-14 loss at Tallahassee Lincoln in the Class 4A state semifinals. A week prior to that game, Lincoln outlasted Navarre in triple OT 34-33 in the regional finals. That had been the deepest playoff push by the Raiders until this season, in which they have won 11 straight games since a 1-point loss at Pensacola (25-24) in the second week of the season. Navarre's first-year coach Jay Walls coached eight years at Suwannee (1996-2003) and led the Bulldogs to the Class 3A state final in 1999 (37-22 loss to Glades Central). In their upset of No. 5 Columbia last week, the Raiders returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and had two big scoring plays to build a 21-0 lead. James Thomson is in his second year as Hurricanes coach and has GHS back in the final four with a shot at its second state final in school history. After three straight home games in the state playoffs, the ‘Canes are making their first road trip in the postseason and traveled on Thursday. The Hurricanes' defense has given up just 32 points in its last five games and their offense has outscored their three playoff opponents 123-23. GHS can set a school record for victories in a season tonight, topping the 13-1 record set in 1980 when the ‘Canes won their only state championship (3A).

How they got here: Gainesville def. Brooksville Hernando 60-3 in the Region 2 quarterfinals; def. Ocala Vanguard 21-10 in the Region 2 semifinals; def. Seffner Armwood 42-10 in the Region 2 final; Navarre def. Pace 30-10 in the Region 1 quarterfinals; def. Milton 20-12 in the Region 1 semifinals; def. Columbia 28-21 in the Region 1 final

Up next: The winner will face the Miami Central-Naples winner in the Class 6A championship on Dec. 15 at 1:07 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando

Coach speak: “They are staying focused. I think they are realizing the dream could possibly become a reality. It is right there in front of us. We respect Columbia, and anyone that beats them has our attention. You have to limit the big plays.” — GHS coach James Thomson

“Our kids are certainly excited about the win last week and to still to be in the playoffs. Our goal from day one has been to win the state championship. I feel like they have an opportunity.” — Navarre coach Jay Walls

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

— Larry Savage

CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

NO. 1 TRENTON (13-0) VS. NO. 4 BRATT NORTHVIEW (10-3)

When: 7:07 p.m.

Where: Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando

TV/Online: Bright House Sports Network; Cox Sports Television; Comcast Charter Sports Southeast; ESPN3.com;

http://fhsaa.playonsports.com/events/45974

Headliners: Trenton — QB Stephen Smith (863 passing yds., 15 TDs, 4 Ints., 1,136 rushing yds., 14 TDs); RB/S Cedric Stokes (1,822 yds., 26 TDs, 8 catches, 95 yds., 2 TDs, 63 tackles, 4 Ints.); RB Melvin Adams (754 yds., 10 TDs); WB/LB Hunter Parrish (13 catches, 154 yds., 4 TDs, 100 tackles, 15 sacks); WR/DB Hamp Cheevers (11 catches, 398 yds., 5 TDS, 40 tackles, 3 Ints.); DT/TE/FB Breon Sims (76 tackles, 3 sacks), WB/S Jonathan Smith (8 catches, 125 yds., 1 TD, 70 tackles, 1 sack, 1 Int.); Northview — RB LaMikal Kyles (1,269 rushing yds., 19 TDs, 18 catches, 328 yds. 3 TDs); RB/S/P Brannon Freeman (486 yds., 10 TDs, 36 catches, 492 yds., 34.1 avg. yds. per punt); WR/S Neiko Robinson (Penn St. commit, 24 catches, 374 yds., 7 TDs, 82 tackles, 7 Ints.); QB Kevin Vaughan (1,408 passing yds., 15 TDs, 7 Ints.); DE/OLB. Chad Smith (102 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 Ints.).

Scouting report: This is the first state championship game appearance for either team. Northview High is 17 years old and was formed when Ernest Ward High and Century High merged. Ernest Ward won the 1979 Class A state title, while Century was the 1986 Class A state runner-up. In two seasons, Trenton coach Andrew Thomas has compiled a 24-1 mark, including a pair of district titles and undefeated regular seasons. The Tigers' one loss in that span came in last year's regional final to eventual state champion Jefferson County. Trenton defeated Jefferson County this season to open the playoffs. Sid Wheatley is in his fourth season as Northview's coach, posting a 36-12 mark, including state semifinals appearances in 2010 and 2011. The Chiefs, who left on Wednesday, will be traveling about 460 miles from Escambia County in Northwest Florida and changing time zones on their way to Orlando. Trenton and Northview have put up similar numbers this season. The Tigers average 45.8 points per game, while allowing 16.4 points per contest. The Chiefs have scored an average of 42.8 points per game, while giving up 18.2 points per outing. Northview has three shutout wins. The Chiefs' three losses all came to schools in higher classifications, two of which made the playoffs in Class 5A (Gulf Breeze and Pensacola West Florida). Trenton is the first area football team to play for a state title since Newberry in 2007. This year's Tigers team, which currently has the best record in school history, will look to finish the 2012 campaign in a perfect and championship like fashion.

How they got here: Trenton def. Monticello Jefferson County 31-21 in the Region 3 semifinals; def. Lafayette 42-26 in the Region 3 final; def. Newberry 36-35 (OT) in the state semifinals; Northview defeated Cottondale 57-6 in the Region 1 semifinals; def. Freeport 34-28 (OT) in the Region 1 final; def. Bristol Liberty County 48-14 in the state semifinals.

Coach speak: “They are real big, real physical, athletic, probably the most athletic team that we've seen all around. We're going to have to ball control and try and keep them off the field as much as a possible to have a chance.” — Trenton coach Andrew Thomas

“I'll tell you what is kind of concerning is the job that they do as far as running the option. Their quarterback (Stephen Smith) does a really good job, and I know the (Cedric) Stokes kid is a good running back.” — Northview coach Sid Wheatley

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

STAFF PREDICTIONS

Week 14: Paul 2-1; Laura 2-1; Larry 2-1; Cliff 0-3

Season: 1. Paul Kardasz 170-28; 2. Laura Bernheim 166-32; 3. Cliff Olsen 164-34; 4. Larry Savage 156-42

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

All games at 7:30 p.m. today unless indicated

STATE SEMIFINALS

CLASS 8A

Orlando Dr. Phillips (13-0) at Apopka (11-2)

Miami Christopher Columbus Catholic (9-4) at Weston Cypress Bay (11-2)

CLASS 7A

Tallahassee Lincoln (11-1) at Kissimmee Osceola (13-0)

Bradenton Manatee (13-0) at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (11-2)

CLASS 6A

Gainesville (13-0) at Navarre (12-1), 8:30 p.m. EST

Miami Central (10-2) at Naples (12-0)

CLASS 5A

Tallahassee Godby (12-1) at Tampa Robinson (12-1)

Immokalee (10-3)at Miami Jackson (8-4)

STATE FINALS

at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando

CLASS 2A

Jacksonville University Christian (11-1) vs. Miami Dade Christian (13-0), 1:07 p.m.

CLASS 1A

Bratt Northview (10-3) vs.

Trenton (13-0), 7:07 p.m.

CLASS 3A

Madison County (12-1) vs. Fort Lauderdale University School (11-0), Saturday, 1:07 p.m.

CLASS 4A

Jacksonville Bolles (12-1) vs. Miami Booker T. Washington (12-1), Saturday, 7:07 p.m.

SUWANNEE CONFERENCE

ALL-CONFERENCE

FOOTBALL

Team champion: Union County

Coach of the Year: Chris Baker, Newberry

First team

Offense: David Heinkel, QB, Williston; Walter Mabrey, RB, Union County; Ra'kheem Hoyt, RB, Newberry; Trace Stankunas, RB, Newberry; Jerry Keller, OL, Union County; Wade Palmer, OL, Dixie County; Jeremy McClellan, OL, Chiefland; Laris Page, OL, Union County; Hunter Napora, OL, Newberry; Dylan Clark, TE, Union County; Hunter Robson, UTIL, Dixie County; Defense: Carl Alexander, DL, Union County; Daniel Rushing, DL, Newberry; Heath Montgomery, DL, Dixie County; Blayne Brookins, DL, Chiefland; Les Jordan, LB, Newberry; Austin Dukes, LB, Union County; Thurman Bailey, LB, Chiefland; Keith Neal, LB, Williston; Shaquille Patterson, DB, Chiefland; Duke Dawson, DB, Dixie County; Geordyn Green, DB, Union County

Second team

Offense: Chandler Mann, QB, Union County; Alphonso Timmons, RB, Chiefland; Travyaun Pressley, RB, Newberry; Kendall Copeland, RB, Dixie County; Deshawn Roland, RB, Chiefland; Tyus Williams, TE, Williston; Trai Harris, OL, Williston; Dustin Griffis, OL, Union County; Zach Rice, OL, Newberry; Talon Tyler, OL, Union County; Kevin Thornton, OL Union County; Shaquille Mitchen, UTIL, Dixie County; Defense: Daquin Edwards, DL, Union County; Mike Hicks, DL, Newberry; Trey Simmons, DL, Dixie County; Demarcus Paige, DL, Dixie County; Dywon Dunn, DL, Williston; Tyler Stankunas, LB, Newberry; Princeton Alexander, LB, Union County; Tad Donald, SS, Williston; Prince Alexander, DB, Union County; James Corbin, DB, Chiefland; Monte Seabrook, DB, Newberry

NORTH FLORIDA CONFERENCE

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Danny Stirt, QB-DB-LB-P-K, Sr., Oak Hall

Nathan Koons, RB-DL, Sr., Oak Hall

Christian Wallace, RB-LB, Sr., St. Francis

Thomas Ferry, QB, Sr., St. Francis

SOUTH ALL DIVISION TEAM

Danny Stirt, QB-DB-LB-P-K, Sr., Oak Hall

Nathan Koons, RB-DL, Sr., Oak Hall

Brad Pita, WR-DB, Sr., Oak Hall

Josh Noble, TE-DE, Sr., Oak Hall

Nick Sarantos, OL-DE, Sr., Oak Hall

Jackson Armstrong, OL-DT, Sr., Oak Hall

Steven Bunde, WR-RB-LB, Sr., St. Francis

Christian Wallace, RB-LB, Sr., St. Francis

Thomas Ferry, QB, Sr., St. Francis

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