HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Woods gives Tigers much-needed defensive boost in win over Lincoln


Published: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:31 p.m.

With its leader Trey Marshall out of action after a vicious hit in the first quarter, Columbia's defense stepped up Friday night against Class 7A No. 4 Lincoln in Tallahassee.

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Columbia linebacker Zedrick Woods sacks Lincoln quarterback Darius Harvey, one of his four, in Friday's 28-14 upset win over the Class 7A No. 4 Trojans in Tallahassee. The Tigers had 10 sacks in the game. (Mike Ewen/Tallahassee Democrat)

The Tigers registered 10 sacks, led by junior outside linebacker Zedrick Woods with four, as Columbia harassed Trojan quarterback Darius Harvey all night, leading to an impressive 28-14 win.

Woods also had 13 tackles and two tackles for loss as Columbia (2-0) kept the potent Lincoln offense out of the end zone for the final three quarters. Meanwhile, offensively the Tigers got another great effort from sophomore running back Lonnie Underwood.

“They played outstanding football,” said Brian Allen, Tigers coach and a former standout linebacker at Florida State. “Our belief is that defense is going to win championships, whenever that is going to happen. Our kids have embraced that, they have been playing big.

“When Trey went down, it was emotional on the field. We were all trying to hold it together. We were all praying for him. The immediate response was to win it for Trey. That was a pretty good team we beat.”

Lincoln opened the season with impressive wins at South Gwinnett (on ESPN) and Pensacola. But the Tigers' defense, led by Woods, proved to be up to the challenge.

“Those guys were emotionally motivated,” Allen said. “They took it upon their shoulders and played for him (Trey).”

Marshall, who had a ruptured stomach, had successful surgery late Friday night and will be out for a month. If the doctors clear him, Allen expects his strong safety, who has committed to Florida State, will be back in the lineup later in the season.

Football

Lonnie Underwood, Columbia: The sophomore ran for 197 yards on 29 carries and scored all four of the Tigers' touchdowns in a 28-14 win over Lincoln in Tallahassee.

Cross country

Joe Janson, P.K. Yonge: The senior ran a personal-best 16:20 to finish fifth among a field of 211 at Saturday's Lecanto Panther Invitational.

Volleyball

Gabby O'Connell, PK Yonge: In wins over Buchholz and Interlachen, the sophomore middle blocker had 18 kills, 13 aces, four blocks and 10 digs for the 6-0 Blue Wave.

Swimming

Michael Quillen, Gainesville: The senior won three events - 200 free, 100 back and 400 free relay - in the 'Canes' win over the Bobcats.

Golf

Chandler Blanchet, Buchholz: The senior shot a 2-under 34 in a victory at Keystone Heights on Sept. 5.

Honorable mention

Football

Naquan Howard, Buchholz: The junior scored two touchdowns — a 96-yard punt return and 81-yard touchdown reception — in the first quarter and had 195 return yards in the Bobcats' 33-21 win over Clay on Thursday.

Tray Presley, Santa Fe: The senior running back ran for 195 yards on 14 carries, scored two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in the Raiders' 39-0 win over Jacksonville Episcopal.

Jermari Ford, Santa Fe: The junior ran for 100 yards on just five carries with one TD and also had two interceptions on the defensive end in the Raiders' shutout victory.

Tavaris Williams, Fort White: The senior tailback ran for 226 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Indians' 36-18 win over Newberry on Friday.

Andrew Baker, Fort White: The senior quarterback/defensive back had two interceptions with three tackles in the Indians' win over Newberry.

Sam Anderson, Keystone Heights: The junior linebacker had seven solo tackles, six assists, four tackles for loss in a 19-0 win at Wildwood.

Tyler Sistrunk, Bronson: The junior middle linebacker had 12 tackles, one pass deflection and one quarterback hurry in the Eagles' 35-0 win at St. Augustine St. Joseph.

Cross Country

Austin Perry, Oak Hall: The junior ran a personal-best 17:22 to place third in varsity boys division at Saturday's Katie Caples Invitational at Jacksonville Bishop Kenny High.

Sarah Edens, Buchholz: The sophomore ran a personal-best 20:10 to place seventh in girls varsity at the Lecanto Panther Invitational.

Drew Monteau, Buchholz: The senior ran a personal-best 16:56 to finish 10th in boys at the Lecanto Panther Invitational.

Brittney Olinger, Oak Hall: The senior ran 19:27 to finish fifth overall in leading the Eagles to their second straight title in the elite girls division at the Katie Caples Invitational.

Matthew Ruppert, Eastside: The senior ran a season-best 18:36 to finish 13th overall in the boys varsity division at the Katie Caples Invitational.

Kenni Berg, Eastside: The sophomore placed 77th in the elite varsity girls race at Katie Caples Invitational with a time of 22:27.

Hannah Fetko, PK Yonge: The seventh-grader ran a personal-best 24:14 at the Lecanto Panther Invitational.

Volleyball

Ali Schackow, Oak Hall: The sophomore defensive specialist, who had played in only one match all season, had 16 service points and six aces in the Eagles' 4-set victory over Jupiter Christian at the Gator Town Classic tournament.

Whitney Drost, Santa Fe: The junior outside hitter had 73 kills, 21 digs, five blocks, eight aces and 38 service points in five matches for the Raiders.

Mariah Sapp, Newberry: In two games, the junior setter had 19 service points, seven aces, three kills, 44 assists, 10 digs, one block, seven aces, three kills, 44 assists, 10 digs in two matches.

Swimming

Monona Martin, Gainesville: The freshman won the 100 fly and was on both winning 200 medley and 400 free relays in the Hurricanes' 98-88 win over Buchholz.

Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Monday to (352) 374-5050 between 12-4 p.m.

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