HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Rams' Johnson shines on field and as team leader
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.
It wasn't necessarily all the plays defensive lineman Barry Johnson made on the field that mattered the most Friday night in Eastside's surprising 13-10 win over North Marion at Citizens Field.
It was his leadership.
Johnson certainly made plays — 12 tackles, four for loss, one sack and four pass break-ups. But he was also the inspirational leader to a unit that was without six starters, all serving one-game suspensions for their involvment in a skirmish at Belleview the week before.
The Colts certainly had motivation coming in, looking to avenge last year's overtime loss to the Rams that cost North Maron the District 5-5A title. But Johnson and company made it difficult to run or pass against.
“His play was outstanding,” said Eastside coach Jeff Parker. “He was also an outstanding leader who motivated guys who haven't played before. That was just as important as the plays he made on the field. He definitely stepped it up on Friday night.”
North Marion's offense struggled with consistency all night, and was limited to just eight first downs, with none in the third quarter. The Rams defense made a stand early, stopping the Colts on their first three offensive drives.
“That first series was huge,” Parker said. “It let everyone know, even without our starters, we can be effective, we just have to keep it going the whole game.”
North Marion scored its only touchdown in the fourth quarter, pulling the Colts to within three of Eastside. But the Rams defense shut them down the rest of the way, improving to 2-0 in the district and 2-3 overall.
For Eastside, the win sent out a message to the rest of the district that it planned to defend its title.
“That has been our goal,” Parker said. “We won it last year, and I told the kids before districts to be ready for a title defense.”
Another big district game looms Friday, also at Citizens Field, against Suwannee. Parker will be counting on Johnson's leadership once again.
“He has been a leader for us all the time, he has set the tone all year,” Parker said. “We went to another level Friday night as a team and we need to continue it this Friday against Suwannee.”
Shaquille Patterson, Chiefland: The senior scored four TDs in Friday's 31-7 win over 4A West Nassau, running for two, throwing for another and returning one of his two interceptions 35 yards for his fourth score as the Indians (5-0) equalled their win total of 2012.
Kayla Simmons, P.K. Yonge: The senior setter had 15 kills, 34 service points, 11 aces, 23 digs and one block as the Blue Wave (18-1), ranked No. 39 nationally by prepvolleyball.com, went 4-0 on the week, beating Ocala St. John Lutheran, The Villages, Venice and Sarasota River. All were straight set victories. The win at Venice was only the Indians' third home loss since 2001.
Rachel McKivigan, Buchholz: The senior won four overall events: two individual in the 200 free and 100 fly, and two as the fourth leg in both the 200 and 400 free relays at Saturday's was on two winning relay teams, the 200 and 400 free, at Saturday's Rob Ramirez City Swimming and Diving Championships at Westside Park.
Blake Lowery, Gainesville: The sophomore placed third overall with a time of 16:48, as the Hurricanes placed third as a team at the Ponte Vedra XC Invitational.
Monte Seabrook, Newberry: The senior athlete, in a 34-24 victory over Class 4A Keystone Heights, had four tackles, four assists, two interceptions with 96 return yards, one pass deflection and two forced fumbles. On offense, he had 12 carries for 86 yards with one TD, and also had 73-yard kick return for a TD.
Lonnie Underwood, Columbia: The junior running back ran for 189 yards and five touchdowns in one half of play in a 59-0 win at Jacksonville Englewood. He has 22 TDs in five games.
Marcus Archer, Santa Fe: The senior quarterback ran for 105 yards and two TDs in the Raiders' 26-0 win at Interlachen
Hunter Eskew, P.K. Yonge: The senior punter/kicker, in a 35-16 win over Hawthorne, went 2 for 2 on field goals, with a long of 35 yards. He was also 3 of 3 on extra-point kicks and punted three times for an average of 43 yards, with a long of 58 yards.
Buddy Edwards, Union County: The senior running back ran for 151 yards, had one reception for 10 yards, and scored two TDs in a 35-6 win over Hamilton County.
D'Kadrian Allen, Hawthorne: The senior had seven receptions for 150 yards with a TD catch and a TD run in the Hornets' loss at P.K. Yonge.
Julie Fuchs, Buchholz: The senior outside hitter/middle blocker, in two five-set wins over Neptune Beach Fletcher and Ocala Forest, had 40 kills, 26 digs, two blocks and one ace for the Bobcats (11-3).
Madi Wyatt, Cornerstone: The junior setter led the Cougars to a 5-1 week, ending as runner-up in the Gainesville Elite Tournament at Oak Hall. Wyatt had 34 service points, 16 kills, 128 assists, five aces, 35 digs and one block, and was named to the all-tournament team.
Brooke Evans, Oak Hall: The junior setter, in six games at the Gainesville Elite Tournament hosted by Oak Hall, had 72 assists, 48 digs, 39 service points, eight aces and was one of seven players named to the all tournament team.
Whitney Drost, Santa Fe: The junior outside hitter had 112 kills, 50 digs, 70 service points, 17 aces and six blocks for the week for the Raiders.
Haley MacCallum, Santa Fe: The sophomore setter had 89 assists, 54 service points, 11 aces and 19 digs for the week.
Mallory Morgan, Suwannee: The senior had 24 service points, six aces, 13 assists and six digs for the week.
Wesley Olmsted, Eastside: The senior All-American won both the 100 free and 100 back at Saturday's Rob Ramirez City Swimming and Diving Championships.
Cameron Guy, Gainesville: The senior captured three events in the city championships — the 200 individual medley, as well as the 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Courtney Bryant, Gainesville: The sophomore won two events at the city meet, the 100 backstroke and was a member of the 200 medley relay.
Lindsay Trematerra, Oak Hall: The junior won the 100 freestyle, took second in the 50 free at Saturday's city meet at Westside Park. Trematerra has been unbeaten in her dual meet events and has been named academic All-American in swimming.
Alicia Frazer, Eastside: The senior won her third straight diving title at the city meet.
Joseph Janson, P.K. Yonge: The senior ran 16:00 on a muddy course, finishing 20th at Saturday's race of champions at the FLRunners.com Invitational at Chain O'Lakes Park in Titusville.
Laksmi Orroyo, P.K. Yonge: The eighth grader ran a season-best 22:56 at the FLrunners.com Invitational.
Olivia Sanchez, Buchholz: The senior ran a season-best time of 21:23 at the Ponte Vedra XC Invitational.
Chris Waldo, Buchholz: The senior ran a season-best 19:00 at the Ponte Vedra XC Invitational.
Hannah Hutchison, Eastside: The senior ran a personal record of 20:54 at the FLRunners.com Invitational.
Hunter Hintenlang, Eastside: The sophomore ran a personal record 17:47 at the FLrunners.com Invitational.
Aylena Carlson, Gainesville: The junior ran 21:40 to place 26th at the Ponte Vedra XC Invitational.
Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Monday between 12-4 p.m. at (352) 374-5050 or email nominations to email@example.com