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Led by senior running back Shaquille Mitchem, Dixie County jumps to No. 3 in our latest power rankings after upsetting 1A No. 1 Union County last week,.

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Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:23 p.m.

6 things of note in area sports

■ P.K. Yonge setter Kayla Simmons on Wednesday verbally committed to Marshall. The senior has 3,099 assists, 833 digs, 483 kills, 231 aces and 91 blocks as a four-year starter for the Blue Wave. P.K. Yonge, 21-1 this season, is ranked No. 34 nationally by prepvolleyball.com and No. 1 in Class 4A by MaxPreps.

■ In MaxPreps' football rankings, Columbia ranks No. 10 in state (all classifications), No. 2 in Class 6A (behind Miami Central) and No. 107 nationally. Five schools from Florida ranked in MaxPreps Excellent 25: 1. Miami Booker T. Washington; 8. Miami Central; 14. Fort Lauderdale University School; 18. Bradenton Manatee; and 21. Miramar.

■ The longest win streak in the Buchholz-Gainesville football series has been by the Bobcats, which won 8 straight from 1989-1996 and 7 straight from 1981-1987. GHS's longest win streak came early in the series, winning 6 straight from 1975-1980. The Hurricanes, who trail in the series 24-17, are currently have a 4-game win streak going into tonight.

■ Chiefland, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, is the last area school to win a state title in football. The Indians, who play at Trenton tonight, are aiming for another. Columbia, ranked No. 2 in 7A, won its only state title in 1967. Dixie County, No. 2 in 1A, has never won a state title and was runner-up in 1971. Union County, No. 4 in 1A, won three straight state titles under Robby Pruitt, between 1994-96.

■ District golf tournaments begin Monday with Haile Golf and Country Club hosting District 6-1A in both girls and boys, with Oak Hall, P.K. Yonge and St. Francis competing. In District 7-1A at Chiefland Golf and Country Club, seven area teams will compete - Bell, Chiefland, Lafayette, Newberry, Trenton, Union County and Wiliston. On Tuesday, in District 4-2A at Quail Heights Golf Course in Lake City, Bradford, Columbia, Eastside, Keystone Heights, Santa Fe and Suwannee are local school participating. In Tallahassee, Buchholz and Gainesville, in District 2-3A, will be split with the boys playing at Seminole Golf Course and the girls at Killean Club.

■ Two-time boys golfer of the year Pureun Kim of Gainesville High has verbally committed to High Point University in North Carolina.

Games of the Week

(All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)

CITIZENS FIELD

■ 7A BUCHHOLZ (3-2) AT 6A GAINESVILLE (4-1): The city championship is on the line as the Bobcats and Hurricanes meet in this 42nd annual battle. Since 2009, it has been onesided in favor of Gainesville, which has won four straight in the series, the last three convincingly. However before GHS's latest streak, it was the Bobcats that ruled, winning the six previous from 2003-2008. Tonight's game could be the closest in years, at least Buchholz fans hope so. The Bobcats, who pulled out a 24-21 triple overtime win over 6A St. Johns Bartram Trail a week ago, are in a brutal district that includes the No. 6 (Fleming Island) and No. 8 (Neptune Beach Fletcher) ranked teams in 7A. Both Buchholz and GHS are led by sophomore QBs. Bobcat Jackson White completed 11 of 13 passes in the second half for 113 of his 146 yards with one TD against Bartram Trail. Junior RB Gerald Donald ran for 76 of his 96 yards also in the second half. The Buchholz defense contained the Bears' lethal passing attack. GHS, which opened the season ranked No. 5 in 6A, has won four straight since its season-opening loss at Columbia. Oregon commit Tony James has 456 yards rushing on the season with 3 TDs while WR Kenric Young is averaging 22.9 yards per catch. QB Caelen Christian has passed for 436 yards and 6 TDs. Both teams have huge district games the following week, Buchholz at Orange Park Oakleaf and GHS at Ocala Vanguard. GHS has not shown the ability to put teams away this season and don't expect them to start against the Bobcats, who are hungry for redemption. Buchholz leads the series 24-17.

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LS: BUCH; JB: BUCH; LB: GHS; PK: GHS

CLASS 1A

■ NO. 3 CHIEFLAND (5-0) AT TRENTON (3-1): The visiting Indians have been one of the most impressive teams in Class 1A, totaling 80 tackles for loss on defense with a pair of outstanding backs in senior Deshawn Roland (684 all purpose yds., 7 TDs) and junior Alphonso Timmons (659 yds., 6 TDs). QB Shaquille Patterson has passed for 252 yards with 7 TDs and 1 Int., with Roland his main target. Sophomore Billy Hammond has 46 tackles and DE Payton Parnell has 5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. The Indian defense also has 10 interceptions. The host Tigers, whose lone loss is to No. 2 Dixie County, have been dominant in District 6 victories over Bell and Hilliard. Offensively, Trenton is led by senior QB Stephen Smith who in three games (Hilliard stats not included) has rushed for 212 yards and passed for 196 yards and 3 TDs. RB Melvin Adams has 156 yds. and 1 TD while WR Hamp Cheevers has 4 catches for 93 yards and 3 TDs. The Tigers have won the last three meetings between these two schools separated by 10 miles on U.S. 129. In last year's 26-14 win by Trenton in Chiefland, the Tigers outscored the Indians 20-7 in the second half.

LS: CHIEF; JB: CHIEF; LB: TRENTON; PK: CHIEF

DISTRICT 3-6A

■ NO. 2 COLUMBIA (6-0, 3-0) AT JACKSONVILLE ED WHITE (4-1, 2-1): Although a win tonight will not officially wrap up the district title for the visiting Tigers, it would clear the biggest hurdle left in the league. Columbia has one of the most elusive RBs in the state in junior Lonnie Underwood, who has 1,179 yards and has scored 26 TDs, two short of tying the school record of 28 set by current Tigers RB coach Quinton Collum in 1997. Sophomore QB Nathan Taylor passed for 152 yds. and 2 TDs last week against Orange Park, but offensively Columbia also had four turnovers. Defensively, the Tigers gave up 248 yards, the most in a game all season. This will be the second ranked team the Commanders will have faced this season. They opened the season with a 7-2 loss at 4A No. 3 Raines. Since then, White, under first-year coach Paul Pierson, has won four straight convincingly, scoring in the 40s in each of its wins over Forrest, Mandarin, Englewood and at Orange Park. The Commanders have had two weeks since beating the Raiders to prepare for the Tigers. In the latest win, White rushed 49 times for 394 yards, led by Taylor Thomas with 114 yds. and 1 TD. QB Eric Vickers is a dual threat. This will be Columbia's biggest test defensively since playing Lincoln in Tallahassee.

LS: COLUM; JB: COLUM; LB: COLUM; PK: COLUM

DISTRICT 5-5A

■ BELLEVIEW (3-2, 0-2) AT SUWANNEE (3-1, 1-1): The visiting Rattlers opened the season 3-0, then lost two straight district games to Eastside and Dunnellon. Belleview has shown it has some punch offensively, led by senior RB Craig Riche (812 yds., 8 TDs). Junior QB Erik Pitts has passed for 413 yds., but for no TDs and 3 Ints. Defensively, the Rattlers have struggled, giving up 34 to Eastside. The Rams struggled just to get a score against the host Bulldogs, scoring on a blocked punt. Eastside was held to just 40 yards of offense. Meanwhile, Suwannee RBs Dee Coleman and Jai Kinsey ran for a combined 236 yards. The Bulldogs need to win this game to set up a showdown next week at home with district leader Dunnellon, which hosts North Marion tonight in a key league game.

LS: SUWANN; JB: SUWANN; LB: SUWANN; PK: SUWANN

Others

CLASS 1A

■ HAMILTON COUNTY (2-3) AT NO. 2 DIXIE COUNTY (4-0): After a huge win last Friday over previous No. 1 and district rival Union County, the host Bears celebrate homecoming tonight against a dangerous 1A team. While Dixie fans were celebrating their win a week ago, Hamilton County was pulling off a big upset in Mayo, beating No. 4 Lafayette 27-20. And here come the Trojans from Jasper eyeing another upset. The Bears rushed for 243 yards, getting 72 yards on just 5 carries from junior James Bowers, who scored on runs of 27 and 34 yrds. The Dixie defense held Union to 58 yrds. rushing. Hamilton QB Antfernee Smith passed for 248 yds. and 4 TDs against the Hornets, connecting with 4 different receivers for scores.

LS: DIXIE; JB: DIXIE; LB: DIXIE; PK: DIXIE

DISTRICT 5-5A

■ SANTA FE (2-3, 0-2) AT CRYSTAL RIVER (2-3, 0-2), 7 P.M.: Both the Raiders and Pirates are looking for their first district win tonight. Senior RB Tray Presley has 403 yds., and 3 TDs to lead the Santa Fe offense. Idle a week ago, this is the first of four straight league games for the Raiders, who were shut out by Crystal River a year ago, 35-0.

LS: SANTA FE; JB: SANTA FE; LB: SANTA FE; PK: SANTA FE

■ BELL (4-2) AT ST. FRANCIS (1-5), 7 P.M.: The host Wolves won their first game a week ago against rival Oak Hall, but face one of the area's top runners in Bell's Austin Ritchey (1,118 yds., 13 TDs). In last week's shootout win over Bronson, the senior ran for 350 yards and 4 TDs. St. Francis junior Austin Tucker had 13 tackles, 2 for loss, 3 interceptions (1 returned for TD) and forced fumble in the Wolves' win last week.

LS: BELL; JB: BELL; LB: BELL; PK: BELL

■ OAK HALL (0-6) AT QUINCY MUNROE (3-2), 7 P.M.: The host Bobcats have lost two straight, including a tough 36-33 home setback to Aucilla Christian. The visiting Eagles are very young and look to stay in the game.

LS: MUNROE; JB: MUNROE; LB: MUNROE; PK: MUNROE

■ 4A INTERLACHEN (1-5) AT 3A P.K. YONGE (2-4): These are not two of top teams in the area but it should be competitive game. Blue Wave junior RB Antwain Patterson ran for 86 yds. with 2 TDs in last week's district loss at Father Lopez.

LS: PKY; JB: PKY; LB: INTER; PK: INTER

■ 2A JACKSONVILLE EAGLE'S VIEW (0-4) AT 1A WILLISTON (4-2): The host Red Devils have lost two district games by a combined 8 points and will likely take it out on the visting Warriors, who have scored 20 points in 4 games.

LS: WILLISTON; JB: WILLISTON; LB: WILLISTON; PK: WILLISTON

■ 5A WAKULLA (5-1) AT 4A BRADFORD (2-3): The visiting War Eagles, who suffered their first loss of season last week at Tallahassee Godby, will want to take it out on the Tornadoes. Bradford WR Kenny Dinkins leads the area in receiving yards (637).

LS: WAKULLA; JB: WAKULLA; LB: WAKULLA; PK: WAKULLA

■ HAWTHORNE (0-4) AT JACKSONVILLE SEACREST CHRISTIAN (0-5),7 P.M.: The visting Hornets have been outscored 152-30. The home Eagles have been outscored 271-55.

LS: HAW; JB: HAW; LB: HAW; PK: HAW

■ JACKSONVILLE BISHOP SNYDER (5-1) AT BRANFORD (3-3): The visiting Cardinals slipped past P.K. Yonge 17-14 in Week 3. The host Buccaneers are coming off a tough district loss at Jefferson County.

LS: BRAN; JB: SNYDER; LB: SNYDER; PK: SNYDER

■ PIERSON TAYLOR (2-4) AT BRONSON (4-2): The host Eagles are coming off a tough 52-43 district loss at Bell. Bronson averages 309 yds. rushing a game, the visting Wildcats average 113 yds. a game on offense.

LS: BRON; JB: BRON; LB: BRON; PK: BRON

Idle: Eastside, Fort White, Keystone Heights, Lafayette, Newberry, Union County

STANDINGS

Last week: Paul Kardasz 10-4; Laura Bernheim 9-5; John Boothe 9-5; Larry Savage 8-6

Season: Laura 79-13 (.859); Paul 79-13 (.859); John 77-15 (.837); Larry 76-16 (.826)

Gainesville Preps Power Rankings

Area's Top 10

1. Columbia 6-0

2. Gainesville 4-1

3. Dixie County 4-0

4. Fort White 4-0

5. Chiefland 5-0

6. Union County 5-1

7. Buchholz 3-2

8. Trenton 3-1

9. Lafayette 4-1

10. Newberry 4-2

Prep Zone Power Poll

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

1. Columbia (6) (6A) 6-0 – 139

2. Jax Trinity Christian (1) (3A) 5-0 – 134

3. Jacksonville Raines (4A) 4-1– 124

4. South Sumter (5A) 6-0 – 113

5. Neptune Beach Fletcher (7A) 4-1 – 111

6. Jacksonville First Coast (8A) 4-1 – 107

7. Daytona Beach Mainland (6A) 5-1 – 98

8. Jacksonville Bolles (4A) 4-1 – 91

9. Jacksonville Bishop Kenny (5A) 4-0 – 84

10. Fleming Island (7A) 6-0 – 82

11. Jacksonville Sandalwood (8A) 4-1 – 70

12. St. Augustine (6A) 5-1 – 59

13. Daytona Beach Seabreeze (6A) 4-0 – 56

14. Gainesville (6A) 4-1 – 46

15. Citrus (6A) 5-0 – 39

16. Dixie County (1A) 4-0 – 35

17. Jax University Christian (2A) 4-2 – 30

18. Jacksonville Ed White (6A) 4-1 – 23

19. Ocala Trinity Catholic (3A) 4-2 – 11

20. Chiefland (1A) 5-0 – 8

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