Calm under pressure, Smith rallies Trenton past Chiefland

Trenton quarterback Stephen Smith led Trenton to a comeback win over area-rival Chiefland on Friday.

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Published: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:07 p.m.

In his fourth year as starting quarterback, Trenton's Stephen Smith has been in plenty of challenging situations.

Helping his team to the Class 1A state finals a year ago, Smith found himself and the Tigers in another tough spot Friday at home against No. 3 Chiefland.

Down 14-10 with a little more than a minute to play and one timeout, Smith calmly led Trenton 57 yards on seven plays, connecting with Hamp Cheevers on a game-winning 4-yard touchdown pass with 5.2 seconds left for a 17-14 win over the Indians. It was the fourth straight win by Trenton over area-rival Chiefland.

“Without him, we wouldn't have done what we did,” Tigers coach Andrew Thomas said. “Even though he didn't have a big night offensively, just his composure and he makes a lot of checks at the line of scrimmage that few on the high school level are able to do.

“It didn't start out very clean, we started that drive sort of sluggish. It wasn't all him, he kept everyone calm. Hamp Cheevers had a 30-yard gain on a screen pass. He made some perfect throws on that drive, like the one he hit Hamp for the touchdown.”

Smith, who has committed to VMI in baseball, passed for 75 yards in the game and hit 5 of 6 passes in the final drive, hitting Cheevers on a slant route in the end zone on his final completion.

“Stephen has been through the fire before,” Thomas said. “We have been there and their (Chiefland) kids haven't been in that atmosphere yet. He is really our only senior we have that is vocal, especially on the offensive side. His throwing ability, a lot of that accuracy he gets from baseball. But two of those throws he made in that drive were perfect.”


Brock Brower, Bronson: The senior running back/safety ran for 227 yards on 23 carries, scored two touchdowns, also had three tackles and one pass breakup in the Eagles' 30-17 win at Pierson Taylor.


Kaelyn Nash, Gainesville: In two district wins and a third place finish at the Bolles Invitational, the sophomore had 77 kills, 20 blocks, 26 service points, eight aces, 14 digs and was named to the all-tournament team.

Cross country

Brittney Olinger, Oak Hall: The senior ran 18:33 to place 15th in the elite division at the FSU Invitational Prep-State meet. The Eagles finished sixth out of 25 teams.


Ailin McCullough, P.K. Yonge: The senior won both the 100 back and 100 fly in a dual meet win over Gainesville.

Honorable Mention


Brandon Lovelace, Trenton: The junior defensive lineman had 14 tackles with four for loss in the Tigers' 17-14 win over Class 1A No. 3 Chiefland.

Jordan Giberti, Gainesville: The sophomore defensive end returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown in the Hurricanes' 26-14 win over Buchholz. He also had two passes defended.

Cole Lamb, Suwannee: The senior running back ran for 75 yards on six carries and scored two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 35-3 district win over Belleview.

Kody Mercer, Suwannee: The junior linebacker had 13 tackles, 7 solo, in the Bulldogs' district win over Belleview.

Kenyatta Patterson, Santa Fe: The sophomore had one tackle, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, rushed for 36 yards on five carries and caught two passes for 30 yards in the Raiders' 30-14 district win at Crystal River.

Malik Bakr, P.K. Yonge: The sophomore linebacker/fullback scored two touchdowns on fourth-down gambles, also had four tackles and an interception in the Blue Wave's 13-8 win over Interlachen.

Jarvis Roberts, P.K. Yonge: The sophomore had 10 tackles and 3.5 sacks in the Blue Wave's win over Interlachen.

Bruce Thomas, Bell: The senior scored three touchdowns — on a 39-yard run, a 60-yard reception and a 65-yard punt return — in a 60-14 victory over St. Francis.

Hawthorne football team: Coach Ellis Walker nominated all the Hornets for their 82-0 win over Jacksonville Seacoast Christian, breaking a 17-game losing streak.


Shelbie Hutto, Bell: In three wins last week, the junior had 63 kills and 17 service points for the Bulldogs, who clinched the top seed in their district for the upcoming tournament.

Sydney Richeson, Buchholz: The sophomore libero had 66 digs in five matches in the Winter Park/Bishop Moore “Swing for the Cure” tournament.

Whitney Drost, Santa Fe: The junior outside hitter, in seven matches for the week, had 107 kills, 57 digs, 75 service points, 13 aces, six blocks and two assists for the Raiders, who went 4-3 for the week and is 13-10 overall.

Briana Shearer, Suwannee: The sophomore had 17 service points, 26 assists, four digs and two kills for the Bulldogs last week.

Lexus McCray, Newberry: In four matches last week, the freshman had 25 service points, 14 aces, 19 kills, 27 digs and three assists as the Panthers went 3-1 on the week are 12-8 overall.

Maddy Fletcher, The Rock: In two wins last week, the freshman outside hitter had 24 kills, 24 service points with 10 aces and 11 digs.

Cross country

Joe Janson, P.K. Yonge: The senior ran a personal record 15:52 to finish 31st overall at Saturday's FSU Invitational Pre-State meet.

Sarah Edens, Buchholz: The junior ran a 19:39 to place eighth in the select girls division at the FSU Invitational Prep-State meet

Austin Perry, Oak Hall: The junior ran 17:11 to finish fourth in the varsity B division at the FSU Invitational Prep-State meet. The Eagles finished seventh out of 24 schools.

John Doherty, Buchholz: The junior ran a season best time 16:46 at the FSU Invitational Prep-State meet.

Hannah Hutchison, Eastside: The senior ran a personal record 20:43 at Saturday's FSU Invitational Pre-State meet in Tallahassee.

Hunter Hintenlang, Eastside: The sophomore ran 17:57 at the FSU Invitational Pre-State meet.

Bernita Brown, Columbia: The freshman ran a personal record 22:17 at the FSU Invitational Pre-State meet.

Laksmi Arroyo, P.K. Yonge: The eighth grader ran a season-best 22:50 at the FSU Invitational Prep-State meet.


Sam Mahon, P.K. Yonge: The senior won both the 100 and 200 free in a dual meet win over Gainesville.

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 larry.savage@gvillesun.com

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