Thursday night's high school football capsules
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
5A Crawfordville Wakulla (7-2) at 6A No. 8 Gainesville (8-1): The host Hurricanes are heading to the state playoffs and are riding a 15-game winning streak at Citizens Field going into today's regular season finale. The visiting War Eagles, who played for the 5A state title two years ago, are not in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Can we guess who has more to play for tonight? GHS opens its playoff run next Friday at home against Land O'Lakes Sunlake in a rematch of the 2011 regional semifinals. The 'Canes certainly want to win this game, but also want to be healthy going into the playoffs. RB Tony James, an Oregon commit, has rushed for more than 100 yards in three straight games and has 1,035 yards for the season with eight TDs. He ran for 122 in a 20-14 win at Tallahassee Lincoln last week. The 7A Trojans had four turnovers, with juniors Kris Young and Ahmad Ivey getting interceptions, Ivey returning his 42 yards. Wakulla's two losses were to district rivals Tallahassee Godby and Tallahassee Rickards (22-16), ranked No. 2 and No. 8 respectively in 5A. Sophomore QB Feliepe Franks averages 200 passing yards a game and has thrown 15 TDs with 5 Ints. The War Eagles have three runners with more than 450 rushing yards, and average 220 per game. Godby is the only team that has dominated Wakulla, totaling 632 yards of offense in a 53-12 win.
Online broadcast: theprepzone.com (audio and video)
LS: GHS JB: GHS; LB: GHS; PK: GHS
4A Keystone Heights (5-3) at 6A Santa Fe (5-4): The visiting Indians, champions of District 4-4A, will host state power Jacksonville Bolles in next week's regional semifinals. They face a tough test tonight in Alachua against the surging Raiders, who won't be playing in the playoffs but have won four of their last five games and eliminated Eastside from the postseason with last week's 35-30 win. Sam Anderson stepped up for the injured Anton Noble, running for 133 yards in Keystone's 21-20 district-clinching victory over Bradford. But Anderson is also out with a knee injury. Santa Fe RB Tray Presley had 156 rushing yards and 2 TDs against Eastside, while DL Austin Gay had a monster game with 2.5 sacks, 5 solo tackles with 5 assists and a fumble recovery.
LS: SANTA FE; JB: SANTA FE; LB: SANTA FE; PK: SANTA FE
2A Jacksonville Eagle's View (0-8) at 1A No. 3 Union County (8-1): Joe Pinkos has the host Tigers, who are also playoff bound, an 84-point favorite in this game. The Tigers are good, but 84 points good? Maybe in a regular season game, but a week before playoffs, expect Union to win comfortably. The Tigers are healthier than a year ago heading into the playoffs and are eyeing a rematch with Dixie County in the regional finals. RB Geordyn Green has been sensational in wins over Chiefland and Williston, averaging 14.9 yards a carry. The Tigers have outscored their last three opponents, all District 7 wins, 105-31, and have the top scoring defense in the area, led by linebacker Austin Dukes, who also plays along the offensive line.
LS: UNION; JB: UNION; LB: UNION; PK: UNION
Branford (3-6) at Bell (7-2): What a special week for the host Bulldogs, heading to their first state playoffs in school history next Friday at Hamilton County. But first, they have a rivalry game against Branford, coached by former Bell coach Roy Harden. Last week, the Bulldogs totaled 557 yards rushing in the playoff-clinching win at Hawthorne (52-14), led by the area's leading rusher Austin Ritchey, who had 267 yards. The visiting Buccaneers have lost four straight and were outscored 96-27 in back-to-back district losses at Hamilton County and Lafayette. RB Travis Bass has a team-leading 653 rushing yards for Branford.
LS: BELL; JB: BELL; LB: BELL; PK: BELL
Also staff predictors: John Boothe, Laura Bernheim and Paul Kardasz