PONTE VEDRA 10 PALATKA 7
Riley Robbins’ 18-yard field goal with 2.7 seconds remaining gave Ponte Vedra a 10-7 victory at Palatka Friday night.
The Sharks improved to 2-0, while Palatka fell to 1-1.
The Panthers had tied the game at 7-7 on Markell Rasher’s 69-yard run in the second quarter. Neither team would score again until Robbins ended it with his successful kick.
Ponte Vedra went ahead 7-0 in the first quarter on Jarrett Stepp’s 19-touchdown reception from RJ Glod. Robbins kicked the extra point.
ST. FRANCIS 54
ST. JOSEPH 28
The more experienced home team scored four unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away from St. Joseph (0-1) on Friday night.
The game was stopped for more than an hour because of lightning in the area. When play resumed, late in the second quarter, the Flashes retook the lead courtesy of Dylan Thibault’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Luke Magri with three seconds remaining in the first half. Sam Ryan’s extra point gave the Flashes a 14-12 advantage.
St. Francis senior quarterback Nick Baskin accounted for four touchdowns — three passing, one rushing — as the Wolves improved to 2-0.
“The quarterback is a big kid,” said first-year St. Joseph coach Brannon Tidwell. “Their tailbacks can go. I don’t know if we will see a bigger, more talented team the rest of the year than we (did) tonight. We have to coach harder as coaches. We have to get stronger in the weight room. We have the potential. We have to do a better job as coaches of getting that out of them.”
Thibault scored the Flashes' first score of the game in the first quarter. St. Joseph scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first was Darrell Thomas's 2-yard rushing touchdown and the latter was a 76-yard connection between Thibault and Ryan Deblois.
St. Joseph travels to Eagle’s View next week.
Creekside’s first road game of the season started poorly and got worse as Ridgeview rolled to a 49-17 victory in Orange Park.
Ridgeview junior QB Tyler Huff ran for three TDs and passed for two more as unbeaten Ridgeview scored touchdowns on its first five possessions. Huff’s two scoring runs in the first quarter gave Ridgeview a 14-0 lead and his 7-yard score after a poor snap on a field goal try upped the margin to 35-0. He totaled 270 yards of offense as Ridgeview (2-0) rushed for more than 350 yards. Ridgeview scored the first 88 points of the season before its opponent scored and has totaled 102 points this season.
“We just weren’t ready to play and 100 percent of that falls on me,” Creekside coach Sean McIntyre said. “These kids weren’t prepared to play. I thought we did some OK things but in the first half we didn’t line up correctly and they went so quickly offensively. They did some things offensively that we couldn’t answer.”
The Panthers are 2-0 a week after halting an 18-game losing streak with a 53-0 victory at Jackson, their first win since the 2015 season opener. Creekside (1-1) broke a 22-game losing streak last week, dating back to October 2014, with a home victory over Winter Springs. Quarterback Tai Lavatai passed for two scores Friday, upping his season total to six TD passes.
- Ward Clayton
The Bartram Trail-Daytona Beach Mainland game was postponed due to lightning. It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Municipal Stadium in Daytona.