Week 2 Football Previews

ST. AUGUSTINE AT MENENDEZ

 

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: 96.5 FM (WAOC) and 102.1 FM (WFOY). With Mixlr app, type in WAOC or WFOY

Records: St. Augustine 1-0, Menendez 0-1.

Last Year: St. Augustine won 38-0.

Last Week: St. Augustine defeated Baker County 31-14; Menendez beat Middleburg 44-13

Players to watch: St. Augustine — Senior WR Cedrin Daniel erupted for 197 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ season opener last week. Menendez — junior WR/S Kenny Logan has been explosive with the football in his hands. He ran for 143 yards and three TDs last week.

Game Info: Six different Yellow Jackets receivers caught the football last week against Baker County. Daniel led the way, but Dexter Brown scored a touchdown and averaged more than 20 yards per catch, while Jarien Ramos caught three passes. The Falcons will hope that their secondary of Tristan Willis, Chris Baker, Hunter Ray, Nate Warrell and nickelback Tre Evans can keep the visitors at bay so Logan can focus on offense.

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ORANGE PARK AT NEASE

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: 103.9 FM (WSOS)

Records: Orange Park 0-1, Nease 0-1

Last week: Orange Park fell to Oakleaf 33-13; Nease lost to Ponte Vedra 24-13.

Last year: Teams did not play

Players to watch: Orange Park — AJ Mealer completed 22 of 36 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions last week. Nease — Jareem Westcott ran 18 times for 83 yards last week.

Game info: Starting his first game, Nease junior quarterback Preston Staples completed 14 of 20 passes against the Sharks last week, but averaged just 7.1 yards per completion for a total of 100 yards. In contrast, Sharks quarterback Jack Murrah averaged 23.3 yards on his eight completions. The Raiders allowed 555 yards to Oakleaf, which included Keshaun King’s 287 yards rushing. Marquise Brown caught nine of Mealer’s passes last week for 83 yards.

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ST. JOSEPH AT ST. FRANCIS

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Records: Gainesville St. Francis 1-0; St. Joseph 0-0

Last week: St. Francis defeated St. Johns Country Day 50-14.

Last year: St. Joseph won 46-34

Players to watch: St. Joseph — QBs Darrell Thomas and Dylan Thibault are expected to split snaps for the Flashes. St. Francis — NG/LG Issac Walker, a UCF commitment, is 6-4, 345 pounds and plays on both sides of the ball. He had two tackles, including one for a loss, last week.

Game info: St. Joseph hasn’t played since its preseason jamboree two weeks ago when it split with Father Lopez (14-10 win) and Pierson Taylor (28-7 loss) due to Quincy Munroe pulling out of last week’s season-opener. Unfortunately, the extra week wasn’t enough for Flashes RB/LB James Drysdale, who is recovering from an injury he suffered in the jamboree. Drysdale is expected back next week. The J.J.’s made an impact last week for St. Francis. Jaques Jackson rushed for 132 yards and a TD and picked off a pass. Je’vion Jackson had nine tackles and two sacks. Last year’s game, played on Labor Day due to a hurricane postponement, was an offensive shootout with the Flashes scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally from a 34-33 deficit.

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PONTE VEDRA AT PALATKA

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Streaming: Sharks Football on Facebook

Records: Ponte Vedra 1-0, Palatka 1-0

Last week: Ponte Vedra beat Nease 24-13. Palatka defeated Yulee 28-7

Last year: Teams did not play

Players to watch: Ponte Vedra — WR Jarrett Stepp caught five passes for 155 yards, and two touchdowns, including a 62-yarder, last week. Palatka — WR Stephen Winston caught four passes for 104 yards last week.

Game info: Ponte Vedra started 2017 the same way it started 2016. Last year, the Sharks wound up reeling off 13 straight wins before losing 35-33 in the the Class 5A state championship game. This is a different team, but the Sharks appear to be a threat to make the playoffs again. Duncan Van Kouteren had nine tackles and a sack last week. Running back Zackery King rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries.

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BARTRAM TRAIL at MAINLAND

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach

Records: Bartram Trail 0-1, Daytona Beach Mainland 1-0.

Last Year: Mainland won 48-22.

Last Week: Bartram lost at Cartersville (Ga.) 52-45; Mainland shut out DeLand 24-0

Players to watch: Bartram Trail – LB John Amell recorded two sacks and a tackle for loss in the Bears’ season opener. Mainland — Sophomore QB Jake Novello threw for 204 yards and ran for a touchdown.

Game Info: The Buccaneers run a similar offense to what Bartram Trail faced last week but don’t have similar quarterback play. Novello is making his second varsity start. When these two teams met at Bartram on Labor Day last year, Mainland ran out to a big lead despite sloppy special teams and penalties in all phases. The Bucs reportedly had penalty issues last week against DeLand. Should that trend repeat itself Bartram Trail is a good enough team to punish Mainland for the miscues.

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CREEKSIDE at RIDGEVIEW

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Records: Creekside 1-0, Ridgeview 1-0.

Last Year: Did not play.

Last Week: Creekside defeated Winter Springs 48-21; Ridgeview blanked Jackson 53-0

Players to watch: Creekside — Senior WR J.T. Wood scored three touchdowns to help the Knights break a 22-game losing streak. The Liberty commitment caught four passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns and also took a kickoff to the house. Ridgeview — Senior RB Trent Coleman needed only eight carries to produce 133 yards and two touchdowns to help the Panthers win for the first time since Week 1 of the 2015 season.

Game Info: Ridgeview runs a wing-T offense out of the shotgun. It’s a scheme that helped the Panthers produce 394 yards and no turnovers last week against Andrew Jackson. The Knights will be looking for their first winning streak since 2012. The best way to ensure that happens is to stop the run. Ridgeview averaged 11.1 yards per carry in its romp over the Tigers. “They obviously got off to a good start last week,” Creekside coach Sean McIntyre said Ridgeview. “They did some things to make Jackson look silly. … being physical on the defensive line and on the defense period. Offensively, we must limit turnovers and self-inflicted wounds. If we have positive plays then we feel we can be successful on Friday.”

 

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