Week 3 high school football previews

CLAY AT BARTRAM

 

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Clay 1-1, Bartram Trail 1-1

Last Year: Did not play

Last Week: Clay beat Middleburg 48-0; Bartram Trail beat Daytona Beach Mainland 35-24

Players to Watch: Clay — Kicker Liz Fogarty is a reliable specialist inside of 35 yards and her kickoffs get enough height to prevent most opponents from picking up yardage in the return game. Bartram Trail — QB Joey Gatewood has accounted for seven touchdowns in the first two games of the season and does not look to be slowing down.

Game Info: The Bears used four first-half touchdowns and four total turnovers to end Mainland’s 30-game regular-season home winning streak Monday. Bartram’s labor-intensive week continues with a physical Clay team that has run on 71 percent of its plays thus far. Aundre Carter (12 carries for 100 yards), Christian Swilley (7 for 90) and Tymious Goodman (12 for 69) each scored two rushing touchdowns last week. Defensively, Bartram Trail conceded chunk plays in its victory over Mainland, but produced turnovers when it forced the Buccaneers to drive the length of the field.

CREEKSIDE

AT PAXON

Kickoff: 6 p.m.

Records: Creekside 1-1, Paxon 2-0.

Last week: Ridgeview beat Creekside 49-17; Paxon defeated Wolfson 40-13.

Last year: Teams did not play

Players to watch: Creekside — J.T. Wood has 7 catches for 115 yards and 3 TDs, including 3 for 37 and a TD last week. Coach Sean McIntyre said Ridgeview had a high-low combination on the dangerous receiver every single play. This week the Knights will try to make sure Wood touches the ball more. Paxon — The 6-1, 220-pound Elijah Shingles rushed for 151 yards and two TDs on 11 carries last week and added six tackles.

Game info: Already this season, Creekside has learned how to win (snapping a 22-game losing streak in Week 1) and that winning doesn’t get any easier the second time around. “We had a big letdown after a big win,” McIntyre said. “We weren’t ready to play and that was my fault as a coach.” The Knights will need to tackle better and line up correctly on a consistent basis against the Golden Eagles.

BISHOP KENNY

AT NEASE

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

Radio: 103.9 FM (WSOS)

Records: Bishop Kenny 2-0, Nease 1-1

Last week: Bishop Kenny defeated Atlantic Coast 17-7; Nease beat Orange Park 47-15

Last year: Did not play.

Players to watch: Bishop Kenny — Aaron Fudge, a 6-3, 180-pound receiver, had a TD catch and an 80-yard punt return for another score last week. Nease — Ashton Wood took most of the direct snaps last week, running for 119 yards and a touchdown and completing 3 of 4 passes with two TDs.

Game info: With quarterback Preston Staples still out with an injury, the Panthers will build on the direct-snap offense they unveiled last week with Wood, running back Jareem Westcott and tight end Zach Sheffer taking the snaps. This week they won’t have the element of surprise in their favor, however. “That spark of something new excited our guys,” Nease coach Tim Krause said. “We’re trying to keep it fun.” Krause coached at Bishop Kenny for eight years and said it has been a little awkward preparing for his old team.

MENENDEZ

AT YULEE

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: 102.1 FM (WFOY)

Records: Menendez 1-1, Yulee 0-1

Last Year: Did not play

Last Week: St. Augustine defeated Menendez 65-14; Yulee’s game was canceled.

Players to Watch: Menendez — QB Darian Oxendine averages 7.4 yards per carry and is liable to line up in a litany of places. Yulee — RB Kaleb Graves is a fourth-year varsity palyer who has fully recovered from the ankle injury that caused him to miss most of the 2016 season.

Game Info: Yulee’s Week 2 contest against Rockledge was canceled after less than 10 minutes of action. The skies over McLarty Park opened up and did not relent. The Hornets and Raiders called the game shortly after 8 p.m. so Yulee could make the three-hour trek back to Nassau County. It’s under that context that the home team will be itching to play a full 48 minutes. “We’ve played some good ball teams in the last two games,” said first-year Yulee coach Josh Burch. “We struggled moving the ball against Palatka in the first half and in the second half we opened it up a little bit.” Menendez committed five turnovers against St. Augustine. Falcons coach Patrick Turner said his team wins 85 percent of its contests when it commits one turnover or less. This game is Menendez’s final tune-up before District 5-5A play begins against Baker County —would be an opportune time for the Falcons to revert to their Week 1 ball security.

ST. JOSEPH

at EAGLE’S VIEW

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Records: St. Joseph 0-1, Eagle’s View 0-2

Last Year: St. Joseph won 26-0

Last Week: Gainesville St. Francis beat St. Joseph 54-28; Bell beat Eagle’s View 21-6.

Players to Watch: St. Joseph — QB Dylan Thibault threw a pair of TDs and ran for a third in last week’s season opener. Eagle’s View — DE/WR Austin Mobley is a 6-foot-6 matchup nightmare on both sides of the ball. He recorded 10 tackles and two sacks last week. For the season, Mobley has 17 tackles and four sacks and two catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Game Info: The Flashes have won two straight in this series against former St. Joseph coach Frank Andrea. The Warriors may be winless, but they have held opponents to 176 offensive yards and forced four turnovers in two games. St. Joseph was undone by turnovers and a lack of execution on offense in its opener. If the Flashes can figure it out offensively with Thibault, QB/WR Darrell Thomas, WR Luke Magri and others, they may have enough firepower to make it three straight against their former coach.

 

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