Week 7 high school football previews



Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: 96.5 FM (WAOC);

Live stream: Facebook.com/Sharks-football

Records: St. Augustine 4-0; Ponte Vedra 4-1

Last year: Did not play

Last week: St. Augustine defeated Englewood 52-0; Ponte Vedra defeated Bishop Kenny 38-22

Players to watch: St. Augustine — Receivers Karim Brown and Cedrin Daniel are QB Austin Reed’s favorite targets. They have combined for 756 of the Yellow Jackets’ 1,000 passing yards and 9 of the team’s 11 TD catches. Brown has 14 catches for 339 yards and five TDs in just three games. Daniel has 22 catches for 447 yards and four TDs. Ponte Vedra — Jarrett Stepp has 16 receptions for 305 yards and six TDs and also intercepted a pass last week.

Game info: The Sharks made a statement last week shutting down previously undefeated Bishop Kenny. Ponte Vedra held the Crusaders to 38 yards rushing on 24 carries. In five games the Sharks have 14 takeaways (8 fumble recoveries and six interceptions), 14 sacks and two punt blocks. St. Augustine has one of the best offenses (467.3 yards) and defenses (227.5 yards) in Northeast Florida. The Jackets have intercepted eight passes, three by Jaden McDowell.


Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Records: Oakleaf 1-4, 0-1 in District 3-7A; Bartram Trail 3-2, 1-0

Last week: Oakleaf lost to Fleming Island 13-7; Bartram defeated Creekside 49-0

Players to watch: Oakleaf — Kenny Davis has blocked a field goal, caused a fumble, intercepted a pass and has 5.5 tackles for loss. Bartram Trail — While the bears’ quarterbacks have combined for 1,278 yards passing, RB Devin Ellison has been a force to be reckoned with. The junior has rushed for 534 yards with eight touchdowns. He averages 8.2 yards per carry.

Game info: The records for both of these teams are deceptive. Oakleaf has lost by a touchdown or less to Glades Central (13-12), Clay (42-35) and undefeated Fleming Island (7-0). Bartram’s two losses have come to teams with a combined 10-0 record. A victory in this game could be important down the road for the Bears’ playoff chances if they don’t win the district, which could be decided next week when Bartram travels to Fleming Island.


Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: 103.9 (WSOS FM)

Records: Nease 2-3 (0-0 in District 4-6A); White 2-3 (1-0)

Last year: White 35, Nease 30

Last week: White beat Middleburg 35-21; Nease lost to Matanzas 17-14

Players to watch: Nease – Trey Ragin caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown and also intercepted a pass last week. White — Virginia Tech commit Caleb Stewart has rushed for 555 yards and five touchdowns.

Game info: White likes to keep the ball on the ground, rushing for 800 yards while passing for 243. Stewart and Isaiah Flowers have run for 767 yards between them. Nease quarterback Preston Staples saw his first extensive playing time last week since injuring his knee as the Panthers went away from the single-wing offense they had adopted in his absence. The junior scored a touchdown on a 20-yard scramble and completed 6 of 10 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions. The Panthers have been snake-bitten with injuries this season.


Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Live stream: bit.ly/SJAFootball

Records: St. Johns Country Day 1-3, St. Joseph 1-2

Last Year: St. Joseph won 41-0

Last Week: Tallahassee Maclay beat St. Johns Country Day 42-6.

Players to Watch: St. Johns County Day — QB Max Monroe has accounted for every one of the Spartans’ eight touchdowns this season. In last week’s game against the Marauders the freshman threw a fourth quarter touchdown to Brady Walden. St. Joseph — WR Ryan Deblois has only six catches, but he is devastating when the ball is in his orbit. Deblois caught a touchdown in the Flashes’ win over Ocala St. John Lutheran on Sept. 22 and averages 26.8 yards per catch.

Game info: Tonight is homecoming for the Flashes and they will look to win for a 10th time in their last 11 games at Versaggi Field. St. Joseph has won six of eight in this series, including a pair of blowouts in the last two years. St. Joseph quarterback Dylan Thibault is completing 61.5 percent of his passes (24 of 39) for 415 yards and three touchdowns. Thibault’s counterpart, Monroe has completed 44.1 percent of his passes (34 of 77) for 436 yards and five touchdowns. Considering Monroe has also thrown four interceptions, Ivron Barnes and the rest of the St. Joseph secondary should be prepared to catch the football.


Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: 1010 AM

Records: Episcopal 2-2, Creekside 2-3

Last Year: Did not play

Last Week: Episcopal beat Hilliard 42-0; Creekside lost to Bartram Trail 49-0.

Players to Watch: Episcopal – RB Cameron Rawls scored a pair of touchdowns in last week’s filleting of the Red Flashes. Creekside — DB Vance Bennett is one of the senior leaders on a defense that has will need to rise to the challenge of a run-oriented attack.

Game Info: Episcopal has won two straight since returning to the field after Hurricane Irma. Though Eagle’s View and Hilliard are both .500 programs at the midway point of the season, the Knights have far more depth than any team Episcopal has faced this season. Creekside has been gashed on the ground in recent weeks — but that was by a pair of large public schools with college prospects toting the football. More than 60 percent of Episcopal’s yardage has come on the ground this year. Rawls leads the way with 404 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, but the Eagles can throw the football as evidenced by Jackson Westberry completing 11 of 16 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns last week. The last time the two schools played was on Sept. 28, 2012, when Creekside won 48-14.