CREEKSIDE AT GAINESVILLE BUCHHOLZ
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Records: Creekside 3-3, 0-1 in District 3-7A; Buchholz 2-5, 0-1.
Last year: Buchholz 49, Creekside 0
Last week: Creekside beat Episcopal 48-13; Buchholz lost to Gainesville 21-13.
Players to watch: Buchholz — Trent Whittemore has taken over at quarterback and he has passed for 249 yards in the past two games. While the Florida commit is not a natural QB, he adds athleticism and grit to the position. Creekside — Vance Bennett stepped in for the injured J.T. Wood last week and rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Wood may return tonight, but Bennett, a cornerback, will continue to get some carries after showing how explosive he can be, coach Sean McIntyre said.
Game info: WR/RB Wood (hamstring) and QB Tai Lavatai (knee) missed last week’s game. Both have practiced this week, but they will be gametime decisions, McIntyre said. Their replacements both had outstanding games in the win. Bennett ran for over 200 yards and Jake Forcier passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Buchholz is the two-time defending district champion but has struggled this season, while Creekside is on the rise after entering the season with a 22-game losing streak. McIntyre said as the players have gained confidence they have played with more effort and physicality.
GAINESVILLE ST. FRANCIS AT FSDB
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Records: St. Francis 5-0, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind 1-4
Last year: Did not play
Last game: FSDB lost Harvest Community 41-7 last week. St. Francis defeated Gainesville Oak Hall 36-0 on Sept. 29.
Players to watch: St. Francis — QB Nick Baskin has passed for 1,128 yards and 14 touchdowns with two interceptions and has also rushed for 172 yards and five TDs. FSDB — Alex Aldridge had 11 solo takcles and four assists last week.
Game info: St. Francis will be the toughest team the Dragons have faced to date. The Wolves shut out defending North Florida Football Conference champ Oak Hall, a team that beat FSDB 52-0 in the season opener. St. Francis has scored 40 or more points in four of its five games. While the Dragons are improving, they will hard a hard time keeping up with the team currently ranked second in Region 2-2A with an average of 39.0 playoff points.