This week marks not only the start of Gators football, but high school football throughout the state as well. Last night the Gainesville Hurricanes and Yulee Hornets collided to kick their respective seasons off in style. GHS won 51-28 behind a strong showing from University of Florida wide receiver commit Chris Thompson. Thompson scored four touchdowns in the first half alone, three of which came from receptions and one from an interception return. The future Gator only expects things to get better as the season continues.
Multiple other programs will also begin their seasons tonight. Some of the games featured will include Eastside taking on Buchholz , Trinity Catholic facing off with North Marion, Santa Fe matching up against Newberry, and Lake Weir playing Ocala Forest.
The Eastside Rams could have their hands full against Buchholz this evening, but second year head coach Jeff Parker is ready to finally get things underway.
Over at Trinity Catholic, the Celtics will be under the watchful eye of their head coach and former Gator great John Brantley Sr, who has a career record of 36-6 at the school. Trinity Catholic is set to take on North Marion at 7:30 tonight. Brantley expects another successful season from his squad.
The Lake Weir Hurricanes will also start their season tonight, as they lock up with Forest high over in Ocala. The Hurricanes had a rough season last year, going 3-7, however head coach Jason Robinson exepects his seniors to lead the team back to victory lane in 2012.
And finally, Santa Fe will take on Newberry as they hope to find some stability behind head coach Bill Wiles. Wiles is the school’s fourth coach since 2006, and decided to take the job based on the programs strong football reputation.
Catch all this season’s high school football news and highlights right here on ESPN Radio 850/900 Friday nights starting at 10 o’clock (or immediatley following Gators Soccer/Volleyball), on “High School Hits”.