With a great Week 1 in the books, local high schools are back at it this Friday. And just like last week, there’s some big time rivals going at it.
Gainesville (0-1) @ Eastside (0-1) - Another leg of the city rivalry gets underway this week. This is the second straight in-city foe for the Rams, having lost to Buchholz last week 13-6. And Eastside head coach Jeff Parker says that they built this schedule to be tough on purpose.
The Rams will face a tough opponent in the Purple Hurricanes. GHS got lit up by Columbia in their opener 49-7. Plus the Canes lost wide receivers Chris Thompson and Case Harrison as well as linebacker Keith Kelsey Jr. to the college game. Despite that, Parker says that he expects a battle with the Canes.
Eastside is already out of the running for the city title, and for GHS it’s their first game in the three way rivalry.
Clay (0-1) @ Buchholz (1-0) -The Bobcats are the squad with a win in the battle for Gainesville after beating Eastside last week, while Clay comes in after losing to Fleming Island 17-14. Buchholz head coach Mark Whittemore says that he wasn’t too happy with his squad’s performance against Eastside, despite the win.
Overall though, Whittemore says he is happy with how the team has progressed after losing some players in key roles.
These two teams actually go at it tonight as opposed to the normal Friday night game.
Newberry (1-0) @ Fort White (0-0) -The Newberry Panthers also got a win over a local rival Santa Fe 29-14 last week. Panthers quarterback Alex Wilkens was only 6 of 13 passing last week, but still threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile Fort White ended its first weekend of play in somewhat disappointing fashion as they tied Hamilton County 0-0 after a long weather delay.
Despite the fact that Fort White failed to put up any points last week, Newberry head coach Kepa Sarduy knows his team must stay focused to avoid a loss Friday night.
The matchup against Fort White will be the Newberry’s first road test of the season.
Other area games on Friday finds PK Yonge hosting Bell, St. Francis at Tallahassee John Paul II, Union County at West Nassau, Williston hosting Taylor County and Oak Hall at Aucilla Christian.