It’s the penultimate week of the season, with most district races already decided. However, a few matchups on Friday night still possess postseason implications as teams look to build momentum as they head into November.
Keystone Heights (6-2) at Santa Fe (5-2) – 7:30 PM
This one has the makings of an offensive shootout. The Raiders average over 400 yards and 37 points per game, while the Indians have a running back by the name of Ray Trimble, who leads the area in rushing and racked up 401 yards on 45 carries last week against Interlachen. If Keystone can ride Trimble and keep the Santa Fe offense on the sidelines, they might have a chance at the upset. The Santa Fe linebacker trio of Tyler Hughey, Caysaun Wakely and Walter Jenkins (198 combined tackles) will look to shut down the ground attack There should be plenty of motivation for Bill Wiles’ crew to avoid an upset as well — the Raiders can clinch their first district championship in 19 years with a victory.
Jacksonville University Christian (6-2) at Dixie County (6-2) – 7:30 PM
University Christian fell to Brentwood Academy (Tennessee) last week, 53-6. Don’t let that score fool you though — the Christians are for real. They were ranked #1 in 2A before that blowout loss, average over 46 points per game, and have already wrapped up their district crown. The Bears have clinched a playoff berth (district runner-up) as well after defeating Newberry last Friday. The Dixie County defense, who surrenders a stout 13.5 ppg, will be put to the test as they try to contain running back Hussein Howe (1,124 yards and 20 TDs).
Other area teams in action include Chiefland at Williston, Creekside at Buchholz, Oak Hall at Tallahassee John Paul II, St. Francis at P.K. Yonge, and Bradford at Interlachen