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Week 10 football picks: Menendez, Parker, PV earn district titles

High school football Week 10 will see at least four district champions punch their tickets to the playoffs.
High school football Week 10 will see at least four district champions punch their tickets to the playoffs. (iStock/halbergman)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – News4Jax sports editor Justin Barney's weekly high school football predictions will be published each Thursday. All games at 7 p.m. unless indicated. District games indicated by an *.

Last week: 28-6. Season: 218-75 (.744).

THURSDAY

Creekside (3-5, 1-3) at Gainesville Buchholz (4-4, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.*: Knights have seen their once-promising season derailed down the stretch. N4J pick: Buchholz 28, Creekside 21

Paxon (2-6, 0-3) at Ribault (3-4, 1-2), 6 p.m.*: Trojans continue climb back to .500. N4J pick: Ribault 36, Paxon 7

FRIDAY

Atlantic Coast (2-6, 1-3) at Fleming Island (7-0, 4-0), 7:30*: Golden Eagles have conquered their biggest challengers in the way of a perfect regular season. N4J pick: Fleming Island 35, Atlantic Coast 21

Baker County (5-3, 1-2) at Bishop Kenny (1-6, 0-3)*: Wildcats have clawed back into the playoff picture. N4J pick: Baker County 34, Bishop Kenny 21

Bartram Trail (8-0, 3-0) at Sandalwood (3-4, 1-2), 6 p.m.*: Bears close in on first unbeaten regular season in school history. N4J pick: Bartram 36, Sandalwood 21

Bradford (3-4) at South Sumter (6-2), 7:30 p.m.: Tornadoes need to keep on winning, but this is a tough one. N4J pick: South Sumter 29, Bradford 22

Clay (0-8, 0-3) at Ridgeview (1-7, 1-2)*: Panthers get the edge in this Clay County battle. N4J pick: Ridgeview 19, Clay 14

Columbia (6-2, 1-1) at Middleburg (2-6, 0-2)*: Tigers end their two-game losing skid. N4J pick: Columbia 49, Middleburg 7

Deltona Pine Ridge (1-7) at Wolfson (6-2), 6 p.m.: Those Wolfpack playoff chants are growing stronger. N4J pick: Wolfson 32, Pine Ridge 13

Eagle's View (4-5) at Halifax Academy (3-6): Warriors get one on the road. N4J pick: Eagle's View 22, Halifax 13

Englewood (1-7, 0-2) at Matanzas (2-6, 0-2)*: Pirates get their first district win of the season. N4J pick: Matanzas 31, Englewood 24

First Coast (2-5, 1-3) at Fletcher (5-3, 3-1), 6 p.m.*: Senators have a playoff chance and they need to keep heading toward it. N4J pick: Fletcher 31, First Coast 20

Flagler Palm Coast (7-1, 3-1) at DeLand (5-2, 2-1): Even without a district title, FPC is very much in pursuit of a high playoff spot in Region 1-8A. N4J pick: FPC 32, DeLand 24

Fort White (3-5) at Newberry (8-1), 7:30 p.m.: Indians need to win out, but this is a challenge. N4J pick: Newberry 27, Fort White 20

Hilliard (4-4) at Bronson (4-5): Red Flashes are in the playoff picture, but they have to close strong. N4J pick: Bronson 27, Hilliard 24

Interlachen (4-4) at Keystone Heights (6-1), 7:30 p.m.: The Pirates have been one of the best in Region 2-4A. N4J pick: Keystone Heights 28, Interlachen 20

Jackson (3-5) at West Nassau (6-2): Warriors bounce back after a loss last week. N4J pick: West Nassau 37, Jackson 7

John Carroll Catholic (4-4) at Bolles (6-1), 7:30 p.m.: Bulldogs keep the gas pedal mashed down. N4J pick: Bolles 35, John Carroll Catholic 14

Jordan Christian Prep (6-1) at Union County (3-5), 7:30 p.m.: Tigers in a close one. N4J pick: Union County 32, Jordan Christian Prep 30

Lee (5-3, 2-0) at Gainesville (1-7, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.*: Generals officially wrap up the district title here, but we knew that it was theirs two weeks ago. N4J pick: Lee 36, Gainesville 7

Lighthouse Private Christian (3-4) at St. Joseph (3-4): Flashes get back to .500. N4J pick: St. Joseph 23, Lighthouse Private 14

Mandarin (5-3) at White (3-5), 6 p.m.: Mustangs could have a playoff spot if they win out. N4J pick: Mandarin 36, White 14

Menendez (5-2, 3-0) at Orange Park (5-3, 3-0)*: A good one to determine the District 5-5A champ. N4J pick: Menendez 33, Orange Park 31

Mount Dora Christian (6-2) at Christ's Church (7-1): Eagles can make some noise in the SSAC playoffs. N4J pick: Christ's Church 28, Mount Dora Christian 21

North Florida Educational (3-5) at Fernandina Beach (4-5): This should be a good one. N4J pick: Fernandina Beach 29, NFEI 27

Oakleaf (5-3, 1-2) at Nease (1-7, 0-3)*: Knights won't reach the playoffs, but they should finish 7-3. N4J pick: Oakleaf 33, Nease 21

St. Augustine (5-3, 2-0) at Ponte Vedra (6-1, 2-0)*: Sharks wrap up the district crown with their second straight win over the Yellow Jackets. N4J pick: Ponte Vedra 35, St. Augustine 31

St. Johns Country Day (3-3) at Aucilla Christian (8-0): Tough one on the road for the Spartans. N4J pick: Aucilla Christian 36, St. Johns CD 14

Stanton (1-6, 1-2) at Yulee (3-5, 2-1)*: Hornets shake off loss to Raines last week. N4J pick: Yulee 33, Stanton 14

Tallahassee Godby (4-5, 1-1) at Suwannee (4-4, 0-2), 7:30 p.m.*: Cougars drop Bulldogs under .500. N4J pick: Godby 31, Suwannee 20

Trinity Christian (4-5) at Raines (5-2), 6 p.m.: Conquerors need to win out and they do. N4J pick: Trinity 28, Raines 13

University Christian (7-1) at Crescent City (3-4): UC is cruising toward a first-round bye in the playoffs. N4J pick: UC 34, Crescent City 14

Westside (7-1, 3-0) at Parker (5-2, 3-0), 6 p.m.*: Game of the season for both teams. N4J pick: Parker 28, Westside 24

Others (home teams in bold)

Faith Christian (4-4) over Cedar Creek Christian (2-6), Thursday

Windermere Prep (2-6) over Bishop Snyder (1-7)

OFF: Baldwin, Episcopal, Joshua Christian, Palatka, Providence
 


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