JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s Week 3 of the high school football season and quite a few teams look to stay unbeaten. Here’s a glance at our top four games of the week and the next four. All games are Friday at 7 p.m. unless indicated.
Columbia (1-1) at (5) Oakleaf (2-0): How do the Tigers bounce back from last week? They were punished on offense by area No. 2 Bolles in a game that they couldn’t keep their QB standing upright. The Knights are coming off a 40-30 win over Miami Carol City, a game that they rallied from 16 points down to emerge with the win. Credit a big offense for that. They’re averaging 41 points per game and have punished opponents on the ground. RB Isaiah Shevchook went for 160 yards and three TDs in last week’s win, starring in place of Devin Outlaw. While they were strafed last week, Columbia has big play ability in the form of Tray Tolliver and Marcus Peterson and no doubt is ready to get back on track.
Fleming Island (1-1) at Creekside (2-0): The Golden Eagles are fresh off a 6-0 win on the road at Lake Minneola, a program coming off a state runner-up finish in 2020. Fleming allowed just 62 total yards last week. That defensive might will be needed again to clamp down on a Knights squad that put up 37 on Nease last week and scored five touchdowns. RB Preston Strope rushed for 162 yards and two TDs. QB Jacob Dennie had three TD passes, two to Paul Wood. Fleming RB Sam Singleton is a rising star and his 80-yard TD run last week was the difference.
Madison County (0-1) at (6) University Christian (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: The Christians return home after two road victories to open the season and they are clicking. RB Orel Gray continues to be the driving force for the Christians on both sides of the ball. Gray may be the most versatile player in town. He’s rushed for 248 yards and six TDs and also picked off three passes in the secondary. The 1-2 punch of Gray and Alan Woods (217 rushing yards) has been tough to slow down. That duo has reached 100 yards rushing in both games this season and remain on pace to be dual 1,000-yard backs. Can they crack a Madison County defense that is traditional stingy and physical?
(10) St. Augustine (1-0) at (2) Bolles (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: The game of the night among area teams. The Yellow Jackets thumped Menendez 44-0 in their season opener last week. They competition ramps up in a big way against the powerful Bulldogs, who pummeled Columbia 34-7 behind a wicked defensive performance. St. Augustine QB Trevon Dirden, RB Tyshawn Campbell and a bevy of other players spread things out and punished the Falcons from all angles. The Yellow Jackets have their work cut out for them on the offensive front. Bolles’ defense thumped Columbia to the tune of six sacks, four of them by LB Jack Pyburn. The Bulldogs recorded three safeties and limited the Tigers to minus-73 total yards. DL Hayden Schwartz has 14 tackles in two games. RB Kade Frew continues to torment opponents. He’s rushed for 287 yards and five TDs.
Baker County (1-1) at Ponte Vedra (1-1): A big win for the Sharks last week over Episcopal as the offense got moving. Wildcats have to button things up on defense after last week.
Baldwin (0-0) at Westside (1-1), 6:30 p.m.: The Indians make their season debut, while the Wolverines try and bounce back from a 30-point loss to Suwannee.
Jackson (1-1) at Fletcher (0-2), 6:30 p.m.: The Senators have got to find some answers on offense. The Tigers are coming off of a big win over Providence.
Sandalwood (1-1) at Atlantic Coast (1-1), 6:30 p.m.: Big losses by both teams last week, but a clash of offensive stars in Saints QB Chris Calhoun and Stingrays RB Arthur Walker.
Week 3, Florida
All games Friday at 7 p.m. unless indicated
Baker County (1-1) at Ponte Vedra (1-1)
Baldwin (0-0) at Westside (1-1), 6:30 p.m.
Bell Creek (0-1) at Christ’s Church (2-0)
Bishop Kenny (2-0) at Stanton (0-2), 6:30 p.m.
Bronson (1-1) at Bishop Snyder (0-1)
Cedar Creek Christian (0-1) at Eagle’s View (1-0)
Clay (1-0) at Bradford (0-2), 7:30 p.m.
Columbia (1-1) at Oakleaf (2-0)
Crescent City (1-1) at Interlachen (0-1)
Englewood (1-1) at Episcopal (1-1)
Fleming Island (1-1) at Creekside (2-0)
Hamilton County (0-1) at Fort White (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Harvest (0-1) at Union County (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Hawthorne (2-0) at Suwannee (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Jackson (1-1) at Fletcher (0-2), 6:30 p.m.
Madison County (0-1) at University Christian (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mandarin (0-2) at First Coast (0-2), 6:30 p.m.
Matanzas (1-0) at Deltona (1-1)
Menendez (1-1) at Ridgeview (0-1)
Middleburg (2-0) at Santa Fe (0-2)
North Florida Educational (0-1) at St. Joseph (0-1)
Orange Park (1-1) at Nease (1-1)
Parker (1-1) at Wolfson (0-2), 6:30 p.m.
Paxon (1-1) at Hilliard (2-0)
Port Orange Atlantic (0-2) at Flagler Palm Coast (1-0)
Providence (0-2) at Fernandina Beach (0-2)
Riverside (2-0) at Ribault (0-2), 6:30 p.m.
St. Augustine (1-0) at Bolles (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Sandalwood (1-1) at Atlantic Coast (1-1), 6:30 p.m.
Tallahassee Lincoln (1-1) at Bartram Trail (2-0)
Tocoi Creek (0-1) at Keystone Heights (2-0)
Weeki Wachee (0-2) at Palatka (0-1)
West Nassau (0-1) at Yulee (1-1)
Zarephath Academy (1-0) at Trinity Christian (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Off: Raines, White.
Georgia, Week 4
All games at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 9
Brunswick (2-0) at New Hampstead (3-0)
Friday, Sept. 10
Camden County (3-0) at Marietta (1-1)
Charlton County (2-0) at McIntosh County (0-1-1)
Thomson (3-0) at Ware County (3-0), canceled
Off: Glynn Academy, Pierce County, Ware County.