Baker County, Bolles, Pierce County, Trinity Christian headed to state semis

After coming close last year, Baker County got past the regional final hump and advanced to the state semifinals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The area is down to its final four high school football teams.

Baker County, Bolles and Trinity Christian moved on in the Florida state playoffs, while Pierce County continued its trek in the Georgia postseason.

The dreams seasons of Nease and Union County ended in road games on Friday night one step short of the state semifinals. The Panthers (9-4) couldn’t catch up after playing Gainesville Buchholz (12-1) to a 16-7 game in the first half, falling 37-14 to end their best season since a state runner-up finish in 2007.

The Panthers couldn't catch up to top-seeded Buchholz in a 37-14 loss

Second-seeded Bolles crushed top-seeded and overmatched South Walton, 55-7, to barrel into next week’s Class 4A state semifinals at Cocoa.

Kade Frew had three touchdowns in the first quarter and DJ Moore hit Patrick Green on a 90-yard score to put Bolles up 28-0 early in the second quarter.

In Class 5A, Cam Smith had three rushing touchdowns and Baker County’s top-shelf defense continued to steal the show in a 26-10 win over visiting Wakulla. The win puts the Wildcats (11-2) in the state semifinals next week for the third time, and first since a 2017 state runner-up finish. Baker County, locked in to the No. 3 seed for the semis, will travel to face either Merritt Island or Miami Central for that game.

In Class 1A, Union County’s perfect season ended with a 28-27 loss to top-seeded Chiefland. The Tigers scored with just over a minute to play but had the tying two-point conversion play denied. Union County’s season ends at 12-1.

In the Georgia High School Association playoffs, Pierce County fended off a tough Peach County, 35-30, to reach the state semifinals.

Florida playoff results

Friday, Regional finals

Region 1-7A

1. Gainesville Buchholz 37, 7. Nease 14

Region 1-5A

1. Baker County 26, 3. Wakulla 10

Region 1-4A

2. Bolles 55, 1. South Walton 7

Region 1-2A

1. Trinity Christian 39, 2. Quincy Munroe 22

Region 3-1A

1. Chiefland 29, 3. Union County 27

Georgia playoff results

State quarterfinals

Class 3A

Pierce County 35, Peach County 30

Florida playoff schedule

Dec. 3, State semifinals

Class 5A (schedule will be finalized after Saturday game)

TBA. Merritt Island (12-1); .671 RPI

4. Sebring (9-3); .573 RPI

3. Baker County (11-2); .618 RPI

Miami Killian (.694)/Miami Central (.656) play Saturday

Class 4A

4. Bolles (8-2) at 1. Cocoa (10-1)

3. Lakewood (11-2) at 2. Cardinal Gibbons (9-2)

Class 2A

4. Trinity Christian (8-4) at 1. Orlando Christian Prep (10-1)

3. Champagnat Catholic (9-2) at 2. First Baptist Academy (10-1)

Georgia playoff schedule

Dec. 3, state semifinals

Class 3A

Carver (11-2) at Pierce County (11-2)

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.