JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s Week 2 of the high school football season. We take a look at the top four games, the next four options and the full schedule for teams in north Florida and south Georgia. All games are 7 p.m. unless indicated.
First four to watch
(9) Mandarin (1-0) at (2) Bolles (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Could wind up being the game of the night. The Mustangs got three passing TDs from Tramell Jones last week in a 27-20 win over Fletcher. He spread those scoring passes out to Jaime Ffrench, Kieren Jackson and Tiant Wyche to showcase the versatility of the Mandarin offense. Jackson will have the full attention of Bolles after his big game that also included 133 kick return yards and a TD. The Bulldogs segued into their new era of offense with a nice showcase that flashed the skills of QB DJ Moore, WR Naeem Burroughs and the running of Ty Neal. The defense was good, too. DB Kemani Wilson had a pick 6 and DB Kavon Miller also had a pick.
Nease (0-1) at (6) Creekside (1-0)
The Knights had a special showing in Week 1, wrecking Viera 49-0. Sophomore RB Danny Approbato had a breakout performance with 172 yards and a pair of TDs on 20 carries as Creekside dominated the game on the ground (41 carries, 307 yards, 4 TDs). That showing was probably a bit unexpected after graduating a truckload of seniors. On the other side, Nease found itself in a similar situation entering the season with graduation holes, notably WR Dom Henry. QB Marcus Stokes had a rushing TD but didn’t look healthy in a forgettable debut. Can Nease pivot and find the balance it had during last year’s 9-4 run to the regional finals? A loss would definitely signal that things
Parker (1-0) at Riverside (1-0), 6:30 p.m.
Can the Braves build off their recent success and make that leap into the next tier of Gateway Conference teams? On paper, they’re poised to do it. Defense has been at the forefront of Parker’s climb back and they posted a Week 1 shutout of Atlantic Coast to keep that theme intact. RB Darrell Sawyer III ran the ball well (160 yards, TD) for the Braves. ATH CJ Dorsey remains one of the area’s top playmakers. In the past two seasons, Parker has logged wins over Fletcher and Raines. A win over a new-look Riverside would be another step of progress. The Generals, with new coach Antwan Nicholas leading the way, edged Westside 12-6 last week. QB Devin Herring had 99 passing yards and a TD to Antonio Laws. They’re younger than they’ve been on offense but the defense is still a proud unit with experience, notably from DL De’Avery Weeks (6 tackles, sack).
(5) Raines (1-0) at (1) Trinity Christian (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Another Super 10 matchup for teams coming off close wins in Week 1. The Conquerors edged White, 48-40. Raines topped Miami Monsignor Pace, 19-13. RBs Treyaun Webb (191 yards, 3 TDs) and Darnell Rogers (189 yards, 3 TDs). Trinity will need to balance that out with the passing game as the season wears on. LB Cameron Anderson had monster defensive game for Trinity (18 tackles). For the Vikings, Mark Miller had a stellar start with 118 yards and a pair of TDs as Raines kept things on the ground on the soggy night. LB Jamari Whitehead (10 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 sacks). These teams have turned in some battles the last few years (24-18 in 2021, 21-0 in 2020, 17-14 OT in 2019), all Trinity wins.
Next four to watch
Oakleaf (1-0) at Baker County (0-0): Knights romped over Orange Park in the opener. The Wildcats were down 21-0 in the first half against Bradford before weather postponed it until Oct. 6.
Middleburg (0-1) at Bishop Kenny (1-0): Broncos have struggled since a strong start last season (lost 6 of 8 since a 3-0 start in 2021). Can they right the ship this week? Crusaders picked up where they left off last year. A win here and Kenny should be poised to hit midseason unbeaten.
West Nassau (1-0) at Charlton County (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: The Warriors are 3-2 in this series, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. The last meetings between the two were in 1986-87, Warriors wins of 40-0 and 34-0.
White (0-1) at Sandalwood (1-0), 6:30 p.m.: Commanders played very well in a loss last week to Trinity. Saints posted a defensive clinic against Ribault. Big RBs in this one, Jordan Bean of the Saints and Benny Lewis of the Commanders.
Week 2, Florida schedule
All games at 7 p.m. unless indicated
Thursday, Sept. 1
Crescent City (0-1) at Umatilla (0-1)
Flagler Palm Coast (1-0) at Mainland (1-0)
Keystone Heights (0-0) at Gainesville Eastside (1-0)
Riverside Christian (0-0-1) at Impact Christian (0-1)
Friday, Sept. 2
Atlantic Coast (0-1) at Ribault (0-1), 6:30 p.m.
Baldwin (1-0) at Bradford (0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Bartram Trail (1-0) at Daytona Beach Seabreeze (0-1)
Bishop Snyder (1-0) at Gainesville Oak Hall (1-0)
Cedar Creek Christian (1-0) at Halifax Academy (1-0)
Christ’s Church (0-1) at Victory Christian (0-1)
Clay (0-1) at Ridgeview (0-1)
Columbia (0-1) at Union County (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Episcopal (1-0) at Orange Park (0-1)
Fernandina Beach (1-0) vs. Beachside (0-1), at Bartram Trail
Florida High (1-0) at Ponte Vedra (0-1)
Fleming Island (1-0) at Tallahassee Rickards (1-0)
Harvest (1-0) at Eagle’s View (0-1)
Jackson (1-1) at Westside (0-1), 6:30 p.m.
Mandarin (1-0) at Bolles (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Menendez (1-0) at Englewood (1-0), 6:30 p.m.
Middleburg (0-1) at Bishop Kenny (1-0)
Nease (0-1) at Creekside (1-0)
Newberry (1-0) at Fort White (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
NFEI (1-0) at Stanton (0-1), 6:30 p.m.
Oakleaf (1-0) at Baker County (0-0)
Ocala Forest (0-1) at First Coast (0-1), postponed to Sept. 9
Parker (1-0) at Riverside (1-0), 6:30 p.m.
Paxon (0-1) at Wolfson (0-1), 6:30 p.m.
Port Orange Atlantic (0-1) at Palatka (1-0)
Providence (0-1) at Interlachen (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Raines (1-0) at Trinity Christian (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Rocky Bayou Christian (1-0) at Hollis Christian (0-1)
St. Joseph (0-1) at Daytona Beach Father Lopez (0-1)
St. Petersburg Gibbs (0-1) at St. Augustine (0-1)
Suwannee (0-1) at Hamilton County (0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Tallahassee Chiles (0-1) at Fletcher (0-1), 6:30 p.m.
Tocoi Creek (1-0) at Matanzas (1-0)
University Christian (1-0) at Hilliard (1-0)
West Nassau (1-0) at Charlton County (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
White (0-1) at Sandalwood (1-0), 6:30 p.m.
Young Kids in Motion (1-0) at Zarephath Academy (0-1)
Yulee (0-1) at Titusville (1-0)
Off: First Coast.
Week 3, Georgia schedule
All games at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2
Glynn Academy (2-0) at Camden County (0-2)
Pierce County (1-0) at Metter (1-1)
Ware County (1-0) at Baldwin (0-2)
West Nassau (1-0) at Charlton County (2-0)