High school football ‘22: Four to watch, full schedule for a massive Week 10 slate of games

Raines and quarterback Roman Doles host Jackson on Thursday night. (Kevin Nguyen, News4JAX)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s Week 10 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. This is the final week of district games and automatic playoff qualifiers will be locked in after this week’s games.

All games are 7 p.m. unless indicated. District games indicated by an *. Super 10 rankings are in parentheses.

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Four to watch

(8) Bolles (5-3, 2-0) at Bishop Kenny (7-1, 2-0), Friday*

The natural rivals meet with the District 2-2M title on the line. The Crusaders are looking for their first win over the Bulldogs since 1977. Kenny coach Tim Krause has helped pivot the Crusaders from a one-win program in 2020 to very likely a back-to-back playoff team. Kenny’s lone loss was a 33-32 defeat to a solid Ponte Vedra team. QB James Resar is the focal point for the Crusaders with WRs Jackson Burnett and Jayden Harris the outside playmakers. LB Kolbe Sexton is the top tackling and pass rush threat. Bolles endured an uncharacteristic three straight losses this season, albeit losses to programs who are a combined 22-2 and two defending state champions. They’ve since bounced back with three straight wins and hammered two district opponents by a combined 100-13. RBs Emmett Grzebin (529 rushing yards, 4 TDs) and Tyrone Neal (354 rushing yards, 6 TDs) and WR Naeem Burroughs (401 receiving yards, 4 TDs) have been QB DJ Moore’s main playmakers. DB Kavon Miller has a team-best three of Bolles’ 12 interceptions. Kenny came agonizingly close to ending its streak against Bolles in 2017. QB Josiah Johnson threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Chris Sanders with 9 seconds left in a 38-34 stunner.

First Coast (5-2, 1-1) at (7) Fletcher (6-2, 2-0), Thursday, 6:30 p.m.*

This game got a bit more interesting when Parker upset First Coast on Oct. 14. The Senators will win the District 1-3M title with a victory, which would give coach Ciatrick Fason his second district crown in two seasons. A First Coast win, and an Englewood win over Parker, would give the Buccaneers the district title, which would be coach Marty Lee’s first since 2014. QB Rodney Tisdale Jr. (1,323 passing yards, 11 TDs) and WR Thomas Jackson (470 receiving yards, 7 TDs) have been a powerful duo for First Coast. RB Auston Harris delivers the ground attack (566 rushing yards, 3 TDs) for a Buccaneers team that has left last year’s 0-10 season in the rearview in a big way. First Coast lost this game 44-14 a year ago but enters it this season with momentum. LB Miles Smith (52 tackles, 2 sacks) leads the First Coast defense. Can it slow down the Senators? QB Marcelis Tate (1,375 passing yards, 9 TDs; 501 rushing yards, 6 TDs) gets more comfortable in Fason’s offense by the week. RB Keandre Harold (464 rushing yards, 9 TDs) and WR Anthony Vaglienti (591 receiving yards, 7 TDs) are playmakers. DE/LB Matteo Davis (11 sacks) gets to the QB like former rusher Aaron Hester did.

(3) Jackson (7-1, 1-0) at (5) Raines (6-1, 1-0), Thursday, 6:30 p.m.*

A colossal matchup that will determine the District 1-2M champ and likely the Gateway Conference champ. The Vikings are a proven program, the gold standard among public schools in Duval County. Coach Donovan Masline has taken the reins from Deran Wiley and kept the Graveyard buzzing. QB Roman Doles is a greater threat with his feet, averaging 9 yards per carry, so defenses have to account for him to get out of the pocket. Defensively is where Raines is so good. LBs Zavien Harris and Jamari Whitehead are pressure machines and Florida State commit at DB Kenton Kirkland has a couple picks. The Vikings are disruptive across their front seven and will send a constant stream of pressure at the Tigers, pressure that they likely haven’t faced since a Week 0 game against Brunswick. Jackson has improved immensely since that 23-13 loss, its only one of the season. QB King Johnson (1,388 passing yards, 10 TDs) has become the guy under center. Jackson has two do-everything players on offense, WR Terrance Holland and the versatile Fred Gaines, who always seems to deliver. LB Grayson Howard (147 tackles, 15 TFL, 4 sacks) is in the conversation as the area’s top overall player. And he’s got a lot of help on a wicked defense, with LB Thomas Fore (100 tackles, 6 TFL) and DB Seth Brooks (5 INT) big time players. A win for Jackson and coach Christopher Foy would deliver its first district championship since coach Kevin Sullivan’s final season in 2009.

Sandalwood (4-4, 1-0) at Mandarin (4-3, 1-0), Thursday, 6:30 p.m.*

These rivals always seem to find themselves in a pressure matchup. Now, back in a smaller district after years of playing with a mix of St. Johns, Clay, Volusia and Flagler programs, it’s Duval against Duval for the District 1-4M crown. The ground game has carried the Saints this season, with RBs Jordan Bean (1,120 yards, 6 TDs) and Jhamari Harvell (349 rushing yards, 9 TDs) the biggest pieces of the battering ram attack. LBs CJ Allen (77 tackles, 12 TFL) and Kaleb Tankard (59 tackles, 11 TFL) leading the way. Mandarin is a bit more diverse in what it does on offense, with QB Tramell Jones (1,518 passing yards, 16 TDs) firing off passes to Jaime Ffrench (459 receiving yards, 5 TDs) and Kieren Jackson (426 receiving yards, 7 TDs). RB Tiant Wyche (591 rushing yards, 7 TDs) provides the ground game balance. On defense, LB Carmello Murphy (63 tackles, 13 TFL, 8 sacks) leads the way. The Saints need to win to get in the playoffs. Their FHSAA rankings points currently rank 11th in Region 1-4M.

Next four

(4) Bradford (8-0, 2-0) at Palatka (7-1, 2-0)*, Friday: The District 6-2A title is on the line in this one. The Tornadoes are so far ahead in the Region 2-3S points standings that they could probably lose here and still earn a No. 1 seed. The Panthers are in a more precarious spot after losing to Fernandina Beach last week. While they likely won’t fall out of the playoffs with a loss, they could very well tumble to a No. 7 or 8 seed and draw Bradford again in the playoffs should they end the season on a three-game losing streak, something that is very likely. The Tornadoes have allowed just one touchdown — all season.

Clay (3-5, 2-1) at St. Augustine (5-3, 3-0)*, Friday: The District 4-3S title is on the line here. The Blue Devils need to pull a major upset (and have Matanzas beat Menendez) to get into the playoffs. They rank 14th in Region 1-3S. St. Augustine ranks fifth and would still win the district title even with a loss and a Menendez win.

Ponte Vedra (4-4, 0-1) at Nease (1-7, 0-1)*, Friday: This is a major game for the Sharks, who currently rank ninth in Region 1-4S, one spot out of the playoff picture. They need to win out to solidify that spot. And next week’s game (Creekside) won’t be easy. For the Panthers, this is a chance to reclaim a bit of pride after a highly disappointing followup to a nine-win, regional final year in 2021.

Keystone Heights (2-6, 0-2) at Tocoi Creek (5-3, 0-2)*, Friday: The second-year Toros are positioned for a first — a playoff berth. Right now, they’re No. 7 in the Region 2-2S points standings, but they’ll drop to eighth after a lower-ranked automatic qualifier like Crescent City punches its district ticket. They absolutely can’t afford a slip here. While there’s a sizable points gap between Tocoi Creek and pursuing teams like Fernandina Beach and Yulee, the Toros have Nease on deck next, a tough Week 11 game. Even a one-win Nease is going to be a tough opponent for Tocoi Creek. An 0-2 Toros finish would give those teams an opportunity to sneak in and edge Tocoi out.

Week 10 schedule, Florida

All games at 7 p.m. unless indicated; district games indicated by an *

Thursday, Oct. 27

Beachside (5-3) at St. Joseph (2-6)

Crescent City (4-4, 2-0) at Lake Weir (1-7, 1-1)*

Englewood (4-4, 0-2) at Parker (2-7, 1-1), 6:30 p.m.*

First Coast (5-2, 1-1) at Fletcher (6-2, 2-0), 6:30 p.m.*

Fleming Island (4-3, 0-3) at Gainesville Buchholz (6-1, 2-1)*

Jackson (7-1, 1-0) at Raines (6-1, 1-0), 6:30 p.m.*

Ribault (3-5) at Baldwin (7-1), 6:30 p.m.

Sandalwood (4-4, 1-0) at Mandarin (4-3, 1-0), 6:30 p.m.*

White (5-2, 1-0) at Westside (1-7, 0-1), 6:30 p.m.*

Wolfson (4-4, 0-2) at Episcopal (6-2, 0-2)*

Friday, Oct. 28

Atlantic Coast (0-8) at Creekside (6-2)

Bartram Trail (8-0, 3-0) at Oakleaf (4-4, 1-2)*

Bolles (5-3, 2-0) at Bishop Kenny (7-1, 2-0)*

Bradford (8-0, 2-0) at Palatka (7-1, 2-0)*

Chiefland (5-1) at Fort White (5-3), 7:30 p.m.

Clay (3-5, 2-1) at St. Augustine (5-3, 3-0)*

Fernandina Beach (4-4, 1-2) at Baker County (5-3, 2-1)*

Hollis Christian (2-5) at Young Kids in Motion (3-3)

Impact Christian (1-6) at Cornerstone Christian (1-7)

Keystone Heights (2-6, 0-2) at Tocoi Creek (5-3, 0-2)*

Menendez (4-4, 2-1) at Matanzas (3-5, 1-2)*

North Florida Educational (3-4, 0-3) at Christ’s Church (1-7, 0-3)*

Orange Park (2-6, 1-1) at Middleburg (3-5, 1-1)*

Ponte Vedra (4-4, 0-1) at Nease (1-7, 0-1)*

Providence (4-4, 2-1) at Trinity Christian (8-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.*

Ridgeview (1-8, 0-2) at Columbia (5-3, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.*

Suwannee (5-3, 1-0) at Wakulla (7-2, 1-0)*

Yulee (4-4, 1-2) at West Nassau (2-7, 0-3)*

Zarephath Academy (2-5) at Lakeland Christian (6-1)

Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs: Cedar Creek Christian (4-3) at Seven Rivers Christian (6-2)

Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs: Cocoa Beach (5-2) at Paxon (2-6)

Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs: Faith Christian (3-5) at Eagle’s View (3-5)

Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs: Harvest (2-5) at Lighthouse Private Christian (1-7)

Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs: Legacy Charter (4-3) at Bishop Snyder (5-3)

Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoffs: Stanton (1-6) at Interlachen (8-0)

Off: Flagler Palm Coast, Hilliard, Riverside, Union County, University Christian.

Week 11 schedule, Georgia

Friday, Oct. 28

All games at 7:30 p.m.; region games indicated by an *

Brunswick (8-0, 4-0) at Evans (3-5, 1-3)*

Clinch County (8-1, 3-0) at Charlton County (5-2, 2-0)*

Pierce County (7-1, 3-1) at Vidalia (6-1, 2-1)*

Ware County (7-0, 3-0) at Statesboro (3-5, 2-1)*

Off: Camden County, Glynn Academy

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.