Bolles is the best dog, Riverside and Columbia playground rules
Notable performance, quotable commentary. Here’s Notable and Citable from Week 6 of High School Football in Northeast Florida:
The best dog
Bolles defeated Trinity Christian in a way the Conquerors haven’t lost in over two decades.
The Bulldogs took a 14-0 lead before halftime to secure a 35-0 victory where a stopwatch was installed before the final whistle. They turned an offense of 44 points on average over the past three weeks into pedestrians.
This is the third time this year that Bolles’ defense has thrown a shutout, but without a doubt, the best contender they’ve done it to. What was hoped to be a determined super-heavyweight fight in the final minutes turned into a TKO.
Bolles holds the distinction of being the only team to beat Trinity Christian in the past two seasons, and they have done so twice.
The road does not get any easier for the Conquerors. They host a nationally listed American heritage plantation on Friday. Bolles will host Clearwater Academy International, the team that led the TCA to the wire for Verlon Dorminey’s 300th victory.
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I can’t stop, I won’t stop
Ed Blanc didn’t let their early-season COVID cancellations stop their ways of winning.
Christian Ellis has shown week after week that he can carry any load. He has accumulated 677 yards and 6 touchdowns in 4 games this year.
Nease can display numbers in attack. They scored 35 unanswered points and remained in the winning column in their 35-14 district victory over First Coast. The Panthers’ only loss this season came from a clash in early September against the undefeated Creekside.
Creekside always finds ways to win as they maintain their best ever start. Preston Strope worked his way past 3,000 career yards as the Knights came in from behind and beat Mandarin. This is the third victory where the Knights eviscerated a victory. They beat Sandalwood on a false punt in the fourth quarter and passed the Chilis in a road victory last week. They face the Atlantic coast on Friday before back-to-back district clashes with Bartram Trail and Oakleaf.
Middleburg returned to the win column with a 40-7 win over Matanzas. The Broncos stumbled against St. Augustine, but runner Mike Mitchell scored twice in the win and two interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Still one of the biggest successes of this season, watch out for the Broncos.
Rules of the playground in the backyard
Riverside (6-0) hosts Columbia (4-2) in the Generals’ biggest test so far this season. The Tigers’ only losses this year came at the hands of Trinity Christian and Bolles.
Marcus Peterson, Tray Tolliver, Amare Ferrell and Jaden Robinson lead a busy Columbia squad looking to give Riverside their first loss of the season.
Jaheim Singletary, Devin Smith and the Generals have allowed just 8.5 points per game. Offensively, Cale Zarah and Daniel Plummer have combined to pass for 992 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Riverside has one of the best rushing attacks in the region, led by Alvin Gibson for 709 yards on the team’s 1,533.
Columbia’s offense has stuttered throughout the season, but there’s no question. Kade Jackson is statistically one of Northeast Florida’s top five passer. Tolliver and Peterson are one of the state’s most dangerous receiver duos.
This is Columbia’s third shot against a top team from the Northeast Florida Power Poll. They will be looking to get the most out of this district game.
Kade Frew on playing against Trinity Christian:
“I used to come to Bolles-Trinity as a kid and watch these power plants fight,” he told The Times-Union. “It’s really weird to be a part of that now, to grow up watching and thinking that all these players are so big, so strong. Now I’m in the situation and it doesn’t feel any different to me – just a kid who plays soccer and tries to get as far as i can.
Raines wide receiver Quincy Burroughs is one player his team can rely on:
“When you come in and practice, do everything every day and play, you can’t do nothing but have (confidence),” Burroughs said. “On the one hand, to be one of the best guys on the pitch you have to have confidence in yourself. When you play games and have confidence in yourself, the coaches will believe in you too. When it comes to big moments, they can trust me to make a play.
Kareem Burke on being Raines’ workhorse:
“I knew I had to step up this season,” Burke said of his use this year. “Our starting quarterback, our starting running back and our starting cross have been down since the first week. The coaches came to me and told me I need to step up and play back this season until everyone is hopefully healthy. I’m just trying to be the workhorse of the team. Make sure everyone knows what they’re doing and lead my team to victory.