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Top-ranked North Florida Christian might have to take a different offensive approach this season following season-ending injuries to its top two playmakers.

That formula worked on Friday, as the defending Class 2A state champion Eagles rallied for a 23-14 victory over visiting Deerfield Windsor, of Albany, Ga.

NFC scored 14 second-half points and relied on its defense to close the door. Jakari Allen returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter as NFC held the visitors off the scoreboard in the second half.

The Eagles, who have won 14 consecutive games dating back to last season, will be without running back Jonathan Vickers (broken left leg) and senior All-State receiver Branton Lee (knee) for the season.

NFC also overcame three lost fumbles, all in the first half.

“I am really proud of the guys, they’ve really responded the last couple of weeks,” NFC coach Robert Craft said.

“We’ve had different people step up. As I told the team, nobody else is coming out there. It’s up to us to find ways to get it done.”

Marcus Clark, who was earmarked as a starting receiver, rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 26 carries. He had scoring runs of 11 and 2 yards and added a long kickoff return to finish with 244 total yards.

Deshane Cruse chipped in 62 yards on 11 carries. First-year starting quarterback Justin Moore managed the offense, according to Craft, completing 6 of 11 passes for 54 yards. Allen played every snap on offense and defense for the Eagles.

“We tried to keep the ball on the ground because we had the advantage up front,” Craft said. “That’s going to be a common thing for us.”

Fla. High 46, Rutherford 17

Florida High rallied from a 10-0 deficit thanks in large part to a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown by Josh Davis.

That opened the floodgates for the Seminoles, who cruised from there for a big win over Rutherford.

“It was a big one,” Florida High coach Jarrod Hickman said. “Josh did a heck of a job to get us going. That was huge. Then we have a 20-point second quarter. I was real proud of the kids for the poise they showed to battle back from 10 down.”

Florida High (1-0) got its running game going in a big way. Khari Lewis rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns and Dustin Roberts added 109 yards and a touchdown.

Darius Harvey had 150 all-purpose yards, 90 of them passing.

Donald Denson led the defense with 10 tackles and kicker Jason Coste added a 30-yard field goal.

FAMU High 12, Maclay 7

Quarterback Carlton McWhite scored on an 8-yard run with 25 seconds remaining to lift FAMU High past Maclay.

The Rattlers trailed 7-0 when Lamar Metz raced 60 yards for a touchdown to trim the lead to 7-6. But Maclay kept FAMU High from taking the lead until the final seconds.

“We were in a dogfight,” FAMU High coach Ira Reynolds said. “Maclay is so much improved. They are so much better than they were. They’re not a team you take lightly any longer.”

FAMU High rallied for the win by driving 65 yards in the final two minutes. The drive was keyed by a 40-yard run from McWhite on a fourth-and-long.

Maclay coach Kyler Hall was proud of his team’s effort.

“It was a great game and tough to be on the short of the stick in a game like this,” Hall said. “It was a fun game to be in. We played extremely hard.”

Maclay freshman running back Stephon Simpkins scored on a 7-yard run to give the Marauders an early lead.

Niceville 51, E. Gadsden 17

Niceville opened its season with a dominant win over the visiting East Gadsden Jaguars at Eagle Stadium.

East Gadsden (1-1) jumped out to the early 3-0 lead, as Pedro Popoca booted a 13-yard field goal in the first quarter. But from there it was all Niceville. Sophomore Shi Kim Coward carried the ball 20 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns for Niceville, who took a 24-10 lead into the halftime break. Class 6A Niceville showcased both size and speed in the running game, gaining 446 yards on the ground.

The Jaguars found success in the passing game as Treveze Robinson finished 13 of 19 for 250 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Gainesville St. Francis 20, Munroe 14

The Munroe Bobcats played well in spurts, but they lacked the consistency and depth to overtake visiting St. Francis.

“We were gassed, we just don’t have any depth,” first-year Munroe coach Danny Hood said.

“We are young, and we made seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade mistakes. I am proud of the way we played, but we have to get back to the drawing board and turn our weaknesses into strengths.”

Myles Edwards tossed scoring passes of 54 and 9 yards to Jordan Curry as Munroe finished with 256 yards of total offense.

The Bobcats missed a scoring opportunity in the final seconds before halftime, driving to the St. Francis 2-yard line. However, they were pushed back by penalties.

Munroe (0-1), which is playing its home games this season at Godby High, meets visiting Baconton Charter on Friday.

Holmes County 20, Blountstown 0

Jacky Miles completed 8 of 10 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead Holmes County past Blountstown. Ty Russ hauled in five of those passes for 112 yards and a touchdown while Kody Russ added 116 yards on the ground. Javakiel Brigham led Blountstown with 64 rushing yards.

Port St. Joe 46, Wewahitchka 8

The Tiger Sharks, who won only three games last season, bolted to a 33-8 lead by halftime and brought on running clock with two third-quarter touchdowns.

“I just think we came out and worked hard, talked about playing physical football and we got after it from the get-go,” Port St. Joe coach Chuck Gannon said.

Natrone Lee led the Tiger Sharks with 105 yards rushing on five carries. Jak Riley had 82 yarsd and Jarkeice Davis 41.

Bozeman 35, W. Gadsden 0

Quarterback Jacob Martinez scored three first-half touchdowns as Bozeman cruised past West Gadsen.

The Bucks (1-0) dominated the matchup of Rural classification 1A schools with playoff aspirations after a sluggish start that might have been impacted by a steady downpour about an hour before kickoff.

Bozeman’s defense didn’t allow a penetration inside its 40, Tillman said.

Taylor County 20, Dixie County 19

Jake Smyrnois rushed for 147 yards and Taylor County rallied from a 19-7 halftime deficit to beat visiting Dixie County.

Luke Kallschmidt returned an interception 25 yards and Jaymonte McLeod caught his second touchdown pass from Daniel Wentworth from 9 yards out in the third quarter as the Bulldogs erased the 12-point deficit.

McLeod finished the game with six receptions for 45 yards and two scores. Smyrnios gained his 147 yards on 14 carries for the Bulldogs (1-0), who host Wakulla next Friday.

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