The Maclay Marauders took a big step on Friday towards capturing their second consecutive North Division title in the North Florida Conference.
Thanks again to a huge effort from running back Chase Schaum, who scored four touchdowns and rushed for nearly 200 yards, the visiting Marauders beat rival Aucilla Christian 35-7 for their fifth consecutive victory.
Maclay (5-2) improved to 2-0 in the North Division and 4-0 overall in the conference, with remaining North Division games against Munroe and John Paul II. Aucilla Christian (5-2) had its five-game win streak snapped.
“It was a huge win,” Marauders coach Kyler Hall said. “It was a fun game, a great atmosphere and crowd.”
Hall credited his offensive line, specifically senior tackle Will Buchner, for creating holes for Schaum and controlling the line of scrimmage.
“The line has really been finishing plays because you see guys finishing their blocks 10 to 15 yards down the field,” Hall said. “When you get that kind of effort, it opens the running game.”
Freshman free safety Emory Boeneke had two interceptions for the Marauders.
Schaum scored on runs of 19, 1 and 5 yards and caught a 15-yard TD pass from quarterback Edgar Moore. Moore also completed another 15-yard score to Logan Eagen in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
Madison Co. 29,
Pensacola Catholic 28 (OT)
Madison County blew a 21-0 lead in the second half, but converted a gutsy 2-point conversion in overtime to hang on and stay undefeated.
Catholic scored two touchdowns in the final quarter, the last coming on 4th down from the 10-yard line to tie it. Madison County had a chance to
win it in the final seconds but failed on a 40-yard field goal attempt.
After Pensacola Catholic scored to go up 28-21 in overtime, the Cowboys (8-0, 1-0 District 1-3A) needed little time to match touchdowns.
Madison County coach Mike Coe called timeout after his team lined up to go for the 2-point conversion. Wanting to end the game then, Coe sent
his offense onto the field and the Cowboys bullied their way into the end zone for the win.
East Gadsden 26,
Taylor County 0
After entering the half with just a 6-0 lead over Taylor County, East Gadsden blew the game open with a 20-point third quarter to put away the Bulldogs.
The Jaguars (6-1 overall, 2-0 district) also clinched the District 1-4A title with the victory.
“We had a slow start in the first quarter–left a lot of points on the board,” said East Gadsden coach Corey Fuller.
“To Taylor County’s credit, they played hard. They’re well-coached and they played hard.”
The Jaguars had plenty of offensive stars.
East Gadsden quarterback Treveze Robinson finished 15 for 26 with 265 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Receiver Janorris Cunningham caught both of those touchdowns and finished with 100 receiving yards. Jalleel Reynolds hauled in seven passes for 150 yards, while Trini Charlton had a 100-yard day on the ground as well.
“He’s been coming up big all year,” said Fuller of Cunningham. “We’ve got a lot of weapons.”
“Jalleel Reynolds had a big day too, but he just won’t get into the end zone,” Fuller jokingly added.
East Gadsden clinched the district crown by virtue of Marianna’s win over Walton on Friday. The Jaguars will advance into the state playoffs for the second consecutive year, and second time in school history.
Port St. Joe 7, FAMU High 0
Port St. Joe and FAMU High found themselves in a defensive struggle in a game that went down to the wire.
With both teams still scoreless, Port St. Joe finally found its first trip to the end zone when T.J. Williams connected on a 10-yard pass to Ramello Zaccarro.
“It just came down to momentum,” said FAMU High coach Ira Reynolds. “The guys fought hard all night. They were at home… and we just kind of blew our coverage.”
While Reynolds said he had “no complaints about his defense,” he looked to build a little more offensive firepower in practice before this Friday’s game against Solid Rock Christian Academy.
John Paul II 55,
(By Curtis Ford/Democrat correspondent)
The Munroe Bobcats celebrated senior night by hosting John Paul II.
The Panthers’ Marshall Moyle was quick to make sure the Munroe celebration didn’t carry over to the football field.
Moyle threw for 250 yards and four scores and added another one on the ground to lead JPII to a convinving road win.
“Marshall knows the system left and right,” JPII head coach Scott Houston said. “He and I are in sync and we know exactly what we want to do and he’s really performing well as a quarterback.”
After Munroe tied the score at 7, JPII rattled off 27 straight points to take a 34-7 lead into halftime. The Panthers finished the night with 460 yards of total offense.
Munroe was led offensively by quarterback Myles Edward who threw for 92 yards and one touchdown, while adding 78 yards rushing.
While Munroe didn’t win the game, the Bobcats’ head coach, Danny Hood, was pleased with his team’s tenacity.
“There’s no quit in these boys,” said Hood. “They don’t worry about the scoreboard. They play hard every play and I feed off of their heart.”
Wakulla 37, Live Oak Suwannee 14
The undefeated War Eagles (7-0) clinched a spot in the postseason and registered their first win in school history at Live Oak on Friday.
Defending District 2-5A champion Wakulla improved to 2-0 in the district and will play fellow unbeaten Godby (7-0, 2-0) in two weeks for the district crown.
The War Eagles jumped on Live Oak early and led 30-14 at halftime. They scored on their opening possession of the second half and cruised to their second consecutive win over Live Oak. Wakulla recorded its first win in the series last season.
“It was an overall good game,” Wakulla coach Scott Klees said. “We didn’t play poorly in any area. You definitely have to improve each week and I was pleased with our effort.”
The lone negative was an ankle injury that knocked all-state linebacker Kevin James from the game.
Liberty County 20, Blountstown 7
Dustin Watson threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Liberty County defense shut down a potent Blountstown offense for the win.
With the win Liberty County (6-1, 3-0 District 4-1A) clinces a playoff spot, and can capture the district title with a victory over Port St. Joe in two weeks.
Watson finished the game 6 of 15 for 98 yards, while Alex Marlowe rushed for 56 yards and a score for the Bulldogs.
Blountstown (4-3, 1-1) was led by Hunter Jordan, who passed for 94 yards and rushed for 78 and the Tigers’ lone score. Javakiel Brigham added 91 yards on 9 carries for the Tigers.