Trojans overcome Ocala Forest

Trojans overcome Ocala Forest

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Trojans overcome Ocala Forest

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Lincoln had to fend off a furious Ocala Forest rally late in the fourth quarter to defeat the home Wildcats 35-28 on Friday and remain unbeaten.

The Trojans (8-0, 4-0 District 1-7A) also won despite missing seven defensive starters who were suspended for the game for a violation of team rules.

Lincoln coach Yusif Shakir was proud of his team’s performance and its ability to overcome adversity.

“It was a great lesson for us, a great team victory for the Lincoln family,” Shakir said.

“We had a couple of turnovers in the second half that let Forest back in the game, but you have to play through them. We had a lot of kids in that second half who had really never played that long before.”

The Trojans built a 21-0 lead at halftime behind a pair of rushing scores from Cameron Lang and a touchdown pass from Cameron Joseph to John Burt.

But Forest responded in the second half, never letting the Trojans completely out of their sights. Jamerson Blount blocked field goal and Burt returned it 71 yards for a score to make it 28-7.

The teams traded scores to make it 35-14 before Forest (3-6, 1-3) quarterback Jake Roddenberry took over, scoring on runs of 3 and 18 yards in the final five minutes to make it 35-28.

But the Trojans were able to hang on and stay undefeated heading into next week’s showdown for city supremacy with Godby.

Blount finished with two interceptions and recovered a fumble.

Maclay 36, John Paul II 13

The Maclay Marauders ran away from John Paul II for their seventh consecutive win.

“Offensively, we struggled tonight but luckily we made enough plays to win the game. Defensively we gave up a few plays, but we were able to overcome them in the end.” Maclay coach Kyler Hall said.

The Marauders scored first on quarterback Edgar Moore’s 62-yard touchdown throw to tight end Logan Eagan on their very first possession. Running back Chase Schaum added two more touchdowns in the second quarter, one on the ground and the other receiving, to extend Maclay’s lead.

The Panthers ended the shutout as quarterback Marshall Moyle connected with receiver Chet Iwuagwa for a 79-yard score. That reception put Iwuagwa over 1,000 yards receiving for the year.

In the second half, Maclay once again scored on their first possession after a nice punt return by Tripp Transou set them up in Panther territory. Transou would later finish off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. He had 62 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Moyle led John Paul II with more than 300 passing yards for a second straight game. Frank Tracy caught eight passes for 182 yards.

Eagan led Maclay with 78 receiving yards while Schaum rushed for 73 yards.

Madison County 32,
Florida High 7

The third-ranked Cowboys (9-1) closed their regular season with an exclamation point in a hard-fought District 1-3A win over the visiting Seminoles.

Madison Country rebounded from last week’s defeat to top-ranked Class 6A Gainesville to clinch the district title and secure home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The Cowboys played without offensive lineman and Florida State commitment Ira Denson, who has been slowed by a leg injury. Denson was dressed for the game.

West Florida 28,
Chiles 21

In its final game of the season, Chiles held nothing back.

Trailing 28-7 in the second half against undefeated and 5th-ranked (5A) West Florida, the Timberwolves (3-7) fought back with two touchdowns in the final minutes but couldn’t quite complete the comeback and fell to the Jaguars.

A pair of Joey Baker touchdown passes gave West Florida a 21-7 lead at the break. The Jags added to the lead in the third before things got interesting.

Jalyn Croom scored on a 1-yard run and after a failed onside kick, Christian Penny returned a fumble 40 yards to make it 28-21. But another failed onside kick attempt allowed West Florida (9-0) to run the clock out.

Blountstown 27,
West Gadsden 0

Blountstown smothered West Gadsden’s offense to the tune of 41 total yards, negative-39 rushing, on the way to their second straight shutout.

That’s after the Tigers held Franklin County to negative-63 total yards last week.

Javakiel Brigham ran for 128 yards on eight carries, including a 76-yard touchdown run to put Blountstown up 21-0 in the first quarter. Quarterback Hunter Jordan completed 9 of 12 passes for 192 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Corin Peterson had the lone touchdown reception while also registering 10 tackles on defense.

Blountstown travels to Mayo Lafayette on Friday.

Aucilla Christian 41,
Rocky Bayou 0

Aucilla rode its running game as it has all season to shut out Rocky Bayou. Hans Sorensen, Tres Copeland, and Bradley Holm all surpassed the 100-yard mark.

Sorensen finished with 136 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, while Copeland needed just four carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. Holm had a pair of touchdowns to go with 101 yards on 15 carries.

Quarterback Wesley Smyrnios completed 11 of 12 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns.

Jared Jackson hauled in six of those passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Aucilla is now 7-2.

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