Friday night football: Week 4

Friday night football: Week 4

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Friday night football: Week 4

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Former Godby quarterback J.T. Bradwell tries to escape the grasp of current Leon senior Gabe Beyer during a September 2013 game. The Cougars have won the last four meetings against Leon by an average score of 50-8.

Former Godby quarterback J.T. Bradwell tries to escape the grasp of current Leon senior Gabe Beyer during a September 2013 game. The Cougars have won the last four meetings against Leon by an average score of 50-8.

Gene Cox Stadium is site of Friday night’s Leon vs. Godby game.

Gene Cox Stadium is site of Friday night’s Leon vs. Godby game.

Leon's cheerleaders perform for the crowd during their game against Suwannee at Cox Stadium on Friday.

Leon’s cheerleaders perform for the crowd during their game against Suwannee at Cox Stadium on Friday.

Bentonville High School’s stadium holds 6,000 people and boasts a synthetic turf field and sky boxes.

Bentonville High School’s stadium holds 6,000 people and boasts a synthetic turf field and sky boxes.

The Bentonville Tigers football team plays a September 2013 game vs. Euless Trinity from Texas. The stadium holds 6,000 people at capacity.

The Bentonville Tigers football team plays a September 2013 game vs. Euless Trinity from Texas. The stadium holds 6,000 people at capacity.

The Bentonville Tigers’ football stadium holds 6,000 people at capacity.

The Bentonville Tigers’ football stadium holds 6,000 people at capacity.

Bentonville (Ark.) High has won back-to-back 7A state titles and is one of the winningest programs in the country in the last decade.

Bentonville (Ark.) High has won back-to-back 7A state titles and is one of the winningest programs in the country in the last decade.

Bentonville (Ark.) High students get ready for a Tigers football game at their 6,000-seat stadium. Rickards is the back-to-back 7A state champ there on Friday night.

Bentonville (Ark.) High students get ready for a Tigers football game at their 6,000-seat stadium. Rickards is the back-to-back 7A state champ there on Friday night.

Bentonville High fans cheer on their football team at the school’s 6,000-seat stadium. The Tigers are back-to-back 7A state champions.

Bentonville High fans cheer on their football team at the school’s 6,000-seat stadium. The Tigers are back-to-back 7A state champions.

Bentonville (Ark.) High’s football team enters its football stadium via the attached indoor training facility.

Bentonville (Ark.) High’s football team enters its football stadium via the attached indoor training facility.

Bentonville’s stadium holds 6,000 people and has an impressive two-story press box and sky box combo.

Bentonville’s stadium holds 6,000 people and has an impressive two-story press box and sky box combo.

Bentonville High quarterback Kasey Ford makes a throw during a 2013 game. Ford is now an experienced player leading a 2-0 team with back-to-back state titles.

Bentonville High quarterback Kasey Ford makes a throw during a 2013 game. Ford is now an experienced player leading a 2-0 team with back-to-back state titles.

Bentonville quarterback Kasey Ford is leading the Tigers this season. The team is off to a 2-0 start as it hosts Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards on Friday night.

Bentonville quarterback Kasey Ford is leading the Tigers this season. The team is off to a 2-0 start as it hosts Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards on Friday night.

Former Bentonville High football coach Barry Lunney speaks to his team prior to a 2013 game. The Tigers are breaking in a new coach this season following back-to-back state titles.

Former Bentonville High football coach Barry Lunney speaks to his team prior to a 2013 game. The Tigers are breaking in a new coach this season following back-to-back state titles.

The Bentonville (Ark.) football team is the state’s best and a back-to-back state champion.

The Bentonville (Ark.) football team is the state’s best and a back-to-back state champion.

Welcome to Week 4 of the high school football season. The majority of games this week are in-region, as opposed to heavy dose of road games last week.

Here’s a rundown of what to look for Friday night, including a rare Arkansas road trip for one school to face that state’s powerhouse program.

Leon vs. Godby at Gene Cox Stadium, 7 p.m.

After central time zone road games last week, both Leon (2-1) and Godby (1-2) return home for a city contest. The Lions picked up a win over Mosley, 24-14, while the Cougars fell at Niceville, 28-14.

Did you know Amos P. Godby High School is named after one of Leon’s first football football coaches, who then went on to become superintendent of Leon County Schools?

Godby has won the last four games in the series and by an average score of 50-8. Leon is searching for win No. 597 in school history.

Week 4 high school football power rankings

Midwest mania

Rickards left Wednesday by bus for Arkansas to take on Bentonville (2-0), the 7A state champion and top team in its state a year ago according to MaxPreps. The Tigers lost their first four games before rattling off nine straight wins to end the year to win back-to-back state titles.

This year, Bentonville is 2-0 and breaking in a new head coach, while its program has won four state titles since 2008, has an indoor training facility and a 6,000 seat stadium with sky boxes.

Rickards is 3-0 and coming off a 36-35 overtime win against Choctawhatchee on the road in which sophomore Marcus Riley rushed for 204 yards and threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns, while scoring the game-winning two-point conversion in extra time.

BENTONVILLE (ARK.) PHOTO GALLERY:

Boot Hill blues?

Florida High (3-0) visiting Madison County (0-3) could be a bit of a sore spot for the Seminoles after falling 37-30 to the Cowboys in last year’s second round of the playoffs.

Eric Bright rushed for 249 yards on 42 carries for Madison in that game at Boot Hill Stadium. He scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but has since graduated, as has Seminoles all-everything quarterback Ronnie Harrison. New players, new game.

Bright, Cowboys upend Seminoles

Home cookin’

Taylor County at Chiles; John Paul II at Aucilla Christian; Florida High at Madison County; Agape Christian at Maclay; Cordele (Ga.) Crisp Academy at Munroe; Mayo Lafayette at Jefferson County; Jay at West Gadsden; Liberty County at Franklin County; South Walton at Blountstown

To-go meal

Rickards at Bentonville (Ark.); Wakulla at Ocala Trinity Catholic; NFC at Hamilton County

Rickards' Marcus Riley gets dragged down by a Madison County defender. Riley and the Raiders (3-0) are on the road at Bentonville (Ark.) this week.

Rickards’ Marcus Riley gets dragged down by a Madison County defender. Riley and the Raiders (3-0) are on the road at Bentonville (Ark.) this week.

Too early to panic

Seven teams in the Democrat’s coverage zone are currently winless. Who among East Gadsden (0-3), Madison County (0-3), Aucilla Christian (0-2), FAMU DRS (0-3), West Gadsden (0-3), Maclay (0-3) and Munroe (0-3) will get one first?

Sportzcast real-time scores

Sportzcast wireless devices have been installed at all five public high school press boxes and gyms, as well as Gene Cox Stadium. By accessing SportzcastScores.com, you can locate any local game, varsity or JV, and view scores in real time.

FAMU DRS (0-3) is one a bye this week, while Florida High travels to Madison County.

FAMU DRS (0-3) is one a bye this week, while Florida High travels to Madison County.

COLLEGE CORNER:

Melvin Ray hauled in a red zone touchdown in overtime to help Auburn avoid upset by Jacksonville State.

Melvin Ray hauled in a red zone touchdown in overtime to help Auburn avoid upset by Jacksonville State.

NFC cornerback Armunz Mathews, a 3-star prospect and USF commit, is still considering Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, Missouri and a few other schools. Mathews was injured in last week’s loss to Chiles and will not play this week.

Four-star Wakulla receiver Keith Gavin, who decommitted from FSU in August, has Georgia and Alabama high on his list right now. They’re the only schools he currently will visit during the season.

Several prominent senior performers last year had standout weekends as college true freshman last weekend. Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety, Texas receiver and Lincoln alum John Burt hauled in a 69-yard touchdown reception, NFC alum Melvin Ray caught the game-winning touchdown for Auburn, and Godby alum Danny Thomas made six tackles, five of them solo, against FSU.

RONNIE HARRISON PUNT BLOCK:

JOHN BURT’S 69-YARD TOUCHDOWN:

MELVIN RAY GAME-WINNING TOUCHDOWN:

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