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