TWO WINS AND A NIGHT OFF:
East Gadsden and West Gadsden both left Friday night’s field with a smile and a W. The Jaguars defeated Bay High 20-7. The Panthers snuck by Graceville 21-20. The Bobcats had the night off for open week.
Back to the Jaguars. Bay High sported a 4-0 record riding into Havana on Friday night but left with two big losses. One loss was their first W, the other was their senior quarterback, who left with a 7-6 Bay lead and the game in the 2nd quarter with a suspected concussion. Bay did not score again. This week EGHS will again try their hand at hosting another Panama City team when they face Rutherford. The Rams are 1-6 with their only win this season against Liberty County.
The West Gadsden Panthers moved to 5-1 on the season with their win over Graceville (4-2). The Panthers churned out over 300 yards of total offense and three different touchdowns by three different players for the win. QB Dentarrius Yon passed for 212 yards and Aman Williams had 105 yards receiving. This Friday night Coach Joey Striplin and his red-hot team will travel to Vernon to take on the 3-3 Yellow Jackets.
The Munroe Bobcats rested up from their heartbreaking 21-20 loss at rival Aucilla and will have a home game against conference opponent Rocky Bayou Christian from Niceville. The Knights are 1-3 and kickoff is 6:00 at Corry Field.
DISTRICT TOURNEY TIME:
This week marks the final week of the regular season for Florida high school volleyball. Next week our four county teams will participate in their district tournaments and compete for the privilege of extending their seasons into state series competition. Munroe will host the 2A District 1 tournament that will pit the Lady Cats against Community Christian and Tallavana Christian against top-seeded Aucilla Christian. East Gadsden’s 5A District 2 tournament will be hosted by Taylor County. Florida High is projected as the top seed at 6-0 and East Gadsden the bottom seed at 0-6. West Gadsden will also be the bottom seed of a four-team district when they participate in the 1A District 4 tournament. The top seed currently is a tie between Liberty County and Chipley with Liberty County serving as the host.
PLAYING FOR POOKIE:
It has been a long time since 6th-graders in Florida have been eligible to participate in FHSAA interscholastic sports. I still recall wondering if 6th-graders were indeed old enough to travel to away ball games and handle the rigor that interscholastic sports require. After their first away basketball trip that year, one of the sixth-grade girls came to my room to ask if I could call and see if her stuffed animal was still at the Maclay gym. That girl now has twins.
The State Board of Education of North Carolina has just this school year opened the door for sixth-graders to play all interscholastic sports but football. Their biggest concern was physical maturity of sixth graders on teams with seventh- and eighth-graders; hence, the absence of football for them. Just don’t forget your Pookie!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.” –Peyton Manning