Fan’s at Monticello’s “Death Valley” stadium were treated to one exciting night of football on Friday night. The hometown Jefferson County Tigers went toe-to-toe for three quarters with one of the states top programs, the Madison County Cowboys. Jefferson County running-back and 4Quartersonline.com 2009 player of the year, DeVondrick Nealy was more than up to the task as he ran over and around Madison’s defenders, rushing for over 150 yards, scoring two touchdowns and added a 2 point conversion.
Nealy got things started early getting the Tigers off to an early lead taking a hand-off to the left and scoring from the Cowboy 9 yard line. However, the Tigers lead didn’t last long. On the ensuing kickoff Madison County’s return man, Demarcus Norton, went 82 yards to tie the game, 6-6, with 7:09 in the 1st.
The young Jefferson County squad was not phased after a turnover. With a strong defensive stop, they took the the lead once again on a 79 yard drive ending with Kenny Madison’s 1 yard touchdown run and 2 point conversion. At the end of the 1st quarter, to everyone ‘s surprise the underdog Tigers were on top the heavily favored Cowboys. With a rock-hard defensive effort and an explosive offensive display, Jefferson County took and early 14-7 lead.
Madison County showed signs of life in the 2nd quarter, out scoring Jefferson 13-0 . Rising senior quarterback, Kevin Singletary was responsible for all of the Madison County scores in the second quarter. His efforts were complimented by a hard-hitting defense lead by linebacker Lepadre Stevenson.
Jefferson County refused to go away quietly though, as the Tigers capitalized on a bobbled kick-off return by the Cowboys. With excellent field position from the turnover, the Tigers went to work on the 40 yard line. Two plays later, Nealy sprinted 40 yards to pay-dirt, giving Jefferson County the lead 22-20. That score must have woke up the ole Madison County “Cur-Dog”, as the Cowboys dominated the remainder of the ball-game scoring 27 unanswered points. With a stifling defense, Madison County outlasted the persistent Tigers, 47 – 22.
4Quartersonline.com returns to Cox Field for Day 2 of the 2010 Spring Jamboree! Tonights game features 3 halves of the Chiles Timberwolves, Lincoln Trojans and the Rickards Raiders in the finale of the 2010 spring practices! Log onto www.4quartersonline.com/gamenight for live in-game coverage at 6:00pm!
4Quartersonline.com Staff – May 28, 2010
The Spring Jamborees are usually no more than glorified scrimmages, but last night at Gene Cox Field the first night of the 2010 Spring Jamboree had more of a regular season game feel. The first half pitted newly appointed Godby Head Coach Ronnie Cottrell against what might be the surprise team in the area, the Wakulla War Eagles. Wakulla running back Marshane Godbolt got the night started with a 9 yard touchdown scamper with 1:49 left in the 1st quarter.
The Cougars didn’t take long to respond with a score of their own. With 36 seconds left in the 1st, quarterback Dennis Andrews connected with his favorite target, wide receiver Bakari Harris on a 45 yard touchdown pass tying the score, 7-7. The two teams traded touchdowns, with a 2 point conversion by the War Eagles being the difference. The Cougars had a last second chance to pull out the victory, but missed a 28 yard field goal attempt with only 10 seconds left on the clock. The final score of the half was Wakulla 22, Godby 21.
The next matchup featured Wakulla against the Leon Lions, who after a quick start, fell to a stout War Eagle defense. Leon quarterback Raliegh DeVore got things going when he rolled left and hit wide receiver Kenny Gosha in stride for a 32 yard touchdown with 9:20 left in the 1st quarter. After their first strike, things quickly changed for the Lions when War Eagle Linebacker Tamarick Holmes scooped an errant pitch by DeVore and returned it for a 82 yard touchdown. Wakulla added another late touchdown to seal the win over Leon, 12 – 7.
The Cougars and Lions faced off in the final half of Thursday night’s jamboree. Special Teams’ plays marked this game with Leon giving up two block punts that lead to 2 quick Godby scores.
The Cougars quickly jumped out to a 26 – 7 lead over Leon, with the scoring capped off on a 38 yard punt return by Godby’s Jalen Richardson to give the Cougars a 26 point lead. The single bright spot for the Lions in the final half of play was Justin Dixon’s exciting 95 yard kickoff return for Leon’s only touchdown. The final score, Godby 33, Leon 7.
On Monday afternoon 4Quartersonline.com had a chance to head out to Madison County High School, where we met up with new Madison County Head Coach, Mike Coe. Watch as Coach Coe talks about Madison County football tradition, returning players and their supportive fans!
4Quartersonline.com is here at Cox Field where the Wakulla War Eagles, Godby Cougars and the Leon Lions will face off in the day one of the 2010 Spring Jamboree! Log onto www.4quartersonline.com/gamenight for live in-game coverage!
4Quartersonline.com made a visit out to Godby High School during the final practice before their annual “Blue and White” game to catch up with former Florida State and University of Alabama recruiting expert Ronnie Cottrell who is now the head football coach. Coach Cottrell speaks on the direction of the program after the departure of Shelton Crews, the importance of academic success and the key players who’ll return next fall!
Listen in tonight as we talk spring high school football with new Godby and Madison County head football coaches, Ronnie Cottrell and Mike Coe! Also we’ve got plenty of NBA playoff action and a preview of all of the high school spring games!
DEMOCRAT STAFF REPORT • May 23, 2010
Florida High used a stifling defense and a consistent offense to win it’s football spring game over West Gadsden 34-0 on Friday night. Senior quarterback Dewayne Harvey completed 16-of-23 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for 30 yards on four carries.
“He really led the way for us, in the air and on the ground,” Florida High coach Jarrod Hickman said.
Both of Harvey’s touchdown passes came in the second half when the Seminoles blew the game wide open.
Senior Nolan Norton scored on runs of 5 and 10 yards in the first half as Florida High took a 13-0 lead into halftime.
Seniors Jordan Jackson and Rodney Trammell led Florida High’s tough defense. Jackson had three tackles for loss and a sack. Trammell led the team with seven tackles.
“Anytime you pitch a shutout you’re doing something well,” Hickman said. “We gave up a few plays but got the stops when we needed to.”
Hickman called it an ideal showing for his team heading into the summer.
“It’s a great step for us,” he said. “We weren’t perfect, but we did a lot of good things and executed. We definitely have some things to fix, but we also have some things to build on.”
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By Will Brown • DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER • May 22, 2010
QUINCY — Spring football is when everything is a work in progress. Even the winning team devised a list of things it must improve upon if it is to be successful during the 2010 season.
That caveat still did not do much to soothe the sting of losing by a point as Maclay used a pair of second-half touchdowns to defeat Robert F. Munroe 14-13 on Friday.
Lee Williams ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns for Maclay. One of Florida’s faster track athletes, the rising junior usually required more than one Bobcats defender to tackle him.
“What we did is we didn’t execute very well,” Maclay coach Kez McCorvey said. “We had some guys who were sluggish, who were off timing. We were off since Tuesday so it took a while for guys to execute.”
Adjustments such as moving Williams closer to quarterback Ben Houston in the second half, which allowed the running back to attack defenders quicker, was just one example of the progress Maclay made during the game. McCorvey added having such a tight contest provided an exercise in team composure.
Munroe may have composure, but at this point it does not have the conditioning — which players and coaches readily admitted. Of the 19 players who suited up, six missed most of practice playing baseball.
That rust didn’t stop wide receiver Matt Sampson from catching seven passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. The rising junior was the favorite target of Munroe quarterback Dustin Watson, who was 12 of 25 with a touchdown and interception.
Munroe wilted in the second half with penalties, and a turnover deep in Maclay territory to set up Williams’ winning score.
“We gotta make our extra points and we can’t turn the ball over,” Sampson said. “The penalties hurt.”
By David Adlerstein • FLORIDA FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS • May 22, 2010
EASTPOINT — The FAMU High Rattlers capitalized on Franklin County mistakes and posted a 30-0 win Thursday in a kickoff classic spring football game.
FAMU High coach Ira Reynolds’ squad used a punishing ground game to keep the action in the Seahawks’ territory most of the evening.
Senior Delmus Harrison keyed FAMU High’s offense with 16 carries for 133 yards. He scored the opening touchdown on a 40-yard burst and added a two-point conversion with about seven minutes to play in the first quarter.
Harrison also had a 33-yard interception at defensive back, part of a scenario prompted by the two dozen spring players Reynolds fielded for the game.
“Everybody went both ways, and that was a lot to ask these guys,” he said. “I really didn’t want (them all) to play four quarters, but we conditioned pretty good for spring.”
Cramping was a factor for FAMU High in the second half, but not before it had built a 16-0 halftime lead. Their second touchdown came early in the second quarter when junior Derrick Austin scored from 1 yard out.
Seahawks senior quarterback Dalin Modican managed a couple of long passes to senior Adam Joseph before a possible sprained thumb moved him into the tailback slot.
Freshman Dewayne Griggs stepped in to direct the offense and managed some elusive scrambles out of the pocket for Franklin County.
“He gave us whatever we had for big plays,” Franklin County coach Josh Wright said.
FAMU junior quarterback Ja’Varius Jones took all of his team’s snaps from center, completing 2-of-6 passes, both to sophomore Andre Williams.
FAMU junior Dejuan Holton scored from the 3 with two minutes left in the third quarter to build a 22-0 lead. With 42 seconds left in the game, junior Darnell Collins went over the goal line from the 5.
Senior Ralph Monroe led FAMU High’s defensive effort with three sacks.
“Our tempo wasn’t bad, but they were faster than I thought they’d be,” Wright said. “They played with a lot of speed and toughness. It was good for us to see that.
“But we’re going to get better, I’ll tell you that.”
By Jay Felsberg • FLORIDA FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS • May 21, 2010
CHIPLEY — Two teams battered away on a hot, humid May evening, and when their spring game was over both coaches said they were proud of the results.
The host Chipley edged North Florida Christian 17-14 in a kickoff classic where both teams stuck pretty much to a basic ground game and worked on execution and fundamentals.
Jared Bozarth’s 25-yard field goal opened the scoring for Chipley.
NFC answered with Dallas Griffiths’ 32-yard run through most of Chipley’s defense.
Chris Rolfe’s extra point made it 7-3 with 3:17 left in the second quarter.
Chipley went back on top with James Vorhees’ 7-yard run with 5:26 left in the third quarter, Bozarth’s kick making it 10-7.
The Tigers’ Tyler Oliver broke loose for a 32-yard TD run with 5:57 remaining to open a 17-7 lead for Chipley.
Kendall Randolph closed out the scoring for the Eagles with a nifty 12-yard touchdown on a bootleg with 2:37 left in the game.
NFC got one final opportunity, but it was halted by Lathan Harwell’s interception.
“It was a great effort, including a great effort by our young kids,” NFC coach Robert Kraft said. “Our major goal tonight was to execute well, and I feel that we did that tonight. We open up next season against Mosley, and we have a lot to look forward to.”
Chipley coach Rob Armstrong said the effort was something that his staff and players can build on.
“If we can get the first points on the board and get it into the second half, we can do well,” Armstrong said.
“If we don’t give up big plays and don’t give up the ball, we’ll be hard to beat.”
By Will Brown • DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER • May 20, 2010
There are only 113 days until the 2010 prep football season commences. For the impatient types, today’s spring games featuring North Florida Christian and FAMU High, the first featuring Big Bend teams, will have to suffice. Kickoff in the NFC game is at 7 p.m. EST, while the orange and green will put toe to pigskin a half hour later.
Robert Craft will lead the Eagles onto the field for the first time this evening as they head to Chipley. The first-year coach has already dealt with adversity as starting quarterback Matt Dobson and top returning rusher Warren Hart, both rising juniors, missed spring practice due to shoulder surgeries.
Both will be healthy in time for summer conditioning and the fall. In their place will be Josh Adkins and Michael Railey. There will not be wholesale changes to NFC’s offense, as it will employ a pro-style offense similar to the one run under former coach Tim Cokely.
“On top of us losing a lot of seniors and the injuries, we do have some guys playing positions they have never played before or a lot of young guys,” Craft said about a team that will replace Florida State signee Clint Trickett and 14 others from a 7-2 team in 2009. “That’s where we will rely on our seniors. As coaches, what we’re interested in is the execution because we have a lot of guys out and the fresh faces.”
The only injuries FAMU High suffered heading into the spring was bruised pride after the Rattlers did not conquer their district for the first time in years. FAMU High will head down to Eastpoint to take on a Franklin County team that FAMU High coach Ira Reynolds believes has the talent and togetherness to surprise some people in District 2-1A.
Reynolds said his team practiced well this month and developed some depth at linebacker, a position he felt was the weak link of the defense a year ago. Delmus Harrison will return in the backfield and he will be joined by rising senior Derrick Austin.
“Last year was a turbulent season for us,” Reynolds said. “We lost for the first time the district championship so that was tough. Just to get them back out there, the guys are excited again. It’s a great feeling.”
Many fans would agree as the footballs once again fly.
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FAMU @ Franklin County 7:00 PM
NFC @ Chipley 7:00 PM CST
Florida High @ West Gadsden 7:00 PM
Taylor County @ Dixie County 7:00 PM
Maclay @ Munroe 7:00 PM
East Gadsden Blue and White 7:30 pm
Leon County Schools Jamboree (Chiles,Godby,Leon,Lincoln, Rickards and Wakulla) Cox Field 6:00 PM
Madison @ Jefferson 7:00 PM
Leon County Schools Jamboree (Chiles,Godby,Leon,Lincoln, Rickards and Wakulla) Cox Field 6:00 PM
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By Will Brown • DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER • May 8, 2010
One may not recognize it, but a statewide holiday was observed earlier this week. First Day in Pads may not roll off the tongue, but best believe high school football players and coaches were well aware Wednesday was the first day they had an opportunity for the collisions that make spring football special.
It may be universally known that May 1 is the first day any team can — legally — begin spring practice in Florida. However, it’s usually only the fanatical high school football fans who know that after three days in shorts and helmets players can strap on the shoulder pads.
“This is a day you just love as a head coach,” said Wakulla coach Scott Klees after Wednesday’s first day in pads. “You’re finally able to hit and the guys have been waiting to hit.”
Over at Jefferson County, first-year coach Jeremy Brown said there was a noticeable difference in practice intensity once the pads were brought out.
“Believe it or not the weight room is an amazing thing,” Brown said Wednesday evening. “We were hitting better today than we did — practice-wise — throughout the fall.”
Depending on one’s perspective, Wednesday may have been the best day of May or the worst — because there are two weeks left in the grueling exercise that lays the foundation for this fall’s champions.
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