On a big offensive night, Bears' Devin Ellison and AJ Jones combine for 270 yards rushing and five TDs in a loss, while Creekside's Tai Lavatai throws five touchdown passes in a 72-40 win over Episcopal, and Ponte Vedra and St. Joseph remain undefeated.

Oakleaf 69, Bartram Trail 53

Star of the game: Knights RB Keshawn King racked up five touchdowns, four of those coming in the second half, including two on back-to-back touches that helped the Knights (2-1, 1-0 District 3-7A) seize control from Bartram Trail in a 69-53 win.

Turning point: As Bartram (2-2, 0-1 District 3-7A) attempted to hang in the game by cutting Oakleaf’s lead to 41-39 with 5:03 left in the third quarter, the Knights salted the game away by calling eight runs in their next nine plays, with King scoring twice and Adrian Grey adding a third score to push the Knights’ lead to 62-39.

Cranking up the offense: The pair of teams combined for nearly 1,300 yards from scrimmage in the contest, with Oakleaf rolling up 708 (389 rush, 319 pass). The Knights nearly compiled 400 yards at the half (395, 293 through the air). The Bears scored double-digit points in every quarter, gaining 585 yards on their own (309 in the first half).

Subtext: While King rushed for 246 yards on 21 carries and Grey added 140 yards on 18 carries, a more-silent hero underneath all of the offensive explosions for Oakleaf might have been senior K Braden Ammon, who was 9-for-9 on extra points and who had seven kickoffs go for touchbacks.

Fast facts: The Bears couldn’t take advantage of a five-TD performance from junior QB Chad Dodson (four passing, plus a late TD scamper). … Not to be outdone, Oakleaf QB Tre Simmons had four touchdowns (two rushing, two passing). … The teams did struggle to hang on to the football, with Oakleaf fumbling seven times and Bartram Trail four. … The Bears’ Jacob Bennett blocked a punt late in the third quarter that looked like a game-changer, as Bartram scored two plays later to cut Oakleaf’s lead to 41-39. … Bartram had a pair of 100-yard rushers — 146 from Devin Ellison, 124 from AJ Jones, with Jones scoring three times and Ellison twice. … Oakleaf also had a pair of 100-yard receivers, as Terrance Anthony rolled up 157 on four catches and Sean Washington added 107 on nine receptions. It was Oakleaf's first win over Bartram.

They said it: "[Our assistant coaches], those guys worked their butts off. Bartram Trail is a great team; they represented the north in the 7A title game last year, and that’s where we want to be. They’re one of the stalwarts in Northeast Florida, and that is where we want to go. Very proud of the guys, just very excited for them. A great night." — Oakleaf coach Frank Garis.

Shannon Heaton, for the Times-Union

 

Creekside 72, Episcopal 40

Star of the Game: Creekside senior QB Tai Lavatai passed for five TDs and ran for a sixth as the Knights (3-1) won a 72-40 shootout at Episcopal (2-2). The Navy commitment passed for 384 yards and scores to five different receivers to counter a three-TD night from Episcopal WR Davis Ellis.

Turning point: Episcopal surged at the end of the first half when Justin McKee returned a kickoff 70 yards for a TD and Ellis returned an interception 75 yards on the final play of the first half to cut the Eagles’ deficit to 42-28. Lavatai countered that on the Knights’ first series of the second half when he hit Quinn Sieger for a 20-yard score as Creekside never led by less than 14 the rest of the way.

On defense: Creekside forced five Episcopal turnovers, including two interceptions for TDs in the second quarter. Senior DB Conan Mueller returned the first one 51 yards for a score and Knights sophomore DB Jack O’Brien (two interceptions) had a 15-yarder six minutes later. … Creekside senior DT Colin Milite had two fumble recoveries.

Fast Facts: Lavatai has passed for 15 TDs and run for three in four games this season, including 11 TD passes the last two weeks. Sophomore WR Jack Goodrich caught two of those TD passes on Friday. … Creekside junior RB Jalen Hines had 112 yards rushing and the Knights’ final TD. … Episcopal’s Lee had 144 yards receiving, most of that coming from new starting QB Tucker Tomberlin (241 yards passing, three TDs).

They said it: “We had some of our most productive offense early in the game and then we acted like a young team for a while. We played football for 3½ hours tonight, so we’re all a little tired.” – Creekside coach Sean McIntyre.

Ward Clayton, Correspondent

 

Ponte Vedra 34, Westside 14

The Sharks (4-0, 1-0 in District 4-5A) stayed perfect with a blowout of the Wolverines.

Jacobi Myers threw for two TDs and rushed for another for the Sharks, while Jack Murrah connected with Kyle Barker on another touchdown.

Westside (0-4, 0-1) has lost seven consecutive games dating back to last season.

 

St. Joseph 28, Oak Hall 6

The Flashes rallied from a scoreless first half to stay unbeaten, downing host Gainesville Oak Hall (2-1).

Dylan Thibault and James Drysdale rushed for two touchdowns apiece for St. Joseph (4-0).

 

Creekside 72, Episcopal 40

Creekside 21 21 21 9 — 72

Episcopal 7 21 12 0 — 40

C-Williams 10 pass from Lavatai (Marchand kick)

C-Goodrich 68 pass from Lavatai (Marchand kick)

E-Ellis 35 pass from Tomberlin (Vontz kick)

C-Calhoun 17 pass from Lavatai (Marchand kick)

C-Lavatai 2 run (Marchand kick)

C-Mueller 51 interception return (Marchand kick)

E-Blair 6 run (Vontz kick)

C-O’Brien 15 interception return (Marchand kick)

E-McKee 70 kickoff return (Vontz kick)

E-Ellis 75 interception return (Vontz kick)

C-Sieger 20 pass from Lavatai (Marchand kick)

E-Hodges 65 pass from Tomberlin (kick failed)

C-Goodrich 62 pass from Lavatai (Marchand kick)

E-Ellis 41 pass from Tomberlin (pass failed)

C-Strope 23 run (Marchand kick)

C-Marchand 38 FG

C-Hines 19 run (kick failed)

Rushing— C: Hines 18-112, Strope 9-60, Lavatai 6-44. E: Pajcic 6-30.

Passing—C: Lavatai 21-34-1-384, 5 TDs. E: Tomberlin 19-38-3-241, 3 TDs.

Receiving—C: Goodrich 4-182, Sieger 4-62, Williams 2-34, Calhoun 2-31. E: Ellis 8-144, Hodges 6-97.