Bears win in a shootout; Ponte Vedra improves to 6-1; Nease wins 1st game; Creekside falls to Buchholz with Lavatai sidelined
Bartram Trail 51, Fleming Island 42
Stars of the Game: New starting QB Harry Bowker, forced into action by an injury two weeks ago to Chad Dodson, ran for three TDs and passed for a fourth and sophomore RB A.J. Jones had three TDs and totaled 298 yards rushing and receiving as Bartram Trail (5-2, 2-1 in District 3-7A) outlasted Fleming Island (3-4, 0-3) 51-42 at Bartram.
Turning point: Fleming Island’s Broden Domenico returned a Bartram kickoff 92 yards for a TD with 9:49 to play to cut the Golden Eagles’ deficit to 44-42. Bartram answered with an 80-yard drive in eight plays, capped by Jones’ burst off the right side for a 40-yard score and the final tally of the night with 7:18 to play. Jones finished with 195 yards rushing on eight carries, 103 yards receiving and 57 return yards.
On defense: After a first half where Bartram gave up nearly 300 yards and 29 points, the Bears’ defense forced consecutive three-and-outs midway through the third period and intercepted two Fleming Island passes (by Tre’Vez Johnson and Merrel Payne). … Fleming Island had a pick-6 for a score by Jacob Ashe (27 yards in the first half) and two fumble recoveries in the second half.
Fast Facts: Bowker, a starting senior DB and punter for Bartram, started at QB for the first time since junior varsity and finished with 170 yards passing (83-yard toss to Jones) and 105 rushing with scores of 7, 2 and 30 yards. Junior starter Dodson (14 TD passes, 2 rushing TDs) suffered a season-ending knee injury in a victory over Creekside two weeks ago. … The District 3-7A title will go through Gainesville Buchholz (2-0 after Friday’s victory at Creekside). Oakleaf, 2-0 in the district, travels to Buchholz next Friday and Bartram Trail hosts Buchholz on Oct. 26. … Bartram has won six consecutive games against Fleming Island, including the 2017 Class 7A regional final. … Fleming Island has surrendered 38, 37, 48 and 52 points the last four games.
They said it: “Chad was a great leader and great teammate and it was hard losing him. Luckily we had the bye and that allowed me to work back into playing quarterback.” — Bartram Trail senior QB Harry Bowker.
— Ward Clayton
Buchholz 35, Creekside 13Star of the game: Buchholz QB Camden Orth had as close to a perfect game as one could expect. Playing just the first half, the Bobcats senior completed all 10 of his pass attempts for 158 yards and three TDs as the Bobcats beat Creekside 35-13. He led the visitors to four first-half TDs. Turning point: Buchholz (5-2, 2-0 in District 3-7A) put together 80- and 57-yard marches on its first two possessions and the rout was on. The Bobcats powerful offense was only stopped once (lost fumble) in its first five possessions as they rolled up 270 yards of offense in the first half, bringing about a running clock the entire second half. On defense: The Bobcats first team defense allowed the host Knights little running room and few passing yards. They held Creekside (4-3, 0-2) to 46 yards of offense in the first half, including -17 rushing yards on 13 plays. The Bobcats, who won their fourth game in a row, also recorded two of their three interceptions in the first 24 minutes. Creekside’s Evan Wiley was one of the few bright spots for the Knights’ defense. The senior linebacker recovered a fumble and had an interception. Fast facts: Creekside senior quarterback Tai Lavatai, a Navy commit, didn’t play in the game due to microfractures in his knees. He’ll likely miss a couple more weeks. Junior Quinn Sieger started his first game of the year at quarterback and after a slow start, finished strong with 14-of-23 passing for 145 yards and two TDs along with three interceptions. … Creekside pushed across two scores in the fpurth quarter when Sieger connected on scoring tosses to freshman Paul Wood and Shane Calhoun. … This was the first of three straight local area teams for Buchholz which plays Oakleaf and Bartram Trail the next two weeks. … Florida commit Trent Whittemore caught three passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns, ran the ball three times for 36 yards and had a pass completion for 8 yards. They said it: "The O-line gave me plenty of time and we really game-planned well for this game. We knew if we executed like we’re capable of, we could do some really good things. We were in a little slump early on but I think we’re starting to get in our groove now." — Buchholz quarterback Camden Orth.
— Jeff Elliott
Nease 30, Middleburg 13
Preston Staples returned from an injury he suffered on the opening week of the season to help lead Nease (1-6, 1-1 District 4-6A) to its first victory of the season.
Staples tossed touchdown passes of 46 and 59 yards to senior Nic Bunkosky, while Trevor Dickson scored on a 57-yard run and wide receiver Joe Nieves ran a jet sweep 50 yards for another score. Collin Hartley added a 28-yard field goal for the Panthers, who will visit St. Augustine next Friday.
"Preston provided a spark for us; he's such a great leader for our team," Nease coach Tim Krause said of the senior quarterback, who had missed five games. "I think we also gained confidence during the bye week in how we play defense."
The Panthers forced three turnovers by the Broncos (2-4, 1-1). An interception in the closing minutes by Nease defensive end Chase Dexter clinched the win.Ponte Vedra 35, Parker 14
Jack Murrah passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns — all to Nick Pirris — as Ponte Vedra (6-1, 2-0 District 4-5A) defeated Terry Parker (2-5, 0-3) 35-14.
Pirris caught eight passes for 148 yards with TD receptions of 2, 27 and 18 yards. Campbell Parker added 119 yards rushing on just six carries with two touchdowns (36 and 62 yards). Zach Chattaway added 95 yards rushing on 13 carries for the Sharks.
Ponte Vedra's defense forced four turnovers. Garrett Griffin had two sacks.
Murrah completed 17 of 24 passes with one interception.
BARTRAM 51, FLEMING ISLAND 4
Fleming Island 8 21 6 7 — 42
Bartram Trail 14 17 6 14 — 51
BT—Bowker 7 run (Greig kick)
FI—Ramirez 10 run (Hyams run)
BT—Bowker 2 run (Greig kick)
FI—J. Ashe 27 interception return (Coussens kick)
BT—Jones 64 run (Greig kick)
FI—Seybolt 15 pass from Hyams (Coussens kick)
BT—Jones 83 pass from Bowker (Greig kick)
FI—Michaels 7 pass from Hyams (Coussens kick)
BT—Greig 22 FG
FI—Ramirez 4 run (run failed)
BT—Ellison 22 run (kick failed)
BT—Bowker 30 run (Greig kick)
FI—Domenico 92 KO return (Coussens kick)
BT—Jones 40 run (Greig kick)
Rushing—FI: Ramirez 26-149, McBride 16-53. BT: Jones 8-195, Ellison 19-132, Bowker 20-105.
Passing—FI: Hyams 8-16-2-222, 2 TDs. BT: Bowker 12-20-1-170, 1 TD.
Receiving—FI: Domenico 5-118, Snyder 2-63, Seybolt 1-18. BT: Jones 4-103, Helm 5-55.
BUCHHOLZ 35, CREEKSIDE 13
Buchholz 14 21 0 0 —35
Creekside 0 0 0 13 —13
B — Whittemore 16 pass from Orth (Farahat kick)
B — Mitchell 6 pass from Orth (Farahat kick)
B — Young 47 blocked punt return (Farahat kick)
B — Whittenmore 22 pass from Orth (Farahat kick)
C — Wood 38 pass from Sieger (Marchand kick)
C — Calhoun 6 pass from Sieger (kick failed)
First downs B: 17 C: 6
Rushes-yards B: 30-144 C: 20-8
Passing B: 188 C: 145
Comp-Att-Int B: 15-17-1 C: 14-23-3
Fumbles-Lost B: 2-1 C: 2-0
RUSHING — Buchholz: Cason 6-45, Whittemore 3-36, Mitchem 6-34. Creekside: Strope 2-10.
PASSING — Buchholz: Orth 10-10-0-158, Hevesy 4-6-1-22, Whittemore 1-1-0-8. Creekside: Sieger 14-23-3-145.
RECEIVING — Buchholz: Whittemore 3-57, Michel 2-45, Mitchell 4-35. Creekside: Surrency 4-52, Calhoun 4-26, Wood 1-38.
PONTE VEDRA 35, PARKER 14
Ponte Vedra 7 7 7 14 — 35
Parker 0 0 7 7 — 14