The third week of the 2019 high school football season only features one game: Creekside at Bartram Trail
CREEKSIDE AT BARTRAM TRAIL
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Record: Creekside 2-0, Bartram Trail 2-0
Last Game: Creekside 58-Nease 51; Bartram Trail 24-Brunswick (Ga.) 7
Last Meeting: Bartram Trail won 34-20 in 2018
Game Info: Hurricane Dorian cancelled or postponed every other varsity football game in St. Johns County. However, the two schools on opposite ends of Longleaf Pine Parkway wanted to play, and the fields and facilities at Bartram Trail were able to accommodate that desire.
The Knights are 2-0 for the first time since 2011. Not coincidentally that was the last time Creekside posted a winning record. A second straight road win over a county opponent will go a long way toward helping the red half of St. Johns surpass the .500 mark come November.
To do so, the Knights will have to overcome a defense that has allowed one touchdown in two games when the contest was competitive. Lee scored 20 points against the Bears in the Bold City Showcase on Aug. 24; but 14 of those were in the fourth quarter after the Bears had the game in control. Last week, Bartram Trail held Brunswick to 4.4 yards per play, and held the Pirates at bay until late in the fourth quarter. Defensively, Bartram Trail has forced eight turnovers in two games. Last week, Bears cornerback Tre'Vez Johnson and sophomore safety Dominick Fields picked off the Pirates, en route to holding Brunswick to 13 of 26 passing for 126 yards and no touchdowns.
Bartram's offense has been led by junior running back A.J. Jones III. The man, who has been dubbed The Rocket by family and friends has 199 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns this year. Jones' 75-yard kickoff return against the Knights last year was the catalyst for Bartram's run of 34 unanswered points.
Regardless of how many points the home team scores, Creekside will be confident it can equal its neighbors. Creekside quarterback Quinn Sieger threw for 322 yards and six touchdowns against Nease last week. The senior finished with 38 rushing yards; but used his legs to either extend plays long enough for him to pass, or create yards on the ground. Sieger's favorite target, junior wide receiver Jack Goodrich has already caught five touchdowns this season. The challenge for Goodrich will be finding space against a Bartram defense that held him to a season-low 26 receiving yards in 2018.