Fleming Island played Wekiva in Friday’s FHSAA Region 1-7A high school football quarterfinal.

FLEMING ISLAND 28


WEKIVA 14


Star of the game: Tim Thomas rushed for 186 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Fleming Island to a soggy Region 1-7A quarterfinal win over visiting Wekiva.


Turning point: After a touchdown reception by Wekiva freshman Asaad Waseem gave the Mustangs the momentum going into halftime, Thomas burst through a hole up the middle and sprinted 52 yards to the end zone on the Golden Eagles’ first drive of the third quarter, giving the hosts a 27-14 lead.


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On defense: Fleming Island, now 10-0, held the Mustangs to 18 yards rushing on 24 attempts as defensive linemen Jeremiah Jackson, Zach Little and Elijah Montgomery each had two tackles for loss. . . An interception by cornerback Darius Harris in the red zone allowed Fleming Island to take its first lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Dean Hyams to Broden Domenico. . . With 2:35 remaining, free safety Isiah Blair sealed the game for Fleming Island with an interception and 47-yard return. . . Sophomore linebacker Jamel Lynch had three tackles for loss for Wekiva, which ends its season at 7-4. . . Fleming Island played mostly press man-to-man coverage, forcing Wekiva QB Brenden Cyr (15-46-2-180) into 31 incompletions. . . The Golden Eagles were called for six pass interference penalties. . . Fleming Island punter Garrett Godfrey had two punts downed at the Mustangs’ 1 yard line.


Fast facts: Wekiva struck first when Larry Preston took an option pitch across the goal line from three yards out, but Thomas evened the score by taking a screen pass 67 yards for a touchdown. . . With 99 receiving yards and a 22-yard kick return, Thomas amassed 307 all-purpose yards, averaging 11.4 yards per touch. . . Hyams was efficient, completing seven of 13 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns despite a light rain. . . T.K. Kocak gave the Golden Eagles a 20-7 lead on a 46-yard catch-and-run out of his wingback position. . . Waseem led all pass catchers with 11 receptions for 117 yards. . . Five of the game’s six touchdowns were scored in the second quarter.


They said it: “Everybody looks good in the first and second quarter. Our guys, including Tim, are trained to get stronger in the third and fourth quarters.”—Fleming Island coach Damenyum Springs.


Mike Zima/For the Times-Union