ST AUGUSTINE - Orange Park High School’s front five probable starters for the football offensive line took a page of stamina and strength to St. Augustine and came home with the first place trophy …
ST AUGUSTINE - Orange Park High School’s front five probable starters for the football offensive line took a page of stamina and strength to St. Augustine and came home with the first place trophy for the Tug of War at the Jacksonville Jaguars Nike 11-on-11 Tournament Offensive Line challenge held Saturday at St. Augustine High School.
Note: The Jacksonville Jaguars will open their 2022 Training Camp on July 24 with the team practicing at Episcopal High School due to construction at the TIAA Bank facilities. The Jaguars, under new head coach Doug Pederson, will head to Canton, OH, on August 4 to play in the Hall of Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Jaguars home preseason games are set for Fri., Aug. 7 against Cleveland Browns and Sat., Aug. 20 against Pittsburg Steelers.
Anchored by All State offensive tackle Roderick Kearney and fronted by wingman guard Nile Thomas with Braylon Hawkins, Ean Huffaker and Amaury Gallon-Cooper in between the two, the Raiders’ strong boys dispatched of Fleming Island in a battle of Clay County that lasted nearly five minutes in the trenches with the Golden Eagles holding court for the first half of the action before the Raiders maintained foot control and slowly turned the tables to win the title.
Fleming Island had an epic endurance win over Clay to advance while the Raiders had to best Raines to advance to the championship round.
In the Truck Push “Big Man” competition; five pushes of a Ford F150 from the tailgate end of the truck in relay style, saw Fleming Island nearly pull out the upset of Raines and Bartram Trail with the Golden Eagles second by less than two seconds.
On the football side of the morning, Fleming Island, Clay and Orange Park all showed off some passing prowess and secondary defensive skills against 17 other north Florida teams.
Clay was led by quarterback Merrick Rapoza and freshman wideout J’Vian Cobbert while the Raiders had Bo Durrionte at the helm and Brian Green with a handful of grabs and Fleming Island saw sophomore Cibastian Broughton slinging passes to Brenden Cook downfield.
St. Augustine defeated Sandalwood 27-13 for the camp title with Sandalwood eeking out a 21-20 win over Andrew Jackson and St. Augustine beating Terry Parker 14-6.
In prelim action, Sandalwood beat Fleming Island 32-6 and Raines beat Clay 19-12. Orange Park was beat 18-12 by Creekside. Clay beat Riverside 18-14. Fleming Island beat Bishop Kenny 16-15 in round two with former Orange Park coach Tom Macpherson now defensive coach at Bishop Kenny. Bartram Trail beat Clay 14-0 in round two with Raines beating the Blue Devils 24-6 in the first round. Orange Park lost to St. Augustine 24-14 in round one. Yulee beat Fleming Island 21-17 in round one.
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