1 Jeremiah ‘The Bus’ Jackson,
blocked PAT/QB Sack
In the third quarter in a tense game against Class 6A power Lake Minneola, Fleming Island, starting at their own 35, was again on the march and leading 21-14 when a pass attempt to Broden Domenico was robbed by a Hawk safety who jumped the route and ran the ball back to the Golden Eagle 14. Several runs later, the Hawks punched it in, but had the point after attempt blocked by tackle Jeremiah Jackson, keeping Fleming Island in the lead 21-20.
On the counter, the Hawks were awakened to Jeremiah “The Bus” Jackson who broke through the line. “The Bus” cashed in with a three yard sack, immediately followed up with a sack by Zack Little, forcing the Hawks to punt.
Fleming Island eventually won 31-28 on a gamewinning field goal by Garret Godfrey. Both teams eventually made it to the region playoffs; Lake Minneola losing in the region 1-6A finals and Fleming Island losing in the region 1-7A semifinals.
2. Cole LeClair, two-point conversion.
BALDWIN - Middleburg High football has had its bright moments, but also some disastrous moments, and, head coach Karl Smeltzer put it all in perspective at the halftime with the Broncos down 24-3 to 3A-playoff bound Baldwin High School in their Thursday night matchup.
In a game that started to look like a playoff team blowing out a distracted two-win team looking to just end the season and get ready for basketball or soccer, seniors Cole LeClair and Joe Justino took the reigns of putting a stamp on their senior season finale to lead the Broncos to a dramatic 32-31 win. LeClair with key defensive stops and Justino, with two dramatic offensive series that saw him follow LeClair on six consecutive carries on one drive and three on the game-winner, pushed the Broncos to their 32-31 upset.
“I know how good these guys play and how hard we want to win every game,” said LeClair, a massive defensive and offensive lineman for Smeltzer. “This team is my family, these guys are my home. We were telling each other we were not going to lose.”
LeClair even added a third quarter Larry Czonka-like two point conversion to the mix.
“We had worked on giving him the ball in practice because he is such a great kid,” said a chuckling Frank Hall, the Broncos defensive coach. “He will do whatever it takes on both sides of the ball for this team.”
3. Glen Miller TD catch.
GAINESVILLE - A highlight reel game by senior wide receiver and safety Glenn Miller pushed the Ridgeview High Panther football team to their first win under new coach Matt Knauss in a 14-12 district 5-5A thriller against Gainesville Eastside High on a Thursday Homecoming night at Citizen’s Field.
“This was a good district win and will give us confidence to finish strong,” said Miller, who, with 5:36 left in the third period and the score locked at 7-6 for Ridgeview, latched on to a backside post pattern pass in the back of the end zone with the ball pinned to the back of his helmet with one hand. “We saw the safety carrying with our motion and we knew we could hit the backside pass. Max (quarterback Max Monroe) threw a great pass.”
4. Kade Sanders, two fumbles caused on bone-jarring tackles
Keystone Heights got a key playoff-point 28-20 win over Crescent to stay at 5-0 for the season.
With 3:42 on the clock, Indians up 28-20, a Ty Friedlin punt put Crescent City at midfield for a final showdown for the game with Sanders delivering a second on the night bone-jarring tackle on a pass play downfield that Michael Kirtley would recover the loose ball.
Keystone Heights would stall and give Crescent City one more shot, but Jarrett Hughes would strip a Crescent City wide out of his final catch to end the game.
The hit was the second fumble-causing hit by Sanders; the first creating a first quarter touchdown for the Indians by Dalton Hollingsworth.
5. Garrett Godfrey, Fleming Island wins on game-ending field goal.
JACKSONVILLE - Leaving your team’s fate up to a first-year player is not normally a blueprint for success. However, that recipe is working out just fine for Fleming Island and rookie Garret Godfrey.
The senior placekicker nailed a 33 yard field goal as time expired Friday night, lifting the visiting Golden Eagles over First Coast 17-14 and into sole possession of first place in District 2-7A. The undefeated Eagles, 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district play, have a one game lead over Fletcher, which Fleming Island beat 23-13 on September 13, and Gainesville Buchholz, which comes to Fleming Island on Friday, October 18.
“The win is very important. We are trying to win our district, which we have not done in a long time, and to go undefeated,” said Springs.
The kick was Godfrey’s second game-winner this season. The senior split the uprights from 21 yards out on the final play of Fleming Island’s 31-28 victory over Lake Minneola on August 30.
“It’s a little jittery each time, but as soon as I run out onto the field, I know that I am ready to make that kick,” said Godfrey.