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2018 REFEREE SCRIMMAGE

Updated: Oct 24, 2018




TC #2 Fred Davis moments before pick6 vs Sandalwood

University Christian-

   The 1st live action from some area prep teams would come in the form of the annual FHSAA referee scrimmage games. The games are supposed to be for the refs to work their timing, adjustments, player safety issues and any new rules put in place during the offseason. For the fans of high school football in North Florida who's been impatiently waiting for some contact,the scrimmages would serve as much more. The tensions were flying high and heated discussions were being had by many of the fans as to who would win what games over who this season,which teams would make a run to Orlando,who's overrated, and who would probably end up flopping come years end.Teams that participated in the 2 day 2 site event host by University Christian,and Ridgeview are ED White,UC, Parker,Westside, Creekside,FirstCoast, Bolles, Fletcher, Ridgeview,Oakleaf

Paxon,AtlanticCoast, BartramTrail,Mandarin, Lee,Menendez, Trinity, Sandalwood.



  1st up to play would be 6 Ed White vs UC. After trading punts Isaiah Flowers would get the Commanders on the board 1st with a 80yd td run. White would miss the pat. The Ed White sideline and fans erupted in cheers as they thought the blow from their offense would be a sign of many good things to come, as it did during their spring win over Ribault. The 9x 2a state champs wouldn't be rattled by the 6A Commanders. Coach Pendland would send his young QB Ridge Jacobs back out to deliver a message to White that UC wouldn't be bullied around, especially on their own turf. Behind his big men up front Caleb Thomas and UCF commit Allen Adams, Jacobs and his 3 playmakers Max McClendon, Jaedon Stoshak, and Kentrelle Williams would put together a 13 play 70yd drive that ended with a 16yd td pass from Jacobs to Williams, which came on 4th downand tipped in the air by #11 of Ed White.The pat would put UC up 7-6. The Christian's defense would keep the Commanders out of the endzone for the rest of the scrimmage. UC's final chance to extend their lead was ended with a crazy Jaison Patterson int in the back of the end zone that was ruled out of bounds. UC wins the scrimmage 7-6. 2019 LB Omari Fiffer made a ton of plays for White helping contain UC to just 7pts. Fiffer is regarded as 1 of the best in the area. A lot of bright spots for the Commanders to work with this season like 2019 DB Shawnell Hall, 2021LB/DE Kevin Greene and the big man 2019 T. Yontez Jerrell who has several D1 offers. If the Commanders can handle their business they should be in great shape to make some noise in 6a this season. Coach Penland of UC can take many good things away from this scrimmage to build on that will get the Christians prepared to play 1 of North Florida hardest schedules in the area that include the likes of, defending 1a state champs Madison Co. Cowboys ,Wildwood Wildcats, Clay Blue devils, Bolles Bulldogs, BRADFORD Co. Tornadoes Hs. and the Taylor Co. Wildcats. 


UC 7 White 6 Final


Kevin Greene after sack vs UC


Isaiah Flowers 80yd td run vs UC

Ridge Jacobs 4th 16 td pass tp Kentrelle Williams

Caleb Thomas and Jeadon Stoshak after 7-6 win

Kenneth Davis after 45yd ctach

Katadrick Storey after 35yd catch

   Next up to scrimmages would be the new look Terry Parker Braves vs Westside Wolverines. Both head coaches Dorsey and,Dubose are looking to get their program headed in the winning direction.This matchup would be for early 5a bragging rights as both teams are set to face each other week 9 on the westside. 2020 QB Will Wyche would march the Braves down the field on their 1st possession with a 45yd run to the 2yd line. 2 plays later Wyche would keep it himself again for a 6-0 lead. The Braves offense wouldn't do much with it after that as the Wolverine's defense made the necessary plays to end Parker's scoring for the rest of the scrimmage. Both Westside qbs 2019 Jalil Jackson, and 2021 DJ Otis, led Westside on td drives that ended with the qbs sneaking in on short runs. Otis and Jackson are in a battle for the starting job, but Jackson seemed to have more control of the offense and provides a different dynamic running with the ball. 2019 wr Kenneth Davis and 2020 wr Katadrick Storey made some huge catches on that Braves defense that features the talented DBs Josh Jones, Larry Smith, Tyrone Williams, and the edge rusher Dedrick Smith. Those guys are young now but will be at the top of their class when it's over.The 1on1 matchup many came to see between the Braves Josh Jones and 2019 6'4 Central Michigan commit wr Javon Gantt will have to wait until week 9.Gantt and a few other Wolverines didn't dress due to coach Dubose using this opportunity to get some other guys some much needed work.

Westside 14 Parker 6 final.



  What seemed like two thirds of the fans would leave the main playing field and pack the sidelines of UC's turf practice field to watch the areas highest nationally ranked player, 2019 Hurricanes commit Jeremiah Payton, and the Fletcher Senators take on the Bolles Bulldogs. Payton would not disappoint the fans. After catching a few passes from QB Devin Lingle on the drive, Payton took a screen pass from Lingle 10yds for a td and 7-0 lead. Bolles Wr Chris Sanders was just as impressive, hauling in a 50 yard sideline catch from qb Ben Netting, that led to an 8 yard Kel McCloud td run. Sanders finished with 3 catches for 71 yards. Payton wouldn't be done with the the theatrics, as he took another screen pass from Lingle and 2 stepped around a DB sending him in a full circle for a 17yd gain. That move would lead to a Senator's 45yd fg. Fletcher would unleash their enforcer 2019 SS Jalen Mitchell to preserve 10-7 lead. Mitchell came away with several big hits for fletcher. Bolles has made a very huge step from their spring game vs Mandarin. Many thought the Senators would run away with this contest especially since Fletcher took down Raines in the spring. QB Ben Netting seemed to be taking control of the QB battle between him and Jeremiah Johnson. Army commit Pearson Toomey and the offensive line group has made significant strides this summer and if that group can continue to gel that wing-t offense that includes Wala Onasiya,Cooper Sullivan, and Kenneth Samuels can be very dangerous and will open things up for McCloud, and Sanders to be great.

Kel McCloud and Chris Sanders


    FirstCoast Bucs would take on the Creekside Knights in their scrimmage. This matchup would feature 1 of the area's best qbs in 2019 Naval Acad. commit Tai Lavatai vs. that vaunted Bucs defense that's blessed at every level with talent. After a scoreless defensive battle in the1st quarter, the Knights would continue to trade defensive blows with FC as their defense opened up q2 forcing a fumble inside the Bucs 20. The Bucs defense would hit right back on the next play as DB Desean Davis would force a fumble at the goal line that would be ruled a touchback after going out of the back of the endzone. The Knights defense was in it for the long haul as they forced a fumble on the next play inside the 25 yard line. This time the Knights would get on the board after RB Jalen Hines took a 4th down handoff and barreled his way into the paint for a 7-0 lead. The Bucs would score on it's ensuing drive with Qb/Ath Arden Luster short td run. The Knights held off the Bucs on their 2pt try to hang on to a 7-6 lead. 2019 DE Tyler Howard would force a fumble to give the Bucs the ball inside the Knight's 25yd line. On 3rd and long the Bucs would try and hit wr Tyree Saunders in the back of the endzone for the lead but the pass was picked off by DB Maui Wilhelm. The Knights would march it all the way down the field but fumbled it away into the endzone. The fumble would be picked up by 2019 DB Jalen Gaines who raced 102 yards for what seemed to be the go ahead td but a block in the back penalty negated the score. With just 11 seconds remaining in the scrimmage the Bucs last chance to get something on the board was ended on a int by Earl Thrasher. Creekside Knights 7 FirstCoast Bucs 6 final


Ridgeview HS.-

Day 2 of referee scrimmage

Marist commit Jalen Mitchell & Miami Commit Jeremiah Payton of Fletcher

Iowa State commit Aric Horne Raines Vikings



  2 of the areas best QBs would be set to duel it out for the 1st time in their history. 2019 QB Tyler would come to battle with a ton of weapons in RBs Jaiden Turner, Caleb Plyler, Reynaldo Gonzalez and WRs Brian Jackson, Issac Chaffin, and Denali Lindo who many say is the fastest player in Clay Co. QB Walt Tre Simmons would be waiting with a deadly arsenal as well with WRs Sean Washington, Antonio Marshall, Dominic Wells, Terrence Anthony, Baily Bioldeau, Micheal Williams and Austin Robinson. Behind Simmons would be a trio of Rbs Ade Gray,Kevin Davis and leader of the pack VaTech commit KeShawn King. Its doesn't stop there for Oakleaf. 5 star RT Jalen Rivers would be up front blocking.

On defense the Knights are just as talented with MLB Dexter Moore, and De Chantz Williams. On paper this matchup didn't look to be very fair, but when you have 1 of the best QBs in Tyler Huff anything is possible.

   Williams, and Moore would help the Knights force a punt on the Panthers 1st possession. Walt Tre Simmons would show why that offense is serious and not just good on paper as he hit Sean Washington for about a 35yd pass reception. That catch  led to a 50yd td run by Keshawn King 2 plays later. After a quick punt by Ridgeview Simmons would march the Knights right down the field again hitting WR Terrence Anthony on a long pass to set the Knights up in the red zone. King 4th and short conversion would lead to Ade Gray banging in a short td run increasing the score to 14-0. Ridgeview would finally get on the board on their ensuing drive when QB Tyler Huff hooked up with WR Brian Jackson for a 70yd catch and run for a td. Simmons would continue to carve up the Panthers, moving the ball right back down the field, hitting Washington on another long pass. The Knights would raise their lead to 21-7 on a 5yd bootleg by Simmons. Huff couldn't get that Panthers offense to move hardly at all, and after a quick 3 and out Simmons would launch a 25yd td pass to wr Antonio Marshall. The Knight's fans would go crazy as they saw their lead increase to 28-7. The speedster Denali Lindo would momentarily silence the crowd hauling in a pass from Huff and racing to the house cutting the Knight's lead to 28-14. On Oakleaf's ensuing drive 2021 rb Kevin Davis would ignite the crowd once again breaking for a 50+ yard run, and finishing the drive with a short td run. With a 34-14 lead in less than a half of football, Simmons and that Knight's offense would prove their the real deal, totaling 405 yards of offense. Davis finished the day with 99 rushing yards of Oakleaf's 225. Sean Washington had 86 yards receiving of Simmons 151 total. 5 different Knights ould get in the paint. King, Gray, Marshall, Davis and Simmons. Late in the contest the Panther's Jaiden Turner broke a 50+ yard run and rb Reynaldo Gonzalez finished it with a short td. The final score of the scoring scrimmage would be 34-21.

Be on the lookout for Oakleaf this season as they will be real players in 7A District 3


RB Kevin Davis

WR Sean Washington


RB Keshawn King VaTech commit

WR Terrence Anthony

DE Chantz Williams

WR Antonio Marshall QB Tre Simmons



Denali Lindo. Tyler Huff. Brian Jackson

QB Bubba Wohlgemuth WR Pat Bryant

   The 2nd scrimmage of the day would be between the Paxon Eagles and Atlantic Coast Stingrays. On the 1st play from scrimmage QB Bubba Wohlgemuth hit WR Pat Bryant on a 45yd pass and Bryant took it 50 more yards for the 95yd TD. Not much action would come after that as the game was delayed 45 minutes or so due to WR J. Wingate going down with an leg injury after catching a pass. When play resumed, it seemed as if the momentum of the scrimmage was gone. Both teams had several mistakes, and costly penalties that kept their offenses to a minimum. QB Bryce Tompkins seemed to be 1 of the lone bright spots for the Eagles offense. Tompkins had a few guys drop passes that was on they money,2 of those incompletions would have been a td.


In a 7-0 zero games those drops were magnified, especially since the Rays defense was swarming all game. The Rays defensive charge was led by SS Quintin Donald, LB/DE Jordan Singletary, and DB Darius Adams. Both teams would trade interception, starting with Eagle's DB Michael Young picking off the Rays . On the next play, Stingray's playmaker Jordan Singletary would come away with a int. The Eagles defense wouldn't be phased as DB Jalen Donald got in on the action with a int of his own. Those dropped td passes came at the worst time of the scrimmage for Tompkins, and the Eagle's as their chances to tie,or possibly take the lead came to an end with another drop. The Atlantic Coast Stingrays would win the scrimmage 7-0 over the Paxon Eagles.

 The third scrimmage of the morning would be between the 2017 7A State Runner-Ups Bartram Trail Bears against the Mandarin Mustangs. Many in the area wouldn't know what to expect of this matchup due to both teams playing each other for their preseason classic. Fans coming out to see QB Carson Beck would have to wait till the classic as he's still recovering from injury.

LB Travis Moss

Bartram would get the ball 1st to open the scrimmage.  After a couple short gains LB Travis Moss intercepted a Bears pass. QB Tre Lawrence would hit Ath Kasimir Absolu on a 45yd td pass in which Absolu hauled in while leaning out of the back of the endzone over a DB.The mustangs would take the early 7-0 lead.

Tre Lawrence Kasimir Absolu

   The Mustang's defense would force another turnover when DB Durren Smith forced a fumble. After a couple short runs, and a pass to FIU commit WR Kris Mitchell, the sophomore Lawrence hooked up with Tennessee-Martin commit DayDay Oxendine for a 30yd td and a 14-0 lead The Mustangs defense looked pretty solid on the morning. Travis Moss, Durren Smith, Johnny Rego, and Tyler DiGregorio all made plays or had big hits for the Mustangs. Freshman RB Eric Weatherly took a short pass 50yds to the house to put the Bears on the board late in the scrimmage. Although the score was only 14-7 the Mustangs seemed to be in full control and could have blew it open. Quietly The Mustangs have been flying under the radar but if you take a closer look at their roster one could make a case that they are just as loaded as any team around. They return 8  starters on offense that include the future phenom Terrill Jennings who's poised to have a monster year behind line men Parker Merrill and Zach Mills. Young guys Jalen Smith and Tristen Riley are upcoming and very dangerous nd get some burn in an already deep wr group with DayDay Oxendine, Kris Mitchell, and Kash Absolu would will double as a DB this season. The Mustangs also return 7 starters on defense including the big men up front Michael Shimko, Christian Warren and Nick Harris, LBs Rego and Moss should be amongst city leaders in tackles playing behind those guys. Ernest Ricks will step up this year for Mandarin's secondary as well. For Bartram everybody wants to know can coach Sutherland replace the production of QBs Joey and Riley Smith who has moved on to Auburn and Boise St. If 2020 QB Chad Dodson can step up and take control of the offense he will have plenty of weapons to work with such as a trio of RBs  GaTech commit Devin Ellison, 2021 Aaron Jones, and 2022 Eric Weatherly. WRs Griffin Helm nd gunner Hitzeman will make a ton of plays for the Bears offense. Hitzeman is committed to Gardner-Webb and Helm is committed to play at University of New Hampshire which is truly a steal on the Wildcats end. Chase Ruskin and Harry Bowker are bright spots for the Bears defense.






  The fourth scrimmage of the day would be the Menendez Falcons and the Lee Generals. Many in attendance wanted to see the best player in St. Johns Co. Ath Kenny Logan and RB/LB Tye Edwards do work. Last season both players put up crazy number for the Falcons who lost in the 2nd round to 5A State Runner-Up Baker Co. Logan's number from last year are 706 rush yards 9tds. 34 receptions 488 yards and 3 tds. On defense Logan totaled 61 tackles and 1 int and also provided 314 return yards. Edwards had 56 tackles and 4 sacks and a eye popping 941 rush yards in just 5 games with 13 total tds. The Generals wouldn't be phased by the numbers as they generally have 1 of the best defenses in the area. To open the scrimmage 2019 QB Cam Sapp hit 2021 Ath Cobie Bates on a 40yd pass to set up RB Kevonte Doles who finished the drive a couple plays later with a short td run and a 6-0 lead. The Falcons wouldn't fret early on as Tye Edwards drove the Falcons down the field with pounding runs. Edwards finished the drive with a short td run. The 2pt conv gave the Falcon an 8-6 lead. Cam Sapp would match the Falcons td when he hit Cobie Bates again, this time for a 25yd td strike and a 14-7 lead.

Kevonte Doles


Cam Sapp. Cobie Bates



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The General's defense would crank up,and close down all running lanes for the Falcons. Another 3 and out by Menendez gave the ball right back to Cam Sapp and that deadly Lee offense. Using the combination of Nicholson,Brown,and Caldwell to get down the field Sapp would keep it on a 20yd td run and raise the score to 21-8.

Safety Deshaun Davis and LBs Joel Rose, and Trevor James would finish off the Falcons. The only break the Falcons received from the Generals offense is when head coach OJ Small inserted the freshmen QB Cale Zarah and RB Alvin Gibson in the game to get some reps. Coming from JWJ, and Trinity Zarah, and Gibson will be prospects to watch for in the future but the speed of varsity football forced Cale into making a few mistakes. The mistakes weren't costly as Lee's defense would not give up anything. The final score was 21-8 Generals. The addition of Cobie Bates, and Malik Brown looks to have that Generals offense moving at another level.

Fred Davis just before pick 6

  The game that most would say everybody came to see or wanted to hear about would be the 7x state champs Trinity Conquerors vs the Sandalwood Saints. Fans of both teams and fans of prep football were talking about this match up all summer across social media, and throughout the entire city. To give the game context several players transferred from Trinity to Sandalwood. Those players are RBs Kyjuan Herndon and Dylan Pate, DBs Jah Robinson, and Jahlon Wilson and D line man Kamari Stevens. The Talk around town was that Sandalwood was already loaded but adding those 5 players and a few others from Atlantic Coast and Mandarin they are super loaded, and nobody locally would stand a chance against the mighty Saints. Many fans wanted this match up in the regular season but for 1 reason or another it couldn't get scheduled so the city would have to settle for    a 2 quarter referee scrimmage. Although it was just a scrimmage, the game would have the intensity of a late round playoff playoff matchup in which Trinity is used to playing.

5 star DB Fred Davis who is ranked the #1 DB for class 2020 showed the Saints just what he's made of setting the tone for TC with a 45yd pick 6 in which Sandalwood never recovered. The stadium and social media exploded as Davis and his teammates were celebrating on the sidelines. Everybody wondered could the Saints respond, but the energy of the Conquerors defense was too much for Sandalwood and forced them to give the ball up.

Marcus Crowley Hurricanes commit

   The death blow would be delivered to the Saints when 2019  Hurricanes commit RB Marcus Crowley took a handoff around the right side and stiff armed a defender in the flats that caused him to roll twice while Crowley was sprinting to the house for a 14-0 lead. Once again the stadium and social media would explode even more so than the Davis's house call. Hurricane fanatics all over the state was pleased with the news of their 2019 commit was having a huge day. Hurricanes and 247Sports reporter/analyst Andrew Ivins was in the house all morning providing videos, pics, and updates of all the action.


Everybody wants to play Trinity,Until it's time to play Trinity.. Dominique Killens

     LBs CJ Lockett and Dominique Killens would join in on the fun forcing and recovering a fumble. RB Caleb Killian would take a reverse and slide his way to the house, shaking a defender at the door step and plowing over another for the score. After getting the ball back rather quickly Marcus Crowley took a handoff up the gut and popped it for an 80yd score. Saint's QB Jeff Sims would add a late td throw to the X-Factor Jared Geis to cut the lead to 27-7. More big hits from TC defenders Corey Coley, Trevon McClain,and Steven Williams preserved the Conquerors lead.

TC 27 Saints 0 final.










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