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TYREE SAUNDERS GOES OFF ON COLUMBIA IN 7A FINALE FOR 9/180 2 TDs

Updated: Nov 3, 2018


Michael Scippio lines up against Tyree Saunders

COMPETE. COMPETE. COMPETE. COACH ALLEN PREGAME MESSAGE TO THE TIGERS

FIRSTCOAST GETTING CRUNK BEFORE KICKOFF

https://youtu.be/slZzs7dSf5U


JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA -

On a rainy Thursday night on the northside of Duval Co. Wr. Tyree Saunders had a monster game vs 7A 8-1 giant Columbia Tigers. A huge performance was needed out of Saunders as the Bucs 2K18 playoff aspirations hinged on a win over the Tigers. Another stellar outing from Tigers' 2020 QB Jordan Smith, Marquez Bell, and Kylen Callum would be needed for Columbia to earn the district clinching victory over First Coast as they were short handed coming into the matchup with some key playmakers out due to injuries and suspensions over a pre game entrance vs Fletcher. Some notable players out for the game were arguably the best WR in the area TJ Jones, WR Bobby Fulton and DB Ahmad Williams. "Compete." would be the narrative of Coach Allen's pregame speech to his team but the Bucs, and Saunders would get the message as well as they were set to give the Tigers all they could handle. Before kickoff coach Allen wouldn't know that his former FSU team mate Troy Saunders is the farther of Tyree, but by the end of the game he would. To start the game the Tigers would win the toss and elect to receive. Columbia would start their initial drive of the game from 18, and would march it just inside the 15 before turning it over on a 4th and 3 incomplete pass attempt by Jordan Smith. The Bucs would go 3 and out on it's 1st possession and give Columbia a short field at the 30 due to a 4yd shanked punt. On the next play Jordan Smith would hit Marquez Bell for a 30yd TD and a 7-0 1st quarter lead. Saunders made his 1st impact on the game hauling in a 37yd catch on the Bucs 2nd drive which set up Arden Luster's short td catch to pull within 1 of the Tigers after the failed conversion. The Tigers would score on their ensuing possession on a 12yd TD pass from Jordan Smith to Marquez Bell to take a late 14-6 1st quarter lead.


MARQUEZ BELL LINES UP BEFORE SCORING 30yd TD

SAUNDERS 37YD CATCH ON BUCS 2ND DRIVE LEADS TO A #11 LARRY EDWARDS SHORT TD PASS TO #26 ARDEN LUSTER

MARQUEZ BELL 1ST QUARTER RECEPTION VS THE BUCS



After losing 19yds on a bad snap, Firstcoast would start the 2nd period facing a 3rd and 30 from midfield in which they would fail to convert. Columbia's return man Sirr Rollins would muff the ensuing punt, and Marieo Thomas would recover it in the endzone to set up a seemingly tying 2pt try but the score was negated by the refs as the play was ruled a touchback. The head ref explained that Rollins had signaled for a fair catch, and although he muffed it, the Bucs couldn't recover it in the endzone for a score since he hadn't fully possessed the ball. The Bucs fans were very displeased with the call to say the least. Jordan Smith would hook up with Marquez Bell deep down the sideline but an illegal man down field flag would bring the play back. Jaelin Leroy would pick off Smith on his next pass attempt and give FirstCoast the ball near midfield. On the Bucs ensuing possession, Saunders would again give his team a spark scoring on a 44yd TD reception. The score would be 14-13 with 9:58 to play in the half. After throwing another INT to Corbin Carter on the Tigers ensuing possession, Jordan Smith would get the ball right back at the 19 after a quick Bucs' punt and lead Columbia on a 81yd scoring drive which was capped off on a 7yd Kylen Callum TD run. With 1:13 to go in the half, Larry Edwards would hit Saunders on a 26yd TD pass to reignite the shipyard. First Coast would fail to convert the 2p try and trail at the half 21-19.


BUCS DLINE FORCE BAD PASS BY JORDAN SMITH

Jaelin Leroy after INT

SAUNDERS AFTER 44YD TD CATCH

CHRISTON JOHNSON. GELIQUE WILLIAMS. CORBIN CARTER

Corbin Carter after INT



LARRY EDWARDS AND TYREE SAUNDERS AFTER 26YD TD PASS WITH 1:13 TO GO IN Q2


KYLEN CALLUM 25/ 146 2TDs

Freshamn Jaelin Brown after strong TD run. Brown 8 carries 63yds

Darius Lewis after 90yd house call

Rashamel Byers afer INT

In the 2nd half Columbia would pull away from the Bucs on a 41yd fg, a 7yd TD run by Kylen Callum, and a strong 10yd TD run by freshman Jaelin Brown. Brown's Td run would seemingly deliver the Tigers a 2k18 district 2-7A championship but things would very interesting as Ath Darius Lewis took the ensuing kickoff 90yds to the house to cut the lead to 37-27, after Lewis converted the 2pt try with 4:54 to play in the game. After Trading possessions Bucs' big man Rashamel Byers would pick off Jordan Smith and rumble to the 10yd line. First Coast would fail to reach the endzone and the Tigers would claim victory and the district. Tyree would finish the night with 9 catches 180 receiving yards and 2TDs. All season long Saunders has been on tour through North Florida's area defensive backfields and have put up some gaudy numbers over some the best teams in the process. Against the Fletcher Senators, Saunders had 9 catches for 206yds that included a 2nd and long 79yd catch and run down the sideline for the Bucs only TD of the game. Both sides of the stadium was rocking all night as Miami commit Jeremiah Payton registered 120yds and a TD for the Senators. In a early Saturday morning game during week 2 against the defending 4A state Champs Raines Vikings, Saunders logged 133 yards and the Bucs only TD of the morning. Against the 2017 5A State Runner Ups Baker Co. Wildcats, Saunders had an 80yd TD catch and run in which he danced around defenders and broke several tackles on the way to the house, and raked in 100yds against the Lee General, and torched Sandalwood deep for a TD to start the season. With the Bucs failing to earn district victories over Lee, Fletcher, and Columbia and averaging only 35.78 FHSAA playoff points they are currently on the outside looking in as they sit 11th in 7A region 1 behind #10 Chiles 36.56, #9 Bartram Trail 37.22 and #8 Fletcher 38.00.


Potential 1st round matchup as of week 10

#8 Fletcher @ #1 Columbia

#7 Edgewater @ #2 Buholtz

#6 Oakleaf @ #3 Lincoln

#5 Lee @ #4 Hagerty



LARRY EDWARDS 17/30/237 2TDs. TYREE SAUNDERS 9/180 2TDs

Marquez Bell 13 recs 129yds 2TDs

Jordan Smith 23/43 184yds 2TDs 3INTs

Coach Allen and Coach Lee speak after the game

Looking ahead for the Bucs

Due to a scheduling conflict the Bucs only played 9 games this season. Although the Bucs went 4-5, and missed the playoffs yet again, they have plenty to be optimistic about next season as they return standout LBs and hit squad members Jamaal Gelsey and Christon Johnson, 3 ball hawking DBs in Corbin Carter, Alfred Chea, and Davon Davis. Freshman QB Larry Edwards who made huge strides this season and showed plenty potential to be the next great signal caller at the Shipyard if he's willing to put in the necessary work this off season, and beyond. Edwards will have plenty to work with in Aths Arden Luster, Jalen Evans, WRs Jaylen Fowler and DKF's 2016 Top50 player 2021 RB Chris Freeman. The Bucs will need all hands on deck if they look to overtake district 2-7A giants Columbia and Lee who return electrifying QB Jordan Smith and play maker Kevonte Doles, respectively.




*Tyree Saunders Scouting Report*

Saunders 6'1 180lbs is a strong physical WR with great footwork, excellent hands and is a walking 1st down averaging 17.35yds per catch, and can score from anywhere on the field. He can take a 1yd screen pass 80yds for a score or he can jump over DBs in the redzone to bring in TDs. The hard work Saunders put into the craft of route running showed this season as he was ungradable logging 54 catches, 938yds and 13 TDs. Tyree is very athletic as he can play DB, has been clocked at 4.6 in the 40, and plays point guard for the Bucs' hoop squad. Tyree is a hard worker in the classroom as well, always maintaining a GPA north of a 3.0. and became apart of the esteemed organization, The National Society Of High School Scholars this past august. For those efforts colleges such as SouthCarolina, Auburn, Temple and Troy have been showing interest but Wake Forest University Demon Deacons has been showing the heaviest interest in Saunders as he recently visited Winston-Salem to attend their game against the Clemson Tigers. Going into his 2019 campaign as a DKF's projected top 3 WR in North Florida, look for Saunders to have another huge season and climb the recruiting charts around the country.


HIGHLIGHTS

SAUNDERS VS FLETCHER

http://www.hudl.com/v/2AXKmk

SAUNDERS VS RAINES

http://www.hudl.com/v/2AM8G4

SAUNDERS TD CATCH VS SANDALWOOD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTc4ZQO2BQs&t=2s

SAUNDERS 27YD TD CATCH VS COLUMBIA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXb-gVCgy4U

SAUNDERS TD CATCH VS RIBAULT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1UhSvh393M

SAUNDERS VS OAKLEAF

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OE6TL3rtZo

SAUNDERS VS COLUMBIA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voewIT0jGj0

SAUNDERS VS BAKER CO.

http://www.hudl.com/v/2AaPsz






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