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September 21, 2013
Bolles (ranked 14th in the FlaVarsity Top 25) jumped to a 31-17 lead, but could not withstand a Marvin Zanders-led rally, as Raines scored 31 unanswered points to win 45-31.
In a game befitting of one of the 'FlaVarsity 10 to watch' tag, Bolles (3-1)and Raines (3-1) met on a sunny Friday evening at 'The Graveyard' - Earl S. Kitchings Stadium. Turnovers were the deciding factor - not just how many, but where and when.
With eight seconds left to play it looked like Bolles was going to tie it up. A penalty for holding negated a potentially game-tying touchdown, with one shot left from the 21 Bolles Junior quarterback Joe Edden threw it directly to Raines LB Carlton Williams - who ran it all 95 yards back for a touchdown as time expired.
No one gets out of the graveyard alive.
A tied game at halftime broke wide open in the third quarter. Bolles scored off of a forced fumble and a blocked punt deep in Raines territory to take a 31-14 lead midway through the quarter.
Raines RB Quez Jackson took a sweep 62 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to ten. A fumble off the next kickoff put the Vikings in position make it a one score game, but a fumble recovery in the end zone by Bolles LB Trenton McGhee ended that drive.
It would be the last Raines drive to end without a touchdown.
A pair of touchdown catches by Desmond Hill from Zanders (committed to Missouri) and a Zanders running score put the Vikings up by eight with a little over 90 seconds left.
The ensuing Bulldog drive would end in a touchdown for the Vikings, too.
Raines ended the game with 31 unanswered points. It was the Vikings' second win in a row over a Jacksonville powerhouse, the Vikings topped 25th-ranked First Coast 18-10 in overtime last week - on a game-clinching interception by - Carlton Williams.
An emotional head coach Deran Wiley explained his team's mindset
"Never say die. We ran hard. We learned how to overcome." On what the wins over First Coast and Bolles mean to the program, coach Wiley said "I'd say we are trying to get back. I don't think we are there yet."
Zanders ended the game with two touchdowns in the air, two on the ground and one interception.
It was the second district loss in three years for Bolles - after going 18 years without a district defeat. Raines is now 1-0 in District 3-4A, while Bolles drops to 0-1.