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November 1, 2013
Second place in 5A District 2, as well a playoff spot will be up for grabs Friday night in Wakulla as the 7-1 War Eagles play host to the 7-1 Rickards Raiders. For both of these teams, their lone blemish came at the hands of district champion Godby last month.
For Wakulla head coach Scott Klees, great balance offensively has been crucial for his team's success all season long. A perfect 3-0 at home this year, the War Eagles put up over 30 points per game, while averaging close to 421 yards of total offense, 220 of those coming on the ground.
Their backfield features a committee of powerful runners including senior Malik Thomas, and sophomores Antonio Morris and Monterious Loggins. The trio has accounted for more than half of the team's offensive touchdowns so far. Sophomore quarterback Feleipe Franks is coming off one of his best games of the year; throwing 3 touchdowns and completing 70 percent of his passes in a dominant 59-28 win over North Florida Christian. Defensively, Wakulla is led by linebackers Daniel Sanders and James Douin, who are both closing in on 100 total tackles for the season. Senior cornerback Kieryn Parsons has also been a ball hawk all year, leading the team with 3 interceptions.
Do it all quarterback Charlie Kelly has been nothing short of spectacular for Rickards throughout his senior campaign. Of the Raiders 2,841 yards of total offense this season, Kelly has personally accounted for over 2,200 of them.
A threat to beat you with both his arm and his legs, Kelly's uncanny ability to move outside the pocket and make plays on the run has been immeasurably valuable for head coach Quintin Lewis' squad.
The Rickards offense also features a number of dynamic playmakers including Jalen Ashby, Kalin Riles, and Malcom Penny. Penny, a two way player, also ranks second on the defense in total tackles, behind senior Malik Taylor who has also racked up 3 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
The winner advances to the post-season while the loser, unfortunately, will either have a bowl game or put the pads up.