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September 24, 2013
Tuesday AM Coffee - Around the state
It's Tuesday, I've got my coffee - so let's dive right in.
Miramar's magic over St. Thomas Aquinas continues. The Patriots have coach Rocco Casullo's number - beating the third-year Raider coach for the third time. Each game has come down to the wire - but the Patriots seem to find a way to win.
This year it was a 22-20 victory - despite the fact that the Raiders blocked a field goal late and drove down the field. The Patriot defense held and QB Wade Freebeck's fourth down pass fell harmlessly to the turf.
The loss sent St. Thomas from the number 2 spot to the number seven spot in the latest FlaVarsity Top 25 - one spot ahead of Miramar - which climbed 10 spots to number 8.
While polls can be fickle, the pollsters seemed to put more weight on STA's early schedule (Northwetern and John Curtis) than Miramar's. Remember polls are for discussion - nothing else.
You can count the district losses for Jacksonville Bolles over the last 20 years on one hand. Yes - on one hand.
But Raines head coach Deran Wiley has the formula, and he's incredibly proud of his Viking team for rallying from 17 points down.
Yes, Bolles lost a game in which the Bulldogs led 31-14 in the third quarter - and didn't score again.
Raines QB Marvin Zanders and ATH Alex Gardner put on quite the show in the 31-point second half rally. Enough to earn the Vikings recognition in the Top25 balloting. If you're keeping track, that's two straight victories for Raines over Duval County's two dominant programs - First Coast and Bolles.
Long time coming
For second-year Escambia head football coach Willie Spears, the formula to success is simple. Hard work, dedication and attack the weakness and don't let up
Separs' Gator football team did just that against Jerry Pollard's winless Pine Forest Eagle squad. It was the first win over the Eagles in ten years for the program that produced NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.
Of course, it doesn't help when you've got a running back like Danikiee Hollowell - who broke Trent Richardson's single-game rushing record last week - in a game the Gators offense produced 718 yards.
Hollowell followed up last week's record-breaking performance with 24 carries for 186 yards and two scores.
Nationally-ranked Don Bosco Prep found that out Saturday.
Playing in their second national spotlight game in three weeks, the Rockets' runningback tandem combined for 283 yards rushing (Cook had 155, Yearby 128) as the Rockets compiled 489 total yards offense against the Ironmen. To date, Cook has 518 and Yearby has 643.
It's not like the tandem is running against the weak sisters of the poor - American Heritage-Plantation (3-1), Booker T. Washington (4-0), Coral Reef (3-1) and Bosco Prep are all stout opponents.
Friday Night rewind and it's time to take a look at some of the top performances from the weekend that was.
Friday Night Rewind is compiled by FlaVarsity Staff. To nominate a player performance, please email FlaVarsity