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PK Yonge (Gainesville) Blue Wave (Class 3A-District 2)

2013 Record:  3-7

Head Coach:  Kent Johnson

Key Players:  Antwain Patterson (DB/QB/WB, Sr.), Jamal Barnes (TE/LB, Sr.), Miles Jackson (QB/DB, Jr.), Malik Bakr (RB/LB, Jr.), Jarvis Roberts (WR/DE, Jr.)

Outlook:  The Blue Wave made some progress under first-year coach Kent Johnson after a 1-9 season before Johnson took over. This year, they are ‘cautiously optimistic about being an improved team’ according to Johnson. They have some very good skill position play on offense and defense.

Barnes was second on the team last year with 72 tackles, followed by Patterson with 66 tackles.  Plus, Roberts led the team with six sacks.  So experience returns.  A total of six starters return on defense and four starters return on offense. On the other hand, they will also have four or five new starters on the offensive line, and three of their four defensive linemen will be new.

“I still hold out hope that with the skill and experience of our skill position players, we will improve,” said Johnson.

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – vs. Santa Fe (Alachua), 7 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – vs. Williston, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Bell, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – at Bishop Snyder (Jacksonville), 7 p.m.
Friday, September 26 – at Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 3 – vs. Father Lopez (Daytona Beach), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – at Interlachen, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 16 – vs. Trinity Catholic (Ocala), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 24 – vs. Lafayette (Mayo), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 31 – at Maclay (Tallahassee), 7 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 – vs. Bronson, 7:30 p.m.

*District game

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“The Prep Zone” will count down to kick-off with a daily preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area.  Here are the future release dates:

CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 2
July 7 – Fort White

CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 4
July 8 – The Villages
July 9 – Bradford (Starke)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 5
July 10 – Belleview
July 11 – Crystal River
July 12 – Dunnellon
July 13 – Eastside (Gainesville)
July 14 – North Marion (Citra)
July 15 – Santa Fe (Alachua)
July 16 – Suwannee (Live Oak)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 6
July 17 – Central (Brooksville)
July 18 – Weeki Wachee
July 19 – Hernando (Brooksville)
July 20 – Nature Coast (Brooksville)
July 21 – South Sumter (Bushnell)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 3
July 22 – Columbia (Lake City)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 5
July 23 – Citrus (Inverness)
July 24 – Gainesville
July 25 – Lake Weir (Ocala)
July 26 – Vanguard (Ocala)
July 27 – Forest (Ocala)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 6
July 28 – Springstead (Spring Hill)

CLASS 7A-DISTRICT 3
July 29 – Buchholz (Gainesville)

CLASS 8A-DISTRICT 1
July 30 – West Port (Ocala)