Fort White football preview

fort white_indiansFORT WHITE INDIANS (1A-District 6)

2014 RECORD: 5-5

HEAD COACH: Demetric Jackson (9th Year)

KEY PLAYERS: Jon Mattson (Sr. NG), Brandon Davis (Sr., TE/DE), Nathan Thomas (Sr., OT), Justin Young (Sr., C), CJ McCoy (Sr., LB), Jaron Queen (Sr., OL) Demetric Jackson (Jr., QB/FS), Shannon Showers (Jr., DB/WR), Donald Robinson (Jr., RB/DB), Jacquez Pelham (So., LB), Jake Thomas (Sr., QB)

2015 PREVIEW: Following a playoff berth last season in Class 4A, the Fort White Indians drop down to Class 1A and will be in District 6 with Union County, Hawthorne, Baldwin & Hilliard.

The Indians come into the 2015 season with a young and talented group of players with experience. However, a lack of depth could be an issue.

Offensively they are led by Demetric Jackson, a second-year starter at QB, with quality weapons in Donald Robinson, who had over 1,000 total yards last year, and Brandon Davis. However, there are no proven back up players behind those starters.

Wide receiver Shannon Showers, who will also play cornerback & return kicks, broke his right ankle in May and will miss the first 2-3 games of the season.

While everyone returns in the secondary, the concern will at linebacker as they have to replace two four-year starters. However, senior nose guard Jon Mattson (114 tackles) and senior Brandon Davis (99), who will also play tight end, will anchor the defensive front.

The former Gator Demetric Jackson enters his ninth season as the head coach. He is excited about the new classification but also realizes a target will be on their back.

2015 SCHEDULE
Aug. 28 – vs. Potter’s House (Jacksonville)
Sept. 4 – vs. Suwannee (Live Oak)
Sept. 11 – at Hamilton County (Jasper)
Sept. 18 – OFF
Sept. 25 – vs. University Christian (Jacksonville)
Oct. 2 – vs. Baldwin*
Oct. 9 – at Hilliard*
Oct. 16 – vs. Union County (Lake Butler)*
Oct. 23 – vs. Eastside (Gainesville)
Oct. 30 – at Hawthorne*
Nov. 6 – at Lecanto

*District game

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“The Prep Zone” has been counting down to kick-off with a preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area.  Past team previews:

July 20 – BELL BULLDOGS
July 21 – BELLEVIEW RATTLERS
July 22 – BRADFORD (STARKE) TORNADOES
July 23 – BRANFORD BUCCANEERS
July 24 – BRONSON EAGLES
July 25 – BUCHHOLZ (GAINESVILLE) BOBCATS
July 26 – CHIEFLAND INDIANS
July 27 – CITRUS (INVERNESS) HURRICANES
July 28 – COLUMBIA (LAKE CITY) TIGERS
July 29 – DIXIE COUNTY (CROSS CITY) BEARS
July 30 – DUNNELLON TIGERS
Aug. 1 – EASTSIDE (GAINESVILLE) RAMS
Aug. 2 – FOREST (OCALA) WILDCATS
Aug. 3 – FORT WHITE INDIANS
Aug. 4 – GAINESVILLE HURRICANES
Aug. 5 – HAMILTON COUNTY (JASPER) TROJANS