Quotes of the game

Football on FieldEach week we’ll go around the coverage area and give you a player and/or coach quotes following the games.  Here are newspaper quotes from Week #1 on Friday, August 28 –

Madison County coach Michael Coe on the loss at 5A Rickards (Tallahassee)

“Turnovers killed us. “We’ve got to keep plugging and keep putting them in those situations. We’ll learn from it and get better. Ain’t no one in 1A playing Rickards, I promise you that.” – Tallahassee Democrat

Gainesville coach Mark Latsko on Columbia return man Latrell Williams who had an 88-yard Kickoff return for a TD and a 30-yard punt return that set up another score

“I’m going to have to learn No. 8’s name after today. He was easily the best athlete out there tonight. We certainly didn’t do a good job of stopping him on specials team tonight.” – Gainesville Sun

Buchholz (Gainesville) coach Mark Whittemore on QB Jackson White and the Bobcats’ offense following a rout of city rival Eastside

“Jackson in his third year (as starter) obviously has great command right now,” said Buchholz coach Mark Whittemore. “He and coach (Shane) Matthews, coach Cooper (Carlisle) and coach (Johnny) Nichols have done a really good job of game planning, putting people where they need to be.” – Gainesville Sun

Santa Fe coach Bill Wiles on Newberry’s 21-12 upset of his Raiders

“They were the more physical, tougher team tonight. They came out and hit us on the mouth. They pretty much set the tone on the line of scrimmage.” – Gainesville Sun

Clay (Green Cove Springs) RB Bilal Ally (111 yards, 2 TDs) on the Blue Devils’ offensive line following a 28-0 win against Fleming Island (Orange Park)

“That’s who I’m going to give props to tonight. We were underestimated with our O-line because we lost big guys to D-I schools. We did good tonight.” – Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)

Deltona coach Allen “B.J.” Johnson on the Wolves’ loss to 8A University (Orange City) after blowing a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter

“You hate to lose a game to a team you really feel like you’re better than, but the score didn’t indicate that.” – Daytona Beach News Journal

South Sumter (Bushnell) coach Inman Sherman on the Raiders 34th straight regular season victory

“We’re not talking to our team about streaks or anything like that. We’re just talking to them about getting better every day. That’s a good football team we played tonight and in many ways we could have lost this game. But these kids really don’t like to lose and they dug down and made the plays when they had to.” – Daily Commercial (Leesburg)

Palatka coach Bobby Humphries on the Panthers’ six turnovers against Vanguard

“It’s about impossible to turn the ball over six times and win a ball game. I was proud of our defense and I really felt they played hard, especially after being put into some bad positions.” – Ocala Star Banner