Eastside at Gainesville | Football

wygc_logo 104.9Date: Fri 10/28/2016, 7 p.m. (PREGAME COVERAGE)
Title: HS Football – Eastside (Gainesville) at Gainesville

Event Details: Join Mike Ridaught (Play-by-play) and George Koziara (Color) for this city rivalry from Citizen’s Field. The broadcast can also be heard on 104.9 FM in Gainesville.  Link to listen online is listed below.

Neither team will be in the state playoffs, but there’s still a lot to play for!

It’s a city rivalry, number one. Both schools will want to beat each other for that reason. For Gainesville, it’s a chance to win the mythical city title. GHS defeated Buchholz in double-overtime earlier this season and even though Gainesville has been in the playoffs, winning the city title isn’t something they’ve been able to do the past couple of years. It’s also Senior Night for the Hurricanes. It will be the last time they put on the purple & white. Plus, the game is at Citizen’s Field, and even though both teams share the home stadium, Gainesville usually plays well there. The seniors will want to go out with a win in their final game.

But adding to the intrigue of this year’s match-up is that several of the coaches who are now at Eastside, were at Gainesville last year, including first-year head coach Cedderick Daniels, who was the co-defensive coordinator at Gainesville in 2015. Plus, there are guys who play for Gainesville that were at Eastside before, such as Ralph Webb’s younger brother Deion Webb, who is a senior OL for the ‘Canes.

GHS has dominated the series by winning eight in a row, but that was on the heels of a long losing streak to Eastside so it would be good to see this series get back to the way it used to be because the Hurricanes have taken the air out of the rivalry by posting five straight shutouts in the series, including outscoring the Rams 182-0 during that stretch.

Eastside (1-7) has really struggled this year, but they played Forest tough on the road and only lost by two, but they’ve also been outscored 75-7 in their last two games against Belleview and Fort White.

Gainesville (4-4) has played a tough schedule with just a couple of hiccups – they were blown out by Clay (Green Cove Springs) and Vanguard – both on the road. But they’ve beaten Buchholz and North Marion, a couple of playoff teams, and I believe GHS is the better team. But it’s a rivalry, so we’ll see.

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