The Prep Zone’s Weekly Media Pick’ems (Week #4)

MEDIA (Overall record through Week #3)
1. Corey Davis, The St. Augustine Record (23-7)
2T. John Patton, Ocala Star-Banner (22-8)
2T. Mike Ridaught, The Prep Zone (22-8)
4T. Joshua Wilson, FloridaHSFootball.com (20-10)
4T. Marty Pallman, The Prep Zone (20-10)

Week #4 Picks:

Buchholz (Gainesville) (1-1) at Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville) (0-2) – Class 7A-District 3 opener for the Bobcats & Stingrays, who were both off last week due to Hurricane Dorian

St. Augustine (2-0) at Bolles (Jacksonville) (1-1) – The visiting Class 6A Yellow Jackets are undefeated thanks to a defense that has allowed only 23 points in two games. The 4A Bulldogs bounced back from a season-opening loss to University Christian (Jacksonville) to shutout Hialeah-Miami Lakes, 43-0.

American Heritage (Plantation) (2-1) at Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) (1-2) – The visiting Patriots are ranked 2nd in Class 5A (AP high school football poll).  Does anyone play a tougher schedule than the Conquerors, who lost in overtime last week to 7A #6 Venice.  Trinity Christian 4th in 3A.

Newberry (2-1) at Union County (Lake Butler) (2-1) – Panthers look to make it three wins in a row under first-year coach Ed Johnson. The Tigers look to get back in the win column after last week’s late loss at Dixie County.

Mandarin (Jacksonville) (2-0) at Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (3-0) – The visiting Mustangs are the defending 8A state champions. The Bears were 2017 Class 7A state runners-up. It’s a match-up of two of the top five teams in The Prep Zone Power Poll.

Gainesville (0-2) at Oakleaf (Orange Park) (2-1) – The visiting Hurricanes, who are seeking their first win of the season, had their game at North Marion (Citra) rescheduled for next Friday, Sept. 20. The Knights seek their 2nd win of the week after defeating Ridgeview (Orange Park), 41-12, on Monday.

Pine Forest (Pensacola) (1-1) at Columbia (Lake City) (3-0) – Tigers are ranked No. 1 in 6A and they are on top of the regional all-classification rankings (The Prep Zone Power Poll)

Dunnellon (3-0) at Vanguard (Ocala) (2-0) – Marion County showdown between state-ranked teams. The visiting Tigers are ranked 10th in 5A by FloridaHSFootball.com, while the Knights are 2nd in 5A. Vanguard won last year’s meeting, 35-13.

Eastside (Gainesville) (1-2) at Menendez (St. Augustine) (1-1) – The visiting Rams got their first win of the season against P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) as they get ready for their first 5A-District 5 game of the season. The Falcons haven’t played in two weeks, falling to St. Augustine 33-13, after their season-opening win at Palatka, 49-35.

Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (3-0) at South Sumter (Bushnell) (3-0) – Another battle of unbeaten teams in The Prep Zone’s coverage area. The visiting Celtics are averaging 38.3 points per game. The Raiders are only giving up 4.67 ppg.

West Nassau (Callahan) (2-1) at Baldwin (3-0) – The two teams did not play last year but the Indians defeated the Warriors, 45-14, in 2018. Baldwin looking to start 4-0 for the 2nd straight year.

Suwannee (Live Oak) (3-0) at Madison County (3-0) – Defending 1A state champion Cowboys are favored by 21 points against the visiting 5A Bulldogs (Joe Pinkos Week #4 Forecast)

Fletcher (Neptune Beach) (1-1) at Fleming Island (Orange Park) (2-0) – Class 7A-District 2 opener for both teams.  “Tossup game goes to the Golden Eagles,” according to News4Jax.com. Third meeting in the past 10 years between the two teams and Fleming Island has won both.

Seminole (Sanford) (2-0) at DeLand (1-0) – Match-up of top 10 teams. The host Bulldogs, ranked 10th in 8A, haven’t played a game since Aug. 23. They will have their hands full against the Seminoles, who are ranked 5th in 8A.

Raines (Jacksonville) (0-1) at Robert E. Lee (Jacksonville) (1-1) (Saturday) – Lee has won two in a row in this series but the defending 4A state champion Vikings tuned up with a 67-0 win at Stanton (Jacksonville) on Tuesday.

Media picks/results (Week #4):

Marty Pallman (8-7)
Buchholz
St. Augustine – X
American Heritage
Newberry
Bartram Trail
Oakleaf
Columbia
Vanguard – X
Eastside – X
South Sumter – X
Baldwin – X
Madison County
Fletcher – X
Seminole
Raines – X

Corey Davis (11-4)
Buchholz
Bolles
American Heritage
Newberry
Bartram Trail
Oakleaf
Columbia
Vanguard – X
Eastside – X
South Sumter – X
Baldwin – X
Madison County
Fleming Island
Seminole
Robert E. Lee

Joshua Wilson (7-8)
Buchholz
St. Augustine – X
American Heritage
Union County – X
Mandarin – X
Oakleaf
Columbia
Vanguard – X
Eastside – X
South Sumter – X
Baldwin – X
Madison County
Fleming Island
Seminole
Raines – X

Mike Ridaught (7-8)
Buchholz
St. Augustine – X
American Heritage
Union County – X
Mandarin – X
Oakleaf
Columbia
Vanguard – X
Eastside – X
South Sumter – X
Baldwin – X
Madison County
Fleming Island
Seminole
Raines – X

John Patton (9-6)
Buchholz
St. Augustine – X
American Heritage
Union County – X
Mandarin – X
Oakleaf
Columbia
Vanguard – X
Menendez
Trinity Catholic
Baldwin – X
Madison County
Fleming Island
Seminole
Raines – X