By Chrissy Voltoline
Twitter – @chrissyvolt
Buchholz (Gainesville) Bobcats
Coach: Mark Whittemore
Key Players: Terrance Young (Sr., SS), Blake Mitchell (Sr., WR), Edward Cason (Sr., RB), Jakhai Mitchem (Sr., SB), Trent Whittemore (Sr., WR, FS), Isaiah Michel (Sr., WR), Camden Orth (Sr., QB), Terrell Jackson (So., WR), Noah Keeter (Sr., DE, TE), Roderick Jackson (Sr., WR), Samuel Holmes
The Bobcats rightfully claimed their city title against hometown-foe Gainesville High School last week. In the past two years, Buchholz fell short against the rival Hurricanes in the fourth quarter. They left no question in spectator’s minds as they crushed the Hurricanes 27-7 at Citizens Field. Team leader and starting quarterback Camden Orth was on his A-game, as usual. Orth completed 17 of 26 passes, throwing for 204-yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Isaiah Michel also tore up the field, scoring two touchdowns, one which was 43-yards. Followed by a strong defensive performance, the Bobcats showed the Hurricanes whose city Gainesville really is. Buchholz will strap back up tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Creekside High School.
Creekside (St. Johns) Knights
Coach: Sean McIntyre
Key Players: Tai Lavatai (Sr., QB), Jalen Hines (Jr., RB/SS), Robert Kriwer (Jr., WR), Jack Goodrich (So., WR), Colin Milite (Sr., DT), Quin Sieger (Jr., WR/QB), Conan Mueller (Sr., DB), Jack Obrien (So., DB), Brandon Marchand (Sr., K), Evan Wiley (Sr., LB)
After dropping a 3-game winning streak two weeks ago against Bartram Trail in a 34-20 loss, the Knights will face another strong opponent tonight, the Buchholz Bobcats. Both teams are 4-2 on the season, but the Knights have outscored the Bobcats by 53 points overall. Last Friday, the Knights were losing 7-34 entering the fourth quarter. From combined efforts by quarterback Tai Lavatai, running back Jalen Hines and wide receiver Robert Kriwer, the Knights closed the scoring gap by two touchdowns. When it comes to playing the Bobcats, the Knights will have to strike fast and often, rather than waiting for a fourth-quarter effort, if they want to be victorious. The Knights will have a home field advantage tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Buchholz.