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Gainesville host Forest (Ocala) in match-up of 6A-District 5 unbeatens


GHS FootballBy Sarah Morton
Contributing Writer
Twitter – @SarahCarlieUF

Gainesville High School will be home again this week to take on the Forest Wildcats in a Class 6A-District 5 game at Citizens Field. GHS currently has a 3-1 record overall and a 1-0 record in league play. Forest is 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the district.

Previous Game
GHS is coming off a crazy overtime win against North Marion, 24-21. The Colts led the entire game up until the very end when it mattered the most. Gainesville scored with under four minutes to play in regulation, then junior Alex Hood kicked a game-winning 22-yard field goal in OT.

However, penalties lately have been plaguing GHS. In their last two games they have had a substantial amount of penalties, which played a part in the score being so close last week.

Against North Marion, The Prep Zone’s Sonic Drive-In Player of the Game went to senior RB Niles Cromwell, who scored a rushing TD in the fourth quarter to tie the game and was heavily used during the teams drives.

The Wildcats got demolished last week by Jones (Orlando), 60-0. The Fightin’ Tigers put up 48 points in the just the first half against the Wildcats.

The Stats and Top PlayersForest_Wildcats
The visiting Wildcats are primarily a run team. They run a double wing-T offense. This is why they only average 31.5 passing yards per game, but they produce 279 rushing yards per game.

On the other hand, the Hurricanes put up 307.3 passing yards per game and 138.5 rushing yards per game on average. Niles Cromwell leads the ‘Canes in rushing, putting up 55.3 yards per game. QB Luke Matthews is averaging 307.3 total yards per game.

On defense the Wildcats have seven players who have at least three tackles for a loss, while the Hurricanes have six players who are averaging five or more tackles per game, led by Adrian Williams with 7.3 tackles per game.

Lamarkces Bassett is Forest’s leading rusher with 111.8 rushing yards per game. QB Conner Dolan puts up 31.5 passing yards per game. On the defensive side of the ball, OLB Chase Oliver averages 9.5 tackles per game.

Game Time (Radio info)
The game between the Hurricanes and the Wildcats will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. from Citizens Field. The game will be broadcast on local radio in Gainesville (92.1 FM) and Ocala (100.1 FM).  Here is the link to listen online.

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