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Buchholz (Gainesville) remains ahead of Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) in regional rankings after wild win

GAINESVILLE — Mother Nature finally cooperated last Friday night and for the first time in the 2022 season most games were played without delay.

The game of the week took place in St. Johns County, where Buchholz (Gainesville), ranked No. 1 in The Prep Zone Power Poll, travelled to No. 12 Creekside (St. Johns) for a District 3-4S opener.

Buchholz senior quarterback Creed Whittemore, a University of Florida commit, had over 400 yards passing and rushing combined and also threw three touchdowns while rushing for two more scores. The Bobcats (3-0) needed all of Whittemore’s heroics to slip past Creekside, 48-41, in a back-and-forth shootout.

The win earned Buchholz seven of the nine first-place votes this week as they stayed on top of the all-classification regional rankings for a fourth straight week.

Buchholz faces another road challenge this week as they travel to No. 5 Vanguard (Ocala) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 106.9 FM “I am Country” beginning at 7 p.m.

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) continued right on Buchholz’s tail this week as the Conquerors improved to 4-0 with a 27-14 win over No. 6 Bolles (Jacksonville). They earned the other two first-place votes and will face another test at home this week at home against RV Columbia (Lake City).

Bartram Trail (St. Johns) remained third.

The Bears (4-0) continued their road warrior ways, following up the win at No. 8 Mainland (Daytona Beach) the previous week with a 24-7 win at Lincoln (Tallahassee) last Thursday. Bartram Trail hosts St. Augustine in the annual rivalry game on Friday night.

Hawthorne is still fourth.

The Hornets (3-0) remained unbeaten but had to work overtime to win, 14-11, at Orlando Christian Prep. Hawthorne makes up the game that was supposed to be played in week two against P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) tonight.

Rounding out the top five is Vanguard (Ocala).

The Knights (3-1), whose only loss came in week two at Niceville, moved up two spots after blasting Leesburg, 34-6. That sets up a top-five showdown between Vanguard and top-ranked Buchholz at Booster Stadium in Ocala.

North Marion (Citra), which hosts Suwannee (Live Oak) this week, moved up three spots to start the second five after the Colts stayed unbeaten at 4-0 with a 40-6 romp at winless Santa Fe (Alachua).

Bolles dropped to No. 7 after losing its second game in a row to Trinity Christian. The ‘Dogs lost in the Battle on the Border to Georgia state-ranked Brunswick as well.

Mainland moved up three spots to 8th after the Bucs (2-1) rebounded from a loss to Bartram Trail by rallying past then-No. 20 Flagler Palm Coast, 22-16, in a game moved to Monday due to weather.

University Christian (Jacksonville) moved up to 9th after blowing out Christ’s Church (Jacksonville), 56-8. The Christians are 4-0 as they take a road trip to North Georgia this week to face Rabun Gap-Nacoochee.

Rounding out the top 10 this week is Bradford (Starke). The Tornadoes (3-0) are up six slots to No. 10 after handing Eastside (Gainesville) it’s first loss of the season, 28-0.

The only team making its debut in the regional rankings this week is No. 19 Oakleaf.

The Knights (3-1) won at then-No. 5 Fleming Island (Orange Park), 26-20, in another huge District 3-4S game. Fleming Island (3-1) dropped eight spots to 13th with the setback.

Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville) also moves back in the poll at No. 20 after the Tigers fourth straight win, 35-6, over 4S Spruce Creek (Port Orange).

Baker County (Glen St. Mary) drops out after being stunned at home by RV Baldwin, 30-7, while Flagler Palm Coast also fell out after the Monday loss at Mainland.

The Prep Zone Power Poll ranks the top 20 high school football, girls basketball, boys basketball, softball & baseball teams (regardless of FHSAA classification) across 26 counties in North Florida (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Sumter, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union & Volusia counties). It is voted on weekly by sportswriters and sportscasters and it is powered by Anytime Fitness of Gainesville.

(School, followed by classification, first-place votes, current record, and total voting points)
1. Buchholz (Gainesville) (4S) (7) (3-0) – 178
2. Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) (1M) (2) (4-0) – 173
3. Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (4S) (4-0) – 162
4. Hawthorne (1R) (3-0) – 149
5. Vanguard (Ocala) (3S) (3-1) – 140
6. North Marion (Citra) (2S) (4-0) – 116
7. Bolles (Jacksonville) (2M) (2-2) – 106
8. Mainland (Daytona Beach) (3S) (2-1) – 94
9. University Christian (Jacksonville) (1M) (4-0) – 89
10. Bradford (Starke) (2S) (3-0) – 84
11. Raines (Jacksonville) (2M) (2-1) – 77
12. Lake Minneola (Minneola) (4S) (4-0) – 73
13. Fleming Island (Orange Park) (4S) (3-1) – 64
14T. Creekside (St. Johns) (4S) (3-1) – 63
14T. Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (1S) (2-1) – 63
16. Ed White (Jacksonville) (2M) (3-1) – 52
17. Madison County (1R) (2-2) – 42
18. Chiefland (1R) (4-0) – 33
19. Oakleaf (Orange Park) (4S) (3-1) – 25
20. Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville) (2M) (4-1) – 23
Also receiving votes: Flagler Palm Coast (4S) (3-1) – 16; South Sumter (Bushnell) (2S) (4-0) – 16; Baker County (Glen St. Mary) (2S) (2-1) – 9; Columbia (Lake City) (3S) (2-2) – 9; Union County (Lake Butler) (1R) (2-1) – 7; Baldwin (2S) (3-1) – 4; Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) (2M) (4-0) – 2; Mandarin (Jacksonville) (4M) (3-1) – 2; Wildwood (1R) (3-1) – 1.

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