A primer on the first regular-season Friday night under the lights:
The stats don't count, but Boone RB
hit the ground running in last week's 32-31 Kickoff Classic preseason loss to Olympia. The 6-foot, 208-pound senior, ranked No. 7 on our Sentinel Super60 prospect list, ran 18 times for 267 yards and three touchdowns and also made a fingertip catch for a big gain.
"He looked fantastic," Olympia coach
said. "We knew who they were giving it to and couldn't stop him."
Turman, known as a big back hunting for contact, spotted daylight and showed speed.
"I've worked with my coaches and watched film on running backs to get better," he said. "I'm going to the next level soon. I'm going to have to avoid some people, not just truck guys."
Boone, No. 13 in the Sentinel Super 16, will play at No. 10 West Orange.
Seminole seldom lacks athleticism, but recruiting lists say the Class 8A
are underdogs against 5A Immokalee, which will make a 190-mile trip from Southwest Florida to Sanford.
The Indians (the mascot battle itself is noteworthy) boast at least 10 potential Division I prospects in the junior and senior classes. Topping that chart are twins, CB
(West Virginia commit), QB
(USF commit), and junior WR
DeLand and Daytona Beach Mainland have met 70 times since 1922. "It's always bragging rights to the community," DeLand RB
Jo Jo Kemp
said. "You basically know everybody." Mainland hopes to have back three key players who sat out a preseason loss at Lake Brantley with injuries: marquee OLB prospect
(knee) and OG
Oak Ridge and Evans will resume a regular season rivalry that dates to 1963. They met in a Kickoff Classic last year, with the
Bushnell South Sumter-Wildwood dates to 1959, when Bushnell and Webster combined to become South Sumter.
Deltona is officially the visiting team on its own campus. The Wolves will open "at" Orange City University, which uses Deltona's stadium for home varsity games.
No Mickey Mouse game
Wekiva will play a Colorado team, Horizon, at
Wide World of Sports a year after losing a tight opener to Redlands, Calif., at the Disney complex. That game turned intense quickly.
"It felt like a week eight or nine matchup. I was surprised," Wekiva coach
said. "The bragging rights of one state playing another kicked in."
Horizon went 9-2 last season, with a 10-0 playoff loss to state runner-up Lakewood and a 9-0 regular-season setback against Ralston Valley, a top-10 Colorado team that topped Timber Creek 30-23 in a preseason game at Disney last week. Horizon, playing its first out-of-state opponent, flew out of Denver on Wednesday and will stay on Disney property through Sunday.
, who had a key interception for Olympia in its 2011 victory against Edgewater, switched schools and will play against former teammates Friday night.
, who was at Ocoee in 2010 and Jones last season, excelled against Boone. He took the opening kick back 93 yards for a TD, scored again on a pretty pass reception, had a long interception return and added a couple of good runs from scrimmage.
Apopka sophomore FB
is listed as a backup, but he scored five TDs in last week's rout of Citra North Marion.
Apopka will open against Dr. Phillips, then face Lake Brantley and Olympia, making the Blue Darters the only area squad starting the season against three 2011 playoff teams.
"That was probably a tactical error on my part," Apopka coach
said. "We'll find out how tough we are."