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Everything posted by DarterBlue2

  1. I am surprised that the dollars and cents don't seem to have been worked out by now. I do hope the game takes place. I believe it would be a good one for both teams.
  2. I am not sure yet. I would like to, but there could be a family issue.
  3. Phillips does have a lot of talent, in Tangelo Park, the Kirkman Road area, and parts of Metro West, as well as in the Dr. Phillips area of SW Orlando. But a few Jones kids used to go there over the years.
  4. Jones High has deep roots in the African American community of Orlando. It is the only surviving historically black high school (from segregation days) that has survived in the area. The others were either merged into other high schools post segregation, or were shut down due to declining enrollment. There has always been a lot of talent in the Jones zone, but a lot of it used to go to Edgewater and Dr. Phillips before the current coaching staff took over.
  5. Back in 2012 and prior, Jones was not good. The program turned around after Elijah became HBC. Like I said in my post to you, Jones back then was like Edison or Ely of recent years.
  6. I am not surprised. He was very good back in 2019.
  7. Jones has had very limited exposure to South Florida Teams. They lost the 2019 state Championship game to Northwestern by a score of 34-17. Jones kept the game very close for the first half but wilted in the second half. The difference in that game, in my opinion, was the freshman MNW QB who was very poised for a 9th grader. Jones QB, who was either or senior or junior was not anywhere near as good, so he was unable to take advantage of some of the big targets he had. Jones also had a first or second round loss to Cardinal Gibbons in the playoffs in recent memory in a pretty good game. So, to answer your question, they are 0-2 against very good South Florida competition, but they have proven they can hold their own. The demographics of Jones are very similar to that of: Dillard, MNW, Miami Central, etc. For years they were average at football (kind of like Ely, Jackson, Edison, etc. have been recently) because they did not have a good coaching staff and, therefore, a lot of their talent went elsewhere. Since Elijah Williams became head coach, they have kept their talent and gotten a few transfers to boot. Elijah is a very good football coach who has been able to get the team to step up a notch. Last year, Jones should have beaten Pine Forest as all they needed was the conversion of the extra point with seconds on the clock. Unfortunately, they had lost their kicker late in the season and the QB who had been kicking the PATs missed the point. Pine Forest ended up the winner in overtime. Note that Pine Forest probably should have beaten Jesuit in the title game after Jesuit had handled Northwestern comfortably in the other semifinal. Now last year is last year and this year is this year, so I am not using that to forecast the outcome of this game. I do think Jones has a more dynamic offense this year that last. However, I am not sure about the quality of this year's defense.
  8. Interesting. Jones has a very strong offense and a somewhat unproven defense.
  9. https://theanswerorlando.com/radioshow/blue-darter-sports-central Above is a link to a BDSC podcast!
  10. Jones will score more than 14. Will they score enough to win? That I don't know. If the West were about at last year's level, Jones would have a real shot. If they are a lot better then we will see ...
  11. Apopka versus Osceola will be decided by 7 points or less if the game is exclusively Varsity. I am not going to pick a winner as I feel I may in some ways be biased.
  12. I believe that those rankings are only for the four highest classes 4 and 3 Metro and Suburban. So that would explain the absence of Chaminade.
  13. You need to deal with a governing body in another state if you want that kind of data.
  14. I was at the two underlined games, as well as at the second win against Lake Gibson. It is is ironic that neither Armwood nor Central could have kept the state title regardless of the on the field result. In the Lincoln game, Armwood came in the heavy favorite. But they basically gave the game away. I seem to remember Lincoln taking a blocked Armwood field goal attempt to the house for six among other things. I think Armwood felt it had won the state title in its semi-final win and probably did not play its best game that afternoon.
  15. If memory serves me right, Plant has four state titles in this century and Armwood two.
  16. I would rank Dillard at 3. I would also have Columbus somewhere in the top 15. Aside from that, I mostly agree with your ranking
  17. Expectations at Dillard are high. That can be both a blessing and a curse. I expect Dillard and St. Thomas to fight it out for the right to play for the state title this year. We will see if Dillard can prevail.
  18. Very true, especially since Osceola moved up to the highest class in the last 8 years. Luck of the draw I guess. But now it's an impossibility.
  19. Hopefully this game is played in good weather. I think it should be an entertaining, competitive matchup. It's funny to think that there will be no chance for a rematch in the playoffs. Good luck to the Kowboys in their quest for a deep run.
  20. Correct. In fact, the same applies to the first three games of the regular season. So, unless it is a really good game, it is not worth it.
  21. At full capacity, WO can hold about 5,000 to 6,000 with some standing. Decent size, but not huge.
  22. At West Orange would not have made sense. WO is about 15 miles away from Jones in the very western part of Orange County.
  23. Yes, right across from the school. But it is very small. When Jones plays big home games (Edgewater, Apopka, etc.), it is often at Camping World.
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