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  1. 1 hour ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

    Even if the numbers are inflated the numbers are far higher than they were back in the spring when the state said screw the seniors and screw the spring athletes but now that it's football time it's suddenly safe, bullcrap!


    At this point I don't care if there is a season as I may just decide that I'll just stay home, I'm not gonna support this double standard crap  

    lol do you think they are reopening because of football and shut down because it was baseball/softball?

  2. I don't think anyone is playing lol


    John Hicks Niceville


    He was an amazing softball player. I was the bat boy when him and my dad won a national title when I was a little kid.  I've known him most of my life and then getting to coach against him in the state semifinals in 2013 and 2014 was pretty cool.


    NOV 18, 2004 AT 12:00 AM
    It's a classic case of team defense vs. Mr. Offense.
    Apopka's undersized but super-quick defenders face the challenge of their high-school football careers Friday: Slow down Sandalwood running back Maurice Wells.
    Last week, the 185-pound Wells punished Seminole's smash-mouth, solid defense for 245 yards and three touchdowns.
    The question is, can he repeat that kind of performance against a defense that last week held Boone to a minus-9 yards of offense?
    "Our entire defense played well against Boone," Apopka Coach Ty Ensor said. "Our three linebackers, the defensive line. We got a lot of pressure on the quarterback. It was a total team effort."

    Ensor says to stop Wells, his Darters must play even better.

    Play better than holding a district champion team to a minus-22 rushing yards in 24 attempts?

    "He's a good back," Ensor deadpanned. "Obviously, he rushed for more than 3,000 yards last year. He's got around 2,000 this year. Hopefully we can ding him up and take him out of his game. We're going to hit him. Our guys will hit."

    But Ensor is a realist. He knows his team must continue to play that kind of defense with that kind of intensity as the playoffs continue.

    "We're getting better as a team, but we still have a long way to go," the coach said.

    So how does Apopka slow down a back of Wells' credentials? He is Florida's top-rated runner and one of the nation's most coveted recruits.

    "We have to be sound, technique-wise," Ensor said. "We must take away the gaps and make him have to break tackles. If he gets a seam, he will take it. And once he gets out there, on film, I've never seen anyone catch him."

    Sandalwood (8-2) at Apopka (8-1) is one of two playoff games scheduled for Orange County schools. Jacksonville Mandarin (6-5) visits Edgewater (9-1) in the other.

    Edgewater eliminated Sandalwood and Wells last year in round three of the playoffs. A gimpy Wells only played the first half as Coach Adam Geis chose not to take a chance of aggravating a leg injury.

    He missed several games at midseason with an injury, including the loss to Mandarin for the district title. Wells has become a major challenge for linebackers Kadu Swift, Marvin Peoples and Quentin Taylor, perhaps Central Florida's deepest talent at the position.

    And defensive back Eric Sledge was chosen as the Sentinel's Orange County boys athlete of the week after returning an interception for a touchdown against Boone.

    "We've got the same game plan we've had all year," Sledge said about Sandalwood. "We're a team and it's a team thing on defense. We have to focus and be ready to play and stop the run," he said.

    That means stop Wells.

  4. 1 minute ago, DarterBlue2 said:

    I believe this was Badbird's greatest moment. Sandalwood, with Maurice Wells, Army All American, came into town and got run into the ground by the Blue Darters! They did score on an 80 yard bomb, but otherwise were dominated.

    I believe the longest run of the night by either team was by an Offensive Lineman.  Sandalwood had a really good defense also led by LB Marvin Sapp and S Jamar Hornsby.  

  5. The person that caught the 1 pass.


    It's the haunting lyrics from a popular Peter, Paul & Mary ballad:

    But it seems the good, they die young. I just looked around and he's gone.

    That's also the refrain coming from Apopka High School this past week. The school community is mourning the loss of Theodis McMiller III, 19, who drowned when his canoe overturned during an outing last weekend in Bowling Green, Ky.

    Some Apopkans remember McMiller, nicknamed Tre, for his touchdown catch that opened up the running game en route to the Blue Darters beating Miami Northwestern for the 2001 Class 6A state football championship.

    Others remember him for being one of 16 senior teammates to sign grants-in-aid to continue their education and football. McMiller was among seven who signed with Western Kentucky, where he played this year as a true freshman.

    Some may even remember he wore No. 11, the same number his father wore as a pioneering minority quarterback for the Blue Darters.

    Apopka Athletic Director Phil King remembers McMiller as epitomizing what you want in a student-athlete.

    "He led by example. He did whatever coaches and teachers wanted. Just an outstanding young man," King said. "He was always upbeat, cheerful. Life was good. This is a great loss to our community."

    Principal John Edwards remembers him for being the person he was.

    "He was a role model for all kids," Edwards said. "He represented Apopka High School as well as anybody who has come through here. You can't say enough good things about him. This is a real tragedy."

    The elder McMiller, eloquent and thoughtful, shared with Orlando Sentinel High School Sports host Bill Shafer:

    "I hope I can use his life to encourage parents never to take kids for granted. You never know when it's your last time together."

    Young McMiller was a class act, the leader of a class program. He made Apopka and all who knew him proud.

  6. 4 minutes ago, THIS_IS_DILLARD said:

    This may just be me but why are they making this harder then it needs to be, if it’s all about safety why not test the team test the coaches,band members & cheerleaders & at the entrance before game time only allow fans in on both sides who have a mask? Since they say as long as if everyone has on a mask everyone is okay “shrugs shoulders”


    police supervision are already present at these football games so as they are patrolling the stands to make sure no fights or anything are taking place they can also ensure mask are being worn. 

    so how much will it cost to test every one every game?  

  7. 18 hours ago, DarterBlue2 said:

    I don't know what's wrong with little Jesse. He constantly craves attention but in the wrong way. Strikes me as a kid that did not make the cut for the team and must now somehow compensate for that by being a jerk on the message board.

    He's not even from Madison County.  His team was trash (his words) so he adopted Madison County.  

  8. On 6/22/2020 at 11:08 PM, OldSchoolLion said:

    Columbia traveled a long way to end a certain team's 35-game regular season winning streak, which was an area record at the time.

    Who was the team?

    Hint: This game took place over the past 20 years.


    That 35 game win streak was not really a 35 game win streak. They lost a game that was later forfeited.  I believe they lost to University

  9. 37 minutes ago, Jambun82 said:

    Was Lake Brantley a district runner up that season that they lost to NW in the state title game? I don't recall if it was the same year, but I remember in the first round of the playoffs, Lake Brantley putting a running clock on Deland at Spec Martin Stadium. I was thinking if the Patriots were the runners up in the district, I would have loved to see the district champion.

    Lake Brantley was a runner up that year.  They got upset at home by Oviedo 23-20.  That was there only loss until the state finals.  They blasted Deland 43-0 that year in the first round.  Then beat Edgewater, Sandalwood and Boone by 3 each in the next 3 rounds.  

  10. 36 minutes ago, nolebull813 said:

    Spruce should roll by 21 plus. East Ridge is not very good and the distance in talent between the two is far. I would say Spruce picks 42-14 as the score 

    I'm guessing it will be 0-0.   Doom and gloom from Covid back on the way.

  11. 18 hours ago, Just A Coach said:

    Thats cool but dang you could have been one of the refs Bobby Boucher gave water to. 


    That's Don Trawick.  Sill kicking at 83 and in charge of the Central Florida association.  I'm sure I cursed him out once or twice @Jambun82



    Contest Official
    Inducted 2011

    Don Trawick has been a staple in Florida high school sports officiating for more than half of his life.


    The 74-year-old Enterprise, Ala., native graduated from Enterprise High School as the captain of his football team in 1955 and went on to play football at Troy State University. He spent two years in college before joining the Marines. In 1959, he moved to Orlando where his lifelong love affair with sports officiating began.


    Trawick started as a contest official for the Orange Baseball Association in 1961. In 1963, he joined the Central Florida Officials Association. Since then, he has officiated thousands of baseball and football games from middle school to high school state finals. He is considered one of the greatest teachers and mentors to officials that the state has known. He has trained high school umpires and mentored hundreds of collegiate and professional officials, including Roy Ellison, who was on the officiating crew at Super Bowl XLIII as the umpire.


    As an assignor, Trawick is responsible for booking every high school baseball game in Central Florida for the last 20 years and has been the assignment officer for football the past eight years. He actively participates on the OBA and CFOA boards, the latter of which supervises the largest officials association in Florida. After being named the FHSAA Contributor of the Year in 2004, in 2008 he was inducted into the Central Florida Officials Association Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class.


    Trawick's influence transcends generations of officials in two different sports, and his legacy in Florida high school sports officiating will continue for many years.

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