Week three of the 2019 high school football season has been put through the grinder thanks to the presence of Hurricane Dorian. Many games around the area have been canceled, postponed or moved to later dates.
As for the games that will still be played over the next seven days, there are intriguing matchups. Here is a look at some of the most compelling week three matchups across the Northeast Florida area.
Hialeah-Miami Lakes (0-1) at Bolles (0-1) on Friday
In the better-late-than-never meeting of the week, these two programs who were supposed to play in week two will kick things off in week three with both programs in search of their first win of the season.
Bolles is looking to get their first win of the season, which would also be the first win for Matthew Toblin as Bulldogs head coach.
With a week one loss and a week two cancellation, week three is vital for Bolles to win a gain some confidence heading into the meat of their schedule.
Venice (1-1) at Trinity Christian (1-1) on Friday
This matchup between two state powers came together quickly as it was not announced until this past Tuesday night. Trinity Christian was scheduled to play Ribault, but they switched out the Trojans for a state powerhouse in Venice.
Adding Venice to the schedule means now that out of Trinity’s ten game schedule, nine of the teams have played for a state title in their program’s history. That is incredible and a testament to the Trinity mentality of playing anyone, anywhere, anytime.
This should be a good one on Friday night.
Creekside (2-0) at Bartram Trail (2-0) on Saturday
These two programs are separated by less than four miles and in a battle of undefeated teams, St John’s County bragging rights will be on the line.
Bartram Trail has dominated there first two opponents, winning by an average of 22.5 points per game while Creekside has won two games by a combined 14 points and both were in doubt in the fourth-quarter.
Bartram Trail is and has been one of St John’s Counties elite programs for years, but if Creekside were to pull the upset, the Knights may enter that conversation now as well.
Baldwin (2-0) at Westside (2-0) on Monday
Two of the early surprises in the area will square off in an early season matchup that will put the winner at an impressive 3-0 on the season.
Many wondered how Baldwin would do in 2019 after losing starting quarterback Gavin Screws to graduation, well two wins in their first two games answers that question, while Westside has wins over Middleburg and Englewood and is off to their first 2-0 in nearly a decade.
No doubt the winner of this one will be considered as one of the biggest surprises in the area through the first month of the season.
Raines (0-1) at Lee (1-1) on Tuesday
Not much really needs to be said here. It’s Raines and Lee in a battle of two of the best and most accomplished programs in Duval County.
Raines is looking to get the sour taste out of their mouth after their season opening loss, while Lee is coming off an impressive victory over West Nassau last week.
Raines celebrated back-to-back 4A state titles in 2017 and 2018, but Lee was the only team to beat them in both seasons. The Vikings will loo to do something about that on Tuesday night.