Week four of the high school football season is upon us and, on paper, it appears to be the best week yet. There are several interesting matchups and also a few key district games.
Mandarin (2-0) at Bartram Trail (3-0)
Not only is this game Duval County vs. St. Johns County and not only is this game a key district game featuring a battle of undefeated teams, but this game is between two 8A programs that many feel are the best two public school teams in 2019.
Both teams believe a long playoff run could be in their feature and this game will go a long way into seeing which team is correct.
This game kicks off the 8A district which also includes Oakleaf, Sandalwood and Nease. The winner of this game gets a huge win in its column, while the loser of this game has no more room for error in district play.
This game has the potential to be one of the games of the year and if you are going, you best get there early because this will draw a huge crowd on Friday night at Bartram Trail High School.
St Augustine (2-0) at Bolles (1-1)
In a game that hasn’t been played in over a decade, St. Augustine will head to Bolles in what is a matchup of high-profile, very accomplished programs in the area.
St. Augustine is a young football team with only 12 seniors on the roster, but the Yellow Jackets have two quality wins already over Yulee and Menendez. Bolles is coming off a 43-0 shutout win over Hialeah Miami-Lakes.
This game also features two very accomplished head coaches in Brian Braddock of St Augustine and Matt Toblin of Bolles.
St John’s County vs. Duval County bragging rights will be on the line in this one.
Baker County (1-1) at Ed White (2-0)
In a game that will go a long way in deciding the District 3-5A champion, Baker County goes to Ed White.
Kevin Mays got his first win at Baker County as head coach last time out while Ed White and head coach Lawrence Johnson are off to a 2-0 start including an impressive win over First Coast in the season opener.
The winner of this game will take the early lead in district play.
Fletcher (1-1) at Fleming Island (2-0)
This matchup kicks off district play in District 2-7A for two programs that could both wind up winning the district.
Fletcher hasn’t played since losing to Sandalwood over two weeks ago so you can imagine head coach Kevin Brown and the Senators are anxious to get back at it, while on the Fleming Island side the Golden Eagles are 2-0 averaging over 30 points per game so far in 2019.
Winner is in the driver’s seat in the district while the loser may have to run the table. It’s a big one in Clay County this week.
American Heritage (2-1) at Trinity Christian (1-2)
Not sure if you will find a better 1-2 team in the state than Trinity Christian, but their schedule has caught up to them early in here in 2019. Trinity has what many feel is the toughest schedule in the state of Florida and they are coming off a 50-49 loss in overtime to Venice last week.
Northeast Florida remembers American Heritage very well as they are the program that defeated both Ponte Vedra and Baker County in recent years to win 5A state titles.
It will be interesting to see how Trinity responds after that heartbreaker last Friday night.
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