As the high school football season enters the middle part of October, it is now becoming must-win time for area teams if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive.
On paper, this week’s action looks to be the best lineup of games this season with meaningful games all over the Northeast Florida area.
Lake City Columbia (6-0) at Lee (4-2)
When the high school football schedule was released months ago, it was pretty much known that this game was going to be for the District 3-6A title.
These are two of the best programs in Northeast Florida and these two programs have played some classics over the years in both the regular season and the postseason.
When you add the head coaching element of former Florida State Linebacker Brian Allen of Columbia and former Florida wide receiver OJ Small of Lee, it just adds to what is already an exciting and much anticipated game.
This will be a good one on Friday night at Lee High School.
Mandarin (3-3) at Oakleaf (5-1)
For Oakleaf it’s pretty simple: win your next two and you will be District 1-8A champions. That task, however, will be easier said than done.
The defending 8A state champion Mandarin Mustangs find themselves in basically a must-win scenario this Friday night to keep their postseason hopes alive.
A win for Oakleaf would set up a game next week vs. Bartram Trail that may be for the district title.
One of the best in Duval County vs. one of the best in Clay County this Friday night at Oakleaf High school.
Fletcher (3-3) at Gainesville Buchholz (4-2)
With one district loss already, Fletcher cannot afford a second and must beat Buchholz to keep its district title hopes alive.
Buchholz is 4-2 on the year and they have already defeated both First Coast and Atlantic Coast this year.
This is a must win for the Senators on Friday night in Gainesville.
Terry Parker (3-2) at Ed White (3-3)
In what basically mounts to a district title elimination game, Parker travels to White in a huge game for both programs.
White is 1-1 in district play and a second loss would all but end their district title hopes, while Parker has won three games in a row and a win on Friday night would put them as one of the favorites for the district crown.
Raines (3-2) at Ribault (2-3) (Saturday)
The Northwest classic is a tad early this year, but for good reason because now the best rivalry in the area is also a district matchup with postseason implications on the line.
Raines is coming off a thrilling 22-21 overtime win vs. Sandalwood, while Ribault pulled a big upset last week and beat Lee 34-30.
It’s Raines and Ribault, what else really needs to be said.
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