Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Johns County Rivals to Face Off

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Johns County Rivals to Face Off

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

Bartram Trail, Bolles and Nease were impressive first-week winners, and Trinity Christian was the only team in the Times-Union power poll to lose. Three other ranked teams (First Coast, Sandalwood and Raines) won close games late in the fourth quarter or in overtime in the first week of local high school football action.

This week's schedule features two matchups between teams ranked in the power poll, with First Coast traveling to Raines, and St. Augustine playing host to Bartram Trail in one of the best games in the state Friday.

Bolles and Bartram Trail turned in 52- and 51-point shutouts, respectively, last week, but both will have much tougher tests this week.

Bolles plays host to 5A Orange Park, and Bartram Trail journeys 15 miles south to St. Augustine in a fight for St. Johns County supremacy.

"Obviously, St. Augustine has been the class of football in this area for a long time," Bartram Trail coach Darrell Sutherland said. "[St. Augustine coach] Joey Wiles does things the right way down there. They always have a solid group of players, and we know we'll be in for a tough time.

"The fact that they're good and the idea that this game will help prepare us for another run in the playoffs, makes this an important game. But then you add in the fact that it's a county showdown between two schools that are pretty close to each other and have been pretty good in football in recent years, and you have the makings of a good matchup in a great atmosphere."

Bartram Trail scored seven touchdowns in its first eight possessions last week against Palatka as senior quarterback Kyle Parker, a Clemson verbal commitment, hit on 9-of-15 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown and added another 52 yards and two TDs on five rushing attempts. The Bears' defense stifled the Panthers by holding them to 89 total yards and forcing three turnovers.

Sutherland knows Bartram Trail is in for a tougher time this week against St. Augustine, a 24-6 winner over 6A Flagler Palm Coast.

"St. Augustine has great team speed and is well-coached," he said. "This is a great opportunity for us to play against a quality team that will help prepare us for the coming season. …

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