Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK; Five Duval Games Set for Thursday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK; Five Duval Games Set for Thursday

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Byline: HAYS CARLYON

Several games on this week's high school football schedule were moved back a day to Thursday.

Five games were moved, all involving Duval County public schools. The headliners are a non-district contest with Lee traveling to Fletcher and a District 4-4A contest featuring Wolfson at First Coast.

Other teams moved to Thursday include Ribault, Forrest, Englewood, Stanton, Fernandina Beach and Eagle's View.

The move was made after the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reached out to the schools.

"The biggest reason was police coverage at our games," Duval County athletic director Jon Fox said. "Friday night is Halloween, plus it's the night before the Florida-Georgia game and the fair is going on. We weren't going to be able to have as many policemen at our games, so that was a very good reason to move. The officials are also thrilled, because there are many young officials that can now go trick-or-treating with their kids."

FLETCHER, ORANGE PARK CELEBRATE DISTRICT TITLES

Fletcher and Orange Park each clinched district championships last Friday.

The Senators (7-0, 2-0) took home the District 2-5A crown by beating Parker 21-13 on Thursday, followed by Bartram Trail's loss to White. Fletcher defeated White 41-38 on Oct. 10.

"We went to the White-Bartram game on Friday and were definitely rooting for Eddie White," Fletcher coach Joe Reynolds said. "This means a lot to our program. We get a home playoff game, and it's our first district title since 2004."

Orange Park (6-1, 2-0) won the District 3-5A title with a 41-3 victory over Fleming Island.

The championship caps a tremendous turnaround for the Raiders, who went 1-9 last season but have rebounded under first-year coach Danny Green.

"We beat a good Ridgeview team in the first game, and that really started it off for us," Green said. "When you are coming off a 1-9 season, every game you win really builds confidence in the kids. They believed in our system. We have several players that play on both sides of the football. Most coaches don't like to do that these days, but it's the way I've always done it. …

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