Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High School Football: Area Playoff Matchups

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High School Football: Area Playoff Matchups

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Last week: Seabreeze def. Fletcher 30-27; Fleming Island def. First Coast 40-22.

Last playoff appearance: Seabreeze - 2008, lost in state semifinals. Fleming Island - 2007, lost in regional finals.

All-time playoff record: Seabreeze 16-19. Fleming Island 3-1.

The buzz: This is a rematch of a game played Oct. 9 between the two District 2-5A rivals. The Golden Eagles blasted the Sandcrabs 42-21. Since that game, Seabreeze has won four of five. The Sandcrabs have won four playoff games on the road since the start of last season's playoffs. Fleming Island is averaging 38 points a game.



Last week: Lincoln def. White 36-21; Columbia def. Tallahassee Leon 24-14.

Last playoff appearance: Lincoln - 2008, lost in state finals. Columbia - 2007, lost in regional semifinals.

All-time playoff record: Lincoln 31-13 (two titles). Columbia 29-23 (one title).

The buzz: The teams have combined for five losses and a tie, but those results came against playoff teams. Columbia has been on an incredible run since rallying from a 25-point deficit and stunning White 36-32 on Oct. 30. Tiger Powell ran for 151 yards last week to lead Columbia past Leon.


NO. 3 JACKSON (11-0) AT NO. 5 PENSACOLA (10-1)

Last week: Jackson def. Choctawhatchee 42-7; Pensacola def. Bishop Kenny 31-0.

Last playoff appearance: Jackson - 2008, lost in regional semifinals. Pensacola - 2008, lost in regional quarterfinals.

All-time playoff record: Jackson 9-11. Pensacola 12-10.

The buzz: Two of the best defenses in 3A square off in this contest. Pensacola has four shutouts this season and has allowed an average of 7.4 points a game. Jackson's defense is fierce as well. The Tigers are allowing 9.2 points per game. Jackson is the last public school in the city still alive in the playoffs.


With tonight's game, Jackson and Pensacola renew one of the state's oldest matchups. One that has been dormant for 57 years. According to the Pensacola News Journal, this will be the eighth meeting between the teams and the first since a 1952 game in the Gator Bowl. The squads first met 81 years ago at Legion Field in Pensacola. Frank Almon returned a punt 72 yards for the game-winning touchdown in Pensacola's 6-0 win. After going undefeated in 1926-27, the loss was the first for Jackson in school history. Here's a look at the series game-by-game.


1928***Pensacola 6, Jackson 0

1929***Jackson 6, Pensacola 0

1937***Pensacola 13, Jackson 7

1949***Jackson 27, Pensacola 6

1950***Pensacola 32, Jackson 6

1951***Pensacola 20, Jackson 13

1952***Jackson 33, Pensacola 7

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