Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

District 4-5a

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

District 4-5a

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GAINESVILLE BUCHHOLZ

Head coach: Jay Godwin, first year.

1996 record: 7-3.

Last playoff appearance: 1995 (Lost to Fort Walton Beach 40-19

in Class 5A semifinals).

Returning starters: WB/S Daren Thomas (5-10, 175, Sr.); TE/LB

Jason Davis (6-3, 200, Sr.); QB Chris Stephens (6-3, 200, Jr.);

DE/OLB Brian Harris 6-2 1/2, 195, Jr.).

The good news: Thomas, Davis and Stephens form a solid

offensive nucleus. The Bobcats are home for critical district

games against Palatka and Gainesville.

The bad news: Inexperience on defense.

Outlook: The Bobcats will have time to mature as the district

schedule opens with Palm Coast and Nease. As usual, there is

talent and playoff potential.

GAINESVILLE

Head coach: Ed Janes, fifth year (17-23); ninth year overall

(49-37).

1996 record: 5-5.

Last playoff appearance: 1986 (Lost to Pensacola 21-14 in Class

4A quarterfinal).

Returning starters: RB Demetrius Peoples (5-10, 180, Jr.); OL

James Carr (6-0, 250, Sr.); WR Richard Spence 6-1, 180, Sr.); QB

Blair Janes (6-2, 210, Sr.); FB Marvin Mosely (6-0, 190, Sr.);

LB/FB Ronnie Noble (6-0, 230, Sr.); DL Bruce Wilson (6-3, 270,

Sr.); LB Rod Littles (6-0, 180, Sr.); LB Ian Scott (6-4, 260,

So.); DE Joe Henley (6-2, 215, Jr.); DB Deiric Jackson (5-8,

155, Jr.); FS Tony Owens (6-2, 210, Jr.); DB Clifton Portis

(6-2, 180, Jr.); DB Don Jackson (6-1, 175, Jr.); LB Rodney

Vinson (5-9, 180, Jr.).

The good news: Ten starters are back on defense. Littles is an

outstanding linebacker who is a kick-blocking menace on special

teams.

The bad news: The offensive line needs to be rebuilt.

Outlook: The Hurricanes have a great opportunity to break their

playoff drought and claim the district title.

MIDDLEBURG

Head coach: Tim Cromer, second year (0-10).

1996 record: 0-10.

Last playoff appearance: 1990 (Lost to Fort Walton Beach

Choctawhatchee 25-13 in Class 5A section playoff).

Returning starters: QB Jeremy King (6-3, 185, Sr.); RB Ray

Harper (5-9, 180, Sr.); OG Travis Padgett (5-11, 200, Sr.); OT

Justin Mosely (6-0, 250, Sr.); OT Chad Eason (6-2, 305, Sr.); DE

Richard Dyer (6-5, 210, Jr.); LB Josh Padgett (5-11, 200, Jr.).

The good news: King is a smart quarterback with a live arm, and

the offensive line looked sharp during spring practice. But the

best news might be that the Broncos have dropped down to Class

5A.

The bad news: The team lacks overall varsity experience, and a

leader must be found in the secondary.

Outlook: The schedule is tough, but Middleburg will not repeat

an 0-10 season. Expect a big year from King and the Broncos to

contend for a playoff spot.

NEASE

Head coach: Matt Morris, first year.

1996 record: 4-6. …

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