Inner-county matchups Dunnellon at Vanguard and North Marion at West Port will highlight a seven-game slate this week.
Included in the schedule is the first game of the season for St. John, as well as a battle of unbeatens at Lake Weir.
All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated
Dunnellon (0-1) at Vanguard (2-0)
FIRST DOWN: The Tigers were off last week, while the Knights defeated West Port, 21-0, last Friday.
SECOND DOWN: DHS has won three straight in this series, including two in 2020 (one on each home field) by a combined five points. Those were VHS’s only losses last year. The first game concluded with a memorable touchdown pass from Dunnellon’s Trent Townsend to LJ Fitzpatrick. The second one came in the FHSAA playoffs and ended the Knights’ season. Townsend played hurt and gave a gutty performance that night at Booster Stadium.
THIRD DOWN: Want an individual matchup to watch? Keep an eye on when Vanguard cornerback Emile Sancho is lined up on Fitzpatrick. Those are two of the county’s best at their positions.
FOURTH DOWN: Dunnellon will host Crystal River next Friday, while the Knights will host Miami Carol City.
North Marion (1-0) at West Port (0-2), 7 p.m.
FIRST DOWN: The Colts were unable to play last week due to COVID-19, while the Wolf Pack fell to Vanguard, 21-0.
SECOND DOWN: In their team’s opener against Forest, NMHS juniors Christopher Foster and Elija Walton combined to make seven receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns.
THIRD DOWN: West Port likely is on the short list of teams statewide who had the toughest opposition in its first two weeks. Prior to facing always-tough VHS, WPHS was beaten by Tampa Jesuit, which turned around and knocked off national powerhouse Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas a week later.
FOURTH DOWN: The Colts are scheduled to have next week off, but could be looking for a replacement game for Week Two. West Port will visit Forest next Friday.
Gainesville (1-1) at Trinity Catholic (0-1), 7 p.m.
FIRST DOWN: The Hurricanes defeated Orlando Bishop Moore, 14-6, last Friday, while the Celtics lost 38-19 at Clearwater Central Catholic.
SECOND DOWN: GHS will be spending two of its first three Friday nights in Marion County this year. The Hurricanes were defeated by Vanguard, 30-8, at Booster Stadium in the season opener.
THIRD DOWN: Trinity will look to get off to a better start this week. At CCC last Friday, the Celtics fell behind 31-7 at the half. They actually won the second half, 12-7, but climbing all the way back was a big ask.
FOURTH DOWN: Gainesville will visit Palm Coast Matanzas next Friday, while Trinity Catholic will host Tampa Carrollwood Day.
Belleview (2-0) at Crystal River (0-2), 7 p.m.
FIRST DOWN: The Rattlers won at Bronson, 64-8, last Friday, while the Pirates were beaten 49-7 at The Villages.
SECOND DOWN: Belleview is averaging 48.5 points through two games, but don’t let that overshadow the Rattlers’ defense. BHS already