Will it be another lousy Friday for a football season that doubles as a stormy season?
It looks like lightning could threaten a juicy Week 4 schedule for Orlando-area teams. More rain is expected to flood fields this afternoon. And if lightning accompanies the precipitation near kick-off time, games will be suspended until lightning detection devices show it is safe for players and fans. .
It could ruin the Edgewater vs. Jones game, key district encounters, and some good rivalry games.
Thursday night’s one-zone game was delayed an hour early before Windermere Prep (4-0) put on a record-breaking performance in a 42-21 win over Riverdale Ridge (2-2) in Riverdale, Colorado .
Jackson Bennett, the senior football/lacrosse player for the Lakers, set two school records in the win. He rushed for 5 of his team’s 6 touchdowns to tie a standard set by Chris Granjean in 2014. His 259 rushing yards is also a single-game record.
Bennett (6-0, 205 pounds) has scored 15 touchdowns this season.
The Lakers were down 14-0 early, but scored three times in the second quarter to take the lead in a game played at the Austin-Tindall Sports Complex.
Windermere Prep are 4-0 for the first time since their 9-1 season in 2018.
The Lakers’ next home game is Friday, Oct. 7 with Lake Highland Prep, who are 2-0 and on a 13-game winning streak heading into a game against visiting Master’s Academy (1-2) tonight.
With fingers crossed and an eye to the sky, here’s Friday’s match slate with Sentinel Super 16 rankings. Check back as this is a live report with updates throughout the night. All games must start at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise specified:
Seminole is ranked No. 1 in the Sentinel Super 16 Zone Rankings and tops the FloridHSfootball.com Class 4M (Metro) States Rankings.
The ‘Noles were 12-0 state champions in 2020 and have that goal in sight again.
Seminole senior QB Luke Rucker, an FAU commitment, has completed 44 of 64 pass attempts (68.8%) this season. He threw 60 career TD passes, including his freshman and sophomore seasons at Oviedo.
Noles wide receiver Darren “Goldie” Lawrence (FSU) made his 2022 debut last week and scored 3 of 4 catches against Treasure Coast. Michael Key, a top junior prospect, has 18 receptions for 362 yards and 5 touchdowns for Seminole.
Sentinel sports intern Terry Gilliam is covering this game.
These aren’t just two of the top three ranked teams in the Orlando area. This is a match between two of the top four on the MaxPreps Class 3M (Metro) State Power Rankings. The visiting Eagles are No. 2 on this list behind defending Fort Lauderdale state champion St. Thomas Aquinas. Jones is No. 4.
This heated rivalry was reignited in 2019, a season in which Edgewater and Jones went all the way to separate state championship games. They had only met twice in the previous 16 seasons (2003-18).
Now, they’re district rivals, so there’s more than bragging rights at stake. Both are considered locks to make the playoffs, so this could very well be the first of two matchups in 2022.
Edgewater running back Cedric Baxter Jr., the Orlando Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, is making another run for the honor.
Sentinel staff writer JC Carnahan covers this marquee match.
The Kowboys travel to legendary Bryant Stadium to renew a historic rivalry between top programs that have faced off in a scintillating series of district and playoff games since 2002.
It’s their first meeting since Osceola won 35-28 in overtime in 2014.
Lakeland is No. 1 in the FloridaHSfootball.com Class 3S (Suburban) rankings and No. 3 according to the MaxPreps computer. Osceola is No. 4 on both lists.
Lakeland has led this series 9-5 since 2002. The Dreadnaughts have won five of six regular season games during that span. It’s 4-4 in playoff collisions.
The Kowboys are coming off a gruesome 28-27 loss to 4M No. 1 Seminole.
Sentinel freelancer J. Daniel Pearson is covering this big game.
This is a long-running “Mayor’s Cup” rivalry game and a significant first Class 4M District 2 game for both teams.
They’ve played every year since 1983. Brantley leads the series 23-17, but the Rams have won seven straight and nine of the last 10 to close that gap.
Leading linebacker Gabe Nelson and ninth-leveler Michael McClenton are the tackle leaders with 12 saves apiece for a miserly Lake Mary defense.
They will face Patriots option quarterback Braxton Woodson, who is averaging 13.4 yards per carry. He rushed for 374 yards on 28 attempts, including a 98-yard stampede.
Brantley brothers Andrew and Michael Harris are twin linebackers, both committed to signing with UCF.
Sentinel freelancer ST Cardinal covers this game.
West Orange spanked the Mustangs 49-3 last year to take a 7-6 lead in the rivalry.
But Wekiva won big in their previous encounter, 46-14 in 2019. The teams shared two games in 2018.
Wekiva’s losses were close matches against Ocoee (15-14) and Lake Minneola (30-27).
Wekiva senior Terrelle Weathers enters the game with 518 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns on 49 carries.
West Orange junior QB Trevor Jackson (6-2, 180) injured his shoulder in the opening minutes of a loss to Edgewater last week. We don’t expect him to play.
Sentinel freelancer Lynn Ramsey covers this game.
This is a District 5 Class 4M opener for two teams hoping to push for a playoff spot.
Olympia QB Juan Gainous, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior, threw 8 touchdown passes.
Ocoee sophomore DB Joshua Guerrier had an interception in each of his team’s first three games, returning 135 yards on those picks.
Olympia leads the series 8-4 but the Knights have won the last three, including a 34-13 win last season.
Ocoee’s loss was a heartbreaking 13-12 loss to Apopka.
Sentinel freelancer Chris Martucci covers this game.
Hagerty has a chance to make the case for the Super 16’s attention. But more importantly, the winner joins Winter Park as the top contenders in Class 4M (Metro) District 3. This is the first of four district games for both teams.
Wolves have hammered Hagerty 42-3 in 2020 and 41-7 in 2021 and have won the last four meetings. They have played every year since 2011 with Timber Creek leading the series 7-4.
Timber Creek quarterback AJ Williams, a junior, passed for 622 yards with 6 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Huskies senior quarterback Anthony Benzija set school records throwing for 1,898 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.
Sentinel freelancer Austin David covers this game.
Tohopekaliga won their first two games 49-0 and 48-0, but this represents the first real test for the Tigers. St. Cloud have won the previous two meetings, 56-14 in Tohopekaliga’s first season in 2018 and 12-0 in 2019.
Sabby Meassick, Tohopekaliga’s prolific freshman quarterback phenom, completed 42 of 54 pass attempts (77.8%) for 647 yards and 12 touchdowns. Dillan Harrell and Julian Nasco both have 11 receptions for the Tigers.
This is the Class 4S (Surban) District 10 opener for both teams.
Tohopekaliga can surpass their total wins in 2021 (2-8).
St. Cloud can match their win total from last year (3-6).
Sentinel freelancer Steve Gorches covers this game.
Four other Super 16 teams have games with district implications:
Winter Park No. 5 (3-0) at University of Orlando (1-2)
The Wildcats, ranked fourth in the 4M (metro) class by MaxPreps, are the heavy favorites in Game 1 of District 3.
East Ridge (0-2) at No. 7 Lake Minneola (3-0)
The Host Hawks have won four straight in a backyard rivalry. This is a 4S (Suburban) District 5 game.
No. 11 Boone (2-1, 0-0) at Freedom (2-1, 0-0)
Braves coach Andy Johnson is 5-0 against Freedom, where he previously served as head coach. 4M District 4 game.
No. 13 Oviedo (2-1) at Palm Bay Heritage (0-3)
The Lions are looking to bounce back from their overtime loss to Lake Mary.
Horizon (3-0) at Poinciana (2-1)
The second-year Hawks were 2-8 last season. Poinciana was 1-9. Someone is going to be really happy if this game is played.
Lake Nona (1-2) at Cypress Creek (3-0)
The Bears are vying for the first 4-0 start in program history. Cypress Creek has never beaten the Lions. This is a 4M District 4 game.
Port Orange Atlantic (1-2) at Deltona (3-0)
Deltona’s Jude Santana comes in as the zone leader with 9 touchdowns and 66 points.
Seven other teams from the region are trying to stay undefeated.
Legacy Charter hosts another undefeated St. Petersburg-area Indian Rocks Christian at Ocoee Bulldog Field.
The First Academy (3-0, 0-0) at Orangewood Christian (0-3, 0-1)
Auburndale (1-0, 0-0) at Kissimmee Gateway (1-0, 0-0)
The Master’s Academy (1-2) at Lake Highland Prep (2-0)
Indian Rocks Christian (3-0) at Legacy Charter (3-0)
(overall, district win-loss records)
Dr Phillips (0-3, 0-0) at Windermere High (1-2, 0-0) – at Scott Pine Community Park.
Lake Howell (2-1, 0-0) at Lyman (2-1, 0-0)
Winter Springs (0-3, 0-0) at East River (1-2, 0-0)
Mount Dora Christian (1-1) at Foundation Academy (2-1)
Oak Ridge (0-3) at Lake Buena Vista (0-3)
Umatilla (1-2) at Tavares (0-3)
Orange City University (1-2) at Deltona Pine Ridge (0-3)
Davenport (1-2, 0-0) at Liberty (0-3, 0-0)
Ocala Vanguard (2-1, 0-0) at Leesburg (1-2, 0-0)
Hawthorne (2-0) at Orlando Christian Prep (1-2)
Lecanto Seven Rivers (2-1) at Deltona Trinity Christian (1-1) – at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex.
South Sumter (3-0) at Eustis (1-2)
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