Week 4 Scenarios: Marion County football teams posted a record .500 against outside forces. Trinity Catholic’s rain delay turned into a postponement and ruined the week’s game. North Marion keeps rolling.
Here are the updates and highlights of games in the region.
Trinity Catholic, Carrollwood Day postponed
For Trinity Catholic and many other Florida teams, hurricane/storm season has an effect on how a game plays out. The Celtics were about to take the field Friday night in Tampa when the lighting hit for the first time within a team mile. The storm only erupted hours after the decision was made to postpone the game.
There is a silver lining for Celtics fans. There is an option to play the highly anticipated game in Week 9, both teams’ bye week. This is not yet a formal offer. Should Trinity Catholic refuse the offer of a formal proposal, it would result in a loss under FHSAA rules.
Trinity Catholic will face Jacksonville Raines in its second home game of the season on September 23.
North Marion 40, Santa Fe 6
North Marion is off to its best start since 2019-20, and the 4-0 start is a record start for third-year North Marion head coach Greg Carr.
Junior quarterback AJ Cussins, nominated for last week’s Athlete of the Week award, threw for four touchdowns against four different receivers. Carr praised him: “When he gets into it, he can be every week for the rest of the years. I have faith in him and I know he has faith in him. He just goes keep improving and the sky is the limit for him.”
The Colts will face Suwannee on September 23.
George Jenkins 14, Weir Lake 0
The rebuilding Hurricanes suffer their fourth loss of the season with a home loss to George Jenkins. They will have another chance to pick up their first victory next Friday against the Palatka Panthers at home.
Vanguard 34, Leesburg 6
The Knights begin a winning streak with their second straight victory. Vanguard controlled the game from kickoff by scoring an early touchdown in the first quarter. Coach Edwin Farmer had a long list of defensive offensive stars.
Four-star prospect Fred Gaskin continues to make plays on both sides of the ball, recording an interception and two passing touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Joshue Rembert ran a 45-yard punt for a score and stuck in another 2-yard rushing touchdown.
Vanguard will play its first home game of the season when the Knights host Buchholz next Friday.
Forest 31, Belleview 19
See story and photos here: Marion County High School Football:Quarterback leads Forest to first win of season
West Port 19, South Lake 0
The Wolf Pack ties their record with a shutout win over South Lake. West Port put in another strong defensive performance, keeping the Eagles scoreless as the attack found its footing.
Sophomore Nasir Allen drove nearly 60 yards home to open West Port’s offensive push. A big hit forced the South Lake wide receiver to fumble; Herman Washington recovered the ball for a defensive touchdown. Freshman Jordan Strickland closed the game with a punt return touchdown.
“It’s good when you score in attack, defense and special teams. You can’t be too upset about that. We moved the ball much better in the second half. Stupid penalties got bogged down but it good to be 1-0 in the district,” West Port head coach Greg Harper said.
West Port will face Gateway (1-1) for the return match on September 23.
Charter Duval 35, St. John Lutheran 12
The Saints traveled to Jacksonville to face a hot Duval Charter team. St. John Lutheran falls to 1-3 on the season. On Friday, the Saints will face All Saints Academy (3-0) at home.
St. Johns Country Day 27, Ocala Christian 26
The Crusaders fell to the Spartans in a narrow overtime loss. Ocala Christian is 1-3 on the season with the next game against a rolling Donahue Catholic team (3-0) Friday at home.