Monday, August 31, 2009

It's time to tee it up and kick it off

Week one of high school football is right around the corner, but for Venice and St. Thomas Aquinas, the season has already started.

The Raiders looked - well - just like last year. St. Thomas defeated Upper Arlington (OH) 52-7 in a game that wasn't even that close. I got a call from a friend who asked 'is St. Thomas that good or is Upper Arlington that bad'... both - I replied.

Venice didn't fair as well as Trey Burton matched up his Indian squad against Oscar Smith (VA) in a nationally televised game on Friday night. Burton had problems with the weather and the pass protection. One commentator said he 'runs like Tebow' but needs to work on his passing attack. I wonder if he meant he 'runs like Tebow' did in Tebow's senior season at Nease.

Burton will be hard-pressed to match last year's success run and I had some thoughts that Venice would give St. Thomas Aquinas a run for their money. Don't think that is going to happen, but watch out for Manatee. Joe Kinnan and the boys at Bradenton Manatee are ready for another shot at redemption and mark the Venice/Manatee game as a 'must-see'.

Meanwhile, Byrnes (SC) rolled over Central Gwinnett to start off the season 1-0. Byrnes will come to Brian Piccolo Stadium and play the Raiders later this year - that's a definite must-see event. This will be the first time that #1 and #2 have faced each other IN FLORIDA. Remember that Northwestern went to SMU and dismantled Southlake Carroll before over 35,000.

I don't think they'll draw over 35,000 for the STA/Byrnes game, but one has to wonder if they could - if there were a venue similar to SMU.

On that note, the only venue that would even be close - Lockhart Stadium - has a date with the wrecking ball after the 2010 football season. It's very sad to see Lockhart go.

Yusif Shakir's debut at Lincoln was short-lived. The first-year coach has been suspended from all football duties after a DUI arrest Saturday night in Tallahassee. Offensive coordinator and QB coach Mike Zatoris will take over the helm for the Trojans.

Kyle Rice, who led Lincoln to four straight playoff appearances after Dave Wilson retired - kicks off his season at Palatka this Friday. The Panthers host Bartram Trail and we'll be live from the Beef's in Palatka.

I'll have more for you as the week progresses, including the release of the pre-season Beef 'O' Brady's Top 25.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ah Two-a-days' - how I missed you

it's August 10 and the two-a-days have started in the hot August sun.

Boy does this bring back memories...

Yes, I know - I'm old... I remember salt pills and water and that was it. No Gatorade, no UnderArmor or Nike gear.

I remember coach Podany at Arlington Jr. High in Jacksonville running us until we puked.

And I remember thinking 'why am I here'...


The Raiders will play in the Herbstreet Classic in Ohio after the Texas event fell through. For St. Thomas Aquinas, they start the season ranked #1 in almost everyone's poll. Even MaxPreps - which is traditionally skewed to Texas - recognizes that Florida is indeed king this year.

The Raiders will open the season in the big horseshoe - Ohio State University's stadium. They have a rough matchup scheduled for October 2 when Byrnes, SC comes a calling. No Florida team (yet) has beaten Byrnes, but Byrnes has yet to cross the St. Mary's River to get to Florida.


We will not be doing a preview show - per se - this year. Although talks are under way with Michael Langston, Larry Blustein, Corey Long and myself to create a preview show and possibly a weekly preview show. We'll keep you posted.


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