NINE NEW HEAD COACHES WILL BE ON THE SIDELINES this season at First Coast schools. The most intriguing of those is Episcopal’s Mark Brunell, an area icon who spent nine of his 19 years in the NFL with the hometown
The player responsible for protecting Brunell during his years
with the Jaguars was left tackle Tony Boselli, the franchise’s first
pick in the 1995 draft. Now, those two will be battling for a playoff
berth in District 3A- 1.
Boselli is an assistant coach at Providence, tutoring 5-star
tackle David Sharpe. In a three-team district that includes heavily
favored Trinity Christian, it should come down to Providence vs.
Episcopal for the final playoff berth.
If you aren’t too familiar with Bishop Kenny quarterback John
Wolford, you will be soon.
Wolford, a 6-foot, 190-pound dual-threat prospect, is just eight
touchdown passes away from breaking former Ponte Vedra Beach
Nease star Tim Tebow’s area touchdown passes record of 95.
Tebow had seasons of 18, 46 and 31 passing touchdowns from
2003 to 20005 at Nease.
Wolford has 88 touchdowns after seasons of 17, 35 and 36 for
the Crusaders. He’s also taken Bishop Kenny to the state play-
offs all three of his seasons, including a 10-0 year in 2011 and a
program-record regional final berth in 2012.
District realignments are part of high school football, although
this year’s may be some of the most curious in quite some time.
The new 5A- 3 includes a regional finalist (Bishop Kenny), a state
semifinalist (Yulee) and a regional semifinalist (Baker County).
In 4A- 3, Baldwin goes into the furnace alongside 11-time state
champion Bolles and serious state challenger Raines. Did we men-
tion the Indians were a 1A program last year?
Then there’s the opposite, with reigning state champion Uni-
versity Christian in 2A- 2 with rival Eagle’s View. The catch is that
those two are joined by three programs making their district de-
buts (Cedar Creek, Duval Charter and Harvest Community).
The conference preferred by the area’s top recruits in the Class
of 2014? It’s none other than the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Led by Sugar Bowl champion Charlie Strong’s Louisville Cardinals, the ACC has made serious inroads along the First Coast during this cycle. Receivers Desean Blair of Sandalwood and Trinity
Christian’s Isaiah Ford, and Trinity offensive lineman Kavaris Harkless have pledged to Strong.
Florida State has a pair of Sandalwood defenders in lineman
Blake McClain and linebacker Kain Daub.
That’s more than all the other conferences combined.
Only four players from the area signed with ACC programs on
national signing day in 2013.
John Wolford, Bishop Kenny
Photo by Timothy Yocum
ALL-FIRST COAST TEAm
QB John Wolford
RB Jay Davis
RB Alex Gardner
WR Isaiah Ford
WR Desean Blair
TE Andre Smith
OL Josh Allen
OL Tommy Boynton
OL Travaris Dorsey
OL Kavaris Harkless
OL David Sharpe
UT Matt Henderson
DL Michael Cassidy
DL Cece Jefferson
DL Blake McClain
LB Kain Daub
LB Jeffrey Holland
LB Sherrod Pittman
DB Kam Lott
DB Jake Stoshak
DB Kevin Toliver II
UT Stepheny Durham Atlantic Coast
UT Jacob Kraut
TOP 5 TEAmS
1BOLLES: It’s difficult to bet against the Bulldogs, who are 65-5 since 2008 and have
a state-record 11 championships.
2FIRST COAST: The Class 7A state runner- up in 2011 went out quickly in the 2012
playoffs. But the Bucs have more talent than
any other area program by a long shot.
3RAINES: The Vikings went 8-3 last season with a patchwork offensive line due to
injuries. This year, they return a glut of talent.
4TRINITY CHRISTIAN: One of the most stable programs in the region and not
afraid to face any team. There’s plenty of talent
on the defensive side of the ball.
5UNIVERSIT Y CHRIS TIAN: The Christians won their first state title since
1995 last season and they’ve got the talent to
get back to the championship game.