PREP FOOTBALL: Indians meet Tigers in classic
FORT WHITE — Trenton’s era of state titles may be over but there’s always some excitement when you go up against one the top programs in all of Florida in recent memory.
Fort White is ready for a rematch with the Tigers.
The Indians defeated the Tigers 24-0 in last season’s preseason classic and expect to deliver a similar beatdown tonight. Trenton is in the midst of a bit of a rebuild under new head coach Ben Jacqmein, whose team was moved to Class 4A from 1A prior to last year due to a recruiting violation.
Fort White will face a young squad tonight that graduated 13 players and will rely on several sophomores this season.
“We’re expecting a good game. A real good game,” Fort White running back Brayden Summers said. “We want a victory. The team needs to come together and play.”
The Indians aren’t quite sure what kind of team they’ll face tonight as Trenton’s game film was limited from its spring game loss to Taylor.
The Tigers rushed for over 4,000 yards last season but return less than 900 of that in 2018. Eric Henry and Randy Fuller are two of those rushers that graduated after topping 1,000 yards apiece as seniors.
Trenton will rely on running back Tyrese Jackson and new sophomore quarterback Jacob Guthrie. Caleb Morgan, Jacob Morgan and Cole Hafner will anchor the team defensively.
“I don’t know much about them because we just have that one film from the spring. They didn’t do well against Taylor,” Fort White coach Demetric Jackson said. “Trenton is kind of bringing the Bill Wiles single wing offense back. They’re going to crowd the line of scrimmage and just be real physical and they’re going to pride themselves on trying to hit and be physical. We’re going to try and spread them out a little bit but also be physical with them.”
Friday night is Fort White’s final tuneup before next Friday’s season opener against Suwannee at Arrowhead Stadium. Varsity will play the first three quarters while the JV will close things in the fourth.
Practice was a bit up and down this week leading into Thursday’s walkthrough as the kids adjusted back into the first week of school and Jackson hopes to see better effort from his players against Trenton before the games count for real next week.
“Wednesday wasn’t too good of a day,” Jackson said. “Offensively the focus just wasn’t there but Monday for the first day of school I thought was probably one of the better practices we’ve had in a long time. I was proud of the focus and attention to detail. But (Wednesday) it wasn’t there so that wasn’t a good feeling.”
Jackson hopes Friday night brings plenty.