Best Of Georgia-Florida Rivalry

draytonBy: Drayton Hogarth news services

It is time, yet again, for the annual Georgia-Florida border war. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has been the location of many of the historical skirmishes in all of college football.

There is no doubt that Everbank Field, or best known as the former Gator Bowl, has been witness to some of the greatest college football players to ever grace the collegiate gridiron. Herschel Walker, Tim Tebow, David Pollack, and Steve Spurrier just to name a few in the last half decade, have seen the highest of highs or met the agony of defeat in this bitter rivalry.

There are numerous games that could be mentioned, but these are the top four games in this series.

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Georgia’s Brian Herrien

draytonBy: Drayton Hogarth news services

What was considered to be a source of strength coming into the Georgia Bulldog’s 2016 football season was the position of running back.

With running backs such as Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Brandon Douglas, plus the addition of true freshmen Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien it was thought that they would be a strong stable of running backs, and while that is still true it is the level of play and contributions of that freshman running back Brian Herrien that has been the biggest surprise of the season.

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Florida Chomping For Dawgs

kenBy: Kenneth Harrison Jr. news services

The University of Florida has been synonymous with greatness since Steve Spurrier took over as head coach in 1990. The program never won an officially recognized conference title prior to him returning to Gainesville.

They’ve won 8 conference titles since 1991 and had the best record in the SEC in 1990 but were ineligible for the league title due to NCAA probation. Their also tied with Alabama with the most SEC Championship game appearances with ten.

They haven’t won a conference championship since 2008 though. Back when Urban Meyer was the head coach and Tim Tebow was quarterback. Second year head coach Jim McElwain is working to end that drought.

So far the Gators are off to a good start, 5-1 and ranked in the top 15 in the Coaches Poll and in the AP Poll. The one loss was at Tennessee and they gave up a 21-point lead to lose 38-28.

The LSU game originally scheduled for October 8th was postponed because of the weather from Hurricane Matthew. The game was at home but now it’s been moved to Baton Rouge on November 19th.

Florida was impressive in their last game with a 40-14 blow out of Mizzou. They scored two defensive touchdowns.

“Anytime you get a defensive score or a non-offensive score, it’s a momentum shift for the whole team,” cornerback Jalen Tabor said. “I felt like I did that for my team today.”

Florida has one of the best defenses in the nation, currently ranked 3rd in total defense. They only allow 253 yards per game and 12 points per game. They have 19 sacks, which ties them for 20th nationally.

Tabor is the best player on defense, widely considered a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He returned an interception 39-yards for a touchdown. The opposite corner Quincy Wilson also took a pick to the house.

“When you’ve got two great corners like that, they’ve got to pick one side of the field,” Gators coach Jim McElwain said. “It’s like pick your poison. Where you going to go with it?”

Quarterback Luke Del Rio made his return from a sprained left knee, playing for the first time in a month. The offense looked sloppy and he didn’t play well. He threw 3 interceptions and they were flagged for 8 false starts.

“Knee felt great,” Del Rio said. “Brett Favre said it: Playing injured or hurt is not an excuse for playing poorly. The knee didn’t affect me at all. It was just bad decisions, bad throws.”

Del Rio played well before he was injured. He’s passed for 998 yards, 7 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and a 57.6%completion rate.

The Gators have some talented skill players. Running back Jordan Scarlett leads the team with 375 yards and 5 TD’s. Lamical Perine has 300 rushing yards and Mark Thompson has 262 yards. Receiver Antonio Callaway has 23 receptions, 399 yards, 2 scores and averages 17.3 yards per catch.

The Gators are far from being a prolific offense but they can become more efficient. They have bye week before the October 29th showdown with Georgia. They will get the chance to rest players and get them healthy. It will also give them more time to game plan against true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason.

Both teams should be prepared and well rested for this rivalry game. I give the advantage to UF.

Frederica Closes Regular Season

Jeff headshotBy: Jeff Doke news services

It would be a vast understatement to say that it has been a rough couple of weeks in the Golden Isles.

Frederica Academy had two crucial weeks remaining as Matthew started bearing down on the Golden Isles, both against region opponents and both that had serious playoff implications.

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The Rivalry

jjBy: JJ Lanier news services

You learn at a pretty young age one of the things that makes sports so great are all the different rivalry games that take place year in and year out.

It almost starts as this kind of rite of passage that every young sports enthusiast must take. In elementary school you start pulling for a particular team, normally based upon who your parents root for, and learn fairly quickly there are certain teams that under no known circumstance, are you ever to pull for. Surely you remember going to school in the shirt with your favorite team’s logo plastered all over it, joking around the with kids pulling for the other team.

Some rivalry games are more localized than others, while some are on a much larger, nationwide scale. The Georgia/Florida games falls somewhere in between.

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Pirates Sunk By Terrors

kippBy: Kipp Branch news services

On a beautiful night for football at Glynn County stadium the Brunswick High Pirates dropped a hard fought 35-28 to the arch rival Glynn Academy Red Terrors for the third consecutive year. The loss marks the first time Brunswick High has dropped three in row in the series since 1983.

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The Big Hawk

tj1By: TJ Hartnett news services

Baseball has reached the postseason, football is a few weeks in, hockey has begun its season, and basketball preseason games are aplenty. It’s a heck of a time to be a sports lover.

The idea that nobody tries is a pervasive mindset in fandom during this time of year when basketball is getting back into the swing of things. It’s also extremely inaccurate.

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New Braves’ Chiefs

draytonBy: Drayton Hogarth news services

With Major League Baseball in the middle of the playoff run, the Atlanta Braves have made news for the 2017 season by taking the interim tag off of Brian Snitker, and have now named him the new permanent manager.

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Falcons Flying Above Expectations

kenBy: Kenneth Harrison Jr. news services

After Week 5 there are some surprise teams in the NFL.

Minnesota is undefeated with Sam Bradford at quarterback and a historically great defense. Oakland and Dallas are 4-1. Atlanta is another team with a surprise 4-1 record. The question is are they legit?

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Swimming In Shallow Water

jjBy: JJ Lanier news services

The Cleveland Browns have basically been the punchline for any demeaning NFL joke since Bernie Kosar was their starting quarterback. If you’re not sure who Bernie Kosar is, he’s probably the guy you actually think is Vinny Testaverde.

Much to the chagrin of my father and most fans in South Florida, over the past fifteen years or so the Miami Dolphins have been giving the Browns a run for their money. The main difference being that the Dolphins seem to really be trying to win.

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