Week 10 Preview: Playoffs begin for some; regular season finales for others

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Buchholz Bobcats will host Santa Fe in the regular season finale for both teams. The visiting Raiders are looking to snap a 6-game losing streak in the series. 

Buchholz won last year’s game 17-7 as Quan Smith rushed for 212 yards – one of four 200-plus yard rushing games for Smith in 2019. 

It was the sixth straight win in the series for the Bobcats, who haven’t lost to the Raiders since 2011.

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For most high school football teams, this week will mark the end of the regular season. However, some teams have ended regular season play and will be participating in postseason games this week.  

Columbia (Lake City) will host Englewood (Jacksonville) in a Class 6A-Region 1 Play-In game. Fort White is at home against Hamilton County (Jasper) in a 1A-Region 3 Play-In game, and Bronson will travel to Crescent City for a Play-In game in 1A-Region 4. The rest of the state playoffs will begin next week.

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Chiefland faces Williston Friday night in regular season finale

This Friday night the Chiefland football team will look to snap a 4-game losing streak as the Indians host the Williston Red Devils.

The Indians were depleted against Union County last Friday in a 42-7 loss, which accounted for their worst loss of the season in dropping to 1-6.

Chiefland lost eight in a row to Williston from 2004-2011.  But since then, the Indians have won five of the last eight in the series, including a 42-8 win last year.  In 2019, Chiefland rushed for 304 yards and had four players average 10.5 yards or more per carry.  

Sophomore Paul Davis is the only returnee of the four, but he’s second on this year’s team with 432 yards and an average of 7.3 yards per carry.  Freshman Dakota Fisher leads the way with 476 yards and an average of 8.7 yards per carry.

Williston, which enters Friday’s game with a record of 2-6, is also looking to snap a 4-game losing streak.  This will be the final regular season game for both teams. 

Next Friday, Williston will host Fort Meade in the Class 1A state playoffs, while Chiefland will travel to Hawthorne.


In other high school football action this Friday night, Dixie County will host North Florida Educational Institute of Jacksonville. The Bears are heavy favorites to move to 6-2.  Last Friday, Dixie County’s Brenden Hall carried the ball just five times for 117 yards giving him four games over the century mark rushing or receiving.

Trenton, which lost a tough 12-9 game last week at Branford, will travel to Lafayette (Mayo). The Tigers are looking to snap a 2-game losing streak to the Hornets after winning the previous eight games.

Bell, which lost to Lafayette last week, finished its regular season with a record of 2-6. The ‘Dogs head to Union County next week for the Class 1A state playoffs.

Bronson also finished its regular season at 5-4. The Eagles will play a Play-In playoff game at Crescent City on Friday night.

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