Football playoffs begin this week

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The high school football regular season came to an end this past Friday.

Among some of the top games, Eastside defeated rival GHS for the first time since 2008 and Williston capped an unbeaten season with a win at Chiefland.

Eastside earned the No. 5 seed in Class 2S-Region 2 and will host No. 4 seed North Marion (Citra) in the regional quarterfinals.

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The Rams (7-2) defeated the Colts (7-3), 14-6, in a 2S-District 7 game on Oct. 3. That win, coupled with a home win against Santa Fe (Alachua) on Oct. 28, gave Eastside its first district title in 10 years.

Friday’s game will be broadcast on 106.9 FM “I am Country” beginning at 7 p.m.

Williston, which only won one game last season, finished behind Chiefland in the Class 1R-Region 4 seedings. However, both teams will host first-round games.

The No. 4 seed Red Devils (10-0) will host No. 5 Wildwood (7-2), while No. 3 Chiefland (6-2) is at home against No. 6 Newberry (6-3). The winner will travel to No. 2 seed Pahokee (8-2) next Friday, Nov. 18.

Hawthorne is the No. 1 seed in 1R-Region 4 and will receive a bye. The Hornets (8-0) will play the winner of the Williston-Wildwood game next Friday, Nov. 18.

Fort White and Branford will be on the road in 1R-Region 3.

The No. 5 seed Indians (6-4) will travel to No. 4 seed and defending state champion Madison County (3-6), while the Bucs (7-3) will play at No. 3 Lafayette (Mayo). Branford fell to Lafayette, 47-0, on Oct. 17 in Mayo.

Top seed Union County (Lake Butler) also received a bye. The Tigers (6-2) will play the winner of the Madison County-Fort White game next Friday, Nov. 18.

Suwannee (Live Oak) closed the season with a 6-game winning streak, including a 10-7 win against previously unbeaten Bradford (Starke) on Friday. The Bulldogs (8-2) earned the No. 2 seed in Class 2S-Region 1 and will host No. 7 Walton (Defuniak Springs) (7-3).

The Tornadoes (9-1) are the top seed in 2S-Region 2 and will host No. 8 Crescent City (4-6).

In Class 3S-Region 1, Columbia (Lake City) earned the No. 3 seed. The Tigers (6-3) will host No. 6 Lincoln (Tallahassee) (5-5).

Buchholz, which lost at Bolles (Jacksonville), 49-28, last Friday, will play at Citizens Field on Thursday night. The No. 3 Bobcats (7-2) will host No. 6 Pace (7-3) in a Class 4S-Region 1 Quarterfinal.

P.K. Yonge also made the postseason. However, the No. 3 seed Blue Wave (3-7) won’t play its Class 1S-Region 2 semifinal until next Friday, Nov. 18, at No. 6 seed Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (Melbourne) (6-4).

FHSAA Football – Regional Quarterfinals

All games at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 (start time subject to change)

Class 1R-Region 3

No. 5 Fort White (6-4) at No. 4 Madison County (3-6)

No. 6 Branford (7-3) at No. 3 Lafayette (Mayo) (8-2)

Bye – No. 1 Union County (Lake Butler) (6-2)

Class 1R-Region 4

No. 5 Wildwood (7-2) at No. 4 Williston (10-0)

No. 6 Newberry (6-3) at No. 3 Chiefland (6-2)

Bye – No. 1 Hawthorne (8-0)

Class 2S-Region 1

No. 7 Walton (Defuniak Springs) (7-3) at No. 2 Suwannee (Live Oak) (8-2)

Class 2S-Region 2

No. 8 Crescent City (4-6) at No. 1 Bradford (Starke) (9-1)

No. 4 North Marion (Citra) (7-3) at No. 5 Eastside (7-2) – Game will be broadcast on 106.9 FM “I am Country” beginning at 7 p.m.

Class 3S-Region 1

No. 6 Lincoln (Tallahassee) (5-5) at No. 3 Columbia (Lake City) (6-3)

Class 4S-Region 1

No. 6 Pace (7-3) at No. 3 Buchholz (7-2) – at Newberry High School (Audio of the game will be broadcast online at

Friday, Nov. 18

Class 1S-Region 2 Semifinal

No. 3 P.K. Yonge (3-7) at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (Melbourne) (6-4)

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