Player of the Week: Gainesville High’s Brent King was big-play royalty in 14-0 win against State Fe


The Sonic Drive-In Player-of-the-Game for Friday, September 11, was Brent King of the Gainesville High Hurricanes.

King accounted for both touchdowns as GHS defeated Santa Fe (Alachua) on the road, 14-0, to spoil the Raiders’ Senior Night.

Brent King

The junior quarterback scored on a 53-yard scoring run to give the Hurricanes a 7-0 lead with a minute left in the opening quarter. He accounted for 83 yards on the drive.

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“Brent King is a dynamic player that just needs more reps at QB,” said Pollard, who spent the last two seasons as Santa Fe’s coach. “Once he finds his groove he will be good for us at GHS.”

Then, late in the second quarter, he tossed a 37-yard TD pass to fellow junior Ryan Nolan to make it 14-0 at the half.

King finished with 75 yards passing on the drive as he also hit Nolan for a 38-yard completion to complete a 3-play, 78-yard scoring drive.

“He was shifty,” Santa Fe first-year coach Jared Allen of King. “He played really well despite being a little guy. He’s a baller.”

Gainesville (1-0) will host Seminole (Sanford) on Friday, September 18th.

Taking a look ahead to high school football action this Friday night, Trenton will be at home against Tampa Cambridge Christian. The Tigers lost at Newberry 20-17 to drop to 1-1 on the season.

Williston will travel to Dixie County on Friday night. The Red Devils picked up their first win of the season 22-6 against North Florida Educational Institute of Jacksonville. Meanwhile, the Bears had a 14-0 lead in their season opener at Union County. However, the Tigers rallied for 18 unanswered points to win it 18-14. Bell will travel to Pierson Taylor on Friday. The Bulldogs lost their season opener against Branford, 28-6.

And the Bronson football team, which improved to 2-0 for the first time in eight years with a 36-26 win against Halifax Academy of Daytona Beach, will play Bishop McLaughlin.

Chiefland will get to play its season opener this Friday night at Taylor County.

The St. Francis Wolves (0-2) are still seeking their first win of the season after falling at Monticello Aucilla Christian last Friday. Saint Francis will host 2-0 Quincy Munroe this Friday night at 7.

And catch the Union County at Newberry High School Game of the Week on I am Country 106.9 FM starting at 7pm.

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