Friday Night Lights 1st round playoffs recap: Florida Gators recruiting

It’s that time of the year again where the Friday Night Lights are bright and prospects all across the country are trying to shine on the field to impress college coaches and win a state championship ring before heading to college.

Like the past years Gator Country is going to do a preview every Thursday for all of the Florida Gators recruiting commits and on Monday we will do a full recap including stats and notes from the past weeks games.

This year we are going to also to name a player of the week from the commits games.

This week was the start of the season for the guys in the state of Florida, California and Georgia but everywhere else was another round of preseason games.

High School Recap

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Iverson Clement-Clement had three touchdowns in the playoff win.

2018 commits

 

Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian)

Result: Calvary Christian (7-2) defeated Lakeland Christian 24-10.

Game Stats: Burney had a interception and returned for a touchdown.

Notes: Calvary Christian advances to the second round of the playoffs.

 

Running back Iverson Clement (5-11, 199, Mount Holly, NJ. Rancocas Valley)

Result: Rancocas Valley (8-1) defeated Eastern 57-9.

Game Stats: Clement had three rushing touchdowns in the win.

Notes: Rancocas Valley advances to the second round of the playoffs.

 

Receiver Jacob Copeland (6-0, 192, Pensacola, FL. Escambia)

Result: Escambia (7-2) defeated Pine Forest 28-0.

Game Stats: Copeland had two rushing touchdowns in the win.

Notes: Escambia advances to the third round of the playoffs

 

Quarterback Matt Corral (6-2, 196, Long Beach, CA. Poly)

Result: Long Beach Poly (9-2) defeated JSerra Catholic 60-44.

Game Stats: Corral was 17-26 for 210 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Notes: Long Beach Poly advances to the second round of the playoffs. 

Offensive lineman Curtis Dunlap (6-4, 368, Bradenton, FL. IMG Academy)

Result: IMG (8-0) defeated Bishop Sullivan Catholic 48-0.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: IMG ends the season with a perfect 8-0 record.

 

Receiver Corey Gammage (6-2, 188, Delray Beach, FL. Atlantic)

Result: Atlantic (9-1) defeated Plantation 29-14.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Atlantic moves to the second round of the playoffs.

 

Offensive lineman Richard Gouraige (6-5, 271, Tampa, FL. Cambridge)

Result: Cambridge Christian (8-2) defeated Southwest Florida Christian 63-17.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Cambridge Christian moves to the second round of the playoffs. 

Tight end Dante Lang (6-5, 220, Boca Raton, FL. High)

Result: Boca Raton (5-4) season is over.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A

Running back Dameon Pierce (5-11, 205, Bainbridge, GA. High)

Result: Bainbridge (8-3) defeated New Hampstead 48-6.

Game Stats: Pierce had 15 carries for 111 yards and three touchdowns.

Notes: Bainbridge moves to the second round of the playoffs. 

Tight end Kyle Pitts (6-5, 235, Warminster, PA. Archbishop Wood)

Result: Archbishop Wood (8-2) defeated Archbishop Ryan 48-0.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Archbishop plays for the district title next week.

Linebacker David Reese (6-2, 213, Vero Beach, FL. High)

Result: Vero Beach (10-0) defeated Olympia 42-19.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Vero Beach moves to the second round of the playoffs.

 

Defensive back Randy Russell (5-11, 180, Miami, FL. Carol City)

Result: Carol City (7-3) defeated Dillard 23-0.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Carol City moves to the second round of the playoffs.

 

Receiver Tyquan Thornton (6-3, 165, Miami, FL. Booker T. Washington)

Result: Booker T. (4-6) is finished with its season.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes:

 

Defensive end Taylor Upshaw (6-5, 240, Bradenton, FL. Braden River)

Result: Braden River (10-2) defeated South Fort Myers 41-13.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Braden River moves to the second round of the playoffs.

 

Safety Deontai Williams (6-0, 175, Ellisville, MS. Jones County JUCO)

Result: Jones County (7-2) is finished with its season.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: Jones County is finished with its season.

 

Receiver Jalynn Williams (5-10, 188, St. Petersburg, FL. High)

Result: St. Petersburg (6-5) lost Venice 49-13.

Game Stats: N/A

Notes: St. Petersburg is finished with its season now.

Cornerback Divaad Wilson (6-0, 180, Miami, FL. Northwestern)

Result: Northwestern (9-2) defeated Matanzas 33-0.

Game Stats: N/A

Note: Northwestern moves to the second round of the playoffs.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.