The high school football season in Florida and Georgia is underway and like last year, we’ll be checking in with a handful of USF’s Class of 2019 verbal commits every week to see how they’re doing under the Friday Night Lights.
-Three-star Atlanta Mays quarterback Jahquez Evans and his team have stumbled to an 0-2 start for the 2018 campaign.
The dual-threat ATL signal-caller had a nice showing in the Raiders’ 42-26 loss to Norcross in the Corky Kell Classic at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Aug. 18. He went 10 of 18 on pass attempts for 226 yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort.
HIGHLIGHT: Here's a perfectly executed Run-Pass Option rollout play ... with quarterback Jahquez Evans finding Jaquari Wiggles for the #Mays touchdown. @CorkyKell @11AliveSports #Team11 pic.twitter.com/S6wiDWlPYI— 11Alive Sports (@11AliveSports) August 19, 2018
This was my favorite moment of the @CorkyKell— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) August 19, 2018
Needing a score & needing it quickly, Mays QB Jahquez Evans dumps it off to Tyree Nelson out of the backfield for an explosive, all-effort touchdown at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This is what it’s all about!! pic.twitter.com/6X4XLkWkcc
He’d only throw one touchdown in Mays’ 42-18 loss to Central (Phenix City, AL) on Saturday.
Evans and the Raiders will have an open date this week before opening Region 5-AAAAA play versus Langston Hughes on Sept. 7.
-Three-star Tampa Plant wide receiver Leonard Parker and his Panther teammates picked up their first win of the 2018 season on Saturday, pulling away from Hillsborough for a season opening 45-28 ‘W’.
Chances are that by now, you’ve seen his hustle play from Plant’s scrimmage at Venice the week before where he chases down an Indian runner and comes up with a strip right before the the goal line.
Never give up on a play #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/RTVSgsOsls— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) August 21, 2018
Plant will travel to Robinson this Friday.
-Helping Ridge Community to a 44-12 season opening beatdown of Bartow on Friday was three-star running back Josh Berry.
The Bolts will be back in action this Friday night when hosting Kathleen.
-Two-star DeLand linebacker Demaurez Bellamy opened the season versus his former school Mainland on Friday, helping the Bulldogs to a 30-20 victory.
This didn’t come without a little bit of drama, as his former teammates appeared to take a not so subtle jab at him before the game.
Boy, this appears to be a not-so-subtle shot fired toward a certain former Mainland player. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/DDqWSXDGgY— Chris Boyle (@ChrisBoyleDBNJ) August 24, 2018
“Somebody call the vet. My dog turned out to be a rat.” Yikes indeed. He’d respond in a big way with the touchdown below.
From the sky over Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand Friday, watch the Bulldogs' Demaurez Bellamy fake the handoff and romp 64 yards for a score vs. Mainland. DeLand would take a 2-touchdown first half lead. pic.twitter.com/6PQLe6d4Ja— Pat Clarke (@PatClarke39) August 25, 2018
DeLand will travel to Seminole on Friday.
Three-star Mainland wideout Andrew Plummer IV was also part of the game as his Buccaneers had its 35-game winning streak against Daytona-area opponents snapped.
They will try to bounce back when heading up to Alpharetta, Georgia this week when faceing Bob Jones out of Madison, Alabama in the Freedom Bowl.