Friday is for high schools but in this time of multiple 24/7 sports networks, the colleges intrude.
After a fairly productive offensive game last week, Bell got shut out 38-0 at Rockwall-Heath. The game was 21-0 at the half. This was a blowout. The Hawks outgained the Raiders 371-249. Bell was a miserable 6/9 passing for 69 yards and one interception. They also lost two fumbles. This puts Bell at 0-2 for the season. Next Saturday the Blue Raiders are the hosts at AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium against the Midland Bulldogs. A big stage, will they rise to the occasion?
Bishop Kenny traveled to Atlantic Coast, which is not on the coast and is about 15 miles from Kenny on the southside of Jacksonville. They should have stayed home. The Stingrays beat the Crusaders 21-0. Next game 0-2 Kenny goes to the westside of Jax to play Paxon.
It looks like it will be a loooooooooong high school football season.
Not much other college news. Florida and USF played patsies so we still don't know what kind of teams they are.
The Gators beat the Aggies of New Mexico State 61-13. The McElwain era has officially begun. It was the 26th consecutive opening day win. That only means that the Gators have mostly scheduled walkovers to start their seasons. Florida QB's Treon Harris and Will Grier both played well so we still don't know who will be the starter when the real games begin. Next week is another home game against a somewhat better team, the East Carolina Pirates.
The USF Bulls had easy pickings against the Florida A&M Rattlers with a 51-3 victory. The Bulls also played two quarterbacks, Quinton Flowers and Steven Bench, with about equal results so we'll have to wait to see who wins that starting job too. They better decide quickly because South Florida travels to Tallahassee next to play the #10 FSU Seminoles. This time USF will be the soft touch for FSU. Have you got those initials straight?
The pros start their real games this weekend. Jacksonville is home against Carolina and Tampa Bay hosts Tennessee both on Sunday. Atlanta plays on Monday night against visiting Philadelphia.