JACKSONVILLE - With two running backs blasting for over 100 yards and two scores apiece, the Middleburg High Broncos football team punched up a 35-20 win over Jacksonville Ribault and the infamous …
JACKSONVILLE - With two running backs blasting for over 100 yards and two scores apiece, the Middleburg High Broncos football team punched up a 35-20 win over Jacksonville Ribault and the infamous Graveyard footbal field at Ribault High School.
“T.J Lane ran for 180 yards and Mike Mitchell had 120 both with two scores,” said Middleburg coach Ryan Wolfe, now 1-4 overall. “We finally had a game with just one penalty and no turnovers and we won.”
Wolfe credited the team’s resilience having been 0-4 against some tough competition.
“We kept telling them that two of the teams we faced in the first four games had good shots to get their state championship game,” said Wolfe. “We were definitely
battle tested and it took a lot of mental toughness from the players to keep focused on where we could still go.”
With playoff points accrued with some benefit from playing top-tier teams along the way; Hawthorne (state runnerup), Bishop Kenny (5-0 now) and Bradford (4-0 now) plus Ponte Vedra (a 2-2 team with losses to top-ranked Bartram Trail and Florida State U High (3A Final Four), Wolfe likes the feel of the team’s direction and the upcoming schedule.
Middleburg will host Ridgeview on Friday, then get Clay and Orange Park sandwiching a showdown in district play with Columbia High. Columbia’s three losses have been to Buchholz (4-0, 12-2 last year, lost to 7A champion St. Thomas Aquinas in 7A state semifinal), Union County (3-1, 13-1 last year, region finalist) and Trinity Christian (5-0, 10-4, 2A champs) with a 21-0 win over Madison County, a 1A double state champion who beat Hawthorne last year for title.
“That game will be a big one on the road in their house,” said Wolfe. “The teams we have played have been pretty tough and we have to keep our eye on the prize each week.”