By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
One step away from the state championship, the Madison County High School Cowboys play the Trinity Catholic Celtics in Ocala on Friday evening, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
The Celtics have a very good offense with a senior running back named Austin McClellan who has 1,104 rushing yards on 159 carries with 12 touchdowns. McClellan also has 15 catches for 203 yards and one touchdown.
Junior fullback Demonta Blunt does more than block in the backfield. He has amassed 846 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 111 carries. He has also caught the ball 13 times for 191 yards.
The receiving corps is led by wide receiver Camerhon Guyton, a junior, who has 20 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
A weak chink in Trinity’s armor maybe sophomore quarterback Reid Carlton. While Reid has a big arm, he hasn’t fully digested Trinity Catholic’s playbook yet. This has forced the Celtics to become a run-first team for the first time in seven years.
The Celtics’ last four quarterbacks all found collegiate homes at the University of Florida, Purdue, Miami and Valdosta State.
Carlton has amassed 1,182 yards passing with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
On defense, the Celtics’ linebacker Will Cothron (82 tackles) will not play in the game due to a shoulder injury suffered in last week’s playoff game.
Linebacker Marquel Holmes is a senor with 67 tackles and two interceptions.
Lorenzo Washington is a senior free safety, who has 65 tackles and five interceptions including three returned for touchdowns.
The defensive line is led by Jon General, a senior defensive end with 61 tackles and 14.5 sacks, and Cole Rogers, a senior defensive tackle, with 45 tackles and eight sacks.
The Trinity Catholic coach has a name familiar to college football fans. He is a former University of Florida starting quarterback, John Brantley, and his son, John, was the starting Gator quarterback this year.
Trinity Catholic posted a 14-0 record and won the State 2B championship last year before moving up to Class 3A. This year, they have not been as fortunate, compiling a 7-4 record. One opponent the Cowboys and Celtics have in common is the Gainesville High Purple Hurricanes. Trinity lost to them 29-6, while Madison beat them in Gainesville 21-17.
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Catholic’s stadium, located at 2600 SW 42Nd St. in Ocala.
Archive for November 2011
By Jacob Bembry
Madison, FL – A Crestview, Florida man wanted in connection with a Homicide and Armed Robbery is finally behind bars after almost two weeks on the run. According to investigators from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, 23 year old Deaundros L. Blackshear was involved in an armed robbery on November 15, 2011 in Destin, Florida which ended in the shooting death of 21 year old Junior Christopher Ferguson. Information released indicated that Blackshear and co-defendant Arderiuss Warren set up a deal with Ferguson and Peter Frazier to purchase $1000.00 worth of cellular telephones. As Frazier and Warren discussed the deal and exchanged money, Blackshear is alleged to have pulled out a gun killing Ferguson and wounding Frazier. Arderiuss Warren was arrested by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on November 16 for unrelated drug charges and charged on November 17 with the murder and armed robbery of Ferguson and Frazier. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies identified Deaundros Blackshear as the alleged shooter in the robbery and have been pursuing Blackshear throughout North Florida and South Alabama since the incident. Members of the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force were contacted by Okaloosa investigators on Friday November 18 after information was obtained that Blackshear may have fled to the Madison County, Florida area. Task Force members working with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office identified several family members and known associates of Blackshear who were currently living in Madison County. Information developed by Madison investigators lead a team of task force officers to a residence in the 200 block of Anderson Pond Way early this morning. US Marshals Task Force Officers and Madison County Deputy Sheriff’s surrounded the residence and located Blackshear inside the residence hiding in a room with two small female children. Blackshear surrendered to the overwhelming law enforcement presence after a brief standoff and was booked into the Madison County Jail where he awaits extradition back to Okaloosa County.
The Tallahassee Division of the FRFTF is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County State Attorney’s Office, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Perry Police Department, Tallahassee Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. These local law enforcement agencies contribute approximately 23 officers in both full time and part time roles with the officers sworn in as Special Deputy US Marshals who have the authority to cross their normal jurisdictional lines to pursue fugitives wanted for violent crimes by their respective departments.