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State championship preview: Booker T. Washington vs. Bolles

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The Class 4A title comes down to two teams that are not strangers – both programs have come home with the championship trophy when these two teams have met.

Jacksonville Bolles is seeking its 12th State Championship and Miami Booker T. Washington is looking for its 7th. These two programs have put out some great players and the games between the two always seem exciting.

This year’s game will come down to who limits the big plays. Booker T. relies on Jacorey Brooks and Scooter Morrison to make the big plays. If Bolles can limit Booker T. from doing so they have a chance to pull off an upset. If not the Tornados will reign supreme again. This game features some of the premier players in the state of Florida and we have featured them below.

Booker T. Washintgon 

Offense 

Torey Morrison – QB- 5’9 – 155 (3,758 Yards – 34 TD-11 INT / 561 Rushing Yards – 6 TDs)

Shemar Paul – RB – 5’10-175 (787 Yards – 10 TDs)

Jacorey Brooks – WR – 6’4-200 (1,187 Yards, 16 TDs)

Ternard Summerall – WR – 5’9-170 (927 Yards, 6 TDs)

Theodore Richardson – WR – 6’0-180 (687 Yards, 6 TDs)

Macho Arza – WR – 6’2-190 (330 Yards, 4 TDs)

Defense 

Comments: Booker T is a five-time state champion. This will be the 7th time in school history that they will be playing for the crown. Considering they only became a high school again just recently, the run that Booker T has made over the past 10-15 years is unprecedented. This year the Tornadoes are led by Torey Morrison. He started as an 8th grader on varsity at Keys Gate. It was his impressive win on the road at Belen Jesuit that put Scooter on the map. He will be going for his first title this year with Booker T. The talented junior is not the biggest football player in Florida but he is one of the best. His main target is Jacorey Brooks. The talented junior receiver already holds offers from all the top P5 programs in the country. Brooks will be one of the premier receivers not only in the state but also nationally. He is a complete player who has both the size and speed that college recruiters are looking at. Summerall, Richardson and Arza help lead one of the most dangerous passing attacks in Florida.

Defensively it starts up front with Booker T. Tramel Logan (DE-2020), Kayvon Moore (DT-2020), Anthony Hundley (DT-2021) and Jeremiah Peters (DE-2021) is as tough of a match up as any school will face. Hundley is a heavily recruited defensive tackle and also holds offers from the premier programs in the country. He will be one of the more heavily recruited defensive tackles in the class of 2021. Corey Thornton (DB-2020), who is committed to UCF, is one to keep an eye on. He makes some big plays when the game is on the line. Rance Conner will be a player in the class of 2021 who gets some recognition. There is no doubt that this is one of the best teams in Florida and Bolles has its work cut out for them tonight.

Jacksonville Bolles 

Offense

Ben Netting – QB – 6’1-180 (2020) – 1,303 Yards and 11 TDs-4 Interceptions) / 382 Yards Rushing / 7 TDs

Kade Frew – RB (2022) – 934 Yards – 12 TDs on season)

Jeremiah Johnson – RB – (2020) – 290 yards

Andre Parker – RB – (2020) – 245 Yards -2 TD

Davis Ellis – WR – 6’1-175 (2021) – 644 Yards – 7 TDs

Team Totals – 2,699 yards – 35 TDs

Reed Collins – OG – 6’5-270 (2022)

Cooper Fordham – C – 6’1-235 (2023)

Elias Batten – OT – 6’5-275 – (2020)

Defense

David Adewale – DL – 6’3-235 (2021)

Hayden Schwartz – DT – 6’3-235 (2023)

Caden Fordham-Ath. – 6’3-190 (85 Tackles)

Comments: Bolles will once again be led by their rushing attack. Over the years Bolles has always been able to count on their run game to lead them. Bolles has won 11 state titles and of those every single time they relied heavily on the run. This year is no different as Bolles as a team has run for more than 2,600 yards and 35 touchdowns. For Booker T to slow Bolles down and not allow them to control the game and limit their opportunities, they must slow them down. Bolles’ offensive line is led by Reed Collins, Cooper Fordham, Elias Batten, Cam Neal and Ford Mine. This will be one of the better offensive lines Booker T has faced all season.

On defense Bolles will need to rely on their front four to get pressure on Morrison. David Adewale and Hayden Schwartz must have their best games of the season to slow Morrison down. They are going to face a quarterback that is tough to bring down. Bolles must play sound football and try and limit the big plays if they are going to have a real chance at pulling the upset.

Comments

  1. Bob FerranteReply

    Last week’s results
    Class A: Madison County (Madison) def. Blountstown, 70-35
    Class 2A: Champagnat (Hialeah) def. Victory Christian (Lakeland), 35-14
    Class 3A: Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood) def. Florida High (Tallahassee), 35-20

    • Patrick BurnhamReply

      Former FSU and NFL offensive lineman Todd Fordham has two sons that are playing on the Bolles team. One his sons, Kaden is a linebacker/athlete who is getting attention from some FBS programs as a member of the 2021 recruiting class and his brother Cooper is a freshman OC/OT and is starting I believe. Todd is the offensive line coach for Bolles. Another former Seminole, Leon Fowler is the defensive back coach for Bolles and also has a son on the team.

      • Jerry KutzReply

        Todd Fordham and Leon Fowler… two of my favorite Noles right there.
        “Earl and Ferris Bueller”.
        Let’s see if anyone of our readers knows how they got those nicknames.

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