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Cats fall just short of Providence 28-27

The Wildcats almost overcame the loss of star defensive end CeCe Jefferson and sloppy first half play, but their second-half surge fell just short September 12 as they lost to Providence 28-27.

Jefferson dislocated his shoulder on the fourth play of the game trying to tackle Providence’s workhorse running back Jamauri Wakefield, who rushed for more than 350 yards and three touchdowns on more than 40 carries of the night. Wakefield accounted for almost all of the Stallions’ offense as Baker County’s depleted defense had a tough time slowing him down. Coach Tom MacPherson said Jefferson is expected to miss a few weeks, but he returned to the sideline in the second half to cheer his team on.

The Cats almost rallied back after falling behind 28-14 early in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jacob Carter hit a 50-yard bomb to Zach Rafuse  to pull the team within a touchdown. Vyshawn Akins intercepted one of Providence’s few pass attempts on the night and returned it for a touchdown to bring the Cats withing one with about seven minutes remaining, but the extra point failed.

The offense had a chance to take the lead late and faced a third-and-6 from Providence’s 20-yard line. The Cats took unsuccessful shots to the end zone on both third and fourth downs to give the ball back to the Stallions.

Providence was able to run the final 3 minutes, 58 seconds out to seal the win.

The Cats will try to bounce back from the close loss and move back to .500 on the season September 19 when they travel to Ribault for the District 3-5A opener.

Check next week’s edition of The Baker County Press for a full report of the game.

 

Area gets drenched

DSC_0020Residents who frequent the Boy Scout Camp Landing on the St. Mary’s River will  get a good idea what a moderate flood stage looks like in the photo above, taken on Tuesday afternoon when the river rose to the 15-foot level. The rains returned to Baker County later that evening, when the west and northwest quadrants were predicted for another four inches added to the 10-15 inches that fell the last seven days, much of it on Sunday. riverfloodingThe measuring station behind the Ag Center in Macclenny was showing less saturation compared to sections of the west, northwest and northeast county (see Facebook postings, page 3). David Richardson, chief of the county’s Emergency Management Office, said the heavy rains have not yet resulted in any major problems, and the sole road washout occurred on Steel Bridge Rd. (below) east of the boat landing. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the St. Mary’s will begin to recede on Thursday.

Will dip into the surplus to balance

Baker County commissioners took the path of least resistance in shaping a new budget that will appeal to taxpayers and to county employees, but not to those who had pushed for deeper spending cuts to avoid using precious cash reserves to balance the budget.
Ending three months of budget workshops, the county board tentatively adopted a $27.4 million spending plan for 2014-15 the evening of September 4 in what turned out to be a brief, anticlimactic public hearing that drew no public comments. Read More »

Juveniles arrested for rash of burglaries

Cops-rash-Thomas Cops-rash-BartonTwo male juveniles remain in custody this week in Gainesville, charged with multiple vehicle burglaries overnight on September 6 in the northeast quadrant of Macclenny.
In two of the seven instances, Tyler Barton, 17, and Deangelo Thomas, 16, are facing first-degree felony counts because pistols were taken from glove boxes. The guns were recovered in the attic of a residence on North 5th St. later that day.
County deputies responded the morning of September 6 as vehicle owners discovered the burglaries, all reportedly to cars and pickups left unlocked. Read More »

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