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CeCe, Gators ranked at No. 25

In a wild weekend of college football action, former Baker County Wildcat players and their new teams were involved in some of the most dramatic games. Even though not every ex-Cat was on the winning side, at least a couple picked up victories they won’t soon forget.

• CeCe Jefferson’s Florida Gators may have been the most improbable winners Saturday, erasing a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Tennessee Volunteers 28-27 at the Swamp. The freshmen defensive end had a nice game, tallying up three tackles and a quarterback hurry.

The win moved the Gators (4-0, 2-0 in the SEC) into the AP Top 25 Poll at No. 25 and the Coaches Poll at No. 23. Florida is the 24th ranked team in the NCAA College Football Power Rankings on ESPN.com.

But in the SEC the schedule doesn’t get any easier, of course. The Gators now face three top-10 ranked teams in four weeks, beginning October 3 when they host No. 3 Ole Miss (4-0, 2-0). The game airs at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

• Redshirt junior quarterback Thomas Sirk didn’t have his best game on September 26, but he did enough to lift his Duke Blue Devils to a 34-20 home win over No. 20 Georgia Tech in their ACC opener. Sirk completed 17 of 25 passes for 114 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also added 52 yards on 13 rushes.

Duke (3-1, 1-0) will try to stay unbeaten in ACC play on October 3 when it hosts Boston College (3-1, 0-1). The game kicks off at 3:30 and can be seen on ESPN 3.

• Wide receiver Kendrick Singleton’s North Carolina Tar Heels are riding a three-game winning streak after blowing out Delaware 41-14  on September 26. The senior had two catches for 14 yards in the lopsided win.

The Heels (3-1) open their ACC schedule October 3 when they travel to Georgia Tech (2-2, 0-1), which airs on ESPNU with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

• Nursing an ankle injury, sophomore running back Mike Boone didn’t make the trip with the Cincinnati Bearcats for their American Athletic Conference opener at Memphis on September 24. The Bearcats (2-2, 0-1) ended up on the wrong side of a shootout, ultimately falling 53-46.

Boone’s ankle needs to quickly get healthy as Cincinnati hosts the  unbeaten Miami Hurricanes (3-0) on October 1 in a game that airs on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.

• Twenty-one unanswered second-half points weren’t enough for freshman Blayne Merchant’s Worcester Polytechnic Institute Enginneers on September 26 as they fell 28-21 to Renssalaer in their Liberty League opener. Merchant recorded one tackle in WPI’s first loss of the season.

The Engineers will try to get back on the winning track October 3 when they travel to play Hobart in Liberty League action. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. and will be streamed online at www.libertyleagueathletics.com.

• Falon Lee’s East Tennessee State Buccaneers lost in the final minute on September 26 as Emory & Henry scored on a 7-yard touchdown to hand the Bucs a 27-24 loss. The red shirt sophomore had 35 yards on 10 carries.

The Bucs (0-4) will try to pick up their first win of the season October 3 when they host St. Francis at 1 p.m.

• Sophomore Rashodd Hadley’s Warner Royals fell to 2-3 on the season with a 31-24 loss to Ave Maria University on September 26. The Royals will try to bounce back to .500 and pick up their first Sun Conference victory on October 3 when they visit Point University.

• Freshman Jacob Carter’s Southeastern Fire (2-1, 1-0) had the weekend off, but the team returns to the field on October 3 when it visits Jacksonville's Edward Waters College at 7:30 p.m.

Jon Shumake

Wildcats third in home meet

The BCHS cross country team posted 10 personal records September 24 in its first home meet in years, but both the boys and the girls finished third in the tri-meet against fellow District 3-2A programs West Nassau and Yulee.  Read More »

Titans come in second place

The Baker County Titans, an 11-year-old and under baseball team, had a successful first tournament of the fall, finishing in second place at the United States Specialty Sports Association’s Kickoff Klassic in Lake City.  Read More »

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