Admiral Farragut was forced to cancel last week's season opener against Lakeland Christian because of heavy lightning.
"We just couldn't find a way to work it out," Blue Jackets coach Chris Miller said. "We had a lot of kids who were out of town on Labor Day weekend and our bye weeks did not match up."
That was bad enough. Then AFA found out this week's opponent, Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, backed out of a game. That leaves the Blue Jackets with just eight games in the regular season.
To make matters worse, AFA had its spring game canceled because of lightning. The Blue Jackets' only game so far was a preseason win against Bradenton St. Stephen's two weeks ago.
"It's getting ridiculous," Miller said. "It seems like the football gods do not want us to play. Hopefully, we can schedule another team toward the end of the season, but it might be tough."
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Taylor perfect for Cside attack
Countryside football coach John Davis doesn't know if Cougars senior Alton Taylor is the area's best running back. But he knows this: "I wouldn't trade him for anyone around," Davis said.
A year ago, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Taylor played receiver. But in what may go down as one of Davis' best decisions, Taylor was moved to tailback in the spring.
He has responded by gaining 198 yards in the team's spring game, 154 in its fall classic and 212 with four touchdowns last week against Boca Ciega.
"He gets better and better as he goes," Davis said. "He's a workhorse."
Taylor has one other thing in his favor: Countryside's outstanding offensive line. With the line blocking and Taylor gaining yards in huge chunks, the Cougars aren't likely to change their plan of attack anytime soon.
"We're going to be giving him the ball a lot," Davis said.
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Spongers' Lee compiles his own highlight reel
Had tailback Adrian Golden not been so spectacular in his Tarpon Springs debut Friday against PHU, one of his teammates likely would have been the player everyone was talking about a day later: Brodrick Lee.In his team's 40-10 win, the junior defensive tackle was nothing short of dominant. According to Tarpon coaches, Lee finished with 11 total tackles, nine solo stops and an amazing seven tackles for loss. He had five tackles behind the line of scrimmage on PHU's first two series.
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