Playoff Fever

Tallahassee Godby tailback <b>Roy Upchurch</b> is enjoying a banner season. Upchurch currently leads the state of Florida in rushing with 2,148 yards on 247 carries with 23 touchdowns. Upchurch is averaging 239 yards per game and 8.7 yards per carry. Upchurch and the Cougars forged a three-way tie in District 2-3A, and mini-playoff will be held tonight at Cox Stadium. Upchurch also had a special visitor at his game last week against Live Oak Suwannee.

Roy Upchurch keeps on truckin' for the Tallahassee Godby Cougars.

Upchurch, a senior tailback, had 261 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries to eclipse the 2,000-yard rushing mark in last Thursday's 39-25 victory over Live Oak Suwannee at Cox Stadium.

Upchurch's numbers are mind-numbing.

He currently leads the state of Florida in rushing with 2,148 yards on 247 carries with 23 touchdowns. Upchurch is averaging 239 yards per game and 8.7 yards per carry.

Better yet, Upchurch has helped lead the Cougars (7-2) on the brink of a state playoff berth for the second consecutive year.

With last Thursday's victory -- he played in front of Alabama head coach David Shula -- over district-leading Suwannee, Godby forged a tie in District 2-3A.

The following night, Tallahassee Rickards High made it a three-way tie with a 28-14 victory over East Gadsden.

The three teams -- top-seeded Godby, Live Oak and Rickards -- will stage a mini-playoff tonight at Cox Stadium.

Live Oak and and Rickards will meet in the first quarter (12 minutes), with that winner facing the Cougars -- Godby was seeded first due to its overall record.

If Godby wins, the Cougars are district champions and will host their first-round playoff game Nov. 12.

A Godby defeat pits it against the first-quarter loser, with that survivor clinching the second spot in the playoffs.

Godby ends the regular season on Thursday against rival Lincoln. The Cougars upset the Trojans and Fred Rouse in last year's regular-season finale.

In an interview with Andrew Boone of, Upchurch had these thoughts on the recruting process.

There were a few surprise visitors in attendance for Upchurch's performance last Thursday.

"Coach Shula and Coach Connelly, from Alabama, were at the game," Upchurch said.

"They were just sitting in the stands like normal fans. I didn't really pay any attention to them during the game. Coach Shula and Coach Connelly are nice coaches. They are really showing a lot of love towards me. The head coach coming to watch me play, with his schedule, is big."

Upchurch has not set any official visits, but knows the five schools he will visit.

"I will probably wait, until after my season, before I set up any visits," Upchurch said.

"I am going to visit North Carolina, Syracuse, Alabama, Auburn, and FSU."

Upchurch has a few reasons for visiting each school.

North Carolina: "They run the ball a lot. They give true freshmen the chance to play early. That is what really stands out to me."

Syracuse: "I don't really know about them. I just want to take a visit up there."

Alabama: "Alabama is showing a lot of love towards me. I know I will have a chance to play early. They are really giving me a lot of attention."

Auburn: "They run the ball a lot."

Florida State: "They are just like Alabama. They are showing me a lot of attention. I might not even take a visit there since they are right down the street. If I want to tour the campus, I can just walk down the road."

Though Upchurch has grown up in Tallahassee after moving from Miami, he claims it will not have any effect on his decision.

"It really doesn't matter where I go," Upchurch said.

"I am going to wait until after my visits before I make a decision. I want to find a good environment and a place I feel at home. Playing time is a factor, but I would have no problem redshirting."

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