Bolles Rolls To 3A Championship

Total domination would be an understatement for Jacksonville Bolles, which completed a perfect (14-0) season by overwhelming Tampa Jefferson, 42-21, Saturday afternoon in the 3-A final.

Coach Corky Rogers, who broke the state record for high school coaching victories (315) at the beginning of the year, completed his 33rd season in true Rogers fashion, setting a state championship game record with 573 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs, in typical Rogers fashion, scored a touchdown in six of their first seven possessions.

The offensive outburst was consistent for a Bulldogs team that has been putting up points all year long. Senior quarterback Riley Skinner had an impressive performance finishing up with four touchdowns and 356 yards on 12-18 passing. Fullback Max Higgs rushed for 133 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.

The Jefferson Dragons, a talented team nonetheless, just couldn't muster up the defense to contain powerful Bolles. Running back Alex Suber was a one-man show for a Dragons team that scored on its first possession, then was held scoreless until late in the fourth quarter when the game was well out of reach. He finished the night with 225 yards on 28 rushes with two touchdowns.

But the story of the night was Rogers and his Bulldogs dominating offensively, defensively, and on special teams in "The Swamp." Four different receivers hauled in touchdowns en route to yet another state title for Bolles and Rogers.


Tight end Colin Peek, Bolles, (6-6, 250, Sr.): Two receptions for 58 yards

Recruited? "I have offers from Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Duke, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Utah. No visits are set up yet. I have no idea yet. I'm just going to wait until the end of the season and figure out what would be best." We wonder if the Gators might call in the near future since Utah thought enough of him to offer.

Offensive tackle Daron Rose, Jefferson (6-6, 290, Jr.): Several nice blocks; good footwork; nice frame to add additional muscle mass

What role will you play for next year? "We had a hell of a year. The seniors should keep their heads up. They laid the groundwork, but it's up to us to work hard this summer and get back here. We saw what happened and we don't want to have this feeling again, so we have to work real hard and that starts next week. I know that leadership role will fall on me as a senior. I know a lot of guys looked up to me this year, so it'll be a challenge to me to take on that responsibility"

Discuss your personal goals? "I'll do whatever the coaches tell me to do to improve. Whatever they feel will help me in the long run. The little things can help me improve my game. That's good. I've been invited to the Nike Camp and the Fox Camp, so I'll be looking forward to those.

Recruiting? "I'm pretty much looking to go out of state. But, I really haven't put that much into it. I've been trying to focus on getting to state. But, come the spring, I'll start focusing on those things"

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