Friday Night Lights: Jesuit vs. Booker

Friday nights match-up put the undefeated record of Jesuit against the 5-1 Booker team from Sarasota. The winner of this game basically clinched the division for 3A district 11 and a spot in the regional playoffs. Read on to find out who won and how some of the Bay Area prospects performed including Sam Shields, Anthony Allen, Joel Jones, and Nick Plasencia.

The game began as a defensive battle. Both teams had some of the biggest lines I have seen this season. Early on it was Jesuit's Nick Plasencia making the big plays. He had two sacks and a handful of tackles before the first quarter was over. Booker's defensive line also came to play. Led by defensive end Joel Jones the Booker defense held Louisville commit, Anthony Allen to almost nothing in the first quarter.

Anthony Allen

The scoring started early in the second quarter when Sam Shields caught a 24yard lob into the corner of the end zone while double covered. Shields a Miami commitment, nearly scored again in the second quarter but a long punt return for a touchdown was called back. The Booker defense was a brick wall once again holding Allen to only 26 yards at the half.

Sam Shields

Going into the locker room the score was 13-3. However, on the first drive after the half Sam Shields struck again. This time on a 47 yard strike from quarterback Darante Hunter. After that play you got the feeling that the Jesuit secondary was pretty much at the mercy of Shields. If he wanted to go deep it was just a matter of him and Hunter hooking up.

Jesuit made it close midway through the third quarter scoring and converting on a two point conversion. But Sam Shields would end all hope by scoring on a 47 yard screen pass. The game would end at 35-14, stopping the win streak for Jesuit (7-1) and it would put Booker in the driver seat for winning the division.

Nick Plasencia

Joel Jones

Recruit Observations:

Some of the recruits that played well were obviously Sam Shields, but there were some others as well. Joel Jones for Booker had 4 of the teams 6 sacks. He is a big defensive end who bursts off the ball to get into the backfield. His counterpart on Jesuit is defensive end Nick Plasencia. Big number 94 had 3 sacks himself, but also played the run very well. Both players could be getting more attention in the near future. Another player I thought played very well was Booker's middle linebacker Darian Platt. He flies to the ball and delivered hits on everyone including power back Anthony Allen. Platt went down in the second half with an injury but returned later with the same aggression from the first half.

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