Jesuit's road trip to Columbus headlines top Week 3 high school football games
Well, Jesuit certainly isn’t taking things easy this fall.
After winning the Class 6A state championship last fall, the Tigers opened the season with wins against Wharton (Class 7A regional finalist in 2021) and Treasure Coast (Class 8A state semifinalist in 2021), Jesuit is heading on the road for the first time this fall.
And it’s not just any road trip.
Jesuit (No. 2 in Class 3M on the USA Today Florida Network poll) is headed Miami to take on Columbus (No. 2 in Class 4M) on Friday. It's Jesuit's first trip to South Florida since beating Pine Forest in the title game last December in Fort Lauderdale.
Both defenses have been strong this season with neither team giving up more than two touchdowns in a game.
They also boast a tremendous amount of talent — especially on the defensive side of the ball. Columbus has the trio of highly recruited juniors TJ Capers, Daylen Russell and Dylan Stephenson. Jesuit is led by Georgia commit Troy Bowles and juniors Drew Woodaz and Peter Pesansky.
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Here are some of the other top games to watch in Week 3
Cocoa at St. Thomas Aquinas
Cocoa and St. Thomas Aquinas are perennial powers and favorites in their respective classes. Aquinas is No. 1 in Class 3M and is averaging 45 pointer per game. Cocoa, the No. 2 team in Class 2S, was off last week following a season-opening loss against Jones.
Chaminade-Madonna at Miami Northwestern
Two of the state’s best meet in this one. Chaminade, which is averaging 42 points per game, is No. 1 in Class 1M. Northwestern, who beat Jones in the Kickoff Classic and Venice on the road in the season opener, is No. 3 in Class 2M.
Madison County at Fitzgerald (Ga.)
Madison County (No. 1 in Class 1R) started the year with an impressive win at Carrollwood Day and a dominant Week 2 win against Godby. Now, the defending rural classification champion is headed to Brunswick, Georgia to headline the three-day Border War showcase. Fitzgerald won the Georgia AA championship last fall and is No. 2 in the class on MaxPreps.
Edgewater at West Orange
Both of these teams are coming off statement wins in Week 2. Edgewater (No. 4 in Class 3M) beat nationally-ranked Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) 34-10 last week. West Orange (No. 5 in Class 4M) topped Apopka 13-6. Edgewater has relied on senior running back Cedric Baxter Jr., who has rushed for more than 500 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Indiviudal recruiting matchups to watch
Gaither 2023 WR Eugene Wilson III vs. Wharton 2023 DB Dijon Johnson
Two of the state’s premier skill position guys face off in Tampa. Wilson, a Florida commit and No. 41 on the USA Today Florida Network top 100 commit, caught six passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns against Steinbrenner in the season opener. Johnson, No. 22 top 100, is one of the premier defensive backs in the nation. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder Johnson decommitted from Ohio State and also has offers from Florida, Miami and several others.
Columbus 2023 RB Sedrick Irvin Jr. vs. Jesuit 2023 LB Troy Bowles
Irvin and Bowles are a pair of standout seniors who are following in their father’s celebrated footsteps. Irvin, a Stanford commit, is No. 84 on the USA Today Florida Network top 100. His dad played at Michigan State and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. Bowles, a Georgia commit, is the No. 2 linebacker in the state and No. 16 overall on the top 100. His dad is Tampa Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles. Troy Bowles has 16 tackles and an interception in two games this season.
Nease 2023 QB Marcus Stokes vs. Fleming Island 2023 LB Abram Wright
Stokes, a Florida commit, is No. 63 on the USA Today Florida Network top 100. Stokes threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns against Creekside last week. Wright, a Rutgers commit, had six tackles, two tackles for loss, a quarterback pressure and an interception in the season opener.
Dr. Phillips 2023 OT Payton Kirkland vs. Apopka 2023 DL Kaven Call
Kirkland is committed to Texas; Call is committed to UCF
Booker T. Washington 2024 RB Gerald Modest Jr. vs. Miami Central 2023 LB Stanquan Clark
Clark is committed to Louisville
Boone 2023 WR Aidan Mizell vs. Winter Park 2023 DB Zion Gunn
Mizell is committed to Florida; Gunn is committed to Purdue
Benjamin 2023 WR Micah Mays vs. Cardinal Newman 2024 DB Josh Philostin
Mays is committed to Wake Forest
Bartram Trail 2024 QB Riley Trujillo vs. Mainland 2024 DB Zavier Mincey
Treasure Coast 2023 DL Corey McIntyre Jr. vs. Seminole 2025 OL Max Buchanan
McIntyre is committed to West Virginia
Evans 2023 OL Chrisdasson St. Jean vs. Ocoee 2023 OLB/EDGE Calvin Smith
Smith is committed to Illinois
Cardinal Gibbons 2023 QB Dylan Rizk vs. Gulliver Prep 2023 CB Daniel Harris
Rizk is committed to UCF; Harris is committed to Georgia
Bolles 2023 TE Connor Cox vs. Brunswick (Ga.) 2024 LB Devin Smith
Cox is committed to South Carolina
East (Utah) 2023 TE Matthew Fredrick vs. IMG 2023 LB Jordan Hall
Fredrick is committed to BYU; Hall is committed to Michigan State