Bolles has been flat out dominant at home this season winning all six games by a combined score of 282 to 99.
On Friday night, the Bulldogs (11-0) will welcome South Sumter (10-1) to town for a Class 4A state semifinal.
Bolles was last in the state semifinal two years ago when it took down Madison County 34-15. Coming off a 60-20 region final win over Raines, this team is happy to be at home once again.
The Bulldogs own a 23-2 record on their home turf over the last four seasons.
“It’s very big. That can help tremendously, the crowd fills the atmosphere, we have the best crowd in high school football,” junior linebacker/defensive end Evan McGhee said.
South Sumter arrives in Jacksonville after rolling over Dunnellon 43-8 last week. Senior quarterback Malik Bell and sophomore running back Israel Fields are two dynamic athletes for the Raiders offense.
“I’m expecting a very hard fought game,” McGhee said. “It’s round three, everyone’s laying it all out on the line. The adjustments that will be made are just a matter of playing hard-nosed football, not really an adjustment more like the ‘motto'”
Averaging a whopping 52 points on offense, Bolles has been steady with senior running back Amari Terry and senior quarterback and Alabama commit Mac Jones performing at a high level.
Defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing just 12.8 points per game. South Sumter comes into this one averaging 39.6 points per game with three straight 40 plus performances.
McGhee says Corky Rodgers and his coaching staff has been preaching discipline and hard nosed football all week long.
The Raiders will be a tough draw for sure. Bolles has been solid all season, but now is the time where you have to put everything on the line.
“The mindset never changes because we still haven’t reached our ultimate goal,” McGhee said. “We’re going to keep working hard no doubt.”
This is going to be a close matchup. Bolles has a slight edge at home, but expect South Sumter to come out firing much like the last three weeks.
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