Posted August 30, 2014 02:25 am - Updated September 26, 2014 01:34 pm

Justin Barney's Week 1 high school football Snaps: Quarterbacks start quickly

Week 1 of the 2014 high school football season is in the books and my Snap Judgments follows right behind it. 

My first Snap Judgments of the season is going to revolve heavily around quarterbacks. How can it not? 

Everyone wanted to know how Bishop Kenny was going to make it without John Wolford under center. How new quarterback Jackson Bradley couldn’t possibly come in and shoulder the load of the Kenny offense the way Wolford did all four years.

It’s not fair for all of those comparisons, but that’s the way it is. And if I’m Kenny, Bradley was pretty darn good in Friday’s 23-20 OT win over Bartram Trail. The Episcopal transfer was 14 of 17 for 207 yards and three TDs, all with no running game of which to speak of (32 yards, 13 carries).

Kenny’s defense, last seen as a turnstile in a 74-73 playoff loss to Clay last November, didn’t allow a point in the second half or in OT.

The Crusaders are not the same team as they were with Wolford. They shouldn’t have to be.

So many times with Wolford running the show, Kenny found itself in shootouts that it probably shouldn’t have gotten into. Remember Bartram-Kenny last year? The Bears led 40-21. Wolford’s magic produced a 47-43 win, the game-winning points coming with 20 seconds left. Against Ridgeview in 2012, Kenny watched a 21-0 lead vanish in a shootout, won 42-35 by the Panthers.

If the Crusaders can get their defense going, then the pressure of a quarterback having to work miracles on a regular basis won't be expected. 

Fletcher, Sandalwood QBs start fast

The new Fletcher quarterback (Augie DeBiase) and the old Fletcher quarterback (Sandalwood’s Eli Peters) had some pretty nice stat lines. DeBiase was 13 of 16 for 160 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-7 blowout of Stanton. Peters torched Creekside to the tune of 415 total yards, including a 13-of-15, 302-yard passing night.

Saints coach Adam Geis has been talking all summer long about the strides that Peters has made in the offense. And with a major offensive line and a big, bruising runner in Jacari Graham backing him up, Peters is going to be a kid who you keep hearing about.

"He will be one of the top 15 QBs in the country next year. Every camp I've taken him to he's jumped off the boards. Illinois offered him on the spot and Penn State offered him recently. This was his first live game, he's only a junior and he's going to get better. He's 6-3, 205 pounds. He looks like he can't run, but he's a long strider. He's got a cannon for an arm and can make all of the big throws. There are big things coming for that guy."

Clay’s new gun

Speaking of quarterback play, Clay’s JT Turner had one heck of a debut for the Blue Devils. Having seen Turner play baseball and football before, he is a nonstop-motor player. Head always on the swivel. Always stealing bases or taking a good lick after a reception. But in his first live game as Clay’s signal-caller, he’s got 13 carries, 203 yards and one monstrous third-down scramble that covered 73 yards and set up the winning field goal by kicker Lane Delapp.

The Blue Devils, the early favorite to claim best team in Clay County honors, beat Fleming Island 25-22 on a walkoff 31-yarder by Delapp. Last year, the Blue Devils lost on a field goal in OT.

The quarterback position was one of concern at Clay following the graduation of Wes Weeks, a very good running quarterback. I know that coach Josh Hoekstra had his questions on how Turner would make the switch from receiver to quarterback in a system that demands a good, mobile guy under center. Beating rival Fleming for the first time since 2006 is a pretty good start on the Turner experiment.

Record watch is on

De’Andre Johnson, First Coast QB and Florida State commit, had 230 yards passing and four TDs in a 41-6 rout of Ribault. He’s got 88 scoring passes in his career and 8,232 passing yards. His performance Friday night moved him past Tampa Jefferson product Stephen Garcia (8,081) for ninth all-time in state history. Next up is Seabreeze product Xavier Lee (9,083). Of area interest, Tim Tebow is at 95/9,810. That’s second in area history to Wolford (126/10,621). Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel’s Buddy Collings for the updated list. 

Episcopal’s quick start

The Eagles top four playmakers looked very sharp in a 49-32 rout of Eagle’s View.

Joseph Brunell finished 6 of 7 for 157 yards and a pair of TDs.

Running back Daniel Fisher had 230 yards and four TDs. And wideouts Jonah Daniels (three catches, 87 yards) and Will Singletary (two catches, 74 yards) both had TD grabs. Important to get those guys clicking. Their district schedule includes just two games, Providence and Trinity Christian. One win likely means a playoff berth.

Vikings have grown up

Raines looked very good on defense in a 13-7 win over White on Friday. That’s not the same team we saw last spring getting torn to shreds by Trinity Christian.

Linebacker Michael Pinckney said Raines was not at all ready – personnel-wise – to match up against a more experience Conquerors squad. After a summer of working out and filling in some holes, the Vikings look like a Raines squad of old. They kept White totally out of sync. Outside of a 74-yard Taylor Thomas touchdown run, Raines was airtight.

Its offense will remain a work in progress as Micah Zanders grows into the quarterback position more, but that Vikings defense is good enough to afford him a learning curve.

Not that Zanders will have much time considering their schedule includes Miami Northwestern, First Coast, Bolles and then a trip to Cocoa. There’s not even a close second in the area in terms of a more difficult stretch of games.

Get well soon

To Raines receiver Dajuan Jackson, who suffered a broken elbow in the first quarter against White. Coach Deran Wiley said Jackson is more than likely out for the season.