The Osceola Kowboys vs Celebration High School game will be played on Thursday night at Osceola after Hurricane Ian did a “number” on Celebration’s field. The Kowboys will then head to St. Cloud on Monday to make up a Hurricane postponed classic rivalry game.
The Kowboys currently sit (2-3) following last Monday’s loss at Jones. That game was quickly scheduled just 10 days ago after both schools had opponents back out of regularly scheduled games.
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The Celebration game will be the first of three games in eight days for the Kowboys, as after the St. Cloud makeup game they are scheduled to play Daytona Beach Mainland at home on Oct. 21.
Also scheduled for three games in eight days is Harmony (3-2), who will start the gauntlet on Friday night with a road district game against Viera (0-6). Viera, who earned an at-large to the playoffs last season, has struggled this year on offense and is averaging under eight points a game.
Still, Longhorn coach Don Simon knows his team will have to play well to win. “First, they have played a difficult schedule,” Simon said. “They are a much better team than their record indicates. Second, it is the first district game for both teams so the path to the post-season is the same. We’re both 0-0 in district play.”
Like their opponent, Harmony has struggled of late on offense. In going 1-2 in their last three games, the Longhorns have not scored an offensive touchdown in their last three games – with their three touchdowns coming on defense and special teams.
Undefeated Tohopekliga (6-0) hits their bye week after playing two games in four days. On Friday, the Tigers blasted Wesley Chapel 53-14 on the road; before coming home to be defeat by Bishop Moore (31-2).
In the Wesley Chapel win, freshman Sabby Meassick continued his incredible start to his varsity career by firing seven touchdown passes, two that went to Nick Rawls.
In the game against Bishop Moore, the Tigers experienced some “hard sledding” as Freshman Quarterback Sabby Meassick was intercepted 3 times, and the offense never made it into the end zone. Toho will be back on the field again when they host Harmony on Oct. 21.
St. Cloud will seek their fifth win of the season when they host Ambassadors Christian Academy (1-6) on Friday night. The Bulldogs (4-2) have already exceeded their win total from last year with a 44-6 win over Gateway (1-3) on Friday.
In that game, the Bulldogs used a 27-0 run in the third quarter to break open a tight 10-6 game at the half. A Logan King touchdown pass and a Landon Millman interception for touchdown gave St. Cloud a quick 14 points to start the third quarter and eventual route of the Panthers.
Poinciana can inch another game closer to their first winning season in school history when they travel to North Port (0-5).
North Port, which is located near Ft. Myers, felt the full wrath of Hurricane Ian, causing Poinciana head coach Randy Beeken to offer to postpone, move or cancel the game. “I can’t imagine the devastation they had or the difficulties to bounce back,” Beeken said. “We offered to host the game or cancel it or play it as the end of the season, whatever we could do to help. Their AD and coach said they appreciated it but their kids wanted to play and pending final approval from their county administration, the game is on.”
The Eagles are 4-2 for the first time in school history with a 32-21 win over Davenport, a second-year school that had beaten Poinciana 20-8 last year. It was a victory that Beeken said should intensify a budding rivalry between the two schools.
“There was a lot of talk on both sides this week,” Beeken said. “I was proud of the way we went out and actually dominated the game.” Poinciana led 26-0 in the third quarter and 32-7 in the fourth before giving up two late touchdowns in the game. Senior quarterback De’kwan Bradley threw for one touchdown in the game and ran for another, while Elijah Bowser had a pick six in the game.
Opened in 1991, Poinciana has never had a winning season in 31 years and has just had one .500 season. As an independent, Poinciana is not eligible for the playoffs, but Beeken say his team has a lot to play for. “Our goals are still in front of us. We have a chance to not only have a winning season but eight wins and a possible bowl game after that is certainly possible.”