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Ponte Vedra Takes Down Clay County In Fla. Football Playoffs

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The Sharks took down the Blue Devils at home in Florida’s state 5A semi-final high school football game Friday night.

Ponte Vedra High School, ranked third, beat eighth-ranked Clay High School 52-42 on the Blue Devils’ home field in the Florida state semifinals. A combined total of 49 points were scored in the fourth quarter alone.

The Sharks will now travel to Orlando for the state finals on Friday, facing the American Heritage Patriots, ranked first in their division and defending their 2015 state championship.

Abby Solaun, a 23-year-old University of Florida student, drove from Gainesville to watch her younger brother, Sharks strong safety Noah Solaun, from the stands.

“It was definitely a nail-biter,” she said of the game.

Each team’s offense played well, keeping the score within 10 points the majority of the game.

Solaun said she won’t be able to go to Orlando for the state finals but will be keeping up with the score online.

“I know the players are all super excited to go down to Orlando next week,” she said.

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Gus Schlosser holds his daughter, Ryan, at Florida’s state semi-final high school football game on Friday. Ponte Vedra High School’s Sharks faced off against Clay High School’s Blue Devils and defeated them 52-42. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)

 

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The Ponte Vedra High School band plays after the Sharks scored a touchdown. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)

 

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A Clay County High School fan in a banana suit cheers after a Blue Devils touchdown. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)

 

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Ponte Vedra’s Chris Howard lines up for a punt. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)

 

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Clay High School quarterback Jaylan Jenkins runs the ball for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)

 

Clay County High School cheerleader Carlie McRae cheers toward the end of the game. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)
Clay County High School cheerleader Carlie McRae cheers toward the end of the game. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)

 

Ponte Vedra coach Matt Toblin talks to his team after its 52-42 victory Friday night. The Sharks will move on to play against the American Heritage Patriots in the state finals. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)
Ponte Vedra coach Matt Toblin talks to his team after its 52-42 victory Friday night. The Sharks will move on to play against the American Heritage Patriots in the state finals. (Catherine Dickson/WUFT News)

About Catherine Dickson

Catherine is a reporter for WUFT News. She can be reached at news@wuft.org or 352-392-6397.

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