“I’ve known Jake since we first played basketball together on an 8-and-under team. Jake has a high football IQ and a great work ethic. He knows how to read defenses and when to throw the ball and when not to.” – Calvary Day 6-4, 220-pound sophomore WR Mike Smith said to the Savannah Morning News about fellow sophomore QB Jake Merklinger, after the Cavaliers’ 42-6 blowout win over Stratford Academy. Merklinger completed 14-of-17 passes for 246 yards and 5 touchdowns, all in the first half. Merklinger already has offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State and others.
“Not making any excuses. We’re a young team learning to put two good weeks together. Our offense lost focus. It looked like we forgot what we were supposed to do. I can’t put my hand on it right now.” – Bryan County head coach Cherard Freeman said to the Savannah Morning News after his team was shut out at home by Claxton, 27-0. Freeman’s team, dominated by sophomores and freshman, has snapped a 26-game region losing streak the previous week.