Jacksonville Sports Day

SPORTS BRIEFS: UNF Hosts JU in Soccer Tonight

FILE PHOTO Courtesy John Shippee Photography

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – North Florida men’s soccer continues ASUN play this weekend as the Ospreys host crosstown rival Jacksonville on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Hodges Stadium. The match is part of the annual River City Rumble competition between UNF and JU.

The Ospreys are 1-1 in ASUN play and 2-8 on the season after falling 2-1 to Lipscomb last weekend. With victories over JU in volleyball and women’s soccer this season, the Ospreys hold a 2-0 lead so far on the River City Rumble scoreboard.

“We look forward to a big crowd for the match on Friday night. They are on top of the conference right now and have done well in conference. They faced a tough non-conference schedule like us. Our goal is to get three points at home. We also playing to retain the Dennis Violet cup and get North Florida another barrel point in the process.” said head coach Derek Marinatos

The Dolphins enter the contest with a 2-0 mark in ASUN play and 2-9 overall record on the season. JU features a balanced scoring attack with five players tallying two goals apiece and another five players having scored one goal on the season. Alex Dixon leads the team with six points while five Dolphins have posted five points each.

Goalkeepers Patrick Harding and Matt Levy have split time in goal for the Dolphins. Harding is 0-5 on the season with 27 saves, a 4.11 goals-against average and .563 save percentage while Levy has posted a 2-3 record with 26 saves, a 2.49 goals-against average and .667 save percentage.

Head coach Mauricio Ruiz is in his fifth season leading the Jacksonville program and has compiled a record of 23-53-2.


The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-year OL Ereck Flowers. The Jaguars placed fourth-year OL Josh Wells on the team’s reserve/injured list.

Flowers, 6-6, 334, was originally selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He appeared in 51 games (48 starts) with the Giants from 2015-18, starting his first 46 career games at left tackle. As a rookie in 2015, Flowers started 15 games at left tackle and helped protect QB Eli Manning, who set a franchise record with 387 completions. In 2018 with the Giants, he appeared in five games and made two starts at right tackle. A Miami native, Flowers played on the same offensive line as Jaguars OL and offensive captain Brandon Linder at Miami (Fla). From 2012-14, Flowers played in 38 games and started 28 (24 at left tackle, four at right tackle) for the Hurricanes.

Seventh-year LS Matt Overton was also added to the roster. To make room, the Jaguars placed sixth-year LS Carson Tinker on the team’s reserve/injured list. Overton, 6-1, 243, has played in 89 career games, including nine with the Jaguars in 2017 prior to being placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 14, 2017. From 2012-14, Overton appeared in 80 games with the Indianapolis Colts after previously spending time with the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 and 2010. Overton was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2013 during his tenure in Indianapolis. He has also spent time with the United Football League’s (UFL) Florida Tuskers in 2009, as well as the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks.

The Jaguars have also signed rookie RB Bo Scarbrough to the practice squad. To make room on the practice squad, the team released RB Dimitri Flowers. Scarbrough, 6-1, 235, was drafted by Dallas in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft and spent the first five weeks of the season on the Cowboys’ practice squad. Scarbrough played at the University of Alabama from 2015-17 and won national championships as a freshman (2015) and as a junior (2017). In his three-year career with the Crimson Tide, he appeared in 34 games and rushed 267 times for 1,512 yards and 20 TDs.


Florida Atlantic University’s Harrison Bryant was named the John Mackey National Tight End of the Week. Bryant, a junior from Gray, Georgia, is for his efforts in FAU’s 52-33 victory over Conference USA foe Old Dominion. He had a career-best game reeling in six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 44-yard reception. Bryant’s receiving yardage total and touchdowns scored were also both career highs. Known for his dependability, he caught six of the seven passes thrown his way, contributing four first downs and assisting the Owls’ running game with his blocking ability as FAU rushed for 266 yards in the game.

Miami redshirt senior defensive tackle Gerald Willis III was among those players added to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award. The original watch list released in August was comprised of players based on their performances from last season and included Miami senior Jaquan Johnson and junior Shaquille Quarterman. The Maxwell Football Club added several players because of their noteworthy play through the first half of the 2018 regular season. Willis III, who has started all six games for the Hurricanes, is tied for second in the nation and ranks first in the ACC with an average of 2.1 tackles for loss per game. Willis III was named the Outland Trophy National Defensive Player of the Month on Fri., Oct. 5.


FC Cincinnati’s Alan Koch has been voted the USL Coach of the Month for September, having steered FCC to six consecutive victories over the course of the month that saw the side claim the 2018 USL Regular Season Championship. In his second season as FCC’s Head Coach, Koch has led the side to a historic year. Entering its final game of the regular season this Saturday night against Nashville SC, Cincinnati has already set USL modern-era single-season records for overall wins (23) and points (76), while the club’s perfect month of September contributed to a USL modern-era record 10 consecutive victories. Should the side avoid defeat against Nashville, it would set a new mark for the longest undefeated streak in the league’s modern era, having tied the Richmond Kickers’ record of 22 consecutive games without a defeat this past Saturday after a 0-0 draw with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

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