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Week 4 Football: Edgewater vs. Jones headlines Thursday, Friday district schedule

The games mean so much more this week.

District matchups between top teams in the Orlando area highlight Week 4 of the high school football regular season.

Unbeaten Edgewater (3-0), ranked No. 1 in the Sentinel Super 16, hosts No. 4 Jones (1-4) and No. 3 Seminole (2-1) plays at No. 12 Evans (2-1) in notable Thursday night outings for Orange and Seminole county teams.

The Eagles won 14-13 at Jones last September. The Tigers claimed the rematch 42-13 to end Edgewater’s 12-game win streak in a Class 3 Metro regional championship game.

Neither remains fixated on the past.

“We talk about it all the time that each team has a one-year lifespan,” Edgewater coach Cameron Duke said during the preseason. “There’s new guys stepping into leadership roles and new guys stepping into starting positions.”

Sustaining such a culture of success is no easy task.

“It’s difficult when you get young players in and they’re in the weight room working out and thinking they’re entitled,” Jones coach Elijah Williams said. “They expect to be good, but that’s not how it works. We have to stay on them to make sure they understand that all the guys in the past had to work hard and bust their tails for it.”

In other Thursday games, No. 5 Lake Mary (2-0) hosts rival Lake Brantley (1-2), No. 16 Boone (1-2) is home vs. Freedom (1-2) and Dr. Phillips (1-2) is on the road against undefeated Windermere High (3-0).

The Patriots defeated Lake Mary 22-21 last year for only their second win in the series since 2015.

Boone’s Andy Johnson remains one win shy of 100 for his head coaching career, which started at Freedom 18 years ago. The Braves are coming off back-to-back losses since a Week 1 win at Timber Creek.

Windermere High senior Isaiah Nell enters with 600 all-purpose yards, which includes 434 rushing yards and 10 total TDs. Wolverines coach Riki Smith, in his second season, was a long-time DP assistant.

Friday’s schedule includes Lakeland (1-2) at Kissimmee Osceola (0-3), St. Cloud (1-1) at Tohopekaliga (2-0) and No. 15 Leesburg (3-0) at Ocala Vanguard (3-0) in a matchup of unbeatens.

Osceola lost 25-22 vs. Lakeland in the regular season and 14-7 in last year’s Class 4 Suburban state semifinals.

Julian Nasco and Naeem Woulard have combined for 476 receiving yards and 7 TDs for Tohopekaliga. Bryce Williams has intercepted two passes for St. Cloud.

Orlando Christian Prep (3-0) hosts Foundation Academy (2-1) for an early district lead in Class 2M. The Warriors defeated Foundation 57-14 last season in their first meeting in 10 years.

The Week 4 schedule is listed below. Rankings are from Sentinel Super 16. Team win-loss records are in parentheses.

Thursday games

No. 4 Jones (1-2, 0-0) at No. 1 Edgewater (3-0, 0-0), 7

Buzz: Junior Vernell Brown III is off to a great start for Jones as a receiver and defensive back. Aiden Aanderson has four sacks and Jaden Brown has four defensive turnovers for Edgewater, which enters winners of three of the past five meetings.

No. 3 Seminole (2-1, 0-0) at No. 12 Evans (2-1, 0-0), 7

Buzz: Standout senior safety Brandon Jacob has missed the past two games for Evans. Devontae Grant and Kemsley Louis-Charles each have interceptions. Seminole senior Cori Smith has two INTs and a blocked punt.

No. 7 Ocoee (2-1, 0-0) at No. 9 Olympia (2-1, 0-0), 7

Buzz: Teams are on two-game win streaks after opening season with losses. “We’re starting to click,” Ocoee sophomore Michael McClenton said last Friday. ”Now we’ve got to come out bigger and stronger for this big district game.” Knights have won four straight vs. Olympia.

No. 11 West Orange (1-2) at No. 14 Wekiva (1-2), 7

Buzz: Both have fallen in the Super 16 rankings since Week 1 wins. Wekiva has taken five of the past seven in the series since 2016, including a 25-13 win last year. Dashon Lemons and Donovan Lanier have INTs for West Orange.

Other Thursday games

Lake Brantley (1-2, 0-0) at No. 5 Lake Mary (2-0, 0-0), 7

Orlando University (1-2, 0-0) at No. 8 Winter Park (2-0, 0-0), 7#

No. 13 Lake Minneola (1-2, 0-0) at Clermont East Ridge (2-0, 0-0), 7

Freedom (1-2, 0-0) at No. 16 Boone (1-2, 0-0), 7

Dr. Phillips (1-2, 0-0) at Windermere High (3-0, 0-0), 7#

Timber Creek (1-2, 0-0) at Hagerty (1-1, 0-0), 7

Cypress Creek (0-2, 0-0) at Lake Nona (1-2, 0-0), 7

Lyman (2-1, 0-0) at Lake Howell (1-1, 0-0), 7

East River (0-3, 0-0) at Winter Springs (0-3, 0-0), 7

Lake Buena Vista (1-1) at Oak Ridge (1-2), 7

Palm Bay Heritage (3-0) at Oviedo (1-2), 7

Poinciana (0-2) at Horizon (3-0), 7

Legacy Charter (0-3) at Trinity Prep (0-3), 7

Friday games

No. 10 Orange City University (3-0) at Key West (1-2), 7

No. 15 Leesburg (3-0, 0-0) at Ocala Vanguard (3-0, 0-0), 7:30

Lakeland (1-2) at Kissimmee Osceola (0-3), 7

St. Cloud (1-1, 0-0) at Tohopekaliga (2-0, 0-0), 7:30

Foundation Academy (2-1, 0-0) at Orlando Christian Prep (3-0, 0-0), 7

Deltona Pine Ridge (2-0) at The First Academy (3-0), 7

Orangewood Christian (1-2) at The Master’s Academy (2-1), 7

Tavares (1-1) at Umatilla (0-3), 7

Ocala West Port (1-2, 0-0) at Groveland South Lake (0-2, 0-0), 7

Jacksonville Bishop Kenny (2-0) at Bishop Moore (0-3), 7

Winter Haven All Saints (1-2) at Cornerstone Charter (1-2), 7

Crystal River (1-1) at Windermere Prep (0-2), 7

Jacksonville Duval Charter (0-1) at Mount Dora Christian (1-2), 7

Jacksonville YKIM (0-1) at West Oaks (1-2), 7#

St. Augustine Tocoi Creek (1-2) at Eustis (2-1), 7

Davenport (0-2, 0-0) at Liberty (0-3, 0-0), 7:30

Cocoa Space Coast (0-3) at Celebration (0-3), 7:30

First Academy-Leesburg (1-2) at Pierson Taylor (2-1), 7

Deltona (0-2) at Port Orange Atlantic (0-2), 7

Gateway (0-2, 0-0) at Auburndale (2-0, 0-0), 7:30

#Home sites: West Oaks at Northwest Recreation Complex, Apopka; Windermere High at Scott Pine Community Park, Winter Garden; Winter Park at Showalter Field.

Off this week: No. 2 Apopka (3-0), No. 6 DeLand (2-1), Central Florida Christian (0-2), Colonial (0-3), Faith Christian (2-1), Harmony (1-2), Lake Highland Prep (2-1), Mount Dora (2-1), Deltona Trinity (1-2).

This article originally appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email J.C. Carnahan at jcarnahan@orlandosentinel.com.