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2015 Year In Review: First Coast vs Ed White Closed To Public

Today at three o’clock, two of the most talented and well known high school football programs in the city will scrimmage as a part of spring football activities. The scrimmage will sure to be one that features some of the top prospects and talent in the country. It will be a highly anticipated test of wills amongst players who’ve competed against one another for years. It’s what makes Jacksonville and North East Florida such a unique and prominent place for High School Football. Yet this scrimmage is unique for other reasons than the contest itself. What makes this scrimmage unique is the fact that you the fan won’t be able to see it. The scrimmage between White and First Coast High Schools is closed to the general public. Duval Sports contacted Duval County Athletic Director Tammie Tallie who forwarded me the official statement from the district.

Official Statement:

“In an effort to ensure the safety of students, the community and campuses, we are restricting the public’s access to the game,”

– Duval County Public Schools Communications

Although not confirmed by the School Board, the closure is undoubtedly in lieu of the recent shootings surrounding First Coast football player Johnnel Johnson and eighteen year old Jaquan Reeves that resulted in their deaths. Johnson was gunned down April 25th at a house party in Arlinlgton after attending a prom. Reeves was shot on May 16th at a vigil for the slain Johnson which was being held at Sheffield Park near Oceanway in North Jacksonville. It is not known at this time if the two shootings were related to one another. One thing that is known is that one of the victims (Johnson) was a football player at First Coast, creating a sense of heightened awareness around that team. That awareness in some part has prompted the Duval County School Board to take precautions to safe guard the public by closing the scrimmage. But is this an overreaction? Residents of Jacksonville weigh in…..


“I think it’s completely ridiculous that they punish the parents and football players for the acts of others. We’re not inner city Baltimore here”.


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Sadly Jacksonville’s best high school spring football jamboree will be played in an empty stadium due to safety concerns #pray4firstcoast

— jeff(@kayakg8tor) May 21, 2015

“It’s real sad how some bad people with guns ruined this for everyone”.

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This Ed White vsFirst Coast deal is honestly the right thing to do. My only question is why do we even have metal detectors at gms? #shrugs

— joemoore10 (@joemoore10) May 20, 2015

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So we can’t go to the edwhite vs. First coast game? 😕😩

— || Ny. || (@nnc___) May 21, 2015

“If we start this now, we’re going to have to start doing this for all of First coast games during the season. People will be scared to go to their games”.


Tell us what you think…







The quotes are from random persons interviewed by Duval Sports and do not reflect the views or opinions of DuvalSports LLC.




  1. Anonymous

    May 21, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Being a proud parent of one of the First Coast football players I understand the importance of keeping everyone involved in this game safe. With that being said the parents should have been allowed to attend. It would have taken nothing more than a team roster left at the gate with the parents name for each player . Of course the patent would have to have showed a picture id to get in. I wish that the media would stop and leave these boys alone. They have worked hard and been through entirly too much already. There is so much determination and talent on this team and it is heart breaking to know what our team is going through.

  2. Noname

    May 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I understand DCPS wanting to protect the children but this should not be limited to one game. They should have applied this rule to all games.

  3. Paul

    May 22, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    The school board needs to tell the truth! Those shootings had nothing todo with the first coast football team! Quan played basketball at North Florida. Johnson was killed at a party that had nothing to do with the school or team. Now my son won’t have a spring football game that we can cherish!

  4. Sandy

    May 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I’m sorry but my kid’s life is more important than a spring football game that doesn’t even count JMO

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