Player of the Year: DEIONDRE PORTER, JEFFERSON 2014 QB
Porter becomes the 6th winner of this award. The Award is presented to the most impressive area (Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk County) player based on overall season production and BIG GAME performances. Previous award winners include:

2008 – Dontae Aycock, QB, Chamberlain, Sr
2009 – James Wilder Jr., LB/RB, Plant, Jr
2010 – Quentin Williams, QB, Jefferson, Sr
2011 – Alvin Bailey, Armwood, Jr
2012 – Will Worth, Newsome, Sr

Versus Hillsborough, Porter accounted for 249 pass yards and 3 TDs. He threw for 196 yards, rushed for 149 yards and 1 TD in the regular season game against Armwood. On the road in round 1 of the state playoffs, Porter carried his team from behind with a 450 yard and 4 TD performance. Going down with a fight, Porter ended his career at Armwood where he passed for 456 yards and 6 TDs. His big game performances were just that, BIG!

Deiondre Porter, from Jefferson High School was named as overall winner from an initial list of 18 athletes that was later shortened to 5 area athletes. Porter finished the season with 3199 passing yards, 33 passing TDs, 1499 rushing yards and 20 rushing TDs. Porter led his team to a 10-2 2013 season record. Losing two games to one team (Armwood).

Jefferson head football coach, Jeremy Earle had this to say about Porter: “He is a special talent who dominated on the field, thrived at competition and demanded excellence from teammates. Deiondre’s performance this year will be difficult to ever surpass.”

Porter concludes his high school career completing 60% of his passes for 7365 yards, 77 passing TDs, 2035 rush yards and 27 TDs. This season he was #1 in our area in pass yards and passing TDs. He was #4 in rushing yards and rushing TDs. Porter accounted for 95% of Jefferson’s passing yards and 54% of the Dragon’s rushing yards.

Porter is currently a University of South Florida verbal commit and we should hear a ton about him during his college career.

 

Offensive Player of the Year: RAY-RAY McCLOUD, SICKLES 2015 RB
Area leader in rushing yards (2316), McCloud was more than just a ball carrier. He was a PROBLEM promised to occur for the opposing defense.

This year, McCloud set the standard for running backs. He rushed for 200 plus yards in 5 games this season. He rushed for 150 plus yards in 10 games this season. Yes, he amassed a ton of yards, but showed how durable he was by carrying the ball 300 times this season. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry and an astonishing 178 yards per game. What is frightening, McCloud returns next season!

 

Defensive Player of the Year: JOSH BLACK, SICKLES 2014 DL
Josh Black posted “James Wilder Jr” type numbers this year and was the most disruptive force on the field each game he played in. It did not matter where Black lined up; his presence was felt at all times. He played outside linebacker, inside linebacker and defensive end. But, he shined at defensive tackle where he played right over the ball and had a better chance to make a play no matter which way the offense went with the ball.

Black totaled double digit tackles in four of the 13 games this year. He had multiple tackles for loss in 8 games this year. For the season, Black totaled 103 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 20 sacks and 3 caused fumbles. He created opportunities for the offense to take over on downs and helped change the field position by sacking the passer or tackling the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage.

 

Specialist Player of the Year: STERLING HOFRICHTER, ARMWOOD 2015 K/P
It is sometimes difficult to explain the importance of a good kicker. Let’s take a shot at it anyways. A good kicker can change the field position for the opponent. He/she can get the defense out of a bind, add points on the scoreboard, solidify a win, chop away at a led and even win the game.

Armwood’s Sterling Hofrichter did all of thee above. Of his 87 kickoffs, 67 were touchbacks. Of his 975 punt yards; he averaged 36.11 yards per kick. He kicked 71 PATs and made 99% of them (missed 1). He made 9 of 14 field goals with a long of 57. The kicker scored 97 of Armwood’s 567 points this season. He was a great defender and Armwood’s leading scorer.

 

Coach of the Year: SEAN CALLAHAN, ARMWOOD
Armwood went 14-0 before being defeated in the 6A state title game by Miami Central. Not unusual for Armwood to win that amount of games. But to win that quantity of games, where 13 of the 15 games COUNTED, is easier said than done. The Hawks were placed in a 9 team district where 3 other teams were playoff teams the previous year. Being able to rally the troops week in and week out, making them understand the importance of each game on the schedule and winning all 8 district games, 2 additional regular season games and 4 playoff games, is impressive. Having to replace the quarterback, half of the offensive line and half of the defense and still compete for a state title is nothing short of remarkable.

Stats from Maxpreps or team coaches.  Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk County players considered

1st Team Offense

Pos. Name School Class
PSQB COLBY BROWN PLANT 2014 Ended the season with 2905 passing yards, 31 passing TDs and completed 63% of his passes. Led the Panthers to a state semi final appearance and finished 11-2-1.
DTQB NOAH JOHNSON ARMWOOD 2015 The first year starting varsity QB led his team to a 14-1 season, ending in Orlando in the class 6A title game.  Johnson threw 18 TDs, ran for 7 and totaled 2789 yards.
RB JUSTIN HENDERSON LAKE WALES 2015 28 rushing TDs and 1676 rushing yards.  Henderson was the muscle of the Highlander offense and was automatic in the red zone. Averaged 7.52 yards per carry and 120 yards per game.
RB NATHAN JOHNSON SUNLAKE 2015 Johnson was the biggest scoring threat in Pasco County this season and every team that lined up against him, knew it.  Though keyed on, still rushed for 1504 yards and 16 TDs.
RB MICHAEL FORD TARPON SPRINGS 2015 If you are unfamiliar with the name, get use to hearing it. Ford is talented and tough. Carried the ball 200 times for 1378 yards and 17 TDs.
WR NEKARI JONES VICTORY CHRISTIAN 2014 A player we were very high on entering the season, started hot and caught fire when the games mattered the most. Caught 88 footballs for 1221 yards and 14 receiving TDs
WR ANTHONY RHYNES MIDDLETON 2014 Lit up the stat chart during the regular season. Averaged 32 yards per catch and 121 yards per game. 38 catches for 1213 yards.
WR JUSTIN MOTLOW TAMPA CATHOLIC 2014 He just gets it done. Not flashy. No headlines. Little recruiting attention, but lots of production once again this season: 57 receptions, 994 yards and 10 receiving TDs
TE CHET LEVAY SICKLES 2014 Did not grab the headlines, but grabbed plenty of passes. Caught 54 balls for 661 yards and 6TDs. Showed athleticism and skill for the position.
OT COREY MARTINEZ TAMPA CATHOLIC 2014 Arguably the most complete offensive lineman in our coverage area.
OT MASON COLE EAST LAKE 2014 One of coaches from the 7A 2013 state champion Dwyer Panthers said this about Cole, “Best offensive lineman we saw all season.”
OG BAVEON JOHNSON LAKE GIBSON 2016 Young, but developing quickly. Big body and good feet.
OG MONTEL MCBRIDE PLANT CITY 2014 Strong upper and lower body, confident, bullish and a monster of a lineman.
OC RICHARD BUSH PLANT 2014 Ask any Plant coach and they will likely tell you, Bush may have the highest football IQ on the team. Played every position on the offensive line in his career.
UTILITY KEVIN COY VICTORY CHRISTIAN 2014 A big bruising player on both sides of the ball. Rushed for 1171 yards and totaled 53 solo tackles.  Even intercepted 3 passes and scored 17 TDs.
ATH ARTAVIS SCOTT EAST LAKE 2014 Scored every way possible. Played 6 different positions this season and sacrificed his personal stats for team success. Totaled 1699 all-purpose yards and 22 TDs.
ATH DAMIAN KING INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN 2015 Big time player who dominated every single game. 903 rush yards, 615 receiving yards, 2128 all-purpose yards, 6 interceptions and 24 total TDs.
PK DANIEL LEZOTTE SICKLES 2014 51/52 on PATs, 10/14 on FGs with a long of 50 yards.
R La’DARRIAN BOWMAN JENKINS 2014 869 total return yards.  Dangerous specialist, not eager to signal fair catch

1st Team Defense

Pos. Name School Class
DE JUSTUS REED CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATH. 2014 The Florida commit played up to expectations this season. Not often slowed down by the opponent, Reed racked up 13 sacks, 19 TFLs and 5 caused fumbles.
DE SHAVAR MANUEL BLAKE 2016 No defensive end got to the passer better. 19 sacks says it all. Add 6 TFLs and you have a QB’s nightmare.
DE DEVEN SANTANA SICKLES 2014 Little attention. But big production: 7.8 tackles per game, 14.5 sacks, 19 TFLs and 5 caused fumbles.
DE JORDAN EDWARDS LAKEWOOD 2015 Edwards ended the season with 21 sacks and 99 tackles. Built a small tent in opponents backfields this year. *Late addition by the Editor. BCP mistake with original omission.
DT CHRIS NELSON VICTORY CHRISTIAN 2014 Took over the line of scrimmage, consistently fighting double teams. Still made 100 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss.
DT DERECK BOLES LAKELAND 2014 One of the best defensive tackles the BCP area has to offer. Big motor and physical tackles. 11 big sacks this year, along with 67 tackles
DT ANDRE WASHINGTON STEINBRENNER 2016 Just a sophomore, but growing confidence. Washington went off this season for 11 sacks  and 11 TFLs.
ILB ANDREW BECK PLANT 2014 Beck was the center piece of the Panther defense. Created a new line of scrimmage 33 times with his total number of TFLs. Accounted for 60 solo tackles and 7 sacks.
ILB JUWAUN BROWN JEFFERSON 2014 Hard to look past a linebacker with 31 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 12 sacks. Brown was super active in Jefferson’s upfield style defense and made the offense work for every yard earned.
ILB MATT CHANEY STRAWBERRY CREST 2014 26 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, 7.5 sacks and 88 solo tackles, Chaney attacked ball carriers like a missile.  Highly productive and active each game.
OLB KYLE BRITTAIN CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATH. 2014 You could likely find a more athletic stud or a better college prospect. However, it would be tough to find a more ALL AROUND productive OLB: 84 solo tackles, 3 INTs, 10 TFLs and 21 PDs
OLB ANTHONY DAVIS CHAMBERLAIN 2014 Lived up to the hype this season.  Played like a mad man and really created conversation about the best LBs in town. 9 sacks, 3 caused fumbles and 16 TFLs.
OLB BEN WOOD SUNLAKE 2014 Just incredible numbers.  Outside of Pasco County, you may not know this player.  Check this out: 39 TFLs, 84 solo tackles and 10 sacks.
S BRUJOUN BONNER LAKEWOOD 2014 Safeties are asked to do two things, 1) Protect the defense “Deep” and 2) Be instrumental in run support. Bonner did both in a big way. 9 interceptions and 144 tackles.
S DEVIN ABRAHAM EAST LAKE 2014 Safeties are asked to do two things, 1) Protect the defense “Deep” and 2) Be instrumental in run support. Abraham did both in a big way. 6 interceptions and 74 tackles. Add 6 TDs either on defense or special teams.
CB DEVIN DUCKETT WIREGRASS RANCH 2014 8 interceptions will make you look him up. Once you see his film and realize the kid can really play and is a sleeper CB prospect, you may like him even more. Solid tackler also with 43 tackles this year.
CB WILLIE CONLEY TAMPA CATHOLIC 2014 The best CB, few people talk about. Had an interception in 6 of the 13 games TC played in this year. 7 INTs on the season and 19 pass defended.
UTILITY CHAVEZ POWNELL JEFFERSON 2014 Did so much in a big way!  Caught 809 yards worth of passes, intercepted 5 passes, made 41 solo tackles and scored 7 TDs. Pownell was a monster and had to be accounted for.
ATH DERWIN JAMES HAINES CITY 2015 Played several different positions on the field and was outstanding at all.  Locked down some of the better receivers in Polk County, hit like a truck from the safety position and scored at will on offense.
ATH DARION STATON LAKE WALES 2015 919 all-purpose yards, 12 TDs and 2 INTs. Arguably the best CB in Polk County.
P AUSTIN IGLEHART BERKELEY PREP 2014 27 punts for 1165 yards. 42.15 yard average with a long of 77 yards

2nd Team Offense

Pos. Name School Class
PSQB CALEB LEWIS VICTORY CHRISTIAN 2015 193/355, 3025 pass yards, 28 TDs
DTQB RYAN DAVIS LAKEWOOD 2015 1988 pass yards, 19 pass TDs, 856 rush yards, 8 rush TDs
RB JACQUAN FULLER ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC 2015 146 carries, 1258 yards, 21 TDs
RB TJ SIMMONS LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 2015 130 carries, 1257 yards, 11 TDs
RB RA’QUANNE DICKENS SEMINOLE 2014 1580 yards and 15 TDs
WR MICHAEL SMITH CARROLLWOOD DAY 2015 45 receptions, 1079 yards, 10 TDs
WR DAVONTAE HARRINGTON DIXIE HOLLINS 2015 46 receptions, 823 yards, 9 TDs
WR JOC ELLISON LAKEWOOD 2014 886 yards and 12 TDs
TE LIAM HEANEY LAND O’LAKES 2014 48 receptions, 690 yards, 6 TDs
OT ISAIAH WYNN LAKEWOOD 2014
OT GARY BROWN ALONSO 2014
OG HAL ROBERSON RIVERVIEW 2015
OG THOMAS BARTLEY ARMWOOD 2014
OC JOSH VIZCANIO BLAKE 2014
UTILITY GEORGE CAMPBELL EAST LAKE 2015 854 all-purpose yards, 29 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 TFLs, 9 TDs
ATH MALIK JOHNS PASCO 2014 1832 all-purpose yards, 22 total TDs
ATH JAYLEN PICKETT ZEPHYRHILLS 2015 808 rushing yards, 1001 all-purpose yards, 13 total TDs
PK LOUIS ZERVOS TARPON SPRINGS 2015 41/45 PATs, 9/13 FGs, long of 49
R TYRAE BOYKINS LAKEWOOD 2014 788 punt return yards

2nd Team Defense

Pos. Name School Class
DE BYRON COWART ARMWOOD 2015 72 tackles, 13 sacks, 15 TFLs, 2 CF
DE SHAHEED SALMON LAND O’LAKES 2014 117 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 21 TFLs, 3 CF
DE JOHN BROOME PLANT CITY 2014 58 tackles, 17 sacks, 10 TFL, 2 CF
DT KYLE HENDERSON PLANT 2015 67 tackles, 5 sacks, 19 TFLs
DT JEREMY WARE ARMWOOD 2015 56 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 TFLs
DT FITO MERZIER BLOOMINGDALE 2014 56 tackles, 7 sacks, 6 TFLs
ILB CARSON LYDON EAST LAKE 2015 93 solo tackles, 8 sacks, 2 INTs
ILB DEONDRE ROMEO EAST BAY 2014 81 solo tackles, 21.5 TFLs, 2 CF
ILB JORDAN GRIFFIN ARMWOOD 2015 90 solo tackles, 13 TFLs, 2 INTs, 2 CF
OLB ETHAN THOMPSON CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATH. 2014 74 solo tackles, 14 TFLs, 12 PDs, 2 INTs
OLB ANTONIO HARRIS PINELLAS PARK 2014 12 TFLs, 4 INTs,  5 sacks, 62 solo tackles
OLB SAWYER DAWSON PLANT CITY 2015 49 solo tackles, 12 TFLs, 3 INTs, 12 PD
S DEMETRI ROYER CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATH. 2015 5 INTs, 72 tackles, 6 TFLs, 13 PDs
S KYLE GIBSON ARMWOOD 2014 4 INTs, 67 tackles, 2 CFs
CB JARVIEL HART FROSTPROOF 2014 7 INTs, 24 tackles, 7 PD, 2 CF
CB DEIONTE STROZIER LAND O’LAKES 2014 5 INTs, 47 tackles, 7 PD
UTILITY TAJEE FULLWOOD TAMPA BAY TECH 2014 23 tackles, 2 INTs, 3 TDs, 878 all-purpose yards.
ATH TJ HARRELL TAMPA CATHOLIC 2014 47 tackles, 2 INTs, 3 sacks, 697 all-purpose yards, 12 TDs
ATH DEVIN BROCKINGTON ZEPHYRHILLS 2014 46 tackles, 1 INT, 4 PD, 1132 all-purpose yards, 11 TDs
P STEPHEN YAFFEE CARROLLWOOD DAY 2016 27 punts, 1071 yards, 40 yards punt average, long of 63 yards

3rd Team Offense

Pos. Name School Class
PSQB JAMES PENSYL LAND O’LAKES 2015 167/292, 2345 pass yards, 22 TDs
DTQB DWAYNE LAWSON HILLSBOROUGH 2015 2120 pass yards, 22 pass TDs, 1068 rush yards, 9 rush TDs
RB WESTON FORDHAM EAST LAKE 2014 141 carries, 1196 yards, 19 TDs
RB DONTERRIO FOWLER LAKEWOOD 2014 115 carries, 1208 yards, 15 TDs
RB DACORIUS LAW HAINES CITY 2014 109 carries, 1275 yards, 13 TDs
WR JAVON HARRISON KATHLEEN 2014 43 receptions, 678 yards, 9 TDs
WR AUDEN TATE WHARTON 2015 49 receptions, 815 yards, 5 TDs
WR JAARON BARRETT SICKLES 2014 43 receptions, 749 yards, 8 TDs
TE DAVI’ON RILEY LAKE WALES 2014 21 receptions, 463 yards, 5 TDs
OT JAKE FRUHMORGEN PLANT 2015
OT BILLY ATTERBURY CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATH. 2015
OG CODY MARTIN DURANT 2014
OG BRANDON KUBISAK PINELLAS PARK 2014
OC LUKE HIERS LAKE WALES 2015
UTILITY KALEEL GAINES FROSTPROOF 2015 667 rush yards, 243 receiving yards, 13 TDs, 77 tackles, 5 CF
ATH ALEX JACKSON PLANT 2014 1690 all-purpose yards, 8 TDs. *Late addition by the Editor. BCP mistake with original omission.
ATH JORDAN REED PLANT 2015 965 all-purpose yards, 5 TDs
ATH BRANDON ROBINSON ALONSO 2014 740 all-purpose yards, 27 tackles, 8 TDs, 1 INT
PK AUSTIN COBB NEWSOME 2015 10/13 FGs, 77%, long of 41 yards
R KEZIO SNELLING STEINBRENNER 2015 429 KOR yards and 297 PR yards

3rd Team Defense

Pos. Name School Class
DE MARQUES FORD EAST BAY 2015 67 tackles, 10 sacks, 17.5 TFLs, 2 CF
DE ERIC LATORTUE EAST BAY 2015 63 tackles, 9 sacks, 22 TFLs
DE DONTRIEL PERRY DURANT 2014 45 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 9 TFLs
DT MATT TUCKER PLANT CITY 2015 38 tackles, 8 sacks, 10 TFLs, 1 CF
DT RANDALL TUCKER BLAKE 2014 31 tackles, 8.5 sacks
DT JAQUISE SIMMONS PINELLAS PARK 2016 89 tackles, 2 sacks, 6 TFLs
ILB FRED RUSS TAMPA BAY TECH. 2014 60 solo tackles, 10 TFLs, 5 sacks
ILB CECIL CHERRY FROSTPROOF 2015 42 solo tackles, 9 TFLs, 5 CF
ILB DOMINIC CUONO CARROLLWOOD DAY 2014 66 solo tackles, 8 sacks, 12 TFLs, 2 INTs
OLB SHAKA McGRIFF LAKE WALES 2014 74 solo tackles, 8 sacks, 14 TFLs
OLB TRE WATSON TAMPA CATHOLIC 2014 54 solo tackles, 8.5 sacks, 2 CF
OLB O’SHARIO MITCHELL LAKEWOOD 2014 102 solo tackles, 6 sacks, 2 INTs
S KENDALL GANT LAKE GIBSON 2014 5 INTs, 48 tackles, 2 TFLs
S BERNARD ROGERS PLANT 2014 79 tackles, 19 TFLs, 9 PD
CB AARON COVINGTON ARMWOOD 2015 4 INTs, 10 PDs, 2 CF, 35 tackles
CB CORDELL HUDSON LARGO 2014 3 INTs, 9 PDs, 3 CF, 36 tackles
UTILITY MAURICE HALL GIBBS 2014 Played OLB, DE, WR, PR, KR and had 6 special team TDs.
ATH JAMES VRIONIS JESUIT 2015 Played OLB and safety: 55 solo tackles, 104 total tackles, 9 TFLs, 4 sacks, 4 PD
ATH ROOSEVELT LAWRENCE ALONSO 2015 52 solo tackles, 4 INTs, 21 PD, 479 return yards, 569 all purpose yards
P BRANDON PETERS ROBINSON 2014 27 punts, 1071 yards, 39.67 yard average, long of 63 yards

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