dsc_0701Big County Preps Player of the Year – Dane Frantzen, 2017 DTQB, Plant

On a sunny Sunday afternoon last March, Dane Frantzen broke a sweat while catching footballs from his coach, Robert Weiner. They were at Bull in the Ring, BCP’s annual linemen challenge, where his Panthers took the trophy. The event was in an intermission while scores were being tallied, for Frantzen, a time to work on his craft. He threw balls back to Weiner, his coach critiquing and praising him for what he did right and wrong on each throw. Weiner had the whole system in his head, what he wanted to do in 2016, amid all of the questions the media threw at him. Would the next Plant starter be Frantzen? Or would it be Kyle Trina? Fast forward to the 9 Route 7-on-7 tournament in July. Frantzen took the majority of the snaps in that tournament, Trina taking snaps whenever Frantzen called for a rest. We didn’t just see a starting quarterback in those games, but we saw a leader, one hungry for not only the starting spot, but for more. A lot more. Plant posted videos of Frantzen working long hours of routes with his wide receivers on MaxPreps, giving the rest of the world some insight. He got the job.

Frantzen’s natural position is running back. That’s evident in the 1,323 yards and 18 touchdowns he picked up on the ground in 2016 (not including his totals against Robert E. Lee and St. Thomas Aquinas in the last two games). Frantzen is 5’11”. Maybe even 5’9” without cleats. He’s not your prototypical quarterback. Frantzen didn’t have the height of Robert Marve, Aaron Murray, and a few of the other Plant great quarterbacks. He doesn’t need it. Frantzen accounted for two-thirds of Plant’s total offense in 2016. His 2,109 passing yards were the most by a Plant quarterback since Colby Brown in 2013. He scored the only Panther points in the Class 7A Final against St. Thomas Aquinas earlier this month. Frantzen’s 28:5 touchdown to interception ratio was one of the best in the area. Frantzen was one of only three quarterbacks in the state to eclipse the 2,000-plus passing/1,000-plus rushing mark. He is the poster-boy of Plant football, the one that watched Marve, Murray, Brown, Rex Culpepper and others, learned from them, and then when it was his turn, set an example for future generations to admire and learn from.

BCP Offensive Player of the Year – Malik Davis, 2017 RB, Jesuit

They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice. Whoever said that didn’t know Malik Davis. The Tiger was in fact, lightning: quick, physical, impossible to contain. Davis struck the end zone 33 times in 2016, which was a career high, along with his 2,469 yards, putting him fourth in the state. He finished his career as the only Hillsborough County running back to compile more than 7,000 yards. The Florida commit rushed for 11.5 yards per carry this season. The one time he rushed for less than 100 yards in 2016 occurred when the Tigers met Middleton, where Davis was held to 87 yards. Jesuit won 42-0, either way. There was that game when Jesuit hosted Gibbs in the first round of the playoffs and Davis ran the ball five times which resulted in 188 yards. The next week, he ran for a season-high 279 against Jefferson, including one for 91 yards. Even against eventual 5A Champion American Heritage, Davis ran for 144 yards on 26 carries. Topping it all off, Davis finally overcame Ray Ray McCloud’s All-Time Leading Rusher award in Hillsborough County with his work in 2016.

BCP Defensive Player of the Year – AJ Deshazor, 2017 LB, Lake Gibson

Going into the season, a lot of teams and players claimed they had the team to make a deep run in the playoffs. Lake Gibson knew they had a special team, one to watch for. The hallmark of that team was their defense. In the center of it all: AJ Deshazor. His stats are quite good: 114 tackles (53 solo), .5 sacks, five TFL, and an interception, but they only tell half of the story. Deshazor’s intangibles tell the other half. It could be because his father coaches at the school, however, his football IQ is that of a college linebacker. He quietly waits for the play to develop before he moves, diagnoses the play, makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage, the total package is there. Deshazor put it all together at the right time to help his Braves reach their first title game since 2004. His ability to be a focal point defensively and in the locker room set him apart from the rest of the competition.

BCP Specialist of the Year – Noah Ruggles, Steinbrenner

Noah Ruggles has one of the strongest legs you will ever see from a specialist. The Warrior is ranked fifth in the country by Kohl’s Kicking, and holds a single offer from Vanderbilt. Steinbrenner’s season wasn’t as successful as what it was in 2015 with four less wins, however, Ruggles’ consistency was one of the highlights of their year. Ruggles knocked off a 56 and 57-yard field goal against Palm Harbor University in early October, which was the longest in the state this season. He was 9-for-12 on field goals, with his long of 57. Ruggles was perfect on PATs, 21-for-21. In the punt game, he averaged 36.6 yards per punt, a long of 54, and pinned the opposing team inside the 20 eight times in 2016. To finish off his high school career, he took the Hillsborough County All-Star Offensive MVP for the West, scoring the only points for the West Side in the 9-6 loss.

BCP Coach of the Year – Doug DeMyer, Lake Gibson

Expectations were very high for the first-year coach – all of which he eventually exceeded. Doug DeMyer stepped in for his father, Keith, who had coached the team to their previous (and to that point only) state title game appearances in 2003 and 2004. Doug kept the DeMyer name strong and proud through an incredible 13-1 record, only losing to Carol City in the 6A Final. He was named the 6A Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers for his achievements in his first season. During warmup and postgame, DeMyer is one of the most calm and peaceful people the world has to offer. However, he’s got a fire in his heart when he’s coaching a football game. DeMyer led a defensive unit that pitched four shutouts on the year, and only allowed opponents to score nine points per game.

Eligible County Players From: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee

2016 ALL BCP
BCP Coverage Area: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE 

Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Pct TD Int Rush Yds Total Yards Total TD
PSQB A.J. Colagiovanni Manatee 2017 2579 234.5 0.623 31 8 263
DTQB Devin Black Armwood 2018 1770 160.9 0.594 20 5 846 2616 2636
Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Yds/Car Att Long TD Fum
RB De’vonta Smith Brooksville Central 2017 2913 291.3 10.6 276 95 33
RB Shaquan Johnson Northeast 2017 1931 214.6 6.7 288 99 23 2
RB Gordon Stetson Berkeley Prep 2017 1840 153.3 6.3 292 75 19 2
Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Yds/Rec Rec Lng TD
WR Whop Philyor Plant 2017 1186 91.2 14.3 83 60 17
WR Tarique Milton Manatee 2017 1087 98.8 17 64 17
WR Jacquez Jones Clearwater 2017 1004 91.3 17.6 57 89 10
TE Tyler Horne Lakeland Christian 2017 465 51.7 18.6 25 54 7
Position Name School Class  
OT Nicholas Petit-Frere Berkelely Prep 2018
OT Samson Henry Jackson Palm Harbor 2017
OG Christian Huntley Lakeland 2017
OG Brendan Bengtsson Braden River 2018
C Greg Moore Berkeley Prep 2017
Position Name School Class Rush Rec KR PR IR Total TDs
ATH Duran Bell Hillsborough 2017 833 146 192 1171 16
ATH Mikey Roussos River Ridge 2018 209 627 307 275 48 1466 12
Position Name School Class Made Att Pct Long PAT
PK Aaron Quiambao Jefferson 2018 11 12 0.9 47 38/38
Position Name School Class KO Rets Yds Avg P Rets Yds Avg KR Yds Total Ret TD
R Tyrek Ball Brandon 2017 11 368 33.5 13 247 19 615 2
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
DE Fitzroy Gardner Lennard 2018 117 13 85 22 9 2 1
DE Shavonta Timothy jr. Lake Gibson 2018 71 5.1 44 23 19 1 2
DE Anthony Nelson Jesuit 2018 81 6.2 62 35 16
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
DT Tequon Brown Lake Gibson 2018 76 5.4 35 28 10.5 4
DT Quay Mays Manatee 2017 65 6.5 61 21 1 1
DT Jamal Lyles Lakewood 2018 73 7.3 13 20 8
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
ILB Thomas Allen Plant 2017 126 9.7 51 45 3 1 1
ILB John Zielinski Jesuit 2017 112 8.6 70 22 1
ILB Noah Johnson Lake Gibson 2017 132 9.4 61 1 0.5 2 3
Position Name School class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
OLB Micah McFadden Plant 2018 102 7.9 52 42 13 1 4 1
OLB Braden Gilby Jesuit 2018 138 10.6 83 20 2 2
OLB Steven Shipp Spoto 2017 95 9.5 63 17.5 4 2
Position Name School Class Tot Ints Solo Asst Tot Tckls TFL PD
CB Anthony Johnson Jr. St. Petersburg 2018 6 34 12 46 2 16
CB Donovan Baker Chamberlain 2017 6 25 8 33 1 6
S Leon Gatlin Hillsborough 2017 6 16 47 63 4
S Chris Murray Tampa Catholic 2019 5 42
Position Name School Class Rush Rec KR PR Total TDs TKL OTHER
UTL (RB, WR, S) CJ Cotman Clearwater Central Catholic 2017 169 477 196 123 997 11 48 2 INT
Position Name School Class Rush Rec KR PR Total TDs TKL OTHER
UTL (WR, CB) Travell Harris Jesuit 2017 250 592 296 283 1421 17 41 3 INT
Position Name School Class Yds/Punt Yds Punt Long In 20
P Chris Faddoul Wiregrass Ranch 2017 45 946 21 75 9
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Pct TD Int Rush Yds Total Yards Total TD
PSQB Michael Penix, jr Tampa Bay Tech. 2018 2078 188.9 0.562 31 1 200
DTQB Cyler Doran Hudson 2017 1606 160.6 0.573 16 9 989 2595 16
Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Yds/Car Att Long TD Fum GP
RB Devan Barrett Tampa Catholic 2017 1271 141.2 7.8 162 98 11 4 9
RB TJ Owens Nature Coast Tech 2017 1555 172.8 14.1 110 73 21 9
RB AJ Davis Lakeland 2017 1498 136.2 8 187 80 16 11
Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Yds/Rec Rec Lng TD
WR Luis Martinez Tenoroc 2017 1050 105 17.5 60 82 10
WR Bryce Miller East Lake 2017 916 56 16
WR Daquon Green Tampa Bay Tech. 2017 639 71 15.6 41 55 9
TE Eddie Williams Calvary Christian 2017 348 13.9 25 5
Position Name School Class
OT Cleveland Reed Lakeland via Fort Meade 2018
OT Richard Gouraige Cambridge Christian 2018
OG Seth Walter Manatee 2017
OG Lorenzo Ratliff Ridge Community 2017
C Jake Moore Jesuit 2017
Position Name School Class Rush Rec KR PR IR Total TDs
ATH David Hale Bronson Hernando 2019 632 339 223 1194 11
ATH Troyvon Johnson Lakewood 2018 458 151 306 196 1111 6
Position Name School Class Made Att Pct Long PAT
PK Aaron Shahriari Calvary Christian 2018 9 10 0.9 40 33/33
Position Name School Class KO Rets Yds Avg P Rets Yds Avg KR Yds Total Ret TD
R Juwan Burgess Plant 2017 5 108 21.8 35 390 17 433 2
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
DE Tony Pierce jr Auburndale 2018 66 6 50 19 12
DE Sam Skinner Bloomingdale 2017 53 5.3 26 13.5 11 1 2 5
DE Jonathan King Tampa Bay Tech 2018 48 4.8 25 12 6 3 4
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
DT Zachary Carter Hillsborough 2017 56 9.3 11 1 6.5 1
DT Marquis Bell Boca Ciega 2017 57 6.3 29 10 3
DT Jacques Jean-Baptiste Jefferson 2018 64 6.4 34 10 2
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
ILB Estefano Feliciano Gaither 2017 90 9 60 21 3 1
ILB Deandre Fitzhenley Clearwater Central Catholic 2018 101 10.1 19 11 4 1 2
ILB Matthew Robinson Nature Coast 2017 154 14 93 10 7 1 2 7
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
OLB Rolando Sims Lakewood 2018 95 10.6 22 20 5 1
OLB Decalon Brooks Gaither 2017 105 10.5 64 14 6 1
OLB Tyrice Knight Lake Gibson 2018 128 9.1 61 8 1 1 3 2
Position Name School Class Tot Ints Solo Asst Tot Tckls TFL PD
CB Jordan Miner Wiregrass Ranch 2018 3 23 15 38 6.5 12
CB Roshawn Mungin Blake 2017 6 42 2 44 1 4
S Dane Belton Jesuit 2019 3 38 11 49 3 4
S La’Darius Henry Gibbs 2019 3 19 21 40 3
Position Name School Class Tot Ints Solo Asst Tot Tckls TFL PD All-Purpose Yards Total TD
UTL (S,WR) Amari Burney Clearwater Central Catholic 2018 1 10 37 47 4 5 474 6
Position Name School Class Rush Rec KR PR Total TDs TKL OTHER
UTL (RB, DB) Jalynn Williams St. Petersburg 2018 399 274 145 281 1192 13 41 3 INT
Position Name School Class Yds/Punt Yds Punt Long In 20
P Alec Cromie Weeki Wachee 2017 39.7 1669 42 61 11
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Pct TD Int Rush Yds Total Yards Total TD
PSQB Cade Weldon Jefferson 2017 3135 313.5 0.612 19 11 368
DTQB Cameron Mouton Palm Harbor 2017 2036 226.2 0.61 19 10 764 2800 19
Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Yds/Car Att Long TD Fum
RB Chris Melton Ridgewood 2017 1412 141.2 7.4 192 94 15
RB Travell Jones Lake Gibson 2018 1375 98.2 5.9 235 54 25 6
RB Jervon Newton Clearwater Central Cath. 2017 1252 125.2 7 180 64 18 2
Position Name School Class Yds Yds/G Yds/Rec Rec Lng TD
WR Kevin Etienne Bradenton Christian 2018 949 105.4 23.1 41 84 11
WR Tyler Peretti Sunlake 2017 866 86.6 21.7 40 80 5
WR Tre’pavis Mobley Zephyrhills 2019 802 72.9 20.6 39 70 11
TE Cayden Jordan Gaither 2018 449 56.1 20.4 22 70 1
Position Name School Class
OT Christian Kalish Palmetto 2017
OT Chandler Pearce Lake Gibson 2017
OG Forest Potts Auburndale 2017
OG Kyle Back Cambridge Christian 2017
C Spencer Schmuckie East Lake 2017
Position Name School Class Rush Rec KR PR IR Total TDs
ATH Tydre Ward Plant City 2017 341 336 221 56 954 4
ATH Semaj James Victory Christian 2018 142 795 394 24 23 1378 11
Position Name School Class Made Att Pct Long PAT
PK Michael Webster River Ridge 2018 9 12 0.8 46 48/49
Position Name School Class KO Rets Yds Avg P Rets Yds Avg KR Yds Total Ret TD
R Jalen Harrison Lennard 2017 15 352 23.5 8 169 21.1 521 1
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
DE Jaharie Martin Lake Gibson 2019 75 5.4 37 16 8.5 5
DE Tramar Reece Clearwater 2017 47 4.7 23 13 9 1
DE Bobby Roundtree Largo 2017 66 7.3 22 12 7 1
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
DT Malcom Lamar Armwood 2018 24 2.4 17 5 7 1
DT Zander Lemay Tampa Catholic 2018 72 8 6
DT Jaquaze Sorrells Largo 2019 47 5.2 12 9 8
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
ILB Ray Pennetti Hudson 2017 147 14.7 65 13 4 3
ILB Logan Doublin Largo 2018 128 14.2 33 5 1
ILB Angelo Owens jr Tampa Bay Tech 2017 93 9.3 49 5 1.5 1 2 3
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Tck/G Solo TFL Sacks INT FF FR
OLB Austin Johnson St. Petersburg 2017 116 11.6 81 12 2 1 2 2
OLB Dylan Spaeth River Ridge 2017 108 9 69 26 14 1 1
OLB Davis Bak Plant 2017 122 9.4 47 35 4 2
Position Name School Class Tot Ints Solo Asst Tot Tckls TFL PD
CB Marterrence Holloway Hillsborough 2018 4 11 30 41 5
CB Elijah Benoit Seffner Christian 2017 6 29 28 57 0.5
S Terry Limehouse Jr. Armwood 2017 1 18 5 56 4 1
S Brandon Shannon Southeast 2019 69 48 117 9 8
Position Name School Class Tot Tcks Solo Asst TFL Sacks Yds Rec TD
UTL (DE, DT, TE) Judge Culpepper Plant 2018 59 24 35 24 8 116 9 1
Position Name School Class Rush Rec KR PR Total TDs TKL OTHER
UTL (WR, CB) Tyrese Spain Jefferson 2018 15 611 287 231 1144 3 30
Position Name School Class Yds/Punt Yds Punt Long In 20
P Jakob Haynes Middleton 2018 40.5 1052 26 48 13
SOURCE: Maxpreps

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