2018 ALL BCP

Merry Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a plethora of reasons, and you can certainly include the 2018 edition of the BCP Players and Coach of the Year to that list. It doesn’t need to be said that with 13 counties of teams to choose ballers from, distinguishing the cream-of-the-crop is a daunting task—one that was given full attention, and one that saw painstaking breakdowns. We hope you enjoyed the season and the countless young men that gave their best as much as we did.  We are honored to present to you these four young men and one quintessential leader of young men, and we are proud to call them the best-of-the-best. Congratulations from all of us at Big County Preps! 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RB Mike Weston (Sr.), Nature Coast Tech

#2 Michael Weston (Nature Coast) breaking a run versus Eastside

The new motto ‘round these parts is now: “Death, taxes, and a Sharks rusher going for 3,700+ yards in their career” –and we don’t see any lies detected at this point. More on that momentarily, but first; Weston’s 2018 season was one for the record books, finishing second in the state and 15th nationally with 2,893 yards on 387(!) carries and 34 touchdowns, leading the Sharks to a 11-2 record and regional finals appearance. Those final numbers were good for 7.5 yards per carry and a gaudy 222.5 yards per game for the 6-feet 2-inches and 210-pounds of a bruiser. Weston failed to hit century mark JUST ONCE this season—in a game that the Sharks still won—and scored a minimum of 2TD’s in 11 of his 13 games. Weston rushed for at least 200 yards 7 times and hit 250+ five of those times. His season high was 307 yards on 35 carries and 5TD’s against South Sumter in week 2. For good measure, Weston added 15 tackles and 2 hurries on defense as well. Of note, Weston finished 500+ yards and 33 touchdowns ahead of Florida’s Class 5A Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year, Marcus Crowley from Trinity Christian. Weston finishes his career in Brooksville with 4,906 yards and 61 touchdowns. He joins Tevin Drake (3,802-42), Matt Breida (3,740-37), and Deshawn Smith (5,998-83) in combining for 18,446 yards (or 10.8 MILES) of rushing and 230 touchdowns in less than a decade for the program.  

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RB Demarkcus Bowman (Jr.), Lakeland 

#3 Demarkus Bowman, Lakeland busting past the line of scrimmage

This 5-11/190-pounds running back is built like a battleship and is coveted by a who’s-who of the power five, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Bowman helped the ‘Naughts get back to their rightful place among Florida’s elite with a 15-0 season and and seventh state title posting 2,422 yards on 205 carries and 36 touchdowns. That yardage was good enough for third in the state and 53rd nationally. Bowman averaged 161 yards per game and 11.8 yards per carry this season. He reached the 100+ yard mark 13 of his 15 games this season for Lakeland, and averaged 2TD’s a game. He also rushed for 200+ yards four times in the 2018 campaign. We say all of that to say this, Bowman’s BEST performances of the season came when it mattered the most, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards (942 to be exact) on 82 carries and 11 touchdowns, including a 211 yard performance in the title game versus St. Thomas Aquinas. That was good for a 188.4 average per game and an 11.4 yards per carry as well.  Bowman now has 3,558 yards and 46 touchdowns for his career, and could be blowing the doors off of the 6,000 yards threshold when it’s all said and done. 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DE/OLB Dylan Ridolph (Jr.), Wiregrass Ranch 

#40 Dylan Ridolph (Wiregrass Ranch) in hot pursuit of Sunlake’s QB.

There’s nothing more appropriate for our defensive player of the year to be representing a school mascot named the Bulls. Coming off a successful sophomore campaign in 2017 in which he recorded 89 tackles and 23 tackles for loss, Ridolph personified on film in 2018 what a defensive player is precisely supposed to look like and play like when it all comes together. Wherever the ball is, the 6-foot, 210-pound Ridolph is—whether he’s flying from the defensive end spot or the outside linebacker position. Ridolph finishes his 2018 season with 82 tackles, 33 of those for loss and 58 of them solo. The junior posted 10+ tackles in a game four times this season in 11 games for Wiregrass, to go along with 22 sacks, 6 hurries, and a forced fumble. Those sacks totaled in 186 yards lost for opposing teams. He also had two games versus Wesley Chapel and Sickles with four sacks. Much like his junior OPOY from Polk County, Ridolph is working on a very nice legacy for himself. In two seasons of varsity, he’s compiled 171 tackles, 37 sacks, and 15 hurries.    

SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR: ATH Cartrell Strong (Sr.), Zephyrhills 

Cartrell Strong (Zephyrhills) returning a punt during the Wiregrass Ranch game.

There are specialists, then there’s Cartrell Strong. There are five tool players in baseball, then there’s Cartrell Strong with his five tools: rushing, receiving, kick/punt returning, and defensive work. Strong’s impact in Zephyrhills and on that team is nearly unmeasurable, but we’ll try and do him some justice with the numbers that earned him this distinction by a landslide. First, the 5-10/170-pounder scored five different ways this season for the Bulldogs via rushing, receiving, kickoff return, punt return, and interception return. The young man finished his 2018 campaign with 1,709 All-Purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. His official count was 428 yards and 6TD’s rushing, 350 yards and 8TD’s receiving, 402 yards and 2TD’s on kickoffs, and 464 yards and 4TD’s on punt returns. He also finished with 2 interceptions, 9 passes defensed, a fumble recovery, 3 caused fumbles, four blocked field goals, a sack, and 3 QB hurries. For those counting at home, in 3 seasons and 34 games, Strong amassed 2,779 A-P yards, 183 tackles, 24 PD’s, 6 blocked FG’s, 5 INT’s, 4 caused fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 1,350 yards of offense and 1,429 yards in the return game.   

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Castle, Lakeland 

Lakeland head football coach Bill Castle addressing his team during practice.

What can we say about this living legend that hasn’t already been said? 432 wins and just 89 losses in 43 seasons. Never a losing season. Seven rings. Countless young men that call him, friend, coach, and father-figure. The masterpiece that this pigskin Picasso painted in Orlando from a strategic standpoint versus Aquinas was just cause for this award, but he earned it all season long taking his team to a 15-0 record and a title. The ‘Naughts never once took their foot off the gas this season and were peaking at the absolute perfect moment. Thanks in-large to the staff that Castle has assembled, but without his guidance, his aura, and his fingerprint on this program, you never know what could have happened—even with the generational talent found on that roster. To hear current and former players, as well as current and former coaches who coached with-and-against him speak, there isn’t a bad thing to be uttered. Getting him to talk about football away from the field is a bigger task than trying to stop his offense or defense. Getting him to talk about family and his dogs and his beloved Dreadnaughts is the easiest thing in this world according to many. That suggests balance, and consistency, and perspective. We salute Coach Castle, a direct link to our past while in the present—representing what will always be the future of the game—which is to be equally a parent and guide for life as they are a guide on the field of play.    

All BCP Is a Regional Team covering Citrus, Charlotte, Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Sumter – 132 teams coving 13 counties. We reserve the right to make additions at any time.

Key:
OW – Offensive Weapon
UTL – Utility 

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE         
PosFirst NameLast NameSchoolClassTotal Passing YardsPassing Yards Per GamePassing Yards Per GamePassing TDsQBR
PSQBBraxtonPlunkPlant City20192602236.50.5926107.4
Total Passing YardsPassing Yards Per GamePassing TDsTotal Rushing YardsRushing TDs
DTQBTuckerGleasonPlant2020200115427109713
Total Rushing AttemptsTotal Rushing YardsYards Per RushRushing Yards Per GameRushing TDs
RBCorneliusShawVictory Christian Academy202123921709.1197.317
RBKobeSmithSpoto201917115018.8166.818
RBBrianBattieBraden River202024921338.6177.828
Total ReceptionsTotal Receiving YardsReceiving Yards Per GameReceiving TDsTotal TDs
WRTrentMasonLakeland Christian2019511135103.21314
WRKeedrikMurrayClearwater202058106696.91213
WRDemarioWilliamsPlant City20215195086.41414
TEBrettSeitherClearwater Central Catholic20194263048.567
OTDeyavieHammondLakeland2019
OTWilliamPutnamPlant2019
OGEthanVestZephyrhills2019
OGDemetriusWrightZephyrhills2019
OCWillFergusonBraden River2021
TOTAL ALL-PURPOSE YARDSALL-PURPOSE YARDS PER GAMETOTAL TOUCHDOWNS
OWWalterWilbon IIIPlant20192324178.822
OWJohnnyRichardsonLake Wales20201919191.922
Avg. Yards Per Punt ReturnAvg. Yards Per Kickoff ReturnTotal Return (Punt & Kickoff) YardsTotal Return (Punt & Kickoff) Touchdowns
RETDominickRutiglianoHudson201926.525.37631
PAT Made PercentageTotal Field Goals MadeTotal Field Goals AttemptsField Goal Made PercentageField Goal Long Made
PKDavisHughesCountryside20190.910120.854
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
PosFirst NameLast NameSchoolClassTotal SacksTotal Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesForced Fumbles
DEAJThomas Jr.Lakeland20191624.534551
DELloydSummerallLakeland201911.52737830
DECarsonSullivanVenice201914.522.5751113
DTSamuelBergeronZephyrhills2019153554508
DTLatrellJeanLakeland20191133.535550
DTNicholasSymsPinellas Park2020103550742
Total SacksTotal Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesForced Fumbles
ILBAdrianCabreraSpringstead2020132791693
ILBChristianBeattyJesuit2019125891421
ILBBrettGerenaJesuit2020221871471
OLBJaharieMartinLakeland20195.527.5641201
OLBJadenPaskJesuit2019624801162
OLBKhalilCrawfordLakeland20193.529671121
Total Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesPasses DefendedInterceptions
CBJordanOladokunGaither20210161698
CBShemarLawsonNature Coast Tech20190193856
SAFAamarusBrownArmwood20202233027
SAFDaneBeltonJesuit20191416994
PosTotal Tackles For LossTotal TacklesInterceptionsTotal All-Purpose YardsTotal Touchdowns
UTLTreEverettEast Bay20194404118012
UTLSheltonQuarles Jr.Carrollwood Day School20201584107911
PosTotal Punt AttemptsTotal Punt YardsAvg. Yards Per PuntTotal Punts Inside the 20
PPhillipPierreLakewood202147223247.512
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
PosFirst NameLast NameSchoolClassTotal Passing YardsPassing Yards Per GamePassing Yards Per GamePassing TDsQBR
PSQBHaydenWolffVenice20192684191.763.224106.4
Total Passing YardsPassing Yards Per GamePassing TDsTotal Rushing YardsRushing TDs
DTQBAnthonyMarinoPalmetto201936002002970014
Total Rushing AttemptsTotal Rushing YardsYards Per RushRushing Yards Per GameRushing TDs
RBIsraelFieldsHernando201919315187.913820
RBLawranceToafiliPinellas Park2020129143411.1130.417
RBBrandonGregoryVenice201925714895.8114.529
Total ReceptionsTotal Receiving YardsReceiving Yards Per GameReceiving TDsTotal TDs
WRJerjuanNewtonClearwater Central Catholic201968107682.8714
WRRichieIIarrazaCalvary Christain20216392182.91011
WRJustinFroelichCambridge Christian20195991776.41214
TEReeceMetheneyCountryside20193160560.577
OTAleekSaint-AimeLakeland2019
OTTerranceShawClearwater2019
OGCarsonPetersVenice2020
OGOmarLagardeManatee2019
OCSamPurcellManatee2019
TOTAL ALL-PURPOSE YARDSALL-PURPOSE YARDS PER GAMETOTAL TOUCHDOWNS
OWKeyonFordhamManatee20191254104.520
OWJoshuaYoungbloodBerkeley Prep20191437130.616
Avg. Yards Per Punt ReturnAvg. Yards Per Kickoff ReturnTotal Return (Punt & Kickoff) YardsTotal Return (Punt & Kickoff) Touchdowns
RETKyleLeivasLand O'lakes20196.737.86892
PAT Made PercentageTotal Field Goals MadeTotal Field Goals AttemptsField Goal Made PercentageField Goal Long Made
PKZackSessaVenice20190.96890.947
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
PosFirst NameLast NameSchoolClassTotal SacksTotal Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesForced Fumbles
DEJacksonHackerPlant2020151543801
DEJohnnyWalkerChamberlain2020132043481
DEDerrickThomasLakewood2019102717480
DTNigelBrownTampa Catholic2019101953721
DTEthanLyonsEast Bay202191622380
DTClydePinderArmwood202081411242
Total SacksTotal Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesForced Fumbles
ILBSeanO'KeeffePlant2019314551330
ILBAnthonyHoustonNature Coast Tech2020111561411
ILBBrysenRothGaither20194111011321
OLBJamesGordon IVPlant City2019826861261
OLBLoganKilburnSteinbrenner20198.515951320
OLBDavidWoodsLakewood2019523311182
Total Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesPasses DefendedInterceptions
CBKavbionMarbraZephyrhills Christian Academy201912815
CBJaquanSheppardZephyrhils20190273994
SAFNoahCarrVenice20191568144
SAFCalebPoeVictory Christian Academy20202476775
Total SacksTotal Tackles For LossTotal TacklesTotal All-Purpose YardsTotal Touchdowns
UTLDavidBronsonHernando2019125414237
UTLLeonardParkerPlant20190018133911
Total Punt AttemptsTotal Punt YardsAvg. Yards Per PuntTotal Punts Inside the 20
PAndrewIIckenWharton20194821114421
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
PosFirst NameLast NameSchoolClassTotal Passing YardsPassing Yards Per GameCompletion PercentagePassing TDsQBR
PSQBIsaiahKnowlesSeffner Christian202021601990.6434130
Total Passing YardsPassing Yards Per GamePassing TDsTotal Rushing YardsRushing TDs
DTQBChayilGarnettLake Wales20202028184.4183364
Total Rushing AttemptsTotal Rushing YardsYards Per RushRushing Yards Per GameRushing TDs
RBJayvonWilsonFivay201921216467.8182.918
RBDeandreParkerCrystal River201917614628.3146.216
RBDJClarkSaint Stephen's202118216088.8146.221
Total ReceptionsTotal Receiving YardsReceiving Yards Per GameReceiving TDsTotal TDs
WRKhaishefEdwardsLargo20203494285.61114
WRDevenFosterBoca Ciega20194389189.167
WRAgiyeHallArmwood20214787862.71010
TELarryHodgesJesuit20192539828.459
OTMatthewAdcockSteinbrenner2020
OTTrevorMayberryJesuit2020
OGKyleDixonSarasota Riverview2019
OGColbyMcMillanSpringstead2020
OCLukeGullettPalmetto2019
TOTAL ALL-PURPOSE YARDSALL-PURPOSE YARDS PER GAMETOTAL TOUCHDOWNS
OWCharlesMontgomeryBloomingdale20211427118.916
OWChrisPhillipsBoca Ciega2021137013717
Avg. Yards Per Punt ReturnAvg. Yards Per Kickoff ReturnTotal Return (Punt & Kickoff) YardsTotal Return (Punt & Kickoff) Touchdowns
RETKeandreCollinsSarasota2020-30.46682
PAT Made PercentageTotal Field Goals MadeTotal Field Goals AttemptsField Goal Made PercentageField Goal Long Made
PKJaceHohenthanerLakeland20190.9458339
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
Total SacksTotal Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesForced Fumbles
DESmashLopezLargo202011.5222640
DEJontrellOliverEast Bay201972432493
DEGervonDexterLake Wales202091838537
DTJamesAshChamberlain202052144781
DTAndariusWilsonLakewood202061813721
DTDesmondWatsonArmwood202162322443
Total SacksTotal Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesForced Fumbles
ILBLeviMarshallEast Bay20192.59.544671
ILBBrandonGaryClearwater20191.5932851
ILBNickGiacoloneVenice2019191211682
OLBDanielSlaughterEast Lake2019522781104
OLBIsaacMorenoHardee2019141728462
OLBTaylorPawelkoskiBraden River201951553893
Total Tackles For LossTotal Solo TacklesTotal TacklesPasses DefendedInterceptions
CBMarkDavisBraden River20190162293
CBTonySmith Jr.Largo20191264763
SAFJalilCoreArmwood202012639333
SAFCameronLockridgeRobinson2019283815
Total SacksTotal Tackles For LossTotal TacklesTotal All-Purpose YardsTotal Touchdowns
UTLLorenzoValenciaAdmiral Farragut Academy2019132211752010
UTLJayionMcclusterLargo2020171294516
PosTotal Punt AttemptsTotal Punt YardsAvg. Yards Per PuntTotal Punts Inside the 20
PAlanKervinEast Lake201942164939.314