South Sumter QB Eian Finkley – 6’2” 205 pounds
Finkley did an excellent job of taking the reins of a very young South Sumter team this season. The Raiders earned a home playoff game, and then knocked Hernando out in the first round 48-14 before running into a buzz saw named Cocoa in the second round. Finkley shows some exciting ability in his junior film. The Raiders were a heavy run team, keeping the ball on the ground nearly 80% of the time. He still threw for 802 yards and 5 touchdowns. He rushed for another 397 yards and 5 touchdowns. He displays very solid running ability making him a legitimate dual-threat QB. Early in his film, he shows breakaway speed on one long touchdown run and powerful running and tackle-breaking ability on another long touchdown run. His arm is powerful, and he throws accurately on the move as most of their passing game was play-action based. Expectations for Finkley and his Raiders team will be high in 2022 as South Sumter returns the bulk of their roster. Offensively, this includes their top 7 rushers, and 3 out of their top 4 receivers. He is focused and ready to lead the way again. This is definitely a player and a team worth paying attention to.
Celebration ATH Oniel Senatus – 5’11” 170 pounds
Senatus put up some very impressive numbers for Celebration (7-4) this season as he contributed in every facet of the game for the Storm. Out of the backfield, he carried the ball 194 times for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns. He averaged 9.4 yards per carry. He added 31 receptions for 317 yards and 3 more touchdowns. He also had 284 return yards and a punt return for a touchdown. Overall, he managed 2,417 all-purpose yards and 27 total touchdowns. He has excellent speed and elusiveness. His agility and quickness allow him to consistently make something out of nothing. He sees the field very well and is an exciting all-around playmaker with the ball in his hands. He was also very active while playing Safety on defense. He tallied 51 total tackles, with 34 being solo tackles. He had 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 6 pass break-ups. He is excellent in run support. He comes downhill with force and hits like a ton of brick.
Palmetto DE/LB Cedric Augustine – 6’0” 220 pounds
Palmetto played a nasty schedule this season, but no matter who they lined up against, Augustine was a consistent force for the Tigers’ defensive front. He ended his junior season with 65 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. He lines up both as a stand-up edge rushers, and with his hand in the dirt. Both stances work as he is quick and very powerful. He has violent hands and shows a great ability to man-handle offensive tackles. He plays with intensity and tackles well. I love his motor and the energy he plays with. I can see him excelling as an outside or inside linebacker at the next level. After another off-season of getting faster and stronger, Augustine will certainly be the headliner for the Palmetto defense next season.