Every year, shoes have to be filled, positions secured and production replaced. Graduating seniors handover the torch to the younger players to continue or improve the team success. In the coming months, new names will emerge and hopefully during the 2014 season, those new names will become productive players for their respective teams. Below are the top 21 shoes that need to be filled in our coverage area.
1. Trey Congdon, Lake Gibson – 3 year starter for the Braves that accounted for 1700 passing yards per year.
2. Deiondre Porter, Jefferson QB – Reigning BCP Player of the Year, has been behind center for the Dragons for the last 3 years who depend on the arm and legs of their QB.
3. Artavis Scott, East Lake ATH – One of the most dynamic players Pinellas County has seen. Ability to play so many positions at a high level will be missed.
4. Chase Litton, Wharton QB – Has been the foundation of the Wildcat offense over the last four seasons. Stability at the position has allowed the Wildcats success over the years.
5. Corey Martinez, Tampa Catholic OT – Four-year starter for TC and the one of the most consistent offensive linemen we have seen that last 4-6 seasons.
6. Alex McGough, Gaither QB – Has helped to take the Cowboys to another level. Once a homecoming opponent, now a playoff contender.
7. Javon Harrison, Kathleen WR – Has been the biggest playmaker in Polk County for the last 3 years. Dependable playmaker. Big play ability helped Kathleen escape some difficult situations.
8. Mason Cole, East Lake OT – When the tough yards were needed, the Eagles were running behind the four-year starting left tackle. The safety blanket for both of his starting QBs over his four seasons, Cole provided brains and brawn on the Eagle front 5.
9. Chris Carpentier, East Bay QB – The option oriented offense is only as good as the athlete running it. Chris was the leader of the Indian offensive attack and produced through the air and on the ground.
10. Dimitri Leverett, Bartow QB – Loyalty and leadership! When it looked rough for the Jackets, Leverett was always a bright spot. Stamped his effort and production on the Bartow program. Ran three different offenses as the starter and never slipped in production.
11. Alex Jackson, Plant ATH – Did everything for Plant offensively, even played QB. Took the Panther offense to another level once he started to produced at so many different positions.
12. Isaiah Wynn, Lakewood OT – Wynn displayed the winning attitude for the Spartans. Very accountable over his four year career.
13. Curtis Fitch, Steinbrenner QB – Fitch was an extension of the coach on the field. With several interchangeable parts of the Steinbrenner offense over the past 4 seasons, Fitch was a constant.
14. Jay Smith, Fort Meade ATH – multi-year starter on both sides of the ball for the Miners. Emotional leader, a coach on the field and respected by his teammates; Smith will be missed.
15. Tyler Kaminski, Palm Harbor – Stepped into big shoes for the Hurricanes after the departure of Billy Pavlock. Continued the winning ways and led his teams to the playoffs. Accounted for the majority of the offensive production.
16. TJ Harrell, Tampa Catholic ATH – Did so much on both sides of the ball. Leading rusher for the Crusaders the past two seasons, amongst the leading tacklers in Hillsborough county the last three seasons and a defensive team leader.
17. Devin Brockington, Zephyrhills ATH – Nothing Brockington could not do for the Bulldogs. Arguably the most versatile player in Pasco County, one of the team leaders in rushing, passing and tackles.
18. Jarvis Stewart, Largo RB – It was almost “For Certain” if Stewart was on the field, Largo was going to win. On the field, Stewart was durable and powerful. Never stopped, rarely slowed; he was the security blanket for the Packers.
19. Kendrick Holland, Winter Haven WR – A mismatch for any defensive back, Holland took advantage of his size and ability to make marvelous receptions and interceptions. The primary offensive threat for the Devils, Winter Haven will have to find a way to replace his two-way production.
20. Brandon Peters, Robinson S – Big play Ball Hawk over his high school career. Even doubled as a really good punter this season. The QB of the Robinson secondary, Peters enable the Knight defense to take chances.
21. Dereck Boles, Lakeland DT – A consistent force in the middle of the Dreadnaught defense. Has been the push and pressure on opposing offenses. The heart of the orange and black defense.