We’re halfway through the season, but some of the names on this list have been in midseason form since week zero. There’s a couple of familiar names that haven’t made their way into the barber shop–so some of these young men are in desperate need of some trimming, but their coaches and their fans are glad they finally stopped by for a quick visit. Here now are the best cuts from the week-that-was in high school football from around the coverage area.
Sunlake’s Justin Hall and his 232 yard and four touchdown performance vs. Lakewood Ranch. That’s his second 200+ game this season and now has thrown 12 TD’s to just 2 interceptions. In that same game, WR Tyler Peretti’s 6 receptions for 110 yards and 2 TD’s. That gives the young man 17 receptions for 273 yards and five touchdowns for the Seahawks.
Nature Coast’s DeShawn Smith–of course he did what he normally does–rushing for 299 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries in a shootout with Crystal River. Smith’s dream season continues in two week with the Sharks on their BYE week.
Countryside’s Trent Chmelik threw for nearly 250 yards and surpassing the 1,000-yard mark halfway through the season in a battle with Gibbs’ DJ Johnson. His most impressive stat? Ten touchdowns and NO interceptions. Kee Whetzel also had a big night catching five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Armwood’s Darrian McNeal and his 98-yard TD rush setting Armwood’s school-record for longest in history.
Ridgewood’s Glass Wilson V doing what HE normally does as well–This week it was over 300+ all-purpose with 236 yards rushing on 25 carries and a 97-yard kickoff return for a total of four touchdowns in the Rams’ win.
Jesuit’s Defense holding Pasco to just 31 yards of total offense and giving the Tigers their 3rd shutout of the season.
Hillsborough’s Duran Bell Jr. had a breakout game after fighting off an ankle injury to start the year and rushed for 155 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. DE Zachary Carter was also making an appearance with 13 tackles, (2TFL’s), 1.5 sacks, and two QB hurries in the Terriers win over Spoto.
Robinson and King playing to a 0-0 tie in regulation. It’s like lightning striking twice since we witnessed Virginia Tech and Wake Forest do this very same thing last season on the collegiate level.
Alonso’s Derrick Walker helping the Ravens get their first district win vs. Newsome scoring a touchdown on a kickoff return, a rush from the QB spot, and rushing touchdown from his RB position.
Admiral Farragut’s Matt Landers with 4 receptions for 154 yards and a TD in the Blue Jackets demolition of Seffner Christian 70-19.
Sickles’ Defense holding Gaither to just 11 total yards of offense while QB Chris Oladokun showcasing his arm in a 12-of-17 for 207 yards and two touchdowns for the Gryphons.
Zephyrhills’ Antwione Simms with another ho-hum night rushing for 268 yards on just nine carries and three touchdowns ad the Bulldogs put up 62 points in the first half against Fivay.
Fivay’s Cyler Doran helped his squad as best he could–he threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns along with rushing for two touchdowns and a total of 90 yards on 11 carries for the Falcons.
Anclote’s Braxton Johnson rushing for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries in the Sharks’ shootout with Ridgewood.
River Ridge’s Chris Schwarz rushing for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the Royal Knights 34-15 win over Hudson.
Lakewood’s offensive explosion of 443 yards vs. Dixie Hollins in the Spartans 44-8 victory.
Central’s De’Vonta Smith doing what he normally does–rushing for four touchdowns totaling 152 yards on 26 carries in the Bears’ loss to Weeki Wachee.
Pinellas Park’s Dale Foster rushing for 123 yards on just 12 carries and 3TD’s in the Pats 28-8 win over Bogey.
Cambridge Christian’s Andrew Cunningham and his 163 yards on just 9 carries and three touchdowns in the Lancers destruction of Fort Myers Evangelical Christian 54-0.
Clearwater’s Adarius Lemons and his 290 yards and 3TD’s in the Tornadoes 28-7 win over Dunedin.
Steinbrenner’s Jayquese Dantley helped the Warriors get to their first 5-0 start in school history. The senior rushed for 158 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns and also returned two kickoffs for over 50 yards in their 37-20 victory over Riverview.
Lennard’s Cordell Pimienta caught just TWO passes, but those totaled 145 yards and were good for two touchdowns in the Longhorns thrilling double-OT victory over Durant. In that same game, QB Devin Black threw for 257 yards on 11-of-17 passing and two touchdowns and also picked up 45 yards on nine carries.
Carrollwood Day’s Zac Watson-Parcels recorded nine tackles, two sacks, and caught three passes for 57 yards and a touchdown to help the Patriots stay unbeaten.
Fort Meade’s Tyler King cementing his status as Polk County’s top rusher with 218 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Miners defeat of Bartow 34-10.