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December 14, 2008

Championship Weekend Part 2

It’s championship week for football fans across the state of Florida, and as the 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A teams head to Orlando’s Citrus Bowl, there is reason to optimistic.

We are opening up the BLOG early for the fans to get in their full slate of predictions for the big games, which get under way on Friday afternoon and lasts until Saturday night.

Not only for South Florida area fans, who are rooting for a St. Thomas Aquinas national championship and a 3-peat from the Northwestern Bulls, but we are looking for all football fans to give their opinions on which teams will carry home “big” school crowns.

Here is the slate for the Championship Series:

3A
Friday, 1 p.m
Tallahassee Godby Cougars (12-2) vs. Cocoa Tigers (13-1)

5A
Friday, 7 p.m.
Lakeland Dreadnaughts (14-0) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (14-0)

4A
Saturday, 1 p.m
Tallahassee Lincoln Trojans (11-3) vs. Plant Panthers (13-1)

6A
Sanford Seminole Seminoles (12-2) vs. Miami Northwestern Bulls (13-1)

December 13, 2008

Hawaii All-Star game recap

Four Broward players made an appearance at the inaugural Hawaii-Mainland All-Star game Friday night in Honolulu. Hallandale's Korvic Neat and Ricardo Dixon, Cypress Bay's Phil Walker and Dillard's Trabis Ward played in the game.

Ward had the highlight of the night for South Florida kids, catching a 52-yard touchdown pass in a 22-8 win for the Mainland team that was comprised of some of the nation's top prospects.

2A FINAL: Jacksonville Bolles 49, Gulliver Prep 20!

ORLANDO - For the eighth time in the school's brilliant football history, Jacksonville Bolles captured a state championship on Friday night at the Citrus Bowl.

The 49-20 win over Miami Gulliver Prep gave head coach Corky Rogers (376-58) yet another state title to add to the ones he and the Bulldogs captured in 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2006.

The undefeated (14-0) Bulldogs opened the 2A state title game by moving in for the first score with 6:46 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by junior Jawan Jamison.

The Bulldogs increased the lead to 14-0 at the 2:22 mark if the first quarter when senior Stephen Barnett, committed to Tulane University, scored from the 8.

The second quarter began much the way the first quarter ended when the Bulldogs scored on a 26-yard pass play from Chandler Carr to fellow junior Jay Herndon, which would click three times on the evening.

The Raiders got on the scoreboard with 3:31 left in the first half when Carr was intercepted by Artice Kellum who returned the ball 27 yards for a touchdown. Kellum had a huge night for the Raiders.

Bolles answered the Raiders's score when the connection of Carr and Herndon clicked again. This time from 28 yards out at the 1:54 mark.

The Bulldogs came out after half and once again showed why they were regarded as one of the best in the nation when Barnett went 31 yards for a 35-7 lead.

After Connor Vernon fumbled the ball, Carr and Herndon connected from 30 yards out and the Bulldogs continued pour it on the Raiders.

With 2:02 left in the third quarter, Jordan Garside got in on the scoring parade with a 7-yard touchdown run just before Darian Mallary's 71-yard run to cut the lead to 49-14.

The Raiders closed out the scoring with :45 left in the game on a 1-yard run by senior Frankie Telfort.

Bolles 14 14 21 0--49
Gulliver 0 7 7 6--20
B - Jawan Jamison 4 run (Robert Cook kick), 6:46 (1), 7-0
B - Stephen Barnett 8 run (Robert Cook kick), 2:22 (1), 14-0
B - Jay Herndon 26 pass from Chandler Carr (Robert Cook kick), 11:40 (2), 21-0
GP - Artice Kellum 27 int. return (Michael Uribe kick), 3:31 (2), 21-7
B - Jay Herndon 28 pass from Chandler Carr (Robert Cook kick), 1:54 (2), 28-7
B - Stephen Barnett 31 run (Robert Cook kick), 9:25 (3), 35-7
B - Jay Herndon 30 pass from Chandler Carr (Robert Cook kick), 8:07 (3), 42-7
B - Jordan Garside 7 run (Robert Cook kick), 2:02 (3), 49-7
GP - Darian Mallary 71 run (Michael Uribe kick), :35 (3), 49-14
GP - Frankie Telfort 1 run (kick failed), :45 (4), 49-20

INDIVIDUAL STATS
BOLLES
PASSING:
Chandler Carr (3-6-1-94 yards)

RUSHING:
Stephen Barnett (17-134)

RECEIVING:
Jay Herndon (4-103)

GULLIVER PREP
RUSHING:
Darian Mallary (18-124)

PASSING:
Michael Strauss (17-32-2-169 yards)

RECEIVING:
Conner Vernon (6-68)

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

2B FINAL: Pahokee 21, Trinity Catholic 17!

ORLANDO - The Pahokee Blue Devils had won four state championships in the past five years. On Saturday afternoon, the fifth win was impressive - and by far the most exciting.

When junior quarterback DeJoshua Johnson found junior receiver Dennis Hall from 19 yards out with 45 seconds left, the Blue Devils had won a 21-17 come-from-behind contest, winning the 2B state title in dramatic fashion.

"Unreal," said head coach Blaze Thompson. "The kids never quit. This is such a rewarding win. Wow!"

The Celtics (12-2), who battled hard all year for head coach John Brantley, opened the scoring by taking the opening drive and using over four minutes as Purdue bound senior Rob Henry found highly-recruited junior receiver Kadron Boone for a 7-0 lead.

It took the Blue Devils (12-2) a little over a quarter to get things going, and when they did, Johnson scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game with 8:36 left in the first half.

The Blue Devils went up 14-7 when Univerity of Michigan commitment Vincent Smith went 15 yards for a touchdown with 3:02 left in the first half.

The Celtics cut the lead to 14-10 with 8:58 left in the game on a 48-yard field goal by Frankie Velez.

When Henry found sophomore tight end Rafael Ciafardini from 17 yards out with just 3:47 left in the game, Trinity Catholic took the lead, 17-14, but the Blue Devils marched down the field and took the lead.

The final drive of the game saw the Celtics come up short!

TRINITY CATHOLIC 7 0 0 10--17
PAHOKEE 0 14 0 7--21
TC - Kadron Boone 34 pass from Rob Henry (Frankie Velez kick), 8:52 (1), 7-0
P - DeJoshua Johnson 1 run (Miguel Rodriguez kick), 8:36 (2), 7-7
P - Vincent Smith 15 run (Miguel Rodriguez), 3:02 (2), 14-7
TC - Frankie Velez 48 fg, 8:58 (4), 14-10
TC - Rafael Ciafardini 17 pass from Rob Henry, 3:47 (4), 17-14
P - Dennis Hall 19 pass from DeJoshua Johnson (Miguel Rodriguez kick), :55 (4), 21-17

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

December 12, 2008

1A FINAL: North Florida Christian wins title, 17-7!

ORLANDO - For the first time since 2001, the Tallahassee North Florida Christian Eagles are state football champs.

On Friday night, before 2,287 fans, the Eagles used the passing of junior quarterback Clint Trickett and an impressive defense to come away with a 17-7 win over Fort Meade, finishing the year 10-3.

Veteran coach Tim Cokely, who had led this team to 1A state titles in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, gave this football team yet another state crown to put in the trophy case.

Last year, the Eagles lost a heart-breaker at the buzzer against American Heritage-Delray, but this time around, ti was defense that came up strong and held the high powered Miners in check most of the contest.

"This is a big win for these kids," Cokely said. "I know that many of these kids felt so bad after losing the way they did last year. This is a team that never gave up all year, and it showed in this game."

The Eagles struck first when senior fullback Keith Carter took the ball in from the 1 with 48 seconds left in the opening quarter. Aaron Powell's point after made it 7-0.

The drive saw Trickett and senior running back Cody Ledford do much of the damage against the Miners.

As the second quarter began, the Miners were moving in for a score, but Rumeal Carlton's pass was intercepted by freshman Travis Blanks.

The Eagles went up 10-0 at the half on a 24-yard field goal by Aaron Powell.

The Miners finally got on the board in the third quarter when Carlton found Treon Howard from 43 yards out and a 10-7 advantage.

The Eagles put the pressure on with 8:16 left in the game when senior Cody Ledford ran it in from the two, which ended the scoring.

Fort Meade 0 0 7 0 - 7
N. Fl. Christian 7 3 0 7 -17
NFC - Keith Carter 1 run (Aaron Powell kick), :48 (1), 7-0
NFC - Aaron Powell 24 fg, :20 (2), 10-0
FM - Treon Howard 43 pass from Rumeal Carlton (Freddy Cortez kick), 7:56 (3), 10-7
NFC - Cody Ledford 2 run (Aaron Powell kick), 8:16 (4), 17-7

TEAM STATS
NFC
RUSHING: Clint Trickett (12-70)
PASSING: Clint Trickett (10-20-0-104 yards).
RECEIVERS: Cason Knight (2-42)

FORT MEADE
RUSHING: Lakevin Camp (7-81).
PASSING: Rumeal Carlton (10-18-2-151 yards)
RECEIVING: Anthony Russell (3-51)
LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

1B FINAL: Jupiter Christian wins, 49-14

ORLANDO - Juniors Will Powers and Marshyl Rothman accounted for five touchdowns as Jupiter Christian scored 35 first half points and went on to a 49-14 win over South Daytona Beach Warner Christian and the 1B state title for the second straight year before 1,520 fans at the Citrus Bowl.

Rothman accounted for over 200 yards and Powers, who made an impact on both sides of the ball, went over 150 yards on the ground and registered six tackles.

"We knew going into the game that if we played our brand of football, we would win this game," said head coach Bill Powers, who guided the Eagles to their 27th straight win. "This was one of those game where execution was key to getting the job done."

Jupiter Christian (14-0) got on the board first when Powers took it in from 54 yards out. Danny Meyer's kick makes it 7-0 Eagles with 10:15 left in the first quarter.

Warner Christian (12-2) junior defensive back Breon Allen makes a key stop for the Eagles with 5:49 left in the first quarter at the Warner Christian 22 and the Eagles take over.

Allen's effort however went for nothing as Warner freshman quarterback Shelton Willis threw the ball right in the hands of junior Westin Pederson, who returned it 55 yards for a 13-0 Jupiter Christian lead with 3:38 left in the first quarter.

Warner Christian opened the second quarter by cutting the lead to 13-7 when Allen took it in from 2 at the 11:13 mark of the second quarter.

The Eagles of Jupiter Christian answer back with 9:12 left in the first half when Rothman took it in from the 3. Rothman's two-point conversion gave JC a 21-7 lead.

Rothman and the Eagles took a commanding 28-7 lead with 8:14 left in the second quarter when he took it in from the 18. The score was made possible after the Eagles recovered an onside kick.

It didn't take the Eagles long to move ahead 35-7 with 3:23 left in the opening half when senior Cobie Graham took a 5-yard pass from Rothman.

Warner Christian struck first in the second half when junior Rashad Greene took a 30-yard pass from Willis at the 9:35 mark, cutting the lead to 35-14.

Jupiter Christian continued to add to the lead at the 4:24 mark of the third quarter when Powers scored from 8-yards out to to make it 42-14.

The Eagles opened the fourth quarter on a roll as senior Byron Dames took it in from the 4 with 11:54 left in the game and a 49-14 advantage.

Warner Christian 0 7 7 0 - 14
Jupiter Christian 13 22 7 7 - 49
JC - Will Powers 54 run (Danny Meyer kick). 10:15 (1), 7-0
JC - Westin Pedereson 55 int. return (kick failed), 3:38 (1), 13-0
WC - Breon Allen 2 run (Rigby Coleman kick), 11:13 (2), 13-7
JC - Marshyl Rothman 3 run (Rothman run), 9:12 (2), 21-7
JC - Marshyl Rothman 18 run (Danny Meyer kick), 8:14 (2), 28-7
JC - Cobie Graham 5 pass from Marshyl Rothman (Danny Meyer kick), 3:23 (2), 35-7
WC - Rashad Greene 30 pass from Shelton Willis (Rigby Coleman kick), 9:35 (3), 35-14
JC - Will Powers 8 run (Danny Meyer kick), 4:24 (3), 42-14
JC - Byron Dames 4 run (Danny Meyer kick), 11:54 (4), 49-14

WARNER CHRISTIAN STATS
RUSHING: Breon Allen (11-74)
PASSING: Shelton Willis (12-19-1, 101 yards)
RECEIVING: Breon Allen (5-28)

JUPITER CHRISTIAN STATS
RUSHING: Marshyl Rothman (13-148), Will Powers (15-137).
PASSING: Marshyl Rothman (7-9-0).
RECEIVING: Cobie Graham (4-40).


LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

December 11, 2008

Telfort's decision will come soon

Gulliver Prep will play in its first state championship in eight years Saturday night in large part to 159 tackle season provided by linebacker Frankie Telfort. The 5-11, 205-pound senior had more than 35 college offers before he even started his senior season. Now, Dade's No. 2 recruit has dwindled his choices down to two -- Southern California and Florida.

Frankie_telfort
Telfort told me Wednesday he loved L.A. and said it really reminded him of South Florida without the humidity. As for the Gators, he just loves where the program is headed -- toward another national championship. He said he expects to make a decision soon, after the state championship, after he sits down with his parents and makes up his mind. Telfort, who grew up admiring Ray Lewis, is scheduled to play in the Under-Armour All-American game in Orlando next month.

-- MANNY NAVARRO

December 10, 2008

FIU commit Korvic Neat and USF commit Ricardo Dixon chosen to Hawaii All-Star game

Two Hallandale players have been chosen to compete in the first-ever Hawaii vs. Mainland All-Star Game, taking place Friday, Dec. 12 at 8p.m. in Hawaii's Aloha Stadium.

The "Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl" is produced by Football University, an invitation-only camp for elite-level youth and prep players, in conjunction with the Hawaii Union Builders (HUB) Foundation. Neat, an FIU commitment, was one of the top running backs in Broward this season, rushing for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns while Dixon, a South Florida commit, was one of the top defensive backs with seven interceptions.

Gulliver athlete Darian Mallary commits to FIU

Gulliver's offensive focal point has decided to stay home and wear a different shade of blue in college.
Raiders' senior running back Darian Mallary committed to FIU Tuesday, choosing the Golden Panthers over schools such as Iowa, Indiana, Colorado State, Troy and Georgia Southern.

Mallary (5-8, 175 pounds) leads all Dade County small school rushers with 1,684 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is preparing to lead Gulliver to the state Class 2A championship game this Saturday against Jacksonville Bolles. It is the Raiders' first state championship appearance since 2000.

December 09, 2008

Broward All-Star Game on Thursday

Don't forget football fans, before you make plans for Friday's Northwestern-Miramar game or St. Thomas-Largo and Monsignor Pace vs. Cocoa, Thursday night (7:00) at Lockhart Stadium, 100 of the top players in Broward will take part in the annual BCAA North-South contest.

The game, which will also feature the top senior cheerleaders from the region, will showcase top players.

On Wednesday night (7:00), the game will host its annual banquet at the beautiful Signature Grand in Davie. For ticket information on the banquet or the game, call 754-321-2550.

Here are the rosters for the game:

NORTH SQUAD
Anthony Abatecola, DB, 5-9, 160, Monarch:
This two year starter became a tremendous safety prospect as he led the secondary in tackles. Was one of the team captains as well.

Richard Afflick, DE, 6-0, 175, Pompano: Another quality football prospect who helped to elevate the Tornadoes this season during a year when several seniors stepped up to make an impact and become leaders for the younger players.

Chris Alexis, DT, 6-1, 245, Fort Lauderdale: This is the kind of athlete head coach Bob Wood has always liked on his football teams. Improved as the season moved along.

Dalton Baker, OL, 6-2, 260, Douglas: In running the Wing-T for the first time, this is a lineman who really picked up the schemes quickly and led this top 5 rated offense.

Greg Beauduy, OL/DE, 6-2, 210, Deerfield Beach: One of the reasons why the Buck stayed in the mix this year. A nose for the ball with speed and athletic ability.

Kenneth Bishop, DT/OL, 6-2, 315, Piper: This three-year performer was one of the top prospects heading into his senior year, and he has done little to make anyone think otherwise. Quality football player.

Lesly Calixte, DB, 5-9, 180, Douglas: Finished the year with over 30 tackles, who became the Eagles top run stuffer. Also came up woith three interceptions.

Isiah Carter, DB, 6-0, 170, Ely: With so many impressive athletes in the secondary, here is one of the players who learned so much this past season. Had some memorable games that helped the Tigers stay in the playoff race.

Jonas Celian, DE/LB, 6-1, 200, Coconut Creek: One of the quickest players on a team that reached the first round of the playoffs. He remained steady all season for the Cougars.

John Chiari, TE/WR, 6-3, 195, Coral Springs: In one of the best seasons in many years, here was a playmaker who helped to elevate the Colts to that next level.

Jamal Davis, WR/DE, 6-2, 185, Coral Springs Charter: Another productive pass catcher, who like his teammate Jared Greenaway, remained near the top of a tremendous group of receivers.

Travis Dudley, OLB, 6-0, 185, Fort Lauderdale: Here’s a two-year starter who turned out to be on the of the top tacklers and defensive players on a unit that was much improved.

Joe Fitzpatrick, TE, 6-4, 220, Cardinal Gibbons: This two year starter was one of the players who continued to make progress by attending off season events.

Mike Flash, OL, 6-1, 305, Northeast: If you take a look at the success of the Hurricanes this season on offense, it’s unsung players such as this that made a lasting impression with great blocking and leadership up front.

Sylvester Flowers, DB, 5-11, 185, Coral Glades: One of the most overlooked cover-corner players who had the size to play safety and move over to receiver as well. Was one of the top players on a team that is starting to turn the corner.

John Fowler, LB/WR, 6-1, 185, Coconut Creek: One of the most impressive two-way football players in Broward this year. Not only does he have excellent hands, but is also a sure tackler.

Patrick Frawley, TE, 6-4, 240, Monarch: This three-year starter not only got it done on the field as a player, but he also displayed leadership by being a team captain.

Lamario Fuller, RB/KR, 5-9, 165, Plantation: This is one of the most explosive players in a county that certainly has its share of them. Returned five kicks for touchdowns back as a sophomore.

Jared Greenway, WR/DB, 6-2, 180, Coral Springs Charter: Ended a productive senior season by being one of the best group of receivers in recent memory. Good speed and a knack of getting to the ball have made him one of the best.

Derrick Hanson, OL, 6-3, 330, Boyd Anderson: Being one of the leaders on a line that paved the way for an impressive offense, college coaches were impressed by his size and quickness.

Antwon Higgs, DE/TE, 6-3, 245, Pompano: Since the end of his junior season, this impressive athlete has made major strides on the football field as a defensive player as well as a pass-catching tight end.

Dennis Hocker, QB, 6-1, 205, Coral Springs Charter: Had a tremendous senior year in which he went over the 1,000 yard mark by using quality receivers and an improving line.

Ray Hodgson, DL, 6-0, 210, Taravella: The strongest player on the team made quite an impression this season as a defensive standout who turned out to be one of the county’s top pass rushers.

Eric Jacques, OL/DL, 6-2, 285, Ely: Here was the best linemen on a team that had some impressive players. In addition to dominating up front on offense, he can also play on the defensive side of the ball as well.

Ajani Jones, OL, 6-0, 240, Pompano: One of the players who learned and picked up so much this season. Was one of the reasons why the offense made major strides during a year that was a rebuilding campaign.

Eric Jones, DB, 5-11, 170, Plantation: Yet another defensive back for a unit that had one of the strongest in the state this past season, A big play type of athlete who kept the Colonels in the hunt throughout the year.

Matt Kassem, WR/DB, 6-0, 180, Taravella: Was elevated to team captain this year after showing impressive football skills and leadership at several positions. In addition to being a quality receiver and defensive back, the coaches also looked at him as a quarterback as well.

John Kramer, OL, 6-5, 265, Coral Springs: Looking mfor a reason why the Colts began to turn the corner this year? Well, you may want to start with this gifted line prospect who is strong, quick and has the ability to open holes at any time.

Jory Lambert, DT, 6-1, 265, Coral Glades: Here is a two-way starter, who made thing happen on offense, but on the defensive side of the ball, he became one of the Jaguars’ top playmakers.

Joshua Laspina, OL/LB, 6-0, 245, Monarch: Another three-year starter who ended up being a team captain as well as one of the most productive players up front.

Travis Laurent, RB, 5-9, 175, Northeast: Turned out to be one of the best all-around backs in Broward this season as he did a little of everything for the impressive Hurricanes.

Richard Lucas, LB, 6-1, 220, Coral Springs: In a year that watched the Colts begin to turn the corner, it was the defense, especially the linebacker play by this quality athlete, that was the difference.

James McFadden, RB, 5-8, 175, Plantation: Was a great inside runner who helped the Colonels reach the first round of the 6A state playoffs. Was second on the team in rushing.

Nick Monsalve, LB/FB, 5-9, 205, Northeast: Nicknamed “Cadillac” by his teammates, this is one of the best defensive players on a unit that has more than its share of them. He also impresses in the classroom, where he has a 4.0 gpa.

Sakia Parker, LB, 5-11, 185, Piper: One of the players who has flew beneath the college radar screen, but that all changed once the colleges had the chance to see him in practice for this game.

Rashad Payne, DB/WR, 5-9, 155, Ely: One of the fastest players on a team loaded with quality football talent. Started at cornerback, but also played safety for the Tigers. Was also impressive as a receiver who came up with some tremendous catches.

Thiago Pereira, OL, 6-2, 240, Fort Lauderdale: One of the prospects who improved this year as the Flying Ls had the opportunity to play some of the elite 4A schools in Florida.

Joseph Philemon, DB/WR, 5-10, 165, Pompano: Became one of the biggest surprises this past year as a two-way player who dominated at times. Has a tremendous future ahead of him.

Richard Ramsey, LB, 6-2, 205, Coral Glades: Here is yet another top-flight football talent that this program needed to get things turned around. He is also impressive (3.2 gpa) in the classroom.

Travis Reynolds, WR, 6-0, 160, Boyd Anderson: There may not have been a better all around receiver in South Florida this year. He also led Broward County in receiving as college coaches were simply bowled over by his ability.

James Rezolus, OLB, 5-10, 185, Northeast: One of the hardest working and most productive players on a defense that was easily one of the area’s most improved. Came to play hard every week.

Malcolm Ricks, DE/LB, 6-2, 200, Ely: This quality rush end was singled out by opposing coaches for his “cat-quick” moves and ability to lead on the field.

Denard Robinson, QB, 6-1, 185, Deerfield Beach: Easily one of the most talented football players in South Florida. His speed, athletic ability and leadership has set him apart. Came within one game of playing for a state title as a junior.

James Rogers, LB, 6-1, 210, Cardinal Gibbons: Despite sitting out a few games with an injury, this talented young man became one of the players who helped to lead the Chiefs into the playoffs. He was a three-year starter.

Nick Rogers, WR/RB, 5-11, 175, Piper: Was a tremendous two-way player this season for the Bengals as he showcased in several games this season. He will only get better at the next level.

Carlos Romero, P/PK, 5-9, 160, Coral Springs: Was easily one of the most accurate kicker/punters around this season. This gifted special teams player was responsible for helping to elevate the Colts to another level.

Joe St. Thomas, OL, 6-3, 315, Cardinal Gibbons: One of the most underrated athletes around. This is a three-year starter who can play anywhere on the line, which is impressive!

Gabriel Santos, LB, 5-10, 185, Pompano: Yet another player on this team who stepped up and made a solid impact, showing the younger players the right way to do things on the field. A super tackler who also learned how to cover as well.

Chris Schrippa, QB, 6-1, 185, Cardinal Gibbons: One of the most underrated quarterbacks in South Florida who threw for over 2,000 and led the Chiefs into the playoffs two straight years. College coaches followed his every move this season.

Johnny Seays, DL, 6-2, 235, Deerfield Beach: Began the season as one of the elite defensive line prospects around for a team that just missed the chance of playing for a state title in his junior season. Showed plenty of progress in the off season.

Nicholas Stevens, OL/DL, 5-10, 280, Coral Springs: Was another reason that coach Ray Gould’s team made major strides this season. Was impressive on both sides of the ball during the playoff stretch as the Colts narrowly missed post season play.

William Trevino, LB, 6-1, 210, Taravella: Coming to the school this year, here was one of the players who really made the playoff push possible. Finishing second on the team in tackles, college coaches started to take notice.

Verg Virgens, LB, 5-11, 185, Coconut Creek: Finished as one of the top tacklers on a unit that was one of the best in the county this season. Tremendous athlete who became a true leader this season.

Santos Walcott, DB, 6-0, 195, Coral Glades: A three year starter who made an impression as a junior, into the summer and finally, this year, where he was one of the most dependable players on this young team.

Prince Walker, WR, 5-10, 170, Plantation: From the start of the season right until the playoffs, here was one of Broward’s top receiving prospects in Broward County.

John Wallace, RB, 6-1, 205, Boyd Anderson: Made quite a difference this season after coming over from Douglas. Carried the Cobras into the playoffs with his impressive running.

Karlton Weaver, RB/DB, 5-9, 160, Pompano: One of those rare four-year starters who did a tremendous job this past season as a runner and as a quality defensive back performer.

Jackie Wilson, QB, 6-1, 210, Boyd Anderson: In a county that boasts one of the nation’s best at the position, it’s easy to see how a quality signal caller like this can be overlooked. Big time potential!

Adrian Witty, DB/WR, 6-0, 180, Deerfield Beach: After coming back from an injury that had him out for much of the summer and early part of the season, he returned and proved why he is one of the best two-way athletes around.

Keith Zallman, OL, 6-2, 240, Fort Lauderdale: Here is a three-year starter for the Flyings Ls, who also was the teams’ long snapper. His work in the classroom was also impressive.

SOUTH
Tyrie Allen, RB, 5-9, 180, Western:
This two-year starter ended up leading the Wildcats in total offense. Underclassmen watched this quality football talent to see what was needed to get better for the future.

Alton Bell, LB, 5-10, 215, Hollywood Hills: Emerged as one of the top linebacker prospects on a team that had more than its share of quality players for the present - and the future.

Jamar Brown, RB, 5-7, 165, South Broward: This first year performer was one of the top rushers in Broward County this season as he used his impressive speed to give the Bulldogs a boost.

Ashley Bullock, OL, 6-8, 280, South Broward: A former youth league baseball standout who has watched his stock soar as he grew, and his size has opened the eyes of several college recruiters.

Devon Butler, LB, 6-0, 210, Everglades: When the dust had settled on the 2008 season, there may not have been a better linebacker prospect in South Florida than this quick, ,impressive football talent.

Jerry Caplan, QB, 6-1, 185, Hollywood Hills: Transferring this year from Piper, here is a prospect who got better as the season moved along. Remained motivated in a very tough season for the Spartans.

Jovanny Carvajal, DB, 5-10, 190, McArthur: On a team that advanced to the playoffs for the first time in five years, this was a player who made some of the biggest hits of the season for the young, but talented Mustangs.

Courtney Clark, RB, 5-9, 165, Hollywood Hills: Starting his career out at Hallandale, this quick and gifted runner made an impact this season for the Spartans as they looked to build for the future. His father was also a quality football player during his time at Hallandale.

Jordon Cohen, FB/TE/NT, 6-1, 230, Cooper City: Voted as the best tight end prospect at several summer camps, here is a fullback who certainly paved the way for the Cowboys’ running game.

Patrice Cosbert, LB, 6-0, 185, Flanagan: This turned out to be quite a year for this quality football talent who improved so much over the last year. Turned out to be one of the most dependable tacklers.

Andrew Davis, OLB, 5-10, 185, Nova: One of those players who can cover the entire field and make plays to keep his team in games. In a challenging year, he made the right plays for the Titans.

Daren Davis, LB, 6-1, 195, South Plantation: Leading the team in tackles, here is the one player who showed tremendous improvement all year as he led the Paladins within one game of the playoffs.

Jarrett Dieudonne, DB, 6-1, 190, Dillard: In a secondary that was considered one of the best in Broward County, this quality prospect continued to make huge plays that kept the Panthers in the district title hunt all year.

Benjamin Dinkins, WR, 6-0, 170, Dillard: On a team loaded with offensive weapons, here is one of those quality football players who ,made big catches and helped the Panthers win a district title.

Carlton Falconer, OL, 6-4, 255, Dillard: Here is a three-year starter who not only paved the way for a tremendous running game, but he did it at all three line positions. Was one of many reasons why the Panthers clicked this year.

Steven Faucher, P, 5-10, 160, Cypress Bay: A big time punting prospect who got better as the season moved along. He was a difference maker in a few of the Lightning’s wins.

Larry Fels, DL, 5-10, 265, Western: This two-year varsity starter made quite an impact for the Wildcats. His quickness and nose for the football made him one of the most valuable on the team.

Justin Floyd, DE, 6-0, 220, Dillard: Was one of the quality defensive ends that coach Keith Franklin has talked about all year. A tremendous football player who has instincts and plenty of ability.

Damian Fortner, RB, 5-10, 170, Everglades: began the season with huge games and kept it going all year as the Gators stayed in the playoff race down to the wire. Quality back with all the tools needed to do well at the next level.

Mario Francois, DB, 6-0, 175, South Plantation: When the Paladins looked for a big play, this is the one athlete who was there making plays and never giving up. Coaches loved the way he made an impact each week.

Austin Gamble, LB, 6-0, 225, Cypress Bay: This Duke University commitment was one of the area’s top linebacker prospects. His speed, strength and ability to read plays had given him a huge advantage the past two years.

Phil Genovese, RB/DB, 5-11, 180, Cooper City: Easily the best back this school has produced in several years. A two-way prospect who has speed and athletic ability as one of the top runners in Broward. He is also a tremendous defensive player and also serves as the team’s punter.

Demerick Goolsby, OL/DL, 6-0, 265, Hallandale: One of the most explosive teams in South Florida had one of the best offensive line prospects paving the way all year. He also gave the Chargers a boost on the defensive side of the ball as well.

Jovan Gopie, DL, 5-9, 290, Everglades: Was there a more dominating defensive lineman in South Florida than this gifted athlete? The answer is no! He dominated every player he went up against, and in the process, opened the eyes of college coaches.

Terrell Harden, WR, 6-1, 175, South Plantation: A quick, sure-handed receiver who provided plenty of excitement for the Paladins down the stretch. Gave the team a deep threat!

Elijah Haynes, RB, 5-9, 180, Stranahan: On a team that showed plenty of improvement, this hard-working standout used his speed and instinctive running ability to spark the Dragons.

Robert Hernandez, OL, 6-0, 260, Hallandale: Was yet another top-flight offensive line prospect who turned out to be one of the better players the Chargers had on the line of scrimmage. Was singled out by his coaches several times for outstanding games.

Raynard Lafavor, OL, 6-0, 268, Hollywood Hills: This two-year starter was another player who stepped up and showed leadership qualities this season. Was vital to the younger players on the team as well.

Jamall Lane, DB, 5-10, 165, Everglades: A three-year varsity performer who continued to improve throughout his career. Tremendous cover skills and a knack of being where the ball was on every play.

Billy Larrabee, DE, 6-1, 185, Cooper City: Was one of the players on defense who was singled out for his impressive play throughout the year. Led the team in sacks and tackles for loss. Quick coming off the end.

Ashley Larrieux, OL, 5-10, 270, Flanagan: Not only was this one of the most impressive players on the offensive line for the Falcons, but his leadership as a team captain also gave the team a boost.

Stephen Lopez, LB, 5-11, 220, Pembroke Pines Charter: After making the move from the end position, this is a player who truly impressed as a linebacker and one of the top tacklers for the Jaguars.

Roderick Lott, Jr., LB, 5-11, 190, Hallandale: This is one of those quality football players who has been getting it done in this city since he was 7. Whether he lines up at linebacker or at safety, here is one of the athletes in South Florida who continues to make plays.

Nelsy Marcellon, DE/OLB, 6-3, 220, Stranahan: Went into the season as one of the top prospects in the state, and with his ability to find the ball, he only added to what recruiters felt about him all along.

David McKinnie, DB, 5-11, 160, Nova: Turned out to be the best cover-corner player on the team as well as being a prospect who can play safety at the next level as well. This is an improving athlete!

Shane McNally, QB, 6-2, 200, Pembroke Pines Charter: Looking to become the third quarterback in four years to attract Division 1 college scholarship, this gifted athlete directed the offense with his athletic ability and great size.

Anthony Mitchell, OL, 6-4, 280, South Broward: Was a key performer on one of the most impressive lines around. Helped pave the way for one of Broward’s top offenses.

Patrick Paul, LB, 5-11, 205, McArthur: Yet another of the many reasons why this football team matured and grew into a playoff contender. Quality athlete who loves to hit and make plays.

Jonathan Rigaud, DB, 5-9, 170, Pembroke Pines Charter: This three-year starter continued to make plays and become a force in the secondary for a program that is always looking to get better by using tremendous athletic talent.

John Robinson, DB/RB, 5-9, 170, Nova: One of the best athletes on a team that is still looking to turn the corner. He is not only a quality defensive back, but can play running back and help spark the special teams.

Rodney Rumph, WR/DB, 5-9, 170, Everglades: Was one of the top prospects in Broward throughout the season with key catches and the ability to make plays against even the best competition.

Kevin Samuel, OL , 6-1, 305, Hollywood Hills: In a year that saw the Spartans go through some growing pains, here was yet another line prospect who showed that he was willing to play hard until the end of the season.

Chris Secrest, PK, 5-10, 155, McArthur: Turned out to be one of the most accurate kickers in Broward this season with a game-deciding kick coming against South Broward that pushed the Mustangs into the playoffs.

Greg Smith, DE/OLB, 6-0, 215, Hallandale: This one-time South Broward standout has enjoyed plenty of success the past two years as a rush end/outside linebacker for the Chargers. His quickness and big play ability certainly separates him from the rest.

Streadwick Stephens, DE/OLB, 6-1, 190, Flanagan: When the Falcons needed a big play, this quick, impressive rush end/outside linebacker was the athlete the Falcons looked to. He had a tremendous season.

Donovan Spence, DL, 5-11, 240, Everglades: Yet another reason why the Gators were among the best defensive teams in South Florida. Making plays became his trademark throughout the course of this impressive season.

Andre Thomas, WR/DB, 5-9, 175, South Broward: This impressive athlete has gotten it done on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs. His speed on kickoffs also helped this team come within one game of the playoffs.

Leslie Tripp, OL, 6-0, 278, Cypress Bay: Was emotional year for this three-year starter who remained solid up front against some of the top competition in South Florida. Has impressed college coaches with his play as well.

Darrell Young, DL, 6-2, 225, South Plantation: As the season moved along, the coaches looked at this impressive athlete as a leader who made plays and showed the younger players on the team what they needed to do.

Phil Walker, DE, 6-2, 220, Cypress Bay: What else can you say about this big, strong and gifted football prospect who turned heads from Florida to Texas with his aggressive style of play. Tremendous future ahead for this young man.

Erik Williams, DE, 6-3, 240, Stranahan: One of the leading defensive players in South Florida, this impressive athlete recorded 17 sacks and came up with several game-changing plays.

Marqueze Williams, RB/DB, 5-8, 165, McArthur: One of the reasons why the Mustangs made it back to the playoffs. Not only was he a tremendous runner, who opened up the offense, but also gets it done on the defensive side of the ball as well.

Sigmund Wilson, DL, 5-10, 260, Western: The Wildcats came up with a special player this year as he led the way on the defensive side of the ball playing for the first time at the varsity level.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com