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Best of the state playoffs - week 1

One of the most popular things we did last year after each weekend of the state football playoffs was to come up with a look at the top teams and players from that weekend.

This past weekend at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B champions were crowned. Here is a look at the way the teams stacked up as well as the top players in the four games, courtesy of the Miami Herald and Elite Scouting Services.

ELITE EIGHT
1. Cocoa
2. Jacksonville Bolles
3. Belle Glade Glades Central
4. Tampa Catholic
5. American Heritage Delray
6. Jacksonville Trinity Christian
7. Belle Glade Glades Day
8. South Daytona Warner Christian

OFFENSE
QB - Darius Millines, 6-2, 182, Sr., American Heritage Delray:
The West Virginia-bound standout finished with 22 carries for 197 yards and 4 touchdowns.

RB - Kelvin Taylor, 5-10, 210, So., Glades Day: Fred Taylor’s son dazzled in the 1B title game with 217 yards and 4 touchdowns on 42 carries

RB - Chevelle Buie, 5-9, 175, Jr., Cocoa: Was a one-man offensive show with 215 yards and two scores in the 2A title game.

RB - Hank McCloud, 5-8, 180, Sr., Tampa Catholic: The speedy back ran for 195 yards in a 2B title game loss.

WR - Greg Dent, 6-0, 175, Sr., Glades Central: This FSU-bound standout caught five balls for 105 yards in a 2A title game setback.

WR - Kelvin Benjamin, 6-6, 215, Jr., Glades Central: The rest of the state finally had the chance to watch one of the elite 2011 players, who had 4 catches for 67 yards.

OL - Ronald Patrick, 6-2, 270, Sr., Cocoa: Headed for the University of South Carolina, this quality blocker opened 353 yards worth of holes.

OL - Chaz Green, 6-6, 270, Sr., Tampa Catholic: One of the state’s premier two-way linemen, certainly lived up to his pre-game billing!

OL - John Theus, 6-5, 265, So., Jacksonville Bolles: Has been the player who has stepped up down the stretch and made an impact in the 2B title game.

OL - Josh Woods, 6-4, 280, Sr., Cocoa: Was yet another of the big bodied up front that paved the way for over 300 yards on the ground.

OL Nathan Theus, 6-3, 250, Jr., Jacksonville Bolles: Whether as a long snapper or on the line of scrimmage during the game, he was easily one of the better athletes.

PK - Cody Bell, 5-9, 145, Jr., Cocoa: Two field goals, three extra points made quite a difference for the two-time state champions.

DEFENSE
DL - Marcus Bush, 6-0, 180, Jr., Warner Christian:
In the 1B overtime loss, he registered 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss and 8 total tackles.

DL - Ra’Sahwde Myers, 6-3, 205, Sr., Cocoa: This Colorado State-bound standout came up with 2 sacks and 6 total tackles in the 2A title game.

DL - Isiah Corbett, 6-1, 250, Sr., Glades Central: After coming over from Royal Palm Beach this season, all this quality athlete has done is perform, In the 2A title game, he came up with 8 tackles.

DL - Tyrell Denson, 5-10, 175, So., Cocoa: All this standout did from his defensive end position was come up with 3 sacks, 2 quarterback pressures and 7 tackles.

LB - Antonio Wallace, 5-10, 175, Jr., Cocoa: In forcing several turnovers, this impressive athlete got into the act for the Tigers with 5 tackles and an interception for a touchdown.

LB - Tyler Posey, 5-10, 210, Sr., American Heritage Delray: His impressive play all over the field resulted is 6 tackles in the 1A title game.

LB - Dominic Gibson, 5-10, 175, So., Glades Central: Capped off a tremendous season for the Raiders with 4 tackles, 2 for loss in the first setback of the season.

DB - J.T Thornton, 6-0, 170, Jr., Glades Day: After a solid year, this quality football player saved one of his best games for last with 2 interceptions and 4 tackles.

DB - Taylor Oldham, 6-1, 170, So., Warner Christian: Was all over the field in the 1A title game with 1 interception, 1 pass breakup and 8 total tackles.

DB - Breon Allen, 5-8, 165, Jr., Warner Christian: This two-way standout got it done on both sides of the ball, but on defense, he came up with 10 tackles and 1 crucial early pass breakup.

DB - Rick Rivers, 6-0, 175, Jr., Cocoa: Yet another Tiger underclassman who stepped up in the game with 8 tackles and 1 interception.

P - Kyle Richardson, 6-1, 180, Sr., Jacksonville Bolles: Was one of the main reasons the Bulldogs won for the second straight year with a 40.3 yard average that backed Tampa Catholic up all game.

SOME OTHER IMPRESSIVE ATHLETES
QB:

Leron Thomas, 5-10, 180, Sr., Glades Central
Shelton Willis, 6-2, 185, So., Warner Christian

RB:
Jawan Jamison, 5-8, 200, Sr., Jacksonville Bolles
Jacob Stenson, 6-0, 185, Sr., Jacksonville Bolles

WR:
Davonte’ Allen, 6-1, 175, Jr., Glades Day
Rashad Green, 6-1, 170, Sr., Warner Christian

DL:
(DE) - William Anthony, 6-3, 235, Jr., Jacksonville Trinity Christian
(DE) - Jamari Daniels, 5-10, 200, Warner Christian
Tyler Scott, 6-3, 265, Jr., Jacksonville Bolles
Jonathan Wannamaker, 6-0, 225, Sr., Jacksonville Trinity Christian

LB:
Eric Baker, 5-10, 200, Sr., Warner Christian
Taylor Betros, 5-11, 200, Jr., Jacksonville Bolles
William Christmas, 5-9, 180, Sr., Glades Day
Dennis Cloyd, 5-10, 185, Jr., American Heritage Delray
Corey Garcia, 5-11, 175, So., Glades Day
Josh Hood, 6-0, 215, Sr., Jacksonville Bolles
Anthony Joiner, 6-0, 190, Sr., Cocoa
Marvell Taylor, 5-8, 190, So., Jacksonville Trinity Christian

DB:
Desmond Cooper, 6-2, 190, Sr., Jacksonville Bolles
Chris Lundy, 5-9, 160, Sr., Tampa Catholic
Nick Washington, 6-0, 182, Fr., Jacksonville Trinity Christian
Jeremi Wilkes, 5-9, 175, Sr., Tampa Catholic

P/PK:
Justin Haig, 5-8, 175, Sr., American Heritage Delray
Mike Paleveda, 5-10, 170, Jr., Tampa Catholic

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