Like the first week of the championships, when four teams were crowned as state champions, the larger schools (6A, 5A, 4A and 3A) were on display this weekend, and nobody went home disappointed.
The Raiders of St. Thomas Aquinas stole the show on Friday with a convincing win over Tampa Plant. With the game still in doubt with less than a minute remaining, sophomore running back Fred Coppett took a hand off over 80 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders won the game, 29-7.
Not to be outdone by their fellow South Floridians, Miami Central made the most of a first ever state title appearance and overcame a 17-point deficit to come back against previously unbeaten Orlando Dr. Phillips – in front of the largest (10,090) crowd of the 2010 state tournament.
Senior running back Devonta Freeman, headed to FSU, ignited the Rockets in the second half as they cruised to a 42-27 win.
Another impressive performance came from Class 3A where Tampa Jefferson, used the arm and leadership of Florida’s Mr. Football, Quentin Williams to beat Miami Norland, and the shocker of the season came in the 4A title game where Seffner Armwood (14-1) was upset by a four-loss Tallahassee Lincoln team, 17-14.
Here are the team rankings after the 2nd Week:
1. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2. Miami Central
3. Tampa Jefferson
4. Tallahassee Lincoln
5. Orlando Dr. Phillips
6. Seffner Armwood
7. Tampa Plant
8. Miami Norland
There were some very impressive performers in Week 2. Here are a few who left a lasting impression:
QB - Quentin Williams, Tampa Jefferson: The senior quarterback put on a show. He accounted for five offensive touchdowns (3 passing and 2 running). Williams also accounted for 106 rushing yards.
RB - Davonta Freeman, Miami Central: There have been some great single game performances from running backs in the past. Travis Henry (Frostproof) and Emmanuel Cook (Palm Beach Gardens), but the FSU-bound standout ranks right up there with them. He carried the ball 36 times for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Freeman was the reason Miami Central is leaving Orlando with a state title!
RB - Demetrious Russell, Tampa Jefferson: With Williams throwing the ball, the Dragons needed balance, and this gifted athlete gave it to them. He had over 20 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown.
RB - Fred Coppett, St. Thomas Aquinas: While he has been an asset for the Raiders all season, the talented sophomore came up nig on one of the largest stages he has ever played on. He rushed for over 170 yards and a touchdown.
WR -Rashad Greene, St. Thomas Aquinas: If there was a doubt which receiver is one of the best in the country, this FSU-bound standout answered all the questions as he came up with 6 catches for over 145 yards and two touchdowns. Greene showed great hands and ability to make something happen after the catch.
WR - Chris Gallon, Dr. Phillips: Before the state finals began, there were many who had never watched him play. This quality football player is no longer flying beneath the radar screen. With his 4 catch, 118 yards and 2 touchdowns, Gallon should get some recognition. He now has become one of the top receivers in Central Florida.
WR - Chris Moore, Tampa Jefferson: Before going out with an injury to his shoulder, this quality receiver who we first brought you last year, was having a phenomenal day. Moore posted 3 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Moore is one of the best receivers no one talks about.
OL - Austin Bland, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the elite players for the future who truly had a coming out party this season, during a sophomore year that watched him establish himself as a star of the future. Bland is quick on his feet and does not back down from anyone.
OL - Bobby Hart, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the youngest (16) members of this senior class, this FSU-bound prospect had a breakout performance against a talented Tampa Plant squad. His size and strength continue to give him a major advantage.
OL - Marquis Lucas, Miami Central: On the way to Rutgers in January, this amazingly gifted “big man” is quick on his feet and can get to the second level. He has a chance to compete for playing time as a freshman for the Scarlet Knights.
OL - John Miller, Miami Central: Another of the quality linemen who gave the Rockets one of the best offenses in the state this year. On his way to Louisville, this is a player who can take over a game at the guard spot.
OL - Kevin Petithomme, Miami Central: One of the few juniors this senior-oriented program has on the roster, he ended up as the main reason why Central took over the game in the 2nd half.
Devonta Freeman-Miami Central
Quentin Williams-Tampa Jefferson
Cameron Dees, OL, Armwood
Matt Jones, RB, Armwood
Cody Waldrop, OL, Armwood
Rakeem Cato, QB, Central
D’andre Randle, WR, Central
Demetrius Hart, Athlete, Dr. Phillips
Shawn Moffit, PK, Dr. Phillips
Nick Patti, QB, Dr. Phillips
Sam Raineri, OL, Dr. Phillips
Mark Bodkin, OL, Lincoln
Reggie Davis, Athlete, Lincoln
Carlos Gaston, PK, Lincoln
Duke Johnson, RB/DB, Norland
Pierre Maignan, OL, Norland
Benji Phillipe, QB, Norland
Brandon Snell, WR, Norland
Nolan Bieck, P, St. Thomas Aquinas
Phillip Dorsett, WR, St. Thomas Aquinas
Jake Rudock, QB, St. Thomas Aquinas
Domingo Cabrera, OL, Tampa Jefferson
Manny Cromuel, OL, Tampa Jefferson
James Wilder, RB, Tampa Plant
Austin Aikens, WR, Tampa Plant
Nathan Shienle, OL, Tampa Plant
DL- Miles Pace, Miami Central: Here is one of the most dominating line prospects that appeared over the two weeks of championship games. This UCF commit dominated the middle of Dr. Phillips offensive line and turned out to be one of the main reasons why Dee Hart was unable to get going was they were unable to block Pace.
DL - Tyriq McCord, Tampa Jefferson: One of the names who will pop up often when the Class of 2010 discussion begins, he was up the field before anyone could get a hand on him. He is super quick off the football and knows how to get pressure on a quarterback. He had 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.
DE - James Hearns, Lincoln: Looking for a player who as a truly bright future, this sophomore has everything you are looking for in a total defensive player. He plays DE or OLB for the Trojans. Is yet another quality athlete statewide for 2013.
DL-Dwight Jackson, Jr., Miami Central: All season, this may be one of the most overlooked players on the field. This three year starter began his career as a linebacker, but has really looked great rushing the passer and stopping the run like he did against the Panthers in the 6A title game.
LB - Ramik Wilson, Tampa Jefferson: Was there a better defensive player in the 3A championship game? All this quality athlete did was come up with huge plays - like forcing a fumble and coming with 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss.
LB - Keith Brown, Miami Norland: This University of Miami commit is just a junior, and has a long way to go before he gets to college, but you can see what an impact he makes when he gets his athletic frame in motion. His 11 tackles was a game high for either team.
LB - Cole Champion, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the most sure tacklers on a unit that is loaded with athletes who continue to make plays. Just a junior, look for this impressive football player to get plenty of looks in 2011. Champion finished with 7 tackles and one for a loss.
DB - Quincy Casmir, Miami Norland: One of our favorite players all season long, this is a quality senior talent who has a knack of coming up with the big play. He finished the 3A state championship game with 8.5 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss.
DB - Charles Gaines, Miami Central: For the past three years, everything this impressive athlete has done came from his wide receiver position, but that all changed this season, and in the state title game where he made an impact for the Rockets. Very talented football player!
DB - Rashard Dunnigan, Tampa Jefferson: Easily one of the best defensive backs who competed in the second weekend of state title games. He came up with several pass breakups as well as making several tackles.
DB - Roderick Ryles, Dr. Phillips: One of the reasons the Panthers stayed in the game for as long as they did was this quality senior playmaker who finished with 7.5 tackles. He is someone that should draw some attention in the final months before National Signing Day.
DB - Jermaine McKinney, Seffner Armwood: One of the more dominating performances, this senior standout was everywhere on the field in the 4A title game, making plays and doing what he could to elevate the Hawks.
Ramik Wilson, Tampa Jefferson
D.J. Hitchman, LB, Armwood
Eric Striker, DT, Armwood
Jacon Zilbar, LB, Armwood
Prince Dejesus, LB, Central
Carroll Phillips, DE, Central
Ladell Pleasure, DT, Central
Phillip Amone, LB, Dr. Phillips
Hasean Clinton Dix, S, Dr. Phillips
Ryan Luckett, DB, Dr. Phillips
Daryl Monroe, LB, Dr. Phillips
Javorius Allen, Athlete, Lincoln
Eric Childs, LB, Lincoln
Chris Colston, DB, Lincoln
Eugene Mills, LB, Lincoln
Teko Powell, DT, Norland
Curtis Wade, DB, Norland
Jelani Hamilton, DL, St. Thomas Aquinas
Michael Paen, LB, St. Thomas Aquinas
Marcus Roberson, DB, St. Thomas Aquinas
Taleeki Beard, DL, Tampa Jefferson
Christian Calle, LB, Tampa Jefferson
Bobby Richardson, DT, Tampa Plant
Eric Patterson, DB, Tampa Plant
Mike Tate, LB, Tampa Plant
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