Through the years, we have witnessed plenty of early round playoff games. This past weekend, at Orlando's Citrus Bowl, was probably the best early set of games we have ever watched.
Ocala Trinity Catholic and Davie University High School went into 3 overtimes before the Suns were stopped on the one yard line, attempting a two point conversion to win the game. In another great game, Glades Central scored the go ahead touchdown to make the game 13-7. On the extra point Cocoa blocked the kick which was huge. Cocoa ended up scoring a touchdown late to put themselves up 14-13 and winning for the 38th straight time.
On Friday, there were two great games as South Daytona Beach Warner Christian jumped up early on by a couple of touchdowns. Later on, it was the Kelvin Taylor Show as he finished the game with well over 200 yards and five touchdowns.
In the fourth outstanding game, Andrew Buie had a phenomenal game as Jacksonville Trinity Christian pulled the "upset" over American Heritage Delray. Buie finished the game with close to 200 yards and had a multi-touchdown game.
Here are the team rankings after the first weekend:
2. Glades Central
3. Ocala Trinity Catholic
4. Davie University School
5. Jacksonville Trinity Christian
6. Delray American Heritage
7. Glades Day
8. Daytona Warner Christian
Here is a look at the players who made a lasting impression from Week 1:
QB – Douglas Cook, University School: Cook has improved more over the past two seasons than any other player in Broward County. He had over 60 passes in the state title game. His leaderships skills were quite impressive as the Suns were within a two point conversion from winning a first ever state title.
RB – Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day: Taylor had 44 rushes for over 250 yards and 5 touchdowns. This performance surpassed last years finals as Glades Day was trailing the entire day. Taylor's final touchdown put Glades Day up for good. He had one of the all time rushing performances in a finals game.
RB – Andrew Buie, Trinity Christian: This talented athlete rushed for over 240 yards and 4 touchdowns. His performance was equally as impressive after Trinity Christian pulled the upset over American Heritage Delray.
WR – Nicholas Kutcher, University School: This impressive athlete broke the State Championship record for receptions. His 14 catches was a big reason why the Suns had a chance to win. He is a Wes Welker type receiver who was Mr. Reliable for Douglas Cook.
WR – Davonte Allen, Glades Central: If there was any player who turned up the heat against Cocoa, it was this quality athletes. He has quickly become one of the best kept secrets this season. His play in the state title game elevated his stock to a BCS level.
WR – Macgarrett Kings, University School: Looking for someone to start talking about or the 2011 season? This is a player who has proven this season that he is indeed one of the top prospects on any field he steps on. He is one of the best all-around football players on his team.
OL – Chase Maddox, Jacksonville Trinity Christian: This versatile senior line prospect was easily one of the top players on the field in the 1A title game. His ability to sustain blocks and open holes gave the Conquerors a huge advantage.
OL – Marc Everhart, Trinity Christian: Yet another senior line prospect that head coach Verlon Dorminey and his staff have talked positively about all season and in the 1A title game, he lived up to the hype!
OL – Zach Simmons, Glades Day: When it comes to protecting the quarterback and opening holes for Kelvin Taylor, here is one of the elite prospects the Gators have. This senior certainly turned plenty of heads.
OL – Jordan Budwig, University School: This quality sophomores has the size and strength to be a great one. Certainly opened holes and blocked extremely well for Cook and the passing game.
OL Isaac Stern, University School: Talk about you impressive athletes. This versatile blocker opened holes, provided plenty of protection and used his 6-4, 315-pound frame in a productive way.
OL – Tyler Riley, Ocala Trinity Catholic: If you watched the Celtics move the ball in the 2B state title game, and you watched the line play, this gifted junior center was truly one of the catalysts for the state champions. Very impressive blocking skills.
OL – Daniel Machini, University School: Another of the talented juniors that head coach Roger Harriott and his program have coming back. he was outstanding all season in proving protection.
• Davonte Jones, FB, Cocoa.
• Marcus Dixon, RB Warner Christian
• Jeremiaha Gates, RB, Ocala Trinity Catholic
• Breon Allen, RB, Warner Christian
• Tyler Oldham, WR, Warner Christian
• Diquan Jefferson, Ocala Trinity Catholic
• Robbie Nasseff, OL, Delray American Heritage
• Nestor Lantigua, RB, Delray American Heritage
• Leo Alba, WR, Davie University School
• Jordan Cunningham, Davie University School
• David Thomas, WR, Ocala Trinity Catholic
• Aaron Baker, RB, Glades Central
• Jamie Wilson, WR, Glades Central
Offensive MVP- Douglas Cook – University School
DL – Tyrell Denson, Cocoa: This quick junior added to his lofty totals in the title game with three sacks, multiple pressures and holding Glades Central to only 13 points. Denson was in the backfield of Glades Central the entire game. He should be back strong once again in 2011 to try and help Cocoa win four straight titles.
DL – Jonathan General, Ocala Trinity Catholic: If you kept on eye on the defensive side of the ball in the 2B title game, this play-maker is quick and gets up the field quickly for the Celtics' defense. General will be back next season and leads a very talented defense in 2011.
DL – Robert Way, Glades Central: Is there anyone in the state of Florida who continues to play at a high level with such little publicity? After the first weekend of the state playoffs, everyone had the chance to finally see how productive this senior can be.
DL – Mike Ferguson, Cocoa: One of the big time defensive players on a team that was among the nation's best. This junior has a knack of being around the ball.
LB – Justin Cooper, Davie University: If there was one player who didn't get the pre-game hype that he deserved, this is him. A gifted senior play-maker who has size, speed and a knack of coming up with the big play.
LB – Tyjuan Frey, Ocala Trinity Catholic: One of the most active players in the 2B state title game, this senior was all around the ball, chasing down a very quick and talented University School team.
LB – Marvel Taylor, Jacksonville Trinity Christian: This gifted two-way performer not only came up with huge plays on the defensive side of the ball, but also made a lasting impression as a fullback on offense.
LB – Corey Garcia, Glades Day: Before the game, he was not the player everyone was talking about, but this junior found a way to showcase his many abilities, leading his team in tackles (8) and was a key cog in a defense that helped slow down Warner Christian in the 2nd half of their win.
DB – Chris Johnson, Ocala Trinity Catholic: Easily one of the best athletes and football talents who competed in the first weekend. His speed, knowledge of the game and passion put him a position to make numerous plays.
DB – Breon Allen, Daytona Warner Christian: For the past three years, this has been one of the state's best two-way performers. His 11 tackles (3 for loss) was a final line that attracted the attention of every player and coach on the field. He also managed to also run for 147 yards on offense. A complete player!
DB – Taylor Oldham, Daytona Warner Christian: If the Eagles had won the tremendous game against Glades Day, he would have been a shoe-in for Defensive MVP. He was all over the field for Warner Christian. The talented defensive back looks to lead Warner to their fourth straight title game next season.
DB – Jamonte Jones, Ocala Trinity Catholic: In state championships each season, there are young players who step up and showcase their skills for the future. Here is a sophomore who certainly made a lasting impression.
DB – Edwin Thomas-American Heritage Delray: This talented junior truly showcased his athletic ability with 8 tackles and kept the Stallions in the game from beginning.
DB – Nick Washington, Trinity Christian: When projecting into the future, this Class of 2013 athlete is one of the players to keep an eye one. Will be one of the top prospects for the next few years!
• Westley Owings, DE, Jacksonville Trinity Christian
• Trai Cadore, LB, Cocoa
• Grady Redding, LB, Cocoa
• Skai Moore, Davie University School
• Antonio Wallace, LB, Cocoa
• Cameron Posey, S, Delray American Heritage
• Ahmad Christian, DB, Jacksonville Trinity Christian
• James Lincoln, PK, Ocala Trinity Catholic
• William Likely, DB, Glades Central
• Cody White, P, Cocoa
PUNTER - Taylor Oldham, Warner Christian: This gifted athlete averaged over 43 yards per punt. His longest punt went 56 yards. He was a big time player on offense, defense and special teams for the 1B runnerup.
KICKER - Daniel Braverman, Davie University School: Not only did this talented junior boot nearly every ball into the endzone on kickoffs, but also had seven extra points as well. He also caught 2 TDs and had several receptions.
Defensive MVP… Tyrell Denson, Cocoa High School
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