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December 27, 2011

Public vs. Private All-Star Game - Jan. 6

Close to 90 standout high school athletes representing Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and school districts from as far away as Connecticut, will compete in TRU Sports Foundation's Third Annual Private vs. Public All Star High School Football Game.

The game, which will be held in partnership with Trainers R Us, Inc., will be played at McArthur High School football stadium on Friday, January 6, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30p.m. All-Star participants will be joined on the sideline by former NFL quarterback and Miami Dolphin Daunte Culpepper along with Oakland Raiders cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and DeMarcus Van Dyke to name a few.

Two years ago, in the inaugural event, the Private team topped the Public squad 12-8 at Monsignor Pace High School before the Public team squared things up at one win apiece with a 26-7 victory last year at McArthur Stadium in Hollywood. Thus the Jan. 6 contest will represent the "rubber" match.

The Private/Public All Star game is an effort to provide graduating seniors an opportunity to showcase their talent among their peers, and obtain one last look by coaches and recruiters, representing colleges and universities across the country. In order to be considered for participation, students are required to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and have already taken the ACT or SAT exam.

Some of the top talent participating in this year's contest will be, from the Private schools, Calvary Christian quarterback Javan Shashaty who set all kinds of single season and career passing records at CC, St. Thomas Aquanis wide receivers Gavin Sinclair and Nico Shepherd, Gulliver Prep. quarterback Dalton Easton and Belen Jesuit running back Imani Davis.

Fresh off leading the Miami Norland Vikings to the Class 5A state championship, quarterback Tony Thomas will help lead the Public All-Star team offensive attack along with two other QBs, Shawn Parrish of Miramar and Joe Villar of McArthur who will be playing on his home field.

"I commend the TRU Sports Foundation for providing this type of opportunity and exposure to these players," said Van Dyke who played four years at Monsignor Pace and four more at the University of Miami before being a third round draft pick of the Raiders last April. "Coming from the same neighborhood as many of these kids, programs like these are so necessary in helping to ensure talented athletes, who may have been overlooked, have an opportunity to be seen by college coaches. That second or third look might be the one to make a difference, and help them realize their dream of getting a college education and playing football."

The game was not the only big event this time. Last week (Dec. 22) some of the participating players visited the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, where they distributed toys to children who are hospitalized for the holidays, and a Media Day press event will be held on Friday, Dec. 30 where they will have an opportunity to gain interview experience and be addressed by members of the media. As an added benefit, during the game, two students will be awarded with a $500 scholarship to assist them as they work towards getting a college education.

The game will also feature a “Battle of the Bands” Halftime event between rivals Miramar High School’s Patriots and Miami Carol City’s “Marching Chiefs.” Gameday sponsors include LaLey Sports, Wing Stop, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Tax Network Group and U18 Sports Medicine.

"This All-Star Game is a unique opportunity for these athletes to showcase their talent, and we are proud to have received such a high level of interest from athletes around the country willing to travel to South Florida to participate in this game," said Mario O. Smith, Executive Director of the TRU Sports Foundation. "We are extremely excited to host an All-Star Game that not only allows players, parents and fans alike, the opportunity to experience an action-packed and competitive contest between some of the state's top ranked schools, but incorporates time in the schedule for athletes to go out and make a difference in the lives of others, truly making this a community-wide event."

Game tickets are $5 for high school students with a valid I.D. and $10 for general admission (Children under 5 admitted free). For more information about the game or sponsorship opportunities, contact Smith or Claudienne Hibbert at 305-740-2822 or visit www.trusportsfoundation.org.

Teams will be practicing this week at Chaminade-Madonna. Next week, they will move to Ferguson Park in Miami Gardens.


Adidas Holiday Slam basketball starts Tuesday

Holiday basketball continues for Miami-Dade and Broward county teams this week.
The 2011 Adidas Holiday Slam kicks off Tuesday with games all day at Florida Christian School. The 16-team field features some top teams from South Florida including Coral Springs Christian, American, University School, Palmetto, Southridge, Archbishop McCarthy, Champagnat Catholic, Westminster Christian, Gulliver and the host Patriots.
The teams will be divided into a pair of 8-team brackets - one labeled the Derrick Rose bracket and the other the Dwight Howard bracket. The semifinals will be played Wednesday and the finals of each bracket will be played Thursday. The high school tournament will be followed by a two-day, four-team Division-III college tournament to be played Friday and Saturday.
Tuesday's schedule - Rose bracket: University vs. American, 9:30 a.m.; Treasure Coast vs. Palmetto, 11 a.m.; Champagnat vs. Lake Worth Christian, 6:30; Wellington vs. Florida Christian, 8; Howard bracket: Orlando Faith Christian vs. Westminster Christian, 12:30; Gulliver vs. Coral Springs Christian, 2; Southridge vs. Center Point, 3:30; Archbishop McCarthy vs. Tampa Sickles, 5.

December 20, 2011

Davey, Davis and Csonka on radio

The Maroone High School Gridiron Report ushers in the holidays on Wednesday night (8-9) with a huge show that is dedicated to the 5A state champion Miami Norland Vikings as well as preview of the Nike Dade vs. South Florida Challenge.

Joining Larry Blustein on WQAM (560 AM) will be Norland linebacker Feddy Davey, Belen Jesuit running back Imani Davis and Jensen Beach offensive lineman Curtis Csonka.


When Norland went to the state championships last year, the Vikings fell behind Tampa Jefferson and never recovered. This year, Randy "Duke" Johnson and a solid defense made sure that didn't happen.

While Johnson has dazzled every opponent this season, with impressive runs, it's the defense that received very little recognition. One of the players who has continued to lift this defense is senior Feddy Davey.

All the versatile Davey did the past two years was lead this team in tackles - and not from just one position. Asked to move from safety back to linebacker this year, the 5-10, 195-pounder did it no questions asked, and was a huge force in the playoffs and in the state championship win over Crawfordville Wakulla.

Over the past three years, there probably hasn't been a more productive and less publicized football prospect than Imani Davis. While he is never mentioned with some of the quality football players in the state, the 5-10, 170-pounder has been so important to the success of the Wolverines.

This tremendous student/athlete will lead a very impressive Miami-Dade squad into Friday night's (7:30) much-anticipated all-star game in the Nike Miami-Dade vs. South Florida Challenge, which will be held at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami.

What Davis has meant to coach Rich Stuart's squad since his sophomore season, when he was part of that team that went to the 3A state championship game, cannot be put into words. His play as a running back and on special teams gave the program a lift.

He currently has a number of offers with more on the way. A great game on Friday will enhance his already lofty standing.

After 16 years of playing the Miami-Dade vs. Broward game, things changed this year with the addition of players throughout South Florida, which included Broward, but also Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast.

One of the players on that team - a Treasure Coast standout from Jensen Beach High - has a familiar name to local football fans, and while Curtis Csonka (Larry's nephew) has been making a huge impact on the football field as an offensive lineman, it's his hard work and commitment that puts him in this game on Friday night.

The 6-2, 255-pound lineman, who has an offer from Bryant University, and programs such as FAU and FIU keeping a close eye, is looking to have a standout performance against a quality Miami-Dade team, which would be a huge shot in the arm.

Csonka is just one of many out of area players who have been excited about the opportunity to play in a game that annually attracts high profile prospects. The game is expected to add Naples, Immokalee and Fort Myers players next year - with an eye on the entire state over the next five years.

As he has done all year, Jonah Woullard joins us to talk about the recent youth football playoffs. What teams are the best in South Florida? Which players will make an immediate impact at the youth level? Jonah has all the answers.

You can catch the show live on the internet at www.wqam.com. It is also archived at http://sfhighschoolsports.com/

Class 5A-6A-7A-8A All-Tournament Team

As we have done for the past six years, Elite Scouting Services and the Miami Herald watched the large school Florida state high school football championships and spotlighted several players who competed.

From Norland and Crawfordville Wakulla to Miami Central, Seffner Armwood, Bradenton Manatee, Jacksonville First Coast, Miramar and Tampa Plant, there were some very impressive players.

From the press box, sideline and through those experts who watched, jotted down notes and gave their input, here are some of the athletes who jumped out:

Randy “Duke Johnson” -21-136 Yards-4 TD’s / 1 KO-Ret-TD-69 Yards

QB-Cord Sandberg-Bradenton Manatee (13-17 180 Yards-1TD / 14 Rushes-81 Yards-1 TD): Whether on the ground or through the air, here is the athlete who had the most impressive performance of any quarterback this past weekend.

RB-Duke Johnson-Miami Norland (21-136 Yards-4 TD’s / 1 KO-Ret-TD-69 Yards): Duke was the MVP of the Norland football team all season long. He did not disappoint in the state title as his five touchdowns helped lead Norland over Wakulla High School.

RB-Wesley Bullock-Tampa Plant-(26-132, 1TD): Bullock was the main reason why Tampa Plant was able to control the football against Miramar. He was very important to setting the tone early in the game.

RB-Anthony Lauro-Manatee-(11-62 Yards, 1TD / 4-77 Yards-1 TD): We almost gave Lauro the offensive MVP after his performance in the state title game. He was impressive running and catching the football.

WR-Malcolm Lewis-Miramar-(7 Catches-94 Yards, 1TD): Lewis made one circus like catch which was one of the best of the weekend. This University of Miami commitment kept Miramar in the game when it looked like Plant was starting to take control.

WR-Matt Jones-Armwood-(3 Catches-119 Yards-1TD): Jones is a running back but it was his performance catching the football that landed him on this list. His 80 yard touchdown reception was quite impressive. Jones made his presence felt this year after coming up short in 2010.

OL-Ereck Flowers-Miami Norland: Here is one of the most impressive line prospects in the state, who was part of an offensive line that dominated Crawfordville Wakulla up front. He is committed to the University of Miami.

OL-Thor Miller-Manatee: One of the reasons why Manatee was able to dominate First Coast up front was because of players like Miller. He helped lead a ground and pound attack that took over their game against First Coast.

OL-Richy Klepal-Tampa Plant: Very explosive line prospect who opened holes and helped the Panthers move the ball on Miramar’s tough defense.

OL-Nathan Shienlee-Tampa Plant: A three years starter who truly made a huge impact in the 8A state title game, helping to provide protection and open holes for an explosive running game.

OL-Trevor Darling-Miami Central: (Joseph) Yearby and (Dalvin) Cooke put up over 200 yards rushing between the two of them, and this gifted sophomore was a big reason why they had so much success running the football. He will have every BCS school in the country calling him in two years.

MVP: Derrick Calloway-Manatee-
3 Sacks-3 Tackles-3 Tackles for Loss, 1 Forced Fumble

DL-Derrick Calloway-Manatee-(3 Sacks-3 Tackles-3 Tackles for Loss, 1 Forced Fumble): This outstanding junior was a dominate force up front for the Hurricanes defense. He constantly helped collapse the pocket up front for Manatee defense. He is just another very talented defensive tackle prospect who will receive interest from BCS schools next spring.

DL-Anari Ragin-Miami Norland-(4 Tackles / 3 Tackles for Loss): Coming over this past spring from Miami Monsignor Pace, the talented junior was very disruptive for the Vikings up front.

DL-Eric Striker-Armwood-(12 Tackles / 2 Sacks / 2 Tackles For Loss): This three years starter really gave Miami Central fits. When he blitzed off the edge, he would get constant pressure on the Central quarterback. He also was all over the field for Armwood defense.

LB-Tamrick Holmes-Wakulla-(14 Tackles  / 2 Tackles for loss): If you had the opportunity to watch the 5AQ state title games, you will see that this quality talent made some huge plays for the War Eagles.

LB-Daniel McMillian-First Coast-(12 Tackles / 2 Tackles for loss): This is a junior who capped off a huge year with a blocked field goal that should have led to points. He may have had one of his best games of the season.

LB-Reggie Northrop-First Coast-(11 Tackles): One of the reasons this team got to Orlando, and in the title game, he more than showed up, recording 11 tackles against a very impressive Manatee team.

DB-Tracy Howard-Miramar-(1 INT / 1 Tackle): A he has done since his sophomore season, this tremendous football talent pretty much shut down his side of the field once again. His third interception of the playoffs was huge in keeping his team in the game. Howard will go down as one of the best cornerbacks in the past 10 years in Broward County.

DB-Leon McQuay-Armwood-(7 Tackles / 1 INT): This tremendous football talent has been on the radar for over three years now, and in the 6A title game, he was impressive. His interception for a touchdown in the first half set the tempo on defense.

DB-Da’Wan Hunte-Miami Central-(9 Tackles / 1 PBU): One of the real gifted defensive backs, who ended up leading the Rockets in tackles. He does not mind coming up and playing the run. He had a few TD-saving tackles against Armwood.

DB-Mikal Cromartie-Wakulla-(8 Tackles / 1 Tackle for Loss / 1 PBU): Another of the players who stepped up to make a solid impact along with his teammate Holmes, Cromartie showed why many consider him a prospect to keep an eye on next season.

There were some additional players that everyone talked about. Athletes who made this past weekend one to remember:
* RB Leon Allen-Manatee (13 Rushes -81 Yards, 1 TD / 6 Catches for 64 Yards).
* QB Alvin Bailey-Armwood (6-7 -139 Yards Passing -2 TD’s).
* WR Brandon Brooks-First Coast (3 Catches-123 Yards).
* DE Trevon Coley-Miramar (8 tackles).
* RB Dalvin Cooke-Miami Central (6 Rushes-84 Yards-1 TD, 99 yard KO return).
*  PK Nick Feely-Armwood
* LB Jermaine Grace-Miramar (10 tackles, 1 sack).
* S David Lerom-Tampa Plant (7 tackles).
* LB Deon Mann-Miami Central (7 tackles).
* OL Kevin McCoy-Seffner Armwood
* DE Antonio McCullough-Seffner Armwood (6 tackles).
* WR Darren Owi-Miami Norland-4 Catches -69 Yards
* LB Reeves Rogers-Tampa Plant (6 tackles, 1 sack).
* LB Mark Rucker-Miramar (7 tackles, 1 sack).
* P Connor Smith-Crawfordville Wakulla (36.3 average).
* S Ahmad Thomas-Miami Central (8 tackles, 1 sack).
* OL Garrett Waiters-Bradenton Manatee.
* OL Cody Waldrop-Seffner Armwood
* LB Bryan Williams-Miramar (11 tackles).
* LB Treyvon Williams-Miami Norland (4 tackles).
* DE Mitchell Wright-Tampa Plant (7 tackles, 1.5 sacks).
* RB Joseph Yearby-Miami Central (27 Rushes-118 Yards- 2 TD’s).

December 19, 2011

Joe Pinkos Power Rating - 2011 Finale

Florida High School Football

2011 Season Final Rankings


FLORIDA’S POWER 25 listings show rank, team, record and classification in parentheses, and power rating.

Joe Pinkos’ Power Ratings are calculated by a formula based on strength of opposition and margin of victory with greater weight given to recent games. To determine the forecasted margin of victory between any two teams, simply figure the difference in the respective power ratings.


1. Manatee (13-2, 7A) 210.6
2. Norland (15-0, 5A) 206.8
3. Armwood (15-0, 6A) 206.0
4. Plant (14-1, 8A) 204.3
5. Miramar (13-1, 8A) 203.3
6. Palmetto (12-2, 5A) 202.4
7. Bolles (13-1, 4A) 201.8
8. Glades Central (12-1, 5A) 201.7
9. American Heritage-Delray (12-1, 3A) 200.3
10. William T. Dwyer (12-2, 7A) 200.1
11. Miami Central (13-1, 6A) 200.0
12. Booker T. Washington (12-2, 4A) 199.0
13. Fort Pierce Central (9-2, 7A) 198.3
14. St. Thomas Aquinas (10-3, 7A) 198.1
15. Cocoa (8-5, 4A) 198.0
16. Madison County (12-2, 3A) 197.6
17. North Florida Christian (13-0, 2A) 197.3
18. Columbus (10-3, 8A) 195.8
19. First Coast (13-1, 7A) 193.8
20. Mainland (12-2, 6A) 192.8
21. Venice (9-2, 7A) 192.4
22. University School (11-1, 3A) 191.8
23. Cypress Bay (8-4, 8A) 191.0
24. Bartram Trail (12-2, 6A) 188.4
25. Fletcher (11-3, 8A) 188.3

How Joe Pinkos’ top-ranked team in Florida, since 1995, has fared in its final game:

2011 Manatee blanked previously undefeated First Coast 40-0 to claim Class 7A title.
2010 St. Thomas Aquinas beat Plant 29-7 to win 5A final and ESPN RISE national title.
2009 Cocoa defeated Glades Central, who had beat 4A champ Dwyer, 27-13 in 2A final.
2008 St. Thomas Aquinas routed Lakeland 56-7 to win 5A crown and national title.
2007 Northwestern bombed Boone 41-0 to capture 6A state title and national crown.
2006 Northwestern beat Lake Brantley 34-14 in 6A final to finish 15-0.
2005 Lakeland beat St. Thomas Aquinas 39-10 to win 5A state crown and national title.
2004 Armwood beat Lake Gibson 49-21 in 4A final to repeat as Florida’s top team.
2003 Armwood topped Lake Gibson 29-21 in 4A final to finish a perfect 15-0.
2002 Palm Bay won 13th consecutive game by beating Jefferson 19-10 in 4A state final.
2001 Lincoln defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 28-20 in 4A state final to finish 7th in nation.
2000 Pine Forest finished undefeated by beating St. Thomas Aquinas 34-27 in triple OT.
1999 Lakeland routed Rutherford 45-12 to claim 5A state title and #6 national ranking.
1998 Northwestern blanked Southeast 28-0 in 6A state final and finished #4 in nation.
1997 Carol City nipped Columbia 20-17 for 6A state title and top-5 national ranking.
1996 Bartow upset Bolles, then-ranked #1 in the nation, 14-13 in 4A state title game.
1995 Bolles beat Hardee 28-21 in 4A final & claimed #12 spot in USA Today Super 25.

Season Records
Pinkos 2,314-557, 80.6%

Laz Index 2,220-576, 79.4%
Freeman Ratings (Maxpreps/Calpreps) 1,989-529, 79.0%
Massey Ratings 2,160-592, 78.5%

Season to-date, when picks differed, our selections have beat the Massey Ratings 180 of 302 times; we’ve topped the Laz Index 166 of 296 times for contests where forecasts differed; and bested the Freeman Ratings in 153 of 271 games.

Pinkos 146-38, 79.3%

Laz Index 142-42, 77.2%
Freeman Ratings (Maxpreps/Calpreps) 139-45, 75.5%
Massey Ratings 138-46, 75.0%


The team rankings of Joe Pinkos’ Power Ratings, the Laz Index and the Freeman Ratings (Maxpreps/Calpreps) were combined to produce the Compilation Rankings shown below. (The Massey Ratings were not immediately available and thus not included.) A team was given 25 points for a first place ranking, 24 points for a second place ranking, and so on down to 1 point for a twenty-fifth place ranking.

1. Manatee 73 points
2. Armwood 72
3. Plant 69
4. Norland 66
5. Miramar 64
6. Bolles 56
7. Miami Central 55
8. Palmetto 53
9. William T. Dwyer 48
10. American Heritage-Delray 46
11. Glades Central 45
12. Booker T. Washington 39
13. St. Thomas Aquinas 38
14. First Coast 37
15. Madison County 36
16. Mainland 28
17. North Florida Christian 25
18. Bartram Trail 21
19. Fort Pierce Central 16
20. Columbus 14
21. Venice 12
22. Cocoa 11
23. (tie) Fletcher 10
23. (tie) Dr. Phillips 10
25. University School 8

December 17, 2011

8A State Final: Tampa Plant 31, Miramar 20

ORLANDO -The Tampa Plant Panthers are the 8A state champions. The Panthers beat Miramar 31-20 at the Citrus Bowl.

The Panthers (13-1) took the lead with 9:45 left in the first quarter when Wesley Bullock took it in from 21 yards out and a 7-0 advantage.

The Patriots used a fumbled punt to set up the first score of the night in the first quarter when D'Vontis Arnold took it in from the 2 with 8:04 left, tying the game at 7.

Tampa Plant came back with 4:03 left in the first quarter, taking advantage of a turnover to take a 14-7 lead when quarterback James Few took it in from the 8.

The Panthers extended the lead to 17-7 with 9:28 left in the first half on a 37-yard field goal by Grant Van Aman.

With 1:05 left in the first half, the Panthers extended the lead to 24-7 on a 1-yard run by Mike Tate.

The Patriots finally stopped the Panthers and turned it into points when Camren Hudge found University of Miami commit Malcolm Lewis from 31 yards out with 2:40 left in the third quarter.

Miramar cut the lead to 24-20 with 2:00 left in the third quarter on a 27-yard pass play from Hudge to Tanares Robinson.

The Panthers moved the score to 31-20 with 6:07 left in the fourth quarter when Tate Rogers recoved a fumble in the endzone.

Plant 14 - 10 - 0 - 7 - 31
Miramar 7 - 0 - 13 - 0 -20
P - Wesley Bullock 21 run (Grant Van Aman kick), 7-0.
M - D'Vontis Arnold 2 run (Malik Wisdom kick), 7-7.
P - James Few 8 run (Grant Van Aman kick), 14-7.
P - Grant Van Aman 37 field goal, 17-7.
P - Mike Tate 1 (Grant Van Aman kick), 24-7.
M - Malcolm Lewis 31 pass from Camren Hudge (Malik Wisdom kick), 24-14
M - Tanares Robinson 27 pass from Camren Hudge (kick blocked), 24-20
P - Tate Rogers recovers fumble in the end zone. (Grant Van Aman kick), 31-20.

A - 4,176

6A FINAL Armwood 40, Miami Central 31

ORLANDO - The Armwood Hawks made a strong statement to be the best team in the nation when they beat previously unbeaten Miami Central to take home the 6A state championship game with a 40-31 victory at the Citrus Bowl.

Armwood got on the board first when senior defensive back Jarvis McCall jumped in front of an Austin Stock pass and returned it 44 yards for the score and a 7-0 lead at the 10:47 mark of the first quarter.

The Hawks moved the lead to 10-0 when Nick Feely connected from 23 yards out with 5:23 left in the first quarter.

When Stock threw his second interception of the game with 4:23 left and Leon McQuay took it back 38 yards, the Hawks led 16-0 in the opening quarter.

The Rockets finally got on the board when sophomore running back Dalvin Cook jetted 63 yards for a score at the 7:32 mark of the second quarter, cutting the lead to 16-7.

Central cut the lead to 16-14 right before the half on a 7-yard run by Joseph Yearby.

The Hawks extended the lead in the third quarter after another turnover to 23-14 on a pass play from Alvin Bailey to Wade Edwards, but the Rockets came back and cut the lead to 23-21 when Cook raced 99 yards with a kickoff.

Bailey gave the Hawks a 30-21 lead when he took it in from 13 yards out.

Emilio Needelman cut the Hawks lead to 30-24 with 8:24 in the fourth quarter on a 36-yard field goal.

The Hawks showed why they are one of the best in the country when Matt Jones took a pass from Alvin Bailey 80 yards for a 37-24 lead with 7:52 left.

The Rockets cut the lead back to 37-31 with 5:01 left in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Yearby.

Nick Feely ended the sxcorting with :33 left in the game on a 41-yard field goal.

Armwood 16 - 0 - 14 - 10 - 40
Central 0 - 14 - 7 - 9 - 31
A - Jarvis McCall 44 yard interception return (Nick Feely kick), 7-0.
A - Nick Feely 23 field goal, 10-0.
A - Leon McQuay 38 yard interception return (kick failed), 16-0.
C - Dalvin Cook 63 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 16-7
C - Joseph Yearby 7 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 16-14
A - Wade Edwards 28 pass from Akvin Bailey (Nick Feely kick), 23-14
C - Dalvin Cook 99 kickoff return (Emilio Nadelman kick), 23-21
A - Alvin Bailey 13 pass (Nick Feely kick), 30-21
C - Emilio Needelman 36 field goal, 30-24
A - Matt Jones 80 pass from Alvin Bailey (Feely kick), 37-24
C - Joseph Yearby 6 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 37-31
A - Nick Feely 41 field goal, 40-31

A - 5,706

December 16, 2011

7A FINAL: Manatee 40, First Coast 0

ORLANDO - The Bradenton Manatee Hurricanes rolled to the 7A state championship with a 40-0 win over previously unbeaten Jacksonville First Coast at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Manatee got on the board first in the opening quarter on a 13-yard run by junior quarterback Cord Sandberg.

Sandberg once againgot into the act as he threw a 44-yard scoring strike to junior running back Anthony Lauro and a 14-0 advantage early in the second quarter.

The Hurricanes extended the lead to 23-0 with 9:46 left in the third quarter when Blake Keller recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.

Manatee pushed the lead to 30-0 when Lauro took it in from the 10 with 6:25 left in the third quarter.

Nick Tankersley made it 33-0 with 6:10 left in the game when he hit his second field goal, a 29-yarder.

MANATEE 7 - 10 - 13 - 10 - 40
0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
M - Cord Sandberg 13 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 7-0.
M - Anthony Lauro 44 pass from Cord Sandberg (Nick Tankersley kick), 14-0.
M - Nick Tankersley 25 field goal, 17-0.
M - Blake Keller recover blocked punt (run failed), 23-0
M - Anthony Lauro 10 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 30-0.
M - Nick Tankersley 29 field goal, 33-0.
M - Taren Cotton 1 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 40-0.

A - 5,196

5A FINAL - Norland 38, Wakulla 0

ORLANDO – The 5A Florida State Football championship game is over, and the Miami Norland Vikings, for the second time in school history, brings a state title back to South Florida.

The 15-0 Vikings beat Crawfordville Wakulla (12-3), 38-0, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Johnson gave the Vikings a 14-0 lead with 11:00 second quarter on a 5-yard run.

When Jacob Stephen's knee hit in the endzone, Norland had grabbed a 16-0 lead, and then Johnson brough back the free kick 69 yards for a 23-0 advantage.

The Vikings added to the lead early in the third quarter when Guirlin Philippe connected on a 31-yard field goal for a 26-0 advantage.

Johnson scored his third TD of the game with 10:08 left in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run for a 32-0 lead.

Johnson added his fourth TD with 6:00 left in the fourth quarter on a 40-yard run and a 38-0 lead.


7- 16 - 3 - 12 - 38


0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
N - Duke Johnson 4 run (Guirlin Philippe kick), 7-0.
N - Duke Johnson 5 run (Guirlin Philippe kick), 14-0.
N - Jacob Stephen tackled in the edzone, 16-0
N - Duke Johnson 69 punt return (Guirlin Philippe kick), 23-0
N - Guirlin Philippe 31 field goal, 26-0
N - Duke Johnson 3 run (kick failed), 32-0.
N - Duke Johnson 3 run (kick failed), 38-0.

A - 3,361

December 13, 2011

Class 1A-2A-3A-4A All-Tournament Team

Like we have every year, Elite Scouting Services and the Miami Herald took a look at the eight teams playing in the first weekend of the Florida state high school championships.

Watching every game, and breaking down each athlete who participated in the finals, here is a look at the athletes who stood out and made a lasting impression.

Win or lose, Jefferson County, Chipley, North Florida Christian, Admiral Farragut, Delray American Heritage, Madison County, Booker T. Washington and Jacksonville Bolles came to play hard and left Orlando with so many memories.

MVP : Greg Bryant -American Heritage Delray- 39 -247-Yards (3 TD's)

QB-Matt Dobson -North Florida Christian. (7-9 200 Yards -3TD's). Dobson has been starting at North Florida Christian since his freshman season. He took over as quarterback and the Eagles were once again holding up a championship trophy.

RB-Greg Bryant-American Heritage Delray. (39-247 Yards-3TD's). This top-flight junior was outstanding as he helped lead the Stallions over Madison County. In the 2nd half he took over the game. Bryant finished with a game high three touchdowns.

RB-Tim Betros-Jacksonville Bolles-(14-117-2TD's). Following a family tradition for the Bulldogs, this impressive junior helped in a 21-pont fourth quarter to beat No. 1 Booker T. Washington. He had a huge run, which made several highlight reels, leaping over a BTW player on his way to a big play.

WR-Branton Lee-North Florida Christian. (3-86 Yards and 2 TD's). This gifted junior had just three catches, but they were enough to give the 2A state champions just the spark they needed, putting up a pair of TDs.

WR-Ladarian Smiley-Jefferson County. (5-116 Yards-2 TD's). This gifted sophomore showed just what kind of athlete he was in the 1A title game, making key catches and finding the end zone.

OL-John Theus-Jacksonville Bolles. If you watched this young man play over the past five years, you know why he is regarded as the top offensive lineman in Florida. He dominated against a very physical and athletic Booker T. Washington defense. Another reason for the 21-point fourth quarter.

OL-Tyler Daniels-Chipley. While his team didn't score a lot of points in the 1A final, this sophomore was aggressive, held his blocks and provided protection. This is a player to keep an eye on over the next two years.

OL-Drew Sarvary-North Florida Christian. This three-year varsity performer came to Orlando and was a major part of the Eagles' domination up front. The 6-6, 290-pounder was able to do pretty much do whatever he wanted all game long.

OL-John Heck-Jacksonville Bolles. Another three-year starter on an experienced line that dug down deep in the fourth quarter. The North Carolina-bound standout played one of his best games of the season.

OL-Denver Kirkland-Booker T. Washington. This gifted junior has been opening holes, pass blocking and showcasing his athletic frame for two years. In the 4A title game, he helped give his quarterback plenty of time to throw. We would not be surprised to see him back on this list next year.

MVP: Matthew Thomas-Booker T. Washington.15 Tackles, 2 Fumble recoveries and 1 Forced Fumble.

DL-Kenneth Madison-Jefferson County. (11 Tackles-3 Tackles For Loss). This impressive two-way performer put his name on the recruiting map for the future. Even though he is a sophomore, this is an impressive, physical specimen. He played very well as he helped shut down Chipley in the 1A finale.

DL-Max Tejada-Jacksonville Bolles. (12 Tackles-1 Sack-1 Tackle for loss- 2 Pass Break Ups). This three-year starter was quite impressive in the 4A state final game. He is a very active play maker who follows the flight of the ball as well as anyone on the field.

DL-Evan Gentry-North Florida Christian. (4 Tackles-1 Sack-1.5 Tackles for Loss). One of the most impressive players on a team loaded with talent, Gentry played all over the field, showing his football skills and athletic ability in the 2A title game. Just a junior!

DL- Giancarlo Bennardo, Delray American Heritage. (6 tackles, 4 tackles for loss). This gifted junior was all over the field, making life tough for Madison County in the 3A title game. An aggressive play-maker who made the difference on an athletic Stallion unit.

LB-Matthew Thomas-Booker T. Washington. (15 Tackles-2 FR-1 FF). There may not be a more talented junior defensive player in the state of Florida this year. A versatile football player who can pay DE, LB or safety. Quick, agile and plays the pass as well as anyone you will see in the state. Big time future ahead!

LB-Dallas Griffiths-North Florida Christian. (14 Tackles-2 Tackles for Loss). Ask anyone who watched this 6-2, 225-pound junior play in the 2A state title game, and everyone will tell you he was simply one of the best on the field. Big time senior prospect.

LB-Shavarist Alexander, Jefferson County. (13 Tackles-1 Tackle for loss). Just a junior, this was a huge reason why his team brought home another state title. He was all over the field and made it difficult for Chipley to get much going late in the game.

DB-Travis Blanks-North Florida Christian. (3 Tackles). Having watched this quality football prospect performer the past three years, it was no surprise to see him make a major statement in the Eagles' convincing 2A state title win. He was without a doubt one of the best defensive backs to have played this past weekend.

DB-Keyvon Caffey-Booker T. Washington. (12 Tackles-1 Forced fumble-1 Pass Break Up). The Tornadoes leading tackler during the regular season, showed why he is a prospect to be watched. This senior had quite a career as a safety.

DB-Michael Johnson-Booker T. Washington. With all the tremendous defensive backs this program continues to churn out each year, this is a junior who turned heads in Orlando, and will continue to make a splash in the off season. Will be a top-flight 2013 prospect.

DB-Deshawnte Gallon, Madison County. (9 Tackles). Coming into the game, this is one of the players that everyone wanted to watch performer, and by the time the game had ended against American Heritage Delray, this senior was indeed everything he had been the past two seasons.

DB-Tony Fields, North Florida Christian. Looking for a prospect to follow the next few years? Here is a player who just took over in the secondary, and when you have a sophomore stepping up to make so many plays, it's little wonder why the Eagles rolled in 2A.

In addition, there were some other players who made an impression as well:
* QB - Treon Harris-Booker T. Washington. (85 Yards Rushing-2 TD's / 12-20 172 Pass -1 TD).
* RB - Alphonso Footman-Jefferson County. 19-137 Yards -2 TD's.
* RB - D.J. Stewart, Jacksonville Bolles.
* RB - Dvon Ballard-Booker T. Washington. 8 - 83 Yards
* RB - Ryan McIntyre, Chipley. 126 yards, TD.
* WR - Lamar Parker, Booker T. Washington.
* WR - Warren Hart. North Florida Christian. 10-77 2 TD's.
* OL - Kelly Parfitt, American Heritage Delray.
* OL - Connor Benson- Epstein, American Heritage Delray.
* OL - Ira Denson, Madison County.
* OL - Denzel Whitfield, Jefferson County.
* DE - Drew Faintch. North Florida Christian. 6 Tackles, 1 sack 1 tackle for loss.
* DE - Chad Thomas, Booker T. Washington. -1 tfl, 1 tackkle, 1 sack.
* DE - Justin Akerman, Jacksonville Bolles. 7 tackles -1 tackle for loss.
* LB - Jordan Smallenski, Jacksonville Bolles. 9 tackles - 2 tackles for loss
* LB - Zach Slafsky, American Heritage Delray.
* LB - Silmore Dallaway, American Heritage Delray.
* LB - Tevin Roundtree, Madison County. 11 tackles- 2 tackles for loss.
* LB - Jacob Pugh, Jefferson County. 9 tackles.
* DB - Rayshawn Jenkins, Admiral Farragut.
* P/PK - Brooks Abbott, Jacksonville Bolles.