January 08, 2015

DeVon Georgia Takes Over At South Broward

Back in 1992 and 1993, DeVon Georgia was one of south Florida’s best athletes – earning all-state honors in football and all-county recognition on the basketball court.

His success during the time he competed at South Broward Senior High made him one of the best overall athletes to ever wear a Bulldog uniform.

On Thursday, the gifted athlete who left the school over two decades ago (1994 graduate), was looked upon to be the person who would return and revive this once proud football program as he was hired as the new football coach.

“This is really a dream come true,” Georgia said. “I have coached plenty in the past and have learned so much, so I felt it was time to take a head job and what a better place to do it at.”

Familiar with the area, Georgia grew up minutes from the South Broward campus and still keeps relationships with parents and athletes who will be part of his rebuilding process.

His knowledge of the players and the community is something that former coach Allen Held played on during his successful run at the school.

Taking over for Josh Shapiro, who became athletic director at the school last May, Georgia only promises that he will return the program to where it was when he left, playing for coaching legend Matt Lococo. It was then that the Bulldogs produced several Division 1 prospects and had playoff teams.

Shapiro was instrumental in bringing back Georgia to a school that has the talent to choose from, and having one of its own to get back in the community and keep gifted athletes at home.

“DeVon is perfect for this position,” said Shapiro. “I have been around this sport long enough to know when I see a quality person and someone who knows this game.”

During his years in coaching, Georgia has picked up so many valuable things from watching and working with outstanding coaches.

Georgia was a Super 11 Player twice and all-state player as well during his playing day.

He attended Michigan State University.

January 07, 2015

AP Class 5A All-State football team

The Florida All-State Class 5A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters.

NOTE: South Florida players names bolded. 


QB - Torrance Gibson 6-4 210 Sr., Plantation American Heritage

RB - Taeler Porter 5-9 190 Sr., Immokalee

RB - James Allen 5-11 185 Sr., Citra North Marion

WR - Charles Wade 6-0 195 Sr., Jacksonville Bishop Kenny

WR - Keith Gavin 6-4 225 Jr., Crawfordville Wakulla

WR - Daniel Davis 5-10 175 Sr., Tarpon Springs

OL - Luke Hiers 6-4 290 Sr., LakeWales

OL - Brett Heggie 6-4 285 Jr., MountDora

OL - Tyler Jordan 6-4 290 Sr., Jacksonville Bishop Kenny

OL - Michael Howard 6-6 250 Sr., Green Cove Springs Clay

OL - James Daniels 6-4 275 Sr., Bushnell South Sumter

UT - Ryan Davis 5-11 180 Sr., St PetersburgLakewood

K  - Trevor Ross 5-11 180 Sr., Live Oak Suwannee



DL - Cedric Wood 6-3 300 Jr., Tallahassee Godby

DL - Montel Presley 5-11 300 Jr., Bushnell South Sumter

DL - Devin Papenheim 6-6 225 Sr., Bushnell South Sumter

DL - Deionte Turner 6-2 290 Sr., Arcadia DeSoto

LB - Raekwon Jones 6-1 205 Sr., Lynn Haven Mosley

LB - Jim Jones 6-2 225 Sr., Tallahassee Godby

LB - Anthony Flory 6-2 225 Sr., Plantation American Heritage

DB - Tarvarus McFadden 6-3 200 Sr., Plantation American Heritage

DB - Taderrius Patrick 6-1 185 Sr., Tavares

DB - Tucker Bennett 6-1 180 Sr., Merritt Island

DB - Marcus Holton 6-0 180 Sr., Tallahassee Godby

UT - Dakota Milstead 5-9 160 Sr., PensacolaWest Florida

P - Zach Gleaton 5-10 160 Sr., Zephyrhills



QB - Feleipe Franks 6-6 218 Jr., Crawfordville Wakulla

RB - Denzel Washington 5-7 170 Sr., Live Oak Suwannee

RB - Chris Schwarz 5-10 180 Jr., New Port Richey River Ridge

WR - Quan Moorer 6-5 205 Sr., Pensacola Catholic

WR  Freddie Swain 6-2 180 Jr., Citra North Marion

WR - Jacob Kubik 6-0 180 Sr., Gulf Breeze

OL - Zach Baker 6-4 290 Sr., Green Cove Springs Clay

OL - Parker Boudreaux 6-4 290 Jr., Orlando Bishop Moore

OL - Christian Pellage 6-7 297 Sr., BrooksvilleNatureCoast

OL - Brandon Loftus 6-7 305 Sr., Tallahassee Godby

OL - C.J. Allen 6-4 310 Sr., Palm Bay

UT - J.T. Turner 5-9 185 Sr., Green Cove Springs Clay

K  - Jake McIntyre 6-1 170 Jr., Orlando Bishop Moore



DL - Richard McIntosh 6-2 235 Sr., Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

DL - Daryl Wilson 6-1 290 Jr., Panama CityBay

DL - Zander Zimmer 6-2 225 Jr., Orlando Bishop Moore

DL - Brian Burns 6-6 210 Jr., Plantation American Heritage

LB - Malcolm Penny 6-1 220 Sr., Tallahassee Rickards

LB - Alex Williams 5-11 230 Sr., Citra North Marion

LB - Anthony Foster 6-2 230 Sr., St PetersburgLakewood

DB - Marc McCoy 6-2 185 Sr., Riverview Spoto

DB - Marcus Walker 6-1 185 Sr., LakeWales

DB - Ryan Pulley 6-0 190 Sr., Cape CoralIslandCoast

DB - Von Davis 5-10 175 Sr., MountDora

UT - Aaron McCallister 5-11 195 Jr., Live Oak Suwannee

P  - Dylan Barnas 5-8 165 Sr., Merritt Island



QB - Z'Khari Blocker 6-1 180 So., Pensacola Catholic

RB - P.J. Simmons 5-10 190 Sr., Tallahassee Godby

RB - Colin Wilson 6-0 210 So., Green Cove Springs Clay

WR - Raiqwan Hayes 5-11 165 Sr., New PortRicheyGulf

WR - Rasheen Bailey 5-7 160 Sr., Cape Coral

WR - Dredrick Snelson 5-11 185 Jr., Plantation American Heritage

OL - Colton Rausch 6-1 225 Sr., Auburndale

OL - Marcus Brown 6-4 340 Sr., Naples Lely

OL - Devin Gibson 6-0 300 Sr., PensacolaWest Florida

OL - Clark Bulliet 6-3 265 Sr., Tampa Jesuit

OL - Carl Blaylock 6-2 250 Jr., Live Oak Suwannee

UT - Jaylen Pickett 6-0 200 Sr., Zephyrhills

K  - Austin Peffers 5-11 160 Sr., Panama City Arnold



DL - Sean Grayer 6-2 230 Sr., Green Cove Springs Clay

DL - Antoine Barker 6-4 235 Sr., Pensacola Catholic

DL - Danny Thomas 6-2 230 Sr., Tallahassee Godby

DL - Keyonte Holley 5-11 235 Sr., WauchulaHardeeCounty

LB - Kendall Duckworth 6-0 190 Sr., Naples Lely

LB - Brice Hatcher 6-2 235 Sr., Bushnell South Sumter

LB - Bradley Clement 6-0 220 Jr., Plantation American Heritage

DB - Rayshad Lewis 5-9 165 Jr., Orlando Bishop Moore

DB - Deonta Fair 6-0 180 Sr., Plantation American Heritage

DB - Jaymon Thomas 6-2 180 Sr., Immokalee

DB - Trevor Duke 5-10 185 Sr., New Port Richey River Ridge

UT - Jonte Boston 5-10 175 Sr., Jacksonville Ribault

P  - Louis Zervos 5-9 150 Sr., Tarpon Springs



QB Cody Saunders 6-2 192 Jr., Panama City Arnold; QB Adarius Purifoy 6-1 180 Jr., Pensacola West Florida; QB Jackson Bradley 6-2 190 Sr., Jacksonville Bishop Kenny; RB Raekwon Webb 5-9 175 Jr., Panama City Bay; RB Malik Davis 5-11 180 So., Tampa Jesuit; RB Willie Brown 5-10 180 Sr., Mount Dora; RB Marcus Williams 5-9 175 Sr., Orlando Bishop Moore; RB Todd Sims 6-0 180 Sr., Riverview Spoto; RB Artavis Pierce 5-10 200 Jr., Auburndale; RB Ezekiel Thomas 6-0 190 Sr.,  Tavares; WR Leroy Henley 6-1 185 So., Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons; WR Antwain Adams 6-2 170 Sr., Pensacola Catholic; TE Archibald Bowman 6-4 230 Sr. Dade City Pasco; OL Kekoa Haina-Scott 6-2 260 Sr., Panama City Bay; OL Kyle Weaver 6-3 330 Jr., Crawfordville Wakulla; OL C.J. Riddell 6-2 285 Sr., Orlando Bishop Moore; OL Bailey Herring 6-3 270 Jr., Merritt Island; UT Jack Reed 5-9 175 Sr., Citra North Marion; QB Keshaun Peters 6-1 205 Sr., New Port Richey Gulf; UT Amari DuBose 5-9 155 Jr. Jacksonville Westside; UT Mitch Wilcox 6-5 230 Sr., Tarpon Springs; LB Chris Sakomoto 6-0 215 Sr., Green Cove Springs Clay; LB Nick Mosco 5-10 210 So., Tampa Jesuit; LB Wilbur Cooper 5-11 215 Sr., Auburndale; LB Zac Lackman 6-1 210 Jr., Cape Coral Island Coast.

AP Class 4A All-State football team

The Florida All-State Class 4A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters.


QB - Maurice Alexander 6-0 170 Sr., Miami Washington

RB - Mark Walton 5-11 195 Sr., Miami Washington

RB - Azende Rey 6-0 190 Jr., DeFuniakSpringsWaltonCounty

RB - Eric Bright 5-9 210 Sr., MadisonCounty

WR - Antonio Callaway 6-0 180 Sr., Miami Washington

WR - Jamel Dean 6-2 200 Sr., Cocoa

OL - Joe Hernandez 5-10 280 Sr., Clewiston

OL - Tammarick Collier 6-6 270 Sr., TallahasseeFlorida High

OL - Cody Temple 6-2 285 Sr., Callahan West Nassau

OL - Jawaan Taylor 6-6 360 Jr., Cocoa

OL - Ben Tirolia 6-4 280 Sr., Miami Washington

UT - Ronnie Harrison 6-2 210 Sr. Tallahassee Florida High

K - Isaac Mercado 5-10 165 Sr., Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest


DL - Steven Leggett 6-1 255 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Central

DL - John Matson 6-2 225 Jr., FortWhite

DL - Devonaire Clarington 6-6 230 Sr., Miami Washington

LB - Kyle Johnson 6-0 210 Jr., Jacksonville Bolles

LB - Sage Lewis 6-1 212 Sr, Miami Monsignor Pace

LB - Michael Pinckney 6-1 225 Jr., Jacksonville Raines

LB - Withney Simon 6-0 210 Sr., Orlando Jones

DB - Chauncey Gardner 5-11 190 Jr., Cocoa

DB - DaVante Davis 6-2 190 Sr., Miami Washington

DB — Ocie Rose 6-2 180 Sr., Miami Washington

DB - Jacari Footman 5-11 175 Sr., TallahasseeFlorida High

UT - Caleb Robinson 6-1 180 Jr., Umatilla

P - Austin Bentley 6-0 170 Sr., TallahasseeFlorida High


QB - Bruce Judson 5-11 170 So., Cocoa

RB - Davion Dubose 6-1 195 Jr. Callahan West Nassau

RB - Justin Weaver 5-10 180 Sr., Cocoa

RB - Jabari Jiles 5-9 190 So. Villages

WR - Tyrell Moorer 6-0 180 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles

WR - Ronald Patterson 6-2 180 Jr., Jacksonville Raines

OL - Zach Sprenkle 5-9 245 Sr., MadisonCounty

OL - Mike Ruess 6-1 235 Sr., Coconut Creek North Broward Prep

OL - Deonte Seal 6-3 370 So., Clewiston

OL - Jah'Shaun Seider 6-5 265 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Central

OL - Seth Standland 6-2 230 Sr., DeFuniakSpringsWaltonCounty

UT - Akevious Williams 6-2 190 Sr., MadisonCounty

K - Sander Bloshinsky 5-10 150 Jr., Coral Springs Charter


DL - Joseph Jackson 6-5 235 Jr., Miami Gulliver Prep

DL - Christian Helsel 6-4 280 Sr., FortWhite

DL - Nik Bonitto 6-5 220 Fr., Davie University

LB - James King 6-2 210 Sr., Miami Washington

LB - Michael Dudzinski 5-11 180 Sr., Callahan West Nassau

LB - Noah Justinger 6-2 220 Sr., The Villages

LB - Dominic Sheppard 6-2 210 Sr., Miami Gulliver Prep

DB - Trenton McGahee 6-2 205 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles

DB - AsanteGriffin 5-9 185 Sr., Cocoa

DB - Terry Jefferson 5-8 175 Sr., Miami Washington

DB - Bump Robinson 6-0 175 Sr., MadisonCounty

UT - Lenorris Gaines 5-9 175 Sr., Clewiston

P - Alex Rutledge 5-8 183 Jr., Jacksonville Raines


QB Akex Cavender 6-2 180 Sr., Port St John Space Coast; QB Justin Lewis 6-1 180 Sr., Umatilla; QB David Witt 6-2 200 Jr., Clewiston; QB David Vozzola 5-11 170 Jr., Coral Springs Charter; RB Dominique Spain 5-7 175 Sr., Clewiston; RB George Jacobson 5-11 190 Sr., Tavernier Coral Shores; RB Mekhi Sargent 5-10 217 Jr., Key West; UT Calvin Jackson 5-9 160 Jr., Coral Springs Charter; WR C.J. Riley 6-4 180 Jr., Coconut Creek North Broward Prep; WR Jason Browning 6-4 185 So., Port St John Space Coast; TE Kevin Ackerman 6-5 230 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles; OL Jeremiah Theus 6-6 270 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles; UT Dexter Carter Jr. 5-11 170 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles.

AP Class 3A All-State football team

The Florida All-State Class 3A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters.


QB - Brandon Ziarno 6-1 190 Sr., Melbourne Central Catholic

RB - Jamauri Wakefield 5-11 210 Jr., JacksonvilleProvidence

RB - Garrett Williams 6-4 220 Sr., OrlandoFirstAcademy

RB - Jordan Cronkite 5-10 200 Sr., Miami Westminster

WR - Max Erdman 5-9 175 Sr., Melbourne Central Catholic

WR - Jacob Mathis 6-5 220 Jr., TampaBerkeley Prep

OL - Abdul Bello 6-3 302 Sr., MontverdeAcademy

OL - Andrew Boselli 6-4 310 Jr., JacksonvilleProvidence

OL - Billy Atterbury 6-4 275 Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

OL - Kendrick Norton 6-2 275 Sr., Jacksonville Trinity

OL - Geron Christian 6-6 305 Sr., Ocala Trinity

UT - Jeff Smith 6-1 175 Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

K - Matt Sweeney 5-9 160 Sr., Tallahassee Maclay


DL - Bo Peek 6-2 300 Jr., TampaBerkeley Prep

DL - Malik Barrow 6-4 275 Jr., Tampa Catholic

DL - J'von Butler 6-2 200 Sr., Melbourne Holy Trinity

LB - Victor Alexander 5-10 235 Sr., Jacksonville Trinity

LB - Jeffery Holland 6-2 220 Sr., Jacksonville Trinity

LB - Ulysses Gilbert 6-1 230 Sr., Ocala Trinity

LB - Josh Ward 6-3 215 Sr., Delray Beach American Heritage

DB - Kevin Toliver 6-2 195 Sr., Jacksonville Trinity

DB - Desmond Cain 5-11 183 Sr., Delray Beach American Heritage

DB - Tyreke Johnson 6-2 190 Fr., Jacksonville Trinity

DB - Ben Edwards 5-11 200 Sr., Jacksonville Trinity

UT - Stephon Williams 6-2 230 Sr., ClearwaterCalvary Christian

P - Nick Rabinowitz 6-1 228 Jr., Delray Beach American Heritage


QB - Christian Alexander 6-3 210 Sr., Lakeland Christian

RB - Devin Singletary 5-10 190 Jr., Delray Beach American Heritage

RB - C.J. Cotman 5-11 170 So., Clearwater Central Catholic

RB - Mason Plante 6-0 175 Sr., OrlandoFirstAcademy

TE - Andrew Owers 6-2 235 Sr., West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman

WR - Rb Marlow 5-9 170 Jr., Lakeland Christian

OL - Richie Kallay 6-4 285 Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

OL - Nick Vallano 6-3 275 Sr., Delray Beach American Heritage

OL - Donovan Welch 6-5 290 Sr., MontverdeAcademy

OL - Aiden O'Carroll 6-6 280 Sr., TampaBerkeley Prep

OL - Jaylen Miller 6-4 285 Jr., JacksonvilleProvidence

UT - Warren Robinson 5-9 185 Sr., Delray Beach American Heritage

K - Austin Lafzewski 6-3 180 Jr., Hollywood Chaminade


DL - Joe Schiano 6-1 215 Sr., TampaBerkeley Prep

DL - Brock Miller 6-4 200 Jr., Fort Pierce John Carroll

DL - Jordan Woods 6-3 240 Jr., Ocala Trinity

LB - Marquis Hendrix 6-1 230 Sr., Ocala Trinity

LB - Sam Leonard 6-2 210 Sr., Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

LB - Matt Deal 5-11 210 Sr., Tallahassee Maclay

LB - James Sutton 6-0 210 Jr., Miami Westminster

DB - Kenneth Coleman 6-0 175 Ar., JacksonvilleProvidence

DB - Kaleel Gaines 6-0 170 Sr. Frostproof

DB - Demetri Royer 6-0 195 Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

DB - Deantai Williams 6-0 175 Sr., Jacksonville Trinity

UT - Jimmy Martin 6-0 210 Sr., Maitland Orangewood Christian

P - Robby Howard 5-11 175 Sr., Sarasota Cardinal Mooney


QB Jordan Watkins 6-1 185 Sr., Fort Pierce John Carroll; QB Brad Mayes 6-2 205 Sr., Tampa Berkeley Prep; QB Reese Vita 6-1 200 Sr., Sarasota Cardinal Mooney; RB Daniel Fisher 5-6 160 Sr., Jacksonville Episcopal; RB Kenneth Williams 5-11 180 Sr., Orlando First Academy; RB Ryan Fulse 5-9 185 Sr. Fort Meade; RB William Scott 5-10 175 Fr., Fort Myers Bishop Verot; RB Travis Homer 5-10 190 Jr., West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy; WR Mason Wilfong 6-2 180 Sr., Fort Pierce John Carroll; WR Parker Collins 5-11 165 Sr., Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian; WR Larenz Deshazor 6-0 190 So., Lakeland Christian; TE Jake Bargas 6-3 225 Sr., Boca Raton St Andrew's; WR Chris Barr 5-10 175 Sr., Jacksonville Trinity; UT Timothy Irvin 5-9 185 Sr., Miami Westminster; UT Richie Denicola 6-1 183 Sr., Ocala Trinity; UT London Gaskin 5-9 172 Sr., Ocala Trinity; LB Eric Gallon 6-2 218 Sr., Lakeland Christian; LB Tristan Payton 6-0 200 Sr., Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian; UT George Schmelzle 6-3 195 Jr., Community School of Naples; UT Will Erdman 5-11 185 Jr., Melbourne Central Catholic.

January 05, 2015

AP Class 2A All-State football team

NOTE: South Florida players in bold type.


QB — Caleb Lewis 6-4 210 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

RB — Jacquan Fuller 5-9 170 Sr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

RB — Daniel Duncanson 5-10 190 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

RB — Willie Parker 5-10 185 Sr., Tampa Carrollwood

WR — A.J. Harper 6-0 170 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

WR — Chris Philpott 6-4 200 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

OL — Seth Penner 6-2 290 Sr., Naples First Baptist

OL — Dallas Tucker 6-3 280 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

OL — Dylan Gibbons 6-5 280 So., St Petersburg Northside Christian

OL — Wyatt Knopfke 6-4 285 Sr., Bradenton St Stephens

OL — Quinlan Marshall 6-4 285 Sr., WinterGardenFoundationAcademy

UT — Theo Anderson 5-11 215 Jr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

K — Jordan Bennett 6-1 170 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian



DL — Will Mercer 5-11 300 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

DL — R.J. Harris 6-3 265 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

DL — Darrell Henderson 6-1 300 Sr., Jacksonville Duval Charter

LB — Cecil Cherry 6-1 240 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

LB — Demaris Tillmon 5-11 190 Sr., South Daytona Warner Christian

LB — Kyle Tuttle 6-3 185 Sr., Jupiter Christian

LB — Chris Licea 5-11 185 Sr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

DB — Brice Ford 5-9 165 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

DB — Josh Preston 6-4 185 Sr., Destin Rocky Bayou

DB — Terry Hughes 6-2 190 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

DB — Keshan Pennamon 6-0 180 Jr., JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

UT — Chris Jackson 5-10 150 Jr., Tallahassee FAMU

P — Colby Adamson 6-0 205 Jr., WinterGardenFoundationAcademy



QB — Kato Nelson 6-1 184 Jr., Hialeah Champagnat

RB — Christian Rodriguez 5-9 190 Sr., Naples First Baptist

RB — Zeke McGaughy 5-9 200 Jr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

RB — Hussein Howe 5-10 190 Jr., JacksonvvilleUniversity Christian

WR — Darnell Solamon 6-3 195 Jr., Hialeah Champagnat

WR — Steven Claude 6-2 185 Sr., Hialeah Champagnat

OL — Brandon Elledge 6-4 260 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

OL — Jake Ellis 6-3 290 Sr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

OL — Alex Harrison 6-2 285 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

OL — Jake Walker 6-2 240 Sr., Naples First Baptist

OL — Jaime Rodriguez 5-11 260 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

UT — Garrett Young 6-1 180 Sr., TampaCambridge

K — Josh Brower 6-0 180 Jr., Jupiter Christian



DL — Brian Carter 6-2 227 Jr., Vero Beach St Edwards

DL — Fisher Jones 6-1 215 Sr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

DL — Josh Coleman 6-2 260 Sr., JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

LB — Chris Leon 6-3 220 Sr., Tallahassee FAMU

LB — Kevin Dawson 6-1 225 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

LB — Javaris Carrigan 6-0 210 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

LB — Jaylyn McKinney 6-1 210 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

DB — J.T. Davis 5-11 170 Sr., South Daytona Warner Christian

DB — Kevon Spence 5-9 180 Sr. Belle Glade Glades Day

DB — Armunz Matthews 6-0 185 Jr., Tallahassee FAMU

DB — Jethro Francois 5-11 185 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

UT — Carson Pearlman 6-2 215 Sr., Fort Myers Evangelical Christian

P — Rhett Criswell 6-1 182 Sr., Jacksonville Eagle's View



RB Korey Charles 6-1 180 Jr., Tallahassee North Florida Christian; RB Gabe Walker 5-11 190 Jr., Winter Garden Foundation Academy; RB Chris Caesar 5-7 165 So., Fort Myers Evangelical Christian; RB Ojay Cummings 5-7 150 Jr., Leesburg First Academy; WR Adrian Hill 6-0 170 Sr., Tallahassee North Florida Christian; WR Kenny Burris 5-10 165 Sr., Monticello Aucilla Christian; UT E'Andre Smith 5-9 175 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian; OL Omar Calderon 6-2 250 Jr., South Daytona Warner Christian; OL Dallas Pope 5-11 290 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian; DL Jarod Johnson 6-3 230 Sr., Dade Christian; LB Tre Dez Jones 6-1 215 Jr., Tallahassee North Florida Christian; LB Joseph Sparacio 5-10 180 So., Naples First Baptist; DB Chris Brown 5-11 180 Jr., Jacksonville Duval Charter; DB Jack Dixson 6-0 165 Fr. Orlando Cornerstone Charter; DB Eric Howell 6-0 185 Jr., Fort Myers Evangelical Christian; UT Fiante Bell 5-9 175 Sr., St Petersburg Northside Christian; DB Darius Irvin 6-0 200 Sr., Winter Garden Foundation Academy.

AP Class 1A All-State football team

The Florida All-State Class 1A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters.


QB - Brycen Lee 6-5 180 Sr., Mayo Lafayette

RB - Jarkiece Davis 5-9 190 Sr., Port St Joe

RB - Julian Robinson 5-11 190 Jr., CrossCityDixieCounty

RB - Keandre Lett 5-9 170 Sr., Bratt Northview

WR - Alex Smith 5-10 170 Sr., Santa RosaBeach South Walton

WR - Kayne Hurst 6-1 185 Jr., Mayo Lafayette

OL - Teyler Sexton 6-2 270 Sr., Baker

OL - Marlon Stephens 6-0 235 Jr., Vernon

OL - Larry Blue 6-2 300 Sr., CrescentCity

OL - Chance Jowers 6-2 255 Sr., Graceville

OL - Tyler Corbin 6-2 250 Sr., CrossCityDixieCounty

UT - Hamp Cheevers 5-11 155 Jr., Trenton

K - Israel Grande 6-0 190 Sr., West Gadsden



DL - Trey Simmons 5-11 250 Sr., CrossCityDixieCounty

DL - Alden McClellan 5-11 180 Sr., LakeButlerUnionCounty

DL - Kade Rogers 6-0 200 Jr., Trenton

DL - Steven Matthews 6-0 275 Jr., Blountstown

LB - Montae Barto 6-1 220 Jr., Baker

LB - Darrius Peterson 6-1 220 Jr., Vernon

LB - Cole Cryderman 6-0 205 Sr., Port St Joe

LB - Marcel Johnson 6-0 215 Jr., Port St Joe

DB - Austin Brown 6-4 200 Sr., Vernon

DB - Tim Fleming 6-1 170 Sr., Mayo Lafayette

DB - Brooks Martin 5-11 175 Jr., Trenton

UT - La'Marcus Webb 5-9 175 Sr., JasperHamiltonCounty

P - Dillon Bates 6-2 190 Jr., Freeport



QB - Jonathan Ortner 6-1 185 Sr., Santa RosaBeach South Walton

RB - Dadrian Ellis 5-11 190 Jr., CrescentCity

RB - Braden Cross 5-10 170 Jr., Jay

RB - Lee Jones 5-10 225 Sr., Mayo Lafayette

WR - Gunner Chaires 5-8 155 Sr., Hilliard

WR - Franklin Williams 6-2 175 So., LakeButlerUnionCounty

OL - Will Ramsey 6-2 215 Jr., Port St Joe

OL - Riley Burke 6-0 300 Sr., Port St Joe

OL - Hunter Hill 6-0 245 Sr., JasperHamiltonCounty

OL - Codie Habarek 6-2 240 Jr., Freeport

OL - Tucker Harrington 6-2 280 Sr., Jay

UT - Kentwan Daniels 6-1 190 Jr., JasperHamiltonCounty

K - Freddy Galvan 5-9 145 Sr., Pierson Taylor



DL - Joseph Merriex 6-2 265 Jr., LakeButlerUnionCounty

DL - Tre McCleese 6-1 215 Jr., Trenton

DL - Corey Durden 6-4 250 Jr., Newberry

DL - Josh Smith 5-10 270 Jr., LakeButlerUnionCounty

LB - Myles Byrd 5-10 185 Sr., Mayo Lafayette

LB - James Horsley 6-1 175 Sr., CrossCityDixieCounty

LB - Deangelo Robinson 5-8 205 Sr., JasperHamiltonCounty

LB - William Hayes 5-4 145 Sr., BristolLibertyCounty

DB - Joe Ledo-Massey 6-0 195 Sr., Santa RosaBeach South Walton

DB - Isaiah Johnson 6-1 175 Jr., LakeButlerUnionCounty

DB - Jak Riley 5-10 175 Sr., Port St Joe

UT- Jarrod Beckwith 6-1 175 Jr., BristolLibertyCounty

P — Bryce Jenkins 6-4 190 Jr., Hilliard



QB Quantrezz Knight 6-1 180 Jr., West Gadsen; QB Caleb Cox 6-2 175 Sr., Lake Butler Union County; QB Jon Beck 6-3 180 Jr., Baker; RB Ja'Vontai Hall 5-8 160 So., Cottondale; RB Antwan Durn 5-10 185 Jr., Lake Butler Union County; RB Rashard Ranie 6-1 170 Sr., Wewahitchka; OL Hunter Harrison 6-4 290 Sr., Bristol Liberty County; UT James Bowers 5-10 225 Sr., Cross City Dixie County; K Marcus Mannerstedt 6-1 175Jr., Trenton; DL Ja'lin Parks 6-3 265 So., Newberry; DL Marquez Johnson 6-2 215 Sr., Port St Joe; LB Tyler Sistrunk 6-1 202 Sr., Bronson; LB Brandon Land 6-2 180 Sr., Cross City Dixie County; LB AJ Davis 6-3 230 Jr., Graceville; LB Anthony Wyrick 5-11 175 Sr., Blountstown; UT Aaron Paul 6-2 180 So., Port St Joe ; UT D'Vonta O'Neal 6-1 185 Sr., Vernon.

December 22, 2014

Broward County defeats Utah to become the 8th Grade champs


NAPLES - Broward County-FL defeated Utah, 35-24 in the 8th Grade Football University National Championship (FBUNC) Game at Naples High School in Naples, Florida. With the win, Broward County-FL earns the title of 2014 8th grade FBU National Champions.


The 8th Grade Football University National Championship game, televised by NBC Sports Network, proved worthy of the national audience. The high-energy event started with a turnover when Utah QB Cooper Legas (Provo, UT) fumbled near his own 40-yard line on the first play from scrimmage, and Broward County took over. The hometown squad immediately moved down the field and QB Nik Scalzo (Parkland, FL) hit WR Christopher Benestad (Coconut Creek, FL) with a 15-yard touchdown pass, putting the team ahead 7-0 after K Billy McConnell’s (Plantation, FL) successful field goal attempt. Utah bounced back quickly with a 47-yard pass, setting up WR Dane Christiansen to snare a 20-yard TD pass from Legas, followed by a two-point conversion run by DB Chuck Alatini (West Valley, UT). Broward responded when RB James Cook (Coconut Creek, FL) sprinted 43 yards off a short pass by Legas, giving the Florida team the lead 15-8 after a two-point conversion. Entering the second quarter, Utah drove to the one-yard line but Broward got the ball back on downs. Utah regained possession, drove back down the field and RB Jacob Shaver (Riverton, UT) bolted up the middle for a ten-yard touchdown, taking the lead 16-15 with a two-point conversion at the half. Broward’s Cook raced 17 yards for a touchdown to start the third quarter, putting them back on top 21-16. A resilient Utah team marched right back down the field to take the lead on a two-yard quarterback plunge by Legas, and after a two-point conversion, Utah led 24-21 at the end of the third quarter. RB Nayquan Wright (Coconut Creek, FL) bolted 74 yards down the right sideline in the fourth quarter and after another successful McConnell kick, Broward was back on top 28-24. Wright sealed the deal with an 11-yard TD run and a 35-24 lead, earning him the Most Valuable Player Award.


AWARDS Naples Marco Island Everglades MVP: Running Back Nayquan Wright (Coconut Creek, FL) *Ran for 94 yards with seven carries and two touchdowns.


The FBU National Championship (FBUNC) weekend kicked off Friday December 19th at Fleischmann Park in Naples, Florida. During the first two weekends of December, 192-region-based teams (64-teams in each age bracket—6th, 7th and 8th grade) each comprised of the top 30 all-star athletes from their area, played in four rounds of intense football games across the nation. Of those 192 teams, the final four teams in each age bracket earned the trip to Naples to compete for the 2014 FBU National Championship. The structure of the Football University (FBU) National Championship is a combination of the Little League World Series and the NCAA March Madness. This year’s tournament marks the fourth year of the biggest youth football event to date, with 192 teams nationwide, including more than 250 games, 6,000 athletes, and 1,200 coaches. The tournament showcased 250 games through a three-week period, resulting in more than 1,000 hours of play.


Official National Brackets, Scores, & In-Studio Video News Updates: Please visit www.fbunc.com for updated tournament brackets and news updates. For game photos and additional tournament updates, also visit https://twitter.com/FBU_NC and https://www.facebook.com/NationalChampionship.

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December 19, 2014

Northwestern hires Max Edwards as new football coach

            Miami Northwestern is hoping a familiar face from its coaching past can get its football program back to an elite level.

            The Bulls hired former assistant Max Edwards as its new head coach Friday three weeks after opening the position for hiring.

            Edwards coached at Northwestern from 1998 to 2004 under Billy Rolle and later Roland Smith, whom he now coached with the past five seasons at Central.

Edwards, 48, has been Central’s defensive coordinator during that time and a pivotal part of the Rockets becoming the first Miami-Dade County team to win four state titles in a five-year span and the first to go to state five consecutive seasons. The Rockets, ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today, also earned an invite to the inaugural State Champions Bowl Series Dec. 27 in Boca Raton.

Edwards’ defense posted 83 sacks and was one of the most ferocious in the nation this season. He has been a part of six state championship teams during his 22 years coaching in Dade.

            During his first stint at Northwestern, Edwards was a part of the 1998 state championship team and later coached at Booker T. Washington from 2006-2009 under Tim “Ice” Harris, helping the Tornadoes win a state title in 2007. Edwards also briefly coached at Miami Jackson, his alma mater.

            Edwards replaces Eddie “Rabbit” Brown, who coached the Bulls this past season, leading            them to a 5-6 record and to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Brown was suspended for Northwestern’s first-round playoff loss to Hallandale. The position was opened for hiring in late November.

            Edwards becomes Northwestern’s third head coach since 2011. The Bulls have made the playoffs twice in the past four seasons after a county-record run of 19 consecutive appearances from 1992-2010.

December 18, 2014

TOC visits Holtz Children's Hospital, spreading holiday cheer


MIAMI - It was all about spreading holiday cheer and spending time with those who battle to survive every day.

On Wednesday, the Tournament of Champions and the Miami-Dade All-Star Game, made an appearance at Holtz Children's Hospital, hosted by UHealth Sports Medicine.


Along with TOC Founder Wesley Frater and many of his staff members, the event was highlighted by the appearance of Warren Henry Miami-Dade Player of the Year, Hilton Joseph, who will quarterback the North squad in Saturday night's (7:00) annual event at Curtis Park in Miami.

Joseph, who set records in his two seasons as a starter at North Miami, leading the Pioneers to a pair of district championships and an 18-4 record, talked with youngsters, nurses and administrators and was the perfect ambassador for the game, community and for high school athletes in general.


"The smile on their faces when they saw Hilton was tremendous," said Frater. "He is certainly one of those young men who was the perfect representative for this game and for what we are trying to convey to all of south Florida."

Joseph's visit gave him the opportunity to see exactly what these youngsters had to live with every day - and to understand how the nurses and administrators continue to save lives and boost spirits.










December 17, 2014

Warren Henry Auto Group Honors North Miami QB Hilton Joseph As Player of the Year


(L to R): City Of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Ed Williams, North Miami Football Coach; Hilton Joseph; and Warren Henry Zinn, CEO, Warren Henry Auto Group.

MIAMI - Warren Henry Auto Group, South Florida’s premier luxury Auto Group, and Tournament of Champions, Inc., awarded Hilton Joseph, Quarterback for North Miami Senior High School, the Miami-Dade County “Warren Henry Player of the Year” award on December 15.

Also named in the final five for the award were Rashad Fenton (Miami Carol City), Maurice Alexander (Miami Booker T. Washington), Donavan Thompson (Miami Central) and Shakur Cooper (Coral Gables).

Warren Henry Auto Group and Tournament of Champions, Inc. are also the official sponsor of the 17th Annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star football game at Curtis Park Sports Complex taking place on Dec. 20. The game has produced such NFL players as Brandon Harris, Roscoe Parrish, Asante Samuels, Geno Smith and numerous other NFL and NCAA athletes. South Florida is known as the top community for scholastic football, producing more NFL athletes than any other area in the country. Warren Henry Auto Group now adds prestige and honor to the selection of the Player of the Year award as this is considered the local Heisman Trophy award.

“The South Florida High School football players lead a healthy lifestyle, work hard and have true passion and love for the game, mirroring the values of Warren Henry Auto Group and making this a natural partnership,” said Warren Henry Zinn, President and CEO of Warren Henry Auto Group. "We are excited to team up with the 17th Annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star football game and support this first class event for the cities of Miami and Miramar, and couldn't be more proud to support Tournament of Champions, Inc. in their efforts to honor these incredible football players.”


(L to R): Larry Zinn, Warren Henry Zinn, Hilton Joseph, and Larry Blustein, South Florida High School Sports, WQAM Radio and The Miami Herald.

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