Offensive MVP -Ivory Durham-Jacksonville Raines -14-25 (129 Yards- 1TD) - Durham’s play on the game winning drive was the difference between Raines winning and losing the state title game. He made one big play after another to keep Raines in the game.
QB Gio Richardson-Oxbridge Academy-16-33 (286 Yards-3TD-INT) -Richardson put on an impressive performance. He brought Oxbridge back from a 28-14 deficit. It was his play on the field that gave Oxbridge a chance to bring home their first title. The junior quarterback will have a chance to bring his team back to Orlando in 2018. He also had some big runs which led to him having over 88 yards on the ground and had one touchdown.
RB-Shaun Shivers-Chaminade Madonna-Shivers rushed for 223 yards on 30 carries. He averaged over 7.0 yards per carry. He also contributed with 2 touchdowns. His big play threat was once again on display in the state title game.
RB-Brandon Marshall – Jacksonville Raines-17 Rushes -(149 Yards-1TD) -Marshall Performance was also much appreciated. He carried the ball 17 times and had close to 150 yards rushing. He was able to help wear the Coach defense down.
RB-Teryon Henderson-Madison County-25 Rushes (207 Yards-3TD)- Henderson rushed for over 200 yards. His play on the field help Coach Coe bring another state title back to Madison County.
WR-Marc Britt-Champagnat Catholic: Britt had 3 catches for close to 100 yards and touchdown. He is the one guy that you must respect. His ability to stretch the field was once again on display in the state title game. He will most likely end up one of the premier slot receivers his class.
WR-Akeem Hayes-Chaminade Madonna-Hayes had one touchdown go for over 40 yards. He also caught a couple of other passes that helped lead Chaminade passing attack. He has been an important part of their offense all season. That was once again the case tin the state title game.
WR-Jordan Cash-Oxbridge Academy-Cash delivered in the state title game. He had three receptions for over 90 yards. He was very good at keeping the defense honest and forced Chaminade to respect their ability to throw the football deep.
OL-Michael Cartwright-Champagnat Catholic-Cartwright size gives defensive lineman fits. That is especially the case at the 2A level. He has gradually gotten better all season long. He should draw some interest this spring from college recruiters.
OL-Caleb Thomas-University Christian- Here is a player who has been a big reason why University Christian has had a Championship Caliber offensive line. He is a solid player who gives the offensive line some stability when on the field.
OL-Sebastian Sainterling-Chaminade Madonna-When you watch Shaun Shivers have a big run it is usually behind Sebastian. He makes life difficult for opposing defensive lineman. His size allows him to anchor down inside and makes it very difficult for opposing defensive lineman to get through.
OL-Alan Louis-Champagnat Catholic-Louis is part of a massive offensive line for Champagnat. He helped take a weakness last year in the state title game and turned it into a strength. These guys were able to protect Kearse all season long and that is a big reason why Champagnat held up a trophy in 2017.
OL-Davoan Hawkins-Chaminade Madonna- The two way standout had another good performance in the state title game. Here is a player who as a freshman at Boyd Anderson was a good looking prospect. As a senior he is one of the best offensive and defensive lineman in Broward County.
Defensive MVP-Elijah Spivey-Jacksonville Raines-10 Tackles, 1 Sack, and 1 TFL-It seemed like every time Raines was on defense Spivey was making the play. He has very good football instincts. He was very active and it is difficult to get a hand on him. He should be able to pull in some offers after his impressive performance.
DL-Patrick Hamilton-Cocoa-10 Tackles, 1 FF-Hamilton was very good in the state title game. He has the speed to contain the edge. He has the quickness to get up the field and put pressure on the quarterback. He is constantly moving and that makes it very difficult for opposing offenses to block him.
DL-Gregory Rousseau-Champagnat Catholic-9 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 3 TFL- Rousseau was all over the field for Champagnat. He was almost impossible to block for University Christian. His constant pressure made it very difficult for University Christian to execute many plays.
DL-Jesus Machado-Champagnat Catholic-8 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks, and 1.5 TLF-Machado is one of the better pass rushers in class 2A. He comes off the ball and gets into the backfield before the offensive lineman can get a hand on him. He is also plays well in space. His performance in the state title game displayed his physical talents.
DL-John Smith-Jacksonville Raines-10 Tackles, TFL- Smith was another player on Raines defense that came to play. Part of the reason Cocoa was unable to make any plays on offense was the play of Smith. He was penetrating on many plays and Cocoa had to start going away from his side.
DL-Herman McCray-Oxbridge Academy-10 tackles -1 TFL-McCray was one of the guys on Oxbridge defense which was a difference maker. He was putting constant pressure on Chaminade offense. He is very active and most of the long runs that Chaminade was able to bust off during the season were not there this weekend. He is stout against the run and can get pressure as well.
LB-Elijah Spivey-Jacksonville Raines-10 Tackles, 1 Sack, and 1 TFL-It seemed like every time Raines was on defense Spivey was making the play. He has very good football instincts. He was very active and it is difficult to get a hand on him. He should be able to pull in some offers after his impressive performance.
LB-Kentrell Lawson-Blountstown-His 14 tackles this past weekend was as impressive any defensive performance during the State Championships. He was all over the field for his team.
LB-Donovan Georges-Champagnat Catholic-9 Tackles, 2 sacks and 3 TFL’s. Georges was a prospect that was one of the best looking players his freshman season. He fell off the map the past year. His performance in the state title game should put him back on the recruiting radar. He was all over the field in the state title game.
DB-Travis Jay-Madison County-Jay showcased his talents in the biggest game of his career so far. He finished with ten tackles and one forced fumble. He has very good coverage skills and does not mind coming up and playing the run.
DB-Willie Gaines-Cocoa High School-Gaines performed very well on both sides of the football. He had close to 100 total yards of offense. He also had an interception and 2-3 tackles on the defensive side of the football. He should be the next star to come out of Cocoa High School.
DB-Keontra Smith-Chaminade Madonna-His 13 tackles helped lead Chaminade defense. He also had a sack and a couple of tackles for loss. He is one of the better underclassmen who played this year in the state title game.
DB-V’Lique Carter-Oxbridge Academy-Carter contributed to Oxbridge defense with 7 tackles. He also had some nice pass break ups as well. He more then held his own against one of the best passing offenses in class 3A.
Ath.-Willie Gaines-Cocoa High School-(92 Total Yards -Offense) He made the list twice as Gaines made an impact on offense and defense in the state title game. He gave it everything Gaines had. He will be back in 2018 and should help lead Cocoa back to the playoffs.
Ath.-Clayton Boyd-Champagnat Catholic-(136 Yards-Offense)- Champagnat offense was much more productive this year. Part of the reason why is they had so many players who contribute on a week to week basis. This week you had Boyd combine for over 136 yards of total offense. It is that type of production that makes that much more difficult to go against in 2017.
Ath.-Akeem Hayes-Chaminade Madonna-4 Receptions for 89 yards. Hayes also scored on a deep pass. His ability to stretch the field has been evident all post season. He showed once again why Hayes is going to Kentucky in college.
Daelen Menard-Chaminade Madonna-5-9 (144 yards and 2TD-INT) –Menard has a solid game. If he had eliminated the two turnovers he could have possibly been offensive MVP of class 3A. He also did not have to make as many plays as his counterpart to keep Oxbridge in the game.
Johnquai Lewis-Champagnat Catholic-2 Receptions (81 Yards) -Lewis is part of one of the more explosive receiving duos in Class 2A. He only caught two passes but Lewis made them count. He returns next season and should make a major impact in 2018.
Desjuan Kearse-Champagnat Catholic-9-22 (214 Passing Yards-1TD)-In class 1A-4A there were multiple impressive performances from quarterbacks. The upgrade at quarterback this year for Champagnat was a major reason why they won. Kearse knew how to get the ball in his play maker’s hands and let them get the job done.