After watching 8 games in 3 days ESS breaks down the top players from Class 1A-4A. There were some very impressive performances this past weekend. One of the top performances came from Bruce Judson (University of South Florida Commitment). The talented athlete led all rushers with 18 carries for 158 yards. He also added a touchdown and 75 yards through the air. Another impressive performance came from Shaun Shivers. The 2018 running back prospect from Chaminade took his first carry for over 80 yards and a touchdown. On the day he carried 2o times for 159 yards and a touchdown. Rasheed Martin and DJ Matthews both put on great performances as they led Trinity Christian to their fourth straight title. There were many other impressive performances that we will break down.
Class 1A-4A All -Tournament Team
QB-Bruce Judson -(Cocoa High School) / Tyrone Smith (Pahokee) / DJ Matthews (Trinity Christian) -Judson did not throw much but his performance on the ground (18-158 / 1TD) Helped propel his team to a state title. Judson has been a star since his freshman season and only a state title ring kept him from one of his goals in high school. Not to be outdone was the performance from DJ Matthews. He rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown. He also added another 58 yards through the air and had a touchdown. He may have been the offensive MVP of the small classifications.
RB-Rasheed Martin (Trinity Christian) / Lasedrick King – (Cocoa High School) Martin rushed 27 times for over 180 yards. That is a very impressive performance in a state title game. He also scored a touchdown. His performance for Trinity Christian was only outdone by DJ Matthews. Martin looked very good two years ago in his first title game performance. This past weekend he was much improved. He looks to be a sure fire starter at the next level.
RB-Rodney Mackey (Pahokee) /Jalen McCloud -(Jacksonville Bolles)-McKay rushed for 12 times for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did not get a ton of carries but Mackey did make them all count. McCloud was not on the winning end this weekend but he did rush for over 90 yards this past weekend.
WR-Adarius Dent-(Pahokee) / Jalen Ciurleo (Baker) / Otis Anderson - (University Christian) -Dent gets overlooked but his performance did not go unnoticed. He had 68 yards receiving with a long of 30 yards. Otis Anderson was also very good. He also added another 38 yards rushing. He once again was one of University Christian top players. Jalen had over 60 yards receiving and also accounted for 4 tackles and an interception.
WR- Tyron Arnett- (Pahokee) -Arnett is a prospect which has been overlooked. He was one of the many players for Pahokee this past season that made a mark. His 4 catches for 71 yards were 2nd to only Dent on the team. He played a very good game against Baker High School. His touchdown also helped propel Pahokee to another state title.
Athlete- Shaun Shivers-(Chaminade) - Shivers first carry went 80 yards for a touchdown. His big play ability was once again on display this past weekend. Shivers is a big play waiting to happen. He is by far one of the fastest players in the state of Florida. The Auburn commit has one more year before heading off to college.
OL-Steven Jean Baptiste-(Chaminade) -The senior guard is part of the reason why Chaminade breaks off so many long runs. He is a big, powerful lineman who should get a chance to play at the next level. We project him more as a defensive lineman so it will be interesting to see if someone gives him a chance on that side of the football.
OL-Josh Pardrick-(Cocoa High School)- Cocoa had a ton of success running the football. Offensive lineman like Padrick happens to be a big reason why for their success this season. Here is a kid that seems to give it his all on every play. He had a solid performance in helping open the holes for Cocoa running backs to run through.
OL-Bryan Crawford-(Pahokee)-Most of their success on offense came because of the play on the offensive line. Crawford should be a player who gets some late looks. Someone will give him a chance once they look at his play on the field.
OL-Isaiah Pough-(Trinity Christian)-Trinity Christian started to take over their game in the 2nd half. Part of the reason why is the play up front. Pough did his job and we expect him to get a chance at the next level.
OL-Demarcus Young-(Pahokee)-Young was part of an offensive line that took over their game late. Young has another season to prove himself. Look for him to become the anchor of their offensive line next season.
DL-Deon Pate-(Trinity Christian)- You look at the state sheet and when a defensive lineman has 2 sacks, multiple pressures on the quarterback and 5 tackles, he had himself a good game. Pate performed at a high level and we took notice of the way he played.
DL-Chris Whittaker-(Chaminade)-When Whittaker did play he made his presence felt. He had 4 tackles and multiple plays which helped Chaminade out on the defensive side of the football.
DL -Howard Stewart-(Cocoa) / Joquan Lennear-(Cocoa) / Dejavon White-(Cocoa) - Each of these guys had an impact on their game vs. Bolles. Stewart had 3 tackles and one for loss. He seemed to be in the backfield on most of the snaps. Joquan pulled down 6 tackles and one 3 TFL. White also put up impressive numbers with 6 tackles and one for loss.
DL-Tyquan Kinsler-(Pahokee)-Turn on the state title game and it seemed as if #55 made every play. His 17 tackles, 1 sack and 4.5 tackles for loss gave him Defensive MVP of the state finals. He was very active and almost impossible to block. Look for him to be a heavily recruited player over the next two seasons.
DL-Chris Dent- (Pahokee) -Dent put on a very impressive performance against Baker. His 8 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss put him in the conversation for Defensive MVP in the state finals.
LB-Zach Beagle-(Cocoa)/ Jordan Williams-(Chaminade) - 9 tackles and one for loss is making your presence felt. He was very active for Cocoa defense. Williams finished the state title game with 10 tackles and one interception. He is only a junior but with more performances like this one and Williams will start to draw interest from college recruiters.
LB-Tyquan Hill-(Pahokee)/ Logan Rickman-(Baker) - Hill finished the game with 11 tackles. If you want to make an impact then Hill proved a point. He was very active and was all over the field for Pahokee defense. Rickman finished with 8 tackles and 2 tfl. He also had a touchdown on offense and over 50 yards rushing.
LB-Eric Gilyard-(Trinity Christian)-/ Cody Watson-(Chaminade) -When you go and watch Trinity Christian play it is their secondary that everyone talks about. Gilyard is a linebacker at Trinity Christian and he should not be overshadowed by anyone. He had 10 tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. Watson had 12 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. He once again was one of the leaders on the Chaminade defense.
DB-CJ Grimes-(Jacksonville Bolles) / Shaun Wade-(Trinity Christian) Grimes was responsible for 10 tackles. He was one of the standouts for Bolles. As for Shaun Wade, all he did was shut down his side of the field. He was responsible for an interception as well as some pass break ups. Wade is one of the top defensive backs in the country.
DB-Tyreke Johnson-(Trinity Christian) / Derrick Smith (Trinity Christian) - Johnson is part of four straight title wins. He will get his chance at five straight in 2017. He is one of the best defensive backs in the nation. Not to be outdone was Derrick Smith who had 6 tackles and an interception. Smith is overshadowed by what may be the number 1 secondary in the nation.
DB-Akeem Dent-(Pahokee) Dent was responsible for 4 tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss. He is only a sophomore at this time and already may be one of the top defensive backs in Florida.
DB-Kalee Ciurleo-(Baker)-Kalee made his impact on both sides of the football. He lined up at quarterback where he had 1 touchdown and 152 yards passing. He also had 25 yards rushing on the day. Not to be outdone he recorded 4 tackles on defense. He is an all-around athlete who gets the job done.
Honorable Mention: Anthony Valcarcel-(Chaminade-9 tackles/ 4 Tfl) / Davoan Hawkins-(Chaminade-2 tackles, forced fumble and a fumble recovery) / Anthony Johnson-(Chaminade- 6 tackles) / Corey Prince-(Chaminade-5 tackles -2tfl) / Chamarri Conner-(Trinity Christian-4 tackles -1tfl) / Otis Anderson-(University Christian-over 100 yards of total offense) / Johnquai Lewis-(Champagnat-4 receptions -45 yards and one touchdown) / Nyen Bozeman-(Trinity Christian-7 tackles, 1.5 TFL) / Javian Hawkins-(Cocoa-9 rushes -120 yards and 1 TD)