Clearwater's Tramar Reece leads North to all-star win
CLEARWATER – Tramar Reece’s goal this season was to lead Clearwater to the Class 6A state championship game.
That did not happen.
The Tornadoes lost to Punta Gorda Charlotte in the region semifinals.
Though Reece's season ended on a low note, his prep career finished on a high one.
Reece, playing in the Pinellas County All-Star Football Classic, recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass to help the North all-stars maintain their dominance with a 28-13 win over the South.
For his performance, Reece was named the overall MVP.
“I felt like the whole team was going to have a big game,” Reece said. “I just happened to be led the right spot at the right time to make some plays.”
After recording 4.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries last season, Reece knew he could do more. He bulked up in the weight room, going from 177 pounds to 215 while maintaining his quickness.
Colleges noticed. Reece was approaching 20 offers before committing to Indiana this summer. He ended up with a stellar senior season that included nine sacks.
Reece dedicates every game to his mother, Tracey, who died of a heart attack in October of 2015.
“It was important to have a big game, to finish my season that way and honor my mother,” Reece said. “But that’s something I do for every game.”
Defense, defense: For most of the game, it was the defenses that doused the offensive fireworks for both teams. Northside Christian’s Camron Fowler, younger brother of former Lakewood and current Jacksonville Jaguars standout Dante, scored on a fumble recovery to give the South a 7-0 lead.
Largo’s Bobby Roundtree, a major college recruit, had three sacks and was in the backfield on almost every play, helping him earn defensive line MVP honors.
Pinellas Park’s Makel Calhoun was all over the field for the South and was the defensive MVP.
Other awards: Palm Harbor University quarterback Cameron Mouton, who threw for two touchdowns, was named the offensive MVP. East Lake’s Spencer Schmuckie was named the offensive line MVP.
Lessons in courage: The Mike June Courage award went to Palm Harbor University’s Jordon Litowchak and Admiral Farragut’s Corey Luckenbill.
In August, Litowchak dived into a retention pond to rescue a 71-year-old man from a sinking car.
Luckenbill was the Blue Jackets’ starting center despite being legally blind.
The Mike June Courage award is named after the former PHU coach who died of Leukemia