Last week’s preseason games gave us a glimpse of Pinellas County players who were flying under the radar and might be poised for breakout years. Here are a few to keep an eye on.
1. Teddy West, Lakewood: Spartans coach Cory Moore already made a bold statement, calling West the fastest player in the county. West showed off his speed against King, returning a kickoff for Lakewood’s only touchdown. With Bernard Reedy and Jermiel Douse both gone, West will be come the best threat on returns and might be the Spartans top playmaker.
2. Andrew Logue, Keswick Christian: The status of DeJaun Wright is still up in the air after his first appeal to gain a fifth year of eligibility was denied. That means a bulk of the rushing load could go to Logue, who responded with 159 yards a touchdown last week.
3. Artavis Scott, East Lake: A freshman, Scott made things happen the first - and only - time he touched the ball, returning a kickoff 90 yards for a score. This speedster will provide an immediate spark to the Eagles offense.
4. Jesse Hevia, Pinellas Park (above): Hevia has been a full-time starter the past two years but he hasn’t generated much publicity because he has been stuck in offenses that emphasis the run. But the Patriots plan to be more balanced and Hevia showed what he can against Central with two touchdown passes.
5. Marquel Davis, St. Petersburg: The receiver doesn’t get a lot of passes thrown his way in the Green Devils wing-T attack, but he makes them count. Against Wiregrass, he had three receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.
6. Runaldo Wright, Tarpon Springs: With most of the receivers graduating from last year, Wright moved up the depth chart and made a name for himself against Gulf with two catches for 80 yards.