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Jefferson junior quarterback Quentin Williams was named the Florida Dairy Farmers' Class 3A state player of the year. By winning the award, Williams is a finalist for the state Mr. Football award, along with the other classification winners.
Williams, who threw for nearly 3,400 yards and 34 TDs, led Jefferson to the state semifinals, where the Dragons fell to eventual state champion Pensacola. Last month, he was named the Times All-Suncoast Offensive Player of the Year.
The other finalists for Mr. Football are: Kelvin Taylor, Belle Glade Glades Day (1B);
Ronald Jones, Fort Meade (1A); Garrett Hammett, Callahan West Nassau (2B); Matt Younger, Cocoa (2A); Matt Elam, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (4A); Lemarcus Joyner, Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (5A); Jeffrey Godfrey, Miami Central (6A).
Also, Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez was named Class 2B coach of the year and is a finalist for the overall state coach award. Henriquez led the Crusaders to the 2B state title game where they lost to Jacksonville Bolles.
The other finalists for coach of the year are: Ronnie Pruitt, Hawthorne (1B); Verlon Dorminey, Jacksonville Trinity Christian (1A); John Wilkinson, Cocoa (2A); Richard Stuart, Miami Belen Jesuit (3A); John Hicks, Niceville (4A); George Smith, Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (5A); Kevin Pettis, Deland (6A)