All-North Suncoast football
Offensive player of the year | QB Jacob Guy, Jr., Pasco
Guy was the maestro of the Pirates’ fun-and-gun offense that averaged 41 points and 395 yards a game. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-handed passer went 106-for-183, completing 58 percent of his throws. Guy accumulated 2,014 passing yards and had 25 touchdowns throwing. But beyond stats, pocket presence is what set him apart. On numerous occasions the junior was able to sidestep the rush, remain calm in the pocket and find a secondary receiver downfield. After a subpar performance from the offense in the first half against Sunlake with the district championship on the line, Guy engineered a third-quarter, 28-point onslaught to put the game out of reach. Two weeks later in an opening-round playoff game against Lakewood, he rallied his troops from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to secure Pasco’s first playoff victory since 2008.
Most impressive accomplishment: Guy had just one career start entering the season — in the regular-season finale last season against Wiregrass Ranch — yet still managed to throw for more than 2,000 yards in his first season as the full-time starter. He owns a 13-1 career record as a starter.
Future plans: Guy is being most actively recruited by Florida Atlantic, but he said he will attend an Elite 11 regional camp and another summer camp at the University of Florida to increase his recruiting exposure.
Did you know? The athletic exploits of Guy, who also plays basketball and baseball for Pasco, don’t stop with land-based sports. He received his scuba diving certification in the summer and got a chance to use it once before the season with his brother, Tyler, a walk-on tight end at USF. Both Guys are planning more underwater excursions this summer.
Defensive player of the year | DE Thomas Bronson, Sr., Hernando
After spending last season as a linebacker in the Leopards’ defense, Bronson moved to a rush defensive end position and flourished. He anchored the North Suncoast’s best defense, a unit that allowed only 10 points a game and recorded three shutouts in 11 games. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior had a team-high 14 sacks and was second on the team with 83 tackles, one shy of Darren Hambrick. Bronson was a constant disrupter coming off the edge. He caused six fumbles and recovered another on a turnover-hungry defense. Behind his play, Hernando ended the season with a 9-1 record and a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
Most impressive accomplishment: Bronson recorded a remarkable number of tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Of his 83 tackles, more than half (47) were for a loss.
Future plans: Bronson is making an official visit to Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., and is in the process of scheduling another to Florida Atlantic. He holds preferred walk-on offers from Florida and Florida State. Most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end, but some see him as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment; others view him as a prototypical tight end.
Did you know? Bronson had mononucleosis and missed a portion of his junior season because of the illness. When he did play he was 20 pounds lighter than his usual weight. … Since the sixth grade, Bronson has been making two or three week-long mission trips every summer with his youth group from the Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville. Through the missionary work, Bronson has visited New York, Alabama, Colorado, Pennsylvania and the Bahamas. Next summer, Bronson said he’ll make his first mission trip overseas.
QB Jacob Jackson, Sr., Sunlake: Threw for 1,258 yards and rushed for 1,058 to lead Seahawks to 8-2 record.
RB Isaac Bailey, Sr., Nature Coast: Was the leading rusher on the North Suncoast after amassing 1,334 yards on 179 carries.
RB Alvin Delaine, Sr., Hernando: Racked up 1,072 yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards a carry for 9-2 Leopards.
RB David Emmanuel, So., Pasco: The main cog in the ground attack gained 1,046 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing.
WR Janarion Grant, So., Pasco: Had 29 receptions to lead the Pirates while also gaining second-most rushing yards on team with 434.
WR Will Irwin, Sr., Land O’Lakes: Caught 18 touchdown passes and broke the 1,000-yard mark in pass-happy offense.
TE Kent Taylor, Jr., Land O’Lakes: Tall receiving target accumulated 571 yards and nine touchdowns on 35 catches.
OL Jamall Carter, Sr., Pasco: 6-foot-1, 280-pound center was the leader of an offense that scored 41 points a game.
OL T.J. Chamberlin, Sr., Land O’Lakes: The Gators’ top lineman was equally effective as a run blocker and in pass protection.
OL Jeff Kruse, Jr., Gulf: Highly intelligent road grader was at his best pulling and leading the way for the ground game.
OL John McCloskey, Sr., Springstead: Eagles nearly had two players gain more than 1,000 yards rushing behind their best lineman.
OL Matt Sanders, Sr., Sunlake: 6-foot-2, 245-pound lineman paved the way for offense with more than 2,000 yards rushing.
ATH Tre Dudley-Giles, Jr., Pasco: Could be the Pirates’ MVP. Was a major threat as a running back, wide receiver, defensive back and returner and can play a little quarterback, too.
PK Codi Folsom, Jr., Mitchell: Connected on four field goals and was 27-of-29 (two blocked) on extra points, but more importantly, had 21 of 36 kickoffs go into the end zone.
• QB Brian Beeker, Sr., Springstead
• RB Travis Hendrix, Sr., Anclote
• RB Nick Lomba, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch
• RB Cameron Rodriguez, Sr., Ridgewood
• WR Antwan Prince, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch
• WR Jason Tello, Sr., Land O’Lakes
• TE Max Livingstone, So., Ridgewood
• OL Stephen Cottrell, Sr., Zephyrhills
• OL Nate McCoole, Jr., Sunlake
• OL Tanner Newton, Sr., Hudson
• OL Noah Ravenna, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch
• OL Charles Wood, Sr., Pasco
• ATH Ja’Juan Story, Sr., Nature Coast
• PK Cody Hodgins, Jr., Wesley Chapel
DL Mark Landry, Sr., Pasco: Steady, consistent performer recorded 61 tackles (44 solo), seven sacks and an interception.
DL Spencer Michelson, Sr., Land O’Lakes: Team captain had 91/2 sacks and 40 solo tackles on a defense that allowed just 14 points a game.
DL Gary Myrick, Sr., Hudson: Standout two-way player was a terror off the edge with 11 sacks. Could play tight end at the next level.
DL Lou Wendelstedt, Sr., Springstead: Recorded 14 sacks for team that advanced to the Class 4A region semifinals.
LB Jackson Cannon, Jr., Land O’Lakes: Hard-hitting underclassman was credited with 161/2 sacks playing for one of the North Suncoast’s best defenses.
LB Jake Fisher, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Gritty throwback-type player who led the Wildcats with 120 tackles without the benefit of a standout defensive line to keep blockers off him.
LB Darren Hambrick, So., Hernando: Division-I prospect had a monster season with 84 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a caused fumble.
LB Nick Morrison, Jr., Sunlake: The unquestioned leader of a defense that pitched four shutouts had 99 tackles and five sacks.
DB Jamie Byrd, Sr., Pasco: Ball-hawking D-I prospect led the Pirates with 73 tackles and had two interceptions in playoff win over Lakewood.
DB Mike Clower, Sr., Pasco: Responsible for covering the opposing team’s best receiver. Also had eight touchdowns receiving and a team-high 658 receiving yards.
DB Marcus Hicks, Sr., Mitchell: Hicks led the Mustangs with three interceptions, was second on the team with 83 tackles and blocked two punts and five field goals.
DB Wesley Moore, Jr., Land O’Lakes: The North Coast’s leader in interceptions with seven also recorded two sacks and three fumble recoveries.
UT William Alderman, Sr., Hernando: Excelled as a tackle and linebacker on an exceptional defense and was also the Leopards’ best offensive lineman.
P Adrian Krupka, Sr., Sunlake: Krupka, who averaged 39.3 yards a punt, was a major field position weapon. Of his 23 punts, 10 were downed inside the 20-yard line.
KR Derek Wilson, Sr., Hernando: Special teams standout returned two punts for touchdowns (21 attempts) and averaged 12.3 yards a return.
• DL Malcolm Hudson, Jr., Hernando
• DL Craig King, Sr., Sunlake
• DL Matt Terry, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch
• DL Nick Wilson, Jr., Pasco
• LB Chris Collins, Sr., Mitchell
• LB Joshua Santana, Sr., Springstead
• LB Shadow Williams, Jr., Land O’Lakes
• LB Cornell Wilson, So., Pasco
• DB Rashaud Daniels, Jr., Sunlake
• DB Austin Jackson, Sr., Gulf
• DB Brenton Nuby, Sr., Nature Coast
• DB Darin Patmon, Sr., Land O’Lakes
• UT Hakeeme Ishmar, Sr., Pasco
• P Richard Hart, Jr., Nature Coast
• KR Chris Reaves, Sr., Zephyrhills
Anclote: Jarod Carter, Dondre Daley, Jason Janus; Bishop McLaughlin: Jordan Betancourt, Christian Nummy, Giovanni Perone, Mitch Ritter; Central: Mike Bailey, Josh Burkhardt, Josh Colon, Jeremy Williams; Gulf: Kris Aratchiysky, Damian Hicks, Friday Karr, Chris Palasky; Hernando: Zach Pritz; Hudson: Hayden Moyer; Land O’Lakes: Patrick Meritt, Jose Santana, Justin Tello, Stevie Weatherford; Mitchell: Kevin Bertram, Michael Guzman, Chris Schalles, Ricky Trinidad; Nature Coast: Joshua Benyola, Joey Berrios, Matthew Breida, Brandon Cullen, Jay Feret; Pasco: Cordale Baldwin, Carson Brock, Zack Hutcheson, Jackson Johnson, Sage Stephens; Ridgewood: Ralphy Dawkins, Chris Seltman, Chase Zwaschka; River Ridge: Kyle Bartlett, Brian Clinkscale, Dylan Rutledge, Joe Schoepf, Austin Schwarz; Springstead: Mitch Fischbach, A.J. Hernandez, Devean Huff, Tom Hyde, David Stevens; Sunlake: Chason Connell; Wesley Chapel: John Ayers, Jake Battin, Devon Henry; Wiregrass Ranch: Dwayne Houston, Raymond Powell, James Tringali, Frankie Walther; Zephyrhills: Frank Morrison, Jamal Roberts
Coach of the year
Tom McHugh, Pasco
With McHugh at the helm, Pasco completed its first undefeated regular season since 1998. The Pirates won their third straight district championship and were indisputably the best team on the North Suncoast. Pasco completed the season with an 11-1 record and was one of just two area teams to advance to the region semifinals.