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Co-players of the year
ATH Trey Dudley-Giles, Sr., Pasco
Dudley-Giles was a do-it-all, three-way star who helped the Pirates advance to the Class 5A state semifinals. The 6-foot, 190-pound speedster finished with 23 touchdowns and almost 1,700 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 186 yards and two scores as a running back, receiver or Wildcat QB and was one of Tampa Bay’s leaders with 1,066 receiving yards and 16 TD catches. A lockdown defensive back, Dudley-Giles tallied five interceptions (one for a score) and 12 passes defensed. He brought back four punts for touchdowns as a returner and was a threat to score every time he touched the ball.
Most impressive accomplishment: Dudley-Giles flashed his versatility in a region final win over Jesuit. His 47-yard TD catch in the second quarter gave the Pirates the lead for good. On the next play, he completed a pass to QB Jacob Guy for the two-point conversion. He also snared two interceptions.
Future plans: A three-star recruit, Dudley-Giles has offers from Rutgers, East Carolina, Ball State, FAU and others and is receiving interest from Memphis and Middle Tennessee State. He hasn’t set up his official visits and doesn’t know what he plans to study in college.
Did you know? Dudley-Giles, a football, basketball and baseball star, comes from an athletic family. His father, Ricky Giles, is a longtime Pasco coach, and his nephew is Purdue defensive back Josh Johnson. Dudley-Giles also enjoys playing as the Florida Gators in NCAA Football 2011 on X-Box.
ATH Janarion Grant, Jr., Pasco
Grant, like Dudley-Giles, was a three-way star for one of the best teams in Pasco history. The 5-foot-11 slasher was an all-North Suncoast player as a sophomore and emerged as one of Tampa Bay’s top junior prospects this fall with 28 touchdowns and more than 1,800 all-purpose yards. Grant finished with almost 1,000 receiving yards and led Tampa Bay with 18 touchdown catches. He rushed for five TDs and more than 400 yards, scored four times on special teams and took an interception 102 yards for a TD to seal the region final victory over Jesuit.
Most impressive accomplishment: Grant was dynamic all season but starred during the playoffs. He scored eight of his 28 touchdowns during the playoffs, including a game-changing 71-yard punt return for a score in the opening round. He broke a 48-yard rush late in the second quarter to set up a key field goal in a 31-28 win over Citra North Marion in the second round. Most importantly, he snagged a miraculous fourth-down TD catch — one of his three on the night — in double overtime of a loss to Crawfordville Wakulla.
Future plans: Grant is receiving recruiting interest from USF, LSU and Nebraska. He’s still undecided on a career track or potential college major.
Did you know? Grant’s uncle, Darren Hambrick, starred at Pasco and helped the Pirates to the 1992 state title — the only one in county history. Grant, the state’s long jump champion, has been a three-sport star (football, basketball and track) but dropped hoops this year to focus on academics and training for football. He enjoys action movies, and his favorite film is Fast Five.
QB Jacob Guy, Sr., Pasco: Last year’s player of the year broke county passing records in touchdowns (42) and yards (2,672) for the 5A state semifinalists.
RB Matt Breida, Jr., Nature Coast: Rushed for 20 touchdowns and a North Suncoast-best 1,613 yards for one of the best seasons in county history.
RB David Emmanuel, Jr., Pasco: Powerful D-I prospect averaged 10 yards per carry, finishing with 1,325 yards and 22 total TDs.
RB Kyrie Rodriguez, Sr., Fivay: Rushed for eight TDs and almost 1,100 yards to help the Falcons make their first playoff appearance.
WR Tyrail Hawkins, Jr., Hernando: The Leopards’ best all-around athlete scored 19 TDs and rushed for more than 1,200 yards.
WR James Bullock, Sr., Fivay: Tall target (6-foot-2) was one of the county leaders with 707 receiving yards and seven TD receptions.
TE Kent Taylor, Sr., Land O’Lakes: Florida commit totaled 480 receiving yards and five TDs despite missing time with a hand injury.
OL Nate McCoole, Sr., Sunlake: 300-pound rock had 19 pancake blocks and was the top player on the county’s top offensive line.
OL Jeff Kruse, Sr., Gulf: D-I or Ivy League prospect was an all-conference pick at offensive and defensive line.
OL Nick Wilson, Sr., Pasco: Two-way starter blocked for Pasco’s high-powered offense and had 50 regular-season tackles on defense.
OL Derek Moore, Sr., Hernando: Captain led a dominant line for a rushing attack that averaged 309 yards per game.
OL Canon Clark, Sr., Sunlake: Helped pave the way for the Seahawks’ trip to the second round of the playoffs.
ATH Jamal Roberts, Sr., Zephyrhills: FACA all-star rushed for 20 TDs and 1,000 yards for the turnaround Bulldogs.
PK Brandon Ray, Fr., Pasco: Booted the winning field goal in the Pirates’ 31-28 playoff victory over Citra North Marion.
QB Cameron Stoltz, Sr., Sunlake
RB Marqui Redding, Sr., Hernando
RB Alonzo Pettiford, Sr., Anclote
RB Harrison Wood, Jr., Land O’Lakes
WR Wesley Moore, Sr., Land O’Lakes
WR Terrence Owens, Sr., Hernando
TE Max Livingstone, Jr., Ridgewood
OL Austin Neff, Sr., Hernando
OL Chris Schalles, Sr., Mitchell
OL Anthony Perkins, Sr., Fivay
OL Will Allen, Jr., Springstead
OL Mike Tarver, Sr., Pasco
ATH Keegan Tanner, Sr., Wesley Chapel
PK Andrew Garcia, Sr., Land O’Lakes
DL Malcolm Hudson, Sr., Hernando: Dominant inside force forced three fumbles and had 55 tackles for one of the area’s top defenses.
DL Joey Ivie, Jr., Pasco: Had 53 regular-season tackles and dominated Jesuit in the playoffs.
DL Darren Hambrick, Jr., Hernando: Ferocious pass rusher had 5.5 sacks and 81 tackles after moving to defensive end.
DL Austin Schwarz, Sr., River Ridge: Two-way standout had 8.5 sacks on defense and rushed for nine TDs at running back.
LB Nick Morrison, Sr., Sunlake: Conference defensive player of the year recovered five fumbles and had 146 tackles for a stingy Seahawks D.
LB Jeremiah Jackson, So., Hernando: Bruising two-way star had 47 tackles on defense and rushed for 714 yards and 10 TDs.
LB Richard Hart, Sr., Nature Coast: Sharks’ biggest defensive playmaker had 77 tackles, four forced fumbles and averaged 39 yards per punt.
LB Aryn Strickland, Sr., Pasco: Two-way starter had 72 tackles at middle linebacker and was a key blocker on the offensive line.
DB Nico Watts, Sr., Land O’Lakes: Led the North Suncoast with six interceptions and scored three TDs.
DB Rashaud Daniels, Sr., Sunlake: Speedy athlete had three interceptions on defense and 10 touchdowns, including the winner at Nature Coast.
DB Devon Brockington, So., Zephyrhills: Led the Bulldogs with 93 tackles and forced three fumbles.
UTIL Robert Hill Bronson, Jr., Hernando: Pass-rushing terror tallied 12.5 sacks and 76 tackles.
P Phil Molina, Sr., River Ridge: Averaged 40 yards per punt and booted a winning 51-yard field goal to beat Fivay.
KR Jordan Betancourt, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Hurricanes’ top player averaged 28 yards per return, scored 16 TDs and picked off four interceptions.
DL Darius Stewart, Sr., Nature Coast
DL Austin Howell, Sr., Springstead
DL Phillip Thompson, Sr., Pasco
DL Nick Hoffman, Jr., Sunlake
LB Jackson Cannon, Sr., Land O’Lakes
LB Zach Sullivan, Sr., Hernando
LB Angel Ramos, Sr., Wesley Chapel
LB Brice Sesler, Jr., Fivay
DB Zach Pritz, Sr., Hernando
DB Derek Glenn, Sr., River Ridge
DB Eddie Burgos, Jr., Sunlake
UTIL Jerome Samuels, Sr., Sunlake
P Codi Folsom, Sr., Mitchell
KR Jamal Jones, Sr., Sunlake
Anclote: Willie Barrett, Ryan Patterson, Dimitri Grivas, Josh Parsons, Terrell Martin; Bishop McLaughlin: RJ Perciavalle, Austin Meyers, Evan Barhonovich, Zack Lockhart; Central: Elijah Leon; Fivay: Kevin Faulkner, Jordan Wisner, Kelly Meus, Bryan Poinsette; Gulf: Kevin Thompson, Chris Klyap; Hernando: Cleve Pope, John Bronson, Jesse Gaudin; Hudson: Hayden Moyer; Land O’Lakes: Ryan Bird, Darin Patmon, Justin Forchion; Mitchell: Mordell Holley, Mike Guzman, Nick Huff, Freddie Jones, Christian Trinidad; Nature Coast: Joey Berrios, Josh Benyola, Rohan Blackwood, Jeremy Williams; Pasco: Damien Wilson; Ridgewood: Tyler Vito, Tyler Launi; River Ridge: Kyle Bartlett, Dylan Rutledge, Malik Moore, Josh Maisel, Brian Clinkscale, Carlos Santamaria; Springstead: Kevin Bedford, Tyler Mahla, Taylor Minter; Sunlake: Aaron Protch, Paul Scott; Wesley Chapel: Robert Jota, Josias Vizcaino, Aleny Vega; Wiregrass Ranch: Eli Galvan, Justin Scamardo; Zephyrhills: Devon Long, Jacob McLaughlin, Antione Carr, Adrian Sanchez
Coach of the year
Tom McHugh, Pasco
McHugh took an undersized team to an undefeated regular season and the Class 5A state semifinals before a triple-overtime loss to Crawfordville Wakulla. His Pirates claimed their fourth consecutive district title, dominated North Suncoast opponents, handed Citra North Marion its first home playoff loss and blew by Jesuit in the region final during one of the school’s best seasons.