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Fri. December 24, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

Times' all-Pinellas County football team

All-Pinellas County football

Offensive Player of the Year
RB Rashad Lewis, Sr., St. Petersburg

With the Green Devils’ top two leading rushers graduating, Lewis was pushed to the forefront of a powerful offensive attack. Though small at 160 pounds, he gobbled up yards behind St. Petersburg’s battering ram of an offensive line. The Green Devils’ bread and butter was its power running game, and its offensive line plowed straight ahead, using brute power and helmet-on-helmet blocking. And they did it with Lewis running primarily between the tackles. Lewis finished with 1,666 yards and 26 touchdowns. Those totals ranked second in the bay area and ninth in the state. He helped St. Petersburg go undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1984 and make the playoffs for the third straight season.

Fun fact: Lewis plays the drums and was part of a band a few years ago that was affiliated with Mount Zion Baptist Church.

What’s next: Lewis has yet to take any official recruiting trips but plans to do so next month. He said he has interest from several schools, including USF and Louisiana Tech.

Defensive Player of the Year
MLB Terry Johnson, Sr., Countryside

Johnson may have made the signature defensive play of the season — maybe the greatest of his career — with his shoot-the-gap fourth-down stop of Plant running back James Wilder Jr. in the Class 5A region final. It was typical play from a prototypical middle linebacker. In a county where the 3 yards and a cloud of dust philosophy still exists, there is a premium on finding players whose primary responsibility is stopping the run. Johnson has the speed and strength to take on 300-pound offensive linemen and cover tight ends 20 yards downfield. He also never comes off the field. On defense, he finished with 95 tackles (75 solo) and had a sack, an interception and two fumble recoveries. He also was an effective ball carrier, finishing with more than 800 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing. Most of all, he came up with the big play at the right time to help the Cougars go undefeated in the regular season and advance to the region final for the second straight season.

Fun fact: Johnson’s father, also Terry Johnson, played the same positions (running back and linebacker) for Largo in the 1980s.

What’s next: Johnson said he will schedule a visit to Colorado State on Jan. 21. He also has an offer from New Mexico and expects more to come within the next few weeks. He would like to make a decision by signing day.

Offense
First team

QB Ryan Hagen, Sr., Clearwater: Threw for 1,310 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for 740 yards and six scores.
RB Jarvis Stewart, Fr., Largo: Topped the 1,000-yard mark despite starting just seven games.
RB Ryan Green, So., St. Petersburg Catholic: The Barons’ biggest playmaker rushed for 1,282 yards and 12 touchdowns.
RB Diomi Roberts, Jr., Countryside: Took advantage of a massive line to rush for 1,269 yards and 16 touchdowns
FB Trevor Sand, Sr. Seminole: Punishing runner gained 1,476 yards, scored 12 times and nearly led team to playoffs.
OL Tyler Moore, Sr., Countryside: The Nebraska recruit is regarded as one of the best tackles in the country.
OL Zach DeBell, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Georgia recruit also was an Army All-American along with Tyler Moore.
OL Tyler Pierson, Sr., Countryside: Adept at run and pass blocking, Pierson helped solidify one of the county’s top lines.
OL Taylon Culbreth, Sr., St. Petersburg: Made a name for himself as the Green Devils’ main guy to run behind for tough yards.
OL Tyler Sweetland, Sr., St. Petersburg: Smart player who called assignments for the Green Devils’ line.
TE Jon Hogan, Sr., Clearwater: Basketball standout made big impact with 456 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.
WR Tyler Higbee, Sr., East Lake: Colorado State recruit had more than 500 yards receiving and five scores.
WR Runaldo Wright, Jr., Tarpon Springs: Speedster had more than 500 yards receiving and led team with seven touchdowns.
K Michael Hill, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Strong, accurate kicker was 9-of-11 on field goals, 32-of-32 on PATs.
ATH Darius Daniels, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Versatile offensive threat had more than 1,000 yards combined rushing and receiving.
KR Teddy West, Sr., Lakewood: A dangerous playmaker who had four returns for scores.

Second team

• QB Louis Pappas, Jr., Tarpon Springs
• RB Mike Smith, Sr., Pinellas Park
• RB James Goodwin, Sr., Canterbury
• RB Tavares Dunlap, Sr., Northeast
• FB Brent O’Neal, Jr., Canterbury
• OL Isaiah Wynn, Fr., Lakewood
• OL Billy Davis, Sr., Northeast
• OL Shane Haller, Sr., Osceola
• OL Logan Williamson, Sr., East Lake
• OL David Johnson, Sr., Seminole
• TE Auggie Sanchez, So., Northeast
• WR Sean Culkin, Jr., Indian Rocks Christian
• WR Kendryk Boyd, Sr., Boca Ciega
• ATH Rayshawn Jenkins, Jr., Admiral Farragut
• K Ryan Halter, Sr., Countryside
• KR Trevonte Anderson, Sr., Dunedin

Defense
First team

DL Brodrick Lee, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Inside terror led Spongers linemen in tackles for third straight season.
DL Dante Fowler, Jr., Lakewood: FSU recruit had 20 sacks and 32 tackles for loss to lead a talented Spartans line.
DL Adarius Rayner, Sr., Largo: Colorado State recruit had 10 sacks, including school-record five in one game.
DL Mike Love, So., Countryside: Speed rusher off the edge led team with nine sacks.
LB Cody Pogorelc, Sr., St. Petersburg: Versatile player had 100 tackles, 18 sacks, three caused fumbles and had two fumble recoveries.
LB Derrick Doss, So., Largo: Two-way player finished with 86 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.
LB: Jamone Myrick, Sr., St. Petersburg: Led team in tackles with 119 and had two sacks and four caused fumbles.
LB Derek Matson, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Rugged run-stopper was anchor on a defense that improved in second half of season.
DB Denzel Thompson, Sr., Countryside: Shutdown cornerback had 32 tackles and led county with nine interceptions.
DB Alex Dixon, Sr., Countryside: North Carolina recruit finished with two interceptions despite teams avoiding him.
DB Stevie Murph, Sr., St. Petersburg: Led team secondary with 80 tackles and four interceptions, two returned for scores.
DB Chris Leppinen, Sr., East Lake: Tied for the team lead with five interceptions and had 37 tackles.
P Raeshaun Washington, Sr., St. Petersburg: Nationally ranked kicker averaged nearly 40 yards per kick.
UTIL Jeremi Powell, Jr., Pinellas Park: Had a knack for finding the ball and scoring (two defensive returns for scores).

Second team

• DL Jared Stippert, Sr., Palm Harbor University
• DL Mike Sloat, Sr., East Lake
• DL Shontavious Walls, Sr., Gibbs
• DL Trez Jones, Sr., Northeast
• LB Nick Butler, Sr., St. Petersburg
• LB Chris Myrick, Sr., Admiral Farragut
• LB Dylan Rubino, Sr., Clearwater
• LB Adam Vinson, Jr., Countryside
• DB Avion Brown, Sr., Boca Ciega
• DB Francisco Castro, Jr., Clearwater
• DB Cameron Williams, Sr., Dixie Hollins
• P Cameron Mitchell, Sr., East Lake
• UTIL Nick Newton, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

Coach of the Year
Jared Davis, Countryside

Davis guided a team that lost 32 seniors to perhaps its greatest season by going undefeated in the regular season for the first time, breaking the school record for wins (12) and advancing to the Class 5A region final for the second straight season against eventual state runnerup Plant. The 21-13 loss was the closest game the Panthers played in the postseason until reaching the title game.

Honorable mention
Admiral Farragut: Robert Goddard, Cortavious  Givens, Toddrick Macon, Cory Van Arnum; Boca Ciega: Shaquille Bradford, Tyree Green; Calvary Christian: Allen Barnes,  Derrick Barnes, Blake Kennedy, Stephen Rice; Canterbury: Micah Madir; Clearwater: Heath Anderson, Bennie Niles, John Stima; Clearwater Central Catholic: Justin Goodloe, Brett Lawton, Chase Vaughn, Blake Myregaard; Countryside:  Gray Crow, Joey Lombardi, Tyler Serpo; Dixie Hollins: Andrew Corrigan, Brandon Knapp; Dunedin: Bryce Newton,  Sharrod Harriel; East Lake: Pete DiNovo, Tyler Lane, Artavis Scott ; Gibbs: Damond Rucker, Gary Simon, Devontae White; Indian Rocks Christian: Kyle Cleary; Keswick Christian: Jayln Coleman, Armani Lonardo; Lakewood: Sermetri us Dennis, Alphonso Evans, Evan Holmes, Javaris Little, Brett Wells, Warren Witherspoon; Largo: Harry Brown, Chris Skukalek, Charles Thompson; Northeast: Steven Higgins, Answar Wright; Northside Christian:  Zach Fossen, Jeremy Smith, Jimmy Van Deilen; Osceola:  Jace Browne, Jared Willett; Palm Harbor University: Hunter Beam, Kenny Blanch, Jarek Chrzanowski, Nick Orgera, Billy Pavlock; Pinellas Park: Chris Bonny, Albert Reyes,  Iman Smith; Seminole: Colton Slaughter, Teddy Willis; St. Petersburg: Sean Covington, Calvin Robinson; St. Petersburg Catholic: Paul Mandley, Tim McKay, Jacob Zinge; Shorecrest: Alex Drexler, Ian Johnston-Schmidt, Christian Mandula, Jaime Quezon; Tarpon Springs: Joel Hardy, Kenyatta Merriex, Gavin Rogers

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