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Offensive player of the year: Pete DiNovo, Sr., East Lake
DiNovo had already established himself as an accomplished passer with impressive numbers the past two seasons. He continued to pile up the yards this season, and is now the most prolific passer in Pinellas County history. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has set county career records for passing yards (6,733) and touchdowns (59), previously held by former Gibbs and Tampa Bay Buccaneer standout Shaun King. DiNovo also set the county’s single-season record for passing yards with 2,980, surpassing the mark of 2,445 set by former Pinellas Park star Tony Rucker in 1990, and he threw for 25 touchdowns this year. All of this has happened in a season in which the Eagles (11-1) set a school record for victories and advanced to the Class 8A region finals, where they lost to Orlando Dr. Phillips.
Most impressive accomplishment: The Eagles faced the No. 1 team in 8A in Dr. Phillips, which boasted a devastating defensive line. But DiNovo was poised in the pocket, completing 16-of-20 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns to give his team a first-half lead. He finished with more than 300 yards.
Fun fact: DiNovo was home-schooled but decided to enroll at East Lake this semester to get his diploma from the school.
What’s next: DiNovo has already committed to play at UCF. He will graduate early and plans to enroll in January to be ready for spring practice.
Defensive player of the year: Derrick Doss, Sr., Largo
This season, Largo was the most dominant team in the county, beating every Pinellas opponent by at least four touchdowns on its way to an unbeaten regular season. Doss was at the forefront, leading a defense that allowed just 87 points in 11 games. He finished with 73 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles. Modest numbers, but Doss was part of a defense that forced opponents into a lot of three and outs. And Doss didn’t have to play much in the second half of games because the Packers already had a commanding lead.
Most impressive accomplishment: His selection was more than just stats. Doss played everywhere on the field, lining up at times on the defensive line and at linebacker. Sometimes he even played in the secondary. He also was a valuable running back who gained more than 400 yards.
Fun fact: Doss also wrestles and qualified for the state tournament. Last week at the Southside Duals, he competed two weight classes up at 220 pounds and still won. If he wins a district title, he will become the school’s first four-time district champion.
What’s next: Doss is still trying to get his first scholarship offer to play football. He said he has interest from Florida A&M and will go to recruiting fairs to get noticed.
QB Juwan Brown, Sr., Largo: Leader of big-play offense threw for 1,810 yards, 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions
RB Jarvis Stewart, Jr., Largo: Gave the Packers balance on offense with 52 carries, 1,186 yards, 16 touchdowns
RB Todd Macon, Sr., Admiral Farragut: Explosive playmaker had 1,461 yards and 14 touchdowns
RB Diquan Walker, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Rushed for 1,161 yards and 15 touchdowns; came through in big games.
FB Ryan Yates, Sr., Countryside: Excellent blocker also rushed for 443 yards, five touchdowns
OL Mason Cole, Jr., East Lake: One of the nation’s best linemen protected DiNovo’s blindside
OL Brandon Pertile, Sr., Countryside: Georgia State recruit was leader of the county’s best offensive line
OL Zach Rosinski, Sr., Countryside: Aggressive run blocker helped Cougars average nearly 200 yards rushing per game
OL Isaiah Wynn, Jr., Lakewood: Division-I prospect was the guy the Spartans ran behind when they needed yards
OL Eric Hampson, Sr., Pinellas Park: Bulldozed defenders on an offense that relied mostly on the ground game.
WR Marquez Valdes, Sr., Lakewood: Had a knack for finding the end zone with 10 touchdown receptions
WR Artavis Scott, Jr., East Lake: The Eagles’ go-to guy had 64 catches for 995 yards and 10 touchdowns.
WR Brad Hyman-Muhammad, Sr., Admiral Farragut: Had 904 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns despite missing two games
ATH Rodney Adams, Sr., Lakewood: Versatile playmaker had almost 400 yards rushing and 400 receiving
KR Trey Larry, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Returned four kicks for scores and averaged 25 yards per punt return
K Ryan Pandy, Sr., Countryside: Hit 9-of-11 field goals and was accurate from long range
QB Tracy Johnson, Sr., Lakewood
RB Zeke McGaughy, Fr., Indian Rocks Christian
RB Michael Ford, So., Tarpon Springs
RB Tramaine Batten, Sr., Dunedin
FB Dylan Renaker, So., East Lake
OL Austin Podurgiel, Sr., Countryside
OL Jeremy Kerr, Sr., St. Petersburg
OL Logan McNeil, Sr., Lakewood
OL Robert Dufina, Sr., Dunedin
OL Tom O’Mara, Sr., Osceola
TE AJ Sattinger, Sr., Countryside
WR Reggie Campbell, Jr., Largo
WR Raheem Harvey, Jr., Largo
ATH Keith Harrington, Jr., Northeast
K Daniel LaCamera, So., East Lake
KR Kenyatta Merriex, Sr., Tarpon Springs
DL Harry Brown, Sr., Largo: A terror off the edge, Brown had 60 tackles and six sacks
DL Jordan Adderley, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Anchored a stellar defense with 76 tackles and 8.5 sacks
DL Mike Love, Sr., Countryside: Came on at the end of the season to finish with 29 tackles and eight sacks
DL Tyree Graves, Sr. Pinellas Park: Did a little bit of everything on defense with four interceptions and eight sacks
LB Frankie Hernandez, Jr., Largo: Led team with 99 tackles and had two interceptions and a sack
LB Quentin Cumings, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Best player on team had 81 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries
LB Auggie Sanchez, Sr., Northeast: A tackling and sack machine, was the leader of a defense that had a lot of new faces
LB Shaquem Griffin, Sr., Lakewood: UCF recruit had 61 tackles and was a force for the Spartans.
DB Mike Stevenson, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: 91 tackles, three interceptions
DB Tyler Serpo, Sr., Countryside: Veteran of a solid secondary had 33 tackles and three interceptions
DB Cordell Hudson, Jr., Largo: Made most of the few passes thrown his way with three interceptions
DB Shaquill Griffin, Sr., Lakewood: Knifed through line to block field goal against Jesuit; also a UCF commit
UTIL George Campbell, So., East Lake: Played well at safety, linebacker and defensive end
P Sean Covington, Sr., St. Petersburg: UCLA recruit averaged 46.5 yards per punt
DL Tyler Modlin, Sr., Palm Harbor University
DL Justus Reed, Jr., Clearwater
DL Orlando Brown, Sr., Tarpon Springs
DL Robert Leaks, Sr., Lakewood
LB Brendan Goettel, Jr., East Lake
LB Ethan Thompson, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic
LB Caanan Brown, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic
LB Fortune Gamble, Sr., Boca Ciega
DB Devin Abraham, Jr., East Lake
DB Mike Johnson, Jr., Countryside
DB Pierre Johnson, Jr., Pinellas Park
DB Austin Lawrence, Sr., Osceola
UTIL Damian King, So., Indian Rocks Christian
P Joel Tunceren, Sr., Clearwater
Admiral Farragut: Napoleon Maxwell, Colby Robinson; Boca Ciega: Demarius Brinson, Jason Macon, Caleb McCullough, Amari Mount; Calvary Christian: Allen Barnes, Derek Barnes; Canterbury: PJ Franklin; Clearwater: Jordan Leston, Spencer Rice, Devijion Smith; Clearwater Central Catholic: Kyle Brittain, Domenic James, Connor Ker, Jake Shade, Troy Olmo, Calvin Pringles; Countryside: Steven Czop, Joe Ganci, Mike Jerrido, Mike Flory, Brandon Ronacher, Shyzzam Shackelford, Marrieo Taylor; Dixie Hollins: Melvin Love, Andre Matthews; Dunedin: Sam Miller, Casey Sammel; East Lake: Chris DePaolo, Treyvon Mason-Levels, Shane Fagan, Elijah Thomas; Gibbs: Davarus Clark, Albert Laskett, Michael Roberson, Emmanuel Stewart; Indian Rocks Christian: Shacks Steward; Keswick Christian: Adam Foster; Lakewood: Laterian Latimer, Adrian Palmore; Largo: Claxton Boykin, Marquis Martin, Reggie Moore, Jacorrie Riley; Northeast: Ryan Davis, Jalin Hubbard, Gordon Ucukalo; Northside Christian: Sekayi Singletary; Osceola: Ryan Fetner; Palm Harbor University: Shane Dixon, Connor Dorris, Jonah Fiskaa, Kyle Fodor; Pinellas Park: Garret Nevitt, Cody Shaffer; Shorecrest: Jake Kohler, Garrett Schulte; Seminole: DeAries Pittman, Duane Shane; St. Petersburg: Thomas Bennett, Derrick Landers, Ryan Mockabee; St. Petersburg Catholic: Reilly Gibbons, Justin Piazza
Coach of the year: George Palmer, Osceola
After starting 1-3, Palmer guided the Warriors to six straight wins to finish as the runnerup in Class 6A, District 9 and make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.