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TIMES' TOP HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES: Pinellas football

Pinellas County high school football players of the year: East Lake High’s Devin Abraham, left (defense), and Artavis Scott (offense)

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Pinellas County high school football players of the year: East Lake High’s Devin Abraham, left (defense), and Artavis Scott (offense)

PINELLAS FOOTBALL

 

Artavis Scott, senior, East Lake High, offensive player of the year

Why we picked him: The Clemson commitment and top-ranked player in the Tampa Bay Times HomeTeam 100 showed glimpses of what was to come in the spring, when he scored on two kick returns and two long receptions against Osceola. He predicted a deep postseason run and did his part to deliver. Though he was listed as a receiver, Scott did a little bit of everything. He was a running back, rushing for 729 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was a dependable target in the passing game with a team-high 37 catches for 542 yards and five touchdowns. And when opponents dared kick to him, Scott made them pay with 428 return yards and four touchdowns. Most of all, he provided the offense with an electrifying play whenever needed in a season during which East Lake scored a county-best 603 points and went to the state semifinals for the first time.

Proudest accomplishment: In the Class 7A state semifinal against nationally ranked Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, Scott nearly willed the Eagles to a come-from-behind win. Trailing 24-10 in the fourth quarter, Scott threw a touchdown pass to George Campbell. Scott then intercepted a pass to set up a tying touchdown. For good measure, Scott also had 80 yards rushing and a touchdown. It wasn't enough, though, as the Eagles lost 31-24 in overtime.

Future plans: Scott graduated early from East Lake. He played in the Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4, heading to Clemson the following day.

Did you know? Scott said he is always two steps ahead and predicts things before they happen. "It's a gift from God," he said. The only thing he could not predict was the outcome of the 7A state semifinal. "I can't lie. I really thought we were going to win that game," he said.

Devin Abraham, senior, East Lake High, defensive player of the year

Why we picked him: The three-year starter studies game video and often acts as another coach on the field. He had a combined nine interceptions the past two seasons, but he was not able to make much happen once he got his hands on the ball, with just one touchdown entering this season. That all changed, as Abraham had a team-best six interceptions and a fumble recovery, scoring five times and recording a safety. He also blocked four punts and three field goals on special teams. He even had a touchdown reception on offense to force a tie in the fourth quarter of the Class 7A state semifinal.

Proudest accomplishment: On a team loaded with playmakers, Abraham finished fifth in scoring with 38 points. Besides having a nose for the ball and the end zone, Abraham was also adept at making stops, finishing fourth on the team in tackles with 74. His most impressive tackle came in the postseason, preventing a touchdown by stopping a Pinellas Park receiver at the 1-yard line in what Abraham described as his best form tackle of the season.

Future plans: Like teammate Artavis Scott, Abraham graduated early. He has already committed to USF, starting classes the first week of January.

Did you know? Abraham was originally left-handed. But his grandmother believed that was the hand of the devil. So she reprogrammed him to become right-handed. "I can barely even use my left hand anymore," he said.

Coach of the year: Bob Hudson, East Lake

Sure, the Eagles were talented and had made deep runs in the playoffs before. But no one had any idea this year's team would be this dominant. Hudson got the most out of them, guiding the program to its first undefeated regular season, most wins (13) and the first state semifinal appearance.

Offense

First team

QB Ryan Davis, Jr., Lakewood: Dual threat had 1,988 yards passing and 856 rushing. Also accounted for 27 TDs (19 passing, eight rushing) and led team to first state semifinal appearance.

RB Ra'Quanne Dickens, Sr., Seminole: Ran for school-record 1,580 yards and 15 TDs.

RB Michael Ford, Jr., Tarpon Springs: Spongers' main offensive weapon had 1,378 yards and 17 TDs.

RB Pierre Johnson, Sr., Pinellas Park: Had 1,264 yards rushing and 10 TDs, with 326 receiving yards.

RB Jamil Morris, Sr., Osceola: Warriors' bruiser gained 1,137 yards and 16 TDs.

OL Mason Cole, Sr., East Lake: Michigan recruit paved way for Eagles' 603 points and average of 201 rushing yards a game.

OL Reilly Gibbons, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Miami recruit was main blocker for Jacquan Fuller, Tony Jones and Stephon Williams.

OL Jared Gleason, Sr., East Lake: Teamed with Mason Cole to form a powerful tandem on the county's most dominant offensive line.

OL Brandon Kubisak, Sr., Pinellas Park: Patriots offense relied on its line, and he opened big holes.

OL Isaiah Wynn, Sr., Lakewood: Georgia recruit created openings for Donterio Fowler and Ryan Davis.

WR George Campbell, Jr., East Lake: One of the nation's top 2015 recruits had 31 catches for 769 yards and seven TDs.

WR Raheem Harvey, Sr., Largo: Had 34 catches for 434 yards and eight TDs.

WR Jacquez Hill, Sr., Dixie Hollins: Had breakout senior season of 51 catches, 882 yards and 10 TDs.

Ath. Jocqui Ellison, Sr., Lakewood: Caught 12 TD passes and had 886 receiving yards. He also threw 37 passes for 177 yards and became the punter at the end of the season.

KR Donterio Fowler, Sr., Lakewood: Offensive weapon was especially dangerous returning kicks, with 605 total return yards, including an 88-yarder for a TD.

K Daniel Lacamera, Jr., East Lake: Converted 75 of 79 point-after attempts and was 7-for-14 on field goals, with two of 50 yards or longer. And 98 percent of his kickoffs reached the end zone.

 

Second team

QB Tyler Kaminski, Sr., Palm Harbor University

RB Weston Fordham, Sr., East Lake

RB Jacquan Fuller, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic

RB Donte Maxson, Jr., Pinellas Park

RB Diquan Walker, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

OL Billy Atterbury, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic

OL Jake McBride, Jr., Indian Rocks Christian

OL Mike McCabe, Sr., Seminole

OL Giovanni Negron, Sr., Countryside

OL Drew Stryjewski, Sr., East Lake

WR Tyrae Boykins, Sr., Lakewood

WR Reggie Campbell, Jr., Largo

WR Jaquez President, Sr., Gibbs

Ath. Quadarius Patterson, Sr., Osceola

KR Deangelo Reeves, Sr., St. Petersburg

K Parker Bryant, So., St. Petersburg

Defense

First team

DL Jonathan Crawford, Jr., Largo: Could also play linebacker and was instrumental in the Packers allowing just 162 points.

DL Jordan Edwards, Jr., Lakewood: Had 24 sacks in the regular season; had big game against South Sumter in region final, with four QB pressures and a sack.

DL Justus Reed, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Florida recruit had 106 tackles, 13 sacks and five forced fumbles, two of which were recovered.

LB Conner Dorris, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Had 136 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

LB Antonio Harris, Sr., Pinellas Park: Recorded 109 total tackles, five sacks and 20 hurries with four interceptions.

LB Damarkus Jones, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Speed rusher had 66 tackles and team-leading eight sacks.

LB Carson Lydon, Jr., East Lake: Led the team in tackles (133) and sacks (eight) with two interceptions, a forced fumble, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal.

DB Brujoun Bonner, Sr., Lakewood: The Memphis commitment had eight interceptions and shut down top receivers.

DB Cordell Hudson, Sr., Largo: Syracuse recruit did not get many passes thrown his way but still had three interceptions.

DB Damian King, Jr., Indian Rocks Christian: Had team-leadling six interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

DB Maurice Turner, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Had a team-leading five interceptions and fumble recovery with two defensive scores.

Ath. Caanan Brown, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Virginia recruit had 108 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

PR Maurice Hall, Sr., Gibbs: UCF recruit had seven returns for scores.

P Louis Zervos, Jr., Tarpon Springs: Averaged nearly 37 yards over his 32 punts.

Second team

DL Steven Czop, Sr., Countryside

DL Hunter Snyder, Sr., East Lake

DL Mitchell Wilcox, Jr., Tarpon Springs

LB Brenden Goettel, Sr., East Lake

LB Maurice Hemingway, Sr., St. Petersburg

LB Ethan Thompson, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

LB Kal-El Williams, Jr., Pinellas Park

DB Keon Brown, Sr., East Lake

DB Mike Johnson, Sr., Countryside

DB Rashaan Watson, Jr., Pinellas Park

DB Chris White, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

Ath. Kyle Brittain, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

PR Montel Johnson, Sr., Tarpon Springs

P Dominick Bonelli, Sr., Palm Harbor University

Honorable mention

Admiral Farragut: Bricen Broccone, Cortavious Givens, Napoleon Maxwell, Sean Young; Boca Ciega: Jaire Balloon, Khalil Harris, Jarquez Johnson, Saivion Smith, Jaylaan Wimbush; Calvary Christian: Kyle Don, Danny Giordano, Wesley Vollmer, Jeremy Wood; Canterbury: Sammy Faucette; Clearwater: Rasim Avmet, Talik Freeman; Clearwater Central Catholic: CJ Cotman, Blake Gomez, Connor Ker, Demetri Royer, Jeff Smith, Anthony Walker; Countryside: Hunter Fowler, Robby Hicks, Zach Laurinaitis, Dante Satcher; Dixie Hollins: Tyrie Adams, Davontae Harrington, Andre Matthews; Dunedin: Brenton Allen, Jacob Davis, Pierce Franklin; East Lake: Jake Hudson, Leo Jeter, Julian Santos; Gibbs: Chris Adams, Undrea Bullard, Malik Herrera, Craig Watts; Indian Rocks Christian: Theo Anderson, Kendall Brandenburg, Ryan Ferguson, Chris Licea, Zeke McGaughy; Keswick Christian: Parker Holland, Josh Joy, Asher Thompson; Lakewood: Darquez Watson; Largo: Donavan Hale, Aaron Lane, Jacorrie Riley Johnny Williams; Northeast: Keith Harrington, Charlie Krasuski, Darius Lacy, Tyler Plumtree-Slocum, DaVonte Williams, Khyri Wright, Roemello Wright; Northside Christian: Max Massengill, Jhon Williams; Osceola: Jamie Craske, Nick Dunn, Wilan Harvey; Palm Harbor University: Bobby Battista, Chris Larsen; Pinellas Park: Angel Addison, Oscee Calhoun, Nate Rivera; St. Petersburg: Riley Barr, Chris McCrea, Robert Tribolet; St. Petersburg Catholic: Leo Corrigan, Elevisi Halapio, Tony Jones, Joseph Uhatafe; Seminole: Justin Coley; Marshall Legard, Justin Lipe, Vincenzo LoSasso; Shorecrest: Evan Johns, Chad Swindell; Tarpon Springs: Brian Anderson, Collin Walser

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