Life is filled with important decisions.
Republican or Democrat.
Paper or plastic.
Hillary or Barack.
But all pale in comparison to the ultimate choice: Byronell Arline's 2,188 yards rushing, or Zack Wynn's 1,698 yards passing?
It's the year-end awards season, and below is our ballot for the best of the 2007 football season. Cut it out, think it over, then log onto blogs.tampabay.com/preps/ and give us your choices for the most deserving football players, coaches and moments of this past fall.
1. Player of the Year
A. Byronell Arline
Making the case: Led the North Suncoast in carries (226), rushing yards (2,188) and rushing touchdowns (35). Was the most consistent running back, averaging more than 210 yards per game. Outrushed David Williams head-to-head and led Ridgewood to wins over Gulf, Mitchell and Hudson.
B. David Williams
Making the case: Carried 200 times for 2,092 yards and 25 touchdowns. Also had 150 receiving yards to give him more yards from scrimmage than Arline. Accomplished all of this despite playing on a weaker team.
C. Tate Humphrey
Making the case: Perhaps the best all-around football player in the area, passed for 1,401 yards and rushed for 751. Completed 60 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Added 14 rushing touchdowns, despite playing much of the year with a sprained ankle that cause him to miss one game.
D. Zack Wynn
Making the case: The area's top passer, the sophomore completed 102-of-168 (61 percent) for 1,698 yards with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions despite missing one game with a knee injury. Also rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns on 61 carries while leading Hudson to the playoffs.
2. Coach of the Year
A. Mark Nash, Hudson
Making the case: Nash's Cobras had the most dramatic turnaround of any of the candidates, going from 2-8 in 2006 to 7-3 this season.
B. John Benedetto, Land O'Lakes
Making the case: Benedetto led the Gators to nine straight wins after losing the season opener and finished 9-1 before losing in the playoffs to Rockledge
C. Chris Taylor, Ridgewood
Making the case: Taylor is just the second coach in Ridgewood history to lead his team to the playoffs. The Rams won a school-record nine games before losing in the playoffs to Daytona Beach Seabreeze.
D. Jamie Joyner, Nature Coast
Making the case: Joyner's Sharks beat South Lake and came close to knocking off Class 2A powerhouse South Sumter. The Sharks went 7-3 in the regular season before losing to North Marion in the playoffs.
3. Defensive Player of the Year
A. Ben Perry, LB, Ridgewood
Making the case: Perry was the county's leading tackler. 115 of his 166 total tackles were solo tackles. He also had six sacks.
B. Mike Fields, CB, Nature Coast
Making the case: Fields was among the leaders in the state with 10 interceptions.
C. Arron Jackson, LB, Ridgewood
Making the case: Jackson tallied 13 sacks in the regular season and added one in the playoffs vs. Daytona Beach Seabreeze.
D. Travis Tindell, DL, Hudson
Making the case: Tindell anchored the Hudson defensive line, finished with 64 tackles and four sacks despite missing a game with a throat infection.
4. Most Underrated Player of the Year
A. Anthony Germano, WR, Hudson
Making the case: Wynn's go-to target, this 6-foot-3 senior caught 41 passes for 773 yards and eight touchdowns.
B. Tyrone Hendrix, WR, Mitchell
Making the case: Caught 33 passes for 625 yards and eight touchdowns.
C. Alex Sampson, WR/DE, Zephyrhills
Making the case: Started both ways, tallying 6.5 sacks and 47 tackles at defensive end and catching 27 passes for 329 yards as a receiver.
D. Jerome Harrison, WR, Land O'Lakes
Making the case: Perhaps the most dominant receiver in the area, caught 40 passes for 700 yards and six touchdowns.
E. Barry Johnsonbaugh, FB, Ridgewood
Making the case: In addition to paving the way for Arline, the senior rushed for 338 yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries and caught 13 passes for 219 yards and one touchdown.
F. Sean Scott, RB, Hudson
Making the case: Didn't get the headlines that Arline or Williams did, despite rushing for 1,637 yards, the ninth-best performance in North Suncoast history.
5. Accomplishment of the Year
A. Arline's rushing records
Making the case: In one season, the Ridgewood running back set Pasco County's rushing records for a single season (unofficially, 2,188) and career (unofficially, 5,279)
B. River Ridge's win
Making the case: River Ridge snapped a 23-game losing streak with a 50-0 win over Sunlake in the season opener.
C. Wiregrass's win
Making the case: Wiregrass Ranch earned its first varsity win in school history on Nov. 2, 40-20 over Sunlake. Both programs just finished their first year of varsity play.
D. Land O'Lakes' berth
Making the case: The Gators reached the playoffs for the 11th straight season, despite starting a freshman at quarterback much of the year.
Staff writer Izzy Gould contributed to this report. David Murphy can be reached at email@example.com or (352) 848-1407.
6. Game of the Year
A. Zephyrhills 35, Mitchell 33 (Sept. 7)
Making the case: The Mustangs' dramatic comeback stalled when a last-second field goal fell short. Humphrey rushed for more than 100 yards and passed for more than 200, and Zephyrhills running back Chris Henry totalled 243 yards from scrimmage in the shootout.
B. Land O'Lakes 14, Zephyrhills 9 (Sept. 14)
Making the case: A double pass on fourth down set up a winning 35-yard touchdown pass from Stevie Weatherford to Alex Robinson. How much more dramatic does it get?
C. Land O'Lakes 20, Ridgewood 17 (Nov. 2)
Making the case: The Gators handed the Rams their first loss of the season, climbing from a touchdown down in the fourth quarter and winning it on a 37-yard field goal by Alex Spock as time expired.
D. Central 17, Nature Coast 13 (Nov. 9)
Making the case: All the scoring happened in the second quarter, but the atmosphere was intense throughout the game. The Bears beat the Sharks for the fourth straight year, and the teams nearly came to blows afterward.
E. South Sumter 45, Nature Coast 42 (Oct. 12)
Making the case: Trailing 31-16 with just over eight minutes remaining, Nature Coast eventually lost in double overtime.