TAMPA — Robinson rising senior Emily Kemp was named Miss Florida Flag Football, an honor given each year to the state’s top player by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association — and an accolade Kemp quickly followed with heaps of praise for her teammates and coaches.
“I know that I never would have won this award if it wasn’t for my teammates and coaches,” Kemp said. “I truly see this award as a team award.”
Humbleness aside, Kemp was pretty awesome in 2019, catching 100 passes for 1,554 yards and a state-record 35 touchdowns. As an occasional passer, Kemp stepped in to throw for 534 yards with 12 touchdowns and added another five rushing touchdowns to give her an overall state record TD total of 40.
Most important to Kemp was the fact she helped Robinson go 18-0 and earn a fourth straight flag state team title.
“I get sentimental thinking about heading into my senior year because I’ve loved the whole experience so much,” said Kemp, who won the Class A state flag football player of the year award as a sophomore. “The bonds on this team are strong."
Robinson’s Josh Saunders was named the 2019 state flag football coach of the year. Saunders has now led the Knights to five state titles in the past six years.
The Tampa Bay area scooped up a few more accolades with Alonso senior Amanda Greaser winning Class 2A state player of the year after catching 49 passes for 865 yards and 18 touchdowns and intercepting 18 passes and collecting 33 flag pulls on defense.
Alonso coach Matt Hernandez won the Class 2A state coach of the year award after leading the Ravens to a 15-3 mark and their second straight state team title.