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High school football leaders for Tampa Bay, Week 7

The standouts on offense and defense from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
Mitchell quarterback Ezra Brennan has already surpassed 1,200 yards passing this season. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
Mitchell quarterback Ezra Brennan has already surpassed 1,200 yards passing this season. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Oct. 10, 2019

A look at the area leaders after seven weeks of football. Stats compiled from MaxPreps:

Passing yards

1,555 Tre Simmons, Jefferson (16 TDs, 3 INTs)

1,522 Tony Bartalo, Gaither (22 TDs, 3 INTs)

1,477 Rent Montie, Clearwater (11 TDs, 6 INTs)

1,289 Kamrhen Simpkins, Countryside (12 TDs, 8 INTs)

1,273 Matt Trotto, East Lake (14 TDs, 4 INTs)

1,251 Ezra Brennan, Mitchell (16 TDs, 2 INTs)

1,174 Harold Cook, Calvary Christian (13 TDs, 4 INTs)

1,153 Luca Stanzani, Clearwater Academy (12 TDs, 1 INT)

1,109 David Wright, Tampa Bay Tech (12 TDs, 2 INTs)

1,085 Makenzie Kennedy, Plant City (9 TDs, 11 INTs)

1,058 Tanner Boccabello, Bishop McLaughlin (6 TDs, 7 INTs)

1,041 Titan Williamson, Cambridge Christian (8 TDs, 7 INTs)

1,004 Stazion Gage, Riverview (8 TDs, 2 INTs)

999 Rocco Becht, Wiregrass Ranch (13 TDs, 4 INTs)

949 Haden Carlson, Steinbrenner (16 TDs, 1 INT)


Clearwater Central Catholic's Jordan Niles is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing. [ALLIE GOULDING | Tampa Bay Times]

1,414 Contae Cason, Central (20 TDs)

921 Tyler Williams, Mitchell (12 TDs)

918 Tino Hunt, Lennard (9 TDs)

911 Jordan Niles, Clearwater Central Catholic (10 TDs)

878 Tilon Thompson, Keswick Christian (13 TDs)

877 Chris Phillips, Boca Ciega (12 TDs)

867 Jason Albritton, Newsome (10 TDs)

854 Lawrance Toafili, Pinellas Park (8 TDs)

739 Tre’quan Hilton, Northside Christian (11 TDs)

713 Tyler Davis, Zephyrhills Christian (8 TDs)

699 Travis Bates, Berkeley Prep (10 TDs)

674 Kai Martin, Calvary Christian (7 TDs)

667 Zyree Roundtree, Zephyrhills (6 TDs)

640 Davious Haywood, Dunedin (7 TDs)

626 Greg Spann II, Lakewood (7 TDs)


Plant City's Mario Williams is part of the 500 club in receiving for Tampa Bay. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

716 Keedrik Murray, Clearwater (6 TDs)

589 Dedric Hall, Nature Coast (3 TDs)

576 Jamari Gassett, Nature Coast (4 TDs)

568 Jack Miller, Bishop McLaughlin (3 TDs)

561 Richie Ilarraza, Calvary Christian (6 TDs)

548 Mario Williams, Plant City (6 TDs)

517 Preston Snider, Cambridge Christian (7 TDs)

500 Marcellus Crutchfield, Tampa Catholic (3 TDs)

490 Keith Walker, Wiregrass Ranch (8 TDs)

486 Desean Henry, St. Petersburg Catholic (5 TDs)

485 Gavin Martinez, Cambridge Christian (4 TDs)

466 Deveon Knighton, Gaither (6 TDs)

441 Rayshaun Williams, East Lake (8 TDs)

427 Ajou Ajou, Clearwater Academy (4 TDs)

416 Drelin Pittman, Gaither (7 TDs)


Largo's Jayion McCluster is a dual threat, excelling on both sides of the ball. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times]

97 Michyl Shaw, Nature Coast

88 Anthony Houston, Nature Coast

87 Jaxson Morris, Nature Coast

79 Tilon Thompson, Keswick Christian

76 Jayion McCluster, Largo

74 Ben Hestorff, Plant

74 Fabreyon Burnett, Nature Coast

73 DJ Kellman, Riverview

72 Brett Gerena, Jesuit

72 Malik Jones, Zephyrhills Christian

67 Matt Sattinger, Countryside

66 AJ Mathis, Largo

66 Zack Allen, Palm Harbor University

66 James Marshall, Riverview

65 Brenden Maddox, Wesley Chapel


Lakewood's Cortez has been getting to quarterbacks quite a bit this season. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]

13 Malik Jones, Zephyrhills Christian

10 Jerzhan Newton, Clearwater Central Catholic

10 James Moore, Riverview

9.5 Justice Williams, Cambridge Christian

9 Cortez McKenzie, Lakewood

8.5 Edwouens Marcelin, Wharton

8 Kamau Adams-Walker, Boca Ciega

8 Rondane Hylton, Boca Ciega

7.5 Tim Williams, Clearwater

6.5 Jamarion Neal, Bloomingdale

6 Ykeim Sanon, Blake

6 Akheem Mesidor, Clearwater Academy

6 Michyl Shaw, Nature Coast

5.5 Michael Trigg, Seffner Christian

5.5 Dylan Nichols, River Ridge

5.5 Bradley Guasto, Durant


Nature Coast's Dedric Hall has a knack for the ball on offense and defense. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

5 Levi McAffee, Robinson

5 Devin White, Riverview

4 Jaylin Thomas, Zephyrhills

4 Dougie Blanton, Hudson

4 Demarhi Pettaway, Tampa Bay Tech

3 Jaylen Martin, Chamberlain

3 Tre Gallimore, Zephyrhills

3 Cody Willoughby, Pinellas Park

3 Justin Stubbs, Seffner Christian

3 Keontae Brown, Hillsborough

3 Daveon Crouch, Wharton

3 Kevin Osborn, Newsome

3 Brad Seale, Clearwater Central Catholic

3 Matt Durrance, Steinbrenner

3 Cole Castro, River Ridge

3 Jalin Miller, Dixie Hollins

3 Gaetan Louissaint, Tampa Catholic

3 Gavin Martinez, Cambridge Christian

3 Ricky Hall, Anclote

3 Devan Belcher, Newsome

3 Dedric Hall, Nature Coast

3 Max Melcher, Keswick Christian


  1. Saturday's Seminole Shootout was full of closely contested basketball action. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Berkeley Prep and Clearwater also pull out tight thrillers Saturday.
  2. You'll find Chimera Iloanya and Seffner Christian at the Lakewood MLK Holiday Classic this weekend. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Looking for some stellar hoops matchups this holiday weekend? Hosts Lakewood and Chamberlain have you covered.
  3. Hillsborough senior forward Cantia Rahming, right, is among the nation's leaders in rebounds per game. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
    The senior has been a menace on the boards after missing out on significant playing time in last year’s run to the state final four.
  4. In his one season at Middleton, Mike Williams led the grieving Tigers to a 5-5 record. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    The former Plant High player takes over for David Mitchell, who steps down to deal with health issues in his family.
  5. Florida receiver Josh Hammond (18) on the field during practice for the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on Monday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Plus Plant High product Jake Fruhmorgen’s journey from Clemson to UF to Baylor to the East-West Shrine Game.
  6. Justin Lucena has been with Sunlake since he was a freshman, enduring losing seasons before the recent turnaround. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
    The Seahawks endured years of losses but confidence is high in this group that a playoff run, and possibly a district title, are in reach.
  7. Teammates watch as Lakewood's Elijah Jackson leaps from near the free-throw line as he goes up for a slam dunk during practice. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    No matter how tight a game, the green light is always on for the Spartans boys basketball team, a state title contender again, to rattle the rim.
  8. University of Florida commit Alexa Goldberg is a veteran presence for a St. Petesrburg team that hopes to return to the state final four. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    The Green Devils’ roster may not be the same, but there is still that mix of youth and experience that served them well a year ago.
  9. Marcellus Crutchfield was just one Tampa Catholic player whose family recently hosted Australian players from a prominent Catholic school in Melbourne. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
    The Crusaders are the perfect hosts for a Catholic school team from Australia that is enamored of the American game.
  10. Dionte Blanch, right, and East Lake remain on top of our rankings after running their unbeaten mark to 15-0. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    East Lake, the last remaining unbeaten team in the area, remains in the top spot for the second straight week.