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High school football leaders for Tampa Bay after Week 11

The standouts on offense and defense from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
In his first season starting as Wiregrass Ranch quarterback, Rocco Becht has thrown for almost 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
Published Nov. 8

A look at the area leaders through the regular season. Stats compiled from MaxPreps:

Passing yards

2,466 Tre Simmons, Jefferson (27 TDs, 3 INTs)

2,081 Rent Montie, Clearwater (23 TDs, 8 INTs)

2,055 Tony Bartalo, Gaither (32 TDs, 6 INTs)

1,985 Matt Trotto, East Lake (23 TDs, 5 INTs)

1,965 Harold Cook, Calvary Christian (23 TDs, 5 INTs)

1,877 Rocco Becht, Wiregrass Ranch (20 TDs, 7 INTs)

1,875 Ezra Brennan, Mitchell (26 TDs, 5 INTs)

1,847 Kamrhen Simpkins, Countryside (16 TDs, 10 INTs)

1,825 David Wright, Tampa Bay Tech (20 TDs, 5 INTs)

1,562 Luca Stanzani, Clearwater Academy (15 TDs, 3 INTs)

1,549 Makenzie Kennedy, Plant City (16 TDs, 13 INTs)

1,549 Haden Carlson, Steinbrenner (26 TDs, 3 INT)

1,477 Greg Spann II, Lakewood (21 TDs, 7 INTs)

1,456 Trenton Hawks, River Ridge (19 TDs, 8 INTs)

1,444 Taffrey Peterman, Boca Ciega (14 TDs, 4 INTs)


1,758 Contae Cason, Central (21 TDs)

1,751 Tre’quan Hilton, Northside Christian (24 TDs)

1,592 Tino Hunt, Lennard (15 TDs)

1,517 Chris Phillips, Boca Ciega (19 TDs)

1,429 Lawrance Toafili, Pinellas Park (19 TDs)

1,414 Jordan Niles, Clearwater Central Catholic (19 TDs)

1,244 Tyler Davis, Zephyrhills Christian (11 TDs)

1,243 Jason Albritton, Newsome (13 TDs)

1,171 Anthony Alexis, Springstead (12 TDs)

1,156 Tyler Williams, Mitchell (19 TDs)

1,111 Anthony Roussos, River Ridge (15 TDs)

1,093 Kai Martin, Calvary Christian (13 TDs)

1,072 Jeremiah Burnett, Jefferson (6 TDs)

1,023 Tilon Thompson, Keswick Christian (15 TDs)

1,005 River Wood, Dixie Hollins (11 TDs)


936 Keedrik Murray, Clearwater (13 TDs)

920 Richie Ilarraza, Calvary Christian (9 TDs)

875 Jamari Gassett, Jefferson (9 TDs)

831 Dedric Hall, Nature Coast (4 TDs)

795 Mario Williams, Plant City (9 TDs)

774 Michael Trigg, Seffner Christian (9 TDs)

744 Keith Walker, Wiregrass Ranch (11 TDs)

701 Marcellus Crutchfield, Tampa Catholic (5 TDs)

695 Rayshaun Williams, East Lake (13 TDs)

658 Garion Young, Dixie Hollins (12 TDs)

644 Shelton Quarles Jr., Calvary Chr. (10 TDs)

617 Preston Snider, Cambridge Christian (8 TDs)

613 Deveon Knighton, Gaither (9 TDs)

610 Gavin Martinez, Cambridge Christian (5 TDs)

605 Desean Henry, St. Petersburg Catholic (6 TDs)


136 Jayion McCluster, Largo

132 Ben Hestorff, Plant

131 Michyl Shaw, Nature Coast

122 Anthony Houston, Nature Coast

119 Jarves Scruggs, Pinellas Park

117 Jaxson Morris, Nature Coast

113 Matt Sattinger, Countryside

112 Melvin Rivera, Fivay

112 Christian Carvajal, Plant

104 Dylan Rosiek, East Lake

101 Malik Jones, Zephyrhills Chr.

100 Brett Gerena, Jesuit

98 Isaiah Doby, Riverview

98 DJ Kellman, Riverview

98 Dylan Ridolph, Wiregrass Ranch


23 Malik Jones, Zephyrhills Christian

13 Ykeim Sanon, Blake

12 Jerzhan Newton, Clearwater Central Catholic

12 Cortez McKenzie, Lakewood

12 EJ Perry, Armwood

11 James Moore, Riverview

11 Michael Trigg, Seffner Christian

10 Michyl Shaw, Nature Coast

10 Justice Williams, Cambridge Christian

10 Kamau Adams-Walker, Boca Ciega

10 Rondane Hylton, Boca Ciega

10 Clyde Pinder Jr., Armwood

10 Dylan Ridolph, Wiregrass Ranch

10 Edwouens Marcelin, Wharton

8.5 Dylan Nichols, River Ridge


10 Cole Castro, River Ridge

8 Devin White, Riverview

7 Jonathan Fairbank, Mitchell

7 Cody Willoughby, Pinellas Park

7 Levi McAffee, Robinson

5 Nic Fairbank, Mitchell

5 Jaylen Martin, Chamberlain

5 Dougie Blanton, Hudson

5 Dezaun Davis, Dixie Hollins

5 Khamari Smith, Mitchell

4 Zuri Watson, Northside Christian

4 Kevin Osborn, Newsome

4 Jaylin Thomas, Zephyrhills

4 Demarhi Pettaway, Tampa Bay Tech

4 Mikal Sanders, Boca Ciega

4 Dedric Hall, Nature Coast

4 Justin Stubbs, Seffner Christian

4 Chendrick Cann, Clearwater

4 Gaetan Louissaint, Tampa Catholic

4 Ryan Cunningham, East Lake

4 Devan Belcher, Newsome

4 Tre Gallimore, Zephyrhills


  1. Seffner Christian quarterback Isaiah Knowles has thrown for 1,474 yards and 17 touchdowns despite missing four games this season. Times
    The senior quarterback, and Navy commit, has helped dictate the Crusaders’ fortunes, especially their playoff ones.
  2. Tre'von Riggins, a University of Miami commit, has been a force for the Lakewood defense since he transferred from IMG Academy. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The “Duke Energy Boys” have helped drive an unbeaten season, not giving up a touchdown in seven games.
  3. Mitchell quarterback Ezra Brennan has already surpassed 2,000 yards passing this season. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
    The learning curve isn’t too steep for the first-year Mustangs starter, whose unflappable nature can be traced to the other sport he excels in — baseball.
  4. Indiana wide receiver Whop Philyor of Plant High makes a move around Northwestern defensive lineman Joe Gaziano on Nov. 2  in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 34-3. DOUG MCSCHOOLER  |  AP
    Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota have become feel-good stories in college football this season, with coaches and players who have roots locally.
  5. Clearwater Central Catholic's Zac Elam says that one of the offensive line's strengths is that "we’re really close as a group." DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
    While often inconspicuous, the Marauders’ offensive line knows its value this season.
  6. Nature Coast's Dedric Hall does a little bit of everything for the Sharks, which is why they're in the second round of the playoffs. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    The junior can burn you in the running game. He’s nifty in the passing game. And if you’re not careful, he’ll pick off your quarterback, too.
  7. Admiral Farragut's Martel Mott takes off after intercepting a pass by Cambridge Christian's Titan Williamson during the teams' Sept. 13 regular-season matchup. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    One thing is certain in the playoffs under the new format: rematches from the regular season.
  8. Not only is Riverview's Alyssa Hendrix a two-times state champ in cross country, but her latest title follows two earlier this year in state track. Hendrix, pictured here from the spring, won the 3,200- and 1,600-meter titles in May. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The final tally: Two individual champs, three team champs and a host of individual medalists.
  9. Clearwater Central Catholic’s Jordan Niles, right, hugs Calvary Christian’s Richie Ilarraza after the Marauders’ playoff win. Niles is a former Calvary player. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    Sunday Morning QB: Clearwater Central Catholic, Steinbrenner and Chamberlain are just a few of the standouts in the region quarterfinals.
  10. Plant senior Birdie Frierson, here in a match earlier this postseason, says on Saturday the Panthers "were just a little bit off. The serves were just a little bit off. The sets were just a little bit off. Nothing felt like ‘This is it. This is our point.’ It was that kind of day.” SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Both Tampa teams sustain road losses in the state semifinals.