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Football: All-Western Conference Teams
Posted Dec 3, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 02:50 PM
The following are the All-Western Conference (Hillsborough County Public Schools) Varsity Football Teams, as voted on by the county head coaches.
TEAM 1 1. JAKE FRUHMORGEN PLANT Jr.
2. GARY BROWN ALONSO Sr.
3. JOSH VIZCIANO BLAKE Sr.
4. ZACH HUDSON SICKLES Sr.
5. RICHARD BUSH PLANT Sr.
TEAM 2 1. DEANDRE McCLEAN SICKLES Sr.
2. JOSH MARRERO JEFFERSON Sr.
3. ZACK BUCHANON JEFFERSON Sr.
4. CHRISTIAN LOUBRIEL ALONSO Jr.
5. JIMMY GOLDEN GAITHER Sr.
TEAM 1 1. ALEX JACKSON PLANT Sr.
2. JAHRVIS DAVENPORT ROBINSON JR
3. VENTELL BRYANT JEFFERSON Sr.
TEAM 2 1. KEZIO SNELLING STEINBRENNER Jr.
2. BRANDON ROBINSON ALONSO SR
3. JEFF SUAREZ GAITHER SR
TEAM 1 1. DEIONDRE PORTER JEFFERSON SR
TEAM 2 1. COLBY BROWN PLANT SR
TEAM 1 1. RAY RAY McCLOUD III SICKLES JR
2. ISH WITTER ALONSO Sr.
TEAM 2 1. PATRICK BROOKS PLANT JR
2. MONDREAS LOFTON JEFFERSON SO
UTILITY / TE
TEAM 1 1. CHETT LEVAY SICKLES Sr.
TEAM 2 1. FLETCHER BARNES PLANT Sr.
TEAM 1 1. JOSH BLACK SICKLES Sr.
2. SHAVAR MANUEL BLAKE SO
3. JUWUAN BROWN JEFFERSON Sr.
4. RAEDER FRANTZEN PLANT JR
TEAM 2 1. DEVIN SANTANA SICKLES Sr.
2. ANDRE WASHINGTON STEINBRENNER SO
3. KELDRICK PRESTON ROBINSON SO
4. KYLE HENDERSON PLANT JR
TEAM 1 1. ANDREW BECK PLANT Sr.
2. JORDAN GUYTON ROBINSON Sr.
3. KYLE WALKER JEFFERSON Sr.
TEAM 2 1. BERNARD ROGERS PLANT Sr.
2. JAVAUGHN JOHNSON ROBINSON Sr.
3. JULIAN JACKSON BLAKE JR
Team 1 1. TERRENCE BALDWIN ROBINSON SR
2. AMANI ORUWARIYE GAITHER SR
3. AUSTIN HUDSON PLANT SR
4. CHAVEZ POWNELL JEFFERSON SR
TEAM 2 1. MAZZI WILKINS PLANT Sr.
2. DERRICK INGRAM JEFFERSON Sr.
3. ROOSEVELT LAWRENCE ALONSO JR
4. NATE FERGUSON GAITHER JR
TEAM 1 1. CLARKE MILLER PLANT
TEAM 2 1. JERSON CAMACHO ROBINSON JR
TEAM 1 1. MATTHEW BEADLE PLANT JR
TEAM 2 1. BRANDON ROBINSON ALONSO Sr.
TEAM 1 1. KEZIO SNELLING STEINBRENNER JR
TEAM 2 1. JORDAN REED PLANT JR
TEAM 1 1. DARREN LESTER BRANDON SR.
2. MONTEL McBRIDE PLANT CITY Sr.
3. TREY CURRY BLOOMINGDALE Sr.
4. NICK INSLEY DURANT Sr.
5. DANIEL DECORIEUX EAST BAY Sr.
TEAM 2 1. KEN BURNHAM NEWSOME Sr.
2. CALEB HOLLEY EAST BAY Jr.
3. ED HIRALDO SPOTO Sr.
4. REGGIE DESRONVIC RIVERVIEW Jr.
5. CHRIS POWELL Durant Sr.
TEAM 1 1. MARK McCOY SPOTO JR
2. DOUG SANDBERG BLOOMINGDALE JR
TEAM 2 1. CHASE TAVARES PLANT CITY SO
2. LOGAN CROUSE BLOOMINGDALE Jr.
TEAM 1 1. LANDON GALLOWAY PLANT CITY Sr.
TEAM 2 1. DIONTAE JOHNSON LENNARD JR
TEAM 1 1. CHRIS GREENE EAST BAY Sr.
2. JON JONES BRANDON Sr.
3. KEISEAN YOUNG RIVERVIEW SO
TEAM 2 1. DARREN DANIEL LENNARD Sr.
2. CHRIS BRYANT NEWSOME JR
3. FRED McCOY RIVERVIEW SO
UTILITY / TE
TEAM 1 1. TYSON MILLS NEWSOME SR
TEAM 2 1. JOE WILLIAMSON DURANT JR
TEAM 1 1. MARQUES FORD EAST BAY Jr.
2. JOHN BROOME PLANT CITY Sr.
3. SEDRICK KING PLANT CITY Sr.
4. ERIC LATORTUE EAST BAY Jr.
TEAM 2 1. TYLER JAHN BLOOMINGDALE JR
2. FITO MERZIER BLOOMINGDALE SO
3. COLIN KIEHLMEIER DURANT Sr.
4. JONTAE JOHNSON RIVERVIEW SO
TEAM 1 1.DEONDRE ROMEO EAST BAY Sr.
2. RAFAEL MORALES SPOTO Sr.
3. SAWYER DAWSON PLANT CITY Jr.
4. JOHN GIANINO BRANDON Sr.
TEAM 2 1. RAMSEY BENNETT NEWSOME Sr.
2. TRAVERIAN WILLIAMS SPOTO Sr.
3. JOHN HESTER BLOOMINGDALE Sr.
4. PATRICK COLLERAN PLANT CITY JR
TEAM 1 1. GABE BROWN DURANT Sr.
2. JAMES BETHEA SPOTO Sr.
3. JYQUIS THOMAS PLANT CITY Sr.
TEAM 2 1. ANTON CRUTCHER EAST BAY Sr.
2. ALAN YEARBY BLOOMINGDALE Sr.
3. BRUCE ANDERSON NEWSOME JR.
TEAM 1 1. AUSTIN COBB NEWSOME JR.
TEAM 2 1. JOSE LUCAS BLOOMINGDALE Sr.
TEAM 1 1. JACOB COGGER BLOOMINGDALE Sr.
TEAM 2 1. BRANDON STAGE RIVERVIEW Sr.
TEAM 1 1. DANNY COOPER LENNARD Sr.
TEAM 2 1. JOHN HENDRICKS DURANT Sr.
TEAM 1 1. FRANK CARTER HILLSBOROUGH Sr.
2. CODY NULPH STRAWBERRY CREST Sr.
3. THOMAS BARTLEY ARMWOOD Sr.
4. DILLON BROWN FREEDOM Sr.
5. ALEX ROQUE TAMPA BAY TECH Sr.
TEAM 2 1. TYRELL REED CHAMBERLAIN Jr.
2. RASHAWN WASHINGTON TAMPA BAY TECH Sr.
3. JEAN-EDBY MERCER KING Sr.
4. DEONDRE HUDSON ARMWOOD Sr.
5. MALIK ROBINSON FREEDOM Sr.
TEAM 1 1. AUDEN TATE WHARTON JR
2. ANTHONY RHYNES MIDDLETON Sr.
TEAM 2 1. RUDY DAWSON HILLSBOROUGH SO
2. JAVONTE BRICE KING Sr.
TEAM 1 1. CHASE LITTON WHARTON SR
TEAM 2 1. DWAYNE LAWSON HILLSBOROUGH JR
TEAM 1 1. DEON THOMPSON TAMPA BAY TECH Sr.
2. DAKARI HIGHSMITH CHAMBERLAIN Sr.
3. JEFFREY KEIL WHARTON Sr.
TEAM 2 1. GREY THOMPSON KING Sr.
2. CHRIS PEREZ STRAWBERRY CREST Sr.
3. GREG TILLMAN ARMWOOD Sr.
UTILITY / TE
TEAM 1 1. ELIJAH SPANN TAMPA BAY TECH Sr.
TEAM 2 1. JOSH HYDE STRAWBERRY CREST SR
TEAM 1 1. HIRAM FREDRICK ARMWOOD Sr.
2. BYRON COWART ARMWOOD JR
3. ALEX CARSWELL STRAWBERRY CREST Sr.
4. SCOTT PATCHAN FREEDOM JR
TEAM 2 1. JEREMY WARE ARMWOOD JR
2. MICAH TUCKER TAMPA BAY TECH Sr.
3. CHRISTIAN FLORES HILLSBOROUGH Sr.
4. JALEN WOODALL TAMPA BAY TECH Sr.
TEAM 1 1. FRED RUSS TAMPA BAY TECH Sr.
2. JORDAN GRIFFIN ARMWOOD Jr.
3. AZEEZ AL-SHAIIR HILLSBOROUGH Jr.
4. ANTHONY DAVIS CHAMBERLAIN Sr.
TEAM 2 1. MICHAEL RIVERA CHAMBERLAIN Sr.
2. EDWIN JOSAINVIL KING Sr.
3. JAVONTE HAYES WHARTON JR
4. MATT CHANEY STRAWBERRY CREST Sr.
TEAM 1 1. TAJEE FULWOOD TAMPA BAY TECH Sr.
2. ANTHONY HENDRY FREEDOM Sr.
3. KYLE GIBSON ARMWOOD Sr.
TEAM 2 1. AARON COVINGTON ARMWOOD Jr.
2. DONELL TAYLOR KING Sr.
3. JEREMY JEFFERSON WHARTON Sr.
TEAM 1 1. STERLING HOFFRICHTER ARMWOOD JR
TEAM 2 1. WILLIAM SHIDLER CHAMBERLAIN Jr.
TEAM 1 1. ALHOMSI BADER KING Jr.
TEAM 2 1. HEATH GRADY FREEDOM Jr.
TEAM 1 1. TALVIN BAILEY ARMWOOD SR
TEAM 2 1. JOSH ENGRAM STRAWBERRY CREST Jr.
Mitchell football coach Scott Schmitz retiring after 36-year coaching career
Posted Nov 22, 2013 by Mike Camunas
Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM
A Pasco County coaching legend is stepping down, but not leaving entirely.
Mitchell football coach Scott Schmitz told the Tampa Tribune on Friday morning that, after a 36-year coaching career, he is retiring from the football program he started in 2000.
“It was just time,” said Schmitz, who was the longest-tenured football coach in Pasco County. “I’m still going to be their biggest fan, I’m still going to be at games because this program has a special place in my heart. ... I still want the best for them, but this idea had been floating around in my head for a few weeks now and this is about devoting more time to myself, my family — I have granddaughters and I want to spend more time with them.
“But its been a great ride.”
Schmitz, 58, will continue to teach at Mitchell, he says, for two to three more years before he and his wife of 38 years “retire to the golf course.” Schmitz is not in the school district’s DROP program, however, but feels now is time better spent “taking care of myself and not putting myself on the back burner.”
“There’s be a lot of kids over the years and I always put them first,” Schmitz added. “And I still want every chance for them and the new kids to be successful at football and school, but I’m going to miss that locker room and Friday nights. If you’ve ever been in a locker room or on the sideline on Friday, then you know what I’m talking about.”
This isn’t the first time Schmitz has left Mitchell’s football program. In 2008, Schmitz “resigned” from the position because of issues at the school at the time. Brian Wachtel, now Land O’ Lakes’ football coach, was brought in for two seasons, but was asked to step down in December 2010. Schmitz would return to the position thanks to longtime friend and Mitchell principal Jim Michaels.
“I"ve enjoyed the past three seasons,” said Schmitz, who went 18-12 in his second stint. “Everyone has been very supportive of this decision and I’m thankful for that because I’m always going to be a Mustang.”
Prior to coming to Mitchell, Schmitz was hired at River Ridge in 1990 by Michaels, who was athletic director at the time, to also start the football program, only to go 43-51 and reach the postseason three times in nine seasons. Schmitz was also a high school football head coach in Illinois for seven years before moving to Pasco and taking an assistant coaching position at Ridgewood for six seasons (1985-90).
Schmitz was 57-63 in 12 seasons coaching Mitchell that includes reaching the playoffs three-straight years from 2002-04 and has a 100-114 career record in Pasco County.
Even when Schmitz was away from coaching football for those two seasons, he was never far away. Schmitz, who not only attended every game Friday night, was also the girls golf coach, which included taking the team to the state tournament in 2009.
Schmitz said he told players, Michaels and athletic director Ian Mooney of his decision Friday morning and that it was emotional, but the announcement was supported by those in attendance. Schmitz added he wanted to make administration aware of his decision as soon as possible so “they can hire someone before Christmas, if that’s what they want.”
However, there’s the possibility a Schmitz will coach Mitchell next year, as Scott’s son, Andy, is a football assistant with the team and will likely apply for the job.
“I’m sure it will draw many good candidates, but it would be great to see him get it,” Scott added.
As Schmitz reflects on his long career that includes starting two football programs, he fondly remembers the friendships forged over the years, including the one with the late, longtime Land O’ Lakes coach John Benedetto.
“I miss my friend John,” Schmitz said. “I’m going to miss the friendships and the memories because I tell kids all the time that that’s the best part of playing and the job. There will be parts of the job I don’t miss — at all. But I will miss the players. I will miss Friday nights on the sidelines. I will miss the memories, but I will miss the locker room most of all.”
Jesuit/TC Notebook: Freshman RB Davis shines in spotlight
Posted Nov 9, 2013 by Bart O'Connell
Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 01:36 AM
TAMPA—In his first experience of playing in a big high school football rivalry game, Jesuit freshman RB Malik Davis appeared to be the most comfortable offensive player on the field during Friday’s 13-9 win against Tampa Catholic.
The speedy 5-foot-10 runner provided most of the Tigers’ early-game offensive spark. His first five carries all went for at least 10 yards, and he finished with 12 carries for 124 yards on the night.
“Not at all, I wasn’t surprised,” said Jesuit coach Matt Thompson of Davis. “He’s going to be one of the best backs in this area.”
Davis did not start, but came in late on Jesuit’s first offensive drive and posted back-to-back runs of 11 and 13 yards, setting up the first of two Rliett Waldron field goals.
He rushed the Tigers into field goal range again two drives later, gaining 13 and 32 yards on consecutive plays, before an interception thwarted the drive.
The Jesuit/TC games are usually decided by the best rushing team, and Davis led the Tigers to a 178-to-64 edge in rushing yards over the Crusaders.
KEEPING HEADS UP: Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory’s message to the team after the loss was about the future, and how beating Jesuit is not the ultimate goal his team should have.
“This is just a bump in the road,” Gregory said on the field to the players afterwards. “It stings. It’s going to hurt. If you want to cry about it on the bus, go ahead…But this is not our main goal, our objective. That starts next week.”
The Crusaders (8-2) dominated Class 3A-District 4 en route to winning the title and will host Melbourne Holy Trinity in the first round of the postseason.
“Let’s shock everybody and go win a state title,” he said.
TOP PERFORMERS: The stat sheet showed a remarkable defensive effort by Jesuit, which held Tampa Catholic to 190 total yards and sacked Crusaders QB Kyle Ploucher six times.
Parker Looney had a pair of sacks on Ploucher in the final drive, while Jack Taylor had 1.5 sacks as well as a blocked extra point.
Tampa Catholic also had some stars on defense, mainly Willie Conley, who intercepted the Tigers twice.
On offense, T.J. Harrell overcame a slow first half to rush for 83 yards and a TD on 12 carries. He had just eight yards rushing at halftime.
Ploucher finished 12-of-21 passing for 126 yards. Justin Motlow had seven receptions for 99 yards.
Jesuit finished with 232 yards of offense. In addition to Davis, Kevin Newman had 66 total yards (49 rushing, 17 receiving) and the Tigers’ lone touchdown. Ryan Black had 53 yards receiving and 13 yards rushing.
STREAK STATS: In addition to winning their 14th consecutive game in the rivalry, the Tigers have also won 22 of the last 24 since 1990. Jesuit leads the all-time series 36-11 since the rivalry began in 1965 with the first varsity meeting.
ODDS AND ENDS: Former Jesuit soccer coach Bob Bauman was honored at halftime. ... Former TC head coach and current Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez watched the game from the sidelines throughout. ... FOX 13 news anchor Kelly Ring tweeted that she served the pregame meal to Jesuit before kickoff.
Appendix surgery sidelines Jesuit QB Testaverde for TC game
Posted Nov 9, 2013 by Bart O'Connell
Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Jesuit QB Vincent Testaverde was not able to play in Friday night’s rivalry game with Tampa Catholic, after feeling discomfort in his abdominal area Thursday night that doctors said would require appendix surgery.
Testaverde is expected to miss next week’s playoff game against Auburndale, but could return for subsequent games according to Jesuit coach Matt Thompson.
Testaverde attended Friday’s senior night ceremonies, and participated in the coin toss without his pads on before the game. Prior to kickoff, he told tbo.com he was getting the surgery at around 10 p.m. Friday night.
“I’m not in much pain [physically], but emotionally I am,” he said. “I started feeling bad stomach pains last night and it carried through [Friday] morning.”
Testaverde was informed that there was a risk to playing with an inflamed appendix. If he was to get hit a certain way, the appendix may have ruptured and required emergency surgery that could have sidelined him for the remainder of the postseason. By doing surgery immediately, while the appendix remains in tact, he has a chance to return if Jesuit advances past the first round.
“If there was any way I could play with the [situation] I’m in, I would be out there for sure,” Testaverde said.
Thompson was informed at around 12 p.m. of Testaverde’s condition by the quarterback’s father Vinny, the former University of Miami and NFL quarterback who is an assistant coach with the Tigers.
Junior Trent Wessel started and played the entire game for Jesuit, which went on to win 13-9, their 14th consecutive win against Tampa Catholic in the 48-year old rivalry series.
Thompson is optimistic Testaverde will be back if Jesuit beats Auburndale next week.
“The surgery is minimally-invasive, so the recovery should be quick,” Thompson said.
Football: Steinbrenner coach suspended for Friday’s game
Posted Oct 30, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Steinbrenner head football coach Andres Perez will not be on the sideline with his team Friday when the Warriors (3-5, 2-2) play at Gaither (4-4, 3-1) in a key district game.
Perez was ejected during the fourth quarter last week’s district game against Freedom, which the Warriors won 17-15, and must serve a one-game suspension. Perez received a Level 1 unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and the school is assessed a $100 fine. Perez was also complete a six-hour “Fundamentals of Coaching” course before the end of the suspension.
Perez received two unsportsmanlike penalties during the game, the first with 2:01 remaining in the fourth quarter when he ran onto the field to dispute a call on the field. He received the second penalty at 1:52 for “disrespectfully addressing a game official”.