The Tribune's all-Pasco County football team
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB Jacob Guy, Pasco, senior Arguably the best pure passer in all of Tampa Bay, Guy backed that up with record-breaking numbers. Besides throwing for 379 yards and five touchdowns in a state semifinal, Guy broke the Pasco County single-season records for touchdown passes (42) and yards (2,672) held by former Land O' Lakes QB Drew Weatherford. And after throwing 70 touchdowns in two seasons, guy has a handful of college offers, with more likely to come. RB David Emmanuel, Pasco, juniorWith 1,325 rushing yards, that's back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Emmanuel, who is already getting interest from Big East and ACC colleges. With 22 total touchdowns and an additional 255 receiving yards, Emmanuel is dual threat in the backfield. RB Kyrie Rodriguez, Fivay, senior Despite battling a lingering ankle injury the entire season, the senior tailback still amassed 1,085 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns. Biggest game came against district foe Zephyrhills, with Rodriguez rushing for 154 yards on 35 carries and three scores. REC James Bullock, Fivay, senior The clutch wide receiver meant so much to his team in crunch time, including his go-ahead touchdown grab in Fivay's wild 48-42 victory over the Bulldogs, that all but sealed the Falcons ticket to the postseason. Bullock caught 57 passes for 707 yards and seven touchdowns. REC Trey Dudley-Giles, Pasco, senior A deep threat, a punt returner, even a Wildcat-option QB, Dudley-Giles can do it all, which is why he already has seven Division I offers on the table. Led the team with 1,066 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns as a receiver that even a Florida-committed cornerback could cover. REC Janarion Grant, Pasco, junior Second in receiving yards only to Dudley-Giles, but rounds out Pasco's three-headed monster of three players with 20-plus touchdowns. Yet, Grant is probably the most dynamic of the three, returning punts that weren't supposed to be returned, while making the most of every play that gave him 1,403 of total offense. OL Cannon Clark, Sunlake, senior Opened holes for offense that had 1,720 yards and 21 TDs rushing OL Jeff Kruse, Gulf, senior His brute strength combined with his great smarts became a lethal combination to use against defensive lineman in 2011. The IB student has been the main cog of the Buccaneers' offensive line since he was a freshman and will likely be playing for an Ivy League university on the next level. OL Nate McCoole, Sunlake, senior 300-pound center led Seahawks with 19 pancake blocks OL Chris Schalles, Mitchell, senior Only 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, the two-way standout was able to help lead Pasco County's leading rushing unit to 27 touchdowns and 2,281 yards rushing, including four players rushing for 410 yards or more. OL Mike Tarver, Pasco, senior Playing both center and guard, was the leader of an inexperienced, but impressive offensive line that helped the Pirates average 170 passing yards and 152 rushing yards per game. TE Kent Taylor, Land O' Lakes, senior Florida commit led all county tight ends with 480 yards and 5 TDs in just seven games K Brandon Ray, Pasco, freshman This eighth-and-a-half grader stepped up in a big way, filling in for the injured starter and making 26-of-26 PATs. Plus, had a phenomenal performance in the region semifinal, hitting three FGs — a 46-yarder and two for 21 yards, including the game winner to host a region final game. ATH Jamal Roberts, Zephyrhills, senior The Bulldogs do-it-all player was vital to the remarkable turnaround that had the team in playoff contention until the last game of the season. With 1,580 total offensive yards, most of that came from being a scrambling quarterback that had 20 touchdowns, including one for 91 yards. FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL Joey Ivie, Pasco, junior Got in the action with Wilson behind the line, picking up eight sacks and 53 tackles as probably the hardest-working nose tackle in the county. DL Austin Schwarz, River Ridge, senior Knights' unquestioned leader had 70 tackles, 8.5 sacks in nine games DL Phillip Thompson, Pasco, senior No one was more vital, more impressive on the Pirates defense, as Thompson led the team in sacks (12) and forced fumbles (4). DL Nick Wilson, Pasco, senior Became a one-man wrecking ball on the defensive line, disrupting most running plays, but also putting insane pressure on quarterbacks and picking up two sacks in the state semifinal. LB Jackson Cannon, Land O' Lakes, senior Two-time All-County first teamer had 89 tackles, 3.5 sacks LB Nick Morrison, Sunlake, senior Returned from torn ACL in 2010 to post 146 tackles, five sacks LB Aryn Strickland, Pasco, senior Stepped up big this season to become a natural force, and leader, on the defense, including leading the team in tackles and adding two pat downs. LB Shadow Williams, Land O' Lakes, senior Battled injury and still amassed 62 tackles, 3 sacks DB Rashaud Daniels, Sunlake, senior Had 62 tackles and three interceptions while still playing offense regularly DB Trey Dudley-Giles, Pasco, senior One side of two shut-down cornerbacks for the Pirates that lead the team with 12 pat downs and five interceptions, including two against Jesuit in the region final. DB Janarion Grant, Pasco, junior The Pirates other shut-down cornerback, who also had two interceptions against Jesuit, including the nail-in-the-coffin one that Grant returned 101 yards for the score. DB Nico Watts, Land O' Lakes, senior County-best six interceptions led to breakout year P Phil Molina, River Ridge, senior Led county with 38.2-yard average, with a long of 57 SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB Cameron Stoltz, Sunlake, senior RB Alozo Pettiford, Anclote, senior RB Jerome Samuels, Sunlake, senior REC Jamal Jones, Sunlake, senior REC Wesley Moore, Land O' Lakes, senior REC Eddie Burgos, Sunlake, junior OL Nick Wilson, Pasco, senior OL Aryn Strickland. Pasco, senior OL Anthony Perkins, Fivay, senior OL Jacob McLaughlin, Zephyrhills, senior OL Aaron Protch, Sunlake, junior TE Max Livingstone, Ridgewood, junior K Phil Molina, River Ridge, senior ATH Rashaud Daniels, Sunlake, senior SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL Jeff Kruse, Gulf, senior DL Paul Scott, Sunlake, senior DL Nick Hoffman, Sunlake, junior DL Antionne Carr, Zephyrhills, senior LB Angel Ramos, Wesley Chapel, senior LB Brice Sesler, Fivay, junior LB Kyle Bartlett, River Ridge, senior LB Ray Busbee, Sunlake, junior DB Lane Stancil, Pasco, sophomore DB Darin Patmon, Land O' Lakes, senior DB Josias Vizcano, Wesley Chapel, sophomore DB Devon Brockington. Zephyrhills, sophomore P Codi Folsom, Mitchell, senior HONORABLE MENTION Anclote – Dimitri Grivas, Josh Parsons, Ryan Patterson; Bishop McLaughlin – Evan Barhonovich, Jordan Betancourt, Donovan Lovelock, Austin Meyers, RJ Perciavalle; Fivay – Tyler Deegan, Kevin Faulkner, Kelly Meus, Jordan Wisner; Hudson – Hayden Moyer; Land O' Lakes – Ryan Bird, Justin Forchson, Andrew Garcia, Shaheed Salmon, Harrison Wood; Mitchell – Mordell Holly, Nick Huff; Pasco – Carson Brock, Damian Wilson; Ridgewood – Tyler Launi; River Ridge – Brian Clinkscale, Derek Glenn, Malik Moore, Brandon Nazzario, Dylan Rutledge, Carlos Santamaria; Wesley Chapel – Robert Jota, Keegan Tanner; Wiregrass Ranch – Jamie Barone; Zephyrhills – Devon Long, Adrian Sanchez. COACH OF THE YEAR Tom McHugh, Pasco
The Tribune's All-Pasco County football team was selected by staff writer Rick Harmon and special correspondents Mike Camunas, Chris Errington, Bart O'Connell and Andy Villamarzo. The team was selected based on regular-season and postseason performances. The Sunshine Athletic Conference team selected by the county's head coaches was strongly considered. The Tribune's player of the year will be announced in June.