Tribune's All-Pasco County Football Team
OFFENSE QB Tyler Degen, Jr., Fivay: He completed 102 of 186 passes for 1,929 yards and threw a county-leading 22 touchdowns. RB David Emmanuel, Sr., Pasco: The hard-hitting back had 1,363 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 138 carries for the 12-1 Pirates, and even became a decent linebacker in a pinch. RB Willie Barrett, Jr., Anclote: The bruising 6-foot, 210-pounder was monumental in leading the Sharks to their first playoff appearance. He rushed for a school-record 1,405 yards and 14 touchdowns, with three runs of 87 yards or longer. The most impressive performance was a 338-yard, six-touchdown effort — on just 17 carries — in a 49-10 victory against Gulf.WR Andrew Meyer, Sr., Fivay: Meyer recorded 42 catches for 1,028 yards and scored 12 TDs. WR Tymere Carter, Jr., Anclote: The speedster had 17 receptions for a team-high 311 yards and six touchdowns. Carter saved his best effort for the most important game of the season, catching three passes for 115 yards (38.3-yard average) and a touchdown in a key 21-7 win at Zephyrhills. WR Malik Johns, Jr., Pasco: Before an ankle injury hampered him late in the season, Johns led the Pirates with 390 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He also became a great punt returner (434 yards, four touchdowns). TE Kevin Faulkner, Sr., Fivay: Faulkner, who also plays on Fivay's baseball team, was QB Tyler Degen's second option and caught 30 passes for 502 yards and six TDs. OL Terry Linton, Sr., Anclote: A four-year starter, the impressive 6-foot-3, 320-pounder was a key member of an offensive line that paved the way for RB Willie Barrett's record-breaking season. Also, he scooped up a fumble and rumbled 25 yards for a touchdown in a win over Wesley Chapel. OL Foster Artlip, Sr., Mitchell: One of the Mustangs' most powerful offensive linemen, Artlip sparked a dominating rushing attack. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder was strong enough to take on defenders singlehandedly and intelligent enough to grasp coach Scott Schmitz's complex Wing-T scheme. When Artlip went down for the season with a torn ACL, the Mustangs limped home with three straight losses and missed the playoffs. OL Steven Wetzel, Sr., Fivay: The senior helped pave the way for the Falcons to rush for 1,904 yards and throw for 1,960. OL Ajee Carr, Jr., Pasco: Part of a young offensive line that opened up holes for RB David Emmanuel and protected QB Ben Chandler. OL Aaron Protch, Sr., Sunlake: The 5-foot-11, 260-pound bulldozer led the way for Sunlake's 8-2 season and was the leader on an offensive line that produced 2,388 yards and 30 TDs on the ground. ATH Janarion Grant, Sr., Pasco: After missing six games with a broken hand, Grant returned and scored 19 touchdowns, including five in his return against Fivay. K Connor Gilboy, Sr., Sunlake: Gilboy scored 50 points, with 29 extra points and seven field goals. DEFENSE DL Morgan Flournory, Sr., Pasco: Nearly a castaway at the beginning of the season, Flournory became a force to reckon with and ended up with a county-record 22.5 sacks. DL Joey Ivie, Sr., Pasco: A large, powerful Florida commit, he was double- and triple-teamed most games and still picked up 12 sacks, 89 tackles, three patdowns and a fumble recovery. DL Nick Hoffman, Sr., Sunlake: On a senior-laden defense, Hoffman led one of Pasco County's best defensive units with 44 tackles, four sacks and two fumble recoveries. DL Josh Parsons, Sr., Anclote: Fifth on the team in tackles with 52, including 25 solo. His best efforts came during Anclote's final three regular-season games when he had 22 tackles, including a season-high eight in a win over Hudson. LB Sammy Miller, Sr., Mitchell: Ranging from sideline to sideline, Miller had a school-record 151 tackles (89 solo). He recorded double-digit tackles in each game, including 24 in a loss to Nature Coast Tech and 20 in a season-opening win over Anclote. LB Ben Wood, Jr., Sunlake: Led a defense that allowed an average of 9.3 points per game. Wood recorded 86 tackles and seven sacks, and forced three fumbles. LB Brandon Debyah, So., Pasco: A player who grew into a position on a team that lacked linebackers, Debyah showed he deserved the defensive starts with two interceptions, 2.5 sacks and a team-high 91 tackles. LB Dimitri Grivas, Sr., Anclote: Grivas recorded a team-record 111 tackles, including 55 solo. A three-year starter, Grivas finished with 13 or more tackles four times this season, including a season-high 20 in a win against Hudson and 15 against both Ridgewood and Wesley Chapel. DB Eddie Burgos, Sr., Sunlake: A two-way standout, Burgos had 21 tackles and four interceptions. He also rushed for 1,013 yards on offense. DB Nate Craig-Myers, Fr. Pasco: Looking more like a senior than a first-year varsity player, he had 36 tackles and team-high four interceptions. DB C.C. Schroder, Sr., Hudson: In an improved season for the Cobras, Schroder recorded 69 tackles and six interceptions. DB Luis Perez, Sr., Anclote: Perez had a team-high four interceptions, including two in a blowout victory against Gulf. He was instrumental in helping Anclote to a playoff berth. P Dino Tsilionis, Sr., Land O' Lakes: Consistency and hang time were his strengths, as he rarely allowed punts to be returned for long yardage. He averaged more than 32 yards per punt with a long of 59 yards, and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line nine times. SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Josh Zifer, Sr., Sunlake RB: Davion Sutton, Jr., Fivay RB: Eddie Burgos, Sr., Sunlake WR: Ryan Shea, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch WR: George Cordova, Sr., River Ridge WR: Willis Reeves, Sr., Fivay TE: Shymere Carter, Jr., Anclote OL: John Coyne, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch OL: Hayden Krautner, Sr., River Ridge OL: Devon Long, Jr., Zephyrhills OL: Chris Branfield, Jr., Ridgewood OL: Justin Forchion, Sr., Land O' Lakes ATH: Elton Grigley, Sr., Ridgewood K: Andrew Dowler, Jr., Land O' Lakes DEFENSE DL: Shaheed Salmon, Jr., Land O' Lakes DL: Joel Morrison, Sr., Zephyrhills DL: Josh Shaffer, Sr., Zephyrhills DL: Alec Molnar, Sr., Fivay LB: Sammy Sullivan, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin LB: Tylar Hochstetler, Sr., Zephyrhills LB: J.D. Edwards, Jr., Pasco LB: Darius Wells, Jr., Land O' Lakes DB: Devon Brockington, Jr., Zephyrhills DB: Damien Wilson, Sr., Pasco DB: Owen Derksen, Sr., Hudson DB: Josh Lamb, Jr., Mitchell P: Brandon Ray, So., Pasco HONORABLE MENTION Anclote: Kishuan Dampier. Bishop McLaughlin: R.J. Perciavelle, Zac Lockhart. Fivay: Brice Sesler, Bryan Poinsette, Michael Faulkner. Gulf: Chris Kylap, Brennan Smiley. Hudson: Steven Phillips, Noah Siegrist, Joey Caruso, Jamie Hamby. Land O' Lakes: Harrison Wood, Kyle Forchion, Colin Irwin. Mitchell: Dan Barber, Christian Trinidad, Joey Petrilla. Pasco: Garrett Mitchell, Ben Chandler, Tim Conley, Jacob Morphew, Lane Stancil. Ridgewood: Max Livingstone, Tyler Vito, Will Fulmer. River Ridge: Josh Maisel, Damion Hicks, Brian Clinkscale. Sunlake: Ricardo Williams, Ray Busbee, Travis Manecke. Wesley Chapel: Daquan Caesar, Kudiel Gomez, Nalu Fraticelli, Jordan Primus, Josias Vizcano. Wiregrass Ranch: Christian Borak, Aaron Silcott. Zephyrhills: Willie Williams, Jaylen Pickett, Mike Smith, Jarret Kelly. COACH OF THE YEAR Tom McHugh, Pasco: McHugh, in his sixth season with the Pirates, became the program's winningest coach (63-12) with his third straight undefeated season (38 consecutive regular-season wins). McHugh, who made his third region final, again proved he was the county's top coach by turning a relatively new defense into one of the state's top squads. Before the 49-21 loss to Robinson, Pasco had allowed just 60 points and had seven shutouts. About the team The Tribune's All-Pasco County Football Team was selected by 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.