Connect with us

Football

The Prime Time Preps football players of the week

Published

on

Football players of the week

Offense

QB Joe Pesansky, Sr., Jesuit

The only offer Joe Pesansky had going into this season was a non-committable one from Marist. His status did not figure to change. After all, he was still in Virginia, where fall sports were postponed until the spring. 

Then circumstances changed.

Pesansky’s father was offered a job in Tampa. The family made the move. And Pesansky enrolled at Jesuit.  

“With no sports or school in Virginia we decided it was best to make the move,” Pesansky said. 

At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Pesansky has the ideal size for a signal caller. Still, he had to earn the starting job with the Tigers, who were trying to replace Kiael Kelly, now at Gaither. 

Pesansky did just that, beating out two others. 

This past week, he made his Jesuit debut. Everything seemingly worked. The Tigers jumped out to a big lead thanks to Pesansky’s efficiency in the pocket. He went 14-of-21 for 226 yards and three touchdowns to lead Jesuit to a 28-21 season-opening win at Fort Myers Bishop Verot. 

Better still, those numbers were nearly all produced in the first two quarters. The Tigers only threw three passes in the second half, all in the third quarter. 

“It was one of the more efficient games I’ve had,” Pesansky said. 

But not his best. Last year, he threw for 350 yards and five touchdowns in one game and 340 yard and four scores in another. 

It was not enough to get the attention of many colleges. 

Now, that could change. 

“Jesuit is a great place to be,” Pesansky said. 

Defense

LB Noah Kent, Sr., Cambridge Christian

Injuries forced Noah Kent to miss significant time the past two seasons. In the offseason, Kent worked to become stronger — and bigger. He was focused on trying to earn a scholarship. 

And he was injury-free. 

All Kent needed was to have a senior season. 

His parents did everything possible, even creating an online petition urging the Florida High School Athletic Association board of directors to start practices in August rather than push back the start of fall sports. 

The FHSAA board of directors agreed, voting to start practices in August and allow regular season games to begin this past week. 

With the season set, Kent wanted to make the most of it. 

In the opener, he was everywhere on defense. Kent finished with a team-leading 10 tackles and had a sack to lead the Lancers in a 42-7 win over St. Petersburg Catholic. 

“I absolutely believe I was capable of that performance,” Kent said. “But I also was playing at a weight disadvantage in almost every game I competed in (the past few years). Last year I was playing at 160 pounds. Now I’m playing at 215 pounds with more confidence and strength on top of my ability to read an offense. It completely changes the game.”

Kent is intent on spending the rest of the season racking up big numbers in tackles. 

“Last week’s performance is only the tip of the iceberg of what I know I can do during this season, and what I know my team can accomplish,” Kent said. “Be prepared. Cambridge is going to prove a lot of doubters wrong and make a lot of noise.”

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Flag Football

Sydney Stout reaches 100 touchdown passes — this season

Published

on

Robinson quarterback Sydney Stout reached an impressive milestone with her 100th touchdown pass on Monday.   

That is not a career mark.

Stout reached that total this season.

The senior already had shattered the flag football single-season state record of 79 touchdown passes and entered the Class 2A region final needing just three touchdowns to hit triple digits. 

No problem. 

Stout threw four touchdown passes — in the first half. 

She added another in the second half to give her 102, a number that will continue to grow. 

After all, the Knights beat Lecanto 34-0 in the region final. Robinson, which has won state titles in five of the past six seasons (the 2020 season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic), advances to the state semifinals on Friday. Stout could end up playing in two more games if the Knights keep their state title streak intact. 

And there’s a good chance of that happening considering Robinson has outscored foes by a combined 816-50 this year.  

Continue Reading

College Football

Former PHU/UCF star Jacob Harris goes to Rams in 4th round

Published

on

Jacob Harris, a former star at Palm Harbor University and Central Florida, was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Rams.

Harris, a former soccer standout who did not start playing organized football until senior year at Palm Harbor University, has gone through a meteoric rise to become a sleeper pick in this year’s draft.

He started off as a walk-on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF. For the past two seasons, Harris was a dependable receiver for the Knights. As a senior, he had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns.

Harris’ most memorable game came against USF this past season when he had five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns.

With the Rams, Harris will join former East Lake star Tyler Higbee in a group of tight ends that features plenty of locals.  

Continue Reading

College Football

The local list of potential NFL picks

Published

on

The NFL Draft concludes Saturday. Plenty of locals have the potential to be picked. Below is the list of former area stars who could hear their name called. All were either on mock drafts or were selected to an all-star game or NFL Combine. 

Photos courtesy of UCF Athletics

TE Jacob Harris, Palm Harbor University/UCF

Harris, a former soccer standout who did not start playing organized football until senior year at Palm Harbor University, has gone through a meteoric rise to become a sleeper pick in this year’s draft. He started off as a walk-on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF. For the past two seasons, Harris was a dependable receiver for the Knights. As a senior, he had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns. Harris’ most memorable game came against USF this past season when he had five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns. 

OL Shane McGough, Gaither/Florida International

The younger brother of former Gaither and FIU quarterback Alex McGough redshirted as a freshman before becoming a consistent starter on the Panthers’ offensive line. He was an all-Conference USA honorable mention selection in 2018 and 2020. This past season, McGough started in four of FIU’s five games as a center.  

WR Antonio Nunn, Jefferson/Buffalo

Nunn, a dynamic deep threat at Jefferson, redshirted his first season at Buffalo before rocketing up the depth chart. He started every game the past two seasons, finishing with a combined 86 catches for 1,271 yards and eight touchdowns. Nunn was a third-team all-MAC selection in 2019 and second-team selection this past season. 

Photo courtesy of Indiana University Athletics

WR Whop Philyor, Plant/Indiana

A first-team, all-state selection at Plant, Philyor became Indiana’s most dependable receiving target during his college career. He finished with 2,316 all-purpose yards (2,067 receiving, 134 rushing, 66 kick return, 49 punt return) in 38 games (22 starts).Philyor also is the Hoosiers’ s all-time leader in double-digit catch games (7), ranks fourth in receptions (180), fourth in 100-yard games (7), ninth in yardage (2,067) and is tied for 16th in touchdowns (12). He capped off his career by setting a Big Ten bowl and Outback Bowl record with 18 receptions for 81 yards. 

DL Justus Reed, CCC/Virginia Tech

A first-team, all-state selection, Reed led Clearwater Central Catholic to its only state final appearance as a senior in 2013. He started out at Florida before spending three seasons at Youngstown State. This past season, Reed transferred to Virginia Tech as a graduate student. He started in 10 of the Hokies’ 11 games, finishing with 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks.  

Photo courtesy of USF Athletics

DB K.J. Sails, East Bay/USF

A highly touted high school recruit, Sails spent his first three years in college at North Carolina before transferring to USF. As a junior, he led the Bulls in interceptions with three and recorded 22 tackles this past season. Sails gained notoriety this past summer when he organized a unity walk during the social justice movement that was attended by about 400 teammates, coaches, administrators and community members.  

Oregon's Jordon Scott/Photo credit: Oregon Athletics
Photo courtesy of Oregon Athletics

DL Jordon Scott, Pinellas Park/Oregon

The three-star high school prospect originally committed to Florida before signing with Oregon. He immediately became a force on the Ducks’ defensive line, earning FWAA freshman all-America honors in 2017. Scott opted to return to Oregon as a senior rather than turn pro and helped the Ducks reach the Pac-12 title game for the second straight season. 

Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics Communications

TE Pro Wells, Hollins/Texas Christian

As a senior at Hollins, Wells had a breakout season, finishing with 31 catches for 952 yards and five touchdowns. He played at Milford Academy and Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he became the No. 4 JUCO tight end in the nation. After redshirting in 2018 at Texas Christian, Wells turned a reliable red-zone target and led the team in touchdown receptions each of the past two seasons. 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © Prime Time Preps

%d bloggers like this: