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WR Agiye Hall, Sr., Bloomingdale

The game came down to the final play. The chance to complete a comeback was reduced to a few seconds. 

Tre Simmons eluded defenders before heaving the ball to the end zone. 

And there was Hall, determined to make the winning play. 

The Alabama commit got into prime post position before leaping to make a catch while three defenders converged on him. Moments later, the official threw both hands in the air, signaling a touchdown. 

Game over. The Bulls beat Tampa Bay Tech 25-22. 

Hall finished with 107 yards on eight catches, none bigger than the one he made at the end to help Bloomingdale remain undefeated. 

The fans’ pick

RB Joquez Smith, So., Jesuit

When Ricky Parks transferred to Gaither this offseason, Smith knew he would be the Tigers’ primary ball carrier. 

In three starts, Smith has proved he  is more than capable of handling the workload. He has  rushed for 331 yards, the fifth-highest total among area backs. 

Last week, Smith ran for 112 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Jesuit to a 25-14 come-from-behind win over Berkeley Prep. He did more than just carry the ball. Smith also is showing he is a dependable receiver with a season-high four catches for 32 yards. 

The fans thought highly of his performance. Smith had more than 44 percent of the votes (3,503) to finish ahead of Robinson’s Myron Thomas, who had more than 32 percent (2,562 votes). 

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The Hernando County Football Player of the Week

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FB/LB Zack Buzze, Sr., Central

This season has been challenging for the winless Bears. 

Outscored 325-22 in eight games, Central tries to accentuate the positives to build upon next season.  

Zack Buzze is one of the bright spots. The linebacker leads the team in tackles with 44. 

Against Gulf two weeks ago, Buzze recorded a team-high 13 tackles. 

That got the attention of fans. Buzze received 49 percent of the votes (699) in the Hernando County football player of the week poll to beat out Hernando’s Jordan Williams, who had 44 percent (628 votes).

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The Pasco County Football Player of the Week

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Hunter McFarland, Sr., Mitchell

After losing 26 players to graduation, Mitchell needed to fill plenty of voids to make the playoffs for the eighth straight season. 

Hunter McFarland has stepped up on defense. 

The senior is enjoying the best season of his high school career. He has 53 tackles, more than he had in his previous two seasons combined. 

McFarland also a nose for the ball — and the quarterback. He has forced three fumbles, recorded 3 ½ sacks and recovered two fumbles. 

Against Hudson two weeks ago, McFarland finished with five tackles, two fumble recoveries, a sack and forced fumble to lead the Mustangs to a victory. 

Fans were impressed. McFarland ended up with 52 percent of the votes (1,462) in the Pasco County football player of the week poll to beat out Zephyrhills Christian’s Jayce Nixon, who had 34 percent (955 votes).  

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The Pinellas County Football Player of the Week

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LB Garrick Ponder, Sr., Pinellas Park

A transfer from Seminole, Garrick Ponder wasted no time making an impact. 

The senior not only became a starter but also turned into one of the area’s defensive stars.

Ponder leads the Patriots in tackles (72), sacks, (six), forced fumbles (three) and fumble recoveries (two). Those numbers are a big reason the Patriots are 6-1 and currently tied with Northeast for second place in Class 6A, District 11. 

Against St,. Petersburg, Ponder had one of his best performances, finishing with 14 tackles and a sack. 

Fans were impressed. Ponder received 40 percent of the votes (812) in the Pinellas County football player of the week poll to beat out Keswick Christian’s Caleb Morris, who had 32 percent (646).   

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