The PTP defensive players of the week

PTP pick

DB Johntavious Bonner, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

The most memorable play Johntavious Bonner made last week was on offense. 

With 34 seconds remaining against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, Bonner hauled in a touchdown pass from Bryson Martin that proved to be the difference in a 16-13 win. 

All three of the Marauders wins this season have come in the final minute of regulation. 

But the most important play Bonner made was on defense. 

After getting torched in a lopsided loss to Jesuit the previous week, CCC’s defense needed to make amends by making some plays.

Bonner delivered. 

He stepped in front of a pass and returned the interception 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Marauders a 7-0 first quarter lead. 

Those two scores — one on offense, one on defense — were the only touchdowns for CCC. It was just enough for the Marauders to pull out a much-needed win. 

The fans’ pick

DB Kaden Khammanivong, Sr., Osceola

In six games this season, Khaden Khammanivong has made plenty of tackles. He has knocked down passes, forced fumbles, even recovered a few.

But he went into last week’s game against Lakewood still waiting to record his first interception. 

They ended up coming in bunches.

Khammanivong ended up picking off three passes. He also had five tackles and broke up four passes. 

About the only thing he was unable to get was a win. The Warriors lost 35-0. 

Still, Osceola is showing improvement. The Warriors are 2-3 this season. In their two wins, they allowed a combined 16 points. 

Khammanivong has played a key role in the turnaround. He has 32 tackles and now leads the team in interceptions thanks to his performance against the Spartans.

The fans thought highly of that effort. Khammanivong received more than 61 percent of the votes (5,460) to beat out Clearwater Central Catholic’s Johntavious Bonner, who had more than 31 percent (3,052).