The PTP pick
RB Romello Jones, Jr., Plant City
Throughout most of the season, Romello Jones has shared time in Plant City’s backfield with Reggie Bush.
Because of that, Jones had put up modest numbers. No 100-yard game and just one touchdown through the first five games.
Against Durant, he finally had the spotlight.
Jones rushed for 203 yards and scored five touchdowns on just 10 carries — the first four all reaching the end zone — to help Plant City beat Durant and hold on to the Redman Cup.
It was the first time Jones had ever rushed for more than 200 yards or scored more than one touchdown in a game during his three years on varsity.
The fans’ pick
QB Taffrey Peterman, Sr., Boca Ciega
A year ago, the Pirates lost to Dixie Hollins in a wild game that ultimately decided a district title.
The painful memories of that outcome served as a powerful motivator, particularly for Taffrey Peterman.
This time, the Boca Ciega quarterback was determined to make sure there were no close calls.
Peterman was almost perfect, completing 13 of his 15 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-0 win over the Rebels.
Fans thought highly of that performance. Peterman received more than 43 percent of the votes (480) to beat out St. Petersburg Catholic’s CJ Denmark, who had 38 percent (422 votes).