Connect with us

Football

Getting to know Bloomingdale’s Tre Simmons

Bob Putnam

Published

on

Tre Simmons transferred to Bloomingdale this summer after spending his first two seasons at Armwood and last season at Jefferson. It turned out to be the right move — and fit. With the Bulls, Simmons has had a stellar senior season, throwing for 2,490 yards and accounting for 34 touchdowns (27 passing, seven running). The dynamic dual-threat quarterback has already led Bloomingdale to its first undefeated regular season and first appearance in the state semifinals. Tonight, he will guide the Bulls against powerhouse Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas with a trip to the Class 7A championship game on the line. This week, Simmons talked about spending time with his younger sisters, his faith and his adoration for Marvel Comics and the movie Avengers: Endgame. 

Brotherly love

Simmons’ aim is to be the best older brother to his sisters, Chanel, 15, and Chayse, 9. The three spend time together every day, often creating Tik Tok videos. Their favorite: Corvette Corvette. 

Glory to God

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Simmons regularly attended Sunday service at New Testament Baptist Church. Before every game, he says a prayer to his grandparents, Philip Anderson and Annie Mae Shaw, who have both passed. “My grandfather was my second dad.  He taught me a lot growing up, and he taught me mainly to be a competitor. Growing up, my cousins and I were always at my grandmother’s house. She was like everybody’s mom and she took care of all her grandkids no matter what was going on.”

Superhero super fan 

Simmons said he is a huge Marvel’s Avengers. His favorite movie is Avengers: Endgame. His favorite character: Thor. “I like Thor’s mentality. He’s a go-getter and he never quits until he is on top.” Does Simmons take the same approach on the football field? “Most definitely,” he said. 

College Football

Seminole’s Chris Miller selected to coach in Tropical Bowl

Bob Putnam

Published

on

Seminole’s Chris Miller was named one of the head coaches for the Tropical Bowl, an all-star college football game featuring mostly FBS players who are potential NFL draft picks. 

Miller will coach the American team. He left Thursday to start practices for Sunday’s game, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at Kissimmee’s Celebration High. 

The staff Miller assembled includes Warhawks assistants Rob Ewing and Chris Parker and former Admiral Farragut standout Kreg Brown. 

After spending more than a decade as a player and a coach at Admiral Farragut, Miller left to become coach at Seminole in 2013. 

This is his third year coaching in a college all-star game. He was the receivers coach for the National Bowl in 2018 and was offensive coordinator for the game in 2019. 

Two locals are playing in this year’s Tropical Bowl — USF defensive back Mike Hampton (Hillsborough) and Florida International offensive lineman Shane McGough (Gaither).  

Continue Reading

Football

Hillsborough track star Erriyon Knighton reportedly turns pro

Bob Putnam

Published

on

Hillsborough’s Erriyon Knighton, who solidified himself as one of the nation’s top sprinters after an impressive performance this summer, has decided to forgo his high school and collegiate eligibility by signing with Adidas according to a report by Track and Field News. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Knighton becomes the second area track athlete to turn pro before exhausting his amateur status. In 2015, former Gibbs and Baylor sprinting sensation Trayvon Bromell signed with New Balance. A year later, Bromell was in the Olympics. 

Knighton is on the same path.  

At the Junior Olympics this past summer, Knighton won the 200 meters in a wind-legal time of 20.33 seconds, the fastest-ever recorded in the 16 year old’s age group (15-16) at the Junior Olympics and the nation’s top time by a high school athlete at that point last year. 

Knighton shaved 56 seconds off his personal best set in June of 2020. And his blistering 20.33 time was just 0.20 seconds off the under-18 world record set by Usain Bolt. 

That was not all. 

In the 100 meters, Knighton again sprinted to the head of the class at the Junior Olympics, this time winning in 10.29 seconds, a time that was tied for the nation’s top mark by a high school athlete this past year.

Those eye-opening times got the attention of the track-and-field aficionados — and the sporting world.

It also put him on the fast track to potential Olympic stardom. That was in part why he made the decision, according to Track and Field News. 

By doing so, Knighton is all but giving up a promising career in football. 

Knighton’s big-play ability, combined with his speed, made him a bona fide football prospect. He is already ranked as a four-star recruit and considered the state’s 15-best player for the Class of 2022 on 247 Sports’ composite list.

As a junior this past season, Knighton had 201 rushing yards, 484 receiving and accounted for eight touchdowns.  

Colleges took notice. Knighton has offers from several Division I-A programs, including Florida, FSU, Michigan and Tennessee. 

Knighton’s future is coming into his focus.

So is his vision. 

This summer, Knighton failed a physical because of poor eyesight. He had 20/100 vision in one eye and 20/80 in the other. He now has glasses and plans on getting contacts. 

“It didn’t really bother me in track,” Knighton told Prime Time Preps at the time. “I could still see. The only thing that was blurry was when I tried to read plays from the sideline in football.”

The picture is clear. No more football and track at Hillsborough, followed by four more years of both sports in college. 

The focus is now on the Olympics, something that Knighton said was a possibility this summer. 

“I might lean towards track, slightly,” Knighton told Prime Time Preps this summer.. “I’m thinking about the Olympics more and more.” 

Continue Reading

Football

Locals to watch in Sunday’s NFL wild-card games

Bob Putnam

Published

on

Several locals are playing in NFL wild-card games this weekend. Here are the ones on active rosters for Sunday’s games. 

Baltimore Ravens

WR Chris Moore

High school: Jefferson

College: Cincinnati

New Orleans Saints

RB Tony Jones Jr.

High school: St. Petersburg Catholic/IMG Academy

College: Notre Dame

Diontae Johnson
Photos courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

WR Diontae Johnson

High school: Lennard

College: Toledo

WR Ray-Ray McCloud

High school: Sickles

College: Clemson

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © Prime Time Preps

%d bloggers like this: