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Football: FACA District 15 team announced

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Here are the selections for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 15 team, which includes all Hillsborough County schools. The picks were made by coaches who belong to the FACA.

Players of the year (by classification)

Class 8A: Jason Albritton, Newsome

Class 7A: Greg Gaines III, Tampa Bay Tech

Class 6A: Junior Vandeross, Jesuit

Class 5A: Desman Hearns, Chamberlain

Class 3A: Xavier Townsend, Berkeley Prep

Class 2A: Jkobe Jones, Seffner Christian

Coaches of the year (by classification)

Class 8A: Christian Yockey, Newsome

Class 7A: Jayson Roberts, Tampa Bay Tech

Class 6A: Matt Thompson, Jesuit

Class 3A: Dominick Ciao, Berkeley Prep

Class 2A: Travis Puleo, Seffner Christian

FACA District Team

Offense

QB Caleb Pierce, Sr., Hillsborough

RB Jordaan Bailey, Sr., Hillsborough

RB Joquez Smith, Jr., Jesuit

WR Junior Vandeross, Sr., Jesuit

WR Jaydn Girard, Sr., Jesuit

C Wilfred Capelle, Sr., King

OL Tre’quan Alexander, Sr., Jesuit

OL Eliel Caraballo, Sr., King

OL Noah Miles, Sr., Hillsborough

OL Zack Menard, Sr., Hillsborough

K Jack Ferreri, Jr., Jesuit

UTIL Xavier Townsend, Sr., Berkeley Prep

Defense

DL Thomas Hickman, Jr., Hillsborough

DL Peter Pesansky, So., Jesuit

DL Matthew Stahl, So., Chamberlain

DL Keon Keeley, Jr., Berkeley Prep

LB Joseph Sipp Jr., Sr., Hillsborough

LB Titus Bullard, So., Berkeley Prep

LB Troy Bowles, Jr., Jesuit

CB Amir Austin, Sr., Newsome

CB Dominic Reaves, Sr., Hillsborough

SS Wade Woodaz, Sr., Jesuit

FS Caleb Williams, Sr., Jesuit

UTIL Desman Hearns, Sr., Chamberlain

P Jacob Rodriguez, Sr., King

LS Chris Wehnert, Sr., Chamberlain

FACA Senior All-Star Team

Offense

QB Caleb Pierce, Sr., Hillsborough

RB Liam Conroy, Sr., Jesuit

RB Elijah Williams, Sr., Chamberlain

WR Junior Vandeross, Sr., Jesuit

WR Jaydn Girard, Sr., Jesuit

TE Troy Werking, Sr., Chamberlain

C Chris Wehnert, Sr., Chamberlain

OL Zack Menard Sr., Hillsborough

OL Matthew Serrano, Sr., Chamberlain

OL Tre’quan Alexander, Sr., Jesuit

OL Jonah Tran, Sr., Jesuit

K Jean Vialleja, Sr., Chamberlain

UTIL Jkobe Jones, Sr., Seffner Christian

Defense

DL Justin Anderson, Sr., Hillsborough

DL Omarion Clark, Sr., Jesuit

DL Ryan Longman, Sr., Seffner Christian

DL Travis Jandrlich, Sr., Newsome

LB Joseph Sipp Jr., Sr., Hillsborough

LB AJ Cottrill, Sr., Jesuit

LB Delio Figueredo, Sr., Chamberlain

CB Dominic Reaves, Sr., Hillsborough

CB Amir Austin, Sr., Newsome

SS Wade Woodaz, Sr., Jesuit

FS Caleb Williams, Sr., Jesuit

P Jacob Rodriguez, Sr., King

UTIL Mekai Patrick, Sr., Chamberlain

LS Chris Wehnert, Sr., Chamberlain

MVP: Junior Vandeross, Jesuit

Runnerup: Joseph Sipp Jr., Sr., Hillsborough

Third place: Xavier Townesend, Berkeley Prep 

All-star coach: Matt Thompson, Jesuit

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Friday football forecast — Nov. 26

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Region finals

Class 7A

Wharton (9-2) at Tampa Bay Tech (12-0), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Tampa Bay Tech (69 percent/49 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Tampa Bay Tech 21-20

Class 6A

Hillsborough (10-2) at Jesuit (12-0), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Jesuit (73 percent/52 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Jesuit 21-7

Class 5A

Sebring (8-3) at Clearwater (11-1), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Clearwater (76 percent/54 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 28-21

Class 4A

Clewiston (8-2) at Lakewood (10-2), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Lakewood (89 percent/63 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Lakewood 22-17

Class 3A

Clearwater Central Catholic (8-3) at Berkeley Prep (10-0), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Berkeley Prep (75 percent/53 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Berkeley Prep 28-24

Class 2A

Zephyrhills Christian (9-2) at Orlando Christian Prep (9-1), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Zephyrhills Christian (58 percent/41 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Zephyrhills Christian 21-19

Northside Christian (7-2) at Naples First Baptist (9-1), 7:30

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Fans’ pick: Northside Christian (66 percent/47 votes)

Putnam’s prediction: Naples First Baptist 35-21

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Football: Wharton at Tampa Bay Tech preview

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7A region final

Wharton (9-2) at Tampa Bay Tech (12-0), 7:30

This is a rematch from a regular season game the Titans won 21-12. That win not only clinched the district title for Tampa Bay Tech but also helped the program go undefeated in the regular season for the first time. The Titans schedule included nine games against teams that made the playoffs. Playing — and beating — such tough competition is the reason why Tampa Bay Tech earned the top overall seed in 7A based on RPI rankings.  The offense has displayed some nice balance with more than 2,000 yards rushing and passing this season. Quarterback Xavione Washington, a transfer from Tampa Catholic, took over as the starter and had played well down the stretch, throwing for 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions the last seven games. Defensively, the Titans are led up front with a furious pass rush that has recorded 38 sacks this season. The Wildcats are road warriors. They have won all road the past two seasons under coach Mike Williams, including two straight in the playoffs so far to reach the region final. Wharton’s strength is its defense, which has allowed just 93 points all season and has posted four shutouts. Last week, the Wildcats stymied Lehigh’s five-star running back Richard Young, who held to his lowest rushing total of the season. Wharton’s defensive playmakers also have a knack for finding the end zone once they get their hands on the ball. The Wildcats have scored a whopping 12 defensive touchdowns this season (five fumble returns, seven interception returns). 

Stat leaders

CategoryWhartonTampa Bay Tech
Passing yardsCarson Mohler, 947 (10 TDs, 5 INTs)Xavione Washington, 1,932 (19 TDs, 7 INTs)
Rushing yardsArkese Parks, 570 yards (7 TDs)James Evans, 917 yards (14 TDs)
Receiving yardsJason Cornwall, 227 (2 TDs)Greg Gaines III, 741 yards (9 TDs)
TacklesCameron Campbell, 92Ed Gwinn, 78
SacksBooker Pickett Jr., 19Keyon Clark, 15
InterceptionsTwo players tied with four. Two players tied with three.
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Football: Hillsborough at Jesuit preview

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Class 6A

Hillsborough (10-2) at Jesuit (12-0), 7:30

This a rematch from a regular season game the Tigers won 28-7. Jesuit has stayed perfect and is now ranked No. 12 in the nation by MaxPreps. Another win and the Tigers will be in the state semifinals for the fourth straight season and the sixth time in the past seven seasons. Defensively, Jesuit has ranked among the best in the state, allowing just 85 points this season and posting six shutouts, including five straight from Oct. 15-Nov. 12. On offense, the Tigers’ Junior Vandeross has turned it up a notch, scoring at least two touchdowns in three of the last four games, including four in last week’s win over Braden River. Since losing to Jesuit, the Terriers have won eight straight. They have had to make adjustments along the way. Starting quarterback Caleb Pierce went down with an injury midway through the season. Shaun Joshi took over and has led Hillsborough to six straight wins. The Terriers also have some balance on offense thanks to depth in the running game. Four players have rushed for more than 400 yards this season. Defensively, Hillsborough has been tough, allowing seven points or less in seven of their past eight games. 

Stat leaders

CategoryHillsboroughJesuit
Passing yardsShaun Joshi, 936 (11 TDs, 4 INTs)Luke Knight, 1,818 (23 TDs, 5 INTs)
Rushing yardsJordaan Bailey, 677 (4 TDs)Joquez Smith, 1,541 (23 TDs)
Receiving yardsJordaan Bailey, 365 (4 TDs)Junior Vandeross, 666 (7 TDs)
TacklesJoeseph Sipp Jr., 111AJ Cottrill, 92
SacksJustin Anderson, 6Wayne Quin, 6
InterceptionsLaterrian Hicks, 4Two players tied with two.
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