Berkeley Prep’s Xavier Townsend wins Guy Toph Award

Berkeley Prep’s Xavier Townsend, considered one of the area’s most electrifying playmakers, won the Guy Toph Award, presented annually to the top player in Hillsborough County. 

Townsend, a Central Florida signee, is rated as the nation’s 20th-best running back according to 247 Sports. He picked the Knights over offers from 32 other schools, including Iowa State, Kentucky and Michigan.

This is the first time a Buccaneers player has won the Guy Toph Award since 2011. The last was Nelson Agholor, who went on to star at Southern California and played for the New England Patriots this past season. 

This season, Townsend ran for 1,209 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 434 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. 

In October, Berkeley Prep played New Orleans Newman in a nationally televised game. Townsend had a breakout performance, finishing with 244 yards rushing, 96 receiving and scoring five touchdowns. 

His versatility was a big reason the Buccaneers finished the regular season undefeated and advanced to the Class 3A state title game for the first time.