2022 All-Area Athletes & Teams

All-Area Athletes and Teams

All-Area Athletes & Teams

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Page 16 www.yoursun.com WR — OMARI HAYES VENICE, SENIOR One of the area's most versatile players, Hayes was used in the receiving game as a traditional receiver, the rushing game as a wildcat quarterback and on special teams as a kick returner. He finished with a team-high 68 receptions for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns along with 37 carries for 192 yards and eight more scores. As a returner, Hayes averaged 26 yards on five kicko returns and 6.3 yards on seven punt returns. He caught the opening touch- down — a 60-yard score over the middle of the field — of the 8A state final as Venice began its onslaught. WR — JAYSHON PLATT VENICE, SENIOR A steady presence in the Indians receiving corps over the past three seasons, Platt was dicult for defenses to contain as a senior. He had 62 receptions while leading the team with 1,070 yards and 12 receiving scores, his final one coming from 58 yards out in the fourth quarter of the state championship. Platt's athleticism was also used in the return game — bringing back one kick for 16 yards and averaging 7.3 yards on 19 punt returns — while also recording five tackles as a part-time cornerback. WR — AARON PASICK LEMON BAY, SENIOR The Mantas' Team MVP, Pasick was a do-it-all player who impacted the game on oense as a receiver, defense as a cornerback and on special teams as a kick returner. Pasick already had over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns before he dislocated his elbow toward the end of the regular season. Despite needing extensive rehab, Pasick fought back to play in the team's final game in the regional semifinals. TE — AUSTIN BRAY VENICE, SENIOR The Indians didn't really need to use Bray in the passing game with several dynamic receivers, but still did to the tune of 15 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown. Bray was an important extension of the oensive line and was a skilled downfield blocker. ATH — NAZIR GILCHRIST DESOTO COUNTY, SENIOR The Bulldogs made a dra- matic turnaround this season and "Speedy" Gilchrist was an essential part of that — lead- ing the team in almost every oensive category. The senior rushed 78 times for 757 yards (9.7 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns along with four receptions for 50 yards and another score. In the return game, he averaged 18.2 yards per return on five kickos and 11.7 yards per return on seven punts. K — TYLER AMARAL CHARLOTTE, SENIOR Amaral was a true weapon in the kicking game for the Tarpons. The senior kicked 14 of 25 kickos for touchbacks and also served as the team's go-to punter with an average of 36.1 yards on 28 punts. He was also a near-perfect 20-of-21 on extra point attempts while making 2-of-6 field goals. P — MAREK HOUSTON VENICE, SENIOR Houston was hardly needed for the area's best oense, but was eective when called upon. He finished with 41.8 yards per punt on 16 punts with four settling inside the opponent's 20-yard-line and a long punt of 58 yards. FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DE — DAMON WILSON II VENICE, JUNIOR A four-star rated athlete with oers from several top college football programs, Wilson II backed up the hype this season. The junior tied the team's all-time season sack record with 14.5 in 15 games while also recording 90 total tackles (23 for loss). His dominance showed in the state final, with a pick-six, two tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. DT — TRENTON KINTIGH VENICE, JUNIOR A force in run defense and rushing the passer, Kintigh was one of the Indians top defend- ers with 85 tackles (8 for loss) and five sacks. Despite injuring his knee badly during the first play of the state semifinals, the junior fought through the pain to suit up for the state final. DT — BLAS CERVANTES DESOTO COUNTY, SENIOR An impact player on both sides of the line, Cervantes led the Bulldogs with 44 tackles (18 for loss) with three sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 15A SEE FOOTBALL, 17A SUN FILE PHOTO Lemon Bay quarterback Trey Rutan completes a pass while being pressured by DeSoto County's De'nareon Stroman during a game at DeSoto County High School.

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