Most Valuable Player
Cody Henry, Catholic
The three-year starter elevated his game to a premier level in his final season under center for the Crusaders. He finished the year with a very efficient 161-of-268 passing slate for 2,642 yards and 30 touchdowns. He threw only five interceptions on the season and added 315 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. In the two biggest games of year against West Florida, Henry led the Crusaders to second-half comebacks, including beating the Jags in the Region 1-5A semifinals with a TD pass in overtime.
Offensive Player of the Year
Quaide Weimerskirch, Pace
As a sophomore, the hard-running Weimerskirch showed flashes of what was to come when he took over the starting role. But not many people could have seen his 2013 season coming. The junior tailback ran for a new Pace record 2,308 yards on another school record 359 carries in leading the Patriots from a 1-4 start to a 5-5 finish and District 1-6A title. Weimerskirch led the state in carries and finished with 27 touchdowns. He averaged nearly 6.5 yards per carry and rushed for 451 yards and seven touchdowns in a win over Escambia.
QB — Joey Baker, West Florida
There wasn’t much that Baker didn’t do for the Jags this past season. The senior quarterback followed up a memorable junior campaign with even better numbers in 2013. He threw for 3,470 yards and 37 touchdowns on a 224-of-336 slate with only six interceptions. He added 515 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground to give him a total of 98 touchdowns in his two seasons as the starting quarterback of the explosive Jaguars attack.
RB — Danikeei Hollowell, Escambia
Another strong candidate for MVP honors, Hollowell rewrote the Escambia High record books in his senior season, breaking Trent Richardson’s single-game and single-season rushing records. He finished the year with 2,255 yards and 24 touchdowns on 202 carries for an average of 11.16 yards per carry. He set the tone for a memorable season just three games in as he broke Richardson’s single-game rushing record by piling up 446 yards and five touchdowns in a shootout win over Rutherford. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in all 10 games and scored a touchdown in every game.
RB — Tay Samuel, Tate
A big reason for Tate’s revival season, the senior Samuel ran for 1,151 yards and eight touchdowns and added 13 catches for 259 yards and three touchdowns in helping the Aggies to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Region 1-7A quarterfinals.
WR — Lawrence Lee, West Florida
The speedster capped off his West Florida career in style with 47 catches, 1,101 yards and 13 touchdowns in helping the Jags to a 9-2 finish and the program’s first-ever playoff win. He also had 41 tackles and five interceptions on defense.
WR — Tylan Purifoy, Catholic
Purifoy emerged as a playmaker for the Crusaders as a senior, finishing the season with a team-high 47 catches for 707 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 31 carries for 228 yards and a touchdown.
WR — Gatlin Casey, Navarre
One of the most dangerous players with the ball in his hands, Casey hauled in 36 passes for 532 yards and 8 TDs in leading the Raiders to the 2-6A title. Casey also had a touchdown on the ground and three more in the return game for Navarre.
TE — Shayne Crawford, Pace
As much an extension of the Pace offensive line as anything, the versatile Crawford also pulled in 11 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Patriots this season.
OL — George Rutherford, Escambia
A two-time All-Area selection, Rutherford was the anchor of an Escambia offensive line that produced an area-best 484.1 rushing yards per game. The big boys, led by senior Rutherford, paved the way for 54 touchdowns on the ground.
OL — Nick Dugger, Gulf Breeze
The UL Lafayette committment took over where Alex Pagonis and Austin Droogsma left off in pacing the Gulf Breeze offensive line this season. The Dolphins displayed balance all season with Dugger leading the way.
OL — Austin Harris, Pace
A big reason for Weimerskirch’s big year was the Patriots’ offensive line, led by senior Austin Harris. Harris and his teammates paved the way for 274.1 rushing yards per game and 34 touchdowns.
OL — Devin Gibson, West Florida
Only a junior, Gibson was the vocal leader for a Jaguars’ offensive line that was the frontline for an offense that averaged 392.8 yards of total offense per game. The Jaguars averaged 44.3 points per game this season.
OL — Michael Hicks III, Milton
Three-year starter on the offensive line for the Panthers averaged three pancakes per game and graded out over 80 percent per game. He started 33 consecutive games at left tackle for the Panthers during his career.
PK — Corliss Waitman, Milton
Waitman came out of nowhere to display the strongest leg in the area. For the first seven weeks of the season, he was the Milton offense and he finished the year converting 8-of-10 field goals with a long of 50. He also averaged 43.5 yards per punt.
ATH — Andre Flakes, Milton
Flakes got off to a slow start, but came on strong in leading Milton to a 1-6A runnerup finish. He had 25 catches for 335 yards and two scores, ran for 470 yards and two scores, threw for 160 yards and two scores and finished with 12 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
Defensive Player of the Year
Delvin Purifoy, Catholic
The Florida State-bound Purifoy was a beast in the middle of one of the toughest defensive units in the area. He finished the year with 103 tackles and two forced fumbles. Purifoy also dropped into coverage as teams didn’t want to test the Catholic front seven, and he ended the year with 4 PBUs. Purifoy turned it up a notch down the stretch, recording 49 of his 103 tackles in the Crusaders’ final four games of the season.
DL — Rocell McWilliams, West Florida
The University of Missouri commitment was a dominant force on the front line for the Jags this season. Despite facing double and triple teams, McWilliams finished with 73 tackles and 7 sacks.
DL — Christian Gill, Navarre
Solidified the defensive front for the Raiders this season with 96 tackles, 8 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hurries. Also spent some time on the offensive line for the Raiders this season.
DL — Nelson Hale, Catholic
Was a steady force in the Catholic High front seven as he finished with 102 tackles and 5 tackles for loss this season. Also had 5 sacks and caused two fumbles.
LB — Marquis Cass, Tate
The junior Aggies standout led the Pensacola area with 136 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss. Cass averaged 12.4 tackles per game and also recorded one sack and three QB hurries. He had two interceptions, three PBUs and one fumble recovery.
LB — Kenny Davis, West Florida
The hybrid linebacker/safety was one of the hardest-hitting defenders in the area this past season and definitely made his presence felt. He finished the year with 75 tackles and seven sacks.
LB — Khaifa Peabody, Catholic
Emerged as one of the top tacklers on a stout Catholic defense and finished the season with 95 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.
LB — Xavier White, PHS
The Tigers’ senior linebacker was always around the ball this year, as he finished with a team-best 114 tackles.
DB — Darryl Randolph, PHS
One of the top shutdown corners in the area, the Middle Tennessee-bound Randolph finished with four interceptions despite teams not willing to throw his direction very often this season.
DB — William Beasley, Escambia
The Gators’ ballhawk led the area in interceptions with seven and added 63 tackles in helping the Gators to a winning record in coach Willie Spears’ second season at the helm.
DB — Duke Acromite, Catholic
Opponents opted to pick on the junior Acromite all season, and it came back to haunt them repeatedly. Acromite led the Crusaders with six interceptions and finished with 35 tackles to highlight a stout secondary.
DB — Rashan Johnson, Tate
Big defensive leader for the Aggies this past season as he recorded 41 tackles, 4 interceptions and 7 pass breakups. Transitioned from being mainly an offensive player as a junior to a shutdown corner his senior season.
P — Tristan Parsley, West Florida
Although he didn’t get as much work because of a potent offense, Parsley still blew away the competition with an average of 48 yards per punt. He was equally strong at kickoffs, putting 67 of his 81 kicks into the endzone.
RS — Neino Robinson, Northview
The electrifying playmaker caught 55 passes for 747 yards and 7 touchdowns. Always a danger to take it the distance on a kick return, Robinson averaged 20 yards per kick return and 16.7 yards per punt return.
ATH — Emon Smith, Catholic
An athlete in every sense of the word, Smith did it all for the Crusaders. He finished with 1,137 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns, while adding 59 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
Coach of the Year — Ronnie Douglas
Douglas took over a down-trodden Tate football program and turned it into one of the area’s best as the Aggies went from winning four games total in three years to going 8-3 in 2013. The Aggies opened the season with impressive wins over PHS and Pine Forest and continued with a sweep of Crestview, including beating them in a district shootout, to earn the program’s first playoff berth since 2008. The Aggies almost continued their storybook season in the playoffs, but fell a couple of points short of an upset of Tallahassee Lincoln in the first round.