Twenty-six Brevard County athletes were recognized Monday when the Associated Press released all-state football teams, including four who were on first teams.
Cocoa running back Lorrenzo Pratt and offensive lineman Freddie Booth-Lloyd were chosen for the Class 4A first team, while Melbourne Central Catholic quarterback Brandon Ziarno and Holy Trinity defensive lineman J’V’on Butler were named to the first team for 3A.
Heritage, which had an unbeaten regular season and advanced to the Class 6A regional final round, placed offensive lineman Brodie Lubelski and utility player Dedric Witherspoon on the second team, while linebacker Aaron Wolfe made the third team, and running back Josh Gaines garnered honorable mention. Brandon Sluter, Bayside defensive lineman, also was a second-team choice.
Merritt Island, also unbeaten in the regular season, placed kicker Dylan Barnas and linebacker Ty Schwab on the Class 5A second team. Third-teamers included offensive linemen C.J. Allen of Palm Bay, the Mustangs’ Adam Valletutti and Merritt Island utility player Johnny Batch. Another Merritt Island player, quarterback Nick Smith, earned honorable mention along with running back Sekai Lindsey of Palm Bay.
Joining Pratt and Booth-Lloyd from Cocoa on the 4A list were utility player Jamel Dean and defensive linemen Tavares Parks on the second team as well as quarterback Bruce Judson, linebacker James Folston and defensive back Jamel Jackson among those getting honorable mention. Other local honorable mention players were quarterback Nick Rittenhouse and receiver Alec Dansereau of Space Coast and utility player Antoine Griffin of Cocoa Beach.
Two more Brevard athletes earned honorable mention in their classifications: offensive lineman Sage Kempfer of Melbourne in 7A and receiver Max Erdman of Melbourne Central Catholic in 3A.
Melbourne Central Catholic
The 1973 state championship Hustlers boys basketball team will be honored at halftime on Saturday during a game between MCC and Jupiter Christian. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.