After the first weekend of the 2022 FHSAA State Championships, we had a lot of athletes turn in great performances on the field and made their names heard loudly. Here is a look at our first weekend State Championship All-Tournament Team in the four games played in the FHSAA State Championships in Tallahassee.
QB Cedrick Bailey, Chaminade-Madonna
Bailey lit up the stat charts in the Class 1M state championship game in his second state championship game start in as many seasons. He went 16-of-24 passing for 255 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions’ dominating victory over Clearwater Central Catholic
QB Blake Boda, Cocoa
The Tigers quarterback turned in a stellar performance throwing going 23-of-55 passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns, plus had eight carries for 79 yards and two more touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 38-31 victory in overtime against Florida High in the Class 2S State Championship game.
QB Ethan Crossan, First Baptist
Crossan was certainly an X-factor for the Lions in winning the Class 1S State Championship game and finished 7-of-14 passing for 185 yards and three touchdown passes.
RB Davion Gause, Chaminade-Madonna
Gause made life miserable for the Clearwater Central Catholic defense in the Class 1M State Championship, rushing for 189 yards on 14 carries and scoring two touchdowns in the Lions’ dominating victory.
RB Micahi Danzy, Florida High
Danzy was a consistent force for the Seminoles in the Class 2S State Championship game, rushing for 190 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in the overtime loss to Cocoa.
WR Dayday Farmer, Cocoa
Farmer was the top receiver that Blake Boda went with all night in the Tigers’ Class 2S State Championship win over Florida High. Farmer finished with 11 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown.
WR Jeremiah Smith, Chaminade-Madonna
Smith had six catches for 104 yards and scored twice for the Lions in their dominating Class 1M State Championship victory over Clearwater Central Catholic.
WR Olsen Patt-Henry, First Baptist
Patt-Henry scored the Lions’ first touchdown and the Lions never looked back in defeating the Class 1S State Championship. Patt-Henry finished with three receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. Patt-Henry also was credited with a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry on defense.
OL Messiah Robinson, Cocoa
According to Coach Ryan Schneider thought Robinson was the best offensive lineman on the ground for the Tigers in their overtime victory Class 2S State Championship game over Florida High.
OL Deandre Duffus, Chaminade-Madonna
One of the best offensive guards out on the field this weekend was consistently opening up the running lanes for Davion Gause or making sure quarterback Cedrick Bailey had the protection needed to make his throws.
OL Mark Faircloth, Florida High
Faircloth can move around on the offensive line and was a dominant force helping the Seminoles in their heartbreaking overtime loss to Cocoa in the Class 2S State Championship.
OL William Larkins, Chaminade-Madonna
The offensive center has been a key piece to the line for the Lions all season long and was certainly a force in the dominating Class 1M State Championship victory.
OL Jonathan Joiner Jr., Cocoa
The center was getting everything off smoothly to quarterback Blake Boda, making it one of the best connections between center and quarterback during the weekend in the Class 2S State Championship game.
K/P Mao Salto, Cocoa
Salto did a little bit of everything in the special teams department for the Tigers, going 1-for-1 from 25 yards on a field goal, 5-for-5 on point after attempts and even punting once for 43 yards as Cocoa won the Class 2S State Championship in overtime.
DL Jailen Ruth, Hawthorne
Ruth has been a dominating force all season long on the defensive as an edge rusher for the Hornets and collected seven total tackles, a half a sack, half a tackle for loss, and one quarterback hurry in Hawthorne’s Class 1R State Championship win.
DL Zach Crothers, Chaminade-Madonna
One of the dominating linemen of the Lions’ Class 1M State Championship winning team, Crothers collected up five total tackles, one sack, and one tackle for loss.
LB Denzel Johnson, Chaminade-Madonna
Johnson was another dominant force for the Lions in their Class 1M State Championship win collecting 10 total tackles, one sack, and one tackle for loss.
LB Dai’veon Parham, Cocoa
Putting on a show on the defense, Parham collected 15 tackles, half a sack, two tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry, and recovered the fumble that won the Class 2S State Championship game in overtime.
LB Jeno Junius, Chaminade-Madonna
Just a lights-out linebacker for the Lions, Junius caused havoc for Clearwater Central Catholic all night in the Class 1M State Championship game, racking up 19 total tackles and putting the brakes on some Clearwater Central Catholic drives.
LB Christopher Cotton, Florida High
Cotton was a force on the Seminoles defensive effort in the Class 2S State Championship game loss, collecting six total tackles, half a tackle for a loss, forcing a fumble, breaking up a pass, and having one quarterback hurry.
LB Michael Votta, First Baptist
A big game for Votta who collected up 12 total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in leading the Lions to the Class 1S State Championship victory.
LB Jose Cintron, First Baptist
The senior linebacker racked up six tackles, had 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a quarterback hurry in the Lions’ Class 1S State Championship win.
DB Zion Johnson, Hawthorne
Johnson nabbed an interception that was one yard short of being returned for a touchdown, which would indeed set up the game-sealing touchdown on the next play in the Hornets’ Class 1R State Championship victory. Johnson also had three tackles and a half tackle for loss in the game.
DB Andy Jaffe, Clearwater Central Catholic
Was the most dominant player of any of the Marauders players on both sides of the ball in their Class 1M State Championship loss to Chaminade-Madonna. Jaffe had 12 tackles on the night and made life miserable for anyone he tackled.
DB Deshawn Shelton, Trinity Catholic
A bright spot in the Celtics’ defense in the Class 1S State Championship game, Shelton collected nine tackles and an interception in the loss.
DB Caleb Dobbs, Cocoa
Returning the only Pick Six we saw all weekend long, Dobbs collected six tackles, had two pass breakups, and one interception in the Tigers’ overtime victory in the Class 2S State Championship game.
DB Joshua Brown, Cocoa
Brown was a force for the Tigers on defense with his interception in the end zone that kept Florida High from scoring in the Class 2S State Championship game. He also collected eight tackles and had two pass breakups in the overtime victory.
UTL Richemard Mellien, First Baptist
Mellien has been First Baptist’s Mr. Do Everything for the last four years and this time it paid off with a win in the Class 1S State Championship game. Mellien was everywhere for the Lions collecting four tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, and having one pass breakup on defense. On offense Mellien showed off there as well, going 4-for-5 passing for 17 yards at quarterback, having 11 carries for 69 yards, and having one reception for 36 yards. And Mellien even did some special teams work by punting twice with a 40.5 punting average.
P/K Justin Arroyo, Trinity Catholic
Arroyo made good use of his legs on punts, averaging 43.3 yards per punt with his longest punt being 55 yards in the Class 1S State Championship game. Arroyo was also 1-for-1 on field goals with a 42-yard kick and averaged 56.5 yards on his two kickoffs.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
DB Zaquan Patterson, Chaminade-Madonna; DB Luke Bridges, Northview; RB Brian James, Hawthorne; WR/CB Wyatt Scruggs, Northview; RB Lenwood Sapp, Clearwater Central Catholic; DB Jeremiah Rhem, Trinity Catholic; DL Dominic Martucci, First Baptist; LB Samadrae Hawkins, Cocoa; ATH Jershaun Newton, Clearwater Central Catholic; DB Darian Smith-Williams, Hawthorne