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  1. Jeff Webb at Walton (1985) and Baker (1993).
  2. Carl Madison at Tate (1980) and Pine Forest (1987, 1988).
  3. Dwight Thomas was Emmitt's coach and won at Escambia. Where else did he win a state title?
  4. Name the Panhandle coaches who won FHSAA state football titles at two different Panhandle high schools and name the schools where they won their titles.
  5. Robby Pruitt coached University Christian School (Jacksonville) to four state championships in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1992 before moving to Union County High School (Lake Butler), where he led the Tigers to three consecutive state titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and a state record 52 consecutive victories.
  6. Al Werneke was the first coach to win multiple state football titles at different schools, repeating at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade in 1971-72 and then again at Titusville High School in 1982-83. He also had one runner-up team at Titusville in 1980, and made six final four appearances. At the time of his death, he was ranked No. 4 on the all-time wins list.
  7. Only a very few FL high school coaches have won more than one state title at each of two or more different FL high schools. Who are the coaches and at what high schools did they win their titles?
  8. Kerwin Bell lead his hs team from Mayo (Lafayette County) to a state title in 1981. He was told he did not have the talent to play in D1, but he tried out for the University of Florida football team as a walk-on, a player without a scholarship, in 1983. He began his Gator career as the eighth string quarterback, a redshirt freshman. A year later Kerwin was the Gator starting quarterback, got his scholarship, and went on to become that year's Southeast Conference Player of the Year. By the time he finished his career at the University of Florida he had become the conference's all-time leading passer with over 7,500 yards. When Kerwin began his career as a Gator, the Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback was Jack Thompson, who had been born in American Samoa. Ever since Jack's college days he was known as the Throwin' Samoan. Since Kerwin was from Mayo Florida it was only fitting that he became the Throwin' Mayoan. Kerwin had a fine professional football career in Canada, and in the World League in America with the Orlando Thunder. After his playing days were over, he coached high school football for a time in Ocala, was the head football coach at Jacksonville University and Valdosta State. His latest position was as offensive coordinator at USF.
  9. His death has been ruled a suicide. Apparently his family was homeless and he and his mother were struggling with mental health issues. He was faced with leaving his mother and two younger brothers to go off to college. What a decision to make.
  10. One paper reported the incident happened at 4AM. “He was a little stressed having the weight of the world on his shoulders by going [to a Division I school], and having to leave his two younger brothers and his family in an unstable environment,” Thomas Gowdy said. It's an all-too-common theme. The promise of an NFL career...many of these kids need help/support now. Regardless of the circumstances of his death, this young man was dealing with a rough time in life that some of us can remember. The media speaks of a scholarship like it is winning the lottery. It is only the beginning of a very rough journey, and what we don't hear about is how many kids don't make it in college. It's a good time to remember that each of us can make a huge difference in the lives of young men, if we choose. God bless this child.
  11. https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/28397320/incoming-georgia-tech-freshman-bryce-gowdy-dies
  12. Who is he and what position did he play? Where did he play in hs and college? Where does he now coach?
  13. Eddie Edwards was a key player on the 1971 Fort Pierce Central team that went 13-0 and defeated Tampa Robinson 29-13 in the Class 4A state championship game. At 6-4, 248 pounds, this intimidating DE terrorized opposing quarterbacks and running backs for all three of his seasons as a Hurricane. He recorded over fifty tackles per season in each of his first two seasons, and averaged better than 13 stops and two quarterback sacks per game in his senior season. Edwards capped his Hurricane career by being named to every major All-American team in the country. Edwards was the third overall draft pick in 1977, one spot behind Tony Dorsett. He played 12 seasons for the Bengals and set franchise records for career sacks and sacks in a game.
  14. He is from Ft Pierce...ol' skool...great defensive player
  15. Where did he play in high school and college? What position did he play?
  16. Antonio Brown is a great example of someone who did not go to a big-name high school or college program, but became one of the top players in the NFL. He played qb at Miami Norland and earned all-state honors, but had "no stars" from Rivals. He was a walk-on at Central Michigan University, where he learned to play wide receiver. He left college one year early and was drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Steelers. Many believe he is the top WR in the NFL today.
  17. Where did he play in high school and college? What position did he play in high school? Bonus question: How many "stars" did Rivals give him in high school?
  18. Hope you have a great holiday with your loved ones. Sorry this was not Columbia's year, but sometimes we have to wait longer than we think for those things we desire.
  19. Wouldn't this be a perfect mascot in light of our "elite" and "hot garbage" discussions of late? It is an actual mascot for a baseball team. C'mon guys, lighten up, it's almost Christmas.
  20. FWIW, it was a different world in the 80's and prior. Private schools did not dominate like today. In fact, many of them got their butts kicked by the public schools, including STA. In a manner of speaking, many private schools paid their dues. It took STA 25 years to win an FHSAA state title. Nobody was complaining until the private schools started winning regularly. I'm not a private school homer...just sayin'
  21. They did not beat any OOS teams back then, so I guess they were g...ga...gar...
  22. It was the 2003 Carol City Chiefs(video below), arguably the nastiest FL hs defense ever...Kenny Phillips, William Williams, Rick Jean-Francois. During the 2003 season, the Chiefs finished 14-1, their only loss coming to Northwestern. They avenged that loss in the playoffs. The Chiefs' defense gave up less than 10 points per game, on average. They outscored playoff opponents 102-13 in 5 playoff games, in one of the most dominating defensive displays in FHSAA playoff history. In the 6A title game, which they won 13-0, they held Edgewater under 100 yards of total offense. Phillips and Francois went on to NFL careers. Williams easily could have, but struggled with off-the-field issues. Offensively, they won the title game without completing a pass, and only attempted 2. Sedrick Bryant was qb and rushing duties were shared by Chris Smothers and Terry Jones. Some might argue they weren't really "on the road" when they played those playoff games in Miami-Dade, but they were the "away" team for each game.
  23. STA was solid, if not spectacular, in the 70's.
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