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Ray Icaza

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  1. And the QB from Ridge. But who is surprised as it has been going on for a long time.
  2. By the way the defensive end that plays alongside him, Derrick LeBlanc has also narrowed his list down to 7 and stated he will make a decision soon. Early on it seemed he was a big lean towards Ohio State, which is still on the list but has scheduled more school visits going forward. Recently saw an article on MSN that the new Florida coaching staff was making him a "Priority" in their recruiting. They are part of our defensive front that returns virtually intact for 2022 as well as the rest of the defense. Big thing for us is an offensive line that returns 4 starters and 5 or 6 others with experience which we did not have last year; had only 1 returning starter and the rest were very green.
  3. Yeah, but even watching highlights would make one favor Walker. Looks like he just announced shrinking his recruiting choices from 10 to 5 with Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Florida State and UCF. He was favoring Florida over UCF but guess he has had a change of heart due to the Gasparilla bowl. Just speculating.
  4. Would love to see that as well although the distance is always a consideration.
  5. Sounds like Cocoa will be strong as usual next year. I bet Osceola would love a rematch at our place next year as they are always looking for top quality teams to play that aren't geographically too far apart. Bet it would be another great game just like the last one.
  6. Jon Santucci recently wrote an interesting piece in the Palm Beach Post about the 3 factors that should be used to determine "Classifications". #1 with like 50% weight geographical population in 20 mile radius, #2 with like 25% weight would be school enrollment number and #3 with 25% weight would be pubic vs private. Thought it to be very well conceived given the transfer situation in competitive balance.
  7. Info I have gotten, it most likely will be the end of January.
  8. A full day has transpired since my post and many forum members have read it but no one has responded which leads me to one of two possible reasons. No one that read it are involved in the selection process or if they were and researched the fact realize they have no argument. A stat that I failed to mention that emphasize this young man's dominance is our team interception totals. We do have an excellent secondary, but they would never have accumulated these totals without constant pressure in opposing QB's face. It's not just the sacks, but the knockdowns, hurries, etc... right up the gut that produced this probably record number for our team. Our combined total was 19!! To me that seems like an incredible number for 12 games, but maybe others have as many and I am all wet. That too is a possibility.
  9. Due to the holiday season and the fact I watched all of the finals thru my Specturm account, I didn't watch the final Monday episode until yesterday. Staff that compiled this team picked very deserving players although I know some from individual teams around the state that were also deserving inevitably get left off. My take as a Kowboy fan was that Derrick LeBlanc was selected over our other top DL John Walker; to me both are great players, but for someone that watches them week in and week out since their freshman season there is no question who is better. I know several recruiting sites rank LeBlanc higher maybe projecting his future potential as their reason, but both are 4* on all the major sites. Here are the facts: 1. Leading tackler on the team with 77 total, 41 solo is Walker with the solo number being more than the total number for LeBlanc for his season totals. 2. Leading sacks are 13 vs 8 again with Walker dominating. 3. Most teams consistently double team Walker as to slow his disruptive nature to almost no avail. 4. Both do pass the eyeball test with Walker @ 6'3" - 280 lbs. and Leblanc @ 6'5" - 250 lbs. 5. Finally, LeBlanc plays DE and was selected in the top "Interior Lineman" category which is the position Walker plays. Go Figure. Our two leading tacklers this year were both interior linemen (with 77 & 63 respectively), so I asked both the HC EP and the DL coach Van Sickle when in all their years coaching has that happened. Their answer was the same as mine watching Osceola for better than 50 years.......NEVER!!! I bring this up because Walker was so disruptive he created lots of opportunities for his side kick inside. Last point is we had better than a half dozen other players, LB, CB, safety etc. with between 45-55 total tackles which was a superior number than LeBlanc. This DL returns almost intact as well as most of the defense. Probably won't change minds of the authors of this list but it does make you wonder, what are they not seeing. Maybe one of these folks are on this forum and would like to defend their selection. I am open and interested in hearing your argument.
  10. Same to you, your family, friends and loved ones. Looking forward to a great New Year in every way imaginable.
  11. Yeah, just a counter punch.
  12. We've only played them once about 10-15 years ago and won. Just not planning on getting into a back and forth with this gentleman.
  13. Why on God's green earth would someone keep engaging this person as all he does is troll. Lucky he does have a good team but doubt he has anything to do with them.
  14. Moons Ago. Just a diehard fan now.
  15. Have him call our coach, I can't speak for him but my bet is he would take the game.
  16. Is he willing to travel or wants another 8 games at home and only 2 away like this year for the regular season? Just askin'....
  17. Thanks for that, but still not convinced or agree.
  18. I thought I was clear that the better team won. That said, if the halftime score was 14-7 Apopka would have at least been within striking distance although it would have been an uphill battle without a doubt. Going down 21-7 meant they had to abandon the run game which if you even watched Apopka during the regular season they tend to look sluggish then break off a 50 yard run and score. Even the announcers labeled it a "Back Breaker" knowing Apopka's MO, so yes I did watch the game and so I stand by that description. My other opinion that differs from yours is that there are more than 3 teams that can hang with Venice. I thought this forum was designed to express one's views. You did yours and I did mine, so we can respectfully disagree.
  19. Other than the smallest and largest classifications all won by privates (Central Rockets operate like a private). They should have their own league, but maybe I am preaching to the choir.
  20. That would have been a decent question for him to ask, rather than are you watching??
  21. Actually the Venice vs Apopka game was 14-7 going into halftime before the blown call by the official handed Venice a free TD to make it 21-7. Apopka was limited on offense and that was going to be their demise going into the game, but that call was a back breaker. Venice is definitely the champ of 8A this year, but at least 3 other teams could hang with them as was proven on the field: Cocoa, Cardinal Gibbons and Jesuit.
  22. Think you need to find yourself another dance partner. Tried to be as diplomatic as possible that I don't enjoy dancing with you, but yet you keep on asking which leads me to question your sanity.
  23. Your question was, "Are you watching the Game?" Well, DUHH?
  24. Ouch, you better take your meds as you are certainly getting too worked up.
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