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Four county players named tops in state

By JOHN C. COTEY, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 11, 2002

Chris Davis and Mike Ross, the offensive and defensive keys to one of St. Petersburg Catholic's most successful seasons, have been named to the Class 2A All-State first team.

Davis, a quarterback and one of the nation's highest-rated high school seniors, was the Times All-Suncoast Player of the Year after throwing for 1,288 yards, rushing for 990 and scoring 31 touchdowns.

In 2000, Davis was a second-team all-state selection.

Ross, an outside linebacker who will probably play safety in college, led the Barons' sack-happy defense. This season, he had 12 sacks, 114 tackles (29 for losses) and forced seven fumbles.

Ross was a first-team All-Pinellas and All-Suncoast selection.

Two other county players also received first-team honors.

D'Qwell Jackson, a senior linebacker for Seminole, was named to the Class 5A team after leading the Warhawks to the region final for the second consecutive year.

And Jon Whitehead, a senior at Admiral Farragut, was chosen to the Class A team as a defensive back.

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