HILLSBOROUGH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Jarred Fayson's drive, athleticism made the Terriers one of the county's elite teams.
By SCOTT PURKS, Times Staff Writer
Published December 18, 2005
TAMPA - Quarterback Jarred Fayson made so many plays for Hillsborough - "Countless is more like it," Terriers coach Earl Garcia said - that everyone in red and black was sure he could make one more.
It was the first round of the playoffs, and Fayson had just scored a touchdown in overtime to pull Hillsborough within 21-20 of the Winter Haven Blue Devils.
Garcia called the play, quarterback roll out, option to pass or run. But when the ball was snapped, a Winter Haven linebacker charged in untouched on a blitz, and though Fayson made a nifty move toward the goal line, the linebacker's contact slowed him just enough for a load of tacklers to stop him inches short.
"If that linebacker is blocked just a little, we win the game," Fayson said. "It was that close. Inches. That's all."
He said that weeks after the game and acted as if he still couldn't believe he didn't get in.
But why would he think differently?
During the regular season he rushed for 22 touchdowns and threw for six, a direct relation to the fact he was the county's fastest player (4.3 seconds in the 40).
"I certainly won't miss (Fayson)," Armwood defensive coordinator Matt Thompson said after his Hawks lost the Class 4A final 44-37 to Ponte Vedra Beach Nease and all-world quarterback Tim Tebow.
Thompson brought up Fayson at the state final partly because Fayson was one of the main reasons Hillsborough beat Armwood 21-20 in the season opener, ending the Hawks' 29-game win streak.
Garcia, however, will miss Fayson plenty and not just because he accounted for 30 touchdowns (including the playoff game) and racked up nearly 2,000 yards of offense, almost 1,000 rushing.
"Jarred has a tremendous work ethic with a burning desire to excel on and off of the field," Garcia said. "He is the best pure athlete I have ever coached and a pleasure to be around as a young man.
"His teammates respected him beyond question. Yes, very much, I will miss Jarred, for a lot of reasons."
Now University of Florida coach Urban Meyer and Tebow, who orally committed to Florida this week, are no doubt ecstatic about the prospect of Fayson playing for the Gators, to whom Fayson committed a little less than two weeks ago.
Fayson (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) said Florida told him he would be used at multiple positions, including quarterback, wide receiver, kick returner and maybe some other positions as well, all of which was fine with Fayson.
Fayson said the fact that Tebow, a definite quarterback, was also considering Florida had no bearing on his decision. The two, in fact, have become good friends during the recruiting process.
For now, though, Fayson said he would like to change only one thing in his high school career, and that would be ...
"Getting in that end zone (for the two-point conversion against Winter Haven)," Fayson said. "It was so close. ... That hurt."
ALL-HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOOTBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jarred Fayson, Hillsborough. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback, led the Terriers to an unbeaten regular-season mark and to the region semifinals. The three-year starter gained 936 yards rushing and scored 22 touchdowns in the regular season. He also threw for 883 yards and six scores. The all-around player, headed for Florida, could play both quarterback and receiver in college.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Sean Callahan, Armwood. The Hawks' skipper, winner of 43 out of 45 games on the field the past three years (one was forfeited), has two state titles and a runnerup in that span. This was a rebuilding year after losing his entire starting backfield from 2004, and Callahan molded a club built around defense while still running an effective offense. Armwood made it to the state final before losing 44-37 to Ponte Vedra Beach Nease. Callahan, in his 17th year as head coach of the Hawks, is 120-64 overall.
OFFENSE - FIRST TEAM
QB - Marcello Trigg, Robinson, Sr.
RB - Kylan Robinson, Chamberlain, Sr.
RB - Mike Brown, Brandon, Sr.
RB - Eric Smith, Armwood, So.
WR - Tertavian Ingram, Jefferson, Sr.
WR - Darrell Stevens, Robinson, Sr.
TE - Trent Pupello, Jefferson, Sr.
OL - Jim Barrie, Berkeley Prep, Sr.
OL - Bert McBride, Armwood, Sr.
OL - Don Mosley, Hillsborough, Sr.
OL - Daron Rose, Jefferson, Sr.
OL - David Maclin, Riverview, Sr.
KR - Javier Arenas, Robinson, Sr.
K - Darren deRochemont, Armwood, Sr.
ATH - Jason Brown, Plant City, Sr.
OFFENSE - SECOND TEAM
QB - Stephen Garcia, Jefferson, Jr.
RB - Jimmy Sapp, Hillsborough, Sr.
RB - Anthony Allen, Jesuit, Sr.
RB - Joel Miller, Wharton, Jr.
WR - Joey Lauteria, Tampa Catholic, Jr.
WR - Torrey Esalomi, Gaither, Sr.
TE - Bryan McMillan, Newsome, Sr.
OL - Jeff Baird, Hillsborough, Sr.
OL - Mike Cannon, Durant, Sr.
OL - Sean Carlock, Tampa Bay Tech, Sr.
OL - Andrew Abrams, Middleton, Sr.
KR - Dylan Brown, Plant, Sr.
K - Delbert Alvarado, Robinson, Sr.
ATH - Justin Hickman, Armwood, Jr.
DEFENSE - FIRST TEAM
DL - Torrey Davis, Armwood, Jr.
DL - Leslie Stirrups, Hillsborough, Sr.
DL - Kevin McCarthy, Plant, Sr.
DL - Jake Cross, Armwood, Sr.
LB - A.J. Jones, Middleton, Sr.
LB - Dougie Thompson, Armwood, Sr.
LB - Walter Radny, Armwood, Sr.
LB - Roderick Jenrette, Chamberlain, Sr.
DB - Myron Ray, Hillsborough, Sr.
DB - Nolan Ward, Riverview, Sr.
DB - Leroy Vann, Blake, Sr.
DB - Dominique Daniels, East Bay, Sr.
P - Ilia Petrov, Tampa Bay Tech, Sr.
DEFENSE - SECOND TEAM
DL - Matt McNab, East Bay, Sr.
DL - Rico Dixon, Brandon, Sr.
DL - Anthony Jones, Jefferson, Sr.
DL - Marcus Broxie, Middleton, Sr.
LB - Jacquan Williams, Riverview, Sr.
LB - Brandon Underwood, Plant, Sr.
DB - Jeremy Carver, Armwood, Sr.
DB - Stephen Moore, Jefferson, Sr.
DB - Sherrod Lott, Plant City, Sr.
DB - DeNorris Brown, Chamberlain, Sr.
P - Matt Kipp, Freedom, Sr.
Armwood - Sergio Joyner, Jamarl Payton, Mat Brevi, D.J. Mitchell; Alonso - William Lawrimore, Nick Newman, Brandon Russell; Blake - Frank Scott, Cordarly Washington; Brandon - Darrell Meckley; Cambridge - Austin Welti; Chamberlain - Josh Freed, Chris Phillips; Durant - Kyle Swallows, Dennis Hicks, Josh Fussell, C. Bowden; East Bay - Jesse Marshall, Mike Verbosky, Calvin McGruder; Freedom - Chris Surdovel, Malik Eugene, John Anderson, Matt Patchan, James Sparling, Eddie Davis; Gaither - John Chesnut, Jonathan Davis, Carlton Mitchell; Hillsborough - Mark Thomas; Jefferson - DeMarcus Cleveland, Cornelius Gray, Tito Zumbado, Fred Amiker; Jesuit - Chris Uhrig, Sam Dyson ; King - Devon Greenwald; Middleton - Quentin Williams, Bruce Brown, Dominic Grooms; Newsome - Ryan Rodd, Brennen Nelson, Brandon Nelson, Gary Beemer, Keith Gosdoski; Plant - Neil Harrell, Chris Kale, Matt Phillips, Robert Marve; Riverview - Jason Schnayderman, Jahleel Addae, Antwan Powers; Robinson - Delbert Alvarado, Ryan Scott, Tim Lee, Mike Miller, Greg Ellingson; Sickles - Tyler Hardin; Tampa Catholic - Dickie DeLama; Wharton - Joshua Jones, Ryan Dixon, Jamere Johnson, Rod Saint-Juste, Ben Krcmar.
Compiled by Times staff writer Scott Purks and correspondent Jim Reese.