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Football gamebreakers

Prep football standouts

By BOB PUTNAM and JOE SMITH
Published September 29, 2006


DEFENSE

TARVIN JONES, KESWICK CHRISTIAN, JUNIOR CORNERBACK

Jones' speed, coverage skills and tackling ability make him the total package at corner. When he's on his game, his half of the field might as well be roped off, because no quarterback will risk throwing over there.

And when a quarterback does throw his way, watch out. Last week, Jones returned an interception for a touchdown and deflected another pass. He also returned a blocked punt for a score.

"Those plays helped give us a spark," said Jones, the leader in a secondary that allowed just two completions for 38 yards last week.

Jones, a 6-foot, 167-pounder, is playing cornerback for the first time this season.

"I really want to be more of a wide receiver," Jones said. "But the coaches needed me to play defense. It took awhile, but it's starting to get comfortable for me."

He is becoming more familiar with defensive schemes and is becoming a top cover corner.

"He's going to be a good one for us," coach Rick Sanson said.

- BOB PUTNAM, Times staff writer

 

OFFENSE

JOSH BELLAMY, BOCA CIEGA, SENIOR TAILBACK

Bellamy, a shifty slasher in the backfield, isn't shy about asking for the ball.

The past few weeks, Boca Ciega coach Stevie Thomas has been more than happy to give it to him.

Bellamy was a big part of the Pirates past two, come-from-behind victories. The senior rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown in Bogie's win over Lakewood in its district opener. Then, last week, Bellamy raced for a 10-yard score in double overtime to lift the Pirates past Gibbs 20-14.

Bellamy is a strong inside runner with the speed - and strength - to break the big one. But it has been the senior's work ethic that has impressed Thomas since he suspended Bellamy before Bogie's second game for a violation of team rules.

"He's definitely changed the way he's approached the game," Thomas said. "He approaches practice with an attitude - he does whatever it takes ...

"We're just trying to feed him the ball as much as we can - he'll make a play."

- JOE SMITH, Times staff writer