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Trugillo does it all for the Sharks

Riverview senior quarterback just might be the best dual-threat quarterback in the county.

By BRYAN BURNS
Published May 3, 2007


TAMPA - The numbers are hard to fathom: 131 of 198 passing for 1, 773 yards and 31 touchdowns, 98 carries for 801 yards and 19 touchdowns in 13 games.

Riverview senior quarterback Michelle Trugillo just might be the best dual-threat quarterback in the county, boys included. Which begs the question: Is she the Michael Vick of flag football?

"She's not really a Vick because she's a better passer, " Riverview coach Jo Jennings said. "I don't know who I'd compare her to."

Whatever the comparison, Trugillo is the best player on the best team in the county, cementing her status in the Sharks' 28-18 victory over Middleton on Tuesday. Trugillo had a hand in all four of her team's touchdowns, throwing for two and picking off two passes and returning them for scores to lead undefeated Riverview (13-0) to the state quarterfinals in Boca Raton.

Riverview, with Trugillo at the helm, is the only county team left in the playoffs.

"She leads by example more than anything, " Jennings said. "Just her work ethic and how she's constantly trying to improve and get better. ...I feel like with her back there we can win any game. I also feel like our defense can keep us in any game, and she's a big part of that defense."

Trugillo also plays middle linebacker for Riverview and much like she does at quarterback, has become incredibly adept at reading the play. On offense, teammates note how she always makes the smart decision with the ball. On defense, she can get to the ball in a hurry.

"She's great at anticipating and knowing her zone and where to be so she can react to the play, " said Jennings, who adds that Trugillo has four sacks, seven interceptions and five defensive touchdowns this season. "Plus, she's so fast she can fly to the ball."

Whatever the situation calls for - running, throwing, tackling, sacking - Trugillo can do it, making her arguably the county's best all-around player and the Sharks a tough out for any upcoming playoff opponent.

State quarterfinal

Where: West Boca Raton High School

When: Friday, 4 p.m.

Who: Riverview (13-0) vs. Lakewood (13-1)

Admission: $7 per session