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Hernando: News and notes
By IZZY GOULD and DAVID MURPHY, Times Staff Writers
Published December 12, 2007
On the Web: Recruiting picks up steam
Armwood running back Eric Smith appears on our PrepCast audio report, which recaps last weekend's playoff games and looks ahead to recruiting season. Check it out at highschool.tampabay.com.
FHSAA announces its teams of the century
As part of its "100 Years of Florida High School Football" celebration, the FHSAA announced its selections for the top team of each decade. The 10 teams will be honored at halftime of Saturday's Class 6A title game in Orlando. One team will be named the most outstanding team of the century.
The 1996 Union County team was named Small School Team of the Century. The Tigers posted a 52-game win streak, the second longest in state history.
- 1907-1920s - Duval's 1921 team went 8-0 and was the first Florida school to be declared national champion by an organization.
- 1930s - Leesburg's 1934 team was considered the dominant program of its time.
- 1940s - Miami's 1942 team went 9-0 including wins against six out-of-state opponents to be declared national champion.
- 1950s - The 1958 Matthew Gilbert High team out of Jacksonville went 12-0, winning the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association black school state championship.
- 1960s - Coral Gables' 1967 team shut out nine of 13 opponents, outscoring teams 410-26, and was named national champion.
- 1970s - Merritt Island's 1972 team went 13-0 and averaged 39.9 points and compiled more than 5,000 yards of offense en route to a state title.
- 1980s - Pensacola Pine Forest's 1988 team was named national champion by USA Today after going 13-0 to win its second consecutive state title.
- 1990s - Miami Southridge's 1993 team went 15-0 en route to winning the Class 5A title with Heisman Trophy finalist Troy Davis.
- 2000s - Lakeland's 2005 team went 15-0, won the Class 5A title and was declared national champion by USA Today.
Coaches earn state honor
A statewide panel selected 12 current and former head coaches as the best in the first 100 years of Florida prep football. The list was sponsored by the Florida High School Athletic Association.
The coaches: Bill Castle (Lakeland), Gene Cox (Live Oak Suwanee, Monticello Jefferson County and Tallahassee Leon), Walt Frazier (Carol City), Joe Kinnan (Bradenton Manatee), Nick Kotys (Coral Gables), Carl Madison (Cantonment Tate, Pensacola Pine Forest), Gerald Odom (Merritt Island), Nathaniel "Traz" Powell (Miami Carver, Miami Mays), Robby Pruitt (Jacksonville University Christian, Lake Butler Union County), Corky Rogers (Jacksonville Robert E. Lee, Jacksonville Bolles), George Smith (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), Al Werneke (Belle Glades Glades Central, Titusville).
Saint Leo's Prais honored
Lions sophomore Jordan Prais earned Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week honors after averaging 25 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games last week. He scored 19 in a 70-57 win against Florida College and followed that with a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 75-72 loss to Flagler. It was the second double double of his career. The Lions (4-2) return to action Monday with a home game against West Florida at 7:30 p.m.
Set your DVR
In perhaps the most intriguing girls soccer match of the year, Hudson travels to Springstead for a game that could determine the No. 1 seed in Class 4A, District 8.
The winner will have a stronghold on the top seed with just six regular-season games remaining for both teams. The Cobras are coming off an impressive 5-0 win against Pasco; the Eagles played to a scoreless tie against Nature Coast. The first meeting between Hudson and Springstead resulted in a scoreless tie. The Cobras (12-2-1, 8-1-1) are led by Alicia Schuering (15 goals, 5 assists) and Lindsay Zullo (13 goals, 8 assists). The Eagles (10-1-3, 8-1-2) counter with Taylor McKinney (11 goals, 5 assists) and Ashley Walker (8 goals, 5 assists) and keeper Jennifer Defrancesco (nine shutouts).