Northeast Florida Sports Jacksonville

Big Schools: Third Team Offense

To say 2016 was a banner year for high school football, is an understatement. A record four area teams made it to Orlando and two brought home state titles.

Trinity Christian won its fourth state title in a row and University Christian won its second in a row (9th overall), while Bolles finished as state runner-up again.

But it was blue collar lunch pail team from Ponte Vedra that shocked many by winning 14 in a row before stumbling in the Class 5A state title game.

Lee brought alumni back and had the whole city supporting its run to the state semi-finals and sent a message to everyone too, “WERE BACK”.

These are just some of the stories of the past football season along with the stories comes great players too.

Here is the inaugural Duval Sports All-Area football team.


Third team

QB – Jordan Johnson (Sr., Oakleaf)

Stats: 128 of 203 for 1,813 yards, 18 TD, 7 INT

QB – Caleb Eason (Jr., Clay)

Stats: 76 of 113 for 1,141 yards, 12 TD, 5 INT

RB – Isaac Ricks (Sr., Parker)

Stats: 82 carries for 964 yards, 7 TD

RB -Josh Haygood (Jr., Baker County)

Stats: 90 carries for 707 yards, 8 TD

RB – Robert Lowder (Sr., Middleburg)

Stats: 920 yards and 10 touchdowns

WR – Jai Williams (Jr., Parker)

Stats: 43 catches for 643 yards, 5 TD, 15.0 YPC

WR – Michael McCray (Jr., Ribault)

Stats: 25 catches for 601 yards, 6 TD, 24.0 ypc

WR – Devon Moody (Sr., Ed White)

Stats: 27 catches for 666 yards, 6 TD, 24.7 YPC

OL – Eric Rand (Sr., Oakleaf)

Stats: Right guard protected Johnson and opened holes for King

OL – Terrance Lovett (Sr., St. Augustine)

Stats: Left tackle who helped Jackets offense account for over 4000 yards

OL – Connor Jernigan (Sr., Oakleaf)

Stats: Left guard protected Johnson and opened holes for King

OL – Michael Boatman (Sr., St. Augustine)

Stats: Right tackle who helped Jackets offense account for over 4000 yards

OL – Cooper Hodges (Jr., Baker County)

Stats: Multi purpose lineman helped spring Wildcats lethal offense

ATH – Darian Oxendine (So., Menendez)

Stats: 35 of 82 for 730 yards, 5 TD, 176 carries for 818 yards, 8 TD, 1564 AP yards, 13 TD

ATH – Leighton Alley (Sr., Nease)

Stats: 148 of 238 for 1754 yards/13 TD, 58 carries for 265 yards/4 TD, 1 catch for 7 yards/1 TD, 2026 AP yards/18 TD

ATH – Daequantae Showers (Sr., Mandarin)

Stats: 811 A.P. yards, 8 TD

K – Austin Galbraith (Sr., Bartram Trail)

Stats: 29 of 32 PAT, 8 of 11 FG, 34 long