Northeast Florida Sports Jacksonville

SMALL SCHOOLS: Second Team Defense

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.



LB – James Drysdale (So., St. Joseph)

Stats: 111 tackles, 12.3 tackles per game, 1 fumble recovery

LB – TJ Robinson (Sr., Trinity)

Stats: 43 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery

LB – Dylan Cason (Jr., Fort White)

Stats: 84 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 4 pass deflected

LB – Timothy Perkins Jr. (Jr., Baldwin)

Stats: 91 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 QB hurry

DL – Maurice Strong (Jr., Union County)

Stats: 28 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 pass deflections

DL- Louie Nammour (Sr., Christs Church)

Stats: 47 tackles, 8 sacks, 1 caused fumble, 2 fumble recoveries

DL – Matt Stone (Jr., Christ’s Church)

Stats: 8 sacks, 34 tackles, 2 blocked punts

DL – Jabari Rivers (Sr., Fort White)

Stats: 53 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 caused fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

DB – Johnny Williams (Sr., Baldwin)

Stats: 3 INT, 9 pass breakups, 15 tackles

DB – Josh Dennie (Jr., Christ’s Church)

Stats: 4 INT, 17 pass breakups, 20 tackles

DB – Andy Varnes (Sr., Christ’s Church)

Stats: 4 INT, 24 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 14 pass breakups

DB – Kyle Sowards (Sr., St. Joseph)

Stats: 115 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 INT, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries

ATH – Dedrick Vanover (Sr., Fort White)

Stats: 22 tackles, 2 INT, 5 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery, 16 catches for 331 yards, 20.7 ypc, 4 TD, 504 AP yards

ATH -Will Cowles (So., St. Joseph)

Stats: 59 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 966 AP yards, 686 rushing/8 TD

ATH – Chamarri Connor (Jr., Trinity)

Stats: 99 tackles, 1 INT, 5 pass breakups, 1 block FG

P – Frankie Onate (Sr., Trinity)

Stats: 41.4 average, 28 punts, 56 long