Northeast Florida Sports Jacksonville

Small Schools: Third 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.


Third team

LB  – Max Pearl (Sr., Bolles)

Stats: 65 tackles, 5 sacks

LB – Forrest Andrews (Sr., Bolles)

Stats: 69 tackles, 5 sacks

LB – Kelvin Perry (Sr., UC)

Stats: 25 tackles, 4 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 2 INT, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 defensive touchdowns

LB – Devin Runnels (Sr., Baldwin)

Stats: 76 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception

LB – Levi Mumford (Jr., West Nassau)

Stats: 76 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 INT

DL – James Sasser (Sr., UC)

Stats: 34 tackles, 2 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 1 safety, 1 INT

DL – Zac Appelo (Sr., Christs Church)

Stats: 30 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 INT, 2 fumble recoveries

DL – Lowell Reed (So., Fort White)

Stats: 51 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries

DB – Xavien Jenkins (Sr., Bradford)

Stats: 3 INT, 62 tackles

DB – Bryson Kirkey (So., Bolles)

Stats: 3 INT

DB – CJ Grimes (So., Bolles)

Stats: 3 INT

DB -Dyrell Stubbs (Jr., UC)

Stats: 3 INT, including 2 in Class 2A state championship game

ATH – Elliot Miller (Sr., Fernandina Beach)

Stats: 4 INT, 38 of 92 for 665 yards, 4 TD/4 INT

ATH -Walker Bean (Jr., Fernandina Beach)

6 sacks, 50 tackles, 9 catches for 324 yards, 36.0 ypc, 2 TD

ATH- Jacob Reeves (So., Christ’s Church)

Stats: 43 tackles, 4.8 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 block punt

P -Tyler Schelege (Sr., Episcopal)

Stats: 22 punts, 39.0 average, 50 long, 6 of 7 FG