The Viking's missed the big play ability of George Ruesca. The senior was out with an injury and has recently been becoming a bigger part of the offense. Quarterback Jake Kistel did not have a lot of time to throw and his WR's were unable to get separation. The South defense is much improved from a year ago and it showed on Friday night. Kistel was off to a strong start to the year, he'll bounce back with some big games later in the year.
The junior class is led by Safety Jordan Diggs. The bright spot on defense was stopping the run and Diggs was a big part of that. The 6'0, 190 pound athlete played both ways, but he projects to Safety where he has all the skills to be special. Look for him to be one of the more heavily recruited players in the state in 2012.
A pair of seniors on defense should continue getting looks: Jon Alvarez and J.T. Oceant. Alvarez is a MLB with instincts, he is always around the ball and has good size at over 210 pounds. Oceant made some plays on the edge.
Sophomore D.J. Oceant and junior D.J. Judge are a pair of athletes to keep an eye on.
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Dallas Crawford went 18-23 for 294 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for the other touchdown. He played Safety and he returned punts/kickoffs. Crawford basically made plays all over the field and essentially refuses to come out of the game. He had a pick six called back on a personal foul and most likely will find a home on the defensive side of the ball in college.
Sammy Watkins was the main beneficiary of Crawford's accuracy. The five-star WR started quietly when he was stopped for little gain on his first three touches(a run, a reverse, screen)...but then showed that big play ability. First a 15 yard gain, then a 67 yard TD, followed by a 60 yard TD. The 67 yard TD was a perfect pass by Crawford where Watkins just jetted down the middle of the field untouched showing his 4.4 speed. He's off to a strong start on the year and is making a case to be the #1 player in Florida.
Darryl Gary, Devon Wrenn and Tyrell Blanks are the other WR's; Gary had eight catches in this one while Blanks had a 23 yard TD. Each can hurt opposing defenses. The running game never got going, but junior Terrell Neal has flashed potential early this season.
Sophomore OT Joe Fennell appears on track to be one of the best recruits in the 2013 class. He already possesses elite size and continues to improve every time we see him. Lucas Hill has come a long way and is starting to become a dominant linemen.