Palm Beach County Sports Commission Presents

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

Palm Beach Sports

As part of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards program, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission assembles a panel of Palm Beach County High School football coaches and select members of the local media to select the winners of three awards given out for excellence in Palm Beach County high school football:

Near the end of the season, each voter is asked to submit three nominations in each of the three categories. After the nominations are received, the three individuals receiving the most nominations in each category become the finalists for the awards. At the annual Lou Groza Awards banquet in December the top three finalists are recognized and the winner is announced.

The Palm Beach County Player of the Year Award is given out annually to the top prep football player in Palm Beach County. The award is open to players of all grade levels and school classifications.

2013 PALM BEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNER


Travis Rudolph - Cardinal Newman High School

Coming into the season as one of the top receiving recruits in the nation, Travis Rudolph didn’t let the target on his back keep him out of the endzone. The senior wide receiver garnered national attention as an Under Armour All-American.  He was a standout on a loaded Newman offense filled with talented players. With the spotlight shining on him and opposing coaches scheming to stop him, Rudolph still put together the area’s most productive season for a receiver, helping the Crusaders to a District 7-3A Championship, the program’s first district title since 2004.  Travis made 51 receptions for 1,121 yards and a school-record 15 touchdowns. Two games into the season, he had already racked up 234 yards and 4 touchdowns, but Newman was still winless and trailed going into the 4th quarter of game #3. That’s when Rudolph came through for the Crusaders, hauling in a pair of late touchdowns in a 24-21 win. The late flurry led into tremendous performances in the two following games, first going off for 263 yards and three TDs on seven catches and then needing just four catches to rack up 123 yards and a score. Against some of the toughest competition of the year, on the road against American Heritage, he caught nine balls for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Rudolph finished the season ranked by ESPN as the #7 wide receiver in the nation and 61st rated player at any position in the Class of 2014.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

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Kelvin Taylor
Will Likely
Jacoby Brissett
Matt Elam
Matt Elam
Star Jackson
Brandon Pendergrass
Emanuel Cook
Antone Smith
Omar Haugabook
Ron Williams
Curtis Holley
Danny Embick
Abram Elam
Anquan Boldin
Brad Banks
Micah Mays
LaFann Williams
Johnny Rutledge
Fred Taylor
Andre Anderson
Glades Day School
Glades Central
William T. Dwyer
William T. Dwyer
William T. Dwyer
Lake Worth High School
Royal Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens
Pahokee High School
Glades Central High
American Heritage
Glades Central High
William T. Dwyer
Cardinal Newman
Pahokee
Glades Central
Palm Beach Lakes
Pahokee
Glades Central
Glades Central
Suncoast

 

Palm Beach County Place Kicker of the Year

The Palm Beach County Place-Kicker of the Year Award is given out annually to the top prep football place-kicker in Palm Beach County. The award is open to players of all grade levels and school classifications

2013 PALM BEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PLACE-KICKER OF THE YEAR WINNER

Paul Schumacher - The King's Academy

 

No kicker in Palm Beach County showed a bigger leg this season than Paul Schumacher, with four of his seven field goals coming from more than 40 yards out, including a successful 50-yard attempt, the longest field goal in The King’s Academy history. Schumacher’s 7-for-10 season started off with a two field goal game in which his 27 and 43 yard field goals provided the difference in the Lions’ 13-10 win over Village Academy. His 29-yard field goal against Clewiston also ended up being the difference, with the Lions ultimately winning 17-14. The senior converted 97% of his extra point attempts and also served as the team’s punter, playing a vital special teams role in The King’s Academy’s 6-3 season.

 

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Cameron Golob
Bobby Puyol
David Bicknell
Cody Parkey
Brendan Gibbons,Patrick O'Donnell
Daniel Riddle
Sal DiMauro
Matt Bosher
Matt Bosher
Tony Ciaravino
Brian Monroe
Brian Monroe
Bryan Bobo
Will Rhody
John Anderson
Taylor Northrop
David Pavich
Ryan Romano
Brandon Kornblue
Sean Holohan
Eric Meng

Palm Beach Central
William T. Dwyer
Boca Raton High School
Jupiter Community High School
William T. Dwyer
Boca Raton High School
Jupiter
Jupiter High School
Boca Raton High School
Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens
William T. Dwyer
Benjamin
Pope John Paul II
William T. Dwyer
Boca Raton
Cardinal Newman
Boca Raton
Spanish River
Jupiter

 

Sam Budnyk Coach of the Year

The Sam Budnyk Coach of the Year Award is given out annually to the top prep football coach in Palm Beach County. The award is named in honor of legendary coach Sam Budnyk, head football coach at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, FL.

2013 SAM BUDNYK COACH OF THE YEAR WINNER

Alphonso Moran - West Boca High School

 

The outlook wasn’t great when Alphonso Moran took over as head coach at West Boca in June. Becoming just the second coach in program history, he was set to lead a group that had only 12 seniors returning to a team that went 2-7 in one of the area’s toughest districts. Six months later, Coach Moran’s Bulls went 7-3 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2010. A former defensive tackle at Boca High and Kansas State University, Coach Moran led a defensive overhaul that saw the Bulls allow half as many points, going from more than 30 per game last season to just over 15. On offense, he brought in a new coordinator who balanced the attack and picked up an average of nearly two more touchdowns per game. On both sides of the ball – and in the record books – Coach Moran led one of the most impressive turnarounds in Palm Beach County football.

 

 

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Willie Bueno
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Brian Dobbs
Eric Patterson
Kevin Fleury
Pete Walker
Larry Coffey
Leroy Foster
Brian Dodds
Tim Tharp
Verryl Floyd
Joe Marx
Milton Watson
Bob Bolinder
Sam Budnyk
Jay Minton
Rick Casko
Ron Ream
Atlantic High School
Royal Palm Beach
Seminole Ridge High School
William T. Dwyer
William T. Dwyer
Park Vista High School
Royal Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens
The King's Academy
Glades Central
Pahokee
Boca Raton
Palm Beach Gardens
Atlantic
Pahokee
Glades Central
Palm Beach Lakes
Cardinal Newman
Boca Raton
Glades Central
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2013 PALM BEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR WINNER

William T. Dwyer

 

William T. Dwyer High School has been one of Palm Beach County's most successful football programs for the past 15 years. In 2013, Dwyer continued its winning tradition and made school history.  The Panthers, led by legendary coach Jack Daniels, finished the regular season with an unprecedented 10-0 record and the District 13-7A title. Dwyer navigated through the regular season with impressive wins, culminating with a 41-17 victory over West Boca that clinched the program’s first unbeaten season since 2004 and the first time any Dwyer team has finished 10-0 in the regular season. The Panthers dominated their opponents throughout the season and outscored the competition by a combined total of 436 to 60. The Panthers offense was electrifying, averaging 44 points per game and accumulating more than 3,400 yards of total offense during the regular season.    Junior quarterback Daniel Parr passed for 1,679 yards and an incredible 29 touchdowns, spreading the ball between perhaps the nation’s most talented receiving trio in Johnnie Dixon, Ezra Saffold and Clint Stephens.  The Panthers secret weapon was running back Alonzo Smith, who emerged as one of the county’s top running backs with an 865 yard, 9 touchdown season. Dwyer’s defense was one of the best in the state, allowing a mere 6 points per game and recording 3 shutouts, including an impressive 35-0 win over Glades Central and 33-0 triumph over Palm Beach Gardens, a pair of teams that went on to make the playoffs. Already a football dynasty in Palm Beach County, Dwyer’s 2013 season may have been its best yet.  They are the William T. Dwyer Panthers.

 

Groza Committee Chair, Bill Davis welcomes local awards candidates during 2007 Banquet.

 

 

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