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, ESPN West Palm, who’s broadcast team covers the local football program all season, provides the nominees for each award. At the annual Lou Groza Awards banquet in December the top three finalists in each category 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.

 

2018 PALM BEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Akeem Dent - Palm Beach Central

Akeem Dent wraps up his high school career as one of the most highly touted prospects to come from Palm Beach County in recent memory. The five-star rated defensive back earned the honor of playing in the upcoming Under Armour All-America Game; no surprise, considering the senior is consistently ranked as one of the top-five backs in the nation and one of the five best seniors at any position in the state. But all of those accolades don’t mean anything unless you back it up on the field, and this year, Dent took on a starring role at Palm Beach Central. In his second season with the Broncos, Dent became the vocal leader of a defense that held opponents to just seven points per game, including four shutouts. Shifting between roles as a shutdown corner and a hard-hitting safety, he lived up to his nickname of Do-It-All Dent, breaking up a dozen pass attempts, reeling in two picks, racking up 77 total tackles, and even getting to the quarterback for a pair of sacks. He also got into the act on offense, serving as an occasional red-zone receiver, scoring twice on four catches, including a touchdown against Palm Beach Gardens in which he caught the ball at the 19, burst straight through three defenders and then beat two more on his way to the endzone. Even in Central’s lone loss to Atlantic, Dent kept the game close with a season-high nine tackles, including a sequence in which he came off his man in the endzone to drive through the ballcarrier on the one-yard line, knocking the ball free and recovering his own forced fumble. The play exemplifies the combination of awareness, speed, and strength that has attracted national attention to Akeem Dent.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

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Jordan Travis
Tyler Williams
Ahmmon Richards
Lamar Jackson
Travis Rudolph
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
The Benjamin School
Oxbridge Academy
Wellington
Boynton Beach
Cardinal Newman
Glades Day School
Glades Central
William T. Dwyer
William T. Dwyer
William T. Dwyer
Lake Worth 
Royal Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens
Pahokee 
Glades Central
American Heritage
Glades Central 
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

2018 PALM BEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PLACE-KICKER OF THE YEAR 
 

Lowell Carr - Benjamin

 

Last season, Lowell Carr was a finalist for Kicker of the Year despite only needing to kick one field goal for the high-powered Benjamin offense. His combination of extra points and kickoff yardage was that impressive. So it’s no surprise that he’s earned the honor again after a season nearly as prolific on PATs and kickoffs, while seeing his field goal total shoot all the way up to eight this season. Twice he kicked more field goals in one game than he did all of last season, connecting from 32 and 21 yards against Key West and from 25 yards and a big 41-yard kick against John Carroll. In addition to the abundance of field goals, Carr racked up an impressive 37 extra points, rounding out another superlative season.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

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Christian Rizo
Logan Robinson
Ezekiel Hernandez

Alex Ng
Paul Schumacher
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

Benjamin
Forest Hill
Wellington
Pahokee 
Wellington
The King's Academy
Palm Beach Central
William T. Dwyer
Boca Raton
Jupiter Community 
William T. Dwyer
Boca Raton 
Jupiter
Jupiter 
Boca Raton 
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.

2018 SAM BUDNYK COACH OF THE YEAR
 

Brian Coe - Santaluces

Coach Brian Coe led Santaluces Community High School to a 6-4 winning record in 2018.  This accomplishment by Coach Brian Coe, in his second year, was momentous. The Chiefs haven’t had a winning season since 2013, haven’t made the playoffs since 2009, and haven’t won a playoff game since 2001. And while those things are all still true, it doesn’t feel like any of those streaks will last much longer. After a rocky start to the season, Coach Coe was able to change his team’s momentum, sparking one of the county’s most remarkable turnarounds and leading Santaluces to win five of their last seven games. In those seven games, the Chiefs outscored their opponents by nearly 10 points per contest. Considering that Coach Coe took over a winless team, only two years ago, the 2018 Santaluces High School football season represents one of the greatest coaching performances in Palm Beach County’s history.   

 

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

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Jude Blessington
Brian Dodds
T.J. Jackson
Tom Abel
Alphonso Moran
Chris Bean
Willie Bueno
Matt Dickmann
Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels
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
Forest Hill
Park Vista
Atlantic
Wellington 
West Boca
Atlantic 
Royal Palm Beach
Seminole Ridge 
William T. Dwyer
William T. Dwyer
Park Vista 
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
Benjamin

 

 

2018 PALM BEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR 

Atlantic Community  High School

If there was going to come a time when the Atlantic football dynasty of recent years was going to take a step back, this should have been it. Despite winning 42 games over the previous four seasons, this year’s team returned just one offensive starter, two on defense, and suffered the tragic loss of standout defensive back, Marc’Allan Derac. But instead of losing steam, this year’s team rolled over opponents with the same dominance that Palm Beach County has come to expect from the Eagles, going a perfect 10-0 for the second time in four seasons. This year’s team faced its biggest challenges early in the season with an opening slate against three of the county’s fellow powers: Palm Beach Central, Dwyer, and Pahokee. But Coach of the Year finalist, T.J. Jackson, prepared his inexperienced squad to come through the trial by fire. Atlantic avenged last year’s loss by shutting out Central, handed Dwyer its only loss of the season, and traveled out to the Muck and returned with a two-touchdown victory. With those three hard-fought wins in hand, the Eagles unleashed one of the most dominating stretches in recent memory. Led up front by Derrick Wells Jr. and Henry Bryant III, the Atlantic defense held opponents to single-digits in each of the last seven games, including two shutouts. On the other side of the ball, quarterback Kelani Ilimaleota found eight different receivers in the end zone, while Montajh Joseph picked up over 500 yards on the ground. With opposing defenses never sure where the next threat was coming from, the Atlantic offense averaged over 35 points per game in those last seven contests. Over the course of the entire season, the average Atlantic game ended with a score of 33-6. Despite having new starters at nearly every position, that 27-point margin of victory matches the success of 2015’s undefeated squad. No matter how many names change, the dominance at Atlantic continues.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2017 - Forest Hill
2016 - Park Vista
2015 - Atlantic
2014 - Wellington
2013 - William T. Dwyer
2012 - American Heritage
2011 - Glades Central
2010 - William T. Dwyer
 

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

 

 

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