Emilio Gonzalez was the area's "In Your Face" guy last week.
The Manatee High linebacker had eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup against Alonso in the Canes' district opener.
Now, about that J.J. Watt Award for guys who rack up those sacks and tackles for losses while terrorizing the opposition?
There is a spirited battle going on.
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Gonzalez and Manatee's Mahlik Mills lead the area with 11 TFL, but right on their heels are Chase Balliette (Braden River) with 10.5, David Belvin (Palmetto) with 10 and Tony Collins (Manatee) with 9.
In the mix are Southeast's Dequan Williams (7.5 TFL) and sophomore Tariq Houston, who leads the Noles with 32 tackles, and has 7 TFL.
The "Sack Master" race is heating up with more than a few guys on course to hit double digits for the season.
Palmetto defensive tackle Zach Wyatt is in the lead with 4.5 sacks, slightly ahead of Manatee's Mills and Jett Gillum from Saint Stephens (4 sacks apiece) and Southeast's Dequan Williams (3.5)
Bradenton Christian sophomore linebacker Brett Gerber is ranked second in the state (according to MaxPreps) in total tackles with 69 and leads the county with 32 solos. IMG's Rahshaun Smith is 15th with 50 tackles. Bayshore's Josh Tarwoe has 34 tackles, including 7 TFL.
Balliette also has 24 tackles and 2 interceptions while IMG's Malik Barrow has 6 TFL. Henry Bradley tops Palmetto with 38 tackles, linebacker Matt Kissell leads Manatee with 27 and Tony Collins has 22 solos, including 11 against Palmetto.
Christian McCarthy leads Out-Of-Door-Academy with 21 tackles and 3 quarterback hurries.
Lang makes Utah debut
After waiting seven months to learn whether he ever would play high school football again, Johnnie Lang found himself caught in a whirlwind.
The former Manatee High star was told about a half-hour before kickoff that he would be allowed to play for Salt Lake City East High last Friday night.
"We didn't have all the paperwork we needed, but we had enough to determine he would be eligible and felt it would be unfair to keep him out longer," said Mark Van Wagon, attorney for the Utah High School Activities Association.
The former running back also found himself in an unfamiliar role playing quarterback for his new team. But Utah's new Johnnie Be Good didn't disappoint his teammates in the first half, running for a 49-yard touchdown.
In the second half, Lang got sick, was throwing up on the sidelines and sat out the rest of the game.
"I think it was a combination of all the excitement he was going through and the altitude," Van Wagon said.
Lang cleared his remaining legal hurdles last week regarding his role in a local burglary here and might have been allowed to return to Manatee for his senior season. However, he enrolled at East High at the beginning of school year, saying he needed a fresh start.
Don't Expect ADs to coach anymore
When Rick Mills left his job as the Manatee County School District superintendent there was a feeling the ban on athletic directors/administrators coaching would be lifted.
After all, Joe Kinnan at Manatee and Paul Maechtle at Southeast turned in legendary careers as football coaches while also working as athletic directors.
This so-called Mills rule upset a lot of people and forced quite a few popular coaches to quit, such as former Palmetto boys soccer coach Dustin Dahlquist and Braden River boys basketball coach Matt Nesser.
Don't expect a change, says Jason Montgomery, the new county athletic director.
"Things have changed. Athletic directors have more on their plate these days," Montgomery said. "The FHSAA has increased the number of things coaches have to do to be in compliance and the AD has to make sure that their coaches are certified and kids are eligible. At Manatee there are 22 sports with about 75 to 80 coaches and that is a workload."