IMG Academy polished off its first undefeated season with a 9-0 campaign.
Here's a look at the Ascenders' top performers on both offensive and defensive sides of the field:
Player: Shea Patterson
To his credit: Completed 60.4 percent of his passes, racking up 1,533 passing yards and hardly put the Ascenders in bad shape with ill-timed decisions. The right-hander launched 18 touchdown passes, while opponents only picked off four of his 129 attempts. He also ran in three scores in leading an IMG offense that averaged 42.12 points per game among the eight on-field victories the Ascenders tallied en route to the first undefeated season (9-0) in program history.
Up next: Early enrolled at Ole Miss.
Player: Drake Davis
Position: Wide Receiver
To his credit: Didn't lead the team in receptions, but was the main go-to big play threat for Patterson and the Ascenders. Davis was IMG's leading receiver in yards (431) and yards per catch (39.18) while amassing a receiver-best seven touchdowns. He even shined on special teams in an early-season play that generated more than 444,000 views on MaxPreps. The play, which came at DeSoto (Texas), saw Davis' athleticism in full force as he leapfrogged the offensive line, blocked the extra-point attempt, scooped it up and ran it back for a two-point conversion.
Up next: Committed to LSU.
Player: Isaac Nauta
Position: Tight end/defensive end
To his credit: One of the first players to play both ways for the Ascenders in their three years as a varsity program. Nauta, a highly coveted tight end prospect, lined up as a defensive end during the second half of the year. However, he did some damage at his natural offensive position, racking up an average of 17.7 yards per catch. Afforded the chance to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game, Nauta also garnered All-American First Team honors by USA Today.
Up next: Plans to make final college decision at Saturday's Army All-American Game.
Player: Rahshaun Smith
To his credit: Partnering with fellow standout LB Brendan Pyne, the Ascenders boasted a formidable group that stopped most offenses from gaining any traction at the second level. Smith did his part to the tune of a team-best 89 tackles, averaging 11.1 tackles per game. He also had eight tackles for a loss, while notching three sacks and causing two fumbles.
Up next: Early enrolled at Clemson.
Player: Brendan Pyne
To his credit: The team's second-leading tackler with 10.1 tackles per game (81 total), and snagged a team-best 10 tackles for a loss. He was a key cog on a defensive unit that yielded just 18.1 points per game. He's heading to the Ivy League to play at Brown, where his father played in the past. Pyne added a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in addition to his tackling numbers.
Up next: Brown.
Player: Saivion Smith
To his credit: Smith epitomizes the shutdown corner role. After a breakthrough junior campaign that saw several non-offensive scores, Smith was so good in pass coverage that opposing teams rarely through against him. The top recruit at cornerback for the Class of 2016, Smith created his own island for opposing wide receivers to wither away on. He did block one punt and three field goal.
Up next: Early enrolled at LSU.