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Suwannee High School head football coach Jamie Rodgers led the Bulldogs (8-3) to their first playoff berth since 2003 in his second year as coach. The Bulldogs were runner-up in District 5-5A. This led to Rodgers being named the Gainesville Sun’s Coach of the Year recently.
Here is what the Gainesville Sun wrote: “In its five district wins over Santa Fe, Eastside, Belleview, Dunnellon and Crystal River, allowed just 26 points total defensively (5.2 points per contest). This turnaround coming after going 3-7 in 2012 and 0-3 in District 2-5A (Wakulla, Tallahassee Godby and Rickards). Other strong contenders were Demetric Jackson, who led Fort White to its first district title, Brian Allen, who led a revamped Columbia squad to the regional semifinals and Mark Latsko, who in his first season at Gainesville, led the Hurricanes to their fifth straight playoff berth.”
Two Bulldogs made the Sun’s first team offense role; Aaron McAllister and Frank Smith. Eric Walker made the Sun’s first team defense. Honorable mentions were Kodie Mercer, Jeffrey Clayton, Casey Reaves.
Branford High’s Travis Bass made the Sun’s second team offense. Honorable mentions for Branford were Matthew Spivey, Shawn Belanger and Jose Barron.