What I learned this weekend in Florida


Adams has arrived

There have been plenty of grumblings about St. Petersburg Lakewood junior wide receiver Rodney Adams. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder hadn’t gotten the early recruiting attention of some other wide receivers around the state, but expect that to change after Friday night.

Adams was the best player on a field with several good ones and finished with seven catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-19 loss to Tampa Jesuit.

“It was a tough game to lose and I hope we get to face them again,” Adams said. “I know it looks like I had a great game but I could have done more.”

Adams was Lakewood’s only reliable offensive weapon most of the evening and his 82-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Tracy Johnson was arguably the play of the game.

He has just one reported offer so far, San Diego State, but more will be on the way.

“Rodney is going to be a special player here,” said Lakewood coach Cory Moore. “He is a great talent and a great competitor.”

Is Duke the best?

Under Armour All-American Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla./Norland) continues to make a case that he’s the best high school football player in the state of Florida.

The 5-9, 180-pound Miami commitment rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-27 victory over city rival Jackson.

“Duke just gets it done every week,” said linebacker Keith Brown. “There’s nothing else to say really. He’s the guy that we lean on and he always responds.”

For the season Johnson has 742 yards and 11 touchdowns but it’s not necessary the statistics with Johnson but rather the timing.

In Norland’s two biggest games of the center, Northwestern and Jackson, Johnson has 366 yards and seven touchdowns (six rushing, one kickoff return).

“He’s a big-game player,” Brown added. “That’s what separates him from some of the other top guys. He knows when we are going to need him the most and he delivers.”

Things rarely seen

There were a couple of oddities this weekend in Florida high school football:

Miami Belen Jesuit put Miami Northwestern’s playoff hopes in jeopardy when it rallied from 28-7 down to win on a free kick?

Jacksonville Raines gives Jacksonville Bolles its first district loss since the George Bush presidency … the first George Bush presidency.

Land O’ Lakes’ playoff streak was snapped at 14 when they lost 21-10 to local rival Sunlake.