Prospect Report: Apopka vs. South Lake

One would never tell from the final score, but the match up between Apopka and South Lake started out as a thrilling game between two talent filled teams. South Lake fought hard and held the Apopka ground attack at bay in the first half, going into the locker room down 15-14. The second half was all Apopka and more specifically, a clinic for Qua Barnes.

Apopka would have their way with South Lake's Defense and finish with a big 50-14 victory.


2011 RB Tom Smith

The Tennessee commit was impressive on the evening even though he was overshadowed by the play of Qua Barnes. Smith is a great compliment at about 6'0" 195lbs. He is not as fast as Barnes, but he possesses the speed to break big runs. Smith however runs with power and is a much better blocker. Smith also has some good moves to outmaneuver defenders and get into space. He finished the evening with three touchdowns and two two-point conversions.

2011 K Alex Catron

Catron has a monster leg. He was 4/4 on PATs and had seven of his eight kickoffs sail into the end zone for touchbacks. There were not any chances for field goals really on the night as Apopka's offense was scoring touchdowns at will, but Catron still showed off his tremendous leg strength on the kickoffs.

2012 OL Ty Darlington

Darlington continues to impress. Although he is projected as a center or guard at the next level, the 6'3" 260lb Darlington played offensive tackle on the night to provide added protection on the perimeter against South Lake's Jordan Montgomery. Darlington is an excellent run blocker who uses his lower body to get a good drive. He gets downfield well to block on running plays showing good athleticism. He did a pretty good job in pass protection, but there was not much passing on the night for Apopka.

2012 RB/ATH Quay Barnes

Qua Barnes was a highlight reel on the evening. The 5'9" 170lb RB/ATH was absolutely explosive. Barnes is a lightning fast, fluid runner with an extra gear when in space. His ability to take any handoff the distance makes him a dangerous player. He finished the night with three touchdowns, and had had an additional 33 yard touchdown called back.

2012 QB Keon Brooks

Freshmen QB Ty Darlington struggled to get the offense going, so Coach Darlington looked to Keon Brooks to take over the offense. Brooks is better suited to run the option running attack of Apopka. He is very quick and has good top end speed, enabling him to break long runs and take any snap the difference. With Brooks in the game, Apopka relied almost exclusively on their ground game.

2012 DB Kimlon Dillon

The 5'10" 170lb defensive back for Apopka was given the challenge several times throughout the night to cover the speedy Waisome for South Lake, which he did well, proving he has the speed needed to play defensive back. Dillon is fast with quick feet in his backpedal. He has good hips and breaks well out of the back pedal. His most impressive ability on the evening was his tackling, especially in space, and his ability to bring the big hit. Dillon had a punt block in the second quarter and also and interception.

2013 OG Dazzie Morris

The 6'2" 260lb offensive guard played pretty well on the night. He is a very good run blocker who uses his lower body well for a strong, powerful push through his blocks and did a decent job at maintaining good pad height when blocking. Morris was valuable in opening lanes for the trio of runners for Apopka all night, but especially in the second half.

South Lake

2011 CB Nick Waisome

What can you say about an explosive athlete like Waisome? He is a tremendous cover corner and an explosive wide receiver. On South Lake's first possession of the game, Waisome caught a pass and went 95 yards for the score. Later in the first half, Waisome caught another pass, this time taking it 65 yards for the score. He really showed off his speed and explosion throughout the evening. He covers very well, but could be more physical. In addition to his athleticism, Waisome is also a smart player.

2011 RB Steel Stewart

Stewart, who was a 1000 yard rusher last season, is the focal point of the South Lake offense. He ran well on the night, but Apopka adjusted too well at half time and really corralled him in the second half. Stewart is a shifty runner with good speed who sees and hits the holes well. He is not a burner, but he can take it the distance if he gets into space. At about 5'8.5" and 170lbs, he is surprisingly tough to bring down, doing a great job at keeping his legs churning through contact.

2011 LB/TE Jordan Montgomery

Montgomery, a South Carolina commit, played well on the evening. He continues to show his abilities as a disruptive playmaker. In the first half he did a great job getting into the backfield to disrupt the Apopka rushing attack. He has good speed, is a hard hitter, and has good instincts in pass defense. Montgomery could play strong safety too at the next level.

2012 WR Patrick Harris

Harris is a tall, lanky wide receiver at 6'1" 165lbs. He has the speed to be a deep threat receiver and showed good hands and toughness catching passes over the middle. If he continues to develop, adds some weight, and maintains his speed, he could make a quality, go-to receiver.

2013 QB Kris White

White is a young quarterback who made some mistakes, but he also showed that he has a lot of positives to build on. At 6'2" 205, he possesses good height and can support more weight as he is pretty slender. As a sophomore, White already has good mechanics. He has a strong arm, firing frozen ropes on short passes, but needs to learn to put some touch on his passes to get it over the top of defenders to the open receivers. White also has good mobility, getting outside the pocket to avoid defensive pressure and roll out on bootlegs.

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