Posted: 2:20 pm Friday, October 30th, 2009

25 nominees for three Lou Groza awards 

By Jason Lieser

The annual Lou Groza awards, recognizing the best of Palm Beach County football, will be handed out Dec. 8 at the Kravis Center as part of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Program.

This year’s ballot includes 10 players for Outstanding High School Football Player, 10 coaches for Outstanding High School Head Coach and five players for Outstanding High School Place Kicker.

Matt Elam steps up to receive his award last December. (Brandon Kruse/The Post)

Matt Elam steps up to receive his award last December. (Brandon Kruse/The Post)

Dwyer’s Matt Elam won Outstanding High School Football Player last year, edging Nu’Keese Richardson and Tyler Wilhelm. Panthers coach Jack Daniels took the top spot in his category.

For the first time in the history of the organization, two players shared the award for best kicker: Palm Beach Central’s Patrick O’Donnell and Cardinal Newman’s Brendan Gibbson. Those two are freshmen at Cincinnati and Michigan, respectively, this season. Jupiter junior Cody Parkey was the other finalist.

Below are the nominees (in alphabetical order), which are voted on between now and Nov. 12. The top three vote-getters in each category will be invited to the ceremony and voters will select one winner for each award.

I believe this list was compiled a few weeks ago, so that could explain some omissions of players/coaches you might deem worthy.

Outstanding High School Football player:

Jared Dangerfield, WR, Royal Palm Beach, senior
Greg Dent, WR/DB, Glades Central, senior
Chris Dunkley, WR, Pahokee, senior
Matt Elam, ATH, Dwyer, senior
Curt Maggitt, DE, Dwyer, junior
Tre Mason, RB, Park Vista, junior
Darius Millines, ATH, American Heritage, senior
Will Powers, RB/LB, Jupiter Christian, senior
Kelvin Taylor, RB, Glades Day, freshman
L.J. Thomas, QB, Glades Central, senior

Outstanding High School Place Kicker

David Bicknell, Boca Raton, junior
Justin Haig, American Heritage, senior
Matt Johnson, Seminole Ridge, senior
Cody Parkey, Jupiter, senior
Bobby Puyol, Dwyer, sophomore

Outstanding High School Head Coach

Willie Bueno, American Heritage
Jack Daniels, Dwyer
Willie Dodaro, West Boca Raton
Brian Dodds, Park Vista
Jessie Hester, Glades Central
Alonzo Jefferson, Palm Beach Lakes
Bill Powers, Jupiter Christian
Andre Thaddies, Atlantic
Blaze Thompson, Pahokee
Pete Walker, Glades Day