High School Buzz 

Spring Football Tour (video): Q & A with Palm Beach Gardens LT Avery Young

  • 3:32 pm Monday, May 17th, 2010 by Jason Lieser

Note: Welcome to the PBGametime 2010 Spring Football Tour! Over the next 10 weekdays, we’ll visit area teams, meet some of the top players and answer the most pressing questions. Today’s stop is Palm Beach Gardens, where the Gators look to make the postseason behind 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle Avery Young.

Click below to see the video, and read more about Avery here. Click here for more Spring Football Tour stops.

Coaches have made a case for Palm Beach Gardens’ Avery Young being the top offensive lineman in the area this year. Some even put him ahead of Park Vista’s two BCS prospects.

Young (6-6 1/4, 265, 4.97) will be a junior this fall and already has fueled talk that he could be the country’s No. 1 prospect when he is a senior.

You can see Young and the Gators in their spring game this Friday at 7 p.m. at Glades Day.

Young’s brother, former Palm Beach Gardens and North Carolina State standout Willie Young, Jr., is in training camp with the Detroit Lions. He said his younger brother is ahead of “70 percent” of the offensive tackles he faced in college.

In a recent interview, Avery Young talked about his progression, his swelling star status and his other passion: fishing.


Spring Football Tour: Despite losing offensive stars, Boca Raton shoots for repeat district title

  • 11:53 am Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 by Jason Lieser

What was a weakness for Boca Raton now might be a strength.

The Bobcats went 9-3 last season, thanks largely to an explosive, multi-faceted offense, but their defense struggled against top-tier opponents.

This spring, with most of his defense returning, Boca Raton coach Keith Byars cites the defense as a big reason his team hopes to repeat as District 8-6A champions.


Spring Football Tour: Jupiter Christian begins new chapter this month

  • 12:49 pm Monday, May 3rd, 2010 by Jason Lieser

The shiny white banner commemorating Jupiter Christian’s 2007 and ’08 state titles has never seemed so irrelevant. Other than that sign, which hangs near the Eagles’ practice field, there are few traces remaining from their dominant run.

The two most important players of that era — running back and linebacker Will Powers (four-year starter) and quarterback Marshyl Rothman (three years) — are gone. Danny Meyer and Westin Pedersen were two-way, two-year starters who graduated as well. This team looked entirely different as it began the 2010 season Saturday.

“There’s definitely a changing of the guard,” coach Bill Powers said. “We have four or five kids that were important role players last year that should hopefully step up for us, but we’ve got some young kids.