Orlando All-Area football includes explosive playmaker, destructive defender

ocoee organizer Asad WasimApply Kissimmee Osceola Defensive Tackle john walker and versatile athletes javon rose DeLand sits atop the Orlando Sentinel Varsity Football All-District team.

Waseem is the Offensive Player of the Year and Walker is the Defensive Player of the Year for the 2022 season. Rose is the Ironman of the year, a player who contributes to the team in a number of ways.

“That describes him pretty well because he rarely gets off the floor,” DeLane coach Rick Darlington said of Rose. “He’s definitely an old-school Iron Man.”

The all-region team features 28 players from FHSAA State Series schools in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and Southwest Volusia counties. The second team of the whole district and the small school team of the whole district are also composed of 28 players from the Orlando area.

State semifinalists Ocoee, Osceola and Jones have three players named to the All-District first team. Osceola and Jones each added two players to the second unit.

State runner-up Apopka has two players on the first team, as do DeLand, Edgewater, Seminole, West Orange and Winter Park.

All-region teams are compiled by the Orlando Sentinel with input from coaches. Team success, strength of schedule, season statistics and recognition of teams across the county are considered when making selections.

Ocoee senior Asaad Waseem had 20 touchdowns and over 1,400 receiving yards.

WR Asad Wasim

Ocoee, 5-11, 170, Sr.

buzzing: wasim who Signed to play for Colorado and coach Deion Sanders, had three touchdowns four times in one game and completed 82 catches for 1,481 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was also a contributor on the defensive and special teams, reaching the Class 4M state semifinalist with 12 tackles, 2 interceptions and 619 yards on punt returns. “He’s special,” Ocoee coach Aaron Sheppard said. “We know we can always count on him whenever he touches the ball.”

Osceola senior John Walker had a team-best 42 solo stops to reach the state semifinals.

DL John Walker

Osceola, 6-4, 300, Sr.

buzzing: A centerpiece of the Cowboys’ defensive front in the state semifinals, Walker completed 79 tackles, including a team-best 42 solo interceptions, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble save . “He’s been very disruptive every game, even in constant double-teams,” Osceola coach Eric Pinellas said. He’s probably the best player that’s ever been here at a school that produces some really good defenders.”

DeLand junior Javon Ross totaled 19 touchdowns on the run, catch and defense.

ATH Javin Ross

Dylan, 5-9, 165, Jr.

buzzing: The crafty slot catcher rushed 112 times for 849 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 551 yards and four scores. As a safety, he recorded 30 tackles, destroyed 11 passes and recorded 4 interceptions while also making a fumble, a block and a TD score. “He’s just a really smart football player who understands the game,” Darlington said. “He’s really elusive, and he has guts to catch the ball and get good yardage.”

QB TJ Moore

Dylan, 6-2, 215, Jr.

buzzing: 116 attempts on 58 passes for 1,276 yards, 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, and 200 rushing yards for 1,267 yards and 9 touchdowns.

RB Cedric Baxter Jr.

Edgewater, 6-2, 210, senior

buzzing: Averaged 7.9 yards per carry, 1,375 yards on 174 touches and 13 touchdowns despite being injured in his seventh game of the season.

RB John Celestine

Lake Minneola, 5-9, 180, Sr.

buzzing: Went 10-2 on 195 carries for 1,522 yards and 33 touchdowns into the regional title game in state champion Lakeland.

RB Tavion Swind

Osceola, 5-10, 180, so.

buzzing: Carried 224 times for 1,666 yards and 20 touchdowns. Added 527 yards and five touchdowns as a catch-and-return specialist for a state semifinalist.

WR Jordin Bridgewater

West Orange, 6-0, 160, Jr.

buzzing: Started the season at quarterback, totaling 12 touchdowns and averaging 22.5 yards per reception on 39 receptions for 876 yards.

WR Isaiah Jean-Baptiste

Winter Park, 5-10, 170, Sr.

buzzing: Averaged 16.2 yards, 49 receptions, 793 yards and 15 touchdowns. Also scored twice on the run and three in a special teams return.

TE Dylan Wade

Jones, 6-5, 235, senior

buzzing: 402 yards and 10 offensive touchdowns with 34 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT and 1 fumble recovery in the Class 3M state semifinals.

OL Josiah Shenow

Seminole, 6-3, 290, Sr.

buzzing: As the starting center on a team averaging 32.3 points per game, he hasn’t been sacked in each of the past two seasons.

OL D’Jaun Gilbert

Edgewater, 6-2, 285, senior

buzzing: Leads undefeated regular-season teams with 238.6 rushing yards per game (337.2 total).

OL Ethan Manning

Oviedo, 6-1, 250, senior

buzzing: The four-year starter helped the Lions average 364.5 yards per game (191.6 passing, 172.9 rushing) while going 10-2.

OL Jim Marion McCrimon

Osceola, 6-5, 260, Sr.

buzzing: 4S State semifinalist team finishes four-year career at 90 percent this season with 42 pancakes

OL Josh Raymond

Lake Mary, 6-4, 290, Jr.

buzzing: A solid offensive line for a team that averaged 151.8 passing yards and rushed for 89.9 yards, culminating in a Class 4M regional final.

K/P Owen Eberhart

Haggerty, 5-10, 155, Senior

buzzing: He went 25-of-26 for extra points and 8-of-8 for 37 yards from long range. Averaged 35.7 yards per punt on 22 attempts.

DL Kevin Tel

Apopka, 6-3, 210, senior

buzzing: The three-time state finals starter registered 53 tackles, 9 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 blocked kicks and 1 forced fumble.

DL Sincerely Edwards

Wekiva, 6-2, 240, Jr.

buzzing: Led the Broncos defense with 78 tackles (49 solo), including 27 tackles for loss, as well as 16 sacks and two tackles for loss.

DL Kamran James

Olympia, 6-6, 255, Sr.

buzzing: The Titans finished with 19 tackles for loss and 41 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

DL Calvin Smith

Ocoee, 6-4, 230, Sr.

buzzing: Made it to the state semifinals with 107 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 1 punt.

DL Preston Watson

Seminole, 6-2, 255, Jr.

buzzing: Recognized as a 9-3 team with defensive tackle destruction against three state finalists and one state semifinalist.

LB Malik Bryant

Jones, 6-3, 234, senior

buzzing: Leads the 3M State semifinalists with 10 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles, while tallying 73 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.

LB Michael Harris

Lake Brantly, 6-1, 190, senior

buzzing: The defensive leader led the Patriots with 104 tackles (47 singles) and added 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

LB Noah Nixon

West Orange, 6-2, 230, Sr.

buzzing: Recorded 112 Warriors tackles (13 fumbles), 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 punt block.

LB Rashad Watson

Apopka, 6-0, 210, senior

buzzing: Led the Blue Darters in 151 tackles (9.5 TFL) with 3 sacks, 3 tackle kicks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 2 recoveries.

DB Jayden Gillens

Jones, 5-11, 180, senior

buzzing: Reached Class 3M state semifinalist with 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 498 rushing yards and a 35-yard punt return average.

DB Torian Roberts

Winter Park, 5-11, 174, Sr.

buzzing: Finished with 6 touchdowns, 44 tackles, 11 pass fumbles, 3 INTs, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 22 catches for 338 yards.

DB Alston Sanitary Ware

Ocoee, 6-0, 168, Sr.

buzzing: Impacted both sides of the ball while scoring 5 touchdowns, 36 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 block.

This article originally appeared on Orlando Sentinel Network. Email JC Carnahan jcarnahan@orlandosentinel.com.