By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
Clearwater High School might be the toughest team Charlotte has faced all season.
The Tornadoes (10-0) feature handfuls of talented players on both sides of the ball, who have racked up many Division-I offers for college.
In last week’s 27-16 win for Clearwater over Port Charlotte, ATH Jacquez Jones was held in check for the most of the night, with just 48 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches.
But even the Pirates couldn’t completely shutdown Jones, as he used his play-making abilities to return a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. He then had a 27-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
Jones, on the season, has 900 receiving yards, 237 rush yards and 16 touchdowns between catches, runs and returns.
Ten of those touchdowns were thrown by quarterback Austin Day, who completed 17-of-21 passes last week against Port Charlotte for 131 yards and a touchdown. On the season, Day is completing 66 percent of his passes for 1,733 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Tornadoes aren’t just a team with an aerial attack. They also have Jarius Williams to run the ball.
Williams rushed for 89 yards against the Pirates a week ago, and has totaled 806 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
That’s just on offense for Clearwater, as they have big threats on defense as well.
They have Kane Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end. Kane has 42 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles, and has great run-stopping abilities.
With Taylor to focus on the run, the tornadoes have a pair of defenders who get to the quarterback in Tramar Reece and Garet Chisolm and have combined for 19 sacks on the season. As a team, Clearwater has 34 sacks all year.