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Vote: Who should be SBLive’s Central Florida Defensive Player of the Week (10/30/2023)?

Here are 16 candidates nominees for your voting consideration

With district titles and playoff seeding on the line, defensive players came out in force last week across Central Florida.

Athletes from seven counties turned in strong performances during Week 10 games. We looked at teams from Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole, Volusia, Brevard, and Indian River counties and nominated 16 athletes for this week’s SBLive Central Florida Defensive Football Player of the Week from Oct. 26-28.

We ask you, the fan, to decide who should be the top player selected. Voting will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced in next week’s poll.


Central Florida Defensive Player of the Week

Congratulations to last week’s winner: SBLive congratulates Edgewater DB Jaden Brown for winning the Central Florida Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 19-21.


Editor’s note: Our corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. The poll is specifically for fans to vote on the players that have been nominated and in no way discredits any other player that may not be mentioned in our poll.

Here are this week's nominations:

Javon Peterson, DE/OLB, Seminole (Sanford): Junior turned in a strong effort with five tackles, three solo, one tackle for loss, one sack and an interception in a wild 29-28 victory against Lake Mary that clinched the Class 4 Metro, District 2 championship.

Aireese Martin, OLB, Lake Mary: Junior tallied eight tackles, two solo, in a close 29-28 loss to Seminole.

Rayshaan Berry, MLB, Eau Gallie (Melbourne): Talented junior made a whopping 13 tackles, seven solo, and two tackles for loss to lead the Commodores past Rockledge, 20-17, and to the Class 3 Suburban, District 10 title – the school’s first district championship in 100 years of existence.

Arden Payne-Tonge, LB, Olympia (Orlando): Senior made one of three interceptions to lead the Titans past West Orange (Winter Garden), 34-20, and to the Class 4M, District 5 title.

Cole West, OLB/C/G, Foundation Academy (Winter Garden): Strong senior (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) made 12 tackles, six solo, and one fumble recovery to lead the Lions past The First Academy (Orlando), 49-41.

Deaven McDonald, OLB/MLB, Heritage (Palm Bay): Made six tackles, three solo, to lead the Panthers past Harmony, 41-0, in a Class 4S, District 11 game.

Tyrin Randle, LB/TE, Jones (Orlando): Strong senior (6-2, 240) turned in a stellar effort with nine tackles, six solo, two tackles for loss, and one sack in a 56-0 Class 3M, District 3 romp against Horizon (Winter Garden).

Jermane Hayes, WR/CB, University High (Orange City): Talented two-way star recorded a 98-yard punt return for a TD and a pick-6 to lead the Titans (8-1) past Lyman (Longwood), 42-21.

LJ McCray, DL, Mainland (Daytona Beach): The University of Florida commit had a pick-6 to lead the unbeaten Buccaneers (9-0) past rival Seabreeze (Daytona Beach), 48-14, and to the Class 3S, District 9 championship.

Boston Milligan, LB/OL, Father Lopez (Daytona Beach): Senior made seven tackles, four solo, two tackles for loss and one sack to lead the Green Wave past St. Francis Catholic (Gainesville), 35-0.

Isaiah Hausman, S/OLB, Atlantic (Port Orange): Recorded a 21-yard pick-6 to propel the Sharks past Taylor (Pierson), 56-6, for the Class 2S, District 8 championship.

Dante Mascio, LB, DeLand: The senior made one of the team’s three interceptions to lead the Bulldogs past New Smyrna Beach, 41-7.

DayDay Farmer, WR/CB, Melbourne Central Catholic: Cocoa transfer had a 103-yard interception for a TD and two tackles, one solo, to lift the Hustlers past Halifax Academy (Daytona Beach), 56-0, and to the Class 1S, District 4 championship.

Samadrae Hawkins, MLB, Cocoa: Star senior (5-11, 221) made 10 tackles, six solo, and two tackles for loss to lead the Tigers past Palm Bay, 49-14, and to the Class 2S, District 12 championship. He has offers from UMass, Tennessee Tech, and Rhode Island.

Jonathan Tumblin, ILB/RB, Sebastian River: Senior made nine tackles, six solo, and three tackles for loss to lead the Sharks past Coral Springs Charter, 34-8, in a Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoff game.

Patrick MacMullan, ATH/TE/DL, St. Edward’s School (Vero Beach): Strong junior (6-2, 215) made nine tackles, eight solo, five tackles for loss, and three sacks in a 14-12 Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoff victory against Palm Beach Christian Prep (Greenaces).