Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Florida High School Coach of the Week for Nov. 25-26 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 2 If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @SBLiveFL.
THIS WEEK’S FLORIDA COACH OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
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Demetric Jackson, Columbia: For the first time since 2015, the Columbia Tigers are back in the state semifinals. Jackson guided his Tigers to a thrilling 20-14 overtime victory over Choctawhatchee in a Class 3S, Region 1 final.
John Peacock, Venice: Beating the same opponent twice cliche is always one you live by as a coach. It was defeating a rival twice in the same season, with the second being in the playoffs. Peacock navigated the Indians to a dominant 35-15 win over rival Sarasota Riverview in a Class 4S, Region 4 final.
Matt Thompson, Jesuit: Through all of the trials and tribulations that the Jesuit Tigers have endured during the 2022 season, they’re back in the state semifinals. They left no doubt as Thompson’s bunch blanked the Largo Packers 31-0 in a Class 3M, Region 3 final.
Wesley Summerford, Northview: In a battle of No. 1 seeds, the Chiefs made it a rout last week of the Chipley Tigers. Summerford’s team shutdown Chipley’s high-powered offense in a 42-6 win in a Class 1R region final. Now Northview has a date against Union County in the state semifinals.
Mark Whittemore, Buchholz: After losing 21-6 to Bartram Trail in the regular season, there was always a chance that sat in the back of Buchholz’s mind they may see the Bears again. Whittemore led his team in an exciting 21-20 victory over Bartram Trail on Friday night in a Class 4S region final.
Travis Roland, Mainland: The Buccaneers might’ve seemed like an unlikely group in making a deep run through the playoffs, but here they are. A region champion and there wasn’t much doubt about it as they rolled past Jensen Beach 45-10 in a Class 3S, Region 3 final.
Sam Brown, Dunbar: One of the stunners of the Friday night region finals was Dunbar’s upset win over Naples. The Tigers puts the clamps down on the Golden Eagles’ vaunted run game and came away with a 14-7 win on the road to advance to the Class 3S state semifinals.
Elijah Williams, Jones: Talk about leaving no doubt who the better team was the second time around. Jones lost to Edgewater in the regular season, but Williams’ staff and players made sure there was no repeat. Williams led Jones to a 42-13 beat down of Edgewater in a Class 3M, Region 2 final.