Six players from The Academy at the Lakes varsity football team were selected for the 2019 VICIS Eight-Man All-State team.
The Wildcats garnered three selections on offense (junior quarterback Jalen Brown, junior offensive lineman Dwiight Downing, senior offensive lineman Elijah Freedman) and three on defense/special teams (junior defensive end Tayshawn Pendleton, junior defensive back Adrian Leverette, junior punter Caleb Yann).
Other eight-man schools with all-state selections included Bell Creek Academy (Riverview), Canterbury (St. Petersburg), City of Life Christian (Kissimmee), Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (St. Augustine), Harvest Community School (Jacksonville) and Lakeside Christian (Clearwater).
The Wildcats finished the 2019 season with a 6-2 mark and qualified for the Sunshine State playoffs. The program won back-to-back eight-man state titles in 2017 and 2018.
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