Windermere Prep football achieves perfect season

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OVIEDO — They left no doubt.

The Windermere Prep Lakers met Orlando Christian Prep in the championship game of the 2014 Sunshine State Athletic Conference’s Florida Bowl Nov. 15 at The Master’s Academy in Oviedo and wrecked the previously undefeated Warriors, 48-19.

Windermere Prep (10-0) was without its starting quarterback, junior Parker Davis. But you wouldn’t know it if you looked at the final score.

Sophomore Mitchell Darrow filled in for Davis, who was injured in the semifinals a week ago against Seffner Christian — but it was senior running back Chris Granjean who shouldered the load for the Lakers.

Granjean was recognized as the Florida Bowl’s Most Valuable Player after rushing for five touchdowns — including a scoring run on the first drive of the game that set the tone for the night — and 237 yards.

The big effort from the senior back helped the program, which has only been around for five years, win its first championship.

“It feels great,” Granjean said. “Going into the game, I felt like I was going to do something big.”

Windermere Prep coach Jacob Doss, still wet from a Gatorade shower administered by his players in the game’s closing moments, praised Granjean after for establishing a tone that saw the Lakers take a 34-0 lead before the Warriors knew what had hit them.

“Parker was hurt. … We knew that Chris was going to have to be the guy tonight,” Doss said. “I’ve never seen a performance like that — unbelievable way to go out for this kid’s last time.”

The blowout victory was the final game for Windermere Prep’s 12 seniors, a group that helped lead the young program to the top of the independent conference it competes in.

“These kids (the seniors) are the leaders — I’ve known them for years,” Doss said. “It’s so remarkable when you have a good core group of seniors like that, what the team can accomplish.”


The final game of the perfect season went much the same as every other game did this season.

The Lakers outscored their opponents this season 501-157 and had an average margin of victory of 34.4 points.

Parker Davis threw for 1,684 yards this fall and 25 touchdowns, while rushing for seven more.

Granjean compiled 1,176 yards on the ground while rushing for 19 touchdowns, to pair with three more as a receiver.

Zack Heaney (209 rushing yards, one touchdown), Rylan Thomas (195 rushing yards, four touchdowns) and Rayan Rafae (150 rushing yards, two touchdowns) were also important pieces of the Lakers’ rushing attack.

Davis targeted several receivers this season. Michael Stones, also a basketball starter for Windermere Prep, scored nine receiving touchdowns on 28 receptions for 534 total yards. Stones also had 486 kick return yards on the season.

Isaiah Curry had six receiving touchdowns on the season, 24 receptions and 430 receiving yards. Kevin Babich had 19 receptions in 2014, good for 296 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Darrow led the team in tackles this season with 63 (26 solo), with Ryan Grosso close behind with 57 tackles (27 solo) and six sacks.

Robert Brand led the defense with six interceptions.


There certainly will be some moving parts at play in the offseason for the Lakers.

Several of the team’s key players were seniors and their productivity will be hard to replace.

Also at play for Doss and his staff will be deciding if they would like to compete in the SSAC again in 2015. Windermere Prep has one of the largest enrollment totals for a school in the conference and was utterly dominant in 2014.

At the same time, with the Lakers losing so many pivotal seniors, it would be hard to project whether next season would be as one-sided as 2014 was.

Were the program to move over and compete in district play, the Lakers would likely play in a district such as this season’s Class 3A District 3 — with programs such as Trinity Prep, The First Academy and Orangewood Christian.

That is not certain, though, because the FHSAA will be realigning its districts in the offseason.

Contact Steven Ryzewski at [email protected].



The Windermere Prep Lakers completed a perfect 10-0 season Nov. 15 with their championship win over Orlando Christian Prep. Here are all 10 results from the Lakers’ historic season:

Sept. 5 — WPS 55, Keswick Christian 14

Sept. 12 — WPS 46, Seffner Christian 20

Sept. 19 — WPS 70, TFA-Leesburg 44

Sept. 26 — WPS 49, St. Stephen’s Episcopal 12

Oct. 3 — WPS 63, Lake Mary Prep 0

Oct. 17 — WPS 43, Santa Fe Catholic 7

Oct. 24 — WPS 52, Bishop McLaughlin 14

Oct. 31 — SSAC Quarterfinals: WPS 33, Community School of Naples 6

Nov. 7 — SSAC Semifinals: WPS 42, Seffner Christian 21

Nov. 15 — SSAC Championship: WPS 48, Orlando Christian Prep 19


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