PORT RICHEY - Ask anyone on the opposing sideline and they'll tell you exactly who was going to get the ball when Ridgewood's offense snapped the ball.
All 6-foot, 230 pounds of him. Coming at you.
Opponents had 226 attempts at stopping the bruising Byronell Arline, but all he did was turn those opportunities into 2,188 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns. An effort topping all Pasco County running backs in the history of Pasco County running backs.
"The records mean I did something while I was here," Arline said. "I left my mark here so that everyone can know who I was."
That won't be a problem for the Tribune's Pasco County Football Athlete of the Year.
The senior surpassed the previous rushing yards and touchdowns mark (1,731 yards and 34 touchdowns) set by former Wesley Chapel star Tyrone Tomlin in 2001. He also overtook the career rushing mark of 4,507 yards set by former Land O' Lakes back Godfrey Pestana in 2000. Arline, who will play next season at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, ended his career with 5,189 rushing yards.
In doing so, Arline has put his arms around enough awards to fill his bag when he heads off to college.
He also was named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's District 6 Most Valuable Player, the Sunshine Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Year, All-Pasco County first-team offense selection as well as being named to the Class 4A all-state second team.
A touch of credit for Arline's mesmerizing play on the football field can go to his time on the basketball court, where he's played power forward for the Rams.
"I don't think there's any doubt that it's been Byronell's time with the basketball team that's made him a much better runner that he was before," Taylor said. "Sure, he's really developed as a big back in the weight room, because he's put a lot of time in there. But, as big as he is, he's also deceptively quick and he's definitely picked up a burst this season and that's come from playing for the Rams' basketball team."
The efforts of Arline and his teammates placed Ridgewood in the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and the Rams' 9-2 record surpassed the team's previous best of seven victories.
There's no doubt Arline's performances, which include nine games of 150 or more rushing yards, three of which were for 300-plus yards, have left a lasting impression on the minds of opponents.
After he shredded the Gulf defense for 340 yards and seven touchdowns, Bucs coach Jay Fulmer paid Arline one of the ultimate compliments a running back could receive: "If you step in front of him you might as well step on a set of railroad tracks."
FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM
Zack Wynn, Hudson
Byronell Arline, Ridgewood
Sean Scott, Hudson
David Williams, Gulf
Jerome Harrison, Land O' Lakes
Anthony Germano, Hudson
Demetrious Larry, Pasco
J.D. Ramirez, Gulf
Raleigh Bamberg, Land O' Lakes
John Karakaris, Ridgewood
Kamran Joyer, Wesley Chapel
Lance Moore, Hudson
Greg Jenkins, Wesley Chapel
Alex Spock, Land O' Lakes
Travis Tindell, Hudson
Joe Robinson, Land O' Lakes
Alex Sampson, Zephyrhills
Jarrod Carmody, Pasco
Alex Mathis, Land O' Lakes
Ben Perry, Ridgewood
Raymond Rouch, Wesley Chapel
Arron Jackson, Ridgewood
Ely Payne, Land O' Lakes
Allyn Williamson, Ridgewood
Lance Hayes, Zephyrhills
Franky Downey, Ridgewood
Coach of the Year: Tom McHugh, Pasco