WESLEY CHAPEL — A quick turnaround at Wiregrass Ranch High came as a surprise to some outside the football program but not to those within.
After all, the Bulls had back-to-back 0-10 seasons in 2011 and ‘12. However, promoting offensive coordinator Mike Lawrence to coach proved a step in the right direction as Wiregrass Ranch finished 4-6 last season.
“We came into this spring really hungry to making ourselves better,” quarterback Shane Bucenell said. “We got better last season by winning some games, but we thought we could’ve done much more. I’ve worked on getting everyone hyped up at practices and becoming more of a leader on the team.”
Bucenell heads into his third season as quarterback. The rising senior threw for more than 1,000 yards last fall, but with the loss of a couple key playmakers, like wide receiver James Jackson and running back John Harris-Scott, questions have surfaced on who will step up in their place.
“Playmakers we have this spring are Jaye Miner, Mark Hutchinson and a few others,” Bucenell said. “We lost some guys from last season, but that just means other guys will need to fill in and step up.”
No one is more of an advocate of getting better each day than Lawrence, who has steadily changed the look of the Wiregrass Ranch team.
Along with a strong, power running game to complement the potent passing attack, Wiregrass Ranch is taking it one practice and one game at a time toward improving .
“It’s about the guys just believing in each other and it’s about getting better each day,” Lawrence said. “With every practice, we work on what we do and just look towards the positives from the day. We as a football team always look to end the day on a positive note and how to get better.”
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