Many high school football teams across the state will return to the gridiron today, the first day teams are permitted to begin spring workouts under Florida High School Athletic Association guidelines.
For Seffner Christian, however, today marks the beginning of high school football - the Crusaders will hold their first workout at 1:30 p.m.
"We've been talking football for three years and now it's time to put it in action," said Coach Steve Lewis, who coached at Strawberry Crest last season as a defensive coordinator and spent 12 years as head coach at Temple Heights.
In January, the school announced before its student body it would implement an 11-man tackle football program with hopes of having a team in place for the 2010 season. School administrator Roger Duncan said the team will play a probationary schedule this fall as a Class 1A independent school, and Lewis said the team has already scheduled a spring game against Seven Rivers Christian on May 20.
"They're very excited about it," Lewis said. "I wouldn't call it antsy, but they're anticipatory."
High school teams are permitted to hold 20 spring workouts exclusively during May under FHSAA rules.
A spring game or jamboree counts as one of those workouts.
Spring jamborees in Hillsborough County are scheduled for May 21. The Tampa Tribune will provide a look at all 32 county teams prior to that date with our Tribune Two-A-Days, which begin Wednesday and run through May 20.