STADIUM: Fivay Stadium, 12115 Chicago Ave., Hudson CLASS-DISTRICT: 6A-6(with Land O'Lakes, Mitchell, Springstead, and Sunlake)
COACH: Chris Taylor (14-16, fourth season)
LAST SEASON: 6-4
Sutton leading attack for Falcons
Davion Sutton, Sr., running back
Sutton will, once again, be Fivay's go-to guy on offense, especially with last year's quarterback, Tyler Degen, who threw for more than 2,000 yards, graduating.
As one of Pasco County's top backs in 2012, Sutton rushed for 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns on 182 carries.
Though Sutton's numbers were impressive last fall, they will have to be better in 2013 as Fivay moves into a new district and transitions to a more run-oriented ball club.
Eric Vitale, Sr., quarterback
Some say the loss of Tyler Degen is huge, but coach Chris Taylor feels he's had one of the best backup quarterbacks in the county the past couple of seasons. Enter Vitale, who has sat behind, but also competed for the starting spot and finally gets a shot to run the offense. Though Vitale may not be an air-it-out quarterback like Degen, the senior knows the offense just as well, so his veteran knowledge and running ability should keep Fivay from dropping a beat offensively.
Defensive coordinator Kyle King coaches a stingy defense that helped Fivay stay competitive, and the unit returns as a strength. Seniors Christian Breviario (74 tackles), Marcus Paskalakis (61 tackles) and Bryan Poinsette (11 tackles) are the core of an experienced defense that should keep the Falcons as a playoff contender.
Players leaving or transferring to neighboring schools have hurt Fivay. With JoJo Schumacher leaving the team and players such as Zach Russell and Justin Erwin transferring to crosstown rival Hudson, Fivay has to rely on its returning seniors and juniors to step up,
Fivay is another school that has fallen into a tough district with postseason-savvy teams. The Falcons aren't shying away from the challenge, but it will be tough competition in Class 6A-District 6. Fivay's new district includes Land O' Lakes, Mitchell, Sunlake and Spring Hill Springstead, and the Eagles reached the postseason last year. If the Falcons want to return to the playoffs, they will need to get past the new rivals.
Experienced wide receivers
Of the 107 receptions made by Fivay receivers in 2012, only 13 of those were made by players returning. That means the Falcons' new receiving corps will be a very green group, but that doesn't mean it won't be good. Fivay's new group lacks experience, which is coupled with Vitale's first year at QB, so the passing attack could go through growing pains.