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Football preview: Fivay

Tribune correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: August 30, 2013 at 02:01 AM

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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,

New district

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.


Aug. 30: at Ridgewood

Sept. 6: at Pasco

Sept. 20: Lecanto

Sept. 27: at Anclote

Oct. 4: Spring Hill Springstead

Oct. 11: Gulf

Oct. 18: at Mitchell

Oct. 25: at Land O' Lakes

Nov. 1: Sunlake

Nov. 8: Hudson


No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

2 Trenton Soto WR/CB/KR 5-11 185 Jr.

3 Christian Coleman CB/WR 5-8 155 Jr.

4 Dylan Hartley WR/DB/QB 5-9 155 So.

5 Bryan Poinsette RB/CB/KR 5-9 175 Sr.

6 Michael Chisholm DL/RB 6-1 200 Sr.

7 Davion Sutton RB/ILB 5-11 200 Sr.

9 Eric Vitale QB 5-11 185 Sr.

10 Jacob Hindman WR/FS 6-1 185 Jr.

11 Guillermo Marchese DB/WR So.

12 Jamal Brooks RB/LB 5-11 165 Jr.

15 Marcus Paskalakis FB/LB 5-8 160 Sr.

18 Cole Hazelgrove WR/DB Sr.

21 Thomas Beaudry Jr.

22 Michael Bevilaqua RB/LB Jr.

24 Vik Taylor RB/LB 5-10 185 Sr.

25 Zachary Burgarella DB/WR 6-2 170 So.

27 Dennis Banos DB/WR So.

32 Josh Jones K/P/RB 5-9 175 So.

37 Josh Smith TE/LB 6-2 185 Sr.

38 Nick Hammond WR/DB 5-9 155 Sr.

42 Dalton Larsen RB/LB 6-0 180 Jr.

45 Nicholas Manglaris ILB/FB 5-10 185 So.

50 Derek Laprarie OL/DL Jr.

53 Christian Breviario LB/G 6-0 200 Sr.

54 Josh Root OL/DL 6-1 230 Jr.

55 Mark Duncan OL/DL Jr.

56 Derek Laprarie OL/DL Jr.

60 Tyler Phillips OL/DL 5-10 220 Sr.

62 Cody Reeves OL/DL 6-0 230 Jr.

66 Mark Maynes OL/DL 6-3 185 Jr.

67 Sergio Vasquez OL/DL Sr.

68 Austin Bennet OL/DL Jr.

69 Alexandro Rosario DE 6-2 190 Jr.

76 Javier Mancilla OL/DL 5-10 230 Sr.

77 Cole Weinhauer OL/DL 5-8 210 Jr.

80 Robert Matougui WR/DB 6-0 190 Sr.

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