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Football preview: Pasco High


Published:   |   Updated: August 30, 2013 at 02:40 AM

Craig does it all for Pirates

 
Nate Craig, So., WR/DB

Who doesn’t want more of this guy?

After picking up 16 Division-I offers before the start of his sophomore season and totalling 155 offensive yards (67 rushing, 88 receiving), two touchdowns and an interception on defense in the team’s spring game, Pasco will absolutely be asking more of Craig.

He has been inserted into most offensive plays and is poised for a breakout year, even though he was no slouch as a freshman in 2012

SUPPLY

Big offensive line

Coach Tom McHugh enters his seventh season with Pasco, already having two state semifinal trips under his belt. However, never, McHugh says, has he had a offensive line this big. With two massive tight ends — both Archibald Bowman and R.J. Schaife are 6-foot-5 — and all linemen — guys like Jamal Mention, Jacob Schlidt, Jacob Morphew and Jeff Mitchell — above 6 feet and 200 pounds, this line should create massivie holes and great protection for quarterback Ben Chandler.

Stellar secondary

The biggest addition Pasco made this offseason is probably not on the field. To coach a secondary that features two Division-I recruits, Craig and Malik Johns, and others such as Phillip Wilson and Lane Stancil, McHugh added former USF secondary coach Rich Rachel, who will bring more than 30 years of college coaching experience. The unit was already expected to be good, but now it may be one of the best in the area.

DEMAND

A running back

For three seasons, McHugh, Starling and company had no worry at running back, always able to hand it off to Janarion Grant, Trey Dudley-Giles or David Emmanuel. Now, with those all gone, Pasco is looking for that pure, go-to runner out of the backfield, but the coaches admit it will probably be running back by committee in the early going. McHugh adds that Jaquan Clower has shown signs of promise to become a standout back.

New, but familiar names

Pasco’s defensive line will be new players, however, it will be filled with names that are familiar, such as Ivie and Flournory. With the graduation of Joey Ivie and Morgan Flournory, who combined for 37 sacks last season, are being replaced by their younger brothers, Andrew and Connor, respectively. Coach Pat Fortunato has his work cut out, but he’s also got big, athletic talent to mold.

Schedule

Aug. 30: at Sunlake

Sept. 6: Fivay

Sept. 13: Wesley Chapel

Sept. 27: Brooksville Nature Coast

Oct. 4: South Sumter

Oct. 11: at Weeki Wachee

Oct. 18: at Brooksville Hernando

Oct. 25: Brooksville Central

Nov. 1: at Zephyrhills

Nov. 8: at River Ridge

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Tyree Austin WR/DB 5-11 165 Jr.

2 Grant Starling QB/DB 5-10 135 Jr.

3 Tyrell Wilson WR/DB 6-0 155 Jr.

4 Jaquan Clower RB/LB 5-7 170 Sr.

5 Bowman Archibald TE/DE 6-5 220 Jr.

6 Phillip Wilson WR/DB 5-10 155 Sr.

7 Connor Flournory RB/DE 6-2 170 Jr.

8 Issac Johnson WR/DB 6-2 160 So.

9 Nate Craig WR/DB 6-3 200 So.

10 Brandon Ray WR/OLB 6-0 180 Jr.

11 Malik Johns WR/DB 5-10 160 Sr.

12 J.D. Edwards WR/LB 6-1 190 Sr.

14 Corey Mills WR/DB 5-10 150 Fr.

15 David Christmas WR/DB 6-2 165 Sr.

18 Zachary Junker RB/LB 5-8 145 Jr.

19 Benjamin Chandler QB/DB 5-11 185 Sr.

20 Tyler Barber RB/DB 5-7 145 So.

21 Noah Edwards WR/DB 5-11 155 Jr.

23 Lane Stancil WR/DB 5-11 170 Sr.

28 Brandon Lee RB/DB 5-9 142 Jr.

30 Johnathan Coats FB/LB 5-9 160 Jr.

32 Zachary Boyette FB/LB 5-10 160 Jr.

33 Nick Bryant FB/DE 6-3 195 So.

35 Brandon Debyah RB/LB 5-11 175 Jr.

36 Javier Parra RB/LB 5-9 155 Jr.

38 Isaiah Lisbon RB/LB 5-6 145 Jr.

40 Luis Marquez RB/LB 5-11 165 Sr.

44 David Navarro WR/K 5-8 170 Sr.

45 Keith Dorsett TE/LB 6-1 175 Sr.

49 Kenneth (KJ) Sellers FB/LB 5-8 145 Jr.

50 Turner Imoff OL/DL 6-2 250 Sr.

51 Ajee Carr OL/DL 5-10 220 Sr.

52 Joshua Anderson C/DT 5-10 230 Sr.

53 Miguel Lopez OL/LB 6-2 185 Sr.

54 Michael Landry TE/DE 6-3 175 Jr.

55 Austin Wade OL/DL 5-10 180 Jr.

56 Jeffrey Mitchell OL/DL 6-1 245 Jr.

57 Ruben Perez OL/DL 5-11 250 Jr.

58 Jacob Johnson OL/DE 6-2 200 Jr.

63 Cameron Crews OL/DE 6-1 175 Jr.

65 Jacob Morphew OL/DL 6-2 200 Sr.

66 Wayne Phillips OL/DL 5-11 260 Sr.

67 Andrew Ivie C/DE 6-3 260 Jr.

70 Rj Scaife OL/DL 6-5 245 Sr.

72 Jacob Schildt OT/LB 6-3 215 Sr.

73 Jordan Agnello-Roberson OL/DL 5-6 325 Jr.

75 Jon Jon McCurnin OL/DL 6-2 265 Jr.

77 Jamal Mention OT/DT 6-4 275 So.

78 Andrew Farr OL/DL 6-7 360 Jr.

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