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Football preview: Plant City


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Tide-bound McBride leader for Raiders

Montel McBride, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound lineman, committed to two-time defending national champion Alabama during the summer and will play in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in California in January.

He participated in “The Opening” a 7-on-7 and skills showcase in Oregon that was featured on ESPNU.

“He’s tenacious,” Plant City coach Wayne Ward said. “For offensive linemen, you have to be grimy. You have to be a go-getter. And you can’t teach size. He’s a good kid. On and off the field, he does the right things.”

McBride said Plant City’s offensive line not only has size, but is forceful.

“Our O-line, we smash,” McBride said. “We’re going to hit you in the mouth.”

SUPPLY

Athleticism

Plant City has a history of being recruited for its athletes.

Just in recent years, players such as Bennie Coney, Dazmond Patterson and Keith Dawson were athletic stars who went on to sign with Division I programs.

Senior quarterback London Galloway, a Central Florida commit, is not a traditional signal caller and will likely play receiver in college, but coach Wayne Ward wants the ball in the hands of his best athlete.

Defensive end

Sedrick King tied for a team-high five sacks last season along with 35 tackles. “He’s rangy. He’s long and he can cover ground really well,” Ward said. “He does a lot for us.”

Like, Galloway, King verbally committed to Central Florida.

“He’s a specimen at defensive end,” McBride said. “He can run a 4.6. He’s explosive and he’s really hard to block. His ability to read plays in kind of sickening.”

Coach/player relationship

Plant City has five coaches on staff that teach in the school, as opposed to just one. Ward said having more assistant coaches as teachers on the school’s campus will better allow his staff to communicate with players and each other throughout the school year.

DEMAND

Linebacker

Like any school, no roster is perfect. At Plant City, the Raiders are in need of depth at linebacker.

“We have to maneuver guys, but because we have athleticism, we can make it work,” Ward said.

Quality victory

“We need a signature playoff and quality win,” Ward said. “For a long time, we haven’t beaten those quality teams, the Armwoods, Jeffersons, Plant and Tampa Bay Techs. When I graduated from here, we played Lakeland, Manatee.”

Schedule

Aug. 30: at Steinbrenner

Sept. 6: Wharton

Sept. 20: Durant

Sept. 27: at Bloomingdale

Oct. 4: at East Bay

Oct. 11: Tampa Bay Tech

Oct. 18: at Spoto

Oct. 25: Strawberry Crest

Nov. 1: at Brandon

Nov. 8: Gaither

Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

2 Landon Galloway QB 6-2 195 Sr.

3 Tavares Chase WR/DB 6-2 167 So.

4 Markese Hargrove WR/DB 5-7 150 So.

5 Hassan Bailey RB/DB 5-10 190 Sr.

7 King Sedrick DE 6-4 219 Sr.

8 Quinn St.John WR 5-10 184 Sr.

9 Stephen Falknstein WR 6-0 148 Jr.

10 Rayquan Johnson QB 5-10 176 Sr.

11 Peyton Collins DB 5-10 139 So.

13 Kwest Fluitt DB 5-11 145 So.

15 Cory Cotnoir QB 5-10 157 So.

16 Mario Bancroft WR 5-10 140 Sr.

20 Jyquis Thomas DB 6-1 184 Sr.

21 Jared Braner DB 5-7 127 Jr.

22 Sawyer Dawson DB/WR 6-0 185 Jr.

24 Ervin Micheal RB 5-6 170 So.

25 Reaquavious Young CB 5-8 152 Jr.

28 Sterling Day RB 5-10 180 So.

29 Rashad Abduallah DB 5-8 135 Jr.

30 Roderick Burney WR 5-6 142 Jr.

32 Javaris Whitsett DB/WR 6-0 158 Jr.

36 Christan Hoyle K/P 5-10 165 Sr.

38 Jacob Castillo DB 5-8 138 So.

40 Guillermo Alvarez LB 5-8 154 So.

42 Austin Fernandez ILB/RB 5-8 201 Sr.

45 Patrick Colleran LB 6-1 182 Jr.

46 Steven Hunt ILB 5-6 162 So.

48 Dylan Johnson ILB 5-10 196 Sr.

50 Tucker Matthew DL 5-11 204 Jr.

52 Jaquasious Dasher LB 5-6 169 So.

53 Quincy Robinson OT 6-5 245 Sr.

54 Lance Doenges OL 6-0 252 Sr.

55 Cody Graves DL 5-11 191 So.

56 Alibel Fragoso OL 6-0 262 Jr.

57 Ryan Bradley ILB 5-8 171 Jr.

58 Noah Clark DL 5-10 169 So.

60 Jordan Buck OL 6-0 179 Sr.

64 Todd Miller DL 6-0 172 Jr.

65 Russel Kemp OL 5-10 194 Jr.

68 Evan Crowell OL 6-2 272 Jr.

69 Montel McBride OL/DT 6-4 330 Sr.

70 Luke Emery OL/LS 6-0 192 Jr.

72 Ken Kahari Green OL 6-0 262 So.

75 Jordan Latimore DL 5-7 210 So.

76 Burlingame Jeriah OL 6-1 241 Sr.

77 Hart Dustyn DL 6-1 205 Jr.

78 Eddie Tanner OL 5-9 273 So.

80 Jorge Navarette WR/K/P 5-9 207 Jr.

81 Chaunthon Phonsana WR 5-11 147 So.

86 Dalton Lefebvre WR 5-11 158 Fr.

90 Broome John DE 6-2 226 Sr.

99 Bomani Denson DL 6-1 175 Jr.

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