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Football preview: River Ridge


Published:   |   Updated: August 30, 2013 at 02:58 AM

Snead fills several needs

 
Quentin Snead, Sr., WR/DB

One of the Royal Knights’ precious few seniors, Snead is poised to be a difference-maker on both sides of the ball. He is known for his versatility, also playing quarterback in addition to his current positions.

“I’m used to moving around,” Snead said. “All I care about is winning. I tell coaches, ‘If you want me to snap the ball, I’ll snap the ball.’ ”

While that’s unlikely, River Ridge might just air it more this year with pocket passer Patrick Mathieson under center, and Snead will be his top target.

As a defensive back, he’s a ball hawk, intercepting three passes last season. His plan this year is to lead the district in pickoffs.

SUPPLY

Ben Perdomo, Sr.. running back/defensive back

Perdomo will likely do most of his damage on defense, where he’s a returning starter at strong safety and one of many Royal Knights to cultivate the school’s reputation for hard-nosed play. But coach Ryan Benjamin is also toying with the idea of giving him some carries on offense, as River Ridge lost three tailbacks to graduation last year. “We feel like our running game is going to be a strength for us,” Benjamin said. Either way, Perdomo is not somebody opponents want to see coming at them on Friday night.

 
Leaders on the line

Seniors Jordan Harris and Joe Semsey will head a slimmer-looking offensive and defensive line for the Knights. Harris, a converted fullback, may be undersized, but is an excellent blocker, while Semsey will be a tough run-stopper in the middle of the defensive front. “I think we’re more athletic on our line, and it allows us to open things up offensively,” Benjamin said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can move really well, get to the second level and block the linebackers.”

DEMAND

Go-to yardage gainer

River Ridge has to replace its top six offensive players from last season, which amounted for 2,293 of the team’s 2,449 yards (93.7 percent). Perdomo, sophomore Chris Schwarz and senior D.J. Harrington will likely spread the carries around, while Mathieson will be relied on to give the team a balanced attack. “Patrick is good. He’s smart,” Snead said. “He may not have the strongest arm, but he spreads the ball out. He has a great football IQ.”

Experience

River Ridge lost 12 players who started games last year, while a handful of which were starters on both sides of the ball. That’s a lot of experience to lose. “When those guys graduated last year, we immediately recognized that we had to start looking to the future,” Benjamin said. Luckily the Knights have an talented crop of sophomores to choose from, led by Schwarz at fullback and linebacker, TE/LB Brandon Lempfert and RB/LB Patrick Cook.

Schedule

Aug. 30: at Land O’ Lakes

Sept. 6: Sunlake

Sept. 13: at Wiregrass Ranch

Sept. 20: Gulf

Sept. 27: Mitchell

Oct. 4: at Anclote

Oct. 18: at Wesley Chapel

Oct. 25: at Hudson

Nov. 1: Ridgewood

Nov. 8: Pasco

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Trevor Duke WR/DB 5-10 150 Jr.

2 Ben Perdomo RB/DB 5-9 170 Sr.

3 Darian Harrington RB/LB 5-10 180 Sr.

4 Jay Garland WR/DB 6-0 160 Sr.

5 Tyler Large RB/LB 5-9 160 So.

6 Craig Bell WR/DB 6-4 165 Sr.

7 Jacob Leapley WR/DB 5-7 140 So.

8 Nick Hammelmon RB/LB 5-4 130 Fr.

8 Kevin Velenti WR/DE 5-11 150 Fr.

10 Quentin Snead WR/DB 6-1 200 Sr.

11 Brandon Lempfert TE/LB 6-0 180 So.

12 Patrick Mathieson QB/DB 5-10 150 Jr.

12 Trevor Hawks QB/DB 5-6 135 Fr.

21 Ridge Dearsman WR/DB 6-1 150 Jr.

22 Tyler Grimes WR/DB 6-0 165 So.

23 Ashton Green RB/DB 5-8 170 Sr.

26 Anthony Spinelli RB/LB 5-5 150 So.

27 Nick Reddingus WR/DB 5-5 130 So.

30 Patrick Cook RB/LB 6-0 190 So.

31 Joel Hernandez RB/LB 5-8 190 Fr.

32 Charles Kasban RB/LB 6-0 175 Sr.

33 Johnny Boivin WR/LB 5-8 145 Fr.

34 Dylan Spaeth RB/LB 5-4 115 Fr.

40 Chris Schwarz RB/LB 5-9 190 So.

41 Matthew Funk WR/DB 5-4 130 Fr.

43 Corbin Mitchell QB/DB 5-11 155 So.

44 Chandler Callahan WR/DB 6-1 140 Fr.

45 Jake Berg WR/DB 5-10 150 Fr.

47 Garyn Pieterse WR/DB 5-10 145 Fr.

53 Dylan O’toole OL/DL 5-9 200 Jr.

53 TJ Renfroe OL/DL 5-5 190 Jr.

54 Joey Zygarowski OL/DL 5-9 165 Fr.

55 Jordan Harris OL/DE 5-8 195 Sr.

56 Nick Schoepf OL/DE 6-5 255 Sr.

57 Caleb McClure OL/DL 5-11 230 Sr.

58 Damien Moore OL/DE 5-11 235 Jr.

60 Peter Fellman OL/DL 6-2 250 So.

62 Bobby Morrison OL/DL 5-9 185 Fr.

63 James Morrison OL/DL 6-0 190 Jr.

64 Parker Jeans OL/DE 6-4 175 Sr.

65 Dalton Linares OL/DL 5-8 200 So.

65 Steve Larsen OL/DL 5-10 230 So.

66 Alex Rodriguez OL/DL 5-11 255 Sr.

68 Sean White OL/DL 6-2 255 So.

70 Dylan Hilbert OL/DL 5-9 185 So.

71 Austin Kersey OL/DL 5-9 190 Fr.

72 Hunter Hemby OL/DL 5-11 240 Fr.

73 Gabe Angelas OL/DL 5-8 235 Fr.

74 Hunter Smith TE/DE 5-8 135 Fr.

75 Joe Semsey OL/DL 6-2 265 Sr.

76 Dawson Rodelli OL/DL 6-0 220 Fr.

77 Nick Galante OL/DL 5-10 180 Fr.

81 Noah Guido TE/LB 6-0 175 Fr.

82 Josh Gigantelli WR/DB 5-10 120 Sr.

85 Johnathan Velez WR/DB 5-8 135 So.

86 Brandon Beniol WR/DB 5-10 145 So.

88 Chris Wezesa TE/DE 6-0 225 Jr.

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