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Football preview: Steinbrenner


Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2013 at 01:45 AM

QB Fitch invaluable to Warriors

 
Curtis Fitch has been a constant for Steinbrenner since becoming the squad’s starting quarterback as a freshman.

Warriors coach Andres Perez-Reinaldo said Fitch is like another coach on the field.

“He makes sure that everyone is doing what they’re supposed to do, he leads by example and does everything we ask,” said Perez, who was the squad’s offensive coordinator before taking over as coach last season.

Now, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior is on a mission to help the fifth-year program earn its first playoff berth.

“We centered our offseason workouts and practices around getting to the playoffs,” said Fitch, who threw for 1,031 yards and seven touchdowns last year. “We need the playoffs; we want the playoffs, and this is my last chance to help this team do that.”

SUPPLY

Special teams

The often overlooked third side of football has been one of Steinbrenner’s strengths the last few years.

The Warriors averaged more than 21 yards per return last season, and that trend continued during a 22-21 win against Alonso in the spring game.

That comeback win included kickoff returns for of 81 and 82 yards for touchdowns by junior Kezio Snelling, with the second coming with 33 seconds remaining in the contest.

Momentum

Steinbrenner stumbled to a 1-4 start last season, but responded with three straight wins to close the season 5-5.

Add in a last-second, comeback win against Alonso in their spring game, and the Warriors are rolling with much momentum.

“I think you can really feel that helping us right now,” Snelling said. “We all know what we can do if we just listen to our coaches and put in the work like we have in our last four games.”

DEMAND

Defensive backs

The Warriors graduate their four starting defensive backs from last year.

“We lost our starters, but we’ve got a bunch of guys who got plenty of playing time last year,” Perez-Reinaldo said. “Coach (Cedric) Roberts does a great job working with our DBs, and I think that will continue to be an area where we’re very strong at.”

Playmakers

The Warriors will also be without Kendall Pearcey and Jon Marc Carrier, who produced 2,184 yards of offense and 19 touchdowns last year.

Fitch said he isn’t worried and believes they still have the athletes to make explosive plays.

“Kezio Snelling really showed us all something in the spring game, and he’s a real humble guy,” Fitch said. “We’ve got Shyheem Barthel coming back and Cody Burgess, and those are all guys who learned from Jon Marc and Kendall.

Schedule

Aug. 30: Plant City

Sept. 6: Alonso

Sept. 12: at Spoto

Sept. 20: at Sickles

Oct. 4: Tampa Bay Tech

Oct. 11: Wharton

Oct. 18: at Wiregrass Ranch

Oct. 25: Freedom

Nov. 1: at Gaither

Nov. 8: at Jefferson

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

4 Jake Carroll RB/WR 5-10 197 Sr.

6 Shyheem Barthel DB/WR 5-10 160 Sr.

7 Bryce Jones DB/LB 6-5 180 Jr.

8 Justin Moffatt WR 5-8 140 So.

9 Zack Deitz LB 5-10 190 So.

10 Curtis Fitch QB 5-11 180 Sr.

11 Cody Burgess RB/WR 6-0 160 Jr.

12 Dalton Nelson QB 6-2 188 Jr.

13 Trent Shawdb 6-0 165 Jr.

14 Quentin Poteralski QB 5-8 160 Jr.

16 Addison Griffith RB 5-6 160 Jr.

18 Kezio Snelling RB/WR 5-11 150 Jr.

19 Brandon McKnight RB 5-10 175 So.

21 Josh Edwards DB 5-11 160 Fr.

23 Trevor Sauban DB 5-8 145 Sr,

26 Parker Skornschek TE/DL 6-1 205 Sr.

28 Jack Murray LB 6-1 165 Sr.

29 Nick Nankovitch DB 6-0 180 Sr.

30 Mike Norder RB 5-10 205 Sr.

40 Andre Washington DL 6-0 240 So.

42 Keith Rohde LB 6-2 195 Sr.

44 Brad Atkinson LB 6-2 217 Sr.

48 Drew Stevens K/P 5-10 175 Sr.

49 TJ Broecker K/P 5-10 175 Sr.

51 Tyler Mirabella LB 6-0 180 So.

52 Jamie Pino OL 5-9 190 Jr.

53 Austin Maze OL 5-11 200 Jr.

55 Patrick Lukert DL 6-1 175 So.

56 Kyle Coffield LB 5-11 205 Sr.

61 Nick Bosco OL 5-10 280 Sr.

63 Collin Fleming OL 6-0 232 Jr.

64 Brian Ford OL 6-0 235 Sr.

65 Zach Hubbard LS 6-6 240 Sr.

66 Brett Byler DL 6-4 240 Sr.

69 Andres Bautista DL 5-11 250 Jr.

71 Brian Hale OL 5-9 240 Sr.

72 Chris Hernandez OL 6-3 195 Sr.

73 Matt Gladdish OL 6-3 215 Sr.

74 John Lukert OL 5-11 220 Sr.

76 Duncan Hurd OL 6-2 210 So.

77 Jacob Cordero DL 6-3 310 So.

81 Thomas Reilly TE 6-2 165 So.

89 Keevan McDonald DL 6-4 210 Sr.

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