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Football preview: Tampa Catholic


Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2013 at 02:07 AM

Martinez anchors talented Crusader OL

By himself, left tackle Corey Martinez makes Tampa Catholic’s offensive line respectable.

That’s because Martinez, who has committed to Florida State, is not only big, strong and quick, but he’s smart and works extra hard.

He’s so good, he can sometimes manhandle two defenders at once.

Two things, perhaps, stand out above all others to teammates: TC quarterback Kyle Ploucher doesn’t have to worry about getting blindsided and Martinez’s mere presence makes everybody around him better.

“(Martinez) doesn’t have to say much to get his teammates motivated,” TC coach Mike Gregory said. “He makes an immediate impact because of his size and then it goes to another level because of his confidence and the way he carries himself.”

Three seniors join Martinez on the front — center David Gonzalez, left guard Sonel Ramponeau and right tackle Tyler Meany — all have some O-line reps, but have mostly played other positions

SUPPLY

Quarterback

Kyle Ploucher, who completed 93 of 186 passes for 1,306 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, returns bigger, stronger and more experienced.

“He is making better decisions,” Gregory said. “He has grown to be a strong leader.”

Running back

This arguably is the Crusaders’ strongest overall area with Kenny Bryant (179 carries, 707 yards in 2012) and T.J. Harrell (75 carries, 616 yards) returning. Add in burly fullback Justin Vertino and shifty Ben Reed and the Crusaders have plenty of depth and diversity to throw off opposing defenses.

Linebacker

Another area stocked with talent. Harrell, Trey Watson, Cody Endris, Denny Weldon, Jacob Rios and Trevon Townsend make a formidable six-man rotation in the Crusaders’ 3-4 scheme.

Harrell will likely play several positions in the linebacking scheme before the season ends.

“(Harrell) can do so many different things so well that we have to use him in different ways,” Gregory said.

DEMAND

Receiver

Led by Justin Motlow and Isiah Osby, the wide receivers have potential, but Gregory is looking for them to step up a little more. If they do, the receiving corp could turn out to be something special.

Defensive line

The hope is that sophomore defensive end Malik Barrow catches fire, which is a distinct possibility. He is young, but he could turn into a terror.

The concern is that the other defensive linemen — including Ramponeau,Vertino and Meany and T.J. Koontz — are all playing other positions as well.

Schedule
Aug. 30: Madison County

Sept. 6: Clearwater Central Catholic

Sept. 12: at Tarpon Springs

Sept. 20: Fort Meade

Sept. 27: at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

Oct. 4: at Frostproof

Oct. 18: at Berkeley Prep

Oct. 25: Lakeland Christian

Nov. 1: Bishop McLaughlin

Nov. 8: at Jesuit

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

2 Tyler Sims QB 5-11 165 So.

3 Kenny Bryant RB 5-9 190 Sr.

4 Jake Romp WR 5-7 165 Jr.

5 Kyle Ploucher QB 6-2 180 Sr.

8 Cody Endris LB 6-0 195 Jr.

9 Willie Conley DB 5-1 160 Sr.

10 Trevon Townsend RB/LB 5-8 190 So.

12 Justin Motlow WR/DB/P 5-11 185 Sr.

14 Kevin Knox QB 6-3 165 Fr.

15 Isaiah Osby WR/DB 5-11 185 Sr.

17 Michael Sarafianos DB/WR/K 6-0 180 Sr.

20 Bentlee Sanders DB/WR 5-8 165 Fr.

21 Ben Reed RB/WR 5-7 160 Jr.

22 Jordan Peoples DB 5-9 160 Jr.

23 Ryan Belfiore DB 5-8 155 Jr.

24 Andre Black DB 5-8 150 So.

25 Jalen Dickenson WR/DB 5-7 145 So.

27 Devan Barrett DB/RB 5-9 170 Fr.

29 Danny Hennessy WR/DB 5-6 125 So.

31 Jacob Rios LB 6-0 215 Sr.

33 Tre Waston LB/TE 6-2 220 Sr.

34 TJ Harrell LB 6-0 205 Sr.

35 Justin Vertino RB/LB 5-1 225 Sr.

41 Thomas Klein DL 5-9 185 So.

44 Roderick Ramirez LB 5-1 175 So.

46 Roman Federico DL 6-1 195 So.

50 Danny Weldon LB 5-11 170 Jr.

53 Kevin Guida OL 5-5 170 Jr.

54 Malik Barrow DL/LB 6-1 210 So.

57 David Gonzalez OL 5-1 200 Sr.

58 Michael Hamilton OL 5-1 225 So.

61 TJ Koontz OL/LB 5-9 235 Sr.

62 Calvin Wolfe OL 6-2 240 Fr.

63 Joshua Dixon DL 5-1 235 Jr.

64 Michael Espinola OL/DL 6-0 215 Jr.

65 Kyle McCullin OL 6-2 220 So.

67 Steven Rix DL 6-2 210 Fr.

71 Tyler Meany DL/OL 6-3 230 Sr.

74 Sonel Ramponneau OL/DL 6-3 275 Sr.

77 Corey Martinez OL 6-4 295 Sr.

80 Noah Carlson WR 6-1 170 So.

82 Trajan Herr TE/LB 6-2 195 Jr.

85 Darius Corbett WR 5-1 150 Fr.

88 Derek Ortiz TE/LB 5-1 200 So.

91 Dylan Parmet DL 5-9 190 Jr.

93 Blake Von Thaden DL 6-3 200 Jr.

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