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Football preview: Wesley Chapel


Published:   |   Updated: August 30, 2013 at 03:21 AM

New players key for Wildcats

 
Wesley Chapel got two transfers that will play vital roles for the team this season. One was Jase Williams, who comes over from Pasco and brings athleticism and excitement to multiple positions, including quarterback. Another is Eric Bennett, who comes over from East Bay and should be a force on defense after having 67 tackles and a team-high 12.5 sacks in 2012. Bennett has already turned heads, including garnering interest from the likes of Northern Illinois, Coastal Carolina and USF.

SUPPLY

Senior leadership

Despite coming off a poor 3-7 season and a coaching change, the Wildcats bring a vast array of senior leadership that not only first-year coach Tico Hernandez needed, but is proud of. “They’ve really stepped up for us and they’ll really be a strength for us,” Hernandez said. Included in those are Mark LaBarbera, Nalu Fraticelli, Xavier Toro, Nate Love and Alex Greer will be leaders on and off the field as the Wildcats look to reverse fortunes and eye a playoff berth, something the team hasn’t had since 2004.

New attitude, direction

When Hernandez took over, numbers on the football team were down. He and his assistant coaches scoured the hallways for any boys who might want to join the team. Because of that, Hernandez will have nearly 90 players for varsity and JV, and things are looking bright at Wesley Chapel for the first time since John Castelamare retired. Hernandez has instilled a team-first attitude and plans to take the team in a new direction: winning.

DEMAND

Quarterback

With still no definitive starter and the loss of last year’s starter, Ty Tanner, who transferred to Zephyrhills, the Wildcats are still trying to find a signal caller to stand out from the rest. Throughout spring and preseason, the battle has been between Jase Williams, Xavier Toro and last year’s JV starter Scotty Edwards. Hernandez did say that each brings their own dynamic to the mix and he’s trying to find a way to work them into the offense at other positions.

Offensive line

Hernandez feels the offensive line will have its work cut out being more undersized than he would like, however, he says the line is athletic and fast. “I would say our line is about 98 percent of the biggest guys at the school and they’re not big, but they’re strong and hard working and got heart,” Hernandez said. “We’ll work with them and what we got, but I’m not worried.”

Schedule

Aug. 30: Zephyrhills

Sept. 6: at Lecanto

Sept. 13: at Pasco

Sept. 20: Hudson

Oct. 4: at Ridgewood

Oct. 11: at Sunlake

Oct. 18: River Ridge

Oct. 25: at Anclote

Nov. 1: at Gulf

Nov. 8: Wiregrass Ranch

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Alex Greer RB/ DL 6-2 193 Sr.

2 Xavier Toro QB/ DL 5-6 159 Sr.

3 TaJuan Dupree WR/ DB 5-11 150 Jr.

4 Jase Williams QB/ DB 5-8 186 Sr.

5 Mark LaBarbera WR/ DB 5-9 169 Sr.

6 Eric Bennett WR/ DL 6-2 220 Sr.

7 Anthony Bent WR/ DB 5-7 140 Jr.

8 Jermeiah Waters RB/ DB 5-9 165 So.

9 Josias Vizcaino RB/ DB 5-7 186 Sr.

10 Devin Brittain QB 5-9 145 Sr.

11 Jordan Goodloe WR/ DB 6-2 170 Jr.

14 Scott Edwards QB 6-2 165 So.

20 Alfonso Battle RB/ DB 5-7 135 So.

21 Jose Perez WR/ DB 5-7 159 Sr.

22 Jay Crespo RB/ CB 5-6 140 Jr.

24 James Valentine RB/ DB 5-7 145 Sr.

25 Travis Ragle WR/ DB 5-8 171 Sr.

30 Nate Love FB/ LB 5-9 195 Sr.

31 Nathan Leagan K 5-8 135 So.

32 Markees Moment WR/ DB 5-11 185 Jr.

33 Corbin Troche WR/ DB 5-9 145 Sr.

34 Chris Martinez WR/ DB 5-11 165 Jr.

40 Jamil Santiago WR/ DB 5-11 165 Sr.

42 Dangelo Cox RB/ LB 5-8 176 Jr.

44 Nalu Freticelli TE/ LB/ P 5-9 195 Sr.

50 Lee Smith RB/ LB 5-7 148 Sr.

51 Evan Martin OL/ LB 5-10 193 Jr.

53 Brandon Coker OL/ LB 6-1 194 Sr.

54 Mike Mosley RB/ LB 5-6 153 So.

55 Shane Herman OL/ DL 5-8 155 Sr.

56 Ryan Robinson OL/ DL 5-8 190 Jr.

60 Alexander Jacob FB/ LB 5-7 187 Jr.

62 Peter Sansil OL/ DL 5-11 199 Jr.

63 Robert Valentine OL/ DL 5-5 181 So.

65 K-Vaughn Joyner OL/ DL 5-9 211 Jr.

68 Tim Satnarain OL/ DL 6-1 165 So.

71 Kiernan Oknefski OL/ DL 5-10 214 Sr.

73 Killian Hoffman OL/ DL 5-9 189 Sr.

76 Damian Sapp OL/ DL 5-10 190 Sr.

88 Marcus Hayne WR/ DL 6-7 240 Sr.

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