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Pinellas County team-by-team prep football capsules

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♦ Admiral Farragut

Coach: Ryan Hearn

2013 Record: 5-4

Key Players: Dalton Collins (QB/LB), Jestin Green , Donnie Crum (RB/CB)

Class-District: 3A-5 (with Indian Rocks Christian, St. Pete Catholic, Calvary Christian, Clearwater Central Catholic, Shorecrest Prep)

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Aug. 29: Lakeland Victory Christian

Sept. 5: at Cardinal Mooney

Sept. 12: Indian Rocks Christian

Sept. 19: St. Petersburg Catholic

Sept. 26: Carrollwood Day

Oct. 3: at Calvary Christian

Oct. 10: at Orlando Lake Highland Prep

Oct. 17: Shorecrest Prep

Oct. 24: Clearwater Central Catholic

Nov. 7: South Daytona Warner Christian

Outlook: Last year was transitional for head coach Ryan Hearn in his first season. However, this might be the year senior dual-threat quarterback Dalton Collins leads the team to the playoffs. Farragut will run the same Arizona spread option offense, but the difference is Donnie Crum. The shifty sophomore running back gives the Bluejackets a new dimension in the read option. If you key in on the run, senior slot receiver and FAU commit Jestin Green will beat you deep with his speed and 6-foot-2 frame. This team is leadership heavy with 14 seniors and could challenge in 3A-District 5.

♦ Boca Ciega

Coach: Max Smith

2013 Record: 3-7

Key Players: Kenyatta Anderson (WR/CB), Derrick Cook (QB)

Class-District: 5A-8 (with Dunedin, Gibbs, Lakewood and Tarpon Springs)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Pinellas Park

Sept. 5: Palm Harbor

Sept. 12: at Northeast

Sept. 19: at Osceola

Sept. 26: St. Petersburg

Oct. 2: at Lakewood

Oct. 17: Gibbs

Oct. 24: at Dunedin

Oct. 31: Tarpon Springs

Nov. 7: at Clearwater

Outlook: The Pirates haven’t made the playoffs in seven years and lost two of their top receivers (Sekendric Biddines to Lakewood, Saivion Smith to IMG Academy). Having senior playmaker Kenyatta Anderson makes things a little easier. Anderson, who has offers from Rutgers, Toledo and Marshall, has arms that stretch to his kneecaps, 4.5 speed and is a shutdown corner. Senior Derrick Cook will be slinging him the ball and showed what he could do last year throwing for more than 1,000 yards in only seven games. He should throw for more in their new spread formation. Cook should have more time to pass this year with the largest Pirate on the team, senior Avery Davis, impeding the defense with his 310-pound frame.

♦ Calvary Christian

Coach: Todd Yoder

2013 Record: 5-5

Key Players: Jeremy Wood (RB/DB), Stephon Williams (FB/LB), Jack Sheehan (QB), Wesley Vollmer (TE)

Class-District: 3A-5 (with Admiral Farragut, Indian Rocks Christian, St. Pete Catholic, Clearwater Central Catholic, Shorecrest Prep)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Carrollwood Day

Sept. 5: at Naples St. John Neumann

Sept. 12: at Northside Christian

Sept. 26: Seffner Christian

Oct. 3: Admiral Farragut

Oct. 10: Jupiter Christian

Oct. 17: at Clearwater Central Catholic

Oct. 24: Shorecrest Prep

Oct. 31: St. Petersburg Catholic

Nov. 7: at Indian Rocks Christian

Outlook: Last season, in his first as head coach, Todd Yoder led the Warriors to their best record (5-5) in school history. With a vastly improved offensive arsenal, expect this to be the best year yet. St. Petersburg Catholic senior transfer running back Stephon Williams brings power. He’ll also play linebacker. The other St. Pete Catholic senior transfer, Jack Sheehan, threw for more than 1,000 yards a year ago. Last year’s quarterback, Jeremy Wood, will move to tailback and slot receiver. The team also has a pair of talented tight ends in senior Wesley Vollmer and Tyler Knight.

♦ Canterbury

Coach: Bill Jones

2013 Record: 6-4

Key Players: Josh Belton (QB)

Class-District: 2A-5 (with Bradenton Christian, Cambridge Christian, Carrollwood Day, Indian Rocks Christian and Northside Christian)

Schedule

Sept. 5: Shorecrest Prep

Sept. 12: Gainesville Oak Hall

Sept. 19: at Bradenton Christian

Sept. 26: at Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran

Oct. 3: at Carrollwood Day

Oct. 10: at Indian Rocks Christian

Oct. 24: Northside Christian

Oct. 31: Cambridge Christian

Nov. 7: at Fort Myers Gateway Charter

Outlook: With only 17 players, Canterbury has the least amount of depth in Pinellas County. According to head coach Bill Jones, the Crusaders will have more than half their kids going both ways. They have to compete against arguably the most stacked team in all of 2A in Indian Rocks Christian and the always talented Carrollwood Day. But sophomore QB Josh Belton is ready to lead the charge after throwing for 681 yards and six TDs on a run-first team a year ago. This year, expect the Crusaders to run more of a spread offense. Senior Alex Nestor, a 6-foot-2 receiver, was third on the team in yards last year. Coach Jones raves about senior Jon Rivera as his best offensive and defensive lineman. He’ll anchor the 4-3 defense and is a superb run stuffer who takes up blocks and creates opportunities for his teammates to shoot the gaps.

♦ Clearwater

Coach: Donnie Abraham

2013 Record: 0-10

Key Players: Tupac Blanch (RB/DB), Adarius Lemons (RB/WR/LB), Garrison Bryant (QB)

Class-District: 7A-9 (with Countryside, East Lake, Northeast, Pinellas Park and Seminole)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Tarpon Springs

Sept. 5: St. Petersburg

Sept. 12: at Palm Harbor

Sept. 19: at East Lake

Sept. 26: at Gibbs

Oct. 2: Countryside

Oct. 17: at Pinellas Park

Oct. 24: Northeast

Oct. 31: Seminole

Nov. 7: Boca Ciega

Outlook: Clearwater has only won three games in the last five years. Junior QB Garrison Bryant returns and has an imposing line in front of him with 6-foot-5, 380-pound Leonardo Ramirez at left guard and 6-foot-3, 310-pound William Anderson at right guard. That should help clear holes for Tupac Blanch, who has devastating moves in space. Also expect sophomore Adarius Lemons to get the ball out of the slot. Abraham said, “We know how to lose, now we have to learn how to win.”

♦ Clearwater Central Catholic

Coach: John Davis

2013 Record: 11-3 (lost in state final)

Key Players: CJ Cotman (RB), Jeff Smith (QB), Demetri Royer (CB), Billy Atterbury (OT)

Class-District: 3A-5 (with Admiral Farragut, Calvary Christian, St. Pete Catholic and Shorecrest Prep)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Naples Lely

Sept. 5: Tampa Catholic

Sept. 12: at Jesuit

Sept. 26: at Ocala Trinity Catholic

Oct. 3: at St. Petersburg Catholic

Oct. 10: Jacksonville University Christian

Oct. 17: Calvary Christian

Oct. 24: at Admiral Farragut

Oct. 31: Bradenton IMG Academy

Nov. 7: at Anclote

Outlook: The Marauders went the furthest in school history last year as they reached the state championship. Head coach John Davis says this year’s team is the best offensively in his time at CCC. It all starts with senior Boston College commit Jeff Smith. He’s one of the most dynamic dual-threat QBs in the county and threw for 1,366 yards and ran for 611 in only seven games. Three-star recruit, 6-foot-4, 285-pound Billy Atterbury leads the offensive line. Throw in arguably the most electrifying back in the county in C.J. Cotman (only a sophomore), senior wideout Jacobi Adderley, who had two TDs in the spring game, and senior wideout John Brunner and there’s reason to believe this team is headed back to Orlando. The only problem is the defense lost eight starters, including the entire front seven. However, senior corner Demetri Royer and versatile hard-hitting linebacker Brandon Junk are back to anchor the defense.

♦ Countryside

Coach: Eric Schmitz

2013 Record: 6-4

Key Players: Trent Chmelik (QB), Chris Ryan (WR), Dante Satcher (RB/WR), Sylvester Kimborough (WR)

Class-District: 7A-9 (with Clearwater, East Lake, Northeast, Pinellas Park and Seminole)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Lakewood

Sept. 5: Bradenton Southeast

Sept. 12: at Palmetto

Sept. 19: Northeast

Oct. 2: at Clearwater

Oct. 10: Tarpon Springs

Oct. 17: at East Lake

Oct. 24: Seminole

Oct. 31: Pinellas Park

Nov. 7: at Largo

Outlook: Junior QB Trent Chmelik started less than half the season last year, but threw for 588 yards and four TDs. Expect senior slot receiver Chris Ryan’s stats of 414 yards and two TDs to skyrocket this year. Chmelik has plenty of other weapons such as top returning wideout Sylvester Kimbrough. Senior linebacker Taylor Zahralaban will anchor the 4-3 defense. He’s the team’s leading tackler and can diagnose a play in a hurry.

♦ Dixie Hollins

Coach: Shannon Brooks

2013 Record: 2-8

Key Players: Tyrie Adams (QB), Davontae Harrington (WR), Emilio Martinez (LB)

Class-District: 6A-7 (with Largo, Osceola and Venice)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Dunedin

Sept. 5: Northeast

Sept. 12: at Seminole

Sept. 26: Pinellas Park

Oct. 2: Venice

Oct. 10: at Gibbs

Oct. 17: at Osceola

Oct. 24: at St. Petersburg

Oct. 31: Largo

Nov. 7: Tarpon Springs

Outlook: The Rebels haven’t made the playoffs in nine years. But third-year head coach Shannon Brooks has improved in the win column every year. The Rebels will rely on Senior QB Tyrie Adams to deliver in the spread offense. Last year, he completed more than 57 percent of his passes for 2,477 yards. His favorite target, senior Davontae Harrington, had 823 yards and nine TDs a year ago. Junior linebacker Emilio Martinez and senior defensive end Ali Chamander will try to help the Rebels improve on defense after the team allowed an average of 50 points in its last seven games. Brooks said, “If we can stop the run, we will win a lot more games than last season.”

♦ Dunedin

Coach: Matt Lepain

2013 Record: 1-9

Key Players: Jordan Williams (RB/WR/CB), Andrew Gordon (WR/DL), Kane Taylor (RB/TE/DT)

Class-District: 5A-8 (with Boca Ciega, Gibbs, Lakewood and Tarpon Springs)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Dixie Hollins

Sept. 5: at Seminole

Sept. 12: East Lake

Sept. 19: at Tarpon Springs

Sept. 26: Osceola

Oct. 10: at Palm Harbor

Oct. 17: Lakewood

Oct. 24: Boca Ciega

Oct. 31: at Gibbs

Nov. 7: at Pinellas Park

Outlook: The Falcons haven’t made the playoffs in six years and had three head coaches in a seven-month span after last season. But with head coach Matt Lepain and an assortment of talent, Dunedin may be a surprise team. Lepain directed Palm Harbor University to its first playoff appearance in 2011 and took them again the following year. Seven starters who didn’t play in the spring have joined the roster, giving the team much needed depth. Lepain will implement a spread offense with multiple formations of two tight-end sets. Senior transfer QB Argi Radani threw for 2,723 yards and 35 TDs in eight-man football. Senior Jordan Williams, a 5-foot-9, 177-pound tailback and slot receiver, will be a key playmaker. Radani also has three receivers at 6-foot-3 or taller, including 6-foot-6 Andrew Gordon.

♦ East Lake

Coach: Bob Hudson

2013 Record: 13-1 (lost in region semifinals)

Key Players: George Campbell (WR), Carson Lydon (LB)

Class-District: 7A-9 (with Clearwater, Countryside, Northeast, Pinellas Park and Seminole)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Palm Harbor

Sept. 5: Largo

Sept. 12: at Dunedin

Sept. 19: Clearwater

Sept. 26: at Tarpon Springs

Oct. 2: at Seminole

Oct. 17: Countryside

Oct. 24: at Pinellas Park

Oct. 31: at Northeast

Nov. 7: St. Petersburg

Outlook: The Eagles lost 11 players to college football from a team that went the furthest in school history. This year, there is plenty of talent remaining with senior George Campbell at wideout, senior Virginia Tech commit Carson Lydon at linebacker, senior Justin Strnad at safety and one of the top-ranked kickers in the country in Texas A&M senior commit Daniel Lacamera. Junior QB Jake Hudson put up above-average stats last year in his first year with 1,406 yards and 15 TDs. With consistent double coverage on Campbell, sophomore wideout Bryce Miller has emerged. Senior Drew Cuoto will replace the team’s top playmaker from a year ago, Artavis Scott, in the backfield and add a power running aspect.

♦ Gibbs

Coach: Rick Kravitz

2013 Record: 4-6

Key Players: Craig Watts (WR/ CB/S/RB), Tyrell Hubbard Smith (QB/CB), Latroy Killens (DL)

Class-District: 5A-8 (with Boca Ciega, Dunedin, Lakewood and Tarpon Springs)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at St. Petersburg

Sept. 5: Pinellas Park

Sept. 12: Largo

Sept. 19: Lakewood

Sept. 26: Clearwater

Oct. 2: at Tarpon Springs

Oct. 10: Dixie Hollins

Oct. 17: at Boca Ciega

Oct. 31: Dunedin

Nov. 7: Palm Harbor University

Outlook: The Gladiators may be the most athletic team in the county. With senior Lakewood transfer Tyrell Hubbard Smith, they have a dual threat quarterback. Gibbs also has plenty of offensive weapons, including four-star senior recruit Craig Watts and senior Tayveon Landsm at running back. Then you have Admiral Farragut senior transfer DJ Johnson who has NFL receiver-like speed in the slot. The Gladiators have playmakers all over the field, with a quarter of the team being seniors. But the inexperienced defensive line and linebackers are the big question marks.

♦ Indian Rocks Christian

Coach: Mark Buchanan

2013 Record: 9-4 (lost in state semifinals)

Key Players: Damian King (CB/WR,), Jacquan Fuller (RB/WR/S,LB), Theo Anderson (FB/LB,), Zeke McGaughy (RB/LB)

Class-District: 2A-5 (with Bradenton Christian, Cambridge Christian, Canterbury, Carrollwood Day and Northside Christian)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at St. Petersburg Catholic

Sept. 5: at Carrollwood Day

Sept. 12: at Admiral Farragut

Sept. 19: at Northside Christian

Sept. 26: Shorecrest Prep

Oct. 3: Bradenton Christian

Oct. 10: Canterbury

Oct. 17: Cambridge Christian

Oct. 31: Tampa Catholic

Nov. 7: Calvary Christian

Outlook: Indian Rocks Christian returns most of their skill players as 95.8 percent of their 4,707 yards were from underclassmen. The Golden Eagles will run mostly three- and four-wideout sets. Junior QB Garrett Ross-Johnson will lead the air attack as he compiled 1,378 yards and 13 TDs last year. But IRC is also one of the most balanced offensive teams in the county with senior Theo Anderson rushing for 1,090 yards and 19 TDs as a fullback, along with 10 sacks playing defensive end. Senior running back Zeke McGaughy, though injured most of last season, still rushed for 920 yards and nine TDs. Mr. Everything senior Damian King (who recently got an offer from Missouri) returns as the team’s leader in receiving yards, touchdowns and interceptions and may be the most exciting player in all of 2A. With the addition of senior St. Pete Catholic transfer Jacquan Fuller and his 4.38 speed, IRC will be a handful for opposing defenses. The only thing separating this team from a state championship run is an inexperienced offensive line. If it hold ups, IRC should be headed to Orlando for a state title appearance.

♦ Keswick Christian

Coach: Blake Englehardt

2013 Record: 0-10

Key Players: Parker Holland (MLB/DE/QB), Asher Thompson (OLB/WR), TJ Muscarella (OLB/WR), Thomas Riggins (DT), Juwan Atkins (RB)

Class-District: Independent/Sunshine State Athletic Conference

Schedule

Aug. 29: Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic

Sept. 5: at Windermere Prep

Sept. 12: at Bishop McLaughlin

Sept. 19: Kissimmee City of Life Chr.

Sept. 26: Bradenton Christian

Oct. 10: at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s

Oct. 17: at Seffner Christian

Oct. 24: at Citrus Park Christian

Oct. 31: SSAC Playoffs, TBA

Nov. 7: SSAC Playoffs, TBA

Nov. 15: SSAC Championships, TBA

Outlook: With their low numbers and struggling record, Keswick Christian moved to independent. Depth will be an issue as the team has only 24 players. The biggest improvement needs to be made on the defensive side as the Crusaders allowed an average of 42 points last season. But with Thomas Riggins, a junior transfer from Boca Ciega, playing nose tackle, running lanes should be closed. Which is a perfect fit for the 5-3 defense second-year coach Blake Englehardt is inserting this year. Senior Asher Thompson returns as the team’s leading tackler (93). Senior Parker Holland will return as QB after throwing for 1,500 yards and 12 TDs last season.

♦ Lakewood

Coach: Cory Moore

2013 Record: 10-4 (lost in state semis)

Key Players: Ryan Davis (QB), Nyquell Alexander (DL/OL), Sekendric Biddines (WR/CB), Anthony Foster (LB), Jordan Edwards (DE)

Class-District: 5A-8 (with Boca Ciega, Dunedin, Gibbs and Tarpon Springs)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Countryside

Sept. 5: at Palmetto

Sept. 12: at St. Petersburg

Sept. 19: at Gibbs

Sept. 26: at Largo

Oct. 2: Boca Ciega

Oct. 17: at Dunedin

Oct. 24: Tarpon Springs

Oct. 31: Jacksonville Raines

Nov. 7: at Northeast

Outlook: Last year, the Spartans were undefeated in the district and just two points away from the state championship. Senior QB Ryan Davis had 2,000 yards passing, 856 rushing and 27 TDs a year ago. This year he has a better offensive line with the biggest man in the county blocking for him in 6-foot-5, 420-pound senior Nyquell Alexander. Expect Davis to utilize his weapons in space like Boca Ciega senior transfer Sekendric Biddines, a receiver with game-changing speed and soft hands. And Junior Adrian Adams should be the No. 2 target with his yards after the catch ability. Senior running back Romello Presely is a bruiser who should get the bulk of the carries, while senior Tyreik Hopkins will be the speed back. The big question mark is the defensive line, but Jonathan Edwards, who led the county in sacks last year with 25, Alexander and St. Pete transfer Anthony Foster, who was second in the county in tackles last season, should make things difficult for opposing offenses.

♦ Largo

Coach: Marcus Paschal

2013 Record: 8-3 (lost in region quarterfinals)

Key Players: Donovan Hale (QB), Jonathan Crawford (WR/LB/DE,), Reggie Campbell (WR), Brandon Drayton (WR)

Class-District: 6A-District 7 (with Dixie Hollins, Osceola and Venice)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Northeast

Sept. 5: at East Lake

Sept. 12: at Gibbs

Sept. 19: Jesuit

Sept. 26: Lakewood

Oct. 2: Osceola

Oct. 17: Venice

Oct. 24: Lakeland Lake Gibson

Oct. 31: at Dixie Hollins

Nov. 7: Countryside

Outlook: It’s tough to win the district for a record nine times and replace one of the winningest coaches in county history, but that’s the task at hand for first-year head coach Marcus Paschal. It helps to have quarterback Donovan Hale and the deepest core of receivers in the county in big-play senior Reggie Campbell, senior Jordan Crawford and juniors Brandon Drayton and Taj Taylor. The big question for Largo will come on defense and its ability to stop opposing teams’ running games.

♦ Northeast

Coach: Jeremy Frioud

2013 Record: 1-9

Key Players: Tavon Jones (RB/WR), Devin Bowers (RB/WR/CB/S)

Class-District: 7A-9 (with Clearwater, Countryside, East Lake, Pinellas Park and Seminole)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Largo

Sept. 5: at Dixie Hollins

Sept. 12: Boca Ciega

Sept. 19: at Countryside

Oct. 2: Pinellas Park

Oct. 10: Osceola

Oct. 17: at Seminole

Oct. 24: at Clearwater

Oct. 31: East Lake

Nov. 7: Lakewood

Outlook: First-year head coach Jeremy Frouid has a big task at hand. Tavon Jones, a senior transfer from St. Pete High, and senior Devin Bowers will get the bulk of the carries at running back. With their Wing-T formation, the Vikings will look to control the clock. On defense, Northeast will go with a 4-3 formation and try to make teams utilize the passing game.

♦ Northside Christian

Coach: Mike Alstott

2013 Record: 3-7

Key Players: Griffin Alstott (QB/LB), Dillan Gibbons (OT/DT)

Class-District: 2A-5 (with Bradenton Christian, Cambridge Christian, Canterbury Carrollwood Day and Indian Rocks Christian)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Shorecrest Prep

Sept. 5: Bishop McLaughlin

Sept. 12: Calvary Christian

Sept. 19: Indian Rocks Christian

Oct. 3: Cambridge Christian

Oct. 10: at Bradenton Christian

Oct. 17: at Vero Beach St. Edward’s

Oct. 24: at Canterbury

Oct. 31: Carrollwood Day

Nov. 7: at St. Petersburg Catholic

Outlook: The Mustangs haven’t made the playoffs in eight years, former Buc Mike Alstott has more than twice as many players as when he started three years ago. His son, sophomore Griffin Alstott, has great size like his dad and dual threat ability with his speed. But expect the Mustangs to air it out more this season in a spread offense using multiple two-back sets and more rollouts. The addition of sophomore Palm Harbor University transfer Dillan Gibbons, will help solidify the offensive line. Expect junior wideout Josh Snead to be the main target offensively out of the slot. Defensively, the Mustangs will run a 3-4 with veteran linebacker Ben Knox in the middle.

♦ Osceola

Coach: George Palmer

2013 Record: 6-4

Key Players: Jamieson Craske (TE/LB), William Harvey (RB/WR/DB), Darian Hooker (DE), Nick Shytle (RB/DB,), Ryan Allan (QB)

Class-District: 6A-7 (with Dixie Hollins, Largo and Venice)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Seminole

Sept. 5: at Tarpon Springs

Sept. 12: at Pinellas Park

Sept. 19: Boca Ciega

Sept. 26: at Dunedin

Oct. 2: Largo

Oct. 10: at Northeast

Oct. 17: Dixie Hollins

Oct. 24: Palm Harbor

Oct. 31: at Venice

Outlook: The Warriors will go to a committee running game out of the Wing-T formation. Leading the three-headed monster is senior William Harvey, a power running back who averaged almost 10 yards a carry last season. Junior Nick Shytle, also a bruiser, will share carries and is the main scoring threat. Senior Bronson Lynch is the big play running threat of the three and had a 65-yard TD against East Lake in the spring game. The line will have to be quick and outwork the opponent. Senior linebacker Jamieson Craske, a hard hitter, had a team-leading 87 tackles and four sacks last year. Senior Darian Hooker, at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, is the team’s best pass rusher off the edge.

♦ Palm Harbor University

Coach: Reggie Crume

2013 Record: 5-5

Key Players: Brandon Swift (QB), Stephen Charron (FB/MLB), Arkez Cason (RB/WR/SS)

Class-District: 8A-7 (with Bradenton Manatee, St. Petersburg and Sarasota Riverview)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at East Lake

Sept. 5: at Boca Ciega

Sept. 12: Clearwater

Sept. 26: at Seminole

Oct. 2: St. Petersburg

Oct. 10: Dunedin

Oct. 17: at Sarasota Riverview

Oct. 24: at Osceola

Oct. 31: Bradenton Manatee

Nov. 7: at Gibbs

Outlook: The Hurricanes will be led by first-year head coach Reggie Crume. Senior Arkez Cason will highlight the spread offense in the slot with his shiftiness in space and ability to make something out of nothing. The Hurricanes will use different two-back sets with the team’s leading rusher, senior fullback Stephen Charron, getting the tough yardage between the tackles. Brandon Swift, a transfer from East Lake, will be the quarterback.

♦ Pinellas Park

Coach: Kenneth Crawford

2013 Record: 9-3 (lost in region semifinals)

Key Players: Kal-el Williams (FB/LB,), Donte Maxson (RB), Oscee Calhoun (RB), Nate Demint (OLB)

Class-District: 7A-9 (with Clearwater, Countryside, East Lake, Northeast and Seminole)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Boca Ciega

Sept. 5: at Gibbs

Sept. 12: Osceola

Sept. 19: Seminole

Sept. 26: at Dixie Hollins

Oct. 2: at Northeast

Oct. 17: Clearwater

Oct. 24: East Lake

Oct. 31: at Countryside

Nov. 7: Dunedin

Outlook: Last year, the Patriots had the most rushing yards in the county. Expect the same thing this year. Using the same Wing-T formation, the Patriots wear-down the opponent with three different change of pace backs, control the clock, play tough defense and outlast their opponent. Coach Kenneth Crawford has three talented ball carriers in Kal-El Williams, Donte Maxson and Oscee Calhoun, who combined for 2,400 plus yards and 30 rushing TDs. Senior Mitch Grondin will be the new QB. The biggest question marks are inexperience in the secondary, and whether the Patriots can throw the ball to open up its running game.

♦ St. Petersburg

Coach: Joe Fabrizio

2013 Record: 6-4

Key Players: Jacquel Waller (RB/FB/WR), Josh Hall (CB/S)

Class-District: 8A-7 (with Bradenton Manatee, Palm Harbor and Sarasota Riverview)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Gibbs

Sept. 5: at Clearwater

Sept. 12: Lakewood

Sept. 26: at Boca Ciega

Oct. 2: at Palm Harbor

Oct. 10: Seminole

Oct. 17: at Bradenton Manatee

Oct. 24: Dixie Hollins

Oct. 31: Sarasota Riverview

Nov. 7: at East Lake

Outlook: The Green Devils will run the same Wing-T offense as last year led by junior fullback Jacquel Waller. The team’s second leading rusher, junior Darius Miller, will play the wing back and be the tough yardage go-to guy. Defensively the Green Devils will be led by senior strong safety Josh Hall, a versatile playmaker with range and athleticism.

♦ St. Petersburg Catholic

Coach: Dave Cleppe

2013 Record: 8-4 (lost in region final)

Key Players: Jordan Leston (QB/LB), Garrett Vallario (K/WR)

Class-District: 3A-5 (with Admiral Farragut, Calvary Chr., Clearwater Central Catholic and Shorecrest Prep)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Indian Rocks Christian

Sept. 5: Deltona Pine Ridge

Sept. 12: at Melbourne Central Catholic

Sept. 19: at Admiral Farragut

Oct. 3: Clearwater Central Catholic

Oct. 10: at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

Oct. 17: Fort Myers Bishop Verot

Oct. 24: Jacksonville Episcopal

Oct. 31: at Calvary Christian

Nov. 7: Northside Christian

Outlook: After reaching the playoffs for the first time in eight years, the Barons lost a lot of talent to other schools through transfers. First-year head coach David Cleppe has only three seniors, with none being more important than East Lake/Clearwater transfer Jordan Leston. The left-handed quarterback will operate out of a pistol offense. Junior Emanuel Eke will most likely be the main target for Leston. Conor Hay is a bright spot in the newly installed 4-4 cover 3 scheme.

♦ Seminole

Coach: Chris Miller

2013 Record: 3-7

Key Players: Travis Wateska (RB/FB), Jamal Jackson (LB/WR), Brandon Walton (DE/DL/TE), Lakendrick Staley (CB/WR,)

Class-District: 7A-9 (with Clearwater, Countryside, East Lake, Northeast and Pinellas Park)

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Osceola

Sept. 5: Dunedin

Sept. 12: Dixie Hollins

Sept. 19: at Pinellas Park

Sept. 26: Palm Harbor

Oct. 2: East Lake

Oct. 10: at St. Petersburg

Oct. 17: Northeast

Oct. 24: at Countryside

Oct. 31: at Clearwater

Outlook: The Warhawks are looking to rebound from last year’s below. 500 team. But losing the reliable Ra’Quanne Dickens and his 1,430 rushing yards and 15 TDs will be hard to replace. Junior running back Travis Wateska will add a different flavor this year with is north and south type attack. The Warhawks return their top receiver in senior tight end Matt Wonsick, a 6-foot-5 target with soft hands. Junior Defensive end Brandon Walton and senior middle linebacker Jamal Jackson lead the defense.

♦ Shorecrest Prep

Coach: Steve Dudley

2013 Record- 2-7

Key Players: Sam Grant (QB), Mark Dowling (DB/WR), Cooper Wolf (MLB)

Class-District: 3A-5 (with Admiral Farragut, Calvary Christian, Clearwater Central Catholic and St. Pete Catholic)

Schedule

Aug 29: at Northside Chr.

Sept 5: at Canterbury

Sept. 12: at Naples Neumann

Sept. 19: Sarasota out-of-Door

Sept. 26: at Indian Rocks Chr.

Oct. 10: at Cambridge Chr.

Oct. 17: at Admiral Farragut

Oct. 24: at Seffner Chr.

Oct. 30: Bradenton Chr.

Nov. 7: Carrollwood Day

Outlook: Steve Dudley inherits a 2-8 team after leading St. Pete Catholic to the playoffs last year. But he does have Sam Grant, a 6-foot-2 quarterback with a strong arm. Shorecrest will run a spread offense. The Chargers will play 4-3 defense which is perfect for the rangy and athletic linebacking senior duo of Ryan Lettler (the team’s top returning tackler) and Cooper Wolf, a 190-pound hard-hitter.

♦ Tarpon Springs

Coach: Ronnie Hawn

2013 Record: 7-5 (lost in region semifinals)

Key Players: RB/FB, Michael Ford, TE/DE, Mitch Wilcox, K Louis Zervos

Class-District: 5A-8 (with Boca Ciega, Dunedin, Gibbs and Lakewood)

Schedule

Aug. 29: Clearwater

Sept. 5: Osceola

Sept. 12: at Tampa Catholic

Sept. 19: Dunedin

Sept. 26 East Lake

Oct. 2: Gibbs

Oct. 10: at Countryside

Oct. 24: at Lakewood

Oct. 31: at Boca Ciega

Nov. 7: at Dixie Hollins

Outlook: The Spongers return running back Michael Ford, who had more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively they will play a multiple of three-man fronts. They return senior Leonel Hernandez, their top returning tackler with 59 last season. Senior four-year starter Collin Walser returns as the top leader in sacks with 7.5. Tarpon Springs has veteran leadership and enough playmakers at the skill positions and is well-balanced. But getting past Lakewood will be the big question mark.

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