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Football preview: Carrollwood Day School


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 08:43 PM

LB Cuono at heart of Patriots' defense

Dominic Cuono has seen Carrollwood Day go from a fledgling program into a state powerhouse.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior became a Patriot 15 years ago as a preschooler and joined the football team as an eighth-grader.

“He's been a big part of everything we've done here and is part of the best linebacking core we've ever had,” said Lane McLaughlin, who has coached the Patriots since 2007.

Cuono returns to the starting lineup along with junior Max Frankel, who McLaughlin calls “a real hard-hitting talent.”

The Patriots' linebackers are bolstered by Mikey Smith and Willie Parker Jr., who transferred from Zephyrhills and Sickles, respectively.

“Both those guys have shown a lot of speed and have a real knack for finding the football,” McLaughlin said. “With that group I like our chances.”

SUPPLY

Quarterback

One of CDS' biggest additions, both literally and figuratively, is 6-foot-4, 215-pound Freedom transfer Taylor King

 
“He's a real big, tall kid with a lot of experience,” McLaughlin said. “He's gotten into our system really fast, and being 6-4 he can really throw over the middle, and he's got good speed too. That extra giddy up is something we didn't have last year, and he's hard to tackle.”

Mikey Smith

The 6-foot, 185-pound junior has the ability to do a little bit of everything for the Patriots after spending last year as Zephyrhills' starting quarterback and outside linebacker.

McLaughlin said that versatility is just what his squad needed after the graduation of Andy Embody, who saw time at wide receiver, defensive back, running back, punter, holder and kick/punt returner last season.

“He was also a big leader in the locker room,” McLaughlin said. “Getting Mikey Smith is big because he can do a lot of those same things.”

DEMAND

Running backs

The Patriots lose Hillsborough County's all-time leading rusher in Robert Davis to graduation after his 2,221-yard and 26-touchdown senior season.

Junior Elias Earley showed plenty of speed during his 171-yard effort during CDS' 41-7 spring win at Bishop McLaughlin, and King said guys like Parker, Smith and Parker have also shown explosiveness.

“Our running game didn't vanish,” King said. “It's still there with those guys.”

Wide receivers

The position where the CDS has the least amount of returning experience is wide receiver. McLaughlin said his players have only seven career catches, which is why they spent more time at 7-on-7 events this summer.

“Things have really improved, and those guys are starting to get some confidence and they're building some chemistry with Taylor at quarterback,” McLaughlin said.

Schedule

Aug. 30: Jacksonville University Christian

Sept. 6: at Indian Rocks Christian

Sept. 12: Shorecrest Prep

Sept. 20: Calvary Christian

Sept. 27: Admiral Farragut

Oct. 4: at Canterbury

Oct. 11: at Keswick Christian

Oct. 18: Bradenton Christian

Oct. 25: at Cambridge Christian

Nov. 1: Northside Christian

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht Wt Yr.

1 Kalle Wilwant LB/G 5-10 190 Jr.

2 Nazir Achecar DB/ WR 5-6 150 Fr.

3 Brandon Newton WR/FS 6-1 175 Fr.

4 Michael Smith WR/LB 6-0 180 Jr.

5 Willie Parker OLB RB 5-10 190 Jr.

7 Stephen Yaffe K/WR 6-0 170 So.

10 Dominic Cuono TE/OLB 6-2 220 Sr.

12 Taylor King QB 6-4 220 Sr.

14 Griffin Brynjolfsson CB/WR 5-9 160 Jr.

15 Spencer Peek QB/WR 5-11 160 So.

17 Jeff Hurley LB/ATH 5-9 175 Jr.

20 Dylan Rudolph WR/CB 5-5 140 So.

21 Elias Earley RB/DB 5-7 155 Jr.

22 Ryan Verscharen WR/CB 5-7 155 Fr.

24 Caleb Lawson CB/WR 5-7 145 Fr.

25 Jackson Danner FS/WR 5-10 175 Sr.

30 Austin Angelos FS/WR 5-7 170 So.

32 Jake McCallister FB/LB 5-10 180 Sr.

44 Max Frankel DB/ RB 5-11 195 Jr.

50 Shilpen Patel DE/G 6-0 215 Sr.

52 Joseph Bertelli OL/DL 6-0 220 Fr.

55 Max Barge DL/OL 5-11 210 Jr.

58 Michael Morse LB/OL 6-0 190 Jr.

60 Corey Shamley OT/DL 6-1 250 So.

66 Hayden Peek C/DL 6-0 255 Sr.

74 Carlos Acuna OT/DL 6-2 245 Jr.

77 Marshall Davis C/DL 6-1 240 8th

80 Sondro Maxwell TE/LB 6-1 180 Fr.

84 Sammy Muto WR/DB 5-8 160 Jr.

88 Jonathan James OL/DL 6-2 235 So.

99 Cole Benn OG/DL 6-0 180 Jr.

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