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Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 08:14 PM

Linemen abound on Indians' roster

In his nine years as an assistant and head coach at East Bay, Frank LaRosa has never seen a group of linemen as talented and with as many numbers than this year's unit.

“They're well coached, explosive, they have ability and size,” LaRosa said. “They have it all.”

Six-foot-3, 302-pound junior Caleb Holley, a move-in transfer from Key West, highlights the group that will start on both sides of the ball.

“When they're fast temp, they're pretty much unstoppable,” said junior Eric Latortue, who will play tight end. “We take pride in running the ball. We want to punch it in their mouths.”

Playing on either side of Holley on defense will be Marques Ford, a 6-4, 220-pound junior and Latortue, who measures 6-1, 220.

“We have size and speed and we're all downhill runners,” Latortue said.

SUPPLY

Quarterback

Chris Carpentier is not going to be an easy sack for any defender. At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Carpentier used his size to run for 468 yards with six touchdowns off a team-high 137 carries. He also passed for 547 yards with four touchdowns.

“He falls forward,” East Bay coach Frank LaRosa said. “He's a big kid. He runs behind his pads. We want him to be efficient.”

Fullback

Senior Chris Greene missed the last two games of 2012 after breaking his leg against Durant, but has since made a strong comeback. As a junior, Greene led East Bay in rushing with 479 yards and three touchdowns. At 5-8, 185 pounds, LaRosa Greene is a physical runner who will also play linebacker.

Defensive back

Anton Crutcher is East Bay's top recruit this season, and at 6-3, 185 pounds, he fits the ideal profile as a lengthy cornerback with range. Crutcher totaled 44 tackles last season with two interceptions.

DEMAND

Skill player development

East Bay has a surplus of size, but not necessarily the players responsible for scoring and preventing points.

“We're lacking depth in the skill position,” LaRosa Said.

The Indians graduated skill players, including Brandon Byrd and Eric Hood, who not only played running back and receiver, respectively, but were kick and punt returners.

Playoff win

The Indians have not made the playoffs since 2005 and are 0-6 all-time in the state region playoffs. After making its first appearance in 1973, East Bay did not return to the postseason until 2000.

Schedule

Aug. 30: at Lennard

Sept. 6: at Riverview

Sept. 12: Alonso

Sept. 20: Spoto

Sept. 27: at Wharton

Oct. 4: Plant City

Oct. 11: Bloomingdale

Oct. 18: at Strawberry Crest

Oct. 25: at Brandon

Nov. 1: Durant

Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Tyler Johnston RB 5-7 140 Sr.

2 Christian Angulo CB/SE 6-1 170 Jr.

3 Leondre Boykin LB 5-9 190 Sr.

4 Devin Hart RB 5-7 160 Sr.

6 Jude Holston RB/DB 5-6 145 Sr.

7 Jordan Anderson QB 6-2 215 So.

8 Eric Latortue DE/TE 6-1 218 Jr.

11 Kameron Daniels DE 6-1 201 Sr.

12 Chris Carpentier QB 6-5 200 Sr.

13 Hoang Nguyen SE 5-7 135 Sr.

14 Malik Williams SS/DB 5-8 170 Sr.

15 Kevin Sails FS 5-10 145 So.

16 Anton Crutcher CB/SE 6-3 175 Sr.

20 DeVante Williams DL 6-2 195 Jr.

22 Christian Ashford SE 5-9 145 Jr.

23 Chris Greene (C) FB/LB 5-8 185 Jr.

24 Christian Leto DB/RB 5-10 170 Jr.

25 Clarence Smith CB 5-9 155 Jr.

26 Cody Palmer CB 5-11 160 Jr.

28 Nigel James-Woods FB 5-7 175 So.

30 Leroy Thomas DE 6-2 190 So.

32 Randen Cortez RB 5-8 175 Sr.

35 Diante Crutcher DB 5-9 145 So.

42 Wade Simpson DL 6-0 194 Jr.

43 Eric Berland LB 5-8 155 Jr.

44 Brody Kincaid LB 5-10 165 Sr.

45 Deondre Romeo LB 5-11 200 Sr.

50 Daniel Delorieux OL/DL 6-0 238 Sr.

52 Vinny Safy OL 6-0 230 Sr.

53 Max Good OL/LB 5-11 198 So.

54 Johnny Crews OL 6-1 265 Jr.

56 Marques Ford DE 6-4 220 Jr.

57 James Beightel OL 5-8 200 Jr.

58 Tyler Rollert LB 5-10 177 Sr.

63 Anthony Clayton DT 5-11 265 Jr.

64 Danny Graves DL 5-10 190 Jr.

65 Jamison Lockridge DL 5-9 215 Jr.

66 Mason Culver OL 6-0 275 Sr.

68 Connor Woolf OL 5-11 215 Sr.

70 Tyler Hopkins-Cook DL 5-10 212 Sr.

75 Caleb Holley OL/DL 6-3 302 Jr.

78 Zack Eder OL 6-3 230 Sr.

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