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Football preview: Freedom

BY NICK WILLIAMS
Tribune staff

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 08:23 PM

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DL Patchan making impact for Patriots

The younger brother of former Freedom and Armwood two-way lineman and All-American Matt Patchan, who signed with the University of Florida and now plays at Boston College, junior Scott Patchan is poised to be one of the top defensive linemen in the county this season.

As a sophomore, Patchan recorded 16 tackles with 2.5 sacks.

“He has quickness, he's tenacious and he's a lot like his brother,” said Freedom coach Todd Donohoe, who coached Matt Patchan at Armwood.

“He's a great competitor,” said senior offensive lineman Malik Robinson. “Not too many players in Hillsborough County with his ability and size coming off the end.”

SUPPLY

Offensive line

Freedom returns four starters on the offensive line, including 6-foot-7, 270-pound right tackle Malik Robinson and 6-4, 255-pound left tackle Dillon Browne.

“We're well balanced,” Robinson said. “Me and Dillon have the height to protect the pass.”

Linebackers

Seniors Jason Canada and Josh Collazo return to lead a unit coach Donohoe feels will be the backbone of the defense. Canada, at 6-1, 220, finished with 34 tackles while Collazo added 46.

“We have speed and we're all pretty much tall,” Canada said. “Our strength is a big thing. I think the lowest one of our guys is benching is 355 pounds.”

Running Backs

Running behind those big offensive linemen will be senior Andre Folks and junior Calvin Bido-Vega. Folkes led the Patriots last season with 372 yards.

“They're fast as all get-out,” Canada said. “They're fast and the hit the hole.”

DEMAND

Run defense

During last year's 3-7 season, Freedom was defeated by a total point margin of 258-131. Donohoe said that was partly due to the team's inability to defend the run and run the ball effectively.

“We have to run and stop the run,” he said. “That will be key to our success. We had three games last year where we didn't stop the run like we should.

Playoffs

Freedom has reached the playoffs twice in school history and has yet to record a playoff victory. Since 2009 when the team went 7-3, the Patriots have won no more than three games in a season.

“We'll definitely be better than last year,” Donohoe said.

Schedule

Aug. 30: King

Sept. 6: at Middleton

Sept. 12: Wharton

Sept. 20: Gaither

Sept. 27: at Strawberry Crest

Oct. 4: Sickles

Oct. 18: at Tampa Bay Tech

Oct. 25: at Steinbrenner

Nov. 1: Wiregrass Ranch

Nov. 8: at Riverview

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

2 DJ Grant QB/DB 6-1 185 Sr.

3 Anthony Hendry DB/RB/KR 5-10 180 Sr.

4 Tyruence Creary WR/KR/PR 5-9 155 Sr.

5 Bryce Crawford LB/RB 5-9 200 Jr.

6 Johnny Rodicio WR/KR 5-8 155 Jr.

7 Gaderrius Kelly DB/QB/WR 5-10 170 Jr.

8 Scott Patchan DE/TE 6-5 230 Jr.

9 Sayff Saed WR 6-0 175 Jr.

10 Marquis Williams WR/KR 5-7 160 Sr.

11 Josh Collazo RB/LB 5-10 205 Sr.

12 Lee Carabali DL/RB/LB 5-10 230 Jr.

14 Calvin Bido-Vega RB/LB 5-8 195 Jr.

15 Vincent Shanberg K/P/LB 5-10 190 Jr.

20 Brian McCall DB 5-8 145 So.

21 Aaron Cox DB/KR 5-9 155 Jr.

22 Cody Johnson WR/LB 6-1 145 Jr.

23 Andre Folkes RB 5-6 155 Sr.

24 Isaiah Smith DB 5-10 160 So.

25 LJ Davis DB/DE 6-2 175 Sr.

26 Ronique Ollivierre DB 5-9 155 Sr.

27 Timic Ivey DB 5-8 145 Sr.

30 Heath Grady K/P 6-2 180 Jr.

32 Jason Canada LB 6-1 220 Sr.

40 Omar Menesus-Allen DL/RB/LB 5-9 250 Jr.

42 LJ Davis DB/DE 6-2 175 Sr.

43 Cody Karras LB 5-10 175 Sr.

50 Malik Robinson OL/DL 6-8 270 Sr.

51 Cody Karras LB 5-10 190 Sr.

53 Cullen Watson OL/DL 6-2 275 Jr.

54 A-Shanni Hemphill OL/DL 6-3 270 Jr.

56 Jonathan White DL/OL 5-7 180 Jr.

60 Logan Long OL/DL 5-11 200 Jr.

63 Dillon Browne OL/DL 6-5 245 Sr.

64 Cody Cox DL/OL 6-4 250 Jr.

65 Alex Bahloul OL/DL 6-0 285 Sr.

66 Matt Gutman OL/DL 6-0 250 Jr.

75 Luis Acevedo DL/OL 5-7 240 Jr.

76 Darius Lovett OL/DL 6-2 335 Sr.

77 Jake Murcia OL/DL 6-2 230 Jr.

79 Angel Marrero DL/OL 6-0 325 Sr.

88 Sergio Rivera DB 5-9 175 Sr.

92 Hunter Starkey OL/DL 6-2 220 Jr.

99 Sean Hurley LB 5-9 205 Sr.

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