The pressure is on at Sunlake High.
The standard has been set for Seahawks football moving forward, as the program advanced to the postseason and won a playoff game.
But most of the key cast members from last season are gone and many in the Sunlake community and Pasco County football circles are wondering, 'Who will be next to carry the torch?'
That saying seems all to familiar at the quarterback position for Sunlake where Jacob Jackson and Cameron Stoltz have both set the bar high.
Enter Josh Zifer, the lanky 6-foot-3, left-handed quarterback.
"He's definitely made some steps in the right direction," Sunlake coach Bill Browning said. "He can really throw the football, so he should be a dual-threat. Effort and leadership wise, he's been outstanding. I think Josh Zifer is fully capable of leading this offense."
Last season, Zifer saw limited action, completing just 3-of-6 passes for 58 yards. However, he will be expected to lead a potent Sunlake to lots of points and most importantly wins in a competitive division.
The Seahawks will compete once again in an extremely tough Class 6A-District 6, which features last season's district champion Brooksville Hernando. Neighborhood rival Land O' Lakes returns a bevy of athletes and Brooksville Nature Coast, River Ridge and Mitchell can not be overlooked.
Though the odds may seem stacked against Sunlake to make a return to the Class 6A postseason, many were not sure about the Seahawks heading into the 2011 season and the results worked out just fine. Zifer is looking to not be a carbon copy of past quarterbacks, but just be able to get the job done.
"Our team has been working very hard," Zifer said. "I see the expectations are very high for us. We've come a long way and some people are saying were not going to do nothing. I've been working very hard. I went to the Peyton Manning camp in New Orleans and had hands on work with Oregon's quarterback. All that is only going to benefit me moving forward."