HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: North Port, Booker and Bayshore preview capsules

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Bobcats are lone area team in Class 7A-District 11; Tornadoes and Bruins are part of 6-team Class 5A-District 12

NORTH PORT BOBCATS

COACH: Brian Hatler (5th season, 9-31).

LAST YEAR: 3-7.

DISTRICT: Class 7A-District 11.

HOME FIELD: The Preserve at North Port, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port.

RETURNING PLAYERS

OFFENSE (multiple, Brian Hatler, coordinator)

Jeff Terry, RB, junior

Colby Pirillo, WR, senior

Taylor Willis, RB, senior

Zach Kelly, TE, junior

Gabe Rodriguez, OL, senior

Mitch Ramsey, OL, junior

John-Victor Oliveira, K, senior

DEFENSE (4-3, Al Curtiss, coordinator)

Joey Anderson, DB, junior

Taylor Willis, SS, senior

Bradley Augustin, LB, senior

Deandre Wilson, LB, senior

Steven Poplin, DL, junior

Michael Martin-Hinds, DL, junior

NEWCOMERS

Josh Singleton, TE/LB, senior

Frank Carvell, S, senior

Michael Walz, C, senior

COACH HATLER’S OUTLOOK

“We are excited to attack the challenges and opportunities of playing in a new district for the upcoming season. Look to build off a high energy and enthusiastic off-season training program. Have a mix of experience on offense, defense, and special teams. Looking for some new players to rise up to get their opportunity. Expect solid special teams play with the return of kicker John-Victor Oliveira leading the way. Need to protect the ball on offense and create turnovers on defense.”

BOBCATS 2019 SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 — at Estero

Aug. 30 — SARASOTA

Sept. 6 — SOUTH FORT MYERS

Sept. 13 — at Lakewood Ranch

Sept. 20 — at Tampa Catholic

Sept. 27 — at Lehigh Acres Lehigh Senior

Oct. 4 — BAYSHORE

Oct. 11 — NAPLES GULF COAST

Oct. 18 — OFF

Oct. 25 — at Fort Myers Riverdale

Nov. 1 — at Lemon Bay

 

BAYSHORE BRUINS

COACH: John Biezuns (4th season, 8-19).

LAST YEAR: 5-5.

DISTRICT: Class 5A-District 12.

HOME FIELD: Balvanz Stadium, 5401 34th St. West, Bradenton.

RETURNING PLAYERS

OFFENSE (spread, Jamaal Sanders, coordinator)

Brian Coleman, QB, senior

Jesse Cannon, OL, senior

Alex Staley, C, senior

Juan Vaquero, OL, senior

Bryan Smith, OL, junior

Kevin Campbell, slot, junior

Anwarren Brown, WR, senior

DEFENSE (4-2-5, Jamaal Sanders, coordinator)

Matt Christy, DL, senior

Bryce Brewer, DE/LB, senior

Devon Randall, CB, senior

Joey Bing, CB, junior

NEWCOMERS

Treyvon Jefferson, QB/WR

Chris Snyder, QB/LB

Marcus Furlow, DB/FB

Octavius Calhoun, RB/DB

Jaheim Holloway, DB/FB

Sergio Valencia, OL

Davion Johnson, RB/LB

COACH BIEZUNS’ OUTLOOK

“We won’t make a prediction based on wins/losses. If we can gel as an offensive line (returning four starters) and improve our run game, we have a chance to score some points this season. We have a very big senior class, with most of these guys being three-year starters, they should provide leadership to our younger players. Defensively, we will continue to create turnovers and play fast.”

BRUINS 2019 SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 — at Sarasota

Aug. 30 — AUBURNDALE

Sept. 6 — at Lakewood Ranch

Sept. 13 — TAMPA CHAMBERLAIN

Sept. 20 — SOUTHEAST

Sept. 27 — at St. Petersburg Gibbs

Oct. 4 — at North Port

Oct. 11 — BOOKER

Oct. 18 — at Tampa Robinson

Oct. 25 — at Tampa Jesuit

Nov. 1 — OFF

 

BOOKER TORNADOES

COACH: Baraka Atkins (1st season).

LAST YEAR: 6-5.

DISTRICT: Class 5A-District 12

HOME FIELD: Tornado Alley, 3201 N Orange Ave., Sarasota

RETURNING PLAYERS

OFFENSE (multiple spread out of a pistol set, Willie Brown, coordinator)

Rasheed Robinson, OL, senior

Cleve Benson, QB, sophomore

Jaron Glover, WR, sophomore

DeJuan Gordon, RB, junior

DEFENSE (4-3, Baraka Atkins, coordinator)

Alfa Young, DE, senior

NEWCOMERS

Treyvon Hinson, DE/TE, junior

Michael Haynes Jr., OL/DL, senior

Jameire Hayes, DB/WR, senior

Jacquez Jones, RB/DB, senior

Isaiah Williams, DL, senior

Trevion Thomas, LB, junior

Kafale Rivers, DB, sophomore

COACH ATKINS’ OUTLOOK

“I believe we will continue on the course set from the previous two years and be competitive each week. Our success will be measured on how well we do in winning in the postseason. To be successful, we have to stay healthy, make smart decisions on and off the field and improve each phase of the game, starting with special teams.”

TORNADOES 2019 SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 — CARDINAL MOONEY

Aug. 30 — SOUTHEAST

Sept. 6 — at Fort Myers Dunbar

Sept. 13 — at Tampa Jesuit

Sept. 20 — OFF

Sept. 27 — TAMPA ROBINSON

Oct. 4 — BRADEN RIVER

Oct. 11 — at Bayshore

Oct. 18 — at Tampa Chamberlain

Oct. 25 — ST. PETERSBURG GIBBS

Nov. 1 — at Clearwater Central Catholic

 

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