HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Riverview, Lemon Bay and Cardinal Mooney preview capsules

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Rams, Mantas and Cougars will all be only area team in their district or region

RIVERVIEW RAMS

COACH: Josh Smithers (3rd season, 21-6).

LAST YEAR: 10-4.

DISTRICT: Class 8A-District 8.

HOME FIELD: Ram Bowl, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

RETURNING PLAYERS

OFFENSE (spread, Jared Clark, coordinator)

Sean White, QB, senior

Mike Fraraccio, TE, junior

Michael “Poohdah” Hayes, WR/RB, junior

Duke Timmons, WR, sophomore

Pat Quinn, OL, senior

Jeremiah Washington, OL, senior

Dorian Hall, K, senior

DEFENSE (4-3, Gerald Perry, coordinator)

Jairus Brewer, DL, junior

Sincere Littles, DL, junior

Jayden Cray, LB, senior

Hal Bloom, DB, senior

Matt Garcia, DB, senior

James Simmons, DB, sophomore

NEWCOMERS

Omari Hayes, WR, sophomore

Tray Hall, RB, senior

Nathan Langlais, OL, senior

Alec Kabel, OL, junior

Jonathan Pettey, OL, sophomore

Kyle Pearson, DE, junior

Daevon Lebron, LB, junior

Brandon Davenport, LB, junior

Will Evans, DB/QB, junior

Mike Russo, DL, junior

COACH SMITHERS’ OUTLOOK

“I like the team we have returning. We have some new players that will need to fill some big shoes of graduating seniors. We have a very tough first half of the season. If we can handle the tough schedule and enter our district play healthy, we should have a chance to compete for the district title again.”

RAMS 2019 SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 — NAPLES

Aug. 30 — at Braden River

Sept. 6 — PALMETTO

Sept. 13 — HAINES CITY RIDGE COMMUNITY

Sept. 20 — at Venice

Sept. 27 — at Ruskin Lennard

Oct. 4 — OFF

Oct. 11 — TAMPA RIVERVIEW

Oct. 18 — at Lithia Newsome

Oct. 25 — at Haines City

Nov. 1 — SARASOTA

 

LEMON BAY MANTA RAYS

COACH: Don Southwell (3rd season, 7-12).

LAST YEAR: 2-8.

REGION: Class 4A-Region 3.

HOME FIELD: Veterans Stadium, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood.

RETURNING PLAYERS

OFFENSE (spread, Don Southwell, coordinator)

Colby McCauley, RB, senior

DEFENSE (multiple, Jaime Lowicz, coordinator)

Aidan Moore, MLB, senior

Henry Schouten, OLB, junior

NEWCOMERS

Austin Andrle, QB

Riley Haynes, WR/DB

Mason Dowd, WR/DB

Louis Baldor, FB/DE

COACH SOUTHWELL’S OUTLOOK

“If we stay healthy we feel very good about this season.”

MANTAS 2019 SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 — PORT CHARLOTTE

Aug. 30 — LAKEWOOD RANCH

Sept. 6 — SARASOTA

Sept. 13 — at Saint Stephen’s

Sept. 20 — at Cape Coral Oasis

Sept. 27 — at Naples St. John Neumann

Oct. 4 — at DeSoto County

Oct. 11 — OFF

Oct. 18 — Avon Park

Oct. 25 — at Bonita Springs

Nov. 1 — NORTH PORT

 

CARDINAL MOONEY COUGARS

COACH: Paul Maechtle (2nd season, 7-4).

LAST YEAR: 7-4.

REGION: Class 3A-Region 3.

HOME FIELD: John Heath Field at Austin Smithers Stadium, 4171 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota.

RETURNING PLAYERS

OFFENSE (Spread, Chris Conboy, coordinator)

Ryan Bolduc, QB, senior

Meko Mays, WR, senior

Cameron Heald, WR, junior

Ty Nevells, WR, junior

Nate Marshall, OL, senior

Michael Bright, OL, senior

TJ Murphy, OL, senior

Gabe Hahn, OL, junior

DEFENSE (3-4 multiple, Paul Maechtle)

Mickey Thayer, DL, senior

Andres Linares, DL, senior

Ryan Baker, DL, senior

Tim Macri, LB, senior

Tyrelle Dener, DB, senior

Miles Curley, DB, senior

NEWCOMERS

Ethan Dumeer, DL, senior

Noah Averbeck, LB, junior

Dylan Turner, RB, junior

Hunter Walsh, WR, junior

Max Henderson, WR, junior

Dylan Robertson, WR

Lauriel Trotman, RB/S

Jaquavious Washington, DB

Corin Howard, LB

JR Rosenberg, LB

Kyle Cook, WR

Jack MacKinnon, DE

COACH MAECHTLE’S OUTLOOK

“If the performance on the field is as improved as the overall team size and strength then the Cougars can have some success. They will need to remain healthy in the offensive line and at the QB position. The linebacking corps will have to make plays.”

COUGARS 2019 SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 — at Booker

Aug. 30 — at Tampa Catholic

Sept. 6 — TAMPA BERKELEY PREP

Sept. 13 — at Fort Myers Riverdale

Sept. 20 — LAKELAND VICTORY CHRISTIAN

Sept. 27 — CLEARWATER CALVARY CHRISTIAN

Oct. 4 — at Fort Myers Bishop Verot

Oct. 11 — CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC

Oct. 18 — OFF

Oct. 25 — LAKELAND CHRISTIAN

Nov. 1 — at Southeast

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