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Secret to Bloomingdale’s success? A pass-heavy offense

By Scott Purks, Times Correspondent
Bloomingdale wide receiver Ed Amos is a key part of the Bulls' rejuvenated passing game this season. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)

Max Warner likes to throw the ball, which makes sense considering he coached quarterbacks for pretty much his whole career before taking the head coaching position last year at Bloomingdale.

Guess what? Bloomingdale (7-3) has thrown the ball quite a bit this year with quite a lot of success.

Leading the way has been senior quarterback Tyler Hunter, who has come back strong after tearing his ACL in the last game of 2016.

Hunter has completed 140 of 280 passes for 2,195 yards and 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions.

Hunter also has thrown it to guys all over the field, completing at least one pass to 12 different players.

At the top of the receiversí list is Terrel Ferrell, who has 47 catches for 1,052 yards and 13 touchdowns, followed by Ed Amos (24 receptions, 324 yards, five touchdowns) and Xavier Hernandez (16 receptions, 166 yards).

"Looking at (Hunter) and the rest of our personnel I thought we definitely should throw it a little more," Warner said. "I also think our offensive line is more suited to pass blocking. I think itís all worked out pretty well."

On Friday, however, the Bulls come in as the underdog against Tampa Bay Tech, which is 9-1 with a 49-21 regular-season victory over Bloomingdale on Oct. 13.

Playoff football

All games 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $8.



No. 6 East River at No. 3 Plant

No. 7 Gaither at No. 2 Viera

No. 5 Wiregrass Ranch at No. 4 Lake Nona

No. 8 St. Petersburg at No. 1 Venice

No. 7 Bloomingdale at No. 2 Tampa Bay Tech

No. 6 Palmetto at No. 3 Pinellas Park


No. 6 Barron Collier at No. 3 Largo

No. 8 Clearwater at No. 1 North Fort Myers

No. 7 Chamberlain at No. 2 Mitchell

No. 8 Sebring at No. 1 Armwood

No. 5 Hillsborough at No. 4 Lake Gibson


No. 6 Jesuit at No. 3 Jefferson

No. 7 Tarpon Springs at No. 2 Lakewood

No. 6 Clay at No. 3 Hernando

No. 7 River Ridge at No. 2 Zephyrhills

No. 8 Nature Coast at No. 1 Baker County



No. 4 Tampa Catholic at No. 1 Clearwater Central Catholic

No. 3 Calvary Christian at No. 2 Lakeland Christian


No. 4 Southwest Florida Christian at No. 1 Cambridge Christian

No. 3 Admiral Farragut at No. 2 Indian Rocks Christian

No. 4 Zephyrhills Christian at No. 1 Victory Christian