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Tue. August 7, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

Bishop McLaughlin’s 2012 football season got off to a slow start. The baseball team’s postseason run forced its football team to end spring practice early because of a lack of numbers.

But when the Hurricanes began practice Monday, second-year coach Derrick Alexander liked what he saw – a high-powered offense with a new coordinator.

“We’ve gotta keep going forward at this point,” Alexander said.

Bishop’s new offensive coordinator is Micheal Burns, who was hired as Blake’s head coach in the winter but stepped down before coaching a game there. He’s implemented a spread offense that could thrive under QB RJ Perciavalle (1,820 yards, 17 TDs last season) and WR Austin Meyers.

The running game has two new faces – Sunlake transfer Sammy Sullivan and Justin Betancourt, whose older brother, Jordan, totaled 16 touchdowns last season.

Before the Hurricanes begin their push for a second straight trip to the SAC playoffs under Alexander, they face an enormous task in the preseason classic. Bishop faces St. Petersburg Catholic and star RB Ryan Green, a Florida State commit.

“He’s going to Florida State,” said Alexander, a former All-America lineman for the Seminoles, “but I don’t want him to feel good about going to Florida State on us.”

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