Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at a football district a day. First up: Class 2A, District 5.
Listed in order of 2011 finish, with overall/district record
Canterbury (10-2, 7-1)
Admiral Farragut (12-2, 7-1)
Indian Rocks Christian (7-4, 5-3)
Carrollwood Day (6-4, 4-4)
Cambridge Christian (6-4, 4-4)
Calvary Christian (5-5, 3-5)
Keswick Christian (5-5, 3-5)
Bradenton Christian (3-6, 3-5)
Northside Christian (1-9, 0-8)
Did you know?
How competitive was this mega-district last year? Seven of the nine teams finished the 2011 regular season .500 or better and eight teams had at least three district wins.
Four things to expect this fall
AFA at the top: Admiral Farragut, which played in the state championship game, has enough skill players to make another run. The key will be how well an offensive line that lost four starters develops, and whether RB Cortavious Givens can come back strong from a torn ACL.
New county rushing king? With 1,966 yards, Carrollwood Day senior Robert Davis becomes Hillsborough County’s all-time rushing leader. Conceivable? Sure, when considering the compact speedster (5-8, 165 pounds) gained more than 1,800 yards last year with a bum shoulder.
Calvary a contender: Calvary Christian is the only Pinellas County team that has never made the playoffs. That could change with a wealth of skill players, led by twins Allen and Derek Barnes.
A-Train’s debut: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott takes over at Northside Christian and tries to turn around a program that did not win a game against a district opponent last year.
Players to watch
Taylor Angell, QB, Keswick Christian: Has the potential to throw – and rush – for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Derek Barnes, WR, Calvary Christian: The team’s leading rusher last season, Barnes moves to receiver and will get plenty of touches in the pistol offense.
Vidal Woodruff, QB, Carrollwood Day: After a turbulent tenure at Class 5A Robinson, where he never could secure the starting job, Woodruff provides another athletic body on both sides for CDS.
Todd Macon, RB, Admiral Farragut: With the Blue Jackets beset by injuries, Macon saved AFA’s season by coming through in a key stretch of games last year. He’ll be counted again early this season.
Robbie Robertson, WR/RB/DB, Cambridge: The Lancers’ best all-around player collected more than 1,100 total yards and 70 tackles as a junior in 2011.
Mark your calendars
Carrollwood Day at Admiral Farragut, Sept. 28: One of the area’s most exciting games last year demands an encore. AFA made a furious rally in the second half last season to pull out a 49-41 victory on the Patriots’ campus. CDS scored the first 22 points before injuries, not to mention exhaustion caused by an afternoon kickoff, exposed its lack of depth. We’ll call it right now: this game will determine the district title.
“It’s a tough nine-team district. One district loss and your back already is against the wall.” — CDS coach Lane McLaughlin
1. Admiral Farragut
2. Carrollwood Day
3. Calvary Christian
5. Keswick Christian
6. Indian Rocks Christian
7. Cambridge Christian
8. Bradenton Christian
9. Northside Christian
Bob Putnam and Joey Knight, Times staff writers