As Weeki Wachee opened practices for its first season of varsity football this week, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Green Hornets’ biggest weaknesses are inexperience and leadership.
“We’ve got some kids that are learning,” coach Mark Lee said.
The squad of about 60 boasts some talent. David Tinch continues to grow as a quarterback, and running backs Jon King and Marcus Allen continue to draw praise.
The biggest talent midway through early practices is Marcus Applefield, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound lineman.
“He’s a big, big boy that’s real lean,” Lee said. “He doesn’t look like he weighs as much as he does.”
Applefield and Weeki Wachee have solid athletes, but Lee is still molding them into football players. Switching from a four-man defensive front to a five-man line is taking time – especially on a team that’s still learning basics like film study.
“Our inexperience hurts us,” Lee said. “Guys are just learning how to do things. On JV, you don’t get to see too many opponents (on film).”