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Wed. May 16, 2012 | Times Staff

HomeTeam Huddle: Weeki Wachee ground game's a go thanks to sizable linemen

Football games are won in the trenches, and with that in mind, Weeki Wachee seems to be in good shape going into its first varsity season.

Armed with two massive players on the right side of its line, it shouldn’t be difficult for the Hornets to run the ball.

“We are excited about the linemen we have and the impact they can make,” coach Mark Lee said. “The guys we have in there have matured both mentally and physically.”

Rising junior Marcus Applefield will start at right tackle, and Lee expects that the young lineman will be the first Division I prospect to come out of the program.

At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, Applefield has already garnered attention as a sophomore from some prospective programs without playing a snap of varsity ball, according to Lee.

Next to Applefield, the leader of the line will be right guard Tyler Pearson. As if the size at tackle weren’t enough, Pearson, a rising senior, is 6-3, 280 pounds. His experience and size should help open big holes for the Hornets’ two projected tailbacks.

Lee has pegged Jon King the starter because of his athleticism and bruising rushing style. The rising junior’s work ethic is unmatched, and he loves to run hard.

“Jon was the first player in this program to suffer a concussion on the field,” Lee said. “When he did that last season, he just wanted to get back on the field. We sat him out for a while, and you could see his frustration.”

King will be backed up by a player whose name jumps off the page. Marcus Allen, a rising sophomore, is the fastest player in the program, and Lee projects he will find time on the field as a defensive back, wide receiver and running back.

Fulmers reunited
Ridgewood coach Jay Fulmer has officially reunited with his son on the field.

QB Will Fulmer has transferred from Hudson and enrolled at Ridgewood, the Fulmers said Wednesday morning.

“It’s been a long time coming. …” Jay Fulmer said. “It’s gonna be a short-lived celebration. We’ve got so much to do to get ready.”

Jay coached his son during Will’s freshman year at Gulf, before an alleged recruiting controversy led to the coach’s suspension before the 2010 season. The younger Fulmer threw for 487 yards and four touchdowns with the Bucs that year.

The 6-foot-2 quarterback threw for 22 yards at Hudson last season before an ankle injury sidelined him after the Cobras’ second game.

Because rushing back from the torn ligaments could have ended his high school career, Will took his recovery slowly. Doctors finally cleared him to play about three weeks ago.

Now he has a place to play. He’ll be back on the field with his dad, who was hired just before the Rams’ spring practice began.

“Now we’ve gotta do what we set out to do four years ago,” the coach said. “That’s to send him out a winner.”

Hart tops at Hernando
One of Hernando’s tasks this spring was to identify a new starting quarterback after Cleve Pope’s graduation.

Heading into Friday’s spring game against Clearwater Central Catholic, the Leopards have a front-runner — sophomore Ra’shaad Hart.

“It looks like Ra’shaad is penciled in as the starter right now after our scrimmage,” coach John Palmer said.

The 6-foot-3 Hart is a good athlete who averaged 10 points as a sophomore on the basketball team. Expect ATH Tyrail Hawkins to get snaps at quarterback, too, after gaining some experience at Wildcat QB last fall.

Recruiting update
Pasco DL Joey Ivie picked up his sixth SEC offer and 19th overall when Ole Miss offered him Tuesday night, Pirates coach Tom McHugh said.

FSU stopped by Springstead on Tuesday to evaluate OT Will Allen. Wofford and Holy Cross have visited the Eagles, too, to check out Allen and LB Luke McLeod.

Compiled by staff writer Matt Baker and correspondent Derek J. LaRiviere.

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