No rest for speedy Spoto Spartans



MORE from our HomeTeam writers.

More Video

HomeTeam Hot Shots
Vote for the top male and female athletes from the bay area
Angel Deng, East Lake tennis
Alexis Franco and Laurel Wanger, Largo tennis
Alexis Kilfoyl, Academy at the Lakes softball
Paige Leavy, Tampa Prep tennis
Desiree' Nathe, Bishop McLaughlin track
Erica Oosterhout, Plant tennis
Evan Holvoet, Canterbury tennis
Devonte Luis, Anclote track
Kevin Merrell, Steinbrenner track
Agie Moreno, Wiregrass Ranch tennis
Samson Moore, Gaither track
Dan Stefan, Boca Ciega tennis



Mon. September 12, 2011 | Laura Keeley | Email

No rest for speedy Spoto Spartans

Spoto running back Eric Moate certainly looked fleet of foot in the Spartans’ opening week 38-0 victory over Riverview, rushing for 130 yards on 10 carries. Besides running track in the spring—he finished seventh in the boys 200 meters at last year’s 3A state finals meet — Moate uses another, albeit less pleasant, type of workout designed to maximize his potential: P90X.

Spoto assistant coach Lawrence Walker has given the popular workout, which combines weight training, cardio, plyometrics, martial arts and yoga, his own twist, calling his version “insanity” or “P90X on steroids,” coach Dale Caparaso said. Just the mere mention of the routine caused Moate, sitting in his coach’s office, to roll his eyes and collapse against the wall in mock exhaustion.

“It’s mainly a summer thing,” he said while munching on Doritos. “But we do it every now and then.”

Every now and then translated to “every day” of Spoto’s off week last week, Caparaso said. Many of the Spartans' new transfer players—four of which came from outside the state—had to ratchet up their practice intensity to get up to Caparaso's desired speed.

"The tempo is faster," said quarterback Jaylin Davis, who came from Leto. "It's a lot faster, and there are more athletes here."

Davis, Moate and the rest of what Caparaso called his “fastest team in his four years” will take on 2-0 Gibbs this Friday.

Players in post

Teams in post


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours