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Mon. August 9, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

The first observation from Pasco High football practice has to be the mix of former rivals.

A handful of former Wesley Chapel assistants, who once worked alongside coach Tom McHugh, are now at Pasco. The sight of Brian Colding wearing red and black is still tough to stomach considering he helped former Wesley Chapel coach John Castelamare open that program in 1999.

What McHugh sees in these new Pasco assistants is what he saw in them when they coached alongside each other for many years at Wesley Chapel. They are experienced, disciplined and all on the same page because they've known each other for so long.

Colding is the most significant addition, considering he was up for the Wildcats' job before it went to Ben Alford, a Pasco alumnus. Colding still works at Wesley Chapel where he will continue to coach track and field.

So far, the former Wildcats seem to be mixing just fine with Pasco's longtime regime.

In terms of the players, today marked the start of the Jacob Guy era. Guy, a former Zephyrhills player, enters his second season with the Pirates. Last year, Guy was a backup to quarterback D.J. Clower. This year, he is the starter and many expect big things with plenty of weapons surrounding him.

McHugh was in prime form Monday reminding some players they had arrived a few minutes late and that being late was unacceptable.

As with most camps, the players were learning some details to prepare for the first day of hitting Thursday.

The Pirates have more than 80 players out for football, and they are expected to be a favorite for the Class 3A, District 7 title. They've won three straight under fourth-year coach McHugh. 

In terms of injuries and transfers, McHugh said there have been none so far.

igould@tampabay.com

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