For Spongers, Kostas Vavlas is the man in the middle



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Wed. October 14, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

Following Tarpon Springs’ recent win at Largo, Spongers coach George Kotis raved about the play of middle linebacker Kostas Vavlas.

For Tarpon to beat Countryside on Thursday, the senior will need another big outing.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Cougars have a pretty decent running game -- and a moderately good running back in Alton Taylor. As a team, Countryside is rushing for more than 200 yards per game. Alone, Taylor has produced 884 yards and 19 rushing Tds in six games (both teams are 5-1)

The Cougars also are blessed to have a massive, and talented, offensive line.

Translation: The Tarpon Springs defense will have its work cut out.

Up front, the Spongers will rely on talented linemen Brodrick Lee and Clay Paino to clog things up. Then, it will be up to players such as Vavlas to make the tackles, which Kotis thinks he’s perfectly capable of doing.

“He’s a very good player,” Kotis said. “A tough kid.”

Below, we’ve got two clips of Vavlas in action (he's No. 40):

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