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Thu. September 10, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

TARPON SPRINGS --- As if facing RB Adrian “Bubba” Golden on one side of the ball and a talented defense on the other weren’t enough, Tarpon Springs’ opponents have something else to worry about this fall.

The Spongers’ special teams.

Consider …

On kickoff returns, Tarpon uses Golden, Darius Daniels and Josiah Fisk, each of whom is capable of going the distance any time they touch the ball. Golden, in fact, had a 93-yard scoring return last week. All three are speed demons.

On punt returns, Savvas (pronounced Saw-vuh) Damalos is a smart, elusive and instinctive player who returned five kicks in week 1 for 104 yards.

On field goals, placekicker Michael Hill not only is accurate, but has excellent range. He is 2 for 2 this season with kicks of 41 and 32 yards.

“I would say we’re average on the way to great,” Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis said. “We’ve got to keep working. When we get it down, it’s going to be a huge advantage.”

It already is.

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