Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in Pinellas County.
Coach: Dave Bonchi (first season)
Last season: 4-6
District: Class B, District 5
Key losses: WR/RB/DB Jordan Ankrom, DL/LB Andrew Chen, OL/DL Marcel Drapalski, WR/QB Johnny Hubbard, OL/DL Marcus Montanez, WR Zach Mueller, QB/DB Jordan Schmidt, RB/DB Ryan Smith
Who’s back: RB/LB Matt Ankrom, QB Zach Hubbard, Alex Leonard, RB Steven Rice, TE Kyle Wiedinger
What’s new: Bonchi, a former offensive coordinator at East Lake, takes over the program from Chris Rivera, who resigned after five seasons. The biggest thing Bonchi has to do this spring is fill in the gaps after losing 12 players to graduation, with the offensive and defensive lines taking the greatest hits. Bonchi is switching the offense from the wing-T to one that is more option oriented. At quarterback, Hubbard and Heath Haetherly will battle for the starting spot. The running backs will be by committee with Ankrom and Rice sharing the load. Wiedinger, a basketball standout, will be the main target in the passing game. Bonchi is counting on Jacob Corlett to anchor the line on both sides of the ball. The strength of the defense is the linebackers with Ankrom, Julian Brodie and Greg Pease. That’s why Bonchi has decided to run the 3-4.
Audible: “It’s been a quick turnaround with the coaching change. Everything has had to be expedited. I’ve tried to spend a lot of time getting to know the kids better. So far, so good. The attitude and excitement around here has been great.” — Bonchi
Did you know? Calvary Christian is the only county school, public or private, that has played in a district and never made the playoffs.
Spring game: May 20 at Canterbury, 7 p.m.
Sept. 3 at Canterbury
Sept. 10 at Shorecrest
Sept. 17 vs. Indian Rocks Christian
Sept. 24 at Admiral Farragut
Oct. 1 at Cambridge
Oct. 8 vs. Victory Christian
Oct. 22 vs. Keswick Christian
Oct. 29 vs. St. Stephen’s
Nov. 5 at Santa Fe Catholic
Nov. 12 vs. Northside Christian