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TARPON SPRINGS -- How good was the Tarpon Springs defensive line in last week’s 27-2 kickoff classic win over Gulf?
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According to Tarpon coaches, Gulf managed no first downs and totaled minus-24 yards against the Spongers’ first-team defense.
And that dominance started up front.
“They’re tenacious,” Tarpon coach George Kotis said.
Five players get the bulk of the snaps on the line -- tackles George Koulianos and Brodrick Lee, along with ends Kevin Jones, Zach Melendez and Clay Paino.
“Honestly, we’ve got more good ones than that,” Kotis said.
Of the players mentioned, Lee and Paino arguably are the best of the bunch. A 6-foot-2, 275-pound junior, Lee should be a big-time prospect next year. Paino, a senior with a 4.2 GPA, is getting strong interested from several Division I-AA programs, including many in the Ivy League.
“Dominance is what we always talk about with them,” Kotis said. “Keep the throttle down.”