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Mon. October 19, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

Despite an internet post that claimed Leto had fired all of its offensive coaches, Falcons coach Frank Rose said that's not the case.

Reached by cell phone Monday morning, Rose said he is still the Falcons offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

Rose did say that wide receivers coach Joe Marino was relieved of coaching duties Saturday. Rose cited a "difference of philosphy." Marino was a volunteer assistant.

Marino's son, Dominic, remains the Falcons' starting quarterback, Rose said, but Leto plans to run more plays from the Wildcat formation with running back Jeremy Deering at quarterback. Deering, one of the top running backs in the county and one of the top recruits in the state, also ran the Wildcat for most of last season -- with the objective to keep the ball in the hands of the team's top athlete.

Leto is 1-5 and has scored nine or fewer points in four games this season. They are 0-2 in the district, but are not entirely eliminated from the playoffs, but they need to beat Largo this week and need some help to prompt a tiebreaker.

Deering is Hillsborough County's seventh-leading rusher with 585 yards and He also has 255 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 catches.

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