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Admiral Farragut: Spring football capsule

Spring game

May 22 vs. Santa Fe Catholic

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 vs. St. Stephen's

Sept. 5 vs. Lakeland Christian

Sept. 19 at All Saints' Academy

Sept. 26 vs. Shorecrest

Oct. 3 at Warner Christian

Oct. 10 at Northside Christian

Oct. 17 at Evangelical Christian

Oct. 24 vs. Fort Meade

Oct. 31 vs. Bradenton Christian

Nov. 7 at Indian Rocks Christian

Nov. 14 vs. Calvary Christian

Last season: 3-7

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Admiral Farragut

Coach: Chris Miller (fourth season, 12-16)

District: Class A-5 (Fort Meade, Indian Rocks Christian, Lakeland Christian, Northside Christian, Shorecrest)

Key losses: C/NG Arnold Bellini, OL/DL Hayden Buttner

Who's back: QB/DB A.J. Augustine, RB/DB Josh Burch, LB Taylor Davis, FB/DL/LB Noah Silverberg, OL/DL Cory Vanarnum

What's new: Personnel-wise, not much. The Blue Jackets had seven first-time players last season, and the experience those players gained should serve Admiral well this year. "We've got all these guys returning that should make us better," Miller said. "… We expect to be a little bit more fundamentally sound."

Silverberg, whom Miller calls the team leader, will play a major role in what the Blue Jackets do on offense and defense. "This is his football team," Miller said.

The Blue Jackets lost two stalwarts on the offensive and defensive lines in Bellini and Buttner, but Miller thinks the overall size of both lines has improved. Senior tight end Malcolm Viex missed all of last season with a knee injury but will be counted on heavily this year. Miller estimates he'll have nine guys playing both ways.

Audibles: "You've got to start over in a lot of ways every year. It's really rare that we keep a kid from middle school all the way through high school because of the military aspect of the school. It's not for everybody; it's very challenging." — Miller

Did you know?: AFA's roster has a decidedly international flavor. Roughly one-third of the Blue Jackets' 30 or so players were born on foreign soil.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Admiral Farragut: Spring football capsule 05/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2008 7:46pm]
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