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Boca Ciega: Spring football capsule

Boca Ciega defensive end Julius Forte, right, is going to be at the top of a lot of recruiting lists.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Boca Ciega defensive end Julius Forte, right, is going to be at the top of a lot of recruiting lists.

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.

Boca Ciega

Coach: Stevie Thomas (third season, 13-8)

Last season: 8-3 (lost to Jefferson in the region quarterfinals)

District: Class 4A-9 (Bradenton Bayshore, Bradenton Southeast, Lakewood, Northeast, Osceola)

Key losses: OL/DL Cody Hampton, ATH Javonte Trotter, PK Randall Klafter, LB George Durant, DL Johnny Hartsfield, QB/DB Orhian Johnson

Who's back: Bogie lost a talented, game-changing group of seniors, and it probably won't be able to find the same quality this year — with the exception of DE Julius Forte, who will be one of the county's most hotly recruited players. Darrian Skinner returns, and if he doesn't start at QB he'll be a top WR, and Darius Johnson, Jacquez Jackson and Lavontae Armstrong will form a talented but unproven backfield.

What's new: Thomas is high on rising sophomore QB Shaquille Slaughter, who could be the starter in the fall.

Audibles: "We need to find some linemen, especially on the offensive side." — Thomas

Did you know? The Pirates have never made the playoffs in consecutive seasons.

John C. Cotey, Times staff writer

Spring game

May 30 at

Davenport Ridge

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 at

Dunedin

Sept. 19 at Dixie Hollins

Sept. 26 vs. Lakewood

Oct. 3 vs. St. Petersburg

Oct. 10 vs.

Northeast

Oct. 17 at

Countryside

Oct. 24 vs.

Bradenton Southeast

Oct. 31 at Osceola

Nov. 7 at

Bradenton

Bayshore

Nov. 14 vs. Gibbs

Boca Ciega: Spring football capsule 05/06/08 [Last modified: Sunday, May 11, 2008 1:38pm]
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