Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
Coach: Steve Dudley (second season, 5-4)
Last season: 5-4
Key losses: RB/LB Joey Cuda, QB/DB Brandon Hamilton,
WR Johnny Lancaster
Who's back: OL/DL Taylor Campbell, FB/DL Jeremy Dolan, OL/DL Lee Hanna, WR Ryan Laurent, OL/DL Micah Madir, QB/DB Dominique Thornton, OL/DL Michael Woolfenden
What's new: Since the program's inception in 2005, Canterbury has always gone the independent route. The Crusaders still will not play a district schedule, but they will belong to the Sunshine State Conference, made up of eight small private schools in the area. That will allow Canterbury to play a 10-game schedule for the first time.
The Crusaders could contend in the conference thanks to a veteran offensive line. Madir is the biggest body at 6 feet 3, 275 pounds. Dolan, a standout on the defensive line, will get a chance to start at fullback. Thornton takes over at quarterback. That should help offset the loss of a trio of skill players — Cuda, Hamilton and Lancaster — who graduate.
Audibles: "We lose a lot in the skill positions, and we will be somewhat young with only three seniors. But have a good core. We'll have to rely a lot on the offensive and defensive lines." — Dudley
Did you know?: The Crusaders won two games by forfeit last year, which helped them finish 5-4 and have a winning record for the second straight season.
Spring game: May 22 vs. Carrollwood Day School
Sept. 5 at Academy
of the Lakes
Sept. 12 bye
Sept. 19 vs. Boca Raton Christian
Sept. 26 at Bishop McLaughlin
Oct. 3 vs. West Palm Beach Summitt Christian
Oct. 10 vs. Lakeland
Oct. 17 bye
Oct. 24 at Mount Dora Bible
Nov. 1 at Bradenton
Nov. 1 at Hernando Christian
Nov. 7 Carrollwood Day School
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer