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Carrollwood Day School: Spring football capsule

Around the county in 30 days

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

Carrollwood Day School

Coach: Lane McLaughlin (second season, 10-3. Note: This is the program's first season of 11-man football)

Last season: 10-3 (Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools champion)

District: Independent

Key losses: WR David Walker

Who's back: RB/DB Darrius Bing, DE/OL Mak Djulebegodic, QB Billy Embody,

RB/LB Matt Monteilh, DB/TE Chris Tufts.

What's new: Just about everything. The program is making the jump from six-man to 11-man football with a bang. It had great success last fall, returns most of its team, is building a stadium and will be joined in the fall by quarterback/receiver/defensive back Jon Gruden II (also known as "Deuce"), the son of Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden. The Patriots will compete in an eight-team conference comprised of independent programs at the 1B level that will hold a championship game. CDS currently has 24 players, but keep an eye on Embody. He passed for 33 touchdowns last season, and it will be interesting to see how he transitions to the 11-man game. Bing is another exciting young player.

Audible: "The school is catching fire. We're getting ready. Kids are showing up. We're anxious to get on the field … the big field." — McLaughlin

Did you know?: Before coming to CDS, McLaughlin was an assistant at Jefferson for eight seasons. During his stint there, the Dragons twice reached the state final.

Spring game

May 22

at Canterbury

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 vs. Leesburg

First Academy

Sept. 12 vs. Sarasota

Out-of-Door Academy

Sept. 19 at Moore Haven

Sept. 26 at Hernando Christian

Oct. 3 vs. Mount Dora Bible

Oct. 10 at

Bradenton

St. Stephen's Episcopal

Oct. 24 at

Bradenton Christian

Oct. 31 vs.

Bishop McLaughlin

Nov. 7 at

Canterbury

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Carrollwood Day School: Spring football capsule 05/10/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 10, 2008 8:33pm]
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