Around the North Suncoast in 30 days
A spring preview of every football program on the North Suncoast.
Coach: Cliff Lohrey (third year, 14-7)
Last season: 6-4
District: Class 4A-8 (Land O'Lakes, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Springstead, Tarpon Springs)
Key losses: LB Nate Brazeau, DB Heath Heroux, RB Duane Marks, OL Jason Morton, WR Chad Walker, QB Chase Walker, DB Jeff Wright
Who's back: RB Austin Forte, OG/DT Kevin Grier, ILB Dan May, DT Brooks Reid, C Sam Robinson, QB Dallas Waugh
What's new: Most of the offensive backfield. Lohrey must replace his top rusher (Marks), passer (Chase Walker) and receiver (Chad Walker) from a team that upset Nature Coast and darn near upset Land O'Lakes (before losing 14-7). With most of the experience up front, look for Central to try to establish an inside run game behind Robinson and Grier, a 300-pound right guard whom Lohrey says is getting Division I looks. Lohrey also is high on Waugh, who backed up Chase Walker in 2007.
Audible: "I don't care anything about numerical balance, I just want balance capability. We've got to be able to throw it when we want to throw it, and run it when we want to run it. I think sometimes coaches limit their team by saying, 'Well, if we're a great run team maybe we can't be a great passing team.' Well, I'm greedy. I want to be great at both." — Lohrey
Did you know?: Forte (5 feet 11, 180 pounds), primarily an outside linebacker last season, is the favorite to replace Marks at tailback, but dislocated a shoulder this month, on the first day of contact. … Because of a postgame skirmish at Nature Coast in the 2007 season finale, Central is prohibited from competing in a spring game or jamboree against another school.
scrimmage May 23,
Sept. 26 vs. Ridgewood
Oct. 10 at Springstead
Oct. 24 vs. Land O'Lakes
Oct. 31 vs.
at River Ridge
Nov. 14 vs. Nature Coast
Joey Knight, Times staff writer