Chamberlain: Season preview

Coach: Billy Turner (30th season, 193-122) | Last season: 9-4 | Class: 5A, District 6 | Colors: Green and gold

A-listers Dontae Aycock

The Chiefs took off last season after installing the triple-option offense, and Aycock runs it with precision. The 210-pound senior is one of the county's most highly recruited players, receiving offers from Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville and USF among others. He also rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.

Anthony Williams

Williams jumped on the recruiting radar in the spring, impressing coaches with his ability to pluck balls out of the air. Georgia, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Rutgers are among his offers. He made 38 catches for 388 yards last year at Jefferson.

Dontavious Pyron

A 6-foot, 255-pound senior defensive tackle, Pyron anchors a strong defensive line. He is ranked the 30th-best defensive tackle in the nation and 59th-best recruit in Florida by Rivals.com.

Rising star James Wilder Jr.

The son of former Bucs running back James Wilder, the sophomore has "unlimited potential," Chamberlain coach Billy Turner says. He gives the Chiefs a power rusher from the defensive end position. He also will play some at fullback.

Stunt man Lamond Scott

Guy who does the dirty work

One of the Chiefs' wingbacks, Turner argues that Scott could be the county's best player, pound for pound. The senior is just 5-7, 160 pounds, but was a leader in the weight room and spent his offseason mornings pulling a sled uphill to gain strength.

Cutting-room floor

Three things the Chiefs need to avoid

1. Unbalanced offense. The triple option can cause a defense a lot of problems, especially with a strong runner like Aycock running it. But once defenses stack the line, it will be important to use the passing game to balance the offense.

2. Believing the hype. The Chiefs are a popular pick to make a deep playoff run. But if they believe everything being said about them before their first game, they might be in trouble.

3. Undisciplined backers. The Chiefs are experienced top to bottom, except for their linebacking corps. They'll need that unit to step up to support their superior D-line.

Review

"They're really physical and they really have great speed with the skill players. They're also a team that plays with that chip on their shoulder that you want a team to play with. They go out every night like they have something to prove." — Plant coach Robert Weiner

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Chamberlain: Season preview 09/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 4, 2008 3:36pm]

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