county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in Hillsborough County.
Coach: Billy Turner (30th season at Chamberlain, 193-122)
Last season: 9-4 (reached third round of 5A playoffs)
District: Class 5A-6 (Alonso, King, Sickles)
Key losses: DB Justin Bell; WR Francisco Llanos; DB Deven Persaud; WR Fred Sykes.
Who's back: RB Kenny Allen, Sr.; QB Dontae Aycock, Sr.; DL Eric Hammond, Jr.; OL Justin McDowell, Sr.; PK Austin Pullaro, Sr.; DL Dontavious Pyron, Sr.; RB Lamond Scott, Sr.
What's new: Experience and confidence. One key will be the growth of the offense, which was a bit inconsistent last fall. Aycock, one of the area's top recruits, has a season under his belt running the team's triple option/spread attack — not to mention a number of solid skills players. One of them is receiver Anthony Williams. Defensively, Hammond and Pyron anchor a defensive front that could rival any in Florida.
Audible: "A team has to have chemistry. We don't know what that is yet. We're very talented, but that doesn't win games. That doesn't make you a good team. Right now, we're trying to mesh them all together." — Turner.
Did you know?: Under Turner, the Chiefs have been to the playoffs 15 times and nine straight seasons.
Spring game: May 22 at Middleton vs. Hillsborough
Aug. 29 at Jesuit (classic)
Sept. 5 at Gaither
Sept. 12 vs. Middleton
Sept. 19 at Hillsborough
Sept. 26 vs. Blake
Oct. 3 at East Bay
Oct. 10 vs. Sickles
Oct. 16 vs. Jefferson
Oct. 24 at Alonso
Oct. 31 at Plant
Nov. 07 vs. King
Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer