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Clearwater Central Catholic: Season preview

Two strengths

1. Playmakers. Last year, Paul Freedman and Micah Poole battled nagging injuries. Both are healthy this year and will be the focal point of the offense. Freedman, a tight end who has committed to Virginia, is a big target (6-6). Poole, a state qualifier in the 100 meters, is lightning-fast and coach Mike Jalazo plans to have the senior line up in different spots to take advantage of his speed. Jalazo also thinks receivers Nick Newton, Chris Taylor and Patrick Camporini can have impacts.

2. Offensive line. The group is young, but Jalazo said it has potential. The leading returners are Joe Larache, Ryan Averill and Alec Petrocelli. They could also line up on the defensive line, along with Chris Petitti and Phillip Focaraci.

Two questions

1. Who will play quarterback? The number of quarterbacks competing was whittled down to three when Bobby Lyons transferred to East Lake this summer. That leaves Ian Coia, Eric Miller and Newton battling to be the starter. Jalazo said Coia and Miller have more of an edge but he likes Newton's athleticism and could use him in different packages this year.

2. Who are the linebackers? The unit was the strength of the defense last year with Brian Ackerman and Danny Wood. Both are now playing in college. (Ackerman at Navy and Wood at Harvard). Filling that void will be Danny Siegel, Bobby Zagers, Tim Swinehart and Kyle Massey.

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Clearwater Central Catholic has made the playoffs 12 straight seasons, the county's longest active streak. To keep that going, the Marauders will have to find a way to replace 22 seniors.

Clearwater Central Catholic: Season preview 09/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 4, 2008 12:31pm]
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