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Countryside: Spring football capsule

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in Pinellas County.


Coach: John Davis (seventh season, 48-18)

Last season: 7-3

District: Class 5A-9 (Clearwater, Dunedin, East Lake, Palm Harbor


Key losses: WR Martavious Jones, DL Alex Miller, DL/TE Chris Ramsey, RB/DB Maurice Threatts

Who's back: QB Jimbo Chmelik, OL Joe Crews, K William Griswold, P Pete Kontodiakos, RB Dawrence Roberts, LB Richard Shockley, WR Todd Shorter, DB Aaron Tam, DL Derek Wolfinbarger

What's new: Davis will have to rebuild a Countryside defense that returns just three starters. The Cougars graduated their defensive line and most of their linebackers. Shockley moves from the offensive side of the ball to defense, where Davis feels he can be a game-changing player. The offensive line, with just one returning starter, also is a concern but has good size. Roberts, whom Davis feels is as good as any running back in the county, will be the Cougars' go-to guy on offense. Davis said four players are competing at quarterback. Chmelik started last season but is being challenged by Ryan Dailey and Ryan Singer. All three will be juniors next year. East Lake transfer Blake Robles is in the mix but will miss spring drills after suffering an ACL injury in the Eagles' playoff loss to Largo. Shorter moves over to wide receiver after playing in the secondary last season.

Audibles: "I really like our attitude right now. We had a great offseason. The kids really worked hard. If we can have a good summer, we could be in the thick of things." — Davis

Did you know?: Davis' personal streak of 11 straight playoff appearances — six at CCC, five at Countryside — was snapped last season.

Spring game

May 29 vs. Lely

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 at Alonso

Sept. 5 at

Pinellas Park

Sept. 12 at Gibbs

Sept. 19 at

St. Petersburg

Sept. 26 vs.


Oct. 3 at

Tarpon Springs

Oct. 10 at

Palm Harbor


Oct. 17 vs. Boca Ciega

Oct. 31 vs.


Nov. 7 at East Lake

Nov. 14 vs. Seminole

Bryan Burns,

Times staff writer

Countryside: Spring football capsule 05/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2008 5:26pm]
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