Admiral Farragut, Calvary Christian, Cambridge Christian, Keswick Christian, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, Lake Wales Vanguard, Lakeland Victory Christian
Four Central Florida private schools moved out. Admiral Farragut dropped from Class A. Cambridge, Calvary and Keswick moved from District 6. Vanguard, formerly independent, moved in.
Three story lines
Beware a Storm front: This district is Victory Christian's to lose. A small-school juggernaut, the Storm annually competes well against neighboring powers Frostproof (2A) and Fort Meade (A) and appears to have the most talent and depth. We see Keswick supplanting Santa Fe — which lost a ton to graduation — as the Storm's biggest threat. Keswick topped the Storm by three touchdowns in the 2007 playoffs.
Taking snaps and maybe some lumps: Four teams — Santa Fe Catholic, Admiral Farragut, Calvary and Keswick — will unveil new quarterbacks. Santa Fe has the most daunting challenge, replacing all-state pick Kyle Campbell. Farragut and Keswick might defer to athleticism and convert players from other skill positions.
Lancers taking the Dare: Cambridge, a program desperately seeking stability, has its third coach in as many seasons. Longtime Northside Christian coach Bob Dare takes over the Lancers, who lost their most viable Division I-A prospect when receiver Dixon Phillips transferred to Hillsborough.
Keswick Christian vs. Victory Christian (at Lakeland Lake Gibson), Oct. 16: If our projections play out, this will determine the district title.
District's top five players
QB/DB Josh Burch, Admiral Farragut: Converted receiver is a former state long jump champion.
RB/LB Chris Brown, Cambridge: Well-built multisport athlete will be essential for the Lancers on both sides of the ball.
ATH Jaylin Coleman, Keswick: This versatile sophomore, a 500-yard rusher in 2008, will operate behind a veteran line.
OL/DL Scott Oliver, Keswick: Will anchor what projects to be a very solid offensive line.
WR Zach Mueller, Calvary: Warriors' diminutive go-to guy had 16 catches in 2008.
Predicted order of finish
1. Victory Christian
2. Keswick Christian
3. Santa Fe Catholic
4. Admiral Farragut
5. Calvary Christian
6. Cambridge Christian