Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dixie Hollins a surprise at 2-0

There are rebuilding years, and there are reclamation projects from which a quick recovery seems impossible.

In May, Dixie Hollins lost three potential starters who were charged with sexual battery after an assault of a female student on a school bus. This summer, the starting tailback moved to Orlando, and the starting fullback transferred to Keswick.

That seemed to spell doom as many wondered how Dixie Hollins would fare.

The Rebels answered with one of their best starts in years: Dixie Hollins is 2-0 after beating Osceola and Northeast on the road the past two weeks.

The quick start can be attributed largely to the Rebels' big-play capabilities on defense and special teams. In Week 1, Dixie's Gerard Atkins returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown. Last week, the Rebels blocked two punts, one of which was converted into points.

The offense also has been steady with quarterback Jesse Hevia and utility player Josh Brown. And Dixie got an added bonus when tailback Raheem Smith moved back from Orlando and fullback Curtis Fisher transferred back from Keswick.

Tonight, the Rebels get their biggest test at home against Boca Ciega. Last year, the Pirates rallied to win in overtime.

The Rebels are not the only county team off to a strong start.

Indian Rocks Christian, despite losing many of its linemen to graduation, has outscored opponents a combined 71-0 in its first two games.

Clearwater Central Catholic, which lost 22 seniors from last year's team, has filled the holes in its lineup nicely and is 2-0.

Dixie Hollins a surprise at 2-0 09/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Kevin Cash: 'We've got to turn it around. ... Time is of the essence'


    The question to manager Kevin Cash was about a rematch with the Mariners this weekend at the Trop, but he made clear this afternoon that with his Rays losing nine of their last 12 that they have to treat every game as essential.

    "We've got to start playing good baseball games whether we match up well against that team or not," Kevin Cash said.
  2. Lightning wing J.T. Brown on why he donated to remove Confederate statue


    Lightning wing J.T. Brown was back in his Minneapolis offseason home over the weekend when he saw on TV the violent protests in Charlottesville over the removal of a Confederate statue.

    J.T. Brown decided to get involved, donating $1,500 to assist in removing a Confederate statue in Tampa.
  3. Rays, Bucs and Lightning join Dungy in donating to move Confederate monument


    The Tampa Bay area's three major league sports teams have pledged their financial support in moving a Confederate monument out of downtown Tampa.

    Tony Dungy in 2011. [Getty]
  4. Tim Tebow came into their life, and never left


    There are a lot of stories about Tim Tebow connecting with people during his life, Tebow inspiring them and Tebow being inspired.

    Boomer Hornbeck of Naples, Fla., has battled cerebral palsy and undergone surgery after surgery in the hopes of allowing him to one day walk. Inspired by Tim Tebow, and encouraged by his relationship with him, Hornbeck has become a motivational speaker.
  5. For starters: Rays at Jays, with Longoria moved to No. 2 spot in order


    UPDATE, 3:10: Cash said the change was made primarily for two reasons, to change the look for several of the hitters and to get back to alternating lefty and righty hitters to make it tougher for opposing managers to match up relievers. Cash said he plans to stick with this structure for a while but doesn't …

    Evan Longoria was moved from his usual No. 3 spot in the batting order up to second.