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East Bay: Spring football capsule

Running back Chaz Burrows, a senior-to-be, will likely 
play an important role for 
a talented East Bay squad.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Running back Chaz Burrows, a senior-to-be, will likely play an important role for a talented East Bay squad.

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.

East Bay

Coach: Brian Thornton (15th season, 86-60)

Last season: 5-5

District: 5A-7 (Bloomingdale, Brandon, Newsome, Plant City)

Key loss: RB Ryan Stubbs

Who's back: FS D.J. Allen, OL Jake Anaya, RB Chaz Burrows, DT Dontavious Flemming, LB Tyler Hooks, OL Chris Loney, PK Forest Meredith, OL Dalton McClure, DB/RB Devantay Oglesby,

RB Andre Simpson

What's new: Not much — and that's a good thing. Most of the Indians' key contributors from last season's squad are back, and that has East Bay thinking playoffs. In all, 13 starters return, including eight on a defense that has Thornton more than a little excited. That group is led by Allen, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound rising senior with Division I-A potential. Shane Cyrus, who emerged this spring at linebacker, is another to watch. On offense, Burrows will be East Bay's main man. A senior-to-be with 1,800-plus rushing yards in his career, Burrows eludes would-be tacklers as well as any back. At quarterback, rising sophomore Jhyree Harris, who is 6-1, 170 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, is poised for big things. Even the kicking game, where Meredith returns after an all-conference season, looks strong. Because it has across-the-board talent, East Bay has a legitimate shot to make the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

Audible: "We're very well-balanced. I think we're going to be decent to good in all phases, and I believe our defense can be really good. We're real excited." — Thornton

Did you know? Thornton was an assistant coach at William Penn University in the mid 1980s. One of the team's players then was Mike Gottman, now coach at Durant. Today, the two are close friends.

Spring result Lost to Riverview 13-12

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 at King (classic)

Sept. 5 at

Riverview

Sept. 12 vs. Durant

Sept. 19 at

Wharton

Sept. 26 vs.

Brandon

Oct. 3 vs.

Chamberlain

Oct. 10 at

Plant City

Oct. 24 at

Bloomingdale

Oct. 31 vs.

Newsome

Nov. 7 vs.

Freedom

Nov. 14 at Spoto

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

East Bay: Spring football capsule 05/30/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2008 11:05pm]
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