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Football: Super seven

Super seven
1. Largo: The Packers are the class of the county. They are 27-3 in the regular season the past three years and have made the region finals twice in that span. Largo has to fill the void left by the graduation of Brynn Harvey, Leonard Johnson and Reggie McCray, and appears capable of doing that with Countryside transfer Ryan Eppes at quarterback, Marcel Durham at running back and Mike Lang at receiver. The Packers also have a massive offensive line and a defense that returns seven starters.
2. Dunedin: The Falcons still think about losses to the Packers in the regular season and the playoffs last year and are using that as motivation. Dunedin arguably has the most explosive backfield in the county with running backs Darius Bellamy and Kim Howard and Countryside transfer Ryan Singer at quarterback.
3. Gibbs: The Gladiators came close to knocking off Largo as district champions last year. Despite losing several starters at the skill positions, Gibbs should be chasing the Packers again for the title. Quarterback Josh Rembert is a dual threat and has a dynamic target in Jarvis West. On defense, Gary Gainer is the leader at linebacker.
4. Countryside: The Cougars are young and battling injuries on the offensive line. Jimbo Chmelik is a veteran quarterback and will operate a no-huddle attack. Running back Dawrence Roberts will be counted on early in the season.
5. Clearwater Central Catholic: The Marauders' playmakers showed what they could do in a preseason victory over Gainesville P.K. Yonge last week. Ian Coia and Eric Miller will split time at quarterback. They will be handing off to Micah Poole and throwing to tight end Paul Freedman.
6. Tarpon Springs: The Spongers have the most experience (22 seniors) and depth (123 players counting junior varsity) of any team in the county. Quarterback Danny Reyes is a three-year starter. He has a veteran group of receivers as well as a formidable offensive line. The secondary returns five players who combined for 20 interceptions last season.
7. Boca Ciega: Throw out the final five minutes of last week's preseason game against Blake. Before, the Pirates' defense was dominant, recording seven sacks and allowing minus-33 yards of total offense. Defensive end Julius Forte, one of the county's top recruits, will create havoc up front.
Knocking on the door: St. Petersburg, Northeast, Lakewood, East Lake, Indian Rocks Christian, Keswick Christian, Shorecrest

Football: Super seven 09/03/08 [Last modified: Saturday, September 6, 2008 2:44pm]
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