Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Freedom: Spring football capsule

Around the county in 30 days

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

Freedom

Coach: Marquel Blackwell (second season, 1-9)

Last season: 1-9 (1-3 in district)

District: 4A-11 (Armwood, Hillsborough, Middleton, Tampa Bay Tech)

Key losses: P Cass Couey, RB Kari Gallespie, DB Scott Peek, LB Justin Raymond, WR Larry Thompson

Who's back: LB Kadilus Cunningham, OL Michael Deterlizzi, QB Josh Grady, DL Coril Joseph, OL Carl Saunders

What's new: Experience. The Patriots were young and inexperienced at most positions last fall. A year later, they're still young (several underclassmen are expected to start), but the team does have experience. Take, for example, Grady. The 6-foot, 175-pounder is only a sophomore, but he started eight games as a ninth-grader while passing for 1,462 yards. In Grady, an intelligent player who possesses a lively arm and good mobility, Freedom thinks it has someone to build a solid program around. One of Grady's top blockers, Saunders is a three-year starter and likely Division I-A prospect. Defensively, Freedom returns only three starters but Blackwell nonetheless said that unit has the potential to be the strength of the team. Despite winning one game last fall, Freedom didn't play badly down the stretch. Besides beating Middleton, it had near misses against East Bay (31-27) and Plant City (34-33).

Audible: "This may be the year we start to build toward the success and goals we've set out for the program. There's no doubt, we're excited about what's going on." — Blackwell

Did you know? Grady is an accomplished violinist.

Spring result: Defeated King 6-0

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 at Wharton

Sept. 19 vs. Gaither

Sept. 26 vs. Tampa Bay Tech

Oct. 3 vs. Alonso

Oct. 10 at Hillsborough

Oct. 16 vs. Durant

Oct. 24 at Middleton

Oct. 31 vs. Armwood

Nov. 7 at East Bay

Nov. 14 at Plant City

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Freedom: Spring football capsule 06/24/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. AP Top 25: USF stays ahead of UCF, but just barely

    Blogs

    USF remains ahead of UCF in the latest AP Top 25 poll - but just barely.

    Quinton Flowers and USF dropped one spot to No. 17 in the latest rankings.
  2. Lightning Strikes! podcast: Breaking down the Bolts' record start

    Blogs

    In this episode of our Lightning Strikes! podcast, we break down the Lightning's record 7-1-1 start. Why are Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos clicking so well? Why Mikhail Sergachev is likely here …

    Why are Steven Stamkos, pictured, and Nikita Kucherov clicking so well?
  3. My AP Top 25 ballot: UCF moves into the top 15, Michigan falls out

    Blogs

    No major changes in my latest AP Top 25 ballot.

  4. Winston playing, Alexander back as Bucs face Bills

    Blogs

    For the first time since the season opener, the Bucs are fully healthy in the starting lineup on both sides of the ball, with LB Kwon Alexander returning today against the Bills after missing four games with a hamstring injury.

    Bucs LB Kwon Alexander talks with coach Dirk Koetter before Tampa Bay's game against the Patriots. Alexander is back playing Sunday against the Bills after missing four games with a hamstring injury.
  5. Sunday Morning Quarterback, Week 9

    Footballpreps

    Tampa Bay Tech Titans Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass during the first half during the first half at Durant High School in Plant City on Friday, October 20, 2017.