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Gaither: Spring football capsule

Gaither’s Kamren Hawkins is entering his second year as the starting quarterback.


Gaither’s Kamren Hawkins is entering his second year as the starting quarterback.

Around the county in 30 days

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


Coach: Mark Kantor (seventh season, 34-32)

Last season: 8-4 (3-0 in district; lost to Chamberlain in second round of Class 5A playoffs)

District: Class 5A-5 (Mitchell, Wesley Chapel, Wharton)

Key losses: OL Spencer Cavalieri, LB Austin Coates, PK Nick Cattoi, WR Kornilous Donnell, SS Zach Henderson, LB Michael Whitescarver.

Who's back: OL Matt Childs, LB George Daines, RB Jarvis Giles, QB Kamren Hawkins, WR/LB Justin Lattimore, OL John Nenos, TE/LB Yemi Oyegunle.

What's new: The defensive coordinator. This spring, Brian DelValle, a former Gaither player, took over. He was promoted from linebackers coach during the offseason. Under DelValle's direction, the Cowboys won't change too much; they simply hope to become a little more fundamentally sound. If that happens, Gaither should once again compete for a playoff spot and maybe more. On offense, the Cowboys have one of the state's premier tailbacks in Giles, who has scholarship offers from many of the south's top programs. Lattimore, a physical 6-foot-3 receiver, is another good one. Now entering his third year in the program and second as the starter, Hawkins showed great improvement this spring and has the ability to be among the county's top signal callers. If the Cowboys' passing attack takes off, that should give Giles, who has fantastic speed, more space. Gaither is flying under the radar a bit, but if all goes as planned, that won't last.

Audible: "We have the potential to be a good football team. If we continue our success that we had from January until the end of May and improve in a few areas, we could be sound. We're going to go out and play Gaither football. Gaither football is buckling your chinstrap and playing sound, physical football." — Kantor

Did you know? This will be Gaither's 25th season of football.

Spring game

Defeated Middleton 13-7

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 vs. Durant (preseason)

Sept. 5 vs. Chamberlain

Sept. 12 vs. Plant

Sept. 19 at Freedom

Sept. 26 at Jefferson

Oct. 3 vs. Jesuit

Oct. 10 vs. Mitchell

Oct. 16 at Alonso

Oct. 24

at Wesley Chapel

Oct. 31

vs. Hillsborough

Nov. 7 at Wharton

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Gaither: Spring football capsule 05/23/08 [Last modified: Sunday, May 25, 2008 11:24am]
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