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Hernando Christian: Spring football capsule

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Hernando Christian

Coach: David Raley (second season, 6-2)

Last season: 6-2

District: Independent

Key losses: K Stephen McCall

Who's back: TB/LB Clay Kessler (top right), QB David Rotteveel (bottom right), OL/DL Josh Romeo, WR Ian Townsend, FB/LB Thomas Bronson, OL Ethan Witten

What's new: Actually, very little. The Lions went through "rebuilding" last season after 13 players graduated in 2007. HCA now has a year of experience under Raley and will replace just one player from last season. The Lions run a pro-style offense, but Raley said he wouldn't put a label on it because he's constantly tweaking plays to fit his athletes. The Lions again have a threat at quarterback with former Hudson transfer Rotteveel entering his second season as the starter. He threw for more than 1,000 yards in eight games last season. And Kessler is a threat on both sides of the football.

Audible: Raley gushed about having three seniors on his offensive line: "The line cohesion has been a big deal. They're all back and they know what they're doing.

Did you know?: Hernando Christian and other small private schools in the area are part of the Sunshine State Conference, which also includes Bishop McLaughlin. These independent teams are not eligible to play in the Florida High School Athletic Association playoffs, but they will play for a conference championship and individual honors similar to the Sunshine Athletic Conference in Pasco County.

Spring game

Friday vs. Bradenton

St. Stephen's Episcopal (at Ernie Weaver Park,

7 p.m.)

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 vs.

Bishop McLaughlin

Sept. 12 at Central Florida Christian Academy

Sept. 19 at

Mount Dora Bible School

Sept. 26 vs.

Carrollwood Day School

Oct. 3 at Bradenton

St. Stephen's Episcopal

Oct. 10 vs.

Leesburg First Academy

Oct. 17 at

Ocala St. John Lutheran

Oct. 24 vs. Winter Garden Foundation Academy

Nov. 1 vs. Canterbury

Izzy Gould,

Times staff writer

Hernando Christian: Spring football capsule 05/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2008 6:43pm]
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