Around the North Suncoast in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program on the North Suncoast.
Coach: Mark Nash (fifth season at Hudson, 26-18; seventh season overall, 37-29)
Last season: 7-4 (lost to Harmony 28-6 in Class 3A region quarterfinals)
District: Class 3A-8 (Gulf, Pasco, Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills)
Key losses: WR/DB Tony Germano, DL Paul James, RB Sean Scott, OL/DL Travis Tindell
Who's back: RB JoJo Cimino, OL Steven Eanes, WR/LB Stephen Geidel, RB Dylan Luke, LB Hunter Newton, OL/DL Justin Pennington, C Buddy Stockton, OL/DL Graham Wilkerson, QB Zack Wynn
What's new: The primary ball carriers and receivers complementing Wynn. As for Wynn himself? Nash said the 6-foot-2 junior, a 1,700-yard passer in 2007, has completely recovered from offseason surgery to repair a torn ACL. "He looks incredible," Nash said. "He doesn't look like he's lost a step, and he's a lot bigger and stockier. He's really starting to fill out." … Luke and Cimino, who teamed for more than 700 rushing yards in 2007, fill the void created by the graduation of 1,600-yard rusher Sean Scott. Considerably less experienced but just as promising are the youngsters vying for snaps at receiver. Nash said sophomore Dylan Buono could emerge as the go-to guy. "I don't think we'll lose anything in the running game," Nash said. "We have receivers that are going to be incredible, but they're 10th-graders."
Audible: "In my opinion, he's in the league with the (Drew) Weatherford kid. He may be one of the best we've had in Pasco County before it's over. The problem is going to be, will we have the quality of receivers that Drew had?" — Nash on Wynn, entering his third year as a starter
Did you know?: With 26 wins in his first four seasons at Hudson, Nash already is the program's winningest coach, surpassing the late Wilbur Lofton (24-8 from 1976-78). … Wynn is one of three Cobras coming off ACL surgery in the offseason. Additionally, Newton (elbow surgery) and Eaves (knee) are being held out this spring, though neither injury is considered major. … With five consecutive road games this fall, Hudson won't play at home in October.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer
Sept. 5 vs. Ridgewood
Sept. 12 vs. Hernando
Sept. 26 vs. Pasco
Oct. 3 at Mitchell
Oct. 10 at Wiregrass Ranch
Oct. 16 at River Ridge
Oct. 25 at Gulf
Oct. 31 at Sunlake
Nov. 7 vs. Zephyrhills
Nov. 14 vs. Crystal River