Make us your home page

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Keswick Christian: Season preview

Two strengths

1. Linebackers and secondary. With the transfer of senior linebacker Jakobi Wheeler from St. Petersburg Catholic, the back seven of Keswick's defense should be particularly stout. The linebackers run the 40-yard dash in less than five seconds according to Darden. In the secondary, Trevor Angell starts at corner and Doug Sanson is slotted at safety. Both are seniors and returning starters.

2. Under center. The quarterback position has been settled with Sanson beating out fellow senior Isaac Huntley for the job following spring drills. Huntley will move to receiver and team with youngster Armani Lonardo to give the Crusaders a sure-handed duo.

Coach: Rick Sanson (11th season, 52-54) | Last season: 11-1 | Class: B, District 6 | Colors: Green and white

Lightning forced the Crusaders inside to watch film on what was supposed to be the team's first day in pads. As the occasional flash lit up the room, Daniel Darden, a second-team all-state defensive end last season, peeked out the window. He had heard the whispers all summer, heard how the Crusaders had lost too many players and how there was no way they could go undefeated again this year. The doubters fueled Darden. "I'm ready to hit somebody," he lamented.

Two questions

1. Can a running back with no experience playing organized football carry the load? The first time sophomore Reeze Rucker suited up for a game was Keswick's spring scrimmage against Tarpon Springs. Rucker, who claims to have 4.49 speed, had never played anything but sandlot football.

2. Will an inexperienced offensive line trip up the Crusaders? Two seniors on the line will be starting for the first time. Ethan Engelhardt, who has the most experience of the returning linemen, Josh McKay and tight end Scott Oliver will be counted on heavily to contribute on both sides of the ball.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Keswick Christian: Season preview 09/04/08 [Last modified: Saturday, September 6, 2008 4:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality


    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  2. Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'


    While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.

    Jake Dotchin violated an unspecified team rule, which is why he hasn't played in the first four games.
  3. PolitiFact: Trump's Mostly False claim that NFL ratings are 'way down'


    The statement

    "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country."

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is sacked during the first half of the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  4. Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings


    If two things were established as storylines entering Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game, it was that Tampa Bay was still struggling to establish the deep passes that were missing from its offense last year, and that …

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets into the end zone for a long touchdown reception as Bucs free safety Chris Conte (23) cannot stop him during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Nine Gators, including Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett, face felony fraud accusations


    Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud. 

    Star receiver Antonio Callaway is among at least four Florida Gators who face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud.