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A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
Coach: Rick Sanson (11th season, 52-54)
Last season: 11-1 (Lost to Bradenton Prep 14-10 in the region final)
District: Class B-6 (Bradenton Christian, Bradenton Prep, Calvary Christian, Cambridge, Out-of-Door Academy)
Key losses: RB/LB Jared Boddie, TE/DL Roman Bruce, OL/NG Kolby Crider, RB/LB Jared DiMaggio, RB/LB Curtis Fisher, WR/CB Tarvin Jones, OL/DL Trae Span, QB/DB Jared Stacy
Who's back: WR/DB Trevor Angell, WR/LB Mike Curtiss, TE/DL Daniel Darden, OL/DL Ethan Engelhardt, WR/DB Isaac Huntley, RB/LB Andrew Logue, K/P Kenny Lucas, OL/LB Josh McKay, OL/DL Scott Oliver, WR/S Doug Sanson
What's new: The Crusaders, who finished the regular season undefeated in 2007, must replace several productive players. At quarterback, Stacy is gone. Seniors-to-be Huntley and Sanson, the coach's son, will battle for the starting job. Both players were receivers last season, so whoever loses the quarterback derby will be a primary pass-catching option for the Crusaders. Keswick lost its top rushers from last season in DiMaggio, who carried for well over 1,000 yards, and Fisher, who transferred to Dixie Hollins. This year the Crusaders will rely on two sophomores-to-be in Logue and Maurice Ruker. Ruker has never played tackle football; he put on pads for the first time this spring. "I feel very good about those two, but they're young," Sanson said. The offensive and defensive lines are solid but lack depth. Sanson said three linemen will likely have to go both ways. Sanson expects big things from defensive end Darden, who was second-team all-state last year.
Audibles: "I feel very good about my core guys that are returning. We challenge them to never settle. We challenge them to be a contender in the district. Whether they will or not is up to them and how hard they work. The young guys are inexperienced on varsity, but many of them played as seventh- and eighth-graders on junior varsity." — Sanson
Did you know? In 12 games last season, Keswick averaged 40 points a game; defensively, the Crusaders gave up just under nine points a game.
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Times staff writer