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Lakewood: Season preview

Two strengths

1. Skill players. The Spartans return nearly every player who scored last season. Bernard Reedy and Justin Gray are the top two running backs. Marcus Jackson, Frank Minton and Justin Gray are the leading receivers. And Bar'ee Boyd and Tobias Bostic will share time at tight end. They showed what they can do in the spring game against Naples Barron Collier with Reedy rushing for two scores and throwing for another and Jacquez Jenkins scoring through the air and on the ground.

2. Defense. The unit that carried Lakewood during a late playoff push last season should be just as strong. Vanchard Goodridge is the leader of a linebacking crew that includes Bostic and Boyd. The secondary also is sound with Jenkins, Minton and Jackson. Johnny Roberts anchors the defensive line. Against Hillsborough in the preseason, the Spartans held the Terriers to a field goal in the second half. Two questions

1. Who will be the starting quarterback? Former coach Dixon planned to rotate Jenkins, Perkins and Reedy. Moore would rather pick one quarterback to start. Jenkins appears to be the guy after starting the preseason game against Hillsborough and completing 8-of-14 for 156 yards and rushing for another 42. Reedy and Perkins still could get snaps but they will most likely start in other spots.

2. How good is the line? Though undersized, the offensive line should hold up. Ian Autry is the biggest at 6-foot-6, 282 pounds. Joining him will be Roberts and Goodridge. The only thing they need to work on is pass protection after allowing Jenkins to be sacked on a key play against Hillsborough.

Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer

In July, Cory Moore was named coach, taking over the program from Otis Dixon, who resigned. Moore is a former star at the school who hopes for a return to the glory days when the Spartans were playoff contenders. He inherits a team capable of making a run.

Lakewood: Season preview 09/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 4, 2008 3:49pm]

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