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Lakewood: Spring football capsule

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.


Coach: Otis Dixon (fourth season, 11-19)

Last season: 6-4

District: Class 4A-9 (Bradenton

Bayshore, Bradenton Southeast,

Northeast, Osceola)

Key losses: RB/DB Paul Britten,

TE/LB Clarence Scott

Who's back: OL/DL Ian Autry,

OL/DL Vauchard Goodridge, RB/DB Justin Gray, QB/DB Jacquez Jenkins, WR/DB Victor Perkins, RB/DB Bernard Reedy, OL/DL Johnny Roberts

What's new: The Spartans return most of their skill players, including Jenkins, Reedy and Perkins. Dixon said he plans to line them up in multiple positions. And all three will share time at quarterback. The offensive line is led by Autry, a 6-foot-6, 282-pound senior-to-be. On defense, Goodridge is the top returning linebacker. The only setback this spring was losing running back/defensive back Frank Minton to a dislocated shoulder. Minton should be ready by the fall.

Audibles: "We're excited. We think we have a chance to compete, especially since we have all our top playmakers back from last season." — Dixon

Did you know?: Last year's 6-4 finish was the Spartans' first winning season since 2002.

Spring game

Saturday at Naples Barron


2008 schedule

Sept. 5 vs. Gibbs

Sept. 12 at Pinellas Park

Sept. 19 at Clearwater

Sept. 26 at Boca Ciega

Oct. 10 at Bradenton Bayshore

Oct. 17 vs. Largo

Oct. 24 vs. Osceola

Oct. 31 vs. Northeast

Nov. 7 vs. Bradenton Southeast

Nov. 14 at St. Petersburg

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Lakewood: Spring football capsule 05/22/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2008 1:13pm]
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