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Largo: Spring football capsule

Wide receiver/defensive back Mike Lang, taking down Dunedin’s Adaris Bellamy, returns to Largo this season.

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Wide receiver/defensive back Mike Lang, taking down Dunedin’s Adaris Bellamy, returns to Largo this season.

Around the county in 30 days

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

Largo

Coach: Rick Rodriguez (10th season, 68-24)

Last season: 13-1. Lost to Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 35-13 in the state semifinals.

District: Class 5A-11 (Dixie Hollins, Gibbs, Pinellas Park, Seminole, St. Petersburg).

Key losses: DL Daniel Delguidice, RB Brynn Harvey, QB/DB Leonard Johnson, WR Reggie McCray

Who's back: FB Shawn Holte, WR/DB Mike Lang, LB Mike Marry, OL Alex Rodriguez.

What's new: The Packers have two big holes to fill in their backfield after losing running back Brynn Harvey (Central Florida) and quarterback Leonard Johnson (Iowa State) to graduation. There will be plenty of running backs to share the workload. Whoever gets the ball will run behind a line that returns four of its six players, counting the tight end. Countryside transfer Ryan Eppes will take over at quarterback and will play in the secondary. On defense, the Packers have to replace their defensive line. Mike Marry, one of the county's top recruits, is the leader among the linebackers.

Audible: "We lose some skill guys, but we have a lot of size on the offensive line and return most of our back seven on defense." — Rodriguez.

Did you know: The Packers have won 24 of their past 25 regular-season games.

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring game

Aug. 29 vs. Sarasota Riverview

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 vs. East Lake

Sept. 12 vs. Palm

Harbor U.

Sept. 26 at

St. Petersburg

Oct. 3 at Dunedin

Oct. 10 vs. Pinellas Park

Oct. 17 at Lakewood

Oct. 24 at Dixie Hollins

Oct. 31 vs. Seminole

Nov. 7 vs. Gibbs

Nov. 14 at Northeast

Largo: Spring football capsule 05/24/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 31, 2008 7:30am]
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