Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
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
Aug. 29 vs. Sarasota Riverview
Sept. 5 vs. East Lake
Sept. 12 vs. Palm
Sept. 26 at
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