Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
Coach: George Edington (first season)
Last season: 1-9 (1-4 in district)
District: Class 2A-5 (Fort Myers Bishop Verot, Lake Placid, Mulberry, Tampa Catholic)
Key losses: DB Jessie Jackson
Who's back: RB Tevin Abbney, QB Andrew Burdick, OL Dalton Diehl, LB Terrance Johnson, WR Blake Kennedy, WR Brandon Stephens
What's new: For starters, Edington. But actually, he's only new as the head coach. Last season, he was the offensive coordinator. A first-year varsity program in 2007, the Longhorns started by running the Wing-T. Gradually, Lennard shifted more toward a Wing-T/spread combo. Now, the team is using only the spread. It's a move Edington hopes will accentuate Lennard's positives, namely the passing game, which is directed by Burdick, a rising senior who has a good arm and plays smart. Burdick has several solid receivers, so the Longhorns should be dangerous. The hope is that by employing the spread, more lanes will open for the running backs. And with a veteran offensive line that returns every starter, that's a realistic possibility. This could be one tough team to defend. Defensively, what was a young group last year should be much improved this fall. It's not a stretch to think Lennard could compete for a playoff spot.
Audible: "They worked hard in the spring, and that's what it's all about. There are no shortcuts. If they work hard during the offseason and come back ready in the fall, then we can have a better season than last year and will be a much improved team." — Edington
Did you know? Two years ago, Lennard's current players went 6-3 with a junior varsity schedule. Two of the losses were to Spoto.
Spring result: Beat Spoto 7-0; tied Tampa Catholic 0-0
Aug. 29 at Newsome (preseason)
Sept. 5 vs. King
Sept. 12 vs. Sickles
Sept. 19 at Spoto
Sept. 26 at St.
Oct. 3 at Leto
Oct. 10 vs. Bishop Verot
Oct. 16 vs. Tampa Bay Tech
Oct. 24 at Lake Placid
Oct. 31 vs. Tampa Catholic
Nov. 7 at Mulberry
Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer