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Leto: Spring football capsule

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Leto

Coach: Hugh Dehnert (third season, 5-15)

Last season: 3-7

District: Class 4A-10 (Blake, Jefferson, Plant)

Key losses: DL James Guyton, UT Errol Keith, LB Don Wise

Who's back: OL Chris Cassgroange, RB Jeremy Deering,

LB Louis Herrera, RB Antwoun Howard, LB Georges Jean Louis, LB Lorenzo Laporte, OL Xavier Laporte

What's new: Attitude and confidence. The former has improved. The latter has arrived. After seasons of 2-8 and 3-7, the Falcons will continue their fight for respectability with a roster that should be capable of finishing at .500 or better. Deering, Howard and first-year quarterback Brandon Toombs give Leto one of the county's most exciting backfields. Deering, who has Division I-A ability, and Howard are standout hurdlers, and that athletic ability gives each big-play potential. Toombs, a transfer from Freedom, performed well enough in the spring that Leto thinks it can throw as much as 15 times a games (up from 10 last fall). Defensively, the Falcons lack numbers — and size — but the group has speed, not to mention grit. To get better athletes on the field, several defensive backs were moved to linebacker. Leto is well ahead of where it was this time last year. The question is, will that translate into more wins?

Audible: "This team has a lot of guys that are selfless. A lot of guys are putting the team first. There's a saying about having both feet in the boat. We don't have a lot of guys, but the ones we do have have both feet in the boat. They've bought into it and are committed." — Dehnert

Did you know? Dehnert played linebacker and on the offensive line at Tarkio College in Missouri.

Spring result: Lost to Jesuit 14-6

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 vs. Spoto

Sept. 5 vs. Sickles

Sept. 12 at Tampa Bay Tech

Sept. 19 vs. Robinson

Sept. 26 at Alonso

Oct. 3 vs. Lennard

Oct. 10 at Jefferson

Oct. 16 at Bloomingdale

Oct. 24 vs. Plant

Oct. 31 at King

Nov. 7 at Blake

Keith Niebuhr,

Times staff writer

Leto: Spring football capsule 05/29/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:31pm]
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