Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Osceola: Spring football capsule

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Osceola

Coach: George Palmer (19th season, 95-93)

Last season: 2-8

District: 4A-9 (Bayshore, Boca Ciega, Northeast, Lakewood, Southeast)

Key losses: LB Rick Duffy, NG Patrick Eschenfelder, DL/OL Mike Jasiukiewicz, OL/DL/TE Anthony Matacchiero, LB Kevin O'Donnell, DB/RB Matt Palmer, LB/RB Sean Palmer, C Billy Siegler

Who's back: DL/TE Reece Dantzscher, OL Logan Jones, QB/LB Dylan Lantz, DB/LB John Lipps, DB/RB Edwin McKinney, WR/DB Renard Rowe, DE/LB/TE Danny Sarine, DL/OL Austin Tottle, DL/OL Taylor Turner

What's new: McKinney, Osceola's best athlete, has 4.5 speed and will be the feature back this season after the graduation of Matt Palmer. The loss of the do-it-all Palmer particularly hurts since he started at running back, defensive back, kicker and punter. … Palmer, the coach, believes the 6-foot-5, 316-pound Tottle, if healthy, can be one of the best linemen in the county. Tottle, a Division I prospect, dislocated his kneecap in last year's spring game and separated a shoulder late in the season, causing him to miss five games. … Dantzscher, with good size (6-3, 225 pounds) and better grades, also is a possible Division I player. … The offensive line should be strong with the return of three starters and Dantzscher at tight end.

Audible: "We've got some experience on the offensive line. If we can get them all together and healthy, then maybe we can create a crack or two for Edwin to get through there." — coach George Palmer

Did you know? Osceola is looking for its sixth playoff appearance in 19 seasons under George Palmer. The Warriors' last appearance came in 2006 when they went 8-2 in the regular season and finished as the runnerup in 4A-9.

Spring game

Friday vs.
Springstead

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 vs.
Dixie Hollins

Sept. 12 vs.
Clearwater

Sept. 19 at Dunedin

Sept. 26 at
Bayshore

Oct. 3 at Seminole

Oct. 10 at Southeast

Oct. 17 vs.
Palm Harbor
University

Oct. 24 at
Lakewood

Oct. 31 vs.
Boca Ciega

Nov. 7 vs. Northeast

Bryan Burns,
Times staff writer

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