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Pasco: Spring football capsule

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Pasco

Coach: Tom McHugh (second season, 6-5)

Last season: 6-5, lost in region quarterfinal

District: Class 3A-8 (Gulf, Hudson, Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills)

Key losses: WR Demetrious Larry, OL Eric Stroud, OL Josh Jones, OL Chris Burgos

Who's back: ATH Josh Johnson, QB D.J. Clower, WR Hakeem Ishmar, WR Chase Dunn, K Brennan Allen, RB Jamall Haynes, LB Tim Saylor, DT Jarrod Carmody, LB Dominique Wilson

What's new: Clower is bigger, better, faster and stronger. Standing at roughly 6-2, he has gained approximately 20 pounds, putting him close to 190 after an offseason hitting the weights. He runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, leading coaches to find roles for him other than simply gunning the football downfield. He transferred from Zephyrhills last summer and after a season of getting to know a new staff, a new system and his first season of varsity as the primary quarterback, he is ready to guide the offense as the No. 1 starter.

Audible: Expect Johnson to see most of his playing time at any position other than quarterback. His speed and versatility have made him a threat anywhere on the field. "There's going to be certain situations where he probably will (play quarterback)," McHugh said. "I wouldn't rule anything out."

Did you know? Pirates lineman Mylon Brown is the nephew of former NFL star Jerome Brown. Mylon Brown has a strong physical resemblance to his late uncle, who starred at Hernando and became an All-American at the University of Miami then an All-Pro for the Philadelphia Eagles. Mylon Brown (6-4, 290) is expected to step up as a starter and went from a 225-pounder who couldn't bench press his weight to benching 300 and lifting 280 in the clean-and-jerk. "He's got a great personality and he likes to play around," McHugh said. "Now I think he's a little more focused now that he realizes this is what he wants to do. This is his chance."

Spring scrimmage

May 30 at 7 p.m.

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 at Land O'Lakes

Sept. 12 vs. Sebring

Sept. 19 at

Wesley Chapel

Sept. 26 at Hudson

Oct. 3 vs. Nature Coast

Oct. 10 vs. Zephyrhills

Oct. 24 at Sunlake

Nov. 7 vs. Gulf

Nov. 14 at Hernando

Izzy Gould,

Times staff writer

Pasco: Spring football capsule 05/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2008 10:37am]
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