weather unavailableweather unavailable
Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pinellas Park: Spring football capsule

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.

Pinellas Park

Coach: Matt Lance (third season, 3-17)

Last season: 2-8

District: 5A-10 (Dixie Hollins, Gibbs, Largo, St. Petersburg, Seminole)

Key losses: RB Reggie Green, WR Ricky Hunter Jr., QB Jesse Redden, OL Kyle Ruttencutter, DE/WR Jesse Woods

Who's back: LB/RB Oraian Bentley, DB Nick Cleckner, OL Cody Dulaney, OL Aaron Earle, WR Brandon Ferguson, WR Carlton Green, DB Andy Laughery, LB/RB Chris McKinnie, OL Ben Miller, QB Devon Olson, DL Justin Paulton, LB Kaleb Paulton, RB Mike Smith, DB Will Smith

What's new: Olson will be the new signal caller under center after backing up Redden last season. The rising junior quarterbacked the Patriots to their second win of the season, a 20-14 victory over Dixie Hollins. … The Patriots return several skill position players, and Lance said they will be instrumental to the team's success. Bentley and Mike Smith will split carries in the backfield; Ferguson and Green will be counted on heavily in the Patriots' passing attack. … The Patriots gave up more than 33 points a game last season, but Lance is happy with the progress of the defense, which returns a majority of its starters. … Junior-to-be Tony Murphy is a rising star in the secondary. He scored the team's only touchdown in the spring game victory over North Port.

Audible: "I really like the core of this group. This is a group that's been with me for two years now. I felt we had a really good spring, and I really think the character of this football team has improved tremendously." — Lance

Did you know?: Of the roughly 35 players who suited up for the Patriots last season, about 25 are returning, according to Lance.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Spring result

Defeated North Port 7-6

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 vs. Countryside

Sept. 12 vs. Lakewood

Sept. 26 vs. Seminole

Oct. 3 at East Lake

Oct. 10 at Largo

Oct. 17 at Clearwater

Oct. 24 at St. Petersburg

Oct. 31 vs. Gibbs

Nov. 7 vs. Dixie Hollins

Nov. 14 at Palm Harbor University

Pinellas Park: Spring football capsule 06/03/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 5, 2008 6:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours