Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
Coach: Phil Hayford (178-105, 30th season)
Last season: 6-4
Key losses: LB Zach Hirsch, QB/DB Michael Rightmyer, OL/LB Jay Rosenbluth, WR/DB Logan Sembler, RB Robby Thigpen, OL/DL Matt Van Law, OL/LB Dan Whitecage
Who's back: RB/DB Toms Bernhards, WR/DB Evan Jerome, OL/DL Stephen Mandula, RB/DB Jack Schroeder, RB/LB Harrison Settle, TE/LB Tyler Shenkman, QB/LB Hunter Tremaine
What's new: The Chargers, who used the wing-T for years, switched to a spread offense. But they will still rely on the running game, especially with the return of Tremaine and Schroeder, who each had more than 1,000 yards last year. … Jerome is a two-way starter who led in receptions and interceptions last season. … The defense held Bradenton Christian to 6-of-28 passing and 40 rushing yards in the spring game.
Audible: "The biggest thing I was pleased with was the work the kids put in this spring. I told them if you crack enough eggs, you're going to get an omelette." — Hayford
Did you know?: Dave Field is retiring from coaching after 28 years as an assistant at the school. He will continue to teach at Shorecrest and plans to announce the games.
Spring result: Beat Bradenton Christian 28-0
Sept. 5 vs. Fort Meade
Sept. 12 vs. Vero Beach St. Edwards
Sept. 19 vs. Keswick Christian
Sept. 26 at Admiral Farragut
Oct. 3 at Cape Coral Island Coast
Oct. 10 vs. Indian Rocks Chr.
Oct. 17 vs. Lakeland Christian
Oct. 31 at Fort Myers Gateway Charter
Nov. 7 at Northside Christian
Nov. 14 vs. Winter Haven All Saints
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer