Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
Coach: Dale Caparaso (first season at Spoto; 20-21 in four seasons at Pasco)
Last season: 3-7 (0-4 in district)
District: 3A-11 (Sarasota Booker, Jesuit, Palmetto, Robinson)
Key losses: WR/DB Jamel Middleton, G/DT Dovontae Davis, LB Donshay Inman, DB Jemell Peeler, LB Brandon Gallon
Who's back: LB Rodney Williams, S Darrell Hernandez, OL/DL Orlando Hernandez, DE/TE Sergio Robinson, DT Ronald Coleman, QB Jamarius "J.B." Burgess, WR James Brown, RB Jamar Burns
What's new: Caparaso, who coached Pasco four seasons and was defensive coordinator at Brandon last season, returns to the head coaching ranks, but he will have little time to get used to his new job. Former coach Scott Palmer resigned and left the team after spring practice, but Caparaso believes he inherited a team full of talent. In Spoto's first varsity season last year, the Spartans showed flashes of athleticism, and Caparaso intends to utilize it. He will run a ballhawking 4-4 defense that he had success with at Brandon. On offense, the Spartans will use some Delaware Wing-T and some of the spread offense Spoto used this spring. "The difference is that the one they ran in the spring spread it out and ran the ball. In this one, we're going to spread out and throw the ball," Caparaso said. There will be competition for the quarterback spot heading into the preseason, with the incumbent Burgess serving as the lead candidate, but Caparaso said any of five players are capable of running the offense.
Audible: "Speed is not something we're going to be short of. Offensively and defensively we're going to try to use that speed to our advantage. … The great thing is that a lot of our players are cookie cutter. They're all athletic. They all have the same speed. They all weigh the same."
Did you know? Because Caparaso was hired so late (June 5), he had to cold call all of his players. But he has been pleased with the response. He said about 55 to 60 players have been at summer weightlifting workouts, which began on Monday.
Spring game results
Tampa Catholic 7, Spoto 0; Lennard 7, Spoto 0
Aug. 29 at Leto (preseason)
Sept. 5 vs. Newsome
Sept. 12 at Bloomingdale
Sept. 19 vs. Lennard
Sept. 26 at Palmetto
Oct. 3 at Tampa Bay Tech
Oct. 16 at Sickles
Oct. 24 vs. Sarasota Booker
Oct. 31 vs. Jesuit
Nov. 7 at Robinson
Nov. 14 vs. East Bay
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer