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Spring football cap: Bishop McLaughlin

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Bishop McLaughlin

Coach: Marty Williams (third season, 7-12)

District: None (the Hurricanes compete in the independent Sunshine State Athletic Conference)

Last season: 6-4

Key losses: WR/DB Ryan Beeble, RB/LB Bobby Emmino, OL John Overbeck, RB Jeff Pope, QB Devin Towson

Who's back: LB/RB Gio Perone, DB/RB Mitch Ritter, OL/DL Brandon Torres

What's new: The offense. After employing power-I and spread looks last season, Williams said the Hurricanes will live and die by the veer in 2009. "We feel like it's a good fit for us," said Williams, who studied the offense up close at a coaches clinic at Georgia Tech. "And we're going to have a real young offensive line, so we're not going to ask them to pancake people. We're going to ask them to get in (defenders') way and make it difficult for them to get to the ball carrier."

Audibles: "I think we're going to be okay athletically. We're not going to beat people up though. That's just not going to happen. But we'll keep working at it." — Williams

Did you know? Williams projects he'll have one senior — Torres — on his roster this fall. "Even the upcoming junior (class) will be smaller than the other two classes as well," Williams said. …The Hurricanes won't begin spring drills until Monday because Williams, also Bishop McLaughlin's girls track coach, was at Friday's Class A meet in Winter Park. Sophomore Tori Harris, who also plays football, qualified in the discus.

Spring game: None

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 at Bradenton Christian

Sept. 11 Santa Fe Catholic

Sept. 25 Indian Rocks Christian

Oct. 2 at St. Petersburg Canterbury

Oct. 9 Hernando Christian

Oct. 23 Shorecrest

Oct. 30 Carrollwood Day

Nov. 6 at Winter Haven All Saints'

Spring football cap: Bishop McLaughlin 05/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 1, 2009 3:52pm]
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