Around the county in 30 days A daily spring preview of every football program in the county
Coach: John Booth (first season)
Last Season: 6-5 (lost 48-6 to Lakeland in region quarterfinal)
District: Class 5A-6 (Durant, Newsome, Plant City, Riverview)
Key Losses: QB Anthony Beko, LB Chris Curran, LB Taylor Dunbar, DB Grant Gray, DT Tristan Huff, DB Justin Mann, LB Jason Miller, LB Brian Vasquez
Who's back: RB Anthony Amos, DL Chris Diemer, QB Eugene Johnson, RB Derek Johnson, DL Dan Jones, DB/WR Neal Petree
What's new: The Bulls are looking to replace 20 seniors from last year, and former coach Jason Stokes, now at Middleton. Booth's job will be to convince the players he won't abandon them as other coaches seem to have done. "I was told I will be the third coach these seniors have had," Booth said. "They need consistency, and they need to see the same faces over and over again, because every time you bring in a new coach you bring in a new system."
Booth says his philosophy is to stretch the field and use various approaches, including the spread, inside zones and quarterback counters. He wants to keep opposing defenses off-balance. Defensively, the Bulls hope to be aggressive to force turnovers and score points. Expect a good dose of blitz packages and press coverage. Bloomingdale has a lot of height on both sides of the line.
Audible: "These kids know what it takes to win. They've been there, they've been to the playoffs and they're hungry. They want to get back to it. The players saw the excitement in the school when they won. … It's a matter of heart and desire to say they want to be winners." — Booth
Did you know? Booth brought in a coaching staff with experience in all levels of football, one he believes — and hopes — will be around for a few seasons. Some have played Division-I football and list experience with NFL teams. They include defensive line coach Alex Boston (Florida State, Jacksonville Jaguars), defensive coordinator Melvin Jenkins (Florida A&M, New Orleans Saints), secondary coach George Williams (Buffalo Bills), running backs coach Brett Biggs (Akron, Washington Redskins).
Spring game: at East Bay, vs. Brandon, 6:30 p.m. May 22
Preseason: vs. Wharton, Aug. 28
Sept. 4 at Lennard Sept. 11 vs. East Bay Sept. 17 at Leto Sept. 25 at Durant Oct. 9 vs. Plant City Oct. 16 at Freedom Oct. 22 vs. Newsome Oct. 30 vs. King Nov. 6 at Riverview Nov. 13 vs. Brandon
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer