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Spring football capsule: Calvary Christian

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Calvary Christian

Coach: Chris Rivera (fourth season, 14-16)

Last season: 3-7

District: Class B, District 5 (Admiral Farragut, Cambridge, Keswick Christian, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, Lake Wales Vanguard, Lakeland Victory Christian)

Key losses: QB Buddy Adzima, OL/DL Thomas Hooten, WR/TE Marcos Quinones, OL/DL Adam Smith, LB John Stephens

Who's back: WR/RB/DB Jordan Ankrom, DL/LB Andrew Chen, OL/DL Marcel Drapalski, WR/QB Johnny Hubbard, TE/DL Zach Hubbard, OL/DL Marcus Montanez, WR Zach Mueller, QB/DB Jordan Schmidt, RB/DB Ryan Smith

What's new: With Adzima gone, the quarterbacking duties will fall on the shoulders of Johnny Hubbard and Schmidt. Hubbard started last season against Bradenton Prep before breaking his collarbone in the second half. Schmidt was the primary backup two years ago. With no clear-cut favorite, both will likely get playing time. Ankrom and Mueller are Calvary's go-to guys. "We've got to find a way to get them the ball," Rivera said. The loss of Hooten on the offensive line hurts. Rivera thinks the line has the potential to be better this season, but until five starters are established and depth is built behind them, it remains a weakness. Calvary has pretty much everyone back in the secondary and the defensive line is a strength, where Montanez turned in an outstanding 2008 season. He is drawing the most recruiting interest, as well as Ankrom. The linebackers remain a question mark, but Rivera hopes Chen can fill the role Stephens played. Out of 27 guys on the spring roster, 11 are seniors, most of whom have been with Rivera for four years. Continuity should be a plus for the Warriors.

Audible: "I really feel like we will be able to be a better offense than we were last year. And it's probably because so many guys are going into their senior year." — Rivera

Did you know? Three of Calvary's graduated seniors will continue their football careers at the NAIA level. Hooten and Adam Smith signed with Webber International. Stephens is going to Concordia University (Neb.). Adzima had small school offers but likely will attend UCF on an academic scholarship.

Spring game: May 22 at St. John Neumann, 7 p.m.

2009 schedule

Sept. 11 vs. Orlando Lutheran Academy

Sept. 18 at Indian Rocks Christian

Sept. 25 vs. Admiral Farragut

Oct. 2 vs. Cambridge

Oct. 9 at Victory Christian

Oct. 16 vs. Bradenton Christian

Oct. 23 at Keswick Christian

Oct. 30 at Vanguard

Nov. 6 vs. Santa Fe Catholic

Nov. 13 at Northside Christian

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Calvary Christian 05/06/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 10:20pm]
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