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Spring football capsule: Cambridge

Around the county in 30 days A daily spring preview of every football program in the county


Coach: John Kelly (second season, 2-8)

Last season: 2-8

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

Key losses: QB Etienne Turner, RB Micah Lewis, CB/RB Ryan Campbell, OL/DL Mitch Carr, OL Mitchell Brown

Who's back: WR/TE Dixon Phillips, WR Damarcus Faison, QB Hayden Kelley, MLB/FB Logan McDougall, RB/LB Chris Brown, QB Michael McDermott, OG/OT Martin Brown, OL Tyler Burton

What's new: Kelly has been without three key components — Kelley, McDougall and Brown — who are all on the Lancers baseball team, which is playing in the Class A region final Friday. As far as X's and O's go, Cambridge has a new defensive coordinator. Former IRC assistant Bill Paluch replaces Steve Lewis, the former longtime Temple Heights coach who will begin a football program at Seffner Christian. So look for some formation changes on defense, from the odd-man stack 3-3-5 defense to an even-man 4-2-5 scheme.

Audible: "We've been without some guys and I went in with the mindset that we wouldn't have them at all. But it's allowed us to develop some of our younger guys, which is good. We even have the advantage to have a could of eighth graders in spring practice and we're getting a good look at them." — Kelly

Did you know? Much of the buzz at Lancers' practice revolves around Phillips, who likely will become Cambridge's first Division-I recruit. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound rising senior has received a lot of recruiting attention over the past month. Marshall was out Monday watching him and he also has received interest from Western Kentucky, FAU, Troy and even Ivy League schools like Harvard (He carries a 3.7 GPA). Even Florida assistant head coach Dan McCarney has stopped by to watch film.

Spring game: at Northside Christian, 7 p.m. May 23 (full game)

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 at Carrollwood Day School

Sept. 18 at Bradenton Christian

Sept. 25 at Keswick Christian

Oct. 2 at Calvary Christian

Oct. 9 vs. Santa Fe Catholic

Oct. 16 vs. Lake Wales Vanguard

Oct. 23 at Admiral Farragut

Oct. 30 at Winter Have All Saints'

Nov. 6 vs. Lakeland Victory Christian

Nov. 13 vs. Indian Rocks Christian

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Cambridge 05/12/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:06pm]
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