Around the county in 30 days A daily spring preview of every football program in the county
Coach: Steve Dudley (third season, 11-9)
Last season: 6-5
District: Independent (competes in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference)
Key losses: OL Ryan Coffman, WR/DB Ryan Laurent
Who's back: FB/DE Jeremy Dolan, RB/DB James Goodwin, OL/DL Lee Hanna, OL/DL Jonathan Jackson, RB/DB Brent O'Neal, QB/DB Dominique Thornton, OL/DL Mike Wolfenden, OL Harrison Hall
What's new: The Crusaders lose four seniors and return the bulk of their skill players. Thornton, a dual-threat quarterback, returns. So do Canterbury's top two leading rushers, Goodwin and O'Neal. The receiving corps receives a boost with the addition of Bryce Wilson, who transferred from Gibbs. Wilson led Canterbury's basketball team in scoring this past season and is explosive, Dudley said. The offensive line will be anchored by Anthony Dudley, Ryan Harbour, Micah Madir and Sam Flood. Most of the offensive starters will see time on defense. Dudley said he expects big things from Jackson and Wolfenden on that side of the ball.
Audible: "We're real excited about the progress we've made. Our numbers will be a challenge again. We've got 22-23 guys and need to stay healthy. But they've all worked hard in the weight room this offseason." — Dudley
Did you know? Of the Crusaders' 22 players, eight played on the baseball team. That made practice tough with just 14 players available the first three days. Canterbury will be at full strength now that the Crusaders lost in the Class A region baseball quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Spring game: May 23 at Central Florida Christian, 6 p.m.
Sept. 4 Northside Christian
Sept. 11 Winter Haven All Saints'
Sept. 18 at Providence Christian
Sept. 25 at Ocala St. John Lutheran
Oct. 2 Bishop McLaughlin
Oct. 9 at Shorecrest
Oct. 23 Seven Rivers Christian
Oct. 30 Hernando Christian
Nov. 6 at Carrollwood Day
Nov. 13 SSAC bowl game
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer