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Spring football capsule: Carrollwood Day School

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Carrollwood Day School

Coach: Lane McLaughlin (second year, 3-7)

Last season: 3-7

District: Independent (competes in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference)

Key Losses: None. In their first year of 11-man football last year, the Patriots had no seniors.

Who's back: QB Billy Embody, RB Darius Bing, WR Matt Monteilh, WR Michael Kanter, OT/DL Mak Djulbegovic, WR/LB Deuce Gruden

What's new: McLaughlin hopes to bring more balance to the offense in the Patriots' second year of 11-man football. Last year, Embody, who is receiving looks from Division II schools such as South Alabama and William & Mary, threw for more than 2,000 yards, but look for CDS to utilize Bing, who averaged 6.3 yards per carry, more often on the ground. The Patriots' schedule is friendlier this year, with more schools near CDS' high school enrollment of about 200 students. This year's team includes six seniors, all of whom played last season and will have significant roles.

Audible: "This spring we want to get a running game and stop the running game. We need to be able to stop the running game. We didn't need a pass defense last year because no one needed to pass against us." — McLaughlin

Did you Know? There's a little superstition at CDS. An eagle nests near the school and on the weeks when it flew over practice, the Patriots won on game day. "I'm still working on the pregame appearance," McLaughlin said. … The coach predicts that Mak Djulbegovic, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle/defensive tackle/tight end with the wingspan "as long as the Howard Frankland" will be CDS' first Division I recruit. He is a rising junior. … McLaughlin said Gruden, the son of former Bucs coach Jon Gruden, has set the pace in the workout room. The rising sophomore leads the team with a 275-pound bench press.

Spring game: At Winter Garden Foundation Academy, 7 p.m., May 22

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Cambridge

Sept. 11 at Oviedo Master's Academy

Sept. 18 at Ocala St. John Lutheran

Sept. 25 vs. Hernando Christian

Oct. 9 vs. Winter Haven All Saints'

Oct. 16 at Leesburg First Academy

Oct. 23 vs. Naples First Baptist

Oct. 30 at Bishop McLaughlin

Nov. 6 vs. Canterbury

Nov. 13 SSAC bowl game

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Carrollwood Day School 05/13/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 10:15pm]
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