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Spring football capsule: Countryside

Jimbo Chmelik will be under center for the Cougars again, with a lot of receivers to choose from.


Jimbo Chmelik will be under center for the Cougars again, with a lot of receivers to choose from.

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Coach: John Davis (eighth season, 55-22)

Last season: 7-4 (lost to Largo 42-17 in region quarterfinals)

District: Class 5A-8 (Clearwater, Dunedin, East Lake, Palm Harbor University)

Key losses: OL Joe Crews, LB Blake Johnson, P Pete Kontodiakos, RB Dawrence Roberts, LB Richard Shockley, DL Derek Wolfinbarger

Who's back: QB Jimbo Chmelik, DL Tyree Craddock, DB Andrew Davis, LB Terry Johnson, WR Todd Shorter, OL Mike Wiszowaty

What's new: The offense has the potential to be among the best in Davis' eight years at the school. The offensive line is one of the biggest in the county with Tyler Moore (6-foot-5, 285), Alex Holzhauer (6-3, 300), Wiszowaty (6-2, 250), Brandon Sommerville (6-3, 320) and Tyler Pierson (6-4, 250) returning. Roberts, a 1,000-yard rusher, graduated. Still, Davis is confident that Davis, Alton Taylor and fullback Jake Pendergist can fill that void. Chmelik returns at quarterback and has plenty of targets, including Shorter, Andre Holloway and Joe Lombardi. Another receiver, Jalen Goodloe, will miss spring practice because of a knee injury. Davis also hopes to add Derek Messmore to the receiving corps now that the track season is over. The biggest question is the defense. The Cougars will lose every starting linebacker to graduation. To shore up that unit, Davis said he is moving Johnson from running back to linebacker. Tyler Walker also is moving from the defensive line to linebacker. The defensive backfield is the strength with returnees Alex Dixon, Davis, Josh Woodard and Mitch Ronacher. The defensive line is anchored by Max Wolfinbarger, Craddock and Jason Dowell. William Griswold and Ryan Halter will battle for kicking duties.

Audible: "The offense is probably farther along than any time since I've been here. We're real sharp right now." — Davis

Did you know? Countryside has no shortage of quarterbacks with Grey Crow and Ryan Dailey returning to back up Chmelik.

Spring game: May 28 at Naples Lely, 7 p.m.

2009 season

Sept. 4at Boca Ciega

Sept. 11vs. Gibbs

Sept. 17vs. Osceola

Sept. 25vs. Dunedin

Oct. 2at Lakewood

Oct. 9at Clearwater

Oct. 15at Tarpon Springs

Oct. 23vs. Palm Harbor University

Oct. 30at East Lake

Nov. 6vs. Largo

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Countryside 05/12/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:38pm]
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