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