Spring football capsule: Dunedin

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Dunedin

Coach: Mark Everett (11th season, 56-52)

Last season: 8-3 (lost to St. Petersburg 20-10 in region quarterfinals)

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

Key losses: RB Adaris Bellamy, K T.J. Day, RB Kim Howard, RB Jahron Jackson, OL/DL Eric Kreuter, OL/DL Gideon Levy, LB Bryan Morris, OL/DL Robert Murphy, OL/DL Kyle Pedretty, LB Antonio Talley, RB/DB Austin Williams

Who's back: LB Ali Cheaib, OL Phillip Chesson, WR/DB Nathan Diehl, OL Brandon Madrishin, QB Ryan Singer, WR Tyler Sjoblom, LB Christler Villaviciencio

What's new: New faces abound for the Falcons after 28 graduated from a class that captured three straight district titles. … Dunedin was hardest hit in the backfield and on the offensive line. Replacing Bellamy and Howard will be difficult, but Kion Samuels, Paul Drettakis and Jezreel Saunders will all get a chance to shoulder the load at running back. Only one starter (Madrishin) returns on the offensive line, but Everett is encouraged by the progress of Chris Germanakos, Corey Francisco, Chesson and Bryce Newton. … Singer returns as the starting quarterback, and his main targets will be Sharrod Harriel, Sjoblom and Nathan Diehl. Singer has the size (6 feet 4, 185 pounds) and arm that has D-I recruiters paying attention but has not received a scholarship offer. Same for Cheaib, who will be counted on heavily on defense.

Audible: "(The offensive line) will be our big test this spring. Honestly, we do want to throw the ball more, and it'll be a question of whether our linemen can keep people off our quarterback for 3.5 seconds." — Everett

Did you know?: Singer was a breakout performer at the EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback regional camp this month in Orlando.

Spring game: vs. Lakewood, 7:30 p.m. May 22

2009 schedule:

Sept. 3 at Largo

Sept. 11 at Tarpon Springs

Sept. 17 vs. Pinellas Park

Sept. 25 at Countryside

Oct. 2 vs. Gibbs

Oct. 9 vs. Sarasota Riverview

Oct. 23 at Clearwater

Oct. 30 vs. Palm Harbor University

Nov. 6 vs. East Lake

Nov. 13 at St. Petersburg

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Dunedin 05/14/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:34pm]

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