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Spring football capsule: Hillsborough

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Hillsborough

Coach: Earl Garcia (17th season at Hillsborough, 147-39; 24th overall, 180-77)

Last season: 6-4

District: Class 4A-9 (Armwood, East Bay, King)

Key losses: RB Lindsey Lamar, OT Darren Baker, LB Jerod Brisbon, WR Colby Walden, K/P Evan Colborne

Who's back: QB Tarean Austin, WR Charles Lovett, RB Antonio Chow, WR/S Terrence Mitchell, WR Carlton Walton, WR/DB RaVon Bullard, FB Jamie Knott

What's new: The Terriers want to remember little from last season. Hillsborough finished the season losing three of its last four games and missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. The departure of Lamar, who heads to USF in the fall, leaves a huge void at running back. Garcia has spent most of the spring installing the fundamentals of a spread offense that will focus on getting fleet-footed receivers Mitchell, Lovett, Walton and Bullard the ball downfield. It's a relatively new look for Austin, who enters his third year as a starter in the fall, but Garcia has all the confidence in his rising senior signal caller. The Terriers have six transfers, notably former Chamberlain DT Eric Hammond, ex-Middleton RB Rodney Johnson, former Wharton LB Chris Oliver and ex-Freedom WR/TE Jordan Duval. As is always the case with the Terriers, their schedule is a bear, opening with Jefferson, Plant, Chamberlain and Alonso the first month of the season.

Audible: "We're going to be a pass-first offense for the first time since I've been here. We used to be a pass-first offense when I was at Gaither because we had no one who could run faster than me," Garcia joked. "But here it's kind of been the other way. This year we might have the best set of skill guys since I've been there, so it's up to us as an offensive staff to take advantage of that by spreading the ball around. We have a fast football team. It will be a fun offense to play in."

Did you know? For the first time in Garcia's 17 years at Hillsborough, his coaching staff remains intact. The Terriers have 10 assistants.

Spring rESULT: Beat Chamberlain 17-0

2009 schedule

Sept. 4vs. Jefferson

Sept. 11vs. Plant

Sept. 17at Chamberlain

Sept. 25vs. Alonso

Oct. 2at Gaither

Oct. 9 vs. East Bay

Oct. 16at Blake

Oct. 23at Armwood

Nov. 6vs. King

Nov. 13at Tampa Bay Tech

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Hillsborough 05/26/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:24pm]
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