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Spring football capsule: Keswick Christian

Depth is the biggest obstacle facing coach Rick Sanson and his Crusaders this season.

SCOTT KEELER | Times (2007)

Depth is the biggest obstacle facing coach Rick Sanson and his Crusaders this season.

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Keswick Christian

Coach: Rick Sanson (12th season, 58-59)

Last season: 6-5 (lost 21-14 to Orlando Pine Castle in the Class B region semifinals)

District: Class B-5 (Admiral Farragut, Calvary Christian, Cambridge, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, Lakeland Victory Christian, Lake Wales Vanguard)

Key losses: WR/DB Trevor Angell, WR/LB Mike Curtiss, OL/DL Josh McKay, QB/DB Doug Sanson, RB/LB Jakobi Wheeler

Who's back: RB/DB Jaylin Coleman, OL/LB Zac Cook, WR/DB Reeze L'Eon, RB/LB Andrew Logue, OL/DL Scott Oliver

What's new: The Crusaders plan to take advantage of Coleman's athleticism and use him in multiple ways on offense. Sanson said he may even use him at quarterback. The line is the top unit on offense with three returners — Cook, Ben Saylor and Matt Spencer. Keswick also gets a boost with Oliver coming back from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season. L'Eon is the go-to guy at receiver and Armani Lonardo will be the other starter at wideout. The Crusaders' biggest weakness is depth. Keswick graduated a combined 25 players the past two seasons and two others transferred. That means most of the offensive players will line up on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive line is in good shape with Oliver, Cook, Saylor and Spencer. Cook and Logue are returning starters at linebacker. The secondary is thin with Coleman, L'Eon, Lonardo and Jacob Bouvier.

Audible: "I do like the line on both sides of the ball. We have a lot of experience there. But we're going to have to battle fatigue with so many guys going both ways." — Sanson

Did you know? The Crusaders had three players sign from last year's team. Angell and Wheeler are going to Tabor College and Sanson is off to Geneva College. And Tarvin Jones, who played for Keswick two years ago, recently signed with Carson-Newman.

Spring game: at Englewood Lemon Bay, 7 tonight

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 at Indian Rocks Christian

Sept. 11 at Bradenton Christian

Sept. 18 vs. St. Petersburg Catholic

Sept. 25 vs. Cambridge

Oct. 2 at Admiral Farragut

Oct. 16 at Lakeland Victory Christian

Oct. 23 vs. Calvary Christian

Oct. 30 at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic

Nov. 6 vs. Lake Wales Vanguard

Nov. 13 vs. Shorecrest

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Keswick Christian 05/20/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 11:26pm]

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