Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring football capsule: Lakewood

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

Lakewood

Coach: Cory Moore (second season, 7-4)

Last season: 7-4 (lost 67-7 to Plant in first round of Class 4A playoffs)

District: Class 3A-8 (Blake, Dixie Hollins, Jefferson, Osceola, Spoto)

Key losses: LB Marcus Edwards, WR Marcus Jackson, QB/DB JaQuez Jenkins, WR/DB Victor Perkins

Who's back: TE/LB Bar'ee Boyd, S Xavius Boyd, WR Sermetrius Dennis, RB/DB Burness Griffin, RB/DB Bernard Reedy, OL/DL Aram Wynn

What's new: The Spartans were an offensive juggernaut, averaging more than 30 points a game in the regular season, but the team's strength this year could be its defense. The defensive line is deeper and stronger than usual. The linebackers, led by Bar'ee Boyd, are explosive and the secondary is athletic and physical. The coaching staff expects a big season at safety from 6-foot-2, 220-pound Xavius Boyd. He holds offers from FIU, Georgia Southern and South Alabama. … Replacing Jenkins, the Times' offensive player of the year, at quarterback will be rising junior Alphonzo Evans. He threw for more than 1,100 yards and helped the Spartans' JV squad to a 7-1 record. He also started Lakewood's playoff loss to Plant after Jenkins tore his MCL in the regular-season finale against St. Petersburg. … The Spartans will try to get the ball in Reedy's hands as much as possible. Moore compares the versatile playmaker to Reggie Bush.

Audible: "The guys come in now and expect to win. I probably leave here at 9 p.m. because I've got guys that want to watch film, guys that are in the office drawing up plays. … Usually, I'm leaving when the janitors leave." — Moore

Did you know? Thirteen players ran an electronically timed 4.4 or faster in the 40-yard dash at a Nike regional combine in Orlando this month.

Spring game: at Dunedin, 7:30 p.m. today

2009 season

Sept. 4 at Gibbs

Sept. 11 vs. St. Petersburg

Sept. 17 vs. Boca Ciega

Sept. 25 at Dixie Hollins

Oct. 2 vs. Countryside

Oct. 9 vs. Jefferson

Oct. 23 vs. Osceola

Oct. 30 at Blake

Nov. 6 at Spoto

Nov. 13 at Northeast

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Lakewood 05/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 21, 2009 11:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays journal: Offense shows signs of waking up in win over Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The drought was so severe that it's still probably too soon to say that the Rays are out of it, but they did score six runs Tuesday in a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays.

    Corey Dickerson high-fives Wilson Ramos after hitting a solo home run in the third inning, putting the Rays up 2-1.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    C Wilson Ramos, coming off major right knee surgery, understandably often takes it easy running the bases, though it's not always a good look. But he hustled when he needed to Tuesday and got the Rays a run by beating out a two-out infield single.

  3. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.
  4. Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Blue Jays

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman laughs after Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran reached first on an infield single during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
  5. 'Hard Knocks' star Riley Bullough still not a lock for Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Bucs undrafted rookie LB Riley Bullough is perhaps the surprise star of HBO's Hard Knocks and has been productive in two preseason games, but Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Tuesday that he's caught in a numbers game competing for a backup spot on the Tampa Bay roster.

    Riley Bullough has made a good impression on Hard Knocks and on coach Dirk Koetter, but he isn’t guaranteed a job.