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Spring football capsule: Land O'Lakes

Around the North Suncoast in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in Hernando and Pasco counties

Land O'Lakes

Coach: Matt Kitchie (second season, 9-2)

Last season: 9-2 (lost 43-22 to Jefferson in region quarterfinal)

District: Class 3A, District 7

Key losses: RB Tyler Peak, WR/DB Alex Robinson, OL/DL Gary Myrick, DB Jamerson Davis, LB Andrew Gorgen, LB Alex Mathis, OL/DL Patrick Kronk, DB Vinny Spacone

Who's back: QB Stevie Weatherford, WR Will Irwin, TE Kent Taylor, WR Jason Tello, DB Nico Watts, LB Jackson Cannon, DL Spencer Michelson

What's new: Not a lot, Kitchie said. Though with Weatherford's offseason problems combined with the transfer of top defensive player Myrick to Hudson, it seems as if the Gators have weathered the storm and have everything running smoothly this spring. With 91 athletes out for spring ball and an average of 55 coming out for offseason workouts, Land O'Lakes will likely not have depth issues. But the team is looking for players to step up on both sides of the ball, starting at running back, with last season's top rusher graduating (Peak, 928 yards). Weatherford looks to have plenty of targets to throw to, with Jason Tello (268 yards) moving from tight end to receiver and the 6-foot-4 Taylor moving to tight end. Michelson, a defensive tackle, will anchor the defense, which looks to run more of a 3-3 stack this fall.

Audible: "We are on the positive track right now. Hopefully the goal is to win in the first round of the playoffs (as opposed) to losing in the first round." — Kitchie

Did you know?: The Gators lost their punter (Myrick) and kicker (Bennan Stack) but have a few soccer players vying for the kicking duties, including girls goalkeeper Tara Marshall. According to Kitchie, Marshall is in the running to be the starting punter.

Spring game: at Wiregrass Ranch, 7 p.m. May 28

2010 schedule

Aug. 26 at East Lake (preseason)

Sept. 3 at Ridgewood

Sept. 17 at Springstead

Sept. 24 vs. Zephyrhills

Oct. 1 at Gulf

Oct. 8 at Anclote

Oct. 14 vs. Wesley Chapel

Oct. 22 vs. Pasco

Oct. 29 at Sunlake

Nov. 5 vs. Mitchell

Nov. 12 vs. Hudson

Andy Villamarzo, Times correspondent

Spring football capsule: Land O'Lakes 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 10:38pm]
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