Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county
Coach: Kenny Crawford
Last season: 0-10
District: Class 5A-9 (Gibbs, Northeast, St. Petersburg, Seminole)
Key losses: OL/DL Aaron Earle, WR/DB Brandon Ferguson, RB/LB Chris McKinnie, OL/DL Ben Miller, WR/DB Will Smith
Who's back: RB/LB Oraian Bentley, TE/DL Tra Butler, WR/DB Greg Green, WR/DB Andy Laughery, RB/LB Tony Murphy, QB/DB Cody Nowakoski, QB Devon Olson, WR/DB Kyleil Robinson, RB/DB Mike Smith
What's new: The Patriots will look different this season. Gone are the black helmets and jerseys, replaced with the school's traditional colors of red, white and blue. The offense also switches from the spread to the Wing-T. The changes were made by Crawford, who was hired in February to replace Matt Lance. The Patriots had more than 50 players out for football with plenty of guys at the skill positions. Crawford expects big things from his running game, which includes backs Bentley, Murphy and Smith. The defense is led by Butler, a speed rusher on the line.
Audible: "We've got a long road, but we're starting to take steps in the right direction. There are good numbers and the guys are excited to play football." — Crawford
Did you know? Former Pinellas Park coach James Adams joined the staff as an offensive coordinator. Also helping on offense is former Gibbs assistant Dave Cleppe, who worked with Shaun King when he was a Gladiator.
Spring game: vs. Palm Harbor University, 7 p.m., Friday
Sept. 4vs. Osceola
Sept. 11at Palm Harbor U.
Sept. 17 at Dunedin
Sept. 25at Northeast
Oct. 2vs. Boca Ciega
Oct. 15at Clearwater
Oct. 23 at Seminole
Oct. 30vs. Gibbs
Nov. 6vs. St. Petersburg
Nov. 13vs. Dixie Hollins
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer