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Spring football capsule: St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg’s Dondre Davis hauls in an interception last season, the type of play his team has come to expect from him.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR | Special to the Times

St. Petersburg’s Dondre Davis hauls in an interception last season, the type of play his team has come to expect from him.

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

St. Petersburg

Coach: Joe Fabrizio (fourth season, 16-17)

Last season: 9-3 (lost 30-0 to Largo in the Class 5A region semifinals)

District: Class 5A-9 (Gibbs, Northeast, Pinellas Park, Seminole)

Key losses: TE/DL Te'Jay Brown, LB Jon Bryant, OL/DL Cameron Lane, P/WR Andy Rosetti, RB/DB Marques Sumbry, TE/LB Barry Williamson

Who's back: RB/DB Dondre Davis, DL Dominic James, RB Rashad Lewis, K/WR Devon Papandrew, RB Stevie Murph, RB Ben Sams, RB Mike Seay, RB Malik Wilson

What's new: The Green Devils are stocked at the skill positions, especially at running back with six returnees. Wilson had more than 100 yards rushing in the spring game, including a 75-yard run for a touchdown. Sams will be counted on to gain the tough yards up the middle. The big question in the spring was the offensive line, a unit that lost every starter to graduation. Fabrizio said the line is athletic and just needs game experience. The biggest loss on defense was Brown, who signed with Colorado State. James is expected to fill that role as a speed rusher off the edge. Davis is the top returning defensive back and is capable of making big plays, as evidenced by his interception and kickoff returns for scores against St. Petersburg Catholic this spring.

Audible: "We had a great season last year, and the kids are making sure not to take anything for granted. They worked extremely hard this offseason." — Fabrizio

Did you know? St. Petersburg's nine wins last season were second most in school history. In 1984, the Green Devils won 12 games before losing in the state championship.

Spring result: Defeated St. Petersburg Catholic 48-12

2009 season

Sept. 4vs. East Lake

Sept. 11at Lakewood

Sept. 17vs. Dixie Hollins

Sept. 25vs. Seminole

Oct. 2at Palm Harbor University

Oct. 9at Gibbs

Oct. 15at Boca Ciega

Oct. 30vs. Northeast

Nov. 6at Pinellas Park

Nov. 13vs. Dunedin

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: St. Petersburg 06/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 10:15pm]
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