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Spring football capsule: Sunlake

Around the North Suncoast in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in the North Suncoast


Coach: Bill Browning (third season, 1-19; 20th season overall, 93-104)

District: 3A-7 (Anclote, Gulf, Land O'Lakes, Mitchell, Pasco, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills)

Last season: 1-9

Key losses: WR/CB Darren Kanhai, T/DE Steve Kerekes, FB/DL Mike Shaver, T/DE Jarrett Baker, WR/LB Chris Harrington, RB/DB Eli Escobar

Who's back: RB/CB Joe Connolly, WR/CB Brian Adams, QB/DB Tommy Valez, RB/LB Leeroy Thompson, G/LB Kyle Anderson, G/LB Jacob Henderson, RB/LB David Riscile

What's new: With 70 taking part in drills, size and skill players ready to make plays are gaining notice. Browning is not shy to acknowledge his Seahawks will be competitive and push for a winning season in their new district, which features 2008 playoff teams Gulf, Land O'Lakes and Pasco. "We are looking to be right in the thick of things, and we are a third-year school looking to make some noise and making our mark in Pasco County," Browning said. The Seahawks are stout defensively, returning Thompson and Anderson at linebacker. On offense, Valez (727 yards passing) returns and Adams looks to fill the shoes of Harrington, who led the Seahawks in receiving yards last season with 397. Also on the offensive side, Rashad Daniels, Alex Rodriguez and Jamaal Jones, all moving up from junior varsity, look to be the front-runners to replace Shaver (698 yards rushing).

Audible: "So far, we have had a great spring and we are vastly much improved over last year." — Browning

Did you know? With Valez slated to start at quarterback, it looks like the Seahawks will have their first two-year starter. The Seahawks' first quarterback was Joey Collezo, who did not return for the 2008 season.

Spring scrimmage: 6:30 p.m. May 29

2009 schedule

Aug. 28 at Ridgewood (classic)

Sept. 4 Wiregrass Ranch

Sept. 18 Hudson

Sept. 25 at Gulf

Oct. 2 Anclote

Oct. 9 Wesley Chapel

Oct. 15 at Zephyrhills

Oct. 23 Mitchell

Oct. 30 at Land O'Lakes

Nov. 6 at Pasco

Nov. 13 at River Ridge

Andy Villamarzo, Times correspondent

Spring football capsule: Sunlake 05/20/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 12:57pm]
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