Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in Pinellas County
Coach: Phil Hayford (32nd season, 188-115)
Last season: 4-6
Key losses: RB/LB Harrison Settle, OL/LB Tyler Shenkman, QB/DL Hunter Tremaine, RB/DB Phil Tylman
Who's back: RB/DL Alex Drexler, OL/DL Blake Elea, QB/LB Dakota Hirsch, PK/TE/DL Ian Johnston-Schmidt, RB/DB Jules Jouffroy, LB Christian Mandulla, OL/DL Luke Nunnelly, OL/DL Nick Nunnelly, OL/LB Dom Reatini.
What's new: The most pressing question was who would replace Tremaine at quarterback. Tremaine, who is graduating, rushed for at least 1,000 yards in three straight seasons. Hayford started planning for Tremaine's departure last season, moving Tremaine to running back periodically to give Hirsch some snaps. The rushing load will be shared by Drexler and Jouffroy. In the spring game against Bradenton Christian, Jouffroy scored three times. The offensive line will be a strength with four returning starters. The defense will be led by a linebacking unit that includes Hirsch, Mandulla, Reatini and Will Schiff. Schiff missed the spring while playing baseball.
Audible: "There's a lot of excitement with the nucleus of this group. I think we have a better core because of more players with experience. Every day during the spring, we kept getting better and better." — Hayford.
Did you know? Hayford needs eight wins to tie former Northeast coach Jerry Austin for the most in county history.
Spring game: Lost to Bradenton Christian 41-35
Sept. 3 vs. Coral Springs Charter School
Sept. 10 vs. Calvary Christian
Sept. 24 at Northside Christian
Oct. 1 vs. Indian Rocks Christian
Oct. 8 at Canterbury
Oct. 15 vs. Seffner Christian
Oct. 22 vs. Bishop McLaughlin
Nov. 5 at Admiral Farragut
Nov. 12 vs. Keswick Christian
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer