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Spring football capsule: Tarpon Springs

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

District: Independent

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

2010 schedule

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

Spring football capsule: Tarpon Springs 05/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:59pm]
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