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Taking time to reflect on spring football

Spring football has ended on the North Suncoast, and now begins the grueling wait for preseason practice.

Let's reflect on some standout performances of the past month and tweak our fall predictions as we head to the beach for some well-deserved rest.

Times' top eight

You're probably wondering how the heck we could come up with our guess at the top North Suncoast teams given that many did not play spring games.

Basically, this is based on observations and our gut. It's simply something to get people talking, to motivate and to make us look silly because the chances of us nailing this order as any kind of projected finish is crazy.

Times' pre-spring top eight

1. Nature Coast

2. Land O'Lakes

3. Pasco

4. Hudson

5. Gulf

6. Zephyrhills

7. Wesley Chapel

8. Springstead

Times' post-spring top eight

1. Nature Coast

2. Pasco

3. Zephyrhills

4. Hudson

5. Land O'Lakes

6. Springstead

7. Wesley Chapel

8. Central

Spring MVPs

Ben Noury, Sr., FB, Springstead: The Eagles bruiser put together 142 yards of offense and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and added one receiving in a 27-6 victory at Osceola.

Alex Sampson, Sr., WR/S, Zephyrhills: Had 55 receiving yards, 16 rushing yards and two picks in the Bulldogs' spring game.

Josh Johnson, Sr., DB/RB/FL, Pasco: Johnson was simply all over the field in the Pirates' spring game. If there's a more versatile player on the North Suncoast, we haven't seen him.

Eric Williams, Sr., WR/DB, Nature Coast: Led the Sharks with 111 yards rushing and 11 yards receiving in a spring scrimmage.

Madison Burr, Jr., QB, Gulf: Ran for more than 100 yards and engineered a score-tying drive — with a running clock — in the Bucs intrasquad game.

Clay Kessler, Sr., RB/LB, HCA: Amassed 128 yards of offense and defensively had nine tackles, one sack and an interception in a 21-14 loss to Bradenton St. Stephen's.

Nick Lomba, Fr., RB, Wiregrass Ranch: Combined for 104 yards on the ground and in the air while rushing for a pair of touchdowns and catching one more in the Bulls' scrimmage.

Ricky Trinidad, So., RB, Mitchell: Rushed nine times for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding another touchdown reception in the Mustangs' scrimmage.

Dylan Luke, Jr., RB, Hudson: Sean Scott's heir-apparent ran eight times for 70 yards and a touchdown in the Cobras' intrasquad scrimmage.

Taking time to reflect on spring football 06/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 9, 2008 1:27pm]
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