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Tampa Catholic: Season preview

Coach: Bob Henriquez (fourth season, 26-11; 13th overall, 89-51) | Last season: 11-3 | Class: 2A, District 5 | Colors: Green and white

A-listers Kenny Broadnax

Tampa Catholic's top retuning wide receiver, Broadnax is a big, physical playmaker who creates mismatches every week.

Colin Carter

A standout linebacker, Carter is a speedy sideline-to-sideline player who is moving from the outside to the inside and should have a significant impact.

Brandon Green

A senior with good size and speed, Green will see action at defensive end and tight end. He started playing big toward the latter part of 2007 and has the potential to be a force.

Christian Green

Still only a junior, the incredibly athletic Green gives the Crusaders a big-time playmaker at arguably the most important position on the field. He threw for more than 1,500 yards last season.

Ralph Grover

A three-year starter at cornerback, Grover is the quarterback of the defense.

Rising star Jamarlon Powe

A junior who plays receiver, cornerback and kick returner, Powe does a little bit of everything. Look for him to be one of the offense's top producers.

Stunt man Daniel Sanabria

Guy who does the dirty work

He's not the biggest player, but pound for pound he might be its strongest. And he is certainly one of the toughest. Sanabria will contribute at fullback, linebacker and on the defensive line, no doubt giving all he has every second he's on the field.

Cutting-room floor

Three things the Crusaders need to avoid

1. Complacency. As the defending Class 2A runnerup, the Crusaders can't forget what got them to the finals last fall.

2. Underestimating the opposition. After the success of 2007, the Crusaders will be the hunted — not the hunter — in '08. Because of that, even the weakest teams on the schedule could present a challenge.

3. Offensive line inexperience. Tampa Catholic, which returns only one starting lineman, must grow up front. Landing transfer Chaz Green, who has Division I-A talent, helps.


"They play very well on defense and are exceptionally well-coached. They tackle well and have good athletes. I'm very impressed." — Lennard coach George Edington

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Tampa Catholic: Season preview 09/04/08 [Last modified: Saturday, September 6, 2008 2:57pm]
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