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Wiregrass Ranch: Spring football capsule

Coach Ricky Thomas calls sophomore quarterback James Tringali, above, “the future” of the Bulls.


Coach Ricky Thomas calls sophomore quarterback James Tringali, above, “the future” of the Bulls.

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Wiregrass Ranch

Coach: Ricky Thomas (second season, 1-9)

Last season: 1-9

District: Class 3A-8 (Gulf, Hudson, Pasco, Sunlake, Zephyrhills)

Key losses: QB Angel Rodriguez.

Who's back: QB James Tringali, WR/LB Travis Duffey, WR/DB Blake Burch.

What's new: Thomas wanted to make it clear he does not consider the transfer of Rodriguez, last year's starting quarterback, a "key loss." Thomas called Tringali, a sophomore, "the future" of the team. Tringali is 6 feet 4 with quick feet, and he throws with accuracy. His top target will be Duffey, the key weapon for the Bulls. Thomas inserts Duffey in situations where he has more chances to break big plays and score. The Tringali-to-Duffey combination will be key for an offense that averaged 11.6 points per game and a defense that allowed 36.4 points per game. Defensively, Duffey will move to linebacker in hopes of helping the defense cut down on the average points per game it allowed last year.

Audible: "Our offensive line is huge for high school. I don't think there's anyone on the offensive or defensive line that weighs under 200 pounds. We're averaging about 230. We had a great season in the weight room. Last season was a wake-up call for our kids. They know now what it takes to compete at the varsity level." — Thomas

Did you know? Former Wesley Chapel star Vince Chalecki is an assistant for the Bulls. How did it happen? Chalecki and Thomas live in the same neighborhood and have known each other for years. "One time he told me if he had a car, he would drive to Pasco to play for me. I never forgot that," Thomas said. Chalecki attends the University of Tampa and lives close by.

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 vs. Wesley Chapel

Sept. 12 at Ridgewood

Sept. 19 vs. Berkeley Prep

Sept. 26 at Gulf

Oct. 3 at Lake Weir

Oct. 10 vs. Hudson

Oct. 24 at Zephyrhills

Oct. 31 at Pasco

Nov. 7 vs. Sunlake

Nov. 14 vs. Land


Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Wiregrass Ranch: Spring football capsule 05/26/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2008 9:56am]
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