Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring football capsule: Pasco

Pasco’s offense runs through  quarterback D.J. Clower.

Times (2008)

Pasco’s offense runs through quarterback D.J. Clower.

Around the North Suncoast in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program on the North Suncoast


Coach: Tom McHugh (third season, 18-7)

Last season: 12-2 (lost to Tallahassee Godby 28-14 in Class 3A state semifinals)

District: 3A-7 (Anclote, Gulf, Land O'Lakes, Mitchell, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills)

Key Losses: OL Mylon Brown, G/LB Jarrod Carmody, DT Mark Christmas, LB/S Marquis Dixon, G/DE Zach Faza, RB/DB Jamall Haynes, Ath Josh Johnson, G/DT Trevor Lane, FB/LB Tim Saylor

Who's back: K Brennan Allen, RB/LB Jamie Byrd, QB D.J. Clower, WR Chaise Dunn, Ath Hakeeme Ishmar

What's new: A lot of faces in the starting lineup. The Pirates, after all, graduated 20 players. Among the newcomers is Wesley Chapel transfer Mitch Wozniak, the Wildcats' top receiver (23 catches, 465 yards) last season. He will complement an already-potent passing game led by Clower (1,199 passing yards in 2008) and Dunn (455 receiving yards). Four of the top five rushers are gone, but Pasco never seems to lack for skill guys, and McHugh believes he can effectively replenish the backfield with Ishmar and perhaps an incoming freshman or two.

Audible: "I think you've kind of got to go out knowing you can win and however it falls, it falls. If you went to any of the other final four teams in the state and asked them if they expect to go back, I don't know how they'd answer that, either. That's a question I really don't know how to answer." — McHugh, when asked if another deep playoff run is a realistic expectation

Did you know? Though the offensive front lost a lot to graduation, McHugh is quick to point out only one lineman — guard Trevor Lane — played in all 14 games last season. … Barring any tweaks to its schedule, Pasco will open the 2009 season against two small-school powers — Plantation American Heritage and South Sumter — that went a combined 18-5 last season.

Spring GaMe: May 22, 7 p.m. (intrasquad)

2009 schedule

Sept. 11 Plantation American Heritage

Sept. 18 at South Sumter

Sept. 25 at Wesley Chapel

Oct. 2 Zephyrhills

Oct. 9 Gulf

Oct. 23 Land O'Lakes

Oct. 30 at Mitchell

Nov. 6 Sunlake

Nov. 13 at Wiregrass Ranch

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Pasco 05/13/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Family a driving force for University of Tampa pitcher David Lebron


    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. One day, he hopes his career can help support his mother and allow her to rest.

    University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron (Courtesy of University of Tampa)
  2. L.A. delay could re-open Super Bowl chance for Tampa in 2021


    Construction delays on the NFL's new stadium in Los Angeles mean the Rams and Chargers won't be playing there until 2020, a year later than expected, and the ripple effect could give Tampa another chance at landing a Super Bowl in February 2021.

    Tampa and Raymond James Stadium last hosted a Super Bowl in 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.
  3. Bucs' Gerald McCoy, Jameis Winston honored in NFL top 100


    Helping fans pass time through the offseason each summer, NFL Network has been unveiling its top 100 players for 2017 as chosen by the players, and the Bucs' Gerald McCoy and Jameis Winston are the first Tampa Bay players revealed, coming in at No. 52 and 57, respectively.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis WInston and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, shown in the 2016 season finale against the Panthers, have both been named to the NFL Network's top 100 players for 2017.
  4. The play occurred in the third inning when Angels rookie Nolan Fontana, making his major league debut, tried to slide past the tag of Rays second baseman Michael Martinez.
  5. Former Gator Caleb Brantley paying a steep price for nothing


    It turns out Caleb Brantley isn't quite the dirtbag that millions of people presumed. It's too bad the damage to his reputation and bank account is already done.

    Caleb Brantley, who dropped to the sixth round of the draft, works out during Browns rookie minicamp. [Associated Press]