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Spring football capsule: Pasco

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

Times (2008)

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

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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]
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