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SHORECREST // Another encore for the Chargers?


There isn't much Phil Hayford needs to do for an encore.

All Shorecrest has done the past three years is win three district titles, two coming on 10-0 records. The last three seasons, the Chargers have gone 30-3.

But Hayford keeps on preaching the same tune and the players keep on marching to his same beat, which he always makes fresh and interesting.

Hayford has accumulated 104 wins against 63 losses in 16 years and shows no signs of slowing down despite losing 15 seniors, eight of whom played both ways.

But Hayford won't call this a rebuilding year. He knows his Class 2A, District 6 hopes of repeating will be tougher with the addition of Fort Meade but Hayford's patchwork of seemingly young, inexperienced talent is perhaps what makes him so well-respected and continues to give Shorecrest life each year.

The Chargers aren't going to sneak up on anyone. Shorecrest has been the perennial powerhouse in this district for awhile so there are many hungry teams trying to catch the Chargers.

On The Ground: Fullback Jeff Davis (5-10, 170) will add bulk to Shorecrest's attack which normally has had a lot of speed and experience in the backfield. Davis will be the only returning starter while Hayford mills through a "traffic jam" of young backs such as Tony Massari (5-8, 145); Nevill Dastoor (5-9, 150); Tony Lazzara (5-9, 160) and Todd Miller (5-8, 171).

The ground attack will be anchored by two seniors, center Tim Earle (6-1, 205) and tackle Steve Lazzara (5-9, 180). With a lack of size, Hayford's teams always depend on speed to effectively run the offense.

Through the Air: With Fred Meinke gone, the assignment falls on the shoulders of Ryan Griffin (6-1, 180). Griffin is certainly strong enough as he played defensive end last year and has shown "good speed" and a strong arm. He'll have to learn quickly in Hayford's pro set and run and shoot offenses. Primary receivers could be Dave DeMarcay (5-9, 155) or Ryan Whittemore (5-10, 150).

Defense, Defense: Defensive end Bullitt McCoun (6-1, 220) has been very effective in camp and will be needed on the defensive front to fill some gaps. With McCoun and Griffin at both sides, Shorecrest has two experienced ends. Behind them will be linebackers Tim Earle and Davis and Tony Lazzara and Brian Bokor (5-10, 190) in a 4-4 defense.

Just for Kicks: Last year, Tony Lazzara won a key game against Lehigh Acres with two field goals and the sophomore has had the job since. Lazzara's long boots could be an added weapon for Shorecrest.


Coach: Phil Hayford, 17th year (105-63).

Assistants: Dave Field, Bill Van Aman.

Nickname: Chargers.

Stadium: Haskell Field.

District: Class 2A, District 6.

1994 record: 11-1. Wins: Admiral Farragut 46-8, St. Petersburg Catholic 43-0, Lakeland Santa Fe 42-21, Lake Highland 24-7, Berkeley Prep 34-0, Delt. Pine Ridge 42-14, F.M. Lehigh 6-0, Temple Heights 19-7, Northside Chr. 35-14, Trinity Prep 28-0. Losses: N.P.B. Benjamin 27-0..

Playoff history

1975: Beat Temple Heights 3-0; beat Belle Glade Glades Day 30-3; beat Miami Northwest 14-8; lost to Greensboro 28-0

1976: Beat Temple Heights 39-0; beat WPB King's Acad. 26-6; beat Miami Chr. 40-14; lost to Tall. FAMU 38-0

1988: Lost to Vero Beach St. Edward's 33-21

1992: Beat Eatonville Wymore 15-15; lost to NPB Benjamin 42-14

1993: Beat Vero Beach St. Edward's 28-13; lost to Belle Glade Glades Day 35-0

1994: Beat Winter Park Trinity Prep 28-0; lost to NPB Benjamin 27-0