Tom Bostic (27th season, 153-122)
Class 5A, District 8
Sizing up the Tornadoes: Riley, Eastman and George.
Sounds like a prestigious law firm.
Or a pretty good trio of running backs.
Clearwater's three-headed monster in the backfield- Mario Riley, A.J. Eastman and Jeremiah George - will be the main cogs in an offense that relies heavily on the ground game. All are playmakers, ready to break off a big gainer at a moment's notice.
Clearwater's win-loss total will hinge, in large part, on the ability of its running game to churn up yards and control the ball.
Riley, Eastman and George will get carries; how many depends on their fitness level.
"They both play defense as well," coach Tom Bostic said. "We'll see who's tired and who's not."
The coaching staff was optimistic about the offensive line in the spring. Led by senior Michael Barber, that unit has developed into a strength.
Clearwater is still unsettled at quarterback, where Ryan Hagen and Brian Law are still battling for the starting position. Both figure to see the field until one takes hold of the job.
Defensively, the Tornadoes have a strong group of linebackers led by George and Nick Chattaway, both seniors. If a solid defensive line can keep blockers occupied, those two should rank among the county leaders in tackles.
- George, who projects as a linebacker in college, is up to 12 scholarships offers after picking up one more since the start of practice. Iowa State was the second BCS school to offer, joining Kansas.
- The Tornadoes still have question marks in the secondary, which is largely untested. "Secondary-wise, we're still looking to see who steps up," Bostic said.
- After giving up just three points in its first two games of 2008, Clearwater surrendered an average of 33 points the rest of the season.