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Thu. September 10, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

HOLIDAY -- How excited is the Holiday community about finally having a football program of its own? Well, consider this:

“We had an awesome turnout for our junior varsity last Thursday,” Anclote coach Matt Wicks.

Now for the real show.

Anclote’s varsity had last week off, meaning Friday’s 7:30 p.m. home game against Lakeland Victory Christian is the first regular-season contest for the first-year program.

“It’s the culmination of all the hard work over the summer,” Wicks said. “It’s a way for everyone to come together on a Friday night. It‘s going to be special.”

From Wicks, here are three players/units to watch this week:

1. Travis Hendrix, RB, Jr.: “We’re going to have to rely on him to carry the ball. He’s very elusive and very quick.”

2. The offensive line: “They’re going to have to be the focal point of our success. We’ve finally got them looking good and playing like a unit. We’ve only got six kids, though, so hopefully nobody goes down. I think we’ll have success running the ball.” The top performer thus far? Freshman Terry Linton, who is 6-foot-2, 268 pounds.

3. Terrell Martin, LB, Fr.: “We’re looking for him to have a big night. We’ve made him a team captain. He has a great heart, a positive spirit and he flies to the football.”

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