As much of Tampa Bay was battling in a 7-on-7 tournament at Jefferson, Anclote was collecting hardware to the north.
The Sharks were unbeaten over the weekend to claim the rain-shortened championship at Weeki Wachee’s Chuck N Duck tournament.
Anclote avenged a loss to Land O’Lakes at USF’s Sling N Shoot tournament and knocked off Weeki Wachee, Fivay and Springstead. It was leading Hudson when showers ended the event early, preventing a possible final matchup against Clearwater Central Catholic.
“It was a good weekend, a good confidence builder,” Sharks coach Matt Wicks said. “We were missing a couple but still played well.”
Senior Andrew Janus was one of the missing Sharks on the field.
Janus is continuing to recover from the broken leg he sustained in Anclote’s loss to Springstead in the spring game. A starting safety, Janus was also battling for the starting quarterback position before the injury and still lifts weights with the team, despite having his leg in a cast.
“I got some kids that won’t even show up, and he’s showing up in crutches,” Wicks said.
With Janus sidelined, sophomore Brandon Vinkler has earned the quarterback job and is using 7-on-7 competition and the weekly passing league to get crucial reps.
Wicks said Vinkler’s intelligence is helping him figure out the position already, and he’s quickly developed a rapport with an experienced receiving corps, led by tournament MVP Tymere Carter.
“All the receivers love him,” Wicks said. “They love the way he throws the ball. There’s a lot of confidence there already.”