We’re breaking down a football district a day — from 2A to 8A. Today: Class 8A, District 6.
Listed in order of 2011 finish, with overall/district record
1. Plant (15-0, 3-0)*
2. Wharton (6-6, 2-1)
3. Alonso (6-4, 1-2)
4. Bloomingdale (4-6, 0-3)
* Includes forfeit victory against Armwood
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Plant seeks its eighth consecutive district title this fall, a streak that began in 2005, a year before it captured its first state championship. The seniors on this year’s team would have been in fourth grade the last time Plant didn’t win its district.
Two things to expect this fall
Plant, Plant, Plant: If you put the heat lamp on us and forced us to make a prediction right now, then yes, we’d say the Panthers will win their fifth state crown in six years. No glaring weaknesses exist, aside from the fact that projected starting QB Aaron Banks is entering his first year as a starter. Then again, predecessors James Few and Phillip Ely won titles in their first full years at the helm.
’Cats committee: Offensively, reigning district runnerup Wharton appears solid everywhere except the backfield, where the graduation of 1,400-yard rusher Darius Page left a noticeable void. If the tandem of Deon Sampson and Jeff Keil — who teamed for about 150 yards last year — can complement QB Chase Litton, the Wildcats should deliver a postseason encore.
Players to watch
QB Adam Posateri, Bloomingdale: The Bulls’ top receiver (45 catches) from a year ago moves behind center to orchestrate coach John Booth’s spread-style attack. By the way, this isn’t your older brother’s Bloomingdale. The Bulls were 10 points from a winning record last year.
CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Wharton: The future Gator is the cornerstone of Wharton’s defense …and return game …and kicking unit …and sometimes the offense. Expect Hargreaves to line up at roughly a half-dozen positions this fall.
RB Ish Witter, Alonso: A 570-yard rusher last fall, Witter likely becomes the Ravens’ feature back now that speedster Brandon Holloway has taken his wheels to Mississippi State.
S/RB Paris Bostick, Plant: Deemed a three-star prospect by Rivals and ESPN, Bostick brings fleetness and ferocity in a 6-foot-1, 208-pound package. Last season, he collected 63 tackles, three interceptions and nearly 200 rushing yards.
Mark your calendar
Alonso at Bloomingdale, Oct. 5: This game could turn this tiny district on its end. Alonso lost QB Brandon Hawkins early and fumbled seemingly every other snap in a 20-14 win last season, but the close call gave the Bulls hope upon which they’ve likely built.
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