Another football season is upon us, and we'll be examining every local new district — the Florida High School Athletic Association shuffled things a bit — over the next two weeks. Class 5A, District 7 Central, Citrus, Crystal River, Hernando, Lecanto, Nature Coast, Weeki Wachee What's new Nature Coast, Hernando, Central and Weeki Wachee move from Class 5A-6 to this district, which includes Citrus County schools Crystal River, Lecanto and Citrus. Lecanto spent the past two years as an independent after being in Class 6A-5 in 2012. With all seven schools in either Citrus or Hernando counties, this district brings back some old rivalries. Coach's corner "I think it's going to be a competitive district from top to bottom. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being one of those three-team shootout deals (to determine playoff teams)." — Hernando coach Bill Vonada Offensive standouts Jamison Carnegie, QB, Nature Coast: Coach Justin Worden said Carnegie will get plenty of opportunities from the Wildcat formation. Carnegie gained 579 yards rushing as a junior and also threw for 351 yards. Rylee Cheek, OL, Hernando: The strength of the Leopard offense is the line, and Cheek is one of the standouts. He is 6 feet 2, 285 pounds and can play either tackle or center. Alec Cromie, QB, Weeki Wachee: Coach Mark Lee believes Cromie has a chance to be very good. His sophomore numbers weren't bad: 1,346 passing yards and 10 touchdowns for a 1-9 team. With a year under his belt and a more experienced team around him, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder should put up bigger numbers. Alex Ellison, RB, Crystal River: Ellison, a senior, was the Pirates' top rusher last season with 576 yards and three touchdowns. He will likely get the most touches this season. Ryan Grow, QB, Citrus: The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder threw for 654 yards and six touchdowns last season as a junior. He lost most of his offensive weapons due to graduation, so Grow must step up. Travis McGee, QB, Lecanto: A dual threat as a junior, McGee threw for 1,566 yards and 18 touchdowns, and ran for 459 yards and seven touchdowns. De'Vonta Smith, RB, Central: At just over 92 yards per carry last season, Smith was a workhorse for the Bears. A 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior, he is certainly eyeing a 1,000-yard season. Defensive standouts Dean Brooks, NT, Weeki Wachee: Brooks wrestled at 285 pounds for the Hornets as a junior and was a load to handle. The same is true on the defensive line. He had 82 tackles in 10 games in 2014. Tyson Libengood, DT, Hernando: Libengood had 57 tackles and two sacks last year. A 6-foot-3, 250-pound senior, Libengood should anchor the defensive line. Jeremiah Lucas, CB, Lecanto: Lucas, who also sees time at receiver, had 48 tackles and a team-high three interceptions as a junior. Albon Jones, LB, Central: The Bears' top two defensive leaders in tackles graduated. That leaves Jones as one of the most experienced players on defense. He had 74 tackles as a junior. Tyler Pollard, LB, Crystal River: The 6-foot, 185-pound Pollard had 93 total tackles as a sophomore to lead the team. Matt Robinson, LB, Nature Coast: The 6-foot-1 Robinson was the team's leading tackler as a sophomore, with 113 tackles. Worden said Robinson has the ability to fly around the field and is a sure tackler. John Shears, DL, Citrus: The Hurricanes lost just about all of their top tacklers from last season. Shears, a senior, had 48 tackles in 10 games, which qualifies him as one of the top returners this season. Special teams Jacob Tinch, LS, Weeki Wachee: Lee said Tinch, a senior, is highly valuable on special teams because of his ability to accurately snap on punts and field goals. "He makes life a lot easier when you don't have to worry about the snaps," Lee said. Sizing up the district None of the three Citrus County teams in this district had winning records last season. Citrus and Lecanto were 5-5, and Crystal River was 2-8. In fact, only Nature Coast (6-4) was above .500 in 2014. Because there is no dominant team, this could be a district that comes down to the final week of the regular season. Nature Coast certainly has the edge after finishing third behind South Sumter and Zephyrhills a year ago.