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 5 A, District 8 Anclote, Fivay, Gulf, Hudson, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills What's new This district added two teams, Fivay and Zephyrhills, to make it the largest district that the FHSAA allows. For most teams, the district games come on seven consecutive Fridays, so there is no room for a letdown. Newcomer Zephyrhills may pose the biggest threat after finishing second to South Sumter in a tough Class 5A-6 district that included Pasco and Nature Coast. Also new to the district: Fivay coach John Diehl. Coach's corner "Once we hit Week 4, it's district games back-to-back-to-back. There's no room to slip up. You've got to be ready to play every week." — Hudson coach Rob Mahler Offensive standouts Cyler Doran, QB, Fivay: Doran was the Falcons' starter as a sophomore, throwing for 1,534 yards and 19 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 170-pounder has plenty of skill players around him, including tailback Ammilious Bennett (an East Lake transfer), Cole Coyne (a fullback transfer from Tennessee) and Jacob Cline (a speedy tailback transfer from Illinois). Clarence Farria, WR, Ridgewood: The Rams will likely establish the run in most games with Glass Wilson, but Farria (5-11, 180) provides a pass option. He caught 31 passes for 619 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. Issaiah Groen, WR, Gulf: One of a few holdovers on offense, Groen will team with Tank Peters to give the Buccaneers two dependable receivers who can help out whomever wins the starting quarterback job between Dawsyn Allshouse and Nico Buonsanto. Trevor Hawks, QB, River Ridge: Hawks, a junior, was the backup last season. He saw his first action when starter Patrick Mathieson went down against Tarpon Springs in the opening round of the playoffs. Hawks helped lead the Royal Knights to a 29-28 comeback win and also started the next week against Lakewood. Braxton Johnson, RB, Anclote: As a sophomore last season, Johnson rushed for 733 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers should improve with Johnson (5-8, 170) focusing primarily on offense and handling the bulk of the rushing load. Jacob Thomas, QB, Wesley Chapel: The 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior takes over the starting spot from Austin Sessums, who transferred to Tampa Catholic. In the spring game against Weeki Wachee, Thomas threw for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Jackie Tucker, WR, Zephyrhills: Tucker, a senior, caught 22 passes for 503 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. Coach Reggie Roberts said Tucker will be a "big-time player for us this season." At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Tucker has the size and speed to make big plays. Billy Werner, RB, Hudson: The Cobras have two of their top three running backs returning, and Werner had the most yards. He gained 1,098 yards on 143 carries last season. With a big offensive line to run behind, Werner could have an even bigger senior season. Defensive standouts Ellrie Allen, LB, Wesley Chapel: The junior (5-10, 206) had a team-leading 73 tackles last season and played well in the spring game against Weeki Wachee with a fumble recovery and several stops for loss. Jake Berg, S, River Ridge: Berg (5-11, 158) had more than 100 tackles as a sophomore linebacker. He'll move to safety this year, where he is expected to be the Knights' top cover guy. Dante Clark, LB, Anclote: The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior, who had 55 tackles last season, is part of a solid linebacking unit that will be the strength of an improved defense. Zach Burgarella, FS, Fivay: The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Burgarella had 73 total tackles and a team-high five interceptions as a junior. Justin Mayorga, DB, Ridgewood: A senior, Mayorga had 86 tackles last season to lead the Rams and added three sacks and an interception. Rams coach Jay Fulmer said Mayorga will play on the both sides of the ball. Nate Munson, LB, Hudson: Munson, a senior, had 130 tackles in 2014 and his 13 tackles per game led all tacklers in Pasco County. Also a hammering running back, he will be all over the field. T.J. Lee, OLB, Zephyrhills: The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior led the team with 139 total tackles. He should be all over the field again this season on a defense that has big potential. Jacob Quillen, DL, Gulf: The 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior is the leader of what should still be a solid defensive line that includes Preston Steele and Tyree Hawkins. Those three should offset the loss of Chance Belloise, who had 13.5 sacks last season. Special teams Tyler Grimes, K/P, River Ridge: Grimes did all the kicking as a junior and he'll do the same this year. Coach Ryan Benjamin said Grimes has worked hard over the summer and looks even better this preseason. Brad Orth, K/P, Anclote: Once again, Orth will handle the kicking and punting duties for the Sharks. The senior was accurate as a kicker, missing just one extra point and two field goals last season. Michael Webster, K, Ridgewood: Webster is a sophomore with a strong leg. Fulmer said he can kick field goals from 50 yards. He needs to improve his length on kickoffs, which Fulmer believes will come with maturity. Sizing up the district River Ridge appears to be the team to beat once again. The Royal Knights have plenty of talent on defense and they have record-breaking running back Chris Schwarz on offense. Enough said. Zephyrhills should be able to give the Royal Knights a run for first place. While the Bulldogs lost key players like Jaylen Pickett and Ty Tanner, coach Reggie Roberts believes there is plenty of talent coming up. "Now we're going to see those guys who were pushing the starters in practice last season," Roberts said. Anclote, Fivay, Wesley Chapel and Ridgewood all won two games or fewer last season, but are expected to be much improved. Fivay will benefit from five transfers, including three from out of state. Ridgewood, which was 1-9 last season, has most of its top offensive and defensive players returning. "We've been 1-9, 2-8 for a long time and we're trying to get off that ride" coach Jay Fulmer said. "We're trying to get to .500 and get over that hump. That's hard to do when you look at our recent past, but I think we can do it." Hudson had a winning record last year (6-4) and has plenty of talent back. Gulf, which was a playoff team in 2014, has had trouble getting players and could struggle with depth.