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 6A, District 6 Land O'Lakes, Mitchell, Pasco, Springstead, Sunlake What's new This district swapped Fivay for Pasco, which makes it even tougher. The Pirates have been one of the county's top teams for years, even if some of its out-of-area dominance dimmed a bit the past few seasons while stuck in a district with state powerhouse South Sumter. Coach's corner "I've been very fortunate that my corp of varsity coaches has stayed, which is huge, and we've built a winning tradition here, which is huge. The players know the expectations are high, so that helps." — Sunlake coach Bill Browning on the Seahawks making the playoffs three of the past four years Offensive standouts Jakiah Felder, RB, Pasco: With 825 yards rushing and seven touchdowns as a junior, Felder led the Pirates' running attack. He gained 7.4 yards per carry. Dominic Fiumara, WR, Mitchell: The 5-foot-10 senior is the North Suncoast's top returning receiver with 760 yards last season. In the spring, he had three catches for 84 yards in a resounding win over Fivay. Kendall Graff, OL, Land O'Lakes: The Gators want to establish the run this season, and Graff should be the guy they run behind. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior tackle has enough size and quickness to open holes. Nick Valdes, WR, Sunlake: The senior will be a three-year starter, and despite only being 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, Browning is impressed by his vertical jump and his hands. Last season Valdes had 516 yards and two touchdowns on 28 receptions. Jordan Wright, QB, Springstead: The junior showed promise last season, throwing for more than 100 yards in each of the final two games. In the spring, the 6-foot-1, 155-pounder threw for 181 yards and two first-half touchdowns in a loss to Anclote. Defensive standouts Ryan Clark, DB, Sunlake: In addition to returning kicks — he had six kickoff returns for 131 yards — Clark starred in the secondary last season as a sophomore, recording 53 tackles and team highs in interceptions (4) and passes defended (7). Blake Castillo, ILB, Pasco: On a senior-dominated defense in 2014, the 6-foot, 195-pound Castillo played nine games and had 43 total tackles. Tommy Farmer, FS, Land O'Lakes: Farmer had 99 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a junior. The 6-foot, 210-pounder should be all over the field again this season. In the spring game, Farmer had a sack against Gainesville Eastside. Andrew Niro, LB, Mitchell: The Mustangs graduated their top five leading tacklers and will turn to Niro (5-8, 160) to provide leadership. Last season, the senior had 60 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Jarett Thurmond, DB, Springstead: Thurmond (5-10, 160) is the lone returning defensive player who recorded at least double digits in tackles last season (27). Special teams Colin Davis, K/P, Mitchell: The senior returns to handle the kicking chores. Last season, he made 25 extra points and had six punts that landed inside the 20-yard line. Sizing up the district Three biggest matchups of the season: Pasco at Sunlake, Oct. 16: These teams met in the first game last season, a 17-13 Sunlake win. This time around it will have the extra meaning of being a district game. Sunlake is looking to defend its district championship. Pasco can make a big statement in its new district by knocking off the top dogs and perhaps ending its one-year hiatus from the playoffs. With the game right in the middle of a stretch of district games for both teams, the winner certainly puts itself in good position. Springstead at Mitchell, Sept. 18: This is the first district game for both schools. They were both 3-1 in the district last year and 6-4 overall. Mitchell won the tiebreaker and the playoff appearance. Last year, Springstead lost to Mitchell 16-10 in overtime. While it won't be the end of the world for the loser of this game, it makes the rest of the season much more important. There are no off nights in this district and getting off to a good start is important for these schools. Springstead at Pasco, Oct. 30: This game could be for the district championship. Or it could be for the runnerup spot. Or it might even have something to do with a possible shootout. Chances are, something will be at stake on this final night of district play. The teams haven't played each other since 2006, but now that the schools are in the same district it could be the start of a long rivalry. Correspondent Derek J. LaRiviere contributed to this report.