Another football season is upon us, and we're be examining every local new district — the Florida High School Athletic Association shuffled things a bit. Class 7A, District 9 Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Lennard, Plant City, Strawberry Crest, Tampa Bay Tech What's new After redistricting, 7A-9 saw the exit of Brandon, which moved down to 6A, but the entrance of three solid teams in Lennard, Bloomingdale and Tampa Bay Tech — each of which won at least eight games last season. That fact could make this district one of the toughest in the Tampa Bay area. Four of the seven teams made the playoffs last year, with 8-2 Lennard missing it in favor of Armwood and Hillsborough. With only two spots on the line, you can bet this district will be contentious until the bitter end. Coach's corner "I think every team in that district has the ability to be a playoff team, so we're going to have to go in each week that we have a district game and treat it like we're playing the best team on our schedule because all those teams have capable guys, and all those coaches are capable of coming up with a game plan, a way to beat anybody in a given week. So it's going to be a grind for us." — Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts on parity in the district Offensive standouts TJ Chase, WR, Plant City: Chase played for Plant City his freshman and sophomore seasons before transferring last year to IMG Academy. Now that he's back with the Raiders, he should be a game changer. The Clemson commit missed three games because of a shoulder injury during his sophomore year, but still led the Raiders that year with 562 yards receiving while chipping in 43 tackles on defense. Ian Kuykendall, QB, East Bay: East Bay has long been a run-heavy team, so even though Kuykendall didn't throw the ball much last season — he had just 30 completions for 306 yards and one touchdown — he showed his talent on the ground, rushing for 465 yards and six touchdowns. Fred McCoy IV, RB, Bloomingdale: Bloomingdale completely turned its run game around last season, and McCoy was a big reason why. The transfer from Riverview rushed for 391 yards, and he'll continue to be part of a big one-two punch with quarterback Isaiah McIntyre. Cordell Pimienta, WR, Lennard: Pimienta was the leading receiver at Armwood last season, finishing with 466 yards and 12 touchdowns. Considering he was one of many great Hawk receivers, Pimienta could get the opportunity for even more receptions on his new team. Carlton Potter, QB, Durant: At 5-foot-10, 145 pounds, the sophomore may be young and small, but he's already proven to have a great arm. Potter, who played on the Cougars' JV squad last year, was a finalist in John Kaleo's Quarterback Challenge in April, and he'll now have a chance to show his stuff as a varsity starter. Tate Whatley, QB, Strawberry Crest: The Chargers were 1-9 last season, but now that they'll be led by 6-foot-1, 190-pound sophomore Whatley — who has an offer from Mercer and interest from Auburn and Florida, he said — they might flourish in a program that throws the ball early and often. Trent Wyatt, QB, Tampa Bay Tech: Replacing last year's quarterback, Clemson signee Deon Cain, will be tough, Roberts admits. But with a stacked receiving corp like the Titans have, doing so will be a necessity. Wyatt, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound junior, will take over that responsibility, looking to build on the 409 yards and two touchdowns he had as Cain's backup. Defensive standouts Josh Anderson, LB, Lennard: Anderson led the Longhorns with 75 tackles, two for loss, and two sacks in his first season with the Longhorns. Now that the has a whole year under his belt, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior could continue to make a name for himself on an and up-and-coming team. Peyton Collins, DB, Plant City: Collins, a senior, had 84 tackles last season for the Raiders, third best on the team. He also had two interceptions, six passes defended and a pair of fumble recoveries. Thomas Covington, LB, Tampa Bay Tech: The Titans were led by a young defense last year, including 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior Covington, who had 92 tackles, six for loss, and two fumble recoveries. Brandon Frazier, CB/S, East Bay: At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Frazier will be part of what should be a strong secondary for the Indians. Coach Frank LaRosa said Frazier has stepped up and separated himself, and he should contribute even more than the 26 tackles he had last season. Blake Moody, LB, Durant: Durant is young, but the Cougars are fortunate to return last year's leading tackler in Moody, who recorded 63 tackles and three sacks a year ago. He'll headline a linebacking corp that coach Mike Gottman thinks could be the strength of his team. Ryan Voyles, LB, Bloomingdale: The senior was the Bulls' second-leading tackler last season, recording 96 tackles, 20 for loss, two interceptions and two blocked punts. "Ryan has very good football instincts," coach Brian Surcy said. "Just a tremendous, tremendous player." Jordan Zilbar, LB, Strawberry Crest: Strawberry Crest returns its leading tackler in Zilbar, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound senior who recorded 93 tackles last season — 30 more than the next best Charger. Special teams Shane Nesmith, K/P, Bloomingdale: Nesmith will return to the Bulls for his senior campaign after an offseason in which he worked hard at various kicking camps, Surcy said. Surcy was so proud of the effort he's put forth, he even named him a captain of the team. Last year he was 18 of 25 on points after and 4 of 6 on field goals. Jaisen Randolph, KR, Tampa Bay Tech: Randolph had only kickoff returns last year, splitting time with several other returners, but he had the longest of the season, a 50-yarder against Newsome. With another season under his belt, the junior WR/CB should be able to contribute even more in many different roles. Gaej Walker, ATH, East Bay: Walker took his talents all over the field last season, leading the team in receiving while posting 344 yards rushing and lending a hand on defense. He was a solid kick returner, too, recording 176 yards on five returns, including a 62-yard dash. Sizing up the district October will be a crucial month for 7A-9, with several rivalry matchups and games that could carry huge playoff implications. Here is a look at some of them: Tampa Bay Tech at Plant City, Oct. 2: Not only could this game have playoff implications, but it'll be a matchup of top-tier talent, especially for wide receivers. With Plant City's Chase, a Clemson commit, and Tampa Bay Tech's Green, a Florida commit, running routes that night, there's a good chance the Raiders and Titans will put on a show. Lennard at East Bay, Oct. 9: Since the schools are just 7 miles apart, the Indians and Longhorns have been crosstown rivals since Lennard opened in 2006. Now that the teams are in the same district for the first time, the rivalry will likely be even more heated. After losing the last three matchups, Lennard beat East Bay 28-7 last season on the road. Bloomingdale at Durant, Oct. 2: The Bulls will likely be run heavy this season, returning a quarterback and running back who, together, rushed for nearly 1,000 yards a year ago. That will be an interesting matchup against a Durant team that is young, but returns most of its experience on the defensive side of the ball in a veteran linebacking corp and secondary. Durant at Tampa Bay Tech, Oct. 23: This game should bring up memories from last year's playoffs, in which the Titans defeated the Cougars 42-25 in the region quarterfinals behind a stellar performance from Clemson signee Deon Cain, who rushed for 362 yards and five touchdowns. The Cougars will surely want to reverse that outcome this year. "I haven't even looked at Tech," Gottman said. "They're our last one. We have to take care of District 1 game, District 2 game, and so on."