Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spring football: A look back

photo by Tom Hubbard
The spring season, a temporary cure for anyone thirsting for some prep football, is behind us, so let's take a look back at some of the more memorable moments of the past few weeks.
And in case you were wondering, the regular season begins Aug. 29.

TOP PERFORMERS: Palmetto linebacker Ty'Ron Sumpter, a JV player a year ago, made a strong pitch for a promotion Friday when he scored a pair of sacks during the Tigers' win over Booker...Rising senior linebacker Nashon Smith forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, both of which led to points, to help Manatee knock of Haines City...His teammate, running back Johnnie Lang, scored a pair of touchdowns while running behind a brand-new offensive line and taking handoffs from his cousin, quarterback Kavious Price...Fred Billy, a quarterback who won't be a freshman until next year, ran for 53 yards and a touchdown to help Saint Stephen's go 1-1 during its jamboree against Southewest Florida Christian and Bradenton Christian....As for the Panthers, they swept both games thanks in part to rising senior Peyton Spencer, who returned a kickoff 99 yards to help BCS defeat the rival Falcons in the final quarter of the night...A rising freshman whose versatility has earned him the title of "joker" from coach Brett Timmons, ODA's Dakota Dickerson scored two touchdowns against St. Petersburg Northside Christian, with one coming on an interception return. Dickerson also lined up at running back and caught a touchdown...Despite the circumstances surrounding Manatee's football team, the Hurricanes didn't look distracted during their 29-14 win over Haines City. Credit that to interim head coach Jim Phelan and Manatee's seasoned coaching staff.

"(H)e doesn't realize the effect he can have on a football game. And he did." BCS coach Allen Gerber, on Specner.
"We just didn't worry about the outside world -- we just played football." Manatee WR Kelvin McKnight, who caught a touchdown.
"I told my guys we are here to have fun and give our best effort. We kept fighting until the end." New Southeast coach John Warren after the Seminoles' rally came up a little short in a 13-12 loss to Riverview.
 "If you just do what you're taught, plays will come to you." Palmetto assistant coach Matt Braselton


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