Of concern though is how well the newcomers catch on and
the team’s overall lack of depth. “This is a team that has been
striving to better themselves all offseason,” Coach Wensyel
said. “With a great finish to the offseason, I think this can be a
successful year for Lake Howell football.”
LAKE MARY RAMS (8A- 2)
2015 RECORD: 5-5
THE COACH: Scott Perry
THE PLAYERS: Michael Ziemba (Sr., LB/ TE), Khaalil Lucas
(Sr., WR), A. J. Edwards (Sr., WR), Joseph St. Paul (Sr., DE),
Cole Ponder (Jr., OL), Stephen Nagbe (Jr., OL), Ben Moxley
(Soph., OL), Courtney Hatcher (Sr., LB), Brandon Brown (Jr.,
QB), Calvin Davis (Jr., RB), Blaine Lewis-Thompson (Sr., DB),
Jessie Cooper (Sr., DB).
THE WORD: The Rams took to spring practices with a
new attitude and energy as position battles added a new
sense of purpose to workouts. “There are a lot of people
trying to earn time, which makes for fun practices,” Coach
Perry said. Four of the six returning starters on offense are
on the offensive line while Edwards ( 35 receptions, 641
yards, 11 TDs), Lucas ( 32, 573, TD) and Ziemba ( 21, 300,
2 TDs) return as threats downfield. Brown averaged nine
yards per carry last year with one start under center and
showed promise in two other games. Five starters return on
defense, including Brown who was an all-conference first-teamer. The linebacking group will serve as the backbone
of the defense while the line benefits from an infusion of
young talent. Both cornerbacks return in the secondary.
LAKE MARY PREP GRIFFINS (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 3-6
THE COACH: TBA
THE PLAYERS: Matt Upper (Sr., TE/DE), Walker Dycus
(Jr., QB) Peter Nicolic (Sr., LB/OL), Alex Nicolic (Sr., DL/OL),
Mitchell Wiginton (Sr., LB/WR), Jack Kavanaugh (Sr., DB/
WR), Nick Lakso (Jr., WR/DB), Christian Megahee (Sr., WR/
DB), Peter Gao (Jr., DL/OL), Marco Nicolic (Fr., LB/OL), Kian
Knutson (Fr., QB/WR/DB), Jake Jones (Fr., RB/LB).
THE WORD: Dycus threw for more than 2,000 yards and
19 touchdowns but will have to turn to a new No. 1 target
in Upper this fall. Lakso is projected to be the deep threat
while Megahee will serve as the possession receiver and
Kavanaugh will do a little bit of everything offensively to
help keep defenses honest. Connor Whan graduated after
catching 51 passes for 1,154 yards and 13 touchdowns.
LAKE MINNEOLA HAWKS (7A- 4)
2015 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Walter Banks
THE PLAYERS: Bennie Adonis (Sr., LB), Fred Jackson (Jr., RB),
Kenyon Johnson (Sr., WR) Logan Harper (Sr., C), Paiton Fears
(Sr., OT), C. J. Pierre (Sr., DT), Jamal Russell (Sr., WR), Christan
Rables (Jr., OG), Emo Cortes (Jr., RB), Paul Yelverton (Sr., OT).
THE WORD: The Hawks must replace quarterback Jessie
Fiske and his leading receivers Brydan McCoy and Blake
Fleming after each posted huge statistical seasons in
2015. Numerous injuries derailed hopes of a postseason
push a year ago. Banks is hopeful such bad luck is behind
the program. Jackson rushed for over 1,100 yards and 14
touchdowns a year ago while showcasing his versatility.
Lake Minneola returns five starters on offense and three
starters on defense.
LAKE NONA LIONS (7A- 5)
2015 RECORD: 3-7
THE COACH: Anthony Paradiso
THE PLAYERS: Michael McFarlane (Sr., QB), Alex Marshall
(Sr., WR), Briand Dorgil (Sr., WR), Anthony Queely (Jr., WR/
DB), Skeeter Smith (Sr., LB), Darious East (Sr., LB), Evan
Noble (Sr., DE/OLB), Ethan Jacoby (Jr., OT), Jacob Sleeter
(Sr., DE), Jacob Jackson (Sr., OL/DL), Ricardo Ambert (Sr.,
WR), Chris Smith (Sr., ATH), Josh Middlebrooks (Jr., LB),
Randall Hepburn (Jr., ATH).
THE WORD: It proved to be a rebuilding year for the Lions
a season ago, and with eight starters returning on offense
and five returning on defense there’s reason to believe
Lake Nona will get things turned around this fall. McFarlane
passed for nearly 2,700 yards with 23 touchdowns in the
regular season in 2015. But he’ll need to find a new favorite
receiver with the loss of Ulice Gillard. An experienced group
of linebackers including Smith, East, Noble and Victor Vega
will serve as the strength of the team on defense.
LEESBURG YELLOW JACKETS (6A- 5)
2015 RECORD: 4-6
THE COACH: Doug Allison
THE PLAYERS: Wyatt Rector (Jr., QB), Jabari Jiles (Sr., RB/
LB), Quentin Peeples (Sr., RB/LB), Ernest Hagins (Sr., TE/LB),
John Liner (Sr., WR/DB), Dallas Clark (Jr., OL/DL), Jerimiah
Cherubin (Sr., OL/DL), Eugene (MJ) Clark (Sr., WR/DB).
THE WORD: Coach Allison is excited about what’s in store
for Leesburg this fall but said a lack of depth means many
players will have to see time on both offense and defense.
“It’ll be a good mix of old and new,” Allison said. Rector is
among seven returning starters on offense after throwing
for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushing for
more than 1,000 yards and 17 scores. Jiles is credited with
being explosive and a dynamic runner while Hagins is being
recruited on both sides of the ball. Liner will be a leader in
the secondary for a defense returning just three starters.
The front seven is expected to be a strength for that unit.
LEGACY CHARTER SCHOOL EAGLES (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Jarrett Wiggers
THE PLAYERS: Hilton Lamprecht (Sr., QB), Walker Phillips
(Sr., WR/DE), Kyle Burdue (Sr., K/S), Zachary Kelley (Sr.,
CB), Tomas Perez (Jr., OL/LB), Jason Dennison (Jr., DL),
Dylan Clinger (Jr., RB/LB), Gehrig Chambless (Jr., RB),
Brett Strayer (Sr., OL), Chris Lamprecht (Jr., C/LB), Gabe
Chambless (Soph., C).
THE WORD: The bulk of the offense is back, including seven
starters, as Lamprecht passed for nearly 1,900 yards and
15 touchdowns and ran for over 800 yards and 11 more
scores in 2015. Gehrig Chambless also returns after rushing
for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns. Seven starters are
back on defense. “While depth remains a concern, we are
excited about the mix between experienced players with great
leadership qualities and young talent,” Coach Wiggers said.
Realignment in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference means
Legacy will face off against CFCA, Windermere Prep, and
LIBERTY CHARGERS (7A- 5)
2015 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Cory Johns
THE PLAYERS: Markenzy Pierre (Sr., RB), Justin Hooks
(Sr., DT/OL), Matoo Hurt (Sr., OLB), Alex Rodriguez (Sr.,
DB), Lucheny Bernard (Jr., DB), Jerry Alicea (Sr., OL/DL),
Obed Gaston (Soph., OL/DL), Shelton Thelsume (Sr., OL/
LB), Kenton Thelsume (Jr., DB), Richmeal Augustin (Jr., QB),
Elonte Marion (Jr., DB).
THE WORD: The Chargers welcome back Pierre, the leading rusher in the area last year, who ran for nearly 1,700
yards and 19 touchdowns. Pierre is one of seven returning
starters on offense. He enters the fall as an all-state first
teamer and the bright spot for a team searching for a new
starting quarterback. Augustin appears to be the favorite
to take over under center. Six starters return on defense.
Hooks was named to the all-county teams as both an offensive and defensive lineman. “We should be able to compete
in the district and fight for the title,” Coach Johns said.
LYMAN GREYHOUNDS (8A- 2)
2015 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Dennis Thomas
THE PLAYERS: Austin Camden (Sr., LB), Dwayne Rickard
III (Sr., LB), Ethan Trout (Jr., LB), Jakese Miller (Sr., SS), D. J.
Green (Sr., RB), Christian Fleetwood (Sr., DE), J.C. Tilman
(Jr., CB), Reggie Scott (Jr., RB/WR), Cameron Legree (Jr.,
QB), Tarik McKinzie (Jr., QB), Tyrese Juste (Jr., RB), Nate
Jefferson (Soph., WR).
THE WORD: Thomas takes over at Lyman after leading
an impressive turnaround at Celebration. He’s been most
impressed with the group of skill players he’s seen in the
spring and the abundance of talent the Greyhounds have
at linebacker. “The offense has a lot of weapons and the
defense did well last year, we just hope to make it better,”
Thomas said. “We’re starting anew, but I think we’re pretty
advanced here. It’s a two-year project for me but I think we
can be as good as we want to be as early as we want to be.”
Legree started at quarterback but will be in a battle for that
role with McKinzie, a transfer from Oviedo. Camden ( 6-3,
240) is a Division I prospect who is coming off an anterior
cruciate ligament injury in October.
MAINLAND BUCCANEERS (6A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 11-1
THE COACH: Scott Wilson
THE PLAYERS: Cyrus Fagan (Sr., FS), Denzel Houston (Sr.,
QB), R. J. Stokes (Sr., CB), Roman Mack (Sr., LB), Maurice
Headen (Sr., LB), Kevon McCrary (Soph., DT), C. J. Wilson
(Sr., RB ), Raymond Horton (Jr., OL/DL), Travis Robinson
(Soph., OL), John Endara (Soph., OL), Charles Fordham
(Sr., OL), D’Marcus Adams (Jr., WR), Brett Cormier (Jr., WR),
Jason Colubiale (Sr., WR).
THE WORD: Fagan and Houston lead another talented
senior class at Mainland that’s reloaded for in anticipation
for yet another postseason run. The defense returns half
of its starters and McCrary is now a full-timer at defensive
tackle, where he takes over for his brother, Kevin, who
was the most valuable player on defense a year ago.
Sophomore Demaurez Bellamy moves from running back
to the defensive side of the ball where he’s forecasted
as a plug-and-play kid proven to be aggressive in pursuit.
Coaches have been impressed with the improved arm
strength and accuracy of Houston, who will be playing
behind a bigger, albeit young, offensive line this year. He
still has plenty of athletic weapons downfield despite the
graduation of his two main targets in 2015. Wilson will
take over the leading role out of the backfield after the
graduation of Adrian Killins.
MASTER’S ACADEMY EAGLES (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 2-7
THE COACH: Jermel Jones
THE PLAYERS: Khenley Augustave (Sr., DL), Jeremy
Birkmire (Soph., CB), Christopher Broomfield (Sr., WR),
Kenny Bradshaw (Sr., WR), Ryan Collins (Sr., WR), Nick
Doyle (Soph., LB), Keegan Edwards (Sr., LB), Matthew Gillis
(Soph., QB), J.P. Jordan (Sr., TE/DE), Trey Kirby (Jr., DL),
Mossett Matthews (Fr., RB), Ryan Muldowney (Sr., DL),
Logan Porter (Soph., OL), Zack Rodriguez (Soph., RB), Kyle
Whelan (Jr., DE).
THE WORD: The Eagles will look to play at a quicker pace
in 2016 while utilizing the athleticism of wideouts Broome-field, Bradshaw and Collins, last year’s offensive MVP.
Defensively they’ll rely on pressuring opposing teams with
Doyle leading the charge at linebacker. Master’s returns
five starters on offense and five on defense. Porter and Rodriguez are back as the most improved for a program that’s
been busy with a spirited offseason conditioning program.
“Our coaches constantly foster the culture of commitment
needed to vanquish bigger, stronger foes,” Coach Jones
said. Master’s has added assistant coaches from Class 8A
programs on both sides of the ball who Jones said “brings
experience and knowledge of next level development” and
have “experienced being part of winning programs where
positive outcomes are the norm.”
MATANZAS PIRATES (6A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 8-2
THE COACH: Robert Ripley
THE PLAYERS: Nick Kubiet (Sr., DE/OLB), George Pardiny
(Sr., DL/FB), Mackenzy Wagner (Sr., QB), Malik Matthews (Sr.,
LB), Phillip Moultrie (Sr., WR), Dillion Houchin (Sr., WR), Bailey
Sattar (Sr., OL), Matt Newsholme (Sr., OL/FB), Ramel Adams
(Sr., DL), Cory Steward (Jr., FS/RB), Zack Wagner (Jr., LB/FB),
Devin Mathews (Jr., TE/OLB), Daniel Leonard (Jr., OL).
THE WORD: Losses to Mainland and Deltona, a 21-16
setback on the road, kept the Pirates from reaching the postseason for the first time ever during one of its best seasons in
program history. Matanzas returns seven on offense and six
on defense and will rely on a sturdy defensive line anchored
by Kubiet, who has drawn college interest after finishing
second on the team in tackles in 2015. Coach Ripley is most
concerned about the lack of experience at linebacker after
graduating three players at that position. “We accomplished
a lot of firsts last year,” Ripley said. “But now the last box that
needs to be checked is to go to the playoffs. And we don’t
want to go just to go, we’re going to go to compete and play as
many games as we can.”
MOUNT DORA HURRICANES (5A- 4)
2015 RECORD: 4-5
THE COACH: Chris Stephenson
THE PLAYERS: Tommy Jeckovich (Soph., DB), Zach
Dickinson (Sr., QB), Dalton Dial (Sr., DE), Colton Dial (Sr.,
DE/OL), KJ Thompson (Sr., WR), Marti Brokenborough (Sr.,
RB), Riley Smith (Sr., OT), Kameron McNair (Soph., WR),
Josh Kees (Sr., LB/FB), James Trapnell (Sr., ATH), Caleb Vea
(Jr., DB), Darion Dakin (Jr., DB/WR).
THE WORD: The Hurricanes lost 18 players from a year
ago and return just four starters on offense and two in
defense. Most important this offseason will be rebuilding
its offensive line while working through an overall lack of
depth. Dickinson returns for his third season at quarterback and the secondary is also expected to be a strength
this fall. “We have a talented team but they are young,”
Coach Stephenson said. Mount Dora brought in several
new coaches including Jake Kasper, Jason Guido, Courtney
Keith and new defensive coordinator Bob Thomas. “Our
kids are adjusting well to the change and are looking
forward to the fall,” Stephenson said. “The kids have to buy
in to what we are doing and also grow together as a team.”
MOUNT DORA CHRISTIAN BULLDOGS (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 0-8
THE COACH: Jim Nichols
THE PLAYERS: Jasper Pierre (Sr., RB), Jesiah Pierre
(Soph., LB/RB), Cole Welter (Sr., LB), Erin Collins (Sr. OL),
Derek Collins (Sr., LB).
THE WORD: The Bulldogs enter the fall with an inexperienced roster despite a large number of seniors, led by
Jasper Pierre out of the backfield. Younger brother Jesiah
( 6-3, 210) will also get carries but has already been
impressing college coaches with his speed and quickness
as a linebacker. “Our biggest thing is trying to get a quarterback,” said Coach Nichols, who steps into the lead role
after serving as athletic director. He hopes to bring some
long-term stability to the program. Three players entered
the competition under center to operate the spread Wing-T
in the spring but a starter won’t be decided upon until the
fall. Freshman Caleb Perez, junior Sam Brooks and senior
Christian Abbatte are all in contention.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH CUDAS (6A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Kevin Hubbard
THE PLAYERS: T. J. Goodknecht (Sr., QB/P), Daylen Wood
(Sr., RB/WR), Elias Jacobs (Jr., FS), Isaiah Green (Jr., WR).
THE WORD: Goodknecht passed for over 1,200 yards
and 11 touchdowns a year ago and will again team up with
Wood to keep the offense moving downfield. Wood averaged nearly five yards per carry on 40 attempts and scored
three touchdowns as a backup running back while also
leading the team in receiving with 44 catches for 573 yards
and three scores. Green could see an expanded role after
catching 15 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns
in 2015. The Cudas will look to rebound from a season of
tough district losses against Deltona and Matanzas.
OAK RIDGE PIONEERS (8A- 5)
2015 RECORD: 7-4
THE COACH: Kenard Lang
THE PLAYERS: Rockenson Sajous (Sr., ATH), D’Andre
Weaver (Sr., QB), Freddie Davis (Sr., ATH), JaJuan Roderick
(Sr., ATH), Lavonte Jones (Sr., S), Ronnie Davis (Jr., WLB),
Devon Stubbs (Jr., OLB), Shayun Young (Sr., WR), Jean
Robert Guillaume (Jr., DB), Anthony Miranda (Sr., OLB).
THE WORD: Lang enters his first season with the Pioneers
after three years running the show at Wekiva. He’ll oversee
a squad rich in talent but young on experience. Oak Ridge is
skilled at numerous positions and has the type of athletes
that can be moved into different roles in order to best
utilize their talents. Weaver passed for over 1,300 yards
while completing high-percentage passes and is one of four
returning starters on offense. Sajous should be in line for
a big year as both a rusher and pass catcher. The defense
returns just two starters after graduating several standouts
at linebacker and defensive back.