OCOEE KNIGHTS (7A- 4)
2015 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Ben Bullock
THE PLAYERS: Dorian Jones (Sr., DB), Lyston Barber (Sr.,
OLB), Guysen “BJ” Bohler (Sr., WR/DB), Konrie Brown (Jr.,
RB/LB), Matt Hogan (Soph., OL), Nate Roberts (Sr., OL),
Jarell Hyatt (Jr., DB), David Span (Sr., RB/LB), Tyler Lewis
(Jr., OL/DL), Luis Rivera (Jr., TE/DE), Candido Worrell (Sr.,
K), Marlo Tillman (Jr., OL).
THE WORD: The Knights graduated 24 seniors and return
five starters on offense and five on defense. They enter
the fall looking to replace both their leading passer (Steve
Hogan) and leading rusher (Jemerh Cosby). Jones is the key
returnee on defense as he enters the season with multiple
college offers. Brown and Rivera are transfers from Foundation Academy, where they excelled as all-state selections
in Class 2A. Worrell made six of eight field goal attempts a
year ago, including a long of 45 yards. “The team is building
on the success of 2015 and working the process one day at
a time,” said Coach Bullock, in his second season at Ocoee.
OLYMPIA TITANS (8A- 5)
2015 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Kyle Hayes
THE PLAYERS: Joe Milton (Jr., QB), Andrew Wilkens (Sr.,
DB), Bradley Dos Santos (Sr., WR), Ronald Teague (Jr., OLB),
Andrey Hawkins (Sr., DB), Khalif Hollis (Sr., OL), Kendall Batt
(Sr., OL), James Green (Sr., S), Josh Green (Jr., S).
THE WORD: The Titans vastly improved on a one-win season in 2014 in their first year under Coach Hayes. Olympia
lost just six consistent contributors among 17 outgoing
seniors from a year ago. Milton is garnering interest from
major college programs after an eventful sophomore
season. He’ll play behind an experienced offensive line that
returns five starters. The secondary will be the strength of
the defense with the addition of brothers James and Josh
Green, who transferred from Dr. Phillips, but the focus on
that side of the ball entering the fall will be filling holes at
the linebacker position. “We’ve got a year under our belt as
a staff and as a team and as a program,” Hayes said. “The
newness has worn off and it’s time to go now.”
ORANGEWOOD CHRISTIAN RAMS (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Bill Gierke
THE PLAYERS: Ethan Bullock (Sr., QB), Jono Horvath (Sr.,
OL/DL), Josh Ebert (Sr., OL/LB), Chris Stanley (Sr., OL/DL),
Andrew Wilhite (RB/LB), Matt Burkett (Sr., TE/LB), Parker
Penny (Jr., WR/DB), Drew Bane (Jr., WR/DB), Ian Stone (Jr.,
WR/DB), Trent Hudson (Jr., OL/DL), Ryan Bowman (Sr., OL/
DL), Kyle Bowman (Soph., TE/DB), Troy McPeak (Soph., RB/
LB), Kenny Brown (Fr., RB/DL).
THE WORD: Quarterback Ethan Bullock and lineman
Jono Horvath are both garnering interest as Division I
prospects. Bullock can make plays with both his arm and
feet. He finished 2015 with over 1,300 yards passing
and 10 touchdowns for an offense that also got over
1,200 yards rushing from outgoing senior Jeff Dean. Two
wideouts are among seven returning starters on offense.
The offensive and defensive lines will be a strength as each
returns numerous starters, though depth will be a concern.
The defense returns seven starters, led by all four of its
linebackers and both corner backs. Free safety Ian Stone
returns to shore up the back of that unit.
ORLANDO CHRISTIAN PREP WARRIORS (IND.)
2015 RECORD: 9-1
THE COACH: Guershom Demosthenes
THE PLAYERS: Kevince Brown (Sr., DE/TE), Kingston Harris (Jr., DT/OL), Arnell Walker (Soph., DB), Isaiah Rodriguez
(Sr., RB/SS), Connor Marchionda (Sr., QB), Warren Bartlett
(Sr., RB/SS), Tyler Brisgone (Sr., RB/LB), Timmie Lee (Sr.,
LB/FB), Christopher Diaz (Jr., OL/DL), Jordan Webber (Jr.,
WR/SS), Malik Tolbert (Soph., WR/FS).
THE WORD: The Warriors won the Sunshine State
Athletic Conference Coastal Beach Division in 2015 and
appear poised to continue that momentum as they return
an experienced bunch that averaged over 420 yards of
offense. Eight starters are back on both offense and
defense. Marchionda passed for over 1,200 yards and 10
touchdowns and Webber tailed over 700 yards receiving on
just 27 catches. Rodriguez should be in store for another
busy year as he comes off a season having rushed for over
1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns. Brown and Harris have
caught the interest of college scouts and will cause trouble
for opposing teams along the defensive line.
OSCEOLA KOWBOYS (8A- 7)
2015 RECORD: 13-2
THE COACH: Doug Nichols
THE PLAYERS: Nick Parsons (Sr., C), Dwight Pinellas
(Sr., LB), Marcus Jackson (Sr., DB), Nameen Hooker (Sr.,
DB), Roger Bell (Sr., OL), Jordan Redmond (Jr., DL), Dion
Bergman (Jr., DL), Malcolm Davidson (Jr., RB), Quavon
Brown (Jr., DB), Connor Parker (Jr., S), Trey Shine (Jr., LB).
THE WORD: The Kowboys must reload after four-straight
trips to the state final four and two runner-up finishes. Only
two starters return on offense – Parsons and Bell along the
offensive line – and seven are back on defense. Davidson
is next in line for a feature role out of the backfield after
showing his potential among a crowded group a year ago.
Redmond and Bergman have garnered numerous college
offers as defensive lineman and Pinellas has proven to be
a game changer at linebacker. “We played a bunch of young
guys last year on defense which should help them going
into the new year,” Nichols said. “The defense will have to
hold us up until the young offense can catch up.”
OVIEDO LIONS (8A- 2)
2015 RECORD: 7-4
THE COACH: Wes Allen
THE PLAYERS: Ryan Milon (Sr., OL), Morgan Mitchell
(Soph., QB), Toby Alexander (Sr., WR), Nick Sala (Sr., WR/
DB), Andrew Salcedo (Jr., LB), Solomon Gruse (Sr., DE), D.J.
Coventry (Jr., LB/RB), Xandre McCleary (Sr., RB), Antoine
Ferguson (Jr., DB/RB), Mike Lopez (Jr., DB), Nick Dipetro
(Sr., OL), Remi Brooks (Jr., OL).
THE WORD: The Lions return just three starters to a
team that suffered narrow losses a year ago, including
two games by one point and another by four points in the
opening round of the playoffs. “We’ve got a lot of great kids
to replace,” Coach Allen said. Milon and Dipetro are back to
add familiarity to the offensive line, which will need to clear
the way for McCleary after he bruised his way to more than
500 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in 2015.
PIERSON TAYLOR WILDCATS (1A- 8)
2015 RECORD: 5-5
THE COACH: Antuarn Williams
THE PLAYERS: Jaquvais Williams (Jr., RB), Jaden Reeves
(Soph., ATH), Mason Henry (Sr., QB), Zach McClain (Sr., WR),
Jose Arreola (Sr., DL), Alex Rodriguez (Jr., OL), Marquis Dillard (Sr., LB), Thomas Belkey (Sr., DB), Grant Guyer (Jr., RB).
THE WORD: The Wildcats have some skill kids who are
capable of breaking long runs and making explosive plays
in the passing game this fall. Taylor has added speed by
recruiting players from other sports and adding Gage Cade,
who is credited for his toughness and provides depth at
running back and linebacker. Williams rushed for 879 yards
and 19 touchdowns and finished with 65 tackles in 2015.
The challenge lies in matching up with district powers Pahokee and Fort Meade and trying to get past Crescent City for
the first time in over a decade. “I feel really good about this
team doing something special this season,” Coach Williams
said. “Everyone understands the challenges ahead of us
and is more than willing to take them head on.” Taylor
returns seven starters on offense and five on defense.
Dillard is back after missing last season with a knee injury.
PINE RIDGE PANTHERS (6A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Matt Yancey
THE PLAYERS: William Rauseo (Sr., QB), Jonathan Huggins (Jr., S), Thomas Cason (Jr., RB/DB), Robert Walker (Sr.,
WR/DB), Jalen Gowen (Sr., WR/DB), Juyea Evans (Sr., DB/
RB), Walter Sommerville (Sr., OL/DL).
THE WORD: Coach Yancey is in his first season with a
Pine Ridge program that’s struggled to get up and running
in recent years. Rauseo enters his third year as a starter
under center while Huggins ( 6-2, 200) and Evans project as
the key standouts defensively. Yancey plans to implement
a spread offense and run a 4-2 look on defense. The skill
players impressed the new coaching staff in the spring with
their speed but a lack of depth means many may have to go
the distance for all four quarters on both sides of the ball.
POINCIANA EAGLES (5A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 0-10
THE COACH: Ken Knapczyk
THE PLAYERS: Nickinson Sineus (Sr., WR), Eric Perez (Sr.,
OL/DL), Keion Rellia (Sr., OL/DL), Zack Waycaster (Sr., OL/
DL), Chris Denny (Sr., LB), Terrance Fox (Sr., TE/LB), Angel
Carrabelo (Sr., RB), Nolly Pierre (Sr., FB), Omar Ellsis (Jr., OLB/
WR), Kobe Oldfield (Jr., DB/ WR), Malcom Holland (Jr., DB/ WR),
Connor Beeken (Soph., K), Hunter Knapczyk (Fr., QB/DB).
THE WORD: Knapczyk enters his second season as head
coach with a team that scored double-digit points just twice
in 2015. Poinciana was held to six points or less in their
other eight outings. An experienced offensive line should
aide in their progress even though the offseason will be
spent finding a quarterback to take control of the offense.
Sineus gives the Eagles a legit threat should they find a way
to consistently put the ball in his hands.
SEABREEZE SANDCRABS (6A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Troy Coke
THE PLAYERS: Nick Zipperer (Sr., DE), Ed Defeo (Sr., OLB),
Dylan Cary (Sr., LB), Sean Smith (Sr., C), Breonn Stauffer-McCormick (Sr., WR), Noah Motto (Sr., K/P), Jalen Miranda
(Jr., FS), Riley Oldham (Jr., WR/QB), James McCloskey (Jr.,
DT), Brevin Glaze (Jr., QB), Isaac Mott (Jr., CB), Andrew
Frailey (Jr., OT), Harper Giles (Jr., LB), Jalen Wilson (Jr., FS),
Braden Buswell (Jr., DT).
THE WORD: Coke will roll out new schemes on both
sides of the ball in his first head coaching stint. Seabreeze
returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense.
Four players – Zipperer, Defeo, Miranda and McCloskey –
are back in the fold after logging over 100 tackles in 2015.
“Our biggest strength will be our defensive line,” Coke said.
“We must improve on the offensive line and get consistent
play from the quarterback position.” Oldham is versatile
and Stauffer-McCormick is a speedster and both are
expected to be playmakers again on offense. “We have had
a great offseason and our players are excited to get back
to winning football games on the strength of our very deep
junior class,” Coke said.
SEMINOLE SEMINOLES (8A- 2)
2015 RECORD: 7-3
THE COACH: Don Stark
THE PLAYERS: Demarco Artis (Sr., DE), Brandon Blyseth
(Sr., OL), Marcus Byrd (Sr., LB), Steele Conlin (Sr., OL),
Johnny Cooper (Sr., DE), Tyrik Daniels (Sr., LB), Dillon David
(Sr., OL), Gabe Davis (Sr., WR), Josh Fernema (Sr., DL), D.J.
Hampton (Sr., RB), Daijon Mainor (Sr., OL), Ben Roth (Sr.,
LB), Hunter Shadrix (Sr., OL), Manny Taylor (Sr., DL), Sean
Timmons (Sr., DB), Kaylan Wiggins (Sr., QB).
THE WORD: Seminole emerged as a team to be reckoned
with as they took Orange City University to the brink of defeat
in the third week of the season before falling 10-3. Stark, a
former college assistant and area high school coach, takes
over a program with seven starters returning on offense
and six on defense. He takes over for Kaylan Wiggins, who
remains on staff as an assistant to help oversee a group of
upperclassmen he’s coached since their youth football days.
The senior-heavy roster is full of experienced players with high
aspirations. How well they adapt to new schemes on offense
and defense will dictate the kind of success they experience.
Wiggins is an excellent athlete at quarterback and will be
complemented by the efforts of Hampton out of the backfield
and Davis at wide receiver.
SOUTH LAKE EAGLES (5A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 3-7
THE COACH: Mark Woolum
THE PLAYERS: Isaiah McCoy (Sr., DL), T’onte Howze (Sr.,
DB), Ryan Barton (Sr., DE), Hank Matthew (Jr., DE), Noland
Andrews (Sr., OL), Joey Heuser (Sr., WR), Will Stephens (Jr.,
QB), Kelly Joiner (Soph., RB).
THE WORD: Woolum has reunited with mentor Bud
O’Hara, who will coach the offensive line, and former
Mount Dora head coach Donnie Burchfield this fall. Seth
O’Hara returns to oversee the defense and Tony McCoy will
again work with the defensive line, which forecasts to be
the strength of the team. South Lake is thin on returning
starters as just three are back on each side of the ball.
Stephens threw for over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns
in 2015. Youth is the main concern, though, especially at
running back and wide receiver. The Eagles must put the
pieces in place quickly as they prepare for a challenging
non-district schedule that includes Clearwater Central
Catholic and Dunnellon.
SOUTH SUMTER RAIDERS (4A- 4)
2015 RECORD: 8-3
THE COACH: Ty Lawrence
THE PLAYERS: Carson Wells (Sr., DE), Bokeyon Rice (Sr., FB),
Deon Williams (Sr., RB), Malik Bell (Sr., QB), Deriyon Shine (Sr.,
DB), Jalon Taylor (Sr., DB), Israel Andrade (Sr., OL), Deric Dixon
(Sr., DB), Deontae Grant (Jr., DB), Brandell Colbert (Sr./RB),
Shay Stokes (Sr., OL), Ricky Tenorio (Jr., SS).
THE WORD: Long-time assistant Ty Lawrence takes over
as head coach for area legend Inman Sherman and has
plenty to work with heading into the fall. Nine starters
are back on offense and seven return on defense for the
Raiders. “We expect to keep carrying on the tradition that
Coach Sherman started,” Lawrence said. “Our motto has
always been ‘Tradition Never Graduates’ and we plan to
keep it that way.” South Sumter graduated nine seniors
from the 2015 team which saw its 39-game regular season
win streak come to an end against Class 5A champion
Bishop Moore. The biggest area of concern this fall is
how well the offensive line and group of linebackers will
progress throughout the season.
SPRUCE CREEK HAWKS (8A- 1)
2015 RECORD: 5-5
THE COACH: Andy Price
THEPLAYERS: Kyle Minkler (Jr., QB), Hayden Flood (Soph., RB),
Caleb Valentine (Soph., OL), Kyle Thiel (Jr., WR), Todd Powers (Sr.,
S), David Youkon (Sr., LB), Austin Leonard (Sr., DL), Cody Franco
(Sr., DB), Montez Black (Soph., RB), Josh Tse (Sr., WR).
THE WORD: Minkler is the lone returning starter for
Spruce Creek’s spread-gun offense. He’ll be back under
center after passing for more than 1,500 yards and eight
touchdowns in 2015. Theil and Tse are in line for a busy
workload at receiver following the graduation Dondre
Butler. New defensive coordinator D. J. Mayo, formerly head
coach at Tampa Chamberlain and Warner Christian, takes
over a 3-4 defense returning seven starters.
ST. CLOUD BULLDOGS (7A- 5)
2015 RECORD: 7-3
THE COACH: Bryan Smart
THE PLAYERS: Tyler Williams (Sr., LB), Johnny Fritz (Jr.,
WR), Ty Hoyle (Jr., LB), Seth Johnson (Soph., WR/RB), Randall Congraves (Sr., DB), Hunter Secrest (Sr., DB), Christian
Rivera (Jr., OL), Gabe Boyers (Sr., OL), Fabricio Guaman (Sr.,
OL), Charles Robinson (Jr., RB), Mathew Tate (Sr., OL).
THE WORD: After an eventful season that resulted in
a district title in just the third season under Smart, the
Bulldogs must replace numerous starters as only three
return on offense and five come back on defense. St. Cloud
graduated 29 seniors. Fritz caught seven touchdowns a
year ago and Johnson scored seven total touchdowns for
an offense that averaged 391 yards per game. But the
Bulldogs must replace their top passer, Hunter Weismore,
and their leading rusher from a year ago. Williams (100
tackles) and Hoyle (98 tackles) return at linebacker after
a busy 2015. “We have a very talented, inexperienced
sophomore group,” Smart said. “The strength of our team
will be the offensive line and linebackers.” The top priority
is finding a quarterback. The battle for that position will be
between junior Colt Smith and sophomore Walker Dillard.
TAVARES BULLDOGS (5A- 13)
2015 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Scott Armatti
THE PLAYERS: Javier Moton (Jr., SS/WR), Ben Lester (Sr.,
DE), Austin Berg (Jr., WR), Taylor Von Maxey (Sr., DE).
THE WORD: Armatti was hired in January after David LaMarre was dismissed by the school. Armatti is a long-time
assistant coach in the area and actually worked at Tavares