But that success is not enough to
satisfy the Panthers. They want more.
“We need to be a playoff team ev-
On the heels of their breakout season, star lineman Malcolm Kirce has al-
ery season.” Macpherson said. “We
need to be competing for a district
title every season.”
Consistency from year to year
is what establishes the type of win-
ning atmosphere that all power-
house programs have. Though the
goal is to make Ridgeview High School a feared opponent for years to come,
Macpherson preaches the process – one win at a time, one game at a time, one
play at a time.
ready begun to caution his teammates about looking too far ahead.
“We have to go into next season with our minds only on the next play,” Kirce
said. “That’s how focused we have to be. That’s what will bring us success.”
– BROOKE THOMAS
New Coach, New Direction for Dolphins
UNCOMMON AND COMMITTED: THAT’S THE THEME NEW MOSLEY
High School head coach Jeremy Brown has preached since taking over the Dol-
phins program in January.
As concerned as he is with improving on Mosley’s 3-7 record, Brown is even
more focused on improving the character of each young man, asking them to
commit to living life against society’s grain – to do what is uncommon.
“Coaches spend so much time coaching the football part and what they forget
is to coach is the kid’s heart,” Brown said. “We want to spend 70 percent of the
time coaching the heart, building relationships with them.”
For inspiration the coaching staff
is tapping into the story of Drew
McClean, a 2004 Mosley graduate
and star offensive lineman who
was killed in a traffic accident last
“He was one of those guys who
“We want to be balanced, but we’re going to be an up-tempo offense,” Brown
was really the epitome of who you
would want your kids to grow up to
be like,” said Danny Nagy, the line-
backers coach and former athletic
director. “He was a strong Chris-
tian, was strong in his faith and was
just a great person.”
On the field, Brown’s coaching philosophy is about balance and being physi-
cal. Replacing Mosley’s Wing T offense with a multiple offensive scheme that
bases out of the I formation, the Dolphins will put the ball in the air more this
season than in years past. However, they won’t be one-dimensional.
explained. “If the defense loads the box, then there may be some games where we
throw it 40 times. If they adjust; then we’ll run inside. We might run it 40 times.
We’re going to do whatever the defense allows us to do.” – LOYD MCIN TOSH
Southwest Miami Becomes a ‘Football School’
SOUTH WEST MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH TIM NEAL HAS
proven the old saying, “If you build it, they will come,” still has plenty of truth
to it, especially in football-crazy Florida.
What Neal has built is a respectable and growing football program. And who is
coming are the kids in the neighborhood – and they are coming to play football.
“The kids in this neighborhood used to go to the football magnet schools that
It’s been a steady climb, from 2-8 in Neal’s first season to respectability at
had winning traditions,” Neal said. “Now they are starting to come here. The
first thing we had to do was build a strong staff and we did that. The second
thing was to change the mindset at Southwest Miami because this was never
known as a football school.”
First, a quick history lesson will provide some perspective. Before Neal and
his staff arrived, the Eagles had just two winning seasons in the last 50 years.
The school was known for a lot of things, but football wasn’t one of them.
6-4 in his second season to a 9-1
playoff team in his third year.
“They bought into what we
wanted to do and that they needed
to work hard,” Neal said.
The Eagles certainly worked
hard this spring as Neal and his
staff focused on individual improvement and trying to improve
areas of weakness long before the
season kicks off in the fall.
“We had a really good spring,” he
said. “We figured things out and saw good things from a number of key players.”
Look for the offense to run through standout running back Trevon Sands.
“He’s one of the best athletes in the area and an exceptional running back,”
said Neal, a former assistant coach at Coral Gables.
Junior quarterback De’Undre Pickett-White, senior wide receivers Robert
Jimenez and Kristian Torano, along with senior running back Brian Paez all
return to help form a dangerous offense. The offensive line is anchored by a
pair of seniors in Roberto Herrera and Nick Perez and complimented nicely by
junior Jake Perez and sophomore Ricky Lindstrom.
Senior linebackers George Spellman and Shyenn Magdeleno, paired with
Austin Patino (SS) Joel Obregon (DL) and junior Quindale Corker (DB) are
among the teams strong defense.
“We had 50 players come out for the team and we expect that number to con-
tinue growing each year,” Neal said.
It’s no coincidence the turnout has gone up right along with the number of
wins. – TERR Y JACOB Y
Weeki Wachee Eyes Winning Record
WEEKI WACHEE HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACK DAVID TINCH CAN
still recall with absolute clarity the play that prevented the Hornets from an un-
defeated junior varsity season in 2011.
The then-sophomore signal caller had guided his team to a go-ahead touch-
down with two minutes left against Clearwater Central Catholic in the season’s
final game. The Hornets were unbeaten and needed only to hold on in the clos-
ing minutes. That defensive stand, however, never came.
“CCC scored a touchdown in the
final seconds,” Tinch said. “They
went for two and the win and completed a fade pass. It was a risky
call, but they had nothing to lose.”
Despite the sting from the defeat,
it was during that second season
when the burgeoning program took
its biggest leap. Weeki Wachee
opened in 2010, and the Hornets had
a losing record in their first year
playing a JV schedule.
Head coach Mark Lee opted to play
JV again in the program’s second year and the results were much more positive.
“That second year, we kind of connected as a team,” defensive end Hiram
In season four, the Hornets hope to finish with a winning record.
Matos said. “If we had played varsity that second year, we would have lost
more. Our morale would have suffered.”
When the Hornets made the varsity jump in year three (2012), they were
immediately successful, beating Central High (Brooksville, Fla.) 33-14 in the
program’s first game and winning twice more last year.
“I don’t care how old the program is,” Tinch said. “I don’t think us being new
has anything to do with winning.” – BRYAN BURNS
Coach Lawrence: ‘Discipline Leads to Success’
NE W WIREGRASS RANCH HEAD FOOTBALL COACH MIKE LAWRENCE
believes this season will be the turning point. The Bulls’ football program has
experienced some growing pains since winning a district championship in 2010,
but Lawrence, a staunch disciplinarian, believes the time is right for change.
“Everybody looks at us and they want to put Wiregrass on their schedule,”
Lawrence said. “I want to be able to change that.”
Established in 2007, Wiregrass tapped Ricky Thomas – a proven coach with
a state title at Pasco High School – as the Bulls’ first head coach. Thomas was
up for the challenge, even if it was more difficult than even he could imagine.
“It’s not easy, that’s for doggone
sure,” Thomas said. “It’s probably
one of the toughest things I’ve ever
tried to accomplish.”
Despite a schedule that forced the
new team to play Tampa Bay Tech
and Gaither among others, Thomas
says the young team never quit.
“They would work hard in practice every week and Friday night
they would get beat up pretty good,
and they’d come back next Friday,”
Moving to 7A District 7 for the 2013 season, Wiregrass is still the underdog,
a role Lawrence relishes. His goals are for the Bulls to work hard, hit hard and
“never give up in any football game we play.”
“We just want to make sure people understand we’re not going to be that
bump in the road where you can schedule us and say, ‘Chalk it up, we’re going
to win this one,’” Lawrence said. “Discipline leads to success, and the more
discipline the more success we’ll end up having.” – LOYD MCIN TOSH