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Dunedin changes its perception

With two winning seasons in 15 years, Dunedin is synonymous with doormat. The 4-0 Falcons beg to differ.

By JOHN SCHWARB, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002


DUNEDIN -- Brandon and Britan Glenn fly all over the field for Dunedin, on offense, defense, special teams.

Their passion for the Falcons might only be matched by the passion they had a little more than a year ago.

To play anywhere but here.

The senior brothers, two major reasons why Dunedin is 4-0 for the first time in 15 years, moved into the Dunedin zone in the spring of 2001 but wanted no part of what was then a dreadful team.

From 1999-2000, Dunedin won one game, further solidifying its position as county doormat.

The Glenns knew it, and filed special attendance permit papers to return to Clearwater High.

Only the SAP attempts went nowhere, leaving Britan in the stands for the first week of the 2001 season. He watched Clearwater lose 17-14 to Osceola and made up his mind.

"I told Brandon, "Hey, I'm going out to play for Dunedin,"' said Britan, a linebacker and fullback. "It's not the best team, but it's a team."

One week later, Britan made an immediate impact with a mammoth hit on a Clearwater player on a kickoff and the Falcons beat their rivals in overtime.

Brandon looked on, grabbed a uniform the following week for the Countryside game and had two interceptions from a defensive back spot in his debut.

Dunedin would finish 2-8, but the Glenns knew they had made the right choice.

Today, they're part of a team that is continuing to try to change the perception of Dunedin football.

"At the beginning of the season, we had coaches asking us why we were still at Dunedin," Brandon said. "We said, "This is our year."'

Through four weeks, it is hard to dispute, though a pessimist could certainly try. The Falcons' four wins are against teams with a combined record of 3-13, and the last four games on the schedule (at Lakewood, Tarpon Springs, Largo and at Northeast) are brutal.

Tonight's game against Dixie Hollins is no gimme either, with a 2-0 district mark on the line for both teams. The Rebels blasted Dunedin 43-0 last year and coach Mark Everett posted the score all over the locker room this week to remind the Falcons.

Not that reminders are needed anymore.

"We went over to summer camp at UCF, and one of our district rivals flat out told Brandon, "You guys (stink) and you'll always (stink)," said Everett, declining to name the source. "Well, what goes around comes around.

"These kids know we can play with anybody, we just have to do it."

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