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Cougars show signs of replenishing QB spot

By BOB PUTNAM
Published May 25, 2005


Of all the spring games last week, Countryside's stood out.

The Cougars were the most notable team breaking in a signal-caller after bidding farewell to the passer with the highest profile in the county last season, Harrison Beck.

Beck led Countryside to two straight district titles and will be at Nebraska in the fall.

Though the Cougars lost their leader, they didn't lose their luster.

L.D. Crow stepped in and was poised, connecting on 10-of-19 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown in a 22-9 victory over Seminole.

"L.D. is a 6-foot-2 kid who we think is going to be a Division I player," Cougars coach John Davis said. "He did a good a good job and hit some kids that were open. Of course, we had five dropped passes, so that didn't help us."

The Cougars also appeared to have a solid running game as Chaz Roebuck had a breakthrough performance. Filling in for two tailbacks who were academically ineligible, Roebuck ran for 167 yards on 17 carries and scored on a 70-yard run that broke a 3-3 tie.

Crow hit Chris Heinzelmann for a 30-yard touchdown and Greg Meyer rounded out the scoring for Countryside on a 11-yard run. The Warhawks scored in the fourth quarter when the junior varsity squads played.

WRAPPING UP: East Lake gave up an average of 22 points a game in 2004 as the defense lacked the speed to handle three- and four-receiver formations and mobile quarterbacks.

That was why coach Bob Hudson encouraged his players to run track and emphasized proper tackling technique this spring.

The work showed as East Lake shut down new Lakewood coach Otis Dixon's spread offense to win 24-0. Jamal Walker returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown and added another on a 12-yard run.

Besides Walker, others who stood out on defense for the Eagles were defensive tackles Zack Hermann and Zack Mattee, linebacker Will Barrett and defensive backs J.J. Emanuele and Alex Klier.

OUCH!: Dixie Hollins coach Mike Morey knew that to stay with Sarasota Riverview his team would need to be at full strength.

That didn't happen as the Rebels had seven starters out with injuries. The results showed as Riverview won 54-6.