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He's a one-man gang

By DOUG KATES
Published August 25, 2006


ST. PETERSBURG - At Canterbury, the quarterback is going to be very busy.

Coach Shannon Brooks said the offense will be centered around junior Brandon Hamilton. The goal is to have "a wide-open offense to feature his talents."

GROUND GAME: Hamilton was the team's leading rusher last year and is expected to be the major contributor this year. When Hamilton is not carrying the ball, look for junior Joey Cuda to take some handoffs. He will be the team's "featured" back. 

AIR ATTACK: Hamilton is not afraid to throw. Brooks said his quarterback was the second-leading passer in the county last year, and the Crusaders are "definitely going to take advantage of his arm. Brandon is the person who is going to take us there."

John Lancaster, a junior, had 45 receptions last year and will be a big target again. Dominique Thornton, a freshman, has shown talent early and could be a surprise.

Brooks predicts the combination of Hamilton and Lancaster will make a "pretty good one-two punch that we're relying on heavily."

DE-FENSE! DE-FENSE! Cuda is one of the biggest kids on the team and will lead the defense at middle linebacker. Cody Kemp steps in at outside linebacker.

"Cody is one of a few seniors we have," Brooks said. "His leadership will be looked upon."

KICKING GAME: Matt Ritch, a senior, has a "pretty strong leg," according to Brooks. "He'll take over the kickoff and field goal duties. He's a soccer player and he's done well to this point.".

The team's punter? Hamilton. Who else?