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For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
By JOE SMITH and BOB PUTNAM
Published September 15, 2006
LUKE LOUCKS, CLEARWATER
Apparently, the rocket right arm of Clearwater quarterback Luke Loucks is no longer rusty.
Loucks, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior, skipped last football season while rehabbing a broken leg. A heavily-recruited point guard for the basketball team, Loucks participated in just one-quarter of the summer football workouts, yet still earned the starting quarterback spot.
Since then, he has played like a seasoned vet.
Loucks threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns last week against Pinellas Park. That's after racking up 146 yards and three scores for the Tornadoes (1-2) in the season opener.
Clearwater receiver Chris Sackmann and Loucks spend 10-15 minutes extra after practice perfecting routes - and it's paying off.
"Our offense is finally clicking on all cylinders," Loucks said. "Hopefully, we can keep it up."
- JOE SMITH, Times staff writer
DOMINIC BELL, PINELLAS PARK
Tailback, receiver, defensive back, kick returner. Wherever Bell lines up, he is a threat to score and an opposing coach's worst nightmare.
Because of his ability to produce big plays, Bell demands the other team find him on every snap. So far, he has returned two kicks for touchdowns and has several big gains on offense.
- BOB PUTNAM, Times staff writer
BRENT HENDERSON, CCC
A backup quarterback in the spring, Henderson was thrust into a starting role when Andrew Nowels transferred to Lakeland.
Henderson has since burst on the scene like an old pro. His accuracy is uncanny, and he shows poise, toughness and an aptitude for reading defenses in a hurry.
In two games (he sat out the opener for violating team rules), Henderson has thrown for 316 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.