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'Round the County in 30 Days: Alonso

By Keith Niebuhr
Published May 9, 2007


A team-by-team look at Hillsborough County spring football:

2006 record: 7-4 (lost in first round of Class 5A playoffs)

District opponents: Chamberlain, King, Sickles

Jamboree date/opponent: May 18 vs. Sickles (at Leto)

Who's gone: RB Mike Forbes, LB Garrett Hellman, RB Kendrick Hopkins, QB Cory Quintinalli, OL Paul Roche

Who's back: ATH Eric Brown, WR Joe Clarke, DE Jamal Crook, LB Mike Frascello, OL Fred Jackson, DE Demonte McAllister, DB Dion Price

What's new: The Ravens will continue to employ the spread option on offense, but this year they plan to pass more. That should make them fun to watch. In Clark, Alonso has one of the region's top receiving threats. He's not only big (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) but fast. Clark, who is being pursued by schools such as Mississippi and South Florida, is primed to be the most highly recruited athlete the Alonso program has produced. Quarterback Geno Quintana, a first-year starter, will direct the offense. Thus far, he has shown great potential. As Alonso's offense gets used to throwing more, the Ravens likely will rely on their defense. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Led by Crook and McAllister, the Ravens could have a formidable unit. If Alonso has a shortcoming, it's the squad's lack of size.

Audibles: "This is a close-knit group with a lot of enthusiasm. But we're not the biggest team so we need a great offseason. We have to get bigger in the weightroom." - Heldt

Did you know?: In the program's five seasons, Alonso has reached the playoffs three times. ... Heldt, a former Leto standout, played center at Notre Dame.

Schedule: Aug. 24: at Countryside (kickoff classic); Aug. 31: at Robinson ; Sept. 7: Hillsborough; Sept. 14: Blake; Sept. 21: at Leto; Sept. 28: Freedom; Oct. 5: King; Oct. 12: at Gaither; Oct. 18: at Chamberlain; Oct. 26: Jefferson; Nov. 2: at Sickles