'Round the county in 30 days: Tampa Baptist

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

By Joey Knight
Published May 11, 2007

Coach: Dennis Duggan (third season, 4-11)

2006 record: 3-6

District opponents: Bishop McLaughlin, Bradenton Prep, Calvary Christian, Cambridge, Keswick Christian, Sarasota Out-of-Door

Jamboree date/opponent: None

Who's gone: FB/LB Morgan Gibson, OL/DL Eric Smith

Who's back: LB/S/TB Matt Reynolds, DB/QB Armondo Jonesia, WR/DB/RB Chris Lundy

What's new: The school name, for one. Effective this summer, Tampa Baptist officially becomes Tampa Bay Christian Academy. The team still will be nicknamed the Rams, but its swirling-horn logo - a virtual replicate of the St. Louis Rams' - has been replaced for now by solid gold helmets. ...Because his ranks are frighteningly thin, Duggan may have to rethink his aspirations of implementing a double-slot offense. Fourteen players suited up for Wednesday's practice, though Duggan noted two others were getting academically tutored and one was serving detention. ...The quarterback spot also is expected to have a new facemask. Projected starter Phillip Plant is focusing on baseball after showing promise last fall, leaving Jonesia - a 5-foot-7 senior - as the likely starter for now.

Audibles: "I want to get away from the point where eighth-graders come in and help every year. But if they're the ones who come in and do it..." - Duggan, who may have to employ an eighth-grader or two in '07

Did you know?: After spending their first two years as an independent, the Rams enter district play this fall, in Class B-6. ...Duggan's goal is to have 20 players suited up for 2007. Right now, that seems ambitious.

Schedule: Aug. 24: at Bradenton St. Stephen's (kickoff classic); Sept. 7: Providence Christian; Sept. 14: at Bradenton Christian; Sept. 21: Keswick Christian; Sept. 28: Bradenton Prep; Oct. 5: at Bishop McLaughlin; Oct. 12: Boca Raton Christian; Oct. 19: at Sarasota Out-of-Door; Oct. 26: Cambridge; Nov. 2: at Calvary Christian; Nov. 9: at Canterbury