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'Round the county in 30 days: Chamberlain

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

By Keith Niebuhr, Times Correspondent
Published May 13, 2007


'Round the County in 30 Days

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

Chamberlain

Coach: Billy Turner (29th season, 234-117)

2006 record: 6-6 (lost in second round of Class 5A playoffs)

District opponents: Alonso, King, Sickles

Jamboree date/opponent: May 18 vs. Middleton

Who's gone: LB Nate Baxley, LB Carlos Nieves, OL Joey Pelt,

Who's back: RB Kenny Allen, WR/DB Justin Bell, OL Austin Chatman, LB Jeremy McCray, RB/DB Deven Persaud, WR Fred Sykes

What's new: Not much - and this would appear to be a good thing. Chamberlain returns 18 players who started last season, which is why optimism is at an all-time high. Among those back, Sykes might be the headliner. A gifted receiver who has schools such as Florida and Ohio State interested, he figures to be a focal point on what could be an explosive offense. Quarterbacks Dontae Aycock and Robert Charies are battling for the top spot, but each should play and coaches are confident in both. The running game, led by Allen and Persaud, is solid. The offensive line returns four starters and added 6-foot-5 Hillsborough transfer Darren Baker. Defensively, the Chiefs have the kind of athleticism that should cause problems for opposing teams. Bell, who has Division I-A potential, is one of many on that side worth watching.

Audibles: "Our goal is to win a state championship. Why would we not set that as a goal with 18 starters back? It's not putting pressure on the kids. They believe they can do it. They'd be disappointed if I didn't say that." - Turner

Did you know?: Four members of the program's 2001 state runnerup squad were with NFL teams last season - defensive lineman Brodrick Bunkley (Eagles), receiver Brian Clark (Broncos), linebacker Oliver "Ollie" Hoyte (Cowboys) and receiver Greg Lee (Cardinals).

Schedule: Aug. 24: Jesuit (kickoff classic); Aug. 31: Gaither; Sept. 7: at Middleton; Sept. 14: Hillsborough; Sept. 21: at Blake; Sept. 28: East Bay; Oct. 5: at Sickles; Oct. 12: at Jefferson; Oct. 18: Alonso; Oct. 26: Plant; Nov. 2: at King.

Keith Niebuhr, Times correspondent