'Round the county in 12 days: Hudson

Published May 15, 2007


Coach: Mark Nash.

Last year: 2-8

District: Class 3A-8 (Sunlake, Gulf, Hudson, Pasco, Wiregrass Ranch).

Did you know?: Hudson's only wins were against 0-10 teams last year.

Breakout player: Lineman Travis Tindell (5-11, 265) only played four games last season before dislocating his elbow, but that was enough to get him on the Sunshine Athletic Conference second team. He is a bulldog at nose tackle and one of the two to three hardest players to block in the county. Tindell finished in the top six at state in wrestling and weightlifting, and the day we visited practice was blowing up the Hudson O-line.

Who's back: Zach Wynn was a ballyhooed freshman quarterback last year, but with inexperienced wide receivers and an offensive line that couldn't protect him, he spent a lot of the season scraping himself off the turf. Still, he threw for 962 yards and eight touchdowns, and is as highly thought of by his coaches as ever. That may be because the offensive line is much improved, with guard Lance Moore (6-1, 225) heading up the unit. At running back, Jo Jo Cimino is more of a scatback than the bruising McFadden was, but he gained 587 yards and scored five times last year. Defensively, linemen Paul James (5-8, 175), Josh Romeo (5-9, 260) and Tindell are very good, and linebackers Hunter Newton and Jeff Cartagena are part of a thin but talented unit.

Who's gone: Jake McFadden rushed for a team-best 1, 473 yards last season and scored 11 touchdowns. He also was the team's leading receiver, with 335 yards on 26 catches. Matt Raimo, who had 19 catches for 234 yards, will graduate as well.

What's new: Running back Sean Scott will start in the single-back set, and the Hudson coaches think the Georgia transfer will be one of the county's best backs.

Tweaking: Hudson will roll out a new defense to go with its base set, and expect a little more shotgun and one-back sets to take advantage of Wynn and Scott's talents.

Spring scrimmage: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

John C. Cotey, Times staff writer