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'Round the County in 30 Days: Riverview

By Keith Niebuhr, Times Correspondent
Published May 16, 2007


Riverview

Coach: Dan O'Regan (fifth season, 27-15)

2006 record: 7-3

District opponents: Durant, Sarasota, Sarasota Riverview

Jamboree date/opponent: May 18 vs. East Bay (at Bloomingdale)

Who's gone: DB Devinn Adams, QB Dustin Gorenc, LB Chris Luther, QB Ryan McCall, DT Bryan Peoples, RB Antwain Power

Who's back: RB Jahleel Addae, DE Quincy Barr, DL Jamaul Butts, TE Orson Charles, DB Derron Doby, RB John Green, LB Tamaha Halaufia

What's new: Throughout O'Regan's tenure as coach, the team's offense has been directed only by, in his words, "a bunch of coaches who were linemen." Not anymore. Bill Straub, a longtime assistant at famed Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller, has joined the staff as the quarterbacks coach. Riverview, which has traditionally run the ball as much as any team around, will rely a little more on the pass. That should make Alex O'Regan and Colby Fairfax, the players vying QB, happy. Despite this slight change in philosophy, the Sharks still plan to lean heavily on their rushing attack. And in Addae, an early West Virginia commitment, they have one of the state's top backs. Up front on offense, Riverview is young and that's a concern. But on the other side of the ball, the Sharks, led by Barr, Butts and Halaufia, should have a formidable unit.

Audibles: "I think last year, we were all kind of disappointed with how it turned out. This year, we have a tough schedule and that's going to prepare us for the type of people we play in our district. We feel like we can go to the playoffs and the kids are working hard." - O'Regan

Did you know?: Addae's older brother, Jahmile, played free safety at West Virginia from 2001-05. Before that, he starred at Riverview.

Schedule: Aug. 24: Bloomingdale (kickoff classic); Aug. 31: at East Bay; Sept. 7: Open; Sept. 14: Plant City; Sept. 21: at Plant; Sept. 28: Hillsborough; Oct .5: at Sarasota Riverview; Oct. 12: Newsome; Oct. 19: at Sarasota; Oct. 26: at Wharton; Nov. 2: Durant; Nov. 9: at Brandon