Brandon: Round the County in 30 Days
A team-by-team look at Hillsborough County spring football:
By Keith Niebuhr, Times Correspondent
Published May 25, 2007
Coach: John Lima (second season, 3-8)
2006 record: 3-8 (lost to Lakeland in first round of Class 5A playoffs)
District opponents: Bloomingdale, East Bay, Newsome, Plant City
Jamboree result: Beat Bloomingdale 13-0
Who's gone: RB Mike Brown, WR Bernard Hart, WR Phil Henderson, DE Sean Patrick
Who's back: LB Wale Agbede, RB/DB Samair Baker, QB Tracy Burr, DB Tyrone Comer, TE/LB Adam Gieseking, C Taylor Lentz, DE David Mosley, WR Jeremy Tillman
What's new: The offensive (Gregg Wicktor) and defensive (Dale Caparaso) coordinators. Under Wicktor, who previously held the same position at Jensen Beach, the offense will continue to use multiple formations. The defense, however, has switched from a 4-4 formation to a 4-3. Thus far, the addition of Wicktor and Caparaso, Pasco's coach the past four seasons, has had a positive impact. In the Eagles' jamboree, the defense held Bloomingdale to 57 yards of offense and forced four turnovers. The offense scored twice and amassed 207 yards. That effort, and the fact Brandon returns nearly every significant player from 2006 (with the exception of Brown), has the Eagles liking their playoff chances. On offense, the speedy Baker is one of many players to watch. He's also a dynamic kick returner. On the other side, Agbede has all-county potential. Up front, coaches expect big things from rising junior Sam Jackson, a quick defensive end with great potential who is part of a line that should be one of the area's best.
Audibles: "The commitment level of our kids this offseason has been excellent. Our talent level is high, and our mental toughness is getting better. That was really the area we lacked in last year." - Lima
Did you know?: Brandon's last playoff win came in 1985.
Schedule: Aug. 24: Sickles (kickoff classic); Aug. 31: Middleton; Sept. 7: at King; Sept. 14: at Armwood; Sept. 21: East Bay; Sept. 28: Durant; Oct. 5: Newsome; Oct. 12: at Blake; Oct. 19: bye; Oct. 26: at Bloomingdale; Nov. 2: at Plant City; Nov. 9: Riverview.
Keith Niebuhr, Times correspondent