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Tampa Catholic: 'Round the County in 30 Days

Tampa Catholic

By JOEY KNIGHT
Published May 31, 2007


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

Tampa Catholic

Coach: Bob Henriquez (third season, 15-8; 12th season overall, 78-48)

2006 record: 9-3 (lost to Clewiston 10-7 in second round of Class 2A playoffs)

District opponents: Fort Myers Bishop Verot, Lake Placid, Lennard, Mulberry, St. Petersburg Catholic

Jamboree result: Defeated Lennard 30-0 and Spoto 14-0 in separate halves

Who's gone: QB Dickie de Lama, DB Benny Junco, WR Joey Lauteria

Who's back: LB/FB P.J. Briody, OL Justin Carter, DL Trevor Funk, WR Eric Gerken, TE/DE Brandon Green, QB/WR Christian Green, DE Marco Mendoza, OL Mario Quevedo, RB Drew Zink

What's new: A quarterback controversy. Three sophomores - Green, former junior varsity quarterback C.J. Bennett and 6-foot-5 Utah transfer Bobby Lyons - are vying to replace de Lama, who threw for 36 touchdowns the past two seasons. A 6-3 converted receiver who evoked comparisons to ex-TC and current NFL wideout Darrell Jackson as a freshman, Green appears to possess the most upside. Lyons, however, possesses great size, and Bennett led the Crusaders JV team to an undefeated season last year. While the new quarterback acclimates himself to Henriquez's multiple-formation attack, the Crusaders likely will subsist on a solid running game led by Zink. At this point, Henriquez's biggest concern is finding a backup to Zink - who has totaled nearly 1, 700 rushing yards the past two years - and shoring up depth along his offensive and defensive lines.

Audibles: "The great thing is, we've got kids competing at a much higher level than a couple of years ago, and with higher expectations. Once you re-establish the tradition of success it puts a certain amount of burden to carry it on and it makes them want to be better players." - Henriquez

Did you know?: Each of TC's three quarterback candidates directed scoring drives in the spring jamboree at Spoto. ...Once again, look for Henriquez's staff to feature several ex-pros. Though former Buccaneers defensive back Tony Covington has moved away, ex-Bucs linebacker David Lewis and current Tampa Bay Storm quarterback John Kaleo remain on board. Former Bucs cornerback Ricky Reynolds might be back, albeit in a limited role.

Schedule: Aug. 24: at Robinson (kickoff classic); Aug. 31: at Ocala Trinity Catholic; Sept. 7: Clearwater Central Catholic; Sept. 14: Sarasota Cardinal Mooney; Sept. 21: Lake Placid; Oct. 5: St. Petersburg Catholic; Oct. 12: at Jacksonville Trinity Christian; Oct. 19: at Mulberry; Oct. 26: Lennard; Nov. 2: at Fort Myers Bishop Verot; Nov. 9: at Jesuit