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Middle school football teams ready to take field
Area middle schools will begin play Tuesday nights this month.
By DEREK LaRIVIERE, Times Correspondent
Published September 7, 2007
Teams from Fox Chapel, West Hernando, Challenger, Powell and Parrott are starting their middle school football seasons.
Powell held a strength and conditioning camp that was open to all Powell students before school started.
The camp let coaches get a glimpse of what they might have to work with once fall practices began. Once school began, the other middle schools got an idea of what athletes would be competing for starting spots on the team.
Middle school contests take place Tuesday nights. West Hernando plays at Central High, Fox Chapel plays at Springstead High, Parrott plays at Hernando High, and Powell and Challenger play at Nature Coast Tech.
West Hernando opens its season at Challenger on Sept. 11. Fox Chapel plays a home game against Powell the same day. Parrott opens its season against Fox Chapel on Sept. 18.
The Challenger Gators did not win a game last season, and the Fox Chapel Tigers only won two games, both against Challenger. Powell, a perennial powerhouse, should be tops in the county again.
Cougars undefeated:After taking out the New Port Richey Bucs 14-0 in the opener, the West Hernando Cougars continued to beat up on their opponents with their Week 2 victory over the Wesley Chapel Vipers. The Cougars, playing at home at Central High, defeated the Vipers 21-6.
Varsity running back Shane Rollins has been the main ball carrier and offensive leader for West Hernando so far this season.
According to program director Bob McFarland, coaches across the Pasco Police Athletic League have a Sept. 15 date between West Hernando and the Lutz Chiefs circled as the meeting of the league juggernauts.
The success of these future gridiron stars bodes well for area high schools, and McFarland knows it. Middle school-age kids who just need a little direction outside of school are prime targets for the West Hernando program. With some development, their talent takes over.
"Most of the kids you see starring on these high school teams at Central, Springstead and Nature Coast used to play for me (with the Cougars)," said McFarland. "It's great to watch them come along like this."
Softball signup: The Spring Hill Dixie Girls Fastpitch Softball league will hold late registration at Anderson Snow girls softball fields Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. and Monday from 6-7:30 p.m.The cost is $60 per player. For more information, visit www.shdixiesoftball.comor call 688-5570.