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Football Jamboree

By CAREY FREEMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 18, 2001


WHEN/WHERE: Today/Springstead.

SCHEDULE: Citrus vs. Springstead, 6 p.m.; Lecanto vs. Central 7; Crystal River vs. Hernando, 8.

FORMAT: The teams will play two 12-minute quarters apiece.

THE SKINNY: This is the final dress rehearsal Crystal River appears to be set at all positions after graduating a mere handful from its district championship team. The Pirates are looking to create depth, and they seem well on their way as 76 of the 92 players who suited up the first day remain. One position coach Jere DeFoor may watch closer than the others is running back, where Ryan McNally seems to have separated himself from his competition. Citrus must fill several spots after losing key players to graduation, including its starting quarterback, wideout and running back. Casey Snyder appears to be the one most likely to succeed all-area QB Sam McLain, though Isaiah Webb could see time if he's fully recovered from a leg injury. Academic troubles have left Lecanto thin. Dick Slack's Panthers have just 35 players dressed and will be looking for strong performances from Phil Reed and Jeff Yearwood, both of whom will alternate at quarterback and running back.

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