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C OM PREPS2010 2009 STANDINGS Team Auburndale Tenoroc Lake Nona Celebration DISTRICT y-Winter Haven 6 0 224 45 x-Lake Wales Sebring 5 1 259 44 4 2 135 63 3 3 123 140 2 4 47 197 1 5 87 193 0 6 29 222 y – district champion; x – district runner-up CLASS 3A-9 | LAKEWALES & AUBURNDALE OVERALL W L PF PA W L PF PA 9 2 284 104 11 2 401 160 7 3 230 124 3 7 166 284 2 8 80 346 1 9 138 361 1 9 49 318 2010PREDICTIONS DISTRICT OVERALL Team Lake Wales Winter Haven W L 6 0 5 1 Sebring 3 3 Lake Nona Auburndale 3 3 2 4 Tenoroc 1 5 Celebration 0 6 W L 9 1 8 2 6 6 4 3 2 2 8 8 4 7 QUICK HITS: Sebring lost 12 seniors from last season’s team but returns QBMatt Grubb and top receiver Devin Clarke, who has off ers from North Carolina, Tennessee and South Florida … Celebration’s new head coach is Brent Aarestad, a former assistant at Lakeland and head coach at Hialeah American… Lake Nona should get a boost fromRB Jarius Pace, a transfer fromOrlando Olympia, and also returns highly-touted QB Kevin Sousa (1,441 yards passing, 931 yards rushing last season) … Lake Wales and Winter Haven should battle for the district title when they meet Oct. 22 at Legion Field. S 6 LAKEWALES HIGHLANDERS WHAT’S NEW There’s not much new for the Highlanders, and that could mean another big year for Lake Wales fans. The Highlanders only lost two starters fromlast year’s team that made it to the state semifi nals and can make another serious run if they can avoid injuries. OFFENSIVEOUTLOOK Most teams would be happy to have 10 starters returning total — on both sides of the ball. The Highlanders boast 10 returning starters on off ense and 10 on defense. Justin Shaferwill once again lead the offensive attack behind center. Colton Davis will be his big target at receiver. Running the ballwill be mainly Kevin Prioleau in the one-back sets, but head coach Rod Shafer hasmultiple options in the two-back set,with asmany as five diff erent backs fighting for carries. On the off ensive line, the Highlanders have given coach Shafer a fi rst in his 34-year career. “This is the first time I’ve had every offensive lineman return,” Shafer said. It’s a deep group, aswell. Shafer believes his second teamoffensive line could start for just about any other teamin Polk County. DEFENSIVEOUTLOOK The Highlanders have a talent-laden defense coming back. Shafer likes to play a 3-5, and he has every linebacker coming back fromlast year. Prioleau, Lucas Bennett, David Jones and Jonte Sergeant anchor the LB corps,while Frederick Brinson, George Kirkland, Clemon Jones and Frostproof transfer De’Shaun Dunn will help on the defensive line. Patrolling the secondary will be Javess Blue and Daquand Marion with Rolan Milligan filling the other cornerback position. QUESTION MARK Complacency. “When you have a team that’s pretty talented, and we have a lot of kids back, the problem is sometimes when starters come back they feel comfortable,” Shafer said. “The biggest thing is to keep the kids fromgetting bored.” BIGGEST STRENGTH Numbers. Lake Wales has 20 returning starters on offense and defense and their kicking game might be one of the best in the state with Marcelo Bonani returning to boot long field goals and extra points. Shafer also credited strength and conditioning coach Mike Lee with [ poll ] Preseason Poll The Associated Press Top 10 Florida Pre-season football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, and rating points: Class 6A Team Record 1. Miami Northwestern (2) 2. Miami Central (9) 3. Miramar (1) 4. Apopka 5. Dr. Phillips 6. DeLand 7. Miami Southridge 8. Mainland (tie) Plantation 10. Olympia Pts 0-0 106 0-0 94 0-0 88 0-0 71 0-0 68 0-0 66 0-0 36 0-0 23 0-0 23 0-0 16 Others receiving votes: Miami Krop 12, Mi-ami Carol City 8, Park Vista 8,Winter Park 7, Orange Park 7, Treasure Coast 4, Christopher Columbus 4, South Dade 3, Vero Beach 3, Palm Beach Gardens 3, Atlantic 3, Boca Raton 3, Homestead 2, Lake Brantley 1, Hialeah 1. Class 5A 1. Plant (12) 2. St. Thomas Aquinas (1) 3. Manatee 4. Lakeland 5. Boyd Anderson 6. Blanche Ely 7. St. Petersburg 8. Countryside 9. Seabreeze 10. Fleming Island 0-0 120 0-0 111 0-0 102 0-0 85 0-0 57 0-0 53 0-0 41 0-0 36 0-0 18 0-0 13 Others receiving votes: Bayside 12, South Broward 11, Tampa Bay Tech 9, Evans 9, First Coast 8, Lake Howell 7,Winter Spr. 6, Semi-nole 5, Oviedo 4, Palm Harbor Univ. 3, Kiss. Osceola 3, Melbourne 1,W. Boca Raton 1. Class 4A 1. Dwyer (12) 2. Armwood (1) 3. Kathleen 4. Edgewater 5. Charlotte 6. Niceville 7. Lincoln DAVID DOWNS | SPECIAL TO THE LEDGER LAKEWALES SENIORS (from left) Oshey Washington, Justin Shafer, Colton Davis, Kevin Prioleau, Joshua Hopkins and Javess Blue lead a deep senior class that will try to return the Highlanders to the state playoffs his season. UPCLOSE HEADCOACH: Rod Shafer (15th season, 158-43). COACHING STAFF: Billy Dee Washington, Johnnie Kirkland, Bob Urwin, Russell Aaron, Steve Taboada,Mike Lee, SamBillante, Levance Richmond, Burney Hayes, Doug Briand, Bill Collins,Marvin Pavy, Nate Seidl, Tavaris Johnson. 2009RECORD: 11-2. LAST TIME INPLAYOFFS: 2009, lost in state semifi nals to Miami Belen Jesuit. HOMEFIELD: Legion Field, Lake Wales. ROSTER: RB/DB Jamal Ernest, (So.); QB/DB Railond Garrett, (Fr.); QB/DB Demica Hardy (So.); RB/LB Stamford Jackson, (So.); RB/LB Shaka McGriff, (Fr.); Davi’on Riley, (Fr.); RB/LB Dakarial Scott, (So.); RB/LB David Jones, (So.); RB/DB Lovonte Pittman, (So.); RB/LB Jonte Sergeant, (So.); WR/DB Oshey Washington, (Sr.); WR/DB Rolan Milligan, (Jr.);WR/LB LadaranWilson (Jr.); QB/DL Justin Shafer (Sr.); WR/DL Colton Davis (Sr.); K Marcelo Bonani (Sr.); QB/DL Shaquille Stoudemire (Sr.);WR/DB Daquand Marion (Jr.);WR/DB Jalen Powell (Sr.); WR/DB Antwon Hadley (Jr.);WR/LB getting a lot out of the kids in summerworkout sessions. “We may be another year older, but we’re a lot stronger,” Shafer said. SHAFER Wesley Strong (Sr.);WR/DB Kenneth Jones (Sr.); QB/LB Drake Haff (So.);WR/DB Balil Paden (Jr.);WR/LB Curtis Richards (Sr.); RB/LB Glenn Redding (Jr.);WR/DB Lamar Welch (Jr.);WR/DB Javess Blue (Sr.);WR/DB Deandre Smith (Sr.); RB/DE JermelMoment (So.); RB/LB Levonskie Riley (Sr.);WR/DL Frederick Brinson (Sr.); RB/LB Kevin Prioleau (Sr.);WR/DB Rory Richards (Jr.); RB/LB Quentin Floyd (Sr.); RB/DB Antonio Groover (RB); RB/DL Clemon Jones (Sr.); RB/DB Michaelangelo Pierre (Jr.); WR/LB Jeff Hardy (Jr.);WR/DB Christian Blocker (So.);WR/LB Roy Rynes (Jr.);WR/DE Miguel Vazquez (Sr.); RB/DB Christopher Dawson (Sr.); TE/DL Bobby Leath (So.); RB/LB Anthony Reeves (So.); OL/DL Robert Buchanan (Jr.); OL/LB Michael Linfante (Sr.); OL/DL George Kirkland (Sr.); NEXT LEVEL The Highlanders have no lack of talent here either. Justin Shafer has off ers from Florida, Florida AUBURNDALE BLOODHOUNDS UPCLOSE HEADCOACH: Kenneth Grantham (2nd season, 4-6 overall). COACHING STAFF: Pete Rausch, Scott Bennett, Dexter Johnson, Richard Smith, Joe Martin, Dave Roach, Craig Winsett, Bill Chislett. 2009RECORD: 4-6. LAST TIME INPLAYOFFS: 2008, lost in regional quarterfi nals to Tampa Bay Tech. HOMEFIELD: Bruce Canova Stadium, Auburndale ROSTER: Javaris Baker (Sr.), Jerome Burton (Sr.), Nolan Chislett (Jr.),Miguel Cruz (Sr.), Donte Desir (Jr.), Ty Ethridge (Jr.), Chris Glenn (Jr.),Michael Hanson (Jr.), Jeromy Hauck (So.), Daryle Henry (So.), Bruce Hurt (So.), Willshon Jefferson (So.), Donte Jones (So.), Latay Knight (Jr.), Devante London (Jr.), TylerMcKee (Sr.),MattMcManus (Jr.), D.D.McNair (So.), Collin O’Neal (Sr.), Scott Parmer (Sr.), Lopton Pierre-Jacques (Jr.), LaRahn Price (Sr.), Jason Sopczak (Jr.), Ryan Sowder (So.), Charles Taylor (So.), Antonio Thomas (So.), DeAndre Thomas (So.), CodyWalling (Jr.), Robert Wilkerson (Sr.), Kurtis Williams (So.). 2009RESULTS at Bartow(KC) at Ridge Community George Jenkins Kathleen at Winter Haven at Lake Gibson at Tenoroc Sebring at Lake Wales * -later won by forfeit. L, 34-13 L, 21-12 L, 27-8 L, 41-0* L, 37-0 Celebration W, 43-13 Lake Nona W, 28-22 L, 55-22 W, 44-8 L, 12-8 L, 48-0 GRANTHAM WHAT’S NEW It’s the story of the sophomores. Bruce Hurt, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound center, and DeAndre Thomas, a 265-pound right tackle, are expected to step in to solidify the offensive line. And linebackers Trent Gray and Daryle Henry could have Division-I potential by the time they’re seniors. OFFENSIVEOUTLOOK The Bloodhounds,who run a Wing-T and spread off ense, could have one of their most productive passing teams in years, maybe even since the days of Billy Deeds and Terrence Barber. Senior quarterback Collin O’Neal is a talented passer with a strong arm and could emerge as one of the top quarterbacks in Polk. Scott Parmer and LaRahn Price give him two talentedwide receiving targets. Head coach Ken Grantham, however, still expects to be balanced with running backs Devante London and Lopton Pierre-Jacques in the backfi eld. The leader of the offensive line is returning seniorMiguel Cruz. DEFENSIVE OUTLOOK The Bloodhounds return five starters on defense, and sophomores will play huge roles. All four linebackers will be sophomores along with at least one defensive linemen, making it fi ve of the front seven. Robert Wilkerson, a safety, is the only returning senior. Gray and Henry should make the biggest impact among the newcomers. Willshon Jefferson and KurtisWilliams are talented inside linebackers. QUESTION MARK The off ensive linewill be key.With talented skill-position players, how well the line developswill help determine how well the Bloodhounds contend with LakeWales and Winter Haven.How quickly the youth on defense grows up also is a question. BIGGEST STRENGTH The ability to throw the ball downfi eld, along with the athleticism of the young players. NEXT LEVEL O’Neal is being recruited by schools likeMount Union, Central Florida, FAU, and Illinois State. Parmer, who is strong academically, has received attention fromHarvard and Benedictine. Wilkerson also is being recruited. QUOTABLE “Any good high school football coach is going to take what his strengths are and work toward them, and right now that (passing) is defi nitely going to end up being our strength,” head coach Ken Grantham. ... “Our team chemistry, we’re a lot closer this year. We’re coming together as a family and have trust in each other, knowing that the other guy will be there,” Collin O’Neal. KEY GAME Sept. 24 vs. Winter Haven. — ROY FUOCO | LEDGER CORRESPONDENT CINDY SKOP | THE LEDGER AUBURNDALE QB COLLIN O’NEAL, LEFT, could emerge as one of the best passers in Polk this season. He’s got top-quality targets, too, including LaRahn Price, center, and Scott Parmer. OL/LB Logan Alderman (Sr.); Ol/LB Lucas Bennett (Sr.); OL/DL E’Shan Johnson (Sr.); OL/DL Ron Wiley (So.); OL/DL Shunndel Bibbs (Sr.); OL/LBMarkWard (Jr.); OL/DL Will Collins (So.); OL/DL De’Shaun Dunn (So.); OL/DL Josh Hopkins (Sr.); OL/DL Eddie Chadwick (Jr.);WR/DB Da’Von Lopez (Sr.); TE/DLWillie Rollins (Jr.); K Tate Mathewson (So.);WR/DB Richard Lyon (Sr.), OL/DLMarvinWright (Jr.), OL/DL Hector Gutierrez (Sr.). 2009RESULTS at Kathleen (KC) Haines City Lake Gibson at Celebration Lake Nona Sebring at Tenoroc at Winter Haven W, 25-14 canceled W, 26-24 W, 41-0 W, 62-0 W, 28-3 W, 42-0 L, 41-38 at Ridge Community W, 21-20 Auburndale at Bartow W, 48-0 W, 14-10 POSTSEASON at Bradenton Southeast W, 30-27 at Braden River Lehigh Miami Belen Jesuit W, 21-14 W, 16-0 L, 21-14 State, Miami, Kansas, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Clemson, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, South Florida, Central Florida, Iowa State, Louisville, Mississippi and Furman to name many. However, Shafer seems locked into playing baseball, and the Gators seemto be his top choice at the moment. Blue has been heavily courted by Texas Tech and has offers from Vanderbilt, UCF, USF and Kansas as a defensive back. Davis has a full-ride off er to play football for Northern Illinois, and Auburn has off ered him a baseball scholarship. But coach Shafer feels that if USF or UCF give him an off er to play both that he’ll stay close to home. QUOTABLE “I’ve never had this many kids back before,” Rod Shafer on the depth of his team. … “Just because we’re supposed to be good doesn’t mean we can’t come out every day and work hard,” Justin Shafer on the expectations surrounding the team this year. … “Winter Haven!,” Justin Shafer, Javess Blue, Colton Davis, Kevin Prioleau, Josh Hopkins and Oshey Washington on who the team really wants to get after this year, following last year’s defeat. Key game Oct. 22 vs. Winter Haven. — RAYMOND BEASOCK | LEDGER CORRESPONDENT (tie) New Smyrna Beach 9. Gainesville 10. Pine Forest 0-0 128 0-0 104 0-0 78 0-0 67 0-0 57 0-0 54 0-0 49 0-0 49 0-0 31 0-0 23 Others receiving votes: Palm Bay 18, Co-lumbia 9, King 8, Tarpon Springs 6, Navarre 6, Lake Gibson 6, Haines City 5, Hollywood Hills 5, Okeechobee 3, Palm Beach Lakes 2, Largo 2, Fort Pierce Central 2, Stranahan 2, Cape Coral 1. Class 3A 1. Jefferson (1) 2. Lake Wales (6) 3. Pensacola (5) 4. St. Augustine 5. Miami Washington 6. Miami Belen Jesuit Prep 7. North Marion 8. Fort Pierce Westwood 9.Winter Haven 10. Miami Jackson 0-0 105 0-0 100 0-0 88 0-0 78 0-0 60 0-0 50 0-0 49 0-0 29 0-0 22 0-0 20 Receiving votes: S. Fort Myers 15, Miami Norland 12, Bartram Trail 10, Southeast 10, Eau Gallie 9, Hallandale 8, Fort Myers 7, Merritt Island 7, Pasco 5, Belleview 5, Clay 5, Naples 4, Land O’Lakes 4, Jensen Beach 4, Lehigh 3, Barron Collier 3, Archbishop Mc-Carthy 2, Lakewood 1. Class 2A 1. Glades Central (5) 2. Cocoa (8) 3. Robinson 4. Godby 0-0 113 0-0 106 0-0 85 0-0 74 5. Plantation American Heritage 0-0 61 Others receiving votes: Astronaut 13, Rickards 13, Jones 13, Bishop Moore 9, Im-mokalee 8, Suwannee 7, Rockledge 6, Baker County 6, Port Orange Atlantic 6. Class 2B 1. Bolles School (6) 2. Pensacola Catholic (5) 5. Ocala Trinity Catholic 0-0 119 0-0 98 3. Chaminade-Madonna (1) 0-0 93 4. Tampa Catholic Others receiving votes: Cardinal Newman 17, Gulliver Prep 16, Pahokee 15, Monsignor Pace 13, Lake Highland 12, North Broward 6, Florida 6, University Christian 6. Class 1A 1. Trinity Christian-Jackson. (4) 0-0 121 2. Fort Meade (5) 3. Delray American Heritage (3) 0-0 91 4. North Florida Christian 0-0 107 0-0 59 5. Melbourne Central Catholic 0-0 44 Others receiving votes: Port St. Joe 26, Freeport 15, Berkeley Prep 12, Westminster Acad. 10, Eagle’s View 8, Bishop Snyder 7, Dade Christian 7, Providence 7, Liberty Co. 6. Class 1B 1. Glades Day (13) 2. Warner Christian 3. Jupiter Christian 4. Jefferson County 5. Florida Air Academy 0-0 130 0-0 109 0-0 101 0-0 60 0-0 48 Others receiving votes: Out-of-Door Acad-emy 27, Victory Christian 26, Hawthorne 19. 0-0 74 0-0 45

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