Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (Spring Hill) Hurricanes’ football preview

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Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (Spring Hill) Hurricanes (Independent)

2013 RECORD:  2-8

Head coach:  Craig Moore (1st year)

Key Players:  Noah Clanahan (TE/FS, Sr.), Will Beatty (OL/LB, Sr.), Will Potosky (TE, Sr.), Eric Pitton (HB/S/TE, Sr.), Colin Hankin (DE/TE, Jr.), Jonah Moor (FB/LB, Sr.)

Outlook:  Bishop McLaughlin, which is in only its 7th season of football, will compete as an independent in 2014 after a winless district record in Class 3A-District 4.  In 2013, the Hurricanes won their season opener against Santa Fe Catholic, 36-21, but fell apart defensively by allowing 416 points in their next eight games.  However, they did win their season finale against Keswick Christian, 35-3.

“We are excited about the upcoming season,” said first-year coach Craig Moore, who takes over for former Florida State star Derrick Alexander. “We have a strong core group to build around.”

The Hurricanes return four starters on defense and four starters on offense. Moore feels the new defensive approach will be much better. The offensive scheme will fit their personnel to get the maximum performance. Potosky (599 yards receiving) and Clanahan (328 all-purpose yards, 77 tackles) should be two of the leading contributors for the Hurricanes again this season. They’re also expecting big things from Moor, a transfer from Canada.

2014 Football Schedule*
Friday, August 22 – at Calvary Christian, 7 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – at St. Stephen’s Episcopal (Bradenton), 7 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Northside Christian (St. Petersburg), 7 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – vs. Keswick Christian (St. Petersburg), 7 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – at Santa Fe Catholic (Lakeland), 7 p.m.
Friday, September 26 – vs. Cambridge Christian (Tampa), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 3 – vs. Seffner Christian Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 24 – at Windermere Prep, 7:30 p.m.

*pending

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“The Prep Zone” will count down to kick-off with a daily preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area.  Here are the future release dates:

INDEPENDENTS
June 17 – Lecanto
June 18 – Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto)
June 19 – Ocala Christian Academy
June 20 – St. Francis Catholic (Gainesville)
June 21 – Oak Hall (Gainesville)

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 5
June 22 – Branford
June 23 – Hamilton County (Jasper)
June 24 – Lafayette (Mayo)

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 6
June 25 – Bell
June 26 – Bronson
June 27 – Hawthorne
June 28 – Trenton

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 7
June 29 – Chiefland
June 30 – Dixie County (Cross City)
July 1 – Newberry
July 2 – Union County (Lake Butler)
July 3 – Williston

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 8
July 4 – Wildwood

CLASS 3A-DISTRICT 2
July 5 – Trinity Catholic (Ocala)
July 6 – PK Yonge (Gainesville)

CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 2
July 7 – Fort White

CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 4
July 8 – The Villages
July 9 – Bradford (Starke)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 5
July 10 – Belleview
July 11 – Crystal River
July 12 – Dunnellon
July 13 – Eastside (Gainesville)
July 14 – North Marion (Citra)
July 15 – Santa Fe (Alachua)
July 16 – Suwannee (Live Oak)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 6
July 17 – Central (Brooksville)
July 18 – Weeki Wachee
July 19 – Hernando (Brooksville)
July 20 – Nature Coast (Brooksville)
July 21 – South Sumter (Bushnell)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 3
July 22 – Columbia (Lake City)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 5
July 23 – Citrus (Inverness)
July 24 – Gainesville
July 25 – Lake Weir (Ocala)
July 26 – Vanguard (Ocala)
July 27 – Forest (Ocala)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 6
July 28 – Springstead (Spring Hill)

CLASS 7A-DISTRICT 3
July 29 – Buchholz (Gainesville)

CLASS 8A-DISTRICT 1
July 30 – West Port (Ocala)