Hamilton County (Jasper) football preview

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Hamilton County (Jasper) Trojans (Class 1A-District 5)

2013 Record:  5-6

Head Coach:  Blair Armstrong

Key Players:  La’Marcus Webb (RB/WR/DB, Sr.), Marcus Williams (C/DT, Sr.), Hunter Hill (OL/DL, Sr.), Lamar Brown (RB/WR/DB, Jr.), Malik Randolph (RB/LB/DB, Jr.), Deangelo Robinson (LB/OG, Sr.), Amaad Gandy (OT/LB/DL, Jr.), Kentwan Daniels (QB/RB/DB, Jr.), J’Quan Cole (QB/RB/WR/DB, Sr.)

Outlook:  The upcoming season looks bright, but there are few returning players with experience. However, this year’s team brings some postseason experience. The Trojans lost to eventual 1A state champion Trenton in the 2nd round of the state playoffs. With a prolific, balanced attack, the small-school Trojans played a tough schedule that included one 3A school, two 4A schools, and one 5A program. They also played four 1A teams that were ranked top six in the state at the time.

With eight returning starters on both sides of the ball, the Trojans hope to take it further in the playoffs, but they have to face two tough district opponents in Lafayette and Jefferson.  There is a battle for QB between two seniors and one junior. All three have different skills and abilities, and they all do a great job of leading the wide-open offense. Randolph brings some experience in the backfield after finishing second on the team last year with 325 yards rushing, while Webb led the team with 303 yards receiving.

Defensively, the hard-hitting, stingy Black Swarm will bring speed and experience to the field. Discipline, focus and hard work are on the agenda for 2014, according to Armstrong.

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – vs. Trinity Christian (Jacksonville), 6 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – at Fort White, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Suwannee (Live Oak), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – vs. Chiefland, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – vs. Maclay (Tallahassee), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 26 – at Union County (Lake Butler), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 3 – vs. Lafayette (Mayo), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – vs. Dixie County (Cross City), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 17 – at Branford, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – at Jefferson County (Monticello), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 – vs. Taylor County (Perry), 7:30 p.m.

*District game

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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:

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 5
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)