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Trinity Catholic (Ocala) Celtics (Class 3A-District 2)

2013 Record:  8-4

Head Coach:  John Brantley

Key Players:  Marquis Hendrix (LB, Sr.), Richie Denicola (WR/P, Sr.), Ulysees Gilbert (LB, Sr.), Jordan Woods (DL/TE, Jr.), Geron Christian (OL/DL, Sr.), London Gaskin (RB/DB, Sr.), Darrien McNair (DB/WR, Sr.), Jacorrey Plummer (OL/DL, Sr.), Willie Young (WR/DB, Sr.)

Outlook:  Despite back-to-back 8-4 seasons, Trinity Catholic always remains a threat in the 3A state playoffs.  The Celtics advanced to the FHSAA state playoffs for the 10th time in only their 12th year of existence, and as they always do, the Celtics are reloading for another playoff run. However, staying healthy throughout the season will be the key in determining just how far they could go.

If they stay healthy, and they find the right chemistry and put all of the pieces together, then the Celtics can have a pretty special season. Gaskin, who averaged 7.24 yards per carry, will be running behind Christian (6-6, 305), who recently committed to Miami. Gilbert (141 tackles, 15 TFL) led the defense in tackles last season, while Hendrix (122 tackles, 14 TFL) is a future D-I linebacker. Class of 2016 defensive end Jordan Woods (60 tackles, 8 sacks) already has an offer on the table from Florida, FSU, Miami and South Carolina, among others, and McNair is a Mississippi State commit. Plus, Brantley has won 58 games and a state title in his six seasons as head coach.

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – at Crystal River, 7 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – vs. Montverde Academy, 7 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Palatka, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 11 – at Eastside (Gainesville), 7 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – vs. Moore Haven, 7 p.m.
Friday, September 26 – vs. Clearwater Central Catholic, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 3 – at Maclay (Tallahassee), 7 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – vs. Jesuit (Tampa), 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 16 – at PK Yonge (Gainesville), 7 p.m.*
Friday, October 24 – vs. Lake Minneola, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 31 – vs. Father Lopez (Daytona Beach), 7 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 3A-DISTRICT 2
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)