Dunnellon football preview

Dunnellon_TigersDunnellon Tigers (Class 5A-District 5)

2013 Record:  6-4

Head Coach:  Price Harris (1st year)

Key Players:  Cole Fagan (LB, Sr.), Will Thomas (C/DT, Sr.), Justin Hamm (WR/S, Sr.), Kane Parks (WR, Sr.), Chase Brattin (TE, Sr.), Bo DeWitz (DE, Sr.)

Outlook:  The Tigers lost quite a bit to graduation last year in the trenches. The key to the season will be how the young guys are able to fill those voids. It will also be an adjustment from the traditional Dunnellon Wing-T offense under Frank Beasley to a new spread offense under Harris, who said “hopefully the learning curve will not be too great.”

Seven starters return on offense, including Parks, who had 10 TDs, and Brattin, who had 20 receptions. Thomas is a four-year starter who plays on both lines of scrimmage.

A total of five starters will return on defense. Fagan had 109 tackles, Hamm had 6 INT, and DeWitz had 15 TFL. Dunnellon was always a blue-collar, bring your lunch pail to work team under Beasley so you always knew what to expect. There is a little unknown about this Tigers’ team, which could work in Dunnellon’s favor.

2014 Football Schedule
Thursday, August 21 – at South Sumter (Bushnell), 7:30 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – vs. West Port (Ocala), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Citrus (Inverness), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – at Wildwood, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – vs. Santa Fe (Alachua), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, September 26 – at Crystal River, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 3 – vs. Belleview, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – at North Marion (Citra), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 17 – vs. Suwannee (Live Oak), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 24 – at Eastside (Gainesville), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – vs. Lecanto, 7:30 p.m.

*District game

Dunnellon High School website

“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 5A-DISTRICT 5
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)