Suwannee football preview
Suwannee (Live Oak) Bulldogs (Class 5A-District 5)
2013 Record: 8-3
Head Coach: Jamie Rodgers
Key Players: Aaron McAllister (WR/DB, Jr.), Kodie Mercer (MLB, Sr.), Casey Reeves (S/WR, Sr.), Steven Anderson (QB, So.), Jai Kinsey (RB/LB, Sr.), Denzel Washington (RB/LB, Sr.), Javell McQuay (OLB, Sr.), Treyvon Crowley (OLB/DB, Sr.), Steven Potter (DE, Jr.), Trevor Ross (K/P, Sr.)
Outlook: Rogers turned around the program in his second season as the Bulldogs, who won just three games in 2012, earned its first playoff appearance in 10 years in 2013.
Anderson is back under center and will get a boost with some experience and talent in the backfield. Washington led Santa Fe in rushing last season with 650 yards, while McAllister had 675 yards rushing and receiving. He returned the opening kick 95 yards for a touchdown in the spring game against Tallahassee Florida High. A total of seven starters return on offense.
Mercer (103 tackles), Reaves (91), McQuay (70) and Crowley (50) are back for a defense that returns eight starters. Last year, Suwannee only allowed an average of 5.2 points per game in district wins against Santa Fe, Eastside, Belleview, Dunnellon and Crystal River.
According to Rodgers, if the Bulldogs will put the work in during the summer, he believes they could have a special season.
2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – vs. Madison County, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 29 – at Bradford (Starke), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – vs. Hamilton County (Jasper), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – at Santa Fe (Alachua) 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, September 19 – vs. North Marion (Citra), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 3 – vs. Eastside (Gainesville), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – at Belleview, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 17 – at Dunnellon, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 24 – vs. Fort White, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 31 – vs. Crystal River, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 – at Columbia (Lake City), 7:30 p.m.
“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 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)