Central football preview

Brooksville_CentralCentral (Brooksville) Bears (Class 5A-District 6)

2013 Record:  0-10

Head Coach:  Chris Sands (1st year)

Key Players:  Cody Brooks (QB, Sr.), John Templar (OLB, Sr.), Chris Hernandez (MLB, Sr.), Breon Wyatt (WR, Jr.), Manny Scott (WR, Jr.), Albon Jones (RB/LB, Jr.), De’vonta Smith (RB/CB, So.)

Outlook:  First-year coach Chris Sands brings youth and excitement to a struggling program that has gone 2-28 the past three seasons, including a winless campaign in 2013.

Dual-threat QB Cody Brooks returns with some new weapons outside, including Wyatt and Scott. The Bears return five starters on offense and five starters on defense. Smith is a sophomore sensation with homerun capabilities and brings an explosive force to the Bears’ backfield. He averaged 6.49 yards per carry as a freshman.

Defensively, the Bears bring a tough defense with returning LBs Hernandez, who led the team last year with 129 tackles, and Templar (55 tackles). Central is a team on the rise and should be an improved team under their new head coach.

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – at Williston, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 29 – at Hudson, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at The Villages, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – vs. Poinciana, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – vs. Nature Coast (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, September 26 – at South Sumter (Bushnell), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 3 – at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – vs. Springstead (Spring Hill), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 17 – at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 24 – vs. Pasco (Dade City), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – vs. Hernando (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.*

*District game

Central 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 6
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 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)