Springstead football preview
Springstead (Spring Hill) Eagles (Class 6A-District 6)
2013 Record: 11-2
Head Coach: Mike Garofano
Key Players: Dan Wright (FB, Sr.), Conor Ross (LB, Sr.), Robert Holdway (OLB/RB, Sr.), Dylan McLeod (LB/DB/RB, Sr.), Juan Espinosa (LB, Sr.), Hunter Hramika (OT, Jr.)
Outlook: After winning back to back district titles for the first time in school history, the Eagles with have to replace 16 seniors, including quarterback Tyler Mahla, the reigning district player of the year. However, Wright, who rushed for 1,186 yards and 10 scores, is one of six offensive starters returning for the Eagles.
Defensively, Ross, a 4-year starter who led the team with 114 tackles and 15 tackles for a loss, is one of four defensive starters returning. Behind those two leaders on each side of the ball, the Eagles will be competing for its third title in a row in a tightly contested 6A-District 6.
Holdway (100 tackles), Espinosa (100) and McLeod (78) are also key returnees on defense, while Hramika (6-4, 290) started every game as a sophomore. Garofano is entering his second season at the helm, but he was the school’s defensive coordinator for 10 years prior to that.
2014 Football Schedule
Thursday, August 21 – vs. Hudson, 7 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – vs. Citrus (Inverness), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – vs. Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – vs. Nature Coast (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – at Sunlake (Land O’ Lakes), 7 p.m.*
Friday, September 26 – at Berkeley Prep (Tampa), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 3 – vs. Fivay (Hudson), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – at Central (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 24 – at Mitchell (New Port Richey), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – vs. Land O’ Lakes, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 – at Hernando (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.
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