LITHIA — Perhaps the biggest question surrounding the Newsome High football team this season will be how the team will perform without quarterback Will Worth, the two-way juggernaut who led the Wolves to a Class 7A region final last season.
Worth, now with the Naval Academy, was named the Tribune’s Football Athlete of the Year following a stellar senior season in which he passed for 1,051 yards and 10 TDs, rushed for 1,537 yards and 19 scores and on defense,registered 104 tackles and three fumble recoveries.
“You’ll never replace a guy like Will Worth,” Newsome coach Ken Hiscock said. “You don’t sit there and wait for a guy like that to come to you, either.”
The new face in the huddle will be junior Spencer Preston, Worth’s backup last season. Preston completed three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown last season in limited action, but Hiscock is confident in his ability to lead the offense.
“He has been to every workout,” he said. “He did well for us in the 7-on-7 and he understands the game.”
The players are just as confident in their new signal caller.
“Spencer is a great quarterback,” junior two-way starter Bruce Anderson said. “He’s a good leader and he works hard. He always works hard.”
Spencer, who started on junior varsity as a freshman, said he has a full grasp of the offense, though he won’t try to duplicate Worth’s style.
“I can’t run the ball the way Will did,” he said. “I understand I’m not the best athlete. I’m going to keep my eyes down field.”
McBride, King make each other better
PLANT CITY — The best matchup in the trenches might not take place on a Friday night this season.
At Plant City, offensive lineman and Alabama commit Montel McBride (6-foot-4, 330 pounds) and defensive lineman and Central Florida commit Sedrick King (6-4, 220) will go head to head everyday in practice in a matchup of two Division I linemen.
“I’m going to push CJ and he’s going to push me,” said McBride, who will join Tampa Catholic offensive lineman Corey Martinez in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in California in January.
McBride has the size advantage , but King has the speed.
“He’s a specimen at defensive end,” McBride said. “He can run a 4.6. He’s explosive and he’s really hard to block. His ability to read plays in kind of sickening.”
3 Armwood players out with ACL injuries
SEFFNER — Armwood started camp minus three important players, all who may miss significant time.
Kaylaun Edwards, Shedaul Price and Markise Firlow all tore their ACLs during the summer. All three injuries did not involve contact.
Armwood coach Sean Callahan said Firlow will see a doctor Wednesday to determine his status.
Edwards, a junior who Callahan said was competing for a starting position at cornerback, suffered the injury during a 7-on-7 tournament at Central Florida.
Price, a senior receiver, suffered the injury during a Central Florida team camp.
Firlow, the fastest player on the team according to Callahan, sustained the injury during a USF 7-on-7 event.
TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech certainly passes the eye test.
Equipped with one of the largest offensive and defensive lines in Hillsborough County, including a nose tackle head coach Jayson Roberts said “just got down to 330 pounds,” Tech is planning to win games by controlling the line of scrimmage.
“Our motto is, ‘You have no choice but to throw the ball,’” Roberts said.
And if a runner were to get to the second level, Roberts said he’ll find another brick wall in the linebacker unit, which is led by Fred Russ, who recently committed to Florida International.
“You’ll be hard pressed to find a bigger unit,” Roberts said. “They’re well over 200 pounds.”