STADIUM: Anclote Stadium, 1540 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday CLASS-DISTRICT: 5A-7 (with Gulf, Hudson, Ridgewood, River Ridge, and Wesley Chapel) COACH: Matt Wicks (12-29, fourth season) LAST SEASON: 6-5
Barrett leads way for Sharks Anclote returns arguably Pasco County's top running back, but coach Matt Wicks believes even more can be in store following last year's 1,405-yard, 14-touchdown season. Willie Barrett FB/LB 5-10 210 Sr. Barrett is stronger, faster and a legitimate pass-catching threat out of the backfield following an exhaustive offseason conditioning program. “He's 15 to 20 pounds heavier and his arms are giants,” Wicks said. “College teams loved his toughness and power last year, but questioned his burst. He's worked hard on that, so he's going to be even tougher to take down in the open field now.”
SUPPLY Brandon Vinkler, So., QB/linebacker Vinkler appears to be the front-runner to win the starting job following the graduation of long-time starter John Forgione, getting all of the 7-on-7 reps. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, the lefty has the size and strength to run and throw effectively, plus Wicks says he's “got a real high level of football intelligence.” Austin Rumer, Sr., tight end/linebackerDespite missing most of last season to a back injury, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Rumer returns as one of the Sharks' most dynamic playmakers, causing matchup problems for slower linebackers and smaller defensive backs, but defensively is where he'll make the biggest impact. Rumer will move from end to inside linebacker, replacing the school's all-time leading tackler: Terrell Martin. “Austin is a prototypical college linebacker size wise,” Wicks said. “He's a talented player, but the biggest thing is he has to stay healthy.” Trent Crawford, Sr., RB/linebacker Crawford joins Barrett and Rumer in the Sharks' 3-5 defense, bringing speed to track ball carriers sideline to sideline and intelligence to dissect plays. He will be key if the Sharks are to earn a return trip to the state playoffs. Crawford is so valuable to Anclote that he's on every special teams package, including as return man. “Trent does so many things well for us that we want him out there as often as possible,” Wicks said. DEMAND Size on the defensive/offensive line While Anclote has experienced playmakers, there will be a distinct lack of size on both sides of the line. Senior Mario Atkins and sophomore Denver Eldridge will open the season around just 200 pounds and none will weigh more than 225. Back from a unit that lost three starters to graduation are senior tackles Andre Piche' and Alek Smith, so Wicks said there's “definite concern about opening holes for Barrett and giving Vinkler time to throw.” This unit will also form the Sharks' front three on defense, meaning they'll have to use athleticism and quickness to offset larger opponents. Schedule Aug. 30: Mitchell Sept. 6: Land O'Lakes Sept. 13: at Sunlake Sept. 20: at Ridgewood Sept. 27: Fivay Oct. 4: River Ridge Oct. 18: at Gulf Oct. 25: Wesley Chapel Nov. 1: Hudson Nov. 8: at Clearwater Central Catholic Roster No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. 2 Trent Crawford RB/DB 5-9 175 Sr. 3 Javaris Young RB/DB 5-9 185 Sr. 4 Isreal Cooper DB/WR 6-0 165 Sr. 5 Dominick Piche DB/WR 5-9 170 So. 6 Torrance Taylor LB/RB 5-11 180 Jr. 7 Andrew Janus QB 5-10 165 Sr. 8 Dez Diggins WR 6-3 170 Sr. 10 Jameree Reid WR/DB 5-11 161 Sr. 11 Jonte Scott WR/DB 5-11 170 Jr. 12 Brandon Vinkler QB 6-0 200 So. 13 Muhamet Berisha QB 5-9 185 Jr. 14 Devonte Luis TE/DL 6-2 210 Sr. 15 CJ Peppe K/P 5-9 150 Sr. 20 Chris DenBleyker DB/WR 5-7 155 So. 21 Ricky Parris RB/DB 5-9 175 Sr. 22 Cameron Harrison DB/WR 6-0 150 Jr. 25 Austin Rumer TE/LB 6-1 220 Sr. 26 Tim Shumate K/P 6-2 175 Sr. 28 Mark Hammond LB 6-0 180 Jr. 33 Willie Barrett FB/LB 5-10 210 Sr. 35 Jesus Vargas LB/OL 5-9 185 Jr. 36 Zack Cook WR/DB 5-9 175 So. 42 Andrew Bryant RB/LB 5-8 170 So. 44 Zack Adams LB/FB 5-9 175 So. 45 Dakota Kerns RB/LB 5-9 175 Jr. 52 Mario Atkins OL/DL 5-11 180 Sr. 55 Thomas Heagle-Wright OL/DL 6-0 215 Sr. 58 Denver Eldridge OL/DL 5-10 200 So. 60 Alek Smith OL/DL 6-0 200 Sr. 63 Andre Piche OL/DL 6-2 235 Sr. 65 Stephen Bucher OL/DL 5-11 340 Sr. 68 Ian Matos OL/DL 5-9 185 So. 75 Nguyen Ly OL/DL 5-11 245 Sr. 76 Ian Matos OL/DL 5-10 190 So. 78 Brad Orth OL/K 5-9 200 So. 83 Shymere Carter DL/LB 6-2 180 Sr. 84 Tymere Carter WR/DB 6-2 175 Sr. 86 Mike Baker WR/DB 5-7 165 So. 88 Zack Guevin LB/LS 6-0 180 Sr.