STADIUM: Charley Harris Stadium, 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico CLASS-DISTRICT: 8A-6 (with Alonso, Newsome, Plant, Riverview, and Wharton) COACH: John Booth (10-30, fifth season) LAST SEASON: 4-6
Secondary a primary weapon for Bulls
The strength of the secondary, especially the Bulls’ safeties, will be key for Bloomingdale this season, according to coach John Booth. Fortunately, it’s a position the Bulls have both depth and skill to spare.
“This season, we have teams that are either run-heavy or pass-heavy,” Booth said. “Each time out it’s going to be a challenge and our secondary is going to have to be ready to execute.”
Junior Tarick Barnes, senior Austyn Shear and junior Kyle Williams will anchor the secondary. Shear, who is new to the team this season, will patrol the flats. Booth said Williams stepped up for the Bulls in the spring, transitioning from corner to safety, where he has shown an ability to defend against the deep ball.
Joining him deep will be Barnes.
Three of the four up-front guys were the strongest players on the team in the weight room this summer and Booth said he is hoping that translates on the field.
“We are a little young up front offensively, so the experience we have at defensive line will be key,” Booth said. “If we get the production we have been getting in the preseason and offseason weight training, these guys are going to be a big advantage for us this year.”
Senior John Hester, the quarterback on the defense, will lead a young group of linebackers, but Booth said he has the right attitude to motivate his teammates.
Tommy McLaughlin, a junior, passed for 180 yards in a half in the spring game. The 5-foot-9 QB has a strong, accurate arm. Sophomore Isaiah McIntyre finished the regular season last year as the starting quarterback and both are battling as the Bulls head into the 2013 season. McIntyre missed the spring and McLaughlin made the most of the opportunity. Booth said he wants to make a quick decision so his main guy knows what’s expected of him the rest of the way.
Replacing a workhorse
Eugene Baker was the epitome of a workhorse at running back last season, sometimes having his number called 30-plus times in a game. The Bulls don’t have that kind of guy this year, but are hoping the change of pace to a three-man running back by committee system can shoulder the load. The offense, Booth said, will transition from run dominated to a close to 50-50 system. Kameron Faile, Shear and Chris Wonsley will see time at running back this season, with Faile leading the returners with 25 carries last season.
Aug. 30: Strawberry Crest
Sept. 6: at Brandon
Sept. 20: at Plant
Sept. 27: Plant City
Oct. 4: Alonso
Oct. 11: at East Bay
Oct. 18: at Riverview
Oct. 25: Newsome
Nov. 1: Wharton
Nov. 8: at Middleton
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Isaiah McIntyre QB 6-1 193 So.
2 Kameron Faile RB/WR 5-6 150 Sr.
3 Kevin Anderson DB 166 Jr.
5 Logan Crouse WR 6-5 180 Jr.
7 Doug Sandberg WR/DB 5-7 145 Jr.
8 Alan Yearby DB/WR 6-0 180 Sr.
10 Devonte Ellis RB 5-9 175 So.
12 Tommy McLaughlin QB 5-9 177 Jr.
15 Cody Decker WR 5-11 158 Sr.
20 Chris Wonsley RB/DB 5-9 190 Jr.
21 David Hillbrands DB 5-9 137 Sr.
22 Kyle Williams CB 5-10 160 Jr.
23 Tarick Barnes S 6-2 171 Jr.
24 Austyn Shear RB/DB 5-8 174 Sr.
25 Will Morgan DB 5-9 130 Jr.
26 Matt Chiarenza DB 5-10 162 Jr.
30 Carlos Bingham SS 5-7 183 So.
32 Lucas Jose K 5-9 160 Sr.
35 Tyler Jahn DE/TE 6-1 210 Jr.
36 Jacob Cogger P 6-2 145 Sr.
42 Ryan Voyles LB 5-10 178 So.
43 Cordale Alexander DE 6-1 155 Jr.
45 Phillip Matthews DE 5-11 179 Jr.
50 Fito Merzier DT 6-1 220 Sr.
51 Kenneth Davis DE 5-11 172 Jr.
53 John Hester LB 6-1 209 Sr.
54 Jamie Phillips DE/LB 6-2 185 Jr.
55 Noah Keeney DL 5-10 210 Sr.
57 Brian Brothers OL 5-7 244 Jr.
67 Steven Menke OL 6-0 210 Sr.
68 Trevor Smith OL 6-2 200 Jr.
70 Tyler Caudillo OL 5-9 237 Jr.
72 Trey Curry OL 6-2 255 Sr.
73 Tarron Hampton OL 6-3 265 Jr.
77 David Johson OL 6-2 199 Sr.79 Gerritt Steen OL 6-4 297 So.