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Football preview: Hudson

Caruso back after missing season
 
Joey Caruso, Jr., quarterback
One of the top quarterbacks in the county, Caruso missed most of the 2012 season due to an injury, but returns primed and ready to go.
A full spring without injury and a summer filled with passing leagues, the 6-foot-1 quarterback has looked very good so far and has an improved receiving corps. Caruso will be paired with a potential 1,000-yard runner, so Hudson’s offense seems extremely potent.
“It’s always good when your backfield returns,” coach Mark Kantor said.
SUPPLY
Noah Siegrist, Sr., running back
Siegrist follows a line of good running backs at Hudson that all rushed for more than 1,000 yards. The senior’s goal has been nothing short of trying to break the 1,000-yard barrier and a stronger offensive line can only help that cause. In 2012, Siegrist rushed for 656 yards on 151 carries, including big games against Ridgewood (165 yards), Fivay (116 yards), Wesley Chapel (129 yards) and Gulf (145 yards).
Offensive line
Hudson only rushed for 1,045 yards on the ground in 2012, but this offensive line went straight to the weight room in the offseason to get stronger and bigger. Kantor believes they have accomplished both and behind a more experienced line, led by returning center Robbie McCarty (6-foot-3, 250 pounds), the Cobras should be able to pave the way this fall. “Our offensive line has gotten a heck of a lot stronger over the summer,” Kantor said. “They were strong but not strong enough last season. Our time spent in the weight room has given us the ability to do some things.”
DEMAND
Low numbers
Hudson picked up Fivay transfer Zach Russell, but the Cobras’ numbers are low. The Cobras had about 45 athletes come out for the first day of fall football, but Kantor would like to see 10 to 15 more enter the program to not only give varsity depth, but to also create a sizable roster for JV.
 
Wide receiver experience
Russell comes over from Fivay and will stay at wide receiver, but the returning wideouts lack in-game experience. With Joey Caruso hurt much of last season, the Cobras rarely took to the air and only completed 33 passes for 303 yards. Though much improved, it’s still a wait and see with this group.
Linebackers
Kantor is looking for someone to step up at middle linebacker, and senior Scott Carley (6-foot-0, 180) could be a potential candidate, as well as Justin Erwin (5-10, 190). The Cobras have a couple good outside linebackers, including Russell (5-10, 170) and Ben Cosh (6-1, 180).
 
Schedule
Aug. 30: at Brooksville Central
Sept. 6: at Wiregrass Ranch
Sept. 13: Weeki Wachee
Sept. 20: at Wesley Chapel
Oct. 4: Gulf
Oct. 11: at Land O’ Lakes
Oct. 18: Ridgewood
Oct. 25: River Ridge
Nov. 1: at Anclote
Nov. 8: at Fivay
Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Ben Cosh WR/LB 6’1 185 Jr.
2 Nathan Binder DB/K/P 5’9 155 Sr.
3 Noah Siegrist RB/DB 5’10 178 Sr.
4 Zack Russell LB/WR 5’10 174 Sr.
5 Aleck Rosemond DE 6’1 205 Jr.
6 Brandon Erwin WR 6’0 155 Jr.
7 Joey Caruso QB 6’2 190 Jr.
8 Shawn Tucker WR/DB 5’9 150 Jr.
9 Justin Meredith FB 6’0 190 Sr.
10 Jahleek Mouzan WR/DB 5’9 145 Jr.
11 Patrick Roulette WR 6’4 191 Sr.
12 Connor French RB/LB 5’11 205 Sr.
19 Christian Thomas DB/WR 5’10 149 Jr.
20 Jeremy Francis DB 5’9 152 Sr.
21 Nate Munson FB/LB 5’10 155 So.
24 Dylan Crowder DE 5’10 190 Jr.
30 Brendan Baker DB 5’10 155 Jr.
32 Kody Mallery LB 5’9 145 Jr.
33 Dalton Kaechele LB 5’8 155 Jr.
34 Justyn Johnson RB 5’9 154 Sr.
35 Lee Clark DL 6’2 205 Jr.
42 Charles Holland LB 5’10 158 Jr.
44 Justin Erwin LB 5’10 195 Sr.
50 Drake Carson LB 5’10 185 So.
51 Eric Marrero DL 5’10 220 Sr.
54 Shaun Michael LB 5’9 200 Sr.
55 Scott Carley OL/LB 6’1 200 Sr.
56 Grayson Stover OL 6’6 240 So.
57 Joe Carney DL 6’0 205 Sr.
58 Steven Barfield OL/DL 6’4 205 Jr.
62 Alex Munson OL/DL 6’ 260 Sr.
64 Nick Repanti OL/LB 5’10 200 Jr.
72 Kameron DeWitt OL 6’4 275 Jr.
75 Chris Campos OL 6’1 235 Jr.
78 Robbie McCarty OL 6’2 230 Sr.
80 Dakota Holland WR 6’1 158 Sr.
81 Dean Simon WR/DB 5’9 155 Jr.