STADIUM: Cobra Stadium, 14410 Cobra Way, Hudson CLASS-DISTRICT: 5A-7 (with Anclote, Gulf, Ridgewood, River Ridge, and Wesley Chapel) COACH: Mark Kantor (3-7, second season) LAST SEASON: 3-7
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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).