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Football preview: Strawberry Crest

Crest looking for WR options
The Chargers have a big vacancy to replace last year’s No. 1 target Karel Hamilton (now at Samford University), but have plenty of options for junior quarterback Tristan Hyde to choose from. Alex Carswell will spend a 60-40 split at corner, but what the 6-foot-4, senior offers is size and an ability to push around defensive backs.
“I think everyone views us as a threat now and we are going to come out with our guns blazing,” Carswell said. “No matter who steps in front of us we are going to line up and score touchdowns all day.”
Carswell has steady hands, according to Chargers second-year coach John Kelly, and offers the team a versatility for whatever role he’s asked to fill.
Hyde won’t have to look very hard to find a steady and reliable option for his passes, as older brother Josh Hyde had 34 receptions last season. The Chargers will also look to get production out of first-year starter DJ Trigg, who has impressed coaches in the preseason.
Defensive backs
The steadiness of the receivers directly relates to the Chargers defensive backs as a number of players will split time on defense. Josh Hyde and Carswell offer interception threats and both have solid tackling ability. Safety Josh Engram offers the team what Kelly calls a “coach on the field” as the 5-foot-9 junior is a big leader for the defense.
Tristan Hyde had a breakout season last season, passing for 2,112 yards and 20 touchdowns, but the junior said he knows he won’t be catching teams by surprise this season.
“I definitely have to step up my game,” Hyde said. “Last year I was fresh out there and no one knew what to expect, but I know people are going to be ready, know we the Crest is coming and they will be prepared.”
Running back
For a team that really defined itself as a pass-driven offense, running back Chris Perez made the most of his opportunities. Rushing for more than 600 yards, the leg-driven, 200-pound back managed to find the end zone 11 times last season.
Field stretcher
Carswell, Josh Hyde, Trigg, Perez and other receivers give the team plenty of options for the pass. However, Carswell may find himself devoting a considerable amount of time on defense. So although he average over 16-yards-per-catch last season, just shy of the graduated Hamilton, the Chargers need will need to have someone step up as a deep-ball threat to open up the run game and allow underneath guys to find space.
Kelly was a member of the first Armwood team to reach the playoffs in 1996, so he knows what it’s like to get a team to that next level. A 4-6 season last year was good, but he and his players are hungry for more.
This year the Chargers square off in Class 7A-District 8 with Brandon, Durant, East Bay and Plant City and seniors like Carswell feel confident they can make a playoff run.
“I think we have a great shot to take this district title this year,” Carswell said.
Aug. 30: at Bloomingdale
Sept. 6: Spoto
Sept. 12: at Tallahassee Leon
Sept. 20: Brandon
Sept. 27: Freedom
Oct. 4: at Durant
Oct. 11: Riverview
Oct. 18: East Bay
Oct. 25: at Plant City
Nov. 8: at Armwood
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
2 Joshua Engram DB 5-9 178 Jr.
4 Joshua Hyde WR/DB 5-11 170 Sr.
5 DJ Trigg WR 6-2 166 Sr.
6 Micah Webb DB 5-9 170 Sr.
7 Austin Carswell WR/DB/QB 6-1 170 Jr.
8 Farron Rainford TE 6-1 195 Jr.
9 Clay Cullins WR 5-11 175 Jr.
10 Ty Coufal DB 5-10 160 Sr.
12 Alex Carswell DE/TE 6-4 210 Sr.
13 James Everrett WR 5-5 153 Sr.
14 John Boscia K 5-10 150 Jr.
15 Tristan Hyde QB 5-11 175 Jr.
16 Zack Hamel K 5-10 150 Jr.
17 Brendon Headley LB 6-1 205 Sr.
18 Devin Cardell LB 6-1 155 So.
19 Michael Tolliver TE/RB 5-10 180 Sr.
20 Isaiah Smallwood DB 6-2 185 Sr.
21 Chris Johnson DB 5-9 165 Sr.
22 Matt Chaney LB/DE 5-10 170 Sr.
23 Jordan Smith WR 5-11 160 Sr.
24 Devonte Lowe DB 5-11 148 Fr.
25 Chris Perez RB 5-9 195 Sr.
28 Theo Williams RB 5-4 135 Fr.
30 Cedric Bellard DB 5-7 155 Sr.
31 Arthur Shepherd DB 5-7 155 So.
32 Darius Williams RB 5-9 165 Jr.
33 Darius Sails DB 5-5 130 Fr.
36 Stanley Baptiste RB 5-6 145 So.
40 Arjay Smith RB 5-10 175 Jr.
44 Cesar Abadia LB 5-10 170 Sr.
45 Devonne Wilcox LB/DL 6-1 200 Sr.
48 Dennis Mitchell DL/LB 6-1 190 Jr.
50 Jherri Green OL/DL 5-11 231 So.
52 Corneilius Neal OL 6-1 203 Sr.
55 Nico Cordero OL 5-11 195 Sr.
56 Danny Lamb DL/LB 6-0 165 Jr.
61 Michael Gleason OL 5-11 200 So.
64 Julien Aponte DL 5-9 200 Sr.
65 Tristan Simmons OL 6-2 215 So.
66 Tim Hartwick OL 6-1 190 Sr.
68 David Cox OL 6-1 210 So.
70 Logan Bennet OL 6-1 245 Sr.
72 Emory Williams DL 6-2 225 So.
73 Cody McDaniel OL 6-6 235 Jr.
75 Caleb Gregory OL 6-4 230 So.
78 Cody Nulph OL 6-3 275 Sr.
79 Donovan Todd DL 6-1 195 Sr.
80 Tristan Samuels WR 5-7 130 Fr.
81 AJ Rahming WR 5-11 155 So.
82 Sebastion Fearon DB 5-9 180 Sr.
83 Cameron Lehtola K 5-10 150 So.
98 Nick LoPresti OL 6-2 205 Sr.
99 Zachary Weber DL 6-2 236 Sr.
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