Deiondre Porter returns as a starter at quarterback for Jefferson. JASON BEHNKEN/STAFF
Published: May 7, 2013
Updated: May 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Jefferson † COACH: Jeremy Earle DISTRICT: 6A-District 8 (Armwood, Blake, Chamberlain, Hillsborough, King, Leto, Lennard, Robinson) 2012 RECORD: 6-4 KEY LOSSES: S Keiovanta Turk, RB Shaquille Speights, WR Jonathan Moore, TE Tyler Small, UT Tanelious Walton, RB Trevor Register
KEY RETURNERS: QB Deiondre Porter, WR Ventell Bryant, WR Derrick Ingram, LB Juwuan Brown, LT Josh Marrero, LB Pelham Golden, DB Chavez Pownell, LB Kyle Walker, WR James Wilson, LG Zach Buchanan, RG Gino Harrington, RT T.J. Williams. SPRING FOCUS: This is the third year for the Dragons under Earle, who this spring appears to be hitting the ground running — which could also be said about his players. Leading the way is rising senior Deiondre Porter, who last year completed 157 of 256 passes for 2,276 yards and 27 touchdowns. “Porter has gained so much confidence in so many ways and it really has been a pleasure watching him grow into such a great leader,” Earle said. Perhaps the best news for Porter is that four Dragons — Marrero, Harrington, Williams and Buchanan — return to the offensive line much stronger and bigger, averaging about 6-foot-2, 285 pounds. † Porter's targets include seasoned receivers Bryant, Ingram and Wilson, and a group of young but talented backs, including rising sophomore Mondreas Lofton, junior Jeremiah Baltrip, Salron Montgomery and Reno Harrington. “We will work a lot now with our running backs because that is the area with the least experience,” Earle said. “Our experience in the passing game should take some pressure off the running game.” Defensively, Jefferson struggled last year against bigger teams up front, a situation that Earle has addressed with a heavy offseason of weight training. JAMBOREE: May 23 vs. Leto (at Plant) 2013 SCHEDULE
Aug. 23 — Kickoff Classic, Plant City Aug. 30 — at Alonso Sept. 6 — Hillsborough Sept. 13 — at Robinson Sept. 20 — Bye Sept. 27 — Armwood Oct. 4 — at Leto Oct. 11 — Lennard Oct. 18 — at King Oct. 25 — Chamberlain Nov. 1 — at Blake Nov. 8 — Steinbrenner Seffner Christian † COACH: Steve Lewis DISTRICT: Sunshine State Athletic Conference (Central Florida Christian Academy, Legacy Charter School, Oviedo Master's Academy, Mount Dora Bible School, Orlando Christian Preparatory) 2012 RECORD: 5-5 KEY LOSSES: DE/FB Seth Lewis, QB Joe Hagel, OL/LB Nate Smith, TE Wyatt Brown, QB/DB Sylker Clark, DB/WR Alex Chillura, OL/DT Cameron Regan KEY RETURNERS: RB/DB Robbie Shell, C Michael Browning, OL Andre Remy SPRING FOCUS: Losses on the offensive line has forced the Crusaders to switch from a run-first offense to a more aerial approach. In addition, the team will have to adjust to a new system without a stable quarterback and with a new offensive coordinator. Rising junior Nahshon Benoit will be the team's quarterback during the spring, and head coach Steve Lewis will monitor the quarterback battle throughout the summer. Defensively, Lewis will implement more blitz packages with the secondary to supplement losses on the defensive line. † Lewis said Seffner Christian will likely move from the SSAC to an actual district system by 2016. Seffner Christian will also have an opportunity to live stream regular-season football games on the web this upcoming season. PlayOn! Sports announced a new partnership to produce and live stream the 2013 SSAC football championship game, as well as provide conference member high schools the opportunity to produce and stream regular-season varsity football games. JAMBOREE: May 23 at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, 7 p.m. 2013 SCHEDULE † Aug. 23 — at Northside Christian, TBA Aug. 30 — Cornerstone (at Tampa Bay Tech), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 — The Masters Academy (at TBA), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 — at Merritt Island Christian, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 — Bye Sept. 27 — Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic (at Armwood), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 — at Orlando Christian Prep, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 — International Community (at Brandon), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 — Windermere Prep (at Armwood), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 — at All Saints' Academy, 7 p.m. Oct. 31 — Seven Rivers (at TBA), 7 p.m.