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Football Two-A-Days: King, Newsome

COACH: Alvin Davis
2012 RECORD: 2-8
DISTRICT: 6A-8 (Armwood, Blake, Chamberlain, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lennard, Robinson)
KEY LOSSES: LB/RB Austin Long, DL/OL Omri Snow, OL Dennis Meyer, WR/DE Kim Jackson, TE/DL Reggie Butler
KEY RETURNEES: QB/DB Darian Wright, WR Javontee Brice, WR Di'Jon Crewe, WR/RB Devonte Bing, RB Paul Harper, OL Anthony Smith, DE/TE Nicolas Munera, LB Edwin Josaninvil
SPRING FOCUS: The Lions should not have trouble scoring. All of their skill position players are back on offense, but the offensive line is fresh, with only one returnee from last season. Coach Alvin Davis is installing a pro-set offense designed around quarterback Wright and the returning running backs and wide receivers. Patching together an offensive line will be vital to the Lions' success.
On defense, King has eight starters returning. Davis is excited that he has so many players who came back after a disappointing season. “We lost 22 seniors, but only nine of them really got a lot of playing time,'' Davis said. “We had a disappointing season, but almost everyone came back, so there's a lot of excitement, and we need to keep focused on that.''
SPRING GAME: Thursday at Freedom
Aug. 23 — Kickoff Classic, TBA
Aug. 30 — at Freedom
Sept. 6 — at Lennard
Sept. 12 — Middleton
Sept. 20 — Chamberlain
Sept. 27 — at Blake
Oct. 4 — Hillsborough
Oct. 11 — at Robinson
Oct. 18 — Jefferson
Oct. 25 — at Armwood
Nov. 1 — Leto
Nov. 8 — Bye
Jeff Berlinicke

COACH: Ken Hiscock
DISTRICT: 8A-6 (Alonso, Bloomingdale, Plant, Riverview, Wharton)
2012 RECORD: 8-5
KEY LOSSES: QB Will Worth, RB Clint Carnell, DE/OL Jacque Braggs
KEY RETURNERS: FS/WR Aaron Wade, FB John Hendricks, CB Darius McGrew, LB Alex Waring, LB Makana Suber, C Ken Burnham, DL Ranger Roberts, FB Travis Hempstead
SPRING FOCUS: The biggest question is how you replace quarterback Will Worth, who threw for more than 1,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,500 while playing full time at linebacker, where he led the team in tackles with 104. The answer begins with rising junior quarterback Spencer Preston and linebackers Waring and Suber. Preston, in fact, appears to have a lot of Worth's attributes, including outstanding work ethic, leadership skills, strength, mental toughness, solid speed and arm strength. “We're fortunate to have someone like (Preston) to follow (Worth),” Hiscock said. “He's going to do a good job for us.”
Overall on the defensive side, the Wolves should be much better, as seven starters return. “We came into last year pretty young, and there were some growing pains,” Hiscock said. “Now everybody knows their assignments, and defense should be one of our strengths.” Hiscock also said he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in 8A-6, but he will miss longstanding rivalries with East Bay and Plant City.
JAMBOREE: Thursday vs. Tampa Catholic (at Newsome)
Aug. 23 — Spoto
Aug. 30 — at Tampa Bay Tech
Sept. 6 — at Gaither
Sept. 12 — Sickles
Sept. 20 — at Alonso
Sept. 27 — Jesuit
Oct. 4 — Wharton
Oct. 11 — Durant
Oct. 18 — at Plant
Oct. 25 — at Bloomingdale
Nov. 1 — Bye
Nov. 8 — Riverview
Scott Purks
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