To preview the 2013 high school football season, The Tampa Tribune is counting down the top 5 teams in Pasco County. These preseason rankings were voted on by by Tribune corresponddents Mike Camunas, Chris Errington, Kyle LoJacono, Bart O' Connell, Kenny Sanders and Andy Villamarzo.
Land O' Lakes may have found a 4-6 2012 season disappointing, but the team did finish strong, winning its last three games. However, last season was a growing period, with many underclassmen who had to step up and play, perhaps, sooner than was planned by coach Brian Wachtel.
Yet, that may pay dividends this season, as the Gators now have a lot of experience returning to many starting positions, such as quarterback with James Pensyl and his strong arm and fellow quarterback/wideout Ethan Weilant and his speed.
Throw in some good receivers and a few backs and a good defensive scheme brought by Wachtel and the Gators are in serious contenders for the Class 6A-District 6 title.