Quarterback Colby Brown is expected to benefit from Plant's talented offensive line. TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO
Published: May 16, 2013
Updated: May 16, 2013 at 07:27 AM
Leto COACH: Matt Kitchie 2012 RECORD: 0-10 DISTRICT: 6A-8 (Armwood, Blake, Chamberlain, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Lennard, Robinson) KEY LOSSES: RB Marcel Bowen, K-P Amoreto Curraj, WR Jonathan Dublin, WR Jonathon Figueroa, QB Adner Grajales, LB Luycchi Jansen, WR Andrew Johnson, DB David Lopez, WR Alexander Morales, RB Andre Simpson.
KEY RETURNEES: Justin Pimentel, Juan Garcia, Damien Diaz, Eli Duran, Edward Salas, Angel Cruz, Alberto Garcia, Carlos Arrindell. SPRING FOCUS: For Leto, the spring is all about improving the attitude of a team that hasn't won a game since November, 2009. It's a simple as that. The losses have mounted and the Falcons have had a hard time scoring points and keeping the opponents off the scoreboard. Coach Matt Kitchie knows it's a tough task to turn around a program that has been taking weekly beatings for years, but he said he has a reason to be confident this year. He has 42 players that reported to spring practice, more than he's had during his stint at Leto, and 30 of them have experience. “It's all about attitude this spring, and it has been phenomenal,'' Kitchie said. “We feel like we have finally turned the corner. Kids are showing up every day and that has been a big problem in the past. The biggest hurdle we have to face is that they have to learn how to believe, and these kids believe.'' Kitchie said the new attitude is a big break from last year. “The main thing that I am finding exciting this spring is that these kids know they aren't going to be losing anymore,'' Kitchie said. “Things are going to be different. We have a tough schedule, but, I don't know how many wins we can get, but we'll be in all of our games this year.'' SPRING GAME: May 23 vs. Jefferson (at Plant) SCHEDULE: Aug. 23 – Kickoff Classic, TBA Aug. 30 – Bye Sept. 6 – Chamberlain Sept. 12 – at Blake Sept. 20 – Hillsborough Sept. 27 – at Robinson Oct. 4 – Jefferson Oct. 11 – at Armwood Oct. 18 – Middleton Oct. 25 – Lennard Nov. 1 – at King Nov. 8 at Spoto Plant COACH: Robert Weiner 2012 RECORD: 10-2 DISTRICT: 8A-6 (Alonso, Bloomingdale, Newsome, Riverview, Wharton) KEY LOSSES: RB Wesley Bullock, DB Paris Bostick, QB Aaron Banks, DB/WR Tristan Cooper, LB/DE Mitchell Wright, K Will Few KEY RETURNERS: QB Colby Brown, OL Ray Raulerson, OL Richard Bush, WR Cam Winter, WR Jordan Reed, RB Patrick Brooks, LB Andrew Beck, DB Mazzi Wilkins, LB Hunter Wertz SPRING FOCUS: Plant could have the strongest and most talented offensive line it has ever had, which is saying a lot considering the Panthers' recent success (four state titles in seven years). Look for Raulerson, Bush and rising sophomore Jake Fruhmorgen to open plenty of holes for Brooks while giving Brown plenty of time to throw. Add in several talented receivers and it looks like an imposing situation for opponents. Defensively, Weiner said, the Panthers “are getting back to core values,” which means less individual highlights and more swarming to the ball. As for leaders, Plant also appears strong with Brown on offense and Beck, who has committed to the University of Texas, on defense. SPRING GAME: May 23 vs. Robinson SCHEDULE: Aug. 23 – Kickoff Classic, Tallahassee Godby Aug. 30 – TBA Sept. 6 – Robinson Sept. 12 – at Gaither Sept. 20 – Bloomingdale Sept. 27 – at Tampa Bay Tech Oct. 4 – at Riverview Oct. 11 – Sickles Oct. 18 – Newsome Oct. 25 – at Wharton Nov. 1 – at Alonso Nov. 8 – TBA