NEW PORT RICHEY — The buzz about Ridgewood High football is circling around the talents of rising junior tailback Glass Wilson.
As a sophomore last fall, Wilson broke onto the scene and rushed for more than 1,500 yards. Now with another winter offseason under his belt, which included playing on Ridgewood’s varsity basketball team and weight training, Wilson is poised for a huge fall season.
To go along with Wilson, Ridgewood coach Jay Fulmer said his squad has other strong players, including Clarence Farria, Darnell Williams and Nick Michaels.
“Glass (Wilson) is a big piece of the puzzle if we are going to be successful in the fall,” Fulmer said. “But this team has great potential for a different hero every Friday night. If this team comes together and plays for one another, they can be special.”
The Rams did back out of their spring game with Zephyrhills last week due to low numbers, but also in doing so Fulmer said it will give his team a chance to find itself during the limited number of practice days. The Rams had a good showing at the Pasco County Parks & Recreation’s 7-on-7 league, which Fulmer said was where a lot of people learned about 6-foot-6 tight end Jeremiah Zio, who also plays on the basketball team.
With Michaels, who threw for more than 1,000 yards in 2013, back, the Rams have the ability to do much more then just hand off the ball to Wilson 30-plus times a game. Though that formula did work at times last season, Fulmer wants a more balanced attack. If everything can come together between the spring and summer months, Fulmer said this team could be one of the best he has coached.
“I hope the experience our young players have gained over the past two seasons will pay off,” Fulmer said. “It’s difficult to start as many freshmen and sophomores as we have the past two years. It’s a rough growth process for the players who were thrown into varsity action as 14-year-olds, but they have grown, they’re stronger and all of their high school experience is at the varsity level. That should help us now.”
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