FOOTBALL: Lemon Bay 2017 preview

By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports

STRENGTH

Unlike in past years, Lemon Bay’s depth should be a strength this season. Southwell is confident that there isn’t a big drop off between his first and seconds units.

WEAKNESS

The Manta Rays have inexperience at some key positions, especially in the secondary. Southwell says that group will have to grow up fast to take pressure off the front seven.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Hayden Wolff, Jr, QB
It’s been a successful offseason for Wolff, who received a collegiate offer from Kentucky in July and also has interest from multiple colleges. He’ll look to build upon an up and down sophomore season where he threw four touchdowns and eight interceptions.

UNDER THE RADAR

Josh Gossett, Jr., RB/S
Southwell expects Gossett to have a huge impact this season on both sides of the ball. Maybe not right away, but eventually.

2016 IN REVIEW
(3-7)

August
Port Charlotte (L) 34-7
September
Estero (L) 21-0
DeSoto County (L) 16-10
Cardinal Mooney (L) 27-14
Hardee (L) 21-7
October
Cypress Lake (W) 20-19
Southeast (L) 21-9
Booker (L) 30-15
Bayshore (W) 43-20
November
North Port (W) 49-42

2017 SCHEDULE

August
25: Open
September
1: Golden Gate, 7 p.m.
8: at Port Charlotte
15: at DeSoto County*, 7 p.m.
22: at Cardinal Mooney
29: Hardee*
October
6: Estero
13: at Southeast*
20: Booker*, 7 p.m.
27: Bayshore*
November
3: at North Port
*: District game
All games at 7:30 unless noted

COACH’S CORNER

Don Southwell
Year: 1st
High school attended: DeSoto County
Position: OG/LB
Favorite sports other than football: Golf
Hobby: Fishing
Favorite music: Country & Contemporary Christian
Favorite TV show: Anything reality
Motto: Control what you can control, which is your attitude and your effort

ROSTER

No. Name Pos. Gr.
1 Devante Roberson WR/DB 11
2 John Moore K 10
3 Jordan Andrile RB/DB 11
4 Gunnar Kolberg QB/LB 11
5 Dylan Parker RB/DB 11
6 Ryan Johnson WR/DB 11
7 Josh Gossett RB/DB 11
9 Weston Wolff WR/DB 9
10 Clark Smiley WR/DB 11
11 Hayden Wolff QB 11
14 Billy Martin RB/DE 11
17 Keegan Marinola RB/LB 11
18 Tye Walchle RB/LB 11
20 Colby McCauley RB/DB 10
21 Eli Owen WR/LB 12
23 Thomas Chaney WR/DE 12
28 Logan Lydic RB/LB 12
32 Joe Eubanks RB/DB 12
33 Tyler Klocinski RB/LB 12
34 Daniel Baldor WR/DB 12
36 Aidan Moore RB/LB 10
51 Liam Johnson OL/DL 11
52 Justin Hinck OL/DL 12
53 Michael Morales OL/DL 12
54 Brad Vito OL/LB 12
56 Chase Mason OL/DL 12
58 Coby Lambert OL/LB 10
62 Jamie O’Connell OL/DL 11
63 Kyle Dragon OL/DL 11
64 Alan Symons OL/DL 11
66 Tyler Kriessler OL/DL 11
67 Brock Lavallee OL/DL 11
72 Diego Guido OL/DL 12
74 Wyatt Soucy OL/DL 11
76 Iraj Patel OL/DL 11

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