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Football team preview: Tampa Catholic



Tampa Catholic

At a glance

Coach: Jeris McIntyre (third season)

Class: 4A, Region 3

Last season: 7-6 (lost in region final)

Key players: ATH Lewis Carter, So.; ATH Raphael Ekechi, Sr.; OL/DL Cole Essek, Sr.; RB Antoine Hill, So.;OL/DL Jaden Sandlin, Sr.; OL/DL Jordan Sandlin, Sr.;  WR/DB Jamie Smiley, Jr.; DB/WR DD Snyder, Sr.; QB Xavione Washington, So.  LB Edward Zanato, Sr.


Sept.4 vs. IMG White

Sept. 11 vs. Tampa Catholic

Sept. 18 vs. Land O’ Lakes

Sept. 25 at Zephyrhills

Oct. 2 vs. Berkeley Prep

Oct. 9 Bye

Oct. 16 at Winter Haven

Oct. 23 Bye

Oct. 30 at Lakeland George Jenkins

Nov. 6 vs. Jesuit

Things to know

The next step

Since returning to his alma mater in 2018, Jeris McIntyre has made significant strides with the program. Two years ago, Tampa Catholic reached the Class 3A region semifinals. Last year, the Crusaders advanced to the Class 4A region final. The program appears poised to take the next step with a roster that is perhaps the most talented in McIntyre’s three seasons. The only real question marks going into the offseason were finding replacements for quarterback Dylan McCain and receiver Marcellus Crutchfield, now at Oklahoma. McClain’s understudy, Xavier Washington, will take over under center. Replacing Crutchfield will be done by committee with Jamie Smiley, AJ Williams, Jacoreyus Demps and Derek Mitchell all competing to be the go-to guy in the passing game. The running game is strong with Antoine Hill, a 1,000 rusher last season, returning. Others who will get work include Lewis Carter and KJ Covington. 

Loads of linemen

If there’s one thing Tampa Catholic has an abundance of is offensive linemen. The Sandlin twins, Jaden (6-foot6, 260 pounds) and Jordan (6-6, 290), both of whom have already committed to Florida Atlantic, anchor that group. The other starters include Mike Brown (6-1, 285), Jaiden Giovenco (6-4, 315) and Chris Williams (6-4, 300). Some of the reserves could even start and will be vying for playing time. They include Cole Essek (6-6, 255), an Appalachian State commit whose versatile enough to play at tight end and on the defensive line, and Eddie Pierre-Louis (6-3, 290), whose older brother is Richard Gouriage, the former Cambridge Christian standout who now starts on the offensive line at Florida. 

De-fense! De-fense!

Last year, the defense came together, posting three shutouts and allowing an average of 13 points per game. Several starters return from that unit, including Edward Zanato, who led the team in tackles last season with 123. The top guy in the secondary is DD Snyder, who has already committed to Illinois.  

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Football: Friday night scoreboard



Final Tampa Bay Tech 21, Wharton 12

Final St. Petersburg Catholic 47, Bishop McLaughlin 15

Final Gibbs 50, Gulf 21

Final Countryside 28, Sunlake 7\

Final Berkeley Prep 49, New Orleans Newman 24

Final Zephyrhills Christian 30, Bradenton Christian 7

Final Boca Ciega 28, Seminole 21

Final Lakeland Christian 38, Calvary Christian 13

Final Clearwater 48, Tarpon Springs 7

Final Clearwater Central Catholic 56, Kissimmee Gateway 0

Final Northeast 21, Hollins 20

Final Sumner 14, Braden River 10

Final Legacy Charter 21, Indian Rocks Christian 14

Final Mount Dora Christian 48, Keswick Christian 0

Final Seffner Christian 62, St. Joseph Academy 16

Final Zephyrhills 35, Nature Coast 0

Final Largo 25, Sickles 7

Final Osceola 48, St. Petersburg 9

Final Steinbrenner 35, Chamberlain 21

Final Carrollwood Day 42, Cambridge Christian 7

Final Tampa Catholic 38, Winter Haven 0

Final Land O’ Lakes 36, Pasco 0

Final Jesuit 44, Blake 0

Final Armwood 41, Wiregrass Ranch 11

Final Palmetto 23, Bloomingdale 3

4th Q Alonso 52, Robinson 17

Final Plant City 31, Plant 24

Final Wesley Chapel 44, Hudson 6

Final Newsome 55, Riverview 7

Final Pinellas Park 46, Palm Harbor University 0

Final Fivay 27, Freedom 25

Final Bradenton Manatee 29, East Bay 13

Final Dunedin 48, Anclote 22

Final Spoto 46, Brandon 0

Final Durant 49, Middleton 6

Final Cypress Creek 43, Weeki Wachee 0

Final Lennard 33, Jefferson 31

Final Gaither 48, Leto 7

Final McCallie (Tenn.) 47, Clearwater Academy 14

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Football: FACA District 14 team announced



Here are the selections for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 14 team, which includes all Pinellas County schools. The picks were made by coaches who belong to the FACA.

Overall Coach of the year: Shawn Davis, Northeast

Overall Player of the year: D’Angelo Hutchinson, Northeast

Players of the year (by classification)

Class 8A: Luke Yoder, Palm Harbor University

Class 7A: Tre’son Everett, Largo

Class 6A: D’Angelo Hutchinson, Northeast

Class 5A: CJ Lee, Clearwater

Class 4A: Terrell Crosby, Lakewood

Class 3A: Preston Cushman, Calvary Christian

Class 2A: Anthony Weaver, Keswick Christian

IND: Cortland Mitchell, Osceola

Coaches of the year (by classification)

Class 7A: Marcus Paschal, Largo

Class 6A: Shawn Davis, Northeast

Class 5A: Thor Jozwiak, Clearwater

Class 4A: Cory Moore, Lakewood

Class 3A: Chris Harvey, Clearwater Central Catholic

Class 2A: Phil Hayford, Keswick Christian

IND: Cody Montgomery, Osceola



QB Anthony Colandrea, Jr., Lakewood

QB Aidan MacLean, Sr., Clearwater

RB Lenwood Sapp Jr., Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic

RB Luke Yoder, Jr., Palm Harbor University

RB Terrion Williams, Sr., Pinellas Park

RB Jaden Griffin, Sr., Countryside

WR Amari Niblack, Sr., Lakewood

WR Nate Johnson, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic

WR Eric Jackson, Sr., Pinellas Park

TE Wyatt Stiehl, Sr., East Lake

C Tyrek Tripp, Jr., Clearwater

C Jacob Johanning, Sr., Pinellas Park

OL Preston Cushman, Sr., Calvary Christian

OL Connor Homa, Sr., Palm Harbor University

OL Aaron Sanez, Sr., Clearwater

OL Franklin Miller, Sr., Northeast

K Robert Gunn III, Sr., Pinellas Park

UTIL CJ Lee, Sr., Clearwater


DL Jack Hostetler, Sr., East Lake

DL Maikeli Tuinakauvadra, Sr., Osceola

DL Jaylan Anderson, Sr., Northeast

DL Deondre Randall, Sr., Largo

LB Garrick Ponder, Sr., Pinellas Park

LB Melvin Jordan, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

LB Adarius Hayes, So., Largo

LB Anthony Weaver, Sr., Keswick Christian

CB Terrell Crosby, Sr., Lakewood

CB London Hall, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

SS Jaeden Atkins, Sr., Calvary Christian

FS D’Angelo Hutchinson, Sr., Northeast

P Logan Gregory, Sr., Countryside

UTIL Jordan Jiminez, Sr., Pinellas Park

UTIL Sammy Miller Jr., Jr., Gibbs

LS Mac Wiand, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

LS Liam Holden, Jr., St. Petersburg

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FNF Campus Tour Preview: Pinellas Park at PHU



Pinellas Park (6-1) at Palm Harbor University (3-4), 7

Three things to know

Pound the rock

Both teams have strong rushing attacks. Palm Harbor University’s ground game is led by Luke Yoder, whose father is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Todd Yoder. The younger Yoder currently leads the Tampa Bay area and ranks fourth overall in the state with 1,271 yards so far this season. Pinellas Park is more diversified in its approach. Isaiah Hampton (780 yards) and Terrion Williams (652 yards) are the Patriots’ top two leading rushers. 

Trap game

Pinellas Park is tied with Northeast for second place in Class 6A, District 11 and needs a win against Boca Ciega on Oct. 29 to force a three-way tie at the top of the standings. Before the Patriots can worry about playoff implications, they have to focus on Palm Harbor University. After starting 1-3, the Hurricanes have lost three straight and dropped out of contention for the 8A, District 11 title. That relegated Palm Harbor University to playing the role of spoiler the remainder of the season. 

Check out the FNF Campus Tour

The Friday Night Football Campus Tour, presented by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a free, interactive event that includes games and prizes for all fans, including the opportunity to get Tampa Bay Buccaneers swag. A 15-foot-tall replica of the NFL’s Super Bowl trophy is on display at each stop.. Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear, the Bucs’ mascot, also will be in attendance.   

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