Football preview: No. 15 Tampa Catholic

Tampa Catholic

At a glance

Coach: Jeris McIntyre, fourth season

Class: 3A, Region 3

Last season: 7-3, lost in region final

Key players: ATH/CB Jaquise Alexander, Sr.; OG/DT Baraka Andrews, Jr.; C Mike Brown, So.; ATH/LB/RB Lewis Carter, Jr.; OLB/MLB/FB Brett Chellew, Sr.; OG/OT Jaiden Giovenco, Sr.; WR/DB Nick Kazmorck, Sr.; OL/DL Eddy Pierre-Louis, So.; WR/DB TJ Moore, So.; MLB/OLB Gavin Paul, Sr.; DL/TE Xavier Porter, So.; OL Chris Williams, Sr.; 


Aug. 28 at IMG Academy Blue, 7

Sept. 3 vs. Lakeland Kathleen, 7:30

Sept. 10 at Clearwater Central Catholic, 7:30

Sept. 17 at Boca Raton St. John Paul II Academy, 6:30

Sept. 24 at Coral Glades, 6:30

Oct. 1 at Berkeley Prep, 7

Oct. 8 Bye

Oct. 15 at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30

Oct. 22 vs. Winter Haven, 7

Oct. 29 vs. Daytona Beach Halifax Academy, 7

Nov. 5 at Jesuit, 7:30


The Crusaders, who beat Lakewood in double overtime last year to reach the region final, moved down from Class 4A to 3A. That was not the only change in the offseason. Three key starters — quarterback Xavione Washington, running back Tone Hill and defensive back Adrian Ramsey — transferred to other schools. Luke Sather, Trey Hedden and Luke Gisclair are all competing to be the starting quarterback. That decision likely will not be decided until the season starts. The strength on offense is up front. The line includes Chris Williams, a Florida A&M commit, and Eddy Pierre-Louis, who already has 16 offers as a sophomore. On defense, the defense will rely on the play of its linebackers, led by Lewis Carter, a four-star recruit, and Gavin Paul, who had 64 tackles last season.