Football preview: St. Petersburg — Aug. 3

St. Petersburg

At a glance

Coach: Denis Gillen, third season

Class: 3, District 8 (Metro)

Last season: 1-9

Key players: WR/DB Evan Aikens, Sr.; OL Adam Bardouni, Sr.; DE Liam Holden, Jr.; QB Jeffrey Jones, So.; DB Jamal McNealy, Sr.; LB Mason Newmeyer, Sr.; ATH Jack Rothman, Jr.;  DT Clifton Slone, So.; LB Avery Tucker, So.


Aug. 19 vs. St. Petersburg Catholic, 7:30

Aug. 26 at Tarpon Springs, 7:30

Sept. 2 at Palm Harbor University, 7:30

Sept. 9 Bye

Sept. 16 at Osceola, 7:30

Sept. 23 vs. Dunedin, 7:30

Sept. 30 vs. Northeast, 7:30

Oct. 7 vs. Seminole, 7:30

Oct. 14 at Pinellas Park, 7:30

Oct. 21 vs. Countryside, 7:30

Oct. 28 at Hollins, 7:30

Nov. 4 at Gibbs, 7:30


St. Petersburg coach Denis Gillem went through some growing pains by allowing young players to have prominent roles The Green Devils took their lumps, winning one game each of the past two seasons. “Many of our kids were sophomores when we began to build and have high expectations this season,” Gillem said. St. Petersburg went into the offseason needing to find a replacement for quarterback Evan Jacobson, who transferred to Northeast. The solution was to turn to Jeffrey Jones, a versatile athlete who led the team last year with 553 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Adam Badouni (two pancake blocks last season) anchors the offensive line. Jamal McNealy (48 tackles) and Evan Aikens (two interceptions) are the leaders on defense.