Football preview: No. 14 Carrollwood Day — Aug. 15

Carrollwood Day

At a glance

Coach: Marshall McDuffie, second season

Class: 1, District 3 (Metro)

Last season: 7-3

Key players: LB Bryce Battle, Sr.; ATH Almari Brown, Sr.; QB/CB Alvaunte Brown, Jr.; CB/WR Tayshaun Burney, Jr.; RB Anthony Carrier, Jr.; CB Tavoy Feagin, Jr.; OL/DL Montrell Holmes, Sr.; OT/OG James Jenkins, Sr.; WR/DB Zycarl Lewis, Jr.; DB Eddie Pleasant, Sr.; LB/FB Thomas Puhek, Sr.; WR/CB Bredell Richardson, Jr.; WR/CB Izaiah Williams, Jr.; OT Clay Wedin, Sr.


Aug. 19 at Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, 7 (preseason)

Aug. 26 vs. Madison County, 7:30

Sept. 2 at Christ School (NC), 7

Sept. 9 vs. Calvary Christian, 7

Sept. 16 vs. Ocala Trinity Catholic, 7

Sept. 23 vs. Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 7

Sept. 30 vs. Clearwater Central Catholic, 7

Oct. 7 vs. Lemon Bay, 7

Oct. 14 at Seffner Christian, 7:30

Oct. 21 Bye

Oct. 28 at Cambridge Christian, 7:30

Nov. 4 TBD


Marshall McDuffie led Carrollwood Day to a playoff appearance in his first year as coach last season. That gives the Patriots plenty of optimism to take the next step and compete for a district title. They certainly have the talent to do it with an already star-studded lineup that had a few high-profile additions in the offseason. The biggest loss was at quarterback. Jackson Jensen, who threw for 1,450 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, transferred to Wharton. Alvaunte Brown takes over as the starter. He will have plenty of talent around him. Zycarl Lewis (638 yards and five touchdowns receiving a year ago) and Bredell Richardson (565 yards, seven touchdowns) both return. The receiving corps also got a boost with Izaiah Williams, a four-star recruit who transferred from Wiregrass Ranch. Anthony Carrie, who had 1,032 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns as a ground, is back as the main ball carrier. The offensive line has a pair of Div. I commits, Clay Wedin (Michigan State) and James Jenkins (Cincinnati). On defense, the top returners are Thomas Puhek (48 tackles, eight sacks), Bryce Battle (27 tackles, one sack) and Michigan State commit Eddie Pleasant.