Fall football preview: Pasco County

Wildcats in the News

Original article by Kevin Weiss, The Laker/Lutz News

With the 2019 high school football season almost here — preseason classics begin Aug. 16 and regular season kicks off Aug. 23 — we take a look at how Pasco County teams in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area stack up.

Pasco County Schools in Laker/Lutz News coverage area (and their 2018 records)

  • Academy at the Lakes Wildcats (eight-man): (10-0 overall, 7-0 district)
  • Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School Hurricanes: (4-5 overall, 3-1 district)
  • Cypress Creek Middle High School Coyotes: (3-7 overall, 1-0 region)
  • Land O’ Lakes High School Gators: (7-3 overall, 2-2 district)
  • Pasco High School Pirates: (2-8 overall, 0-4 district)
  • Sunlake High School Seahawks: (4-6 overall, 1-3 district)
  • Wesley Chapel High School Wildcats: (5-5 overall, 4-2 district)
  • Wiregrass Ranch High School Bulls: (7-4 overall, 4-2 district)
  • Zephyrhills Christian Academy Warriors: (7-4 overall, 0-1 region)
  • Zephyrhills High School Bulldogs: (11-1 overall, 6-0 district)

Players to watch

  • Jalen Brown, Academy at the Lakes, junior quarterback
  • Adam Berry, Bishop McLaughlin, senior tailback
  • Jalen Warren, Cypress Creek, senior athlete
  • Ethan Forrester, Land O’ Lakes, senior quarterback
  • Darrion Robinson, Pasco, junior receiver
  • Jonathan Wallace, Sunlake, junior defensive end
  • Jelani Vassell, Wesley Chapel, senior athlete
  • Dylan Ridolph, Wiregrass Ranch, senior linebacker
  • Zyre Roundtree, Zephyrhills, junior tailback
  • Malik Jones, Zephyrhills Christian, senior lineman

Five teams to watch

Academy at the Lakes Wildcats: Eight-man: 10-0 Overall, 7-0 District (File)

Academy at the Lakes Wildcats
Coach: Shawn Brown (sixth year)

The back-to-back eight-man state champions will look to three-peat with a team that again returns head coach Shawn Brown and his son, standout junior quarterback Jalen Brown.

In addition to its fourth-year starting signal-caller, Academy at the Lakes returns All-Conference standouts in center Dwight Downing and defensive end Elijah Freedman, along with several other key contributors on both sides of the ball.

The Wildcats enter the season on a 20-game winning streak (including a win by forfeit) that dates back to September 2017. They outscored opponents last season by a combined margin 309-90.

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