After an undefeated regular season in 2009, the Cape Coral Seahawk's will certainly see some change in 2010. It starts at the top with new Head Coach Brad Metheny who had previously been the head man at Frostproof. Cape Coral also graduated four BCS players who were a huge part of the offense: QB/DB Jaylen Watkins(Florida), RB/CB Jeremy Davis(Miami), RB/DB Spencer Boyd(Notre Dame), and OT Dan Koenig(Oklahoma State).
The offense will have a new look with Bryan Greenwell at the helm, Pevin Lewis at RB, and a talented WR trio of Prince Holloway, Ricardi Joseph, and Jovan Ojeda. Holloway has elite jets, Ojeda has the quicks, and the smooth Joseph has a ton of upside. Holloway is a proven commodity, he has started and produced since he was a freshmen. They do return three starters up front, but Koenig is a big loss at LT. The Seahawk's are a shotgun spread attack.
Defensively seniors Edsel Caprice, Josh Monteagudo, and Chris Johnson will be the leaders. Caprice had a monster junior year with 20 sacks and another 18 tackles for loss. Monteagudo was great at Safety as a sophomore with six picks, he moved to MLB and registered over 100 tackles. Johnson could play DB or LB, he was with the LBs today. Holloway will play somewhere in the secondary as well. Expectations should remain high at this program as about 83 players have signed up for Spring ball.
Island Coast shocked everyone last year when they won the district in their first year of varsity football. The strength of Head Coach Joe Bowen's team will be the defensive line and it starts with Aaron Lynch. Expected to go both ways, there are very athletes in the country with his skill set. With increased size, speed, and strength he is poised to have a big senior year. Jimmy Stewart will start opposite him and he will make opponents pay if teams spend too much time worrying about Lynch. The 6'3 Stewart can get after the QB and is getting BCS interest on the recruiting trail. Bryan Bosworth will anchor the interior of the line.
Offensively Mario Pender and Mike Dumas are expected to carry the ball early and often. Both would be juniors, Pender broke some of Noel Devine's records in Pop Warner, the 6'0, 188 pounder clocked a 10.66 last weekend at the state track meet. He had an impressive freshmen season at Cape Coral. Dumas was terrific as a sophomore, he carried the team offensively and can also be a physical presence in the run game at 190 pounds. The Gators have 6-7 talented offensive linemen.
Ida Baker broke through last year as well, the young program made the playoffs for the first time. Head Coach Brian Conn and DC Dwayne Mack's defense was the story, it was dominant for much of the season. They flat get after it and excel vs. the run. They will need to replace Joseph Byrd and Jonathan Garcia, both headed to Wake Forest. Quarterback Sean Francis returns, he threw for more than 1,200 yards and added close to 500 on the ground. Darryl Gary and Brandon Cruz should be the two featured players offensively, Gary has the potential to be one of the top play-makers in the area.