This could finally be the year John Davis’ Marauders have a break out season.
Sure, Clearwater Central Catholic football has always been good under Davis. But his teams never really made a run for a state title.
This could be the year.
CCC isn’t just deep, it has speed to burn all over the field. Last year, Davis took a step up and had CCC battled one of Pinellas County’s big boys, East Lake, and the two teams had a classic game that CCC, Davis still contends, let slip away at the end.
Tell this to Davis and he immediately puts on the brakes.
“You never know for sure until you play the game,” Davis said. “No one is going to hand [a win] to us.
“On paper, we look pretty good. We have a lot of speed.”
Davis is going to use that speed to his advantage. Under the guidance of a sort of local offensive wizard who helped bring Pinellas County out of the clutches of the archaic single-win offenses, look for Davis' Marauders to use all sorts of funky if not devious plays to get the ball in the hands of playmakers.
First there’s Michael Stevenson. As a backup running back last year averaged eight yards a carry. As a safety, Stevenson, who runs a 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, collected 68 tackles.
Then there’s tight end Kyle Brittan, who may be just as quick. As a linebacker Brittan has over 100 tackles.
At fullback, Davis raves about the potential of Dominic James.
If there is a weakness to the Marauders, it’s the offensive line.
“We can’t afford any injuries there,” Davis said