Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

District 2-4A

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

District 2-4A

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BAKER COUNTY

Head coach: Carl West, first year; fifth overall (28-13).

1997 record: 5-5.

Last playoff appearance: 1996 (Lost to Crawfordville Wakulla

36-13 in first round of the Class 4A playoffs).

Returning starters: MLB Daniel Davis (6-0, 220, Jr.);

QB/FS Kellen Dupree (6-1, 220, Jr.); OLB Freddy Smith (5-10,

180, Sr.); C J.T. Taylor (6-1, 210, Sr.); G Roosevelt Ruise

(6-1, 240, Sr.); DE/FB Scott Jones (6-0, 215,Sr.).

Strengths: Athleticism and quickness.

Weaknesses: A lack of depth and the fact players are learning

a new system.

Outlook: Carl West returns to his alma mater attempting to

return the Wildcats to past glory after a mediocre 1997

campaign. The work he did while head coach at Baldwin makes it a

safe bet he will succeed. The Wildcats are learning a new system

on both sides of the ball, but West is optimistic.

BRADFORD

Head coach: Scott Wilson, second year (4-6); seventh overall

(44-27).

1997 record: 4-6.

Last playoff appearance: 1993 (Lost to South Sumter 16-12 in the

first round of the Class 3A playoffs).

Returning starters: QB Daniel Davis (5-5, 142, Sr.); RB

DeWhitt Bederson (5-11, 182, Sr.); FB/SS Joe Rike (5-8, 164,

Sr.); RB/DL Timmy Flowers (5-10, 185, Sr.); RB/S Travis Reed

(5-10, 180, Sr.); TE Jeff Nettles (6-2, 180, Sr.); RT Chris Olin

(6-0, 280, Jr.); RG Phillip Pombier (5-10, 215, Sr.); C/DL Jason

Davis (6-1, 207, Sr.); OG Josh Tomlinson (6-1, 235, Jr.); DE

Britt Braiton (5-10, 185, Sr.); CB Tony Williams (5-10, 175); CB

Curtis Holder (5-11, 170); P/K Aaron Tetstone (6-1, 165, Jr.).

Strengths: A large number of returning players provide senior

leadership.

Weaknesses: Bradford is undersized, and lacks overall depth.

Outlook: The Tornadoes will be an upset to make the playoffs,

but have a strong foundation of experienced players.

MADISON COUNTY

Head coach: Randy McPherson, third year (22-4). …

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