Now with the prep football playoffs just about over for most teams in Pasco County, the 2019 campaign served as a possible look into the future as spring football will roll around in May. We take a look down a second list of teams and pinpoint what will be priorities heading into the off-season for these clubs.
• Cypress Creek: The Coyotes made school history by clinching its first playoff berth in Class 4A. Now Cypress Creek has something to help build momentum with heading into 2020, as the Coyotes were able to notch some impressive wins and now will take aim at trying to get better with the returners they have on offense and defense.
• Mitchell: Mitchell became the last team standing in Pasco County, as they were able to reach the region semifinal against Bradenton Manatee, one of the top teams in the area south of Tampa Bay. The Mustangs have a lot they’ll need to replace, including running back Tyler Williams, who graduates after this season. Mitchell has shown the ability to reload, not rebuild.
• River Ridge: Winning a district championship for the first time in three years was the goal for River Ridge heading into the 2019 season and they were able to accomplish it by edging out Zephyrhills. Facing a tough Port Orange Atlantic team was a whole other story, with the Royal Knights bowing out after losing in the region quarterfinal. River Ridge will look to reload with Trenton Hawks coming back as the team’s quarterback this spring.
• Wiregrass Ranch: The bad luck of the draw had Wiregrass Ranch facing Lakeland in the opening round of the Class 7A playoffs and the Dreadnaughts were able to cruise to an easy victory over the Bulls. Despite the loss, the future is bright for the Bulls, including having quarterback Rocco Becht for another two seasons. The youngster already has an offer from Southern Miss.
• Zephyrhills Christian: It was truly a roller coaster type season for the Warriors this year after such a stellar 2018 year. Zephyrhills Christian had many underclassmen playing at many of the key skill positions, including quarterback and it stunted the growth of the offense just enough. The Warriors will be a year older and wiser, as the off-season will help the underclassmen.