Prep football games started up last week around the state of Florida and we continue to take a closer look at teams around Pasco County. The next team we take a look at is Wiregrass Ranch High School, which is coming off a 9-3 campaign under Coach Mark Kantor. The Bulls head into the 2018 with playoff aspirations once again after reaching the big dance last fall, in which Wiregrass Ranch plays in a district that features Plant High School. Despite losing several key seniors from last season, Wiregrass Ranch is primed for another run to the playoffs. We take a closer look at Wiregrass Ranch in our ‘Around the county’ previews leading into prep football season.
Head coach: Mark Kantor
Last year’s record: 9-3
Last game: 34-16 loss against Zephyrhills
Key returners: Grant Sessums ,Dorian Grain, Kasean Riegeo, Noah Abael, Cameron Lee, Dylan Ribolph, Nick Gaviano, Connor Lenczzen
SCOOP: The graduation of several key seniors for Mark Kantor’s talented group last fall would be a big hit to some team’s seasons, but not at Wiregrass Ranch. The Bulls have stockpiled on talent and last year’s 17-10 postseason victory against a very talented Lake Nona group spoke volumes about where Wiregrass Ranch is as a program. Mark Kantor guides another talented group into 2018 and despite an opening season loss to rival Zephyrhills, the Bulls are still on track to compete within Class 7A, District 8. Quarterback Grant Sessums will operate the offense after throwing for 1,483 yards and eight touchdowns last fall. Wiregrass Ranch’s linebacking corps is the team’s biggest strength.