We’re less than 30 days until prep football preseason games start 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 Bishop McLaughlin High School, which is coming off a 3-7 campaign under coach Tico Hernandez. The Hurricanes head into the 2018 campaign under the direction on offense by Jay Fulmer, who was formerly the head coach at the now-closed Ridgewood High School. Hernandez has a very youthful group, but the talent is there on the roster. We take a closer look at Bishop McLaughlin in our ‘Around the county’ previews leading into prep football season.
Head coach: Tico Hernandez
Last year’s record: 3-7
First game: Aug. 24 at Shorecrest Prep
Key returners: Brandon Beinhauer, James Frick, Frank Vera, Bryant Beinhauer, Gilbert McCarthy, Mike Devine, Brandon Glenn
SCOOP: Last fall for the Hurricanes wasn’t the best experience for the group, as the program had to endure through a 3-7 campaign and lost several starters on both sides of the ball. Hernandez has boosted his coaching staff with the addition of former Ridgewood head coach Jay Fulmer, who will serve as the offensive coordinator for the club. Fulmer and crew had growing pains against Carrollwood Day School during the spring game but should be much more fine-tuned with a summer full of 7-on-7 work. Though the team is young, expect Bishop McLaughlin to be more competitive this season in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference.