Easier Said Than Done: New Head Coaches Get Initiated First Week

Fifteen new Head Coaches in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties made their debut last Friday. Some of them experienced success, while others didn’t fair too well.  In their first week with live bullets, those coaches went 6-9 overall with Pinellas taking the honors at 4-3.  Gibbs’ Antonio Knox, Palm Harbor University’s Matt Lepain, and Canterbury’s Bill Jones all picked up wins, while  Boca Ciega, Dunedin, and St. Pete Catholic had their openings go in the other direction. Hillsborough’s new guns didn’t have as much luck going 2-6, although Alonso’s new man Brian Emmanuel led the Ravens in the post-Anthony Chickillo Era to a win over bitter rival Gaither, as well as Frank LaRosa’s East Bay squad got off on the right track against Lennard.  The newly appointed captains of the ship at Jefferson (Jeremy Earle), Middleton (Alonzo Ashwood), Strawberry Crest (Gerold Dickens), and Tampa Bay Tech (Jason Roberts) all experienced defeat in their week one tilts. All of that has passed, and the new week brings a new chance at redemption or an opportunity to continue the momentum from last.  What will the new week hold? We’ll see come Friday Night.

Hillsborough County 2-6

Won 1st Game
Brian Emmanuel, Alonso defeated Gaither 25-14
East Bay, Frank Larosa defeated Lennard 13-2

Lost 1st Game
Jason Stokes, Gaither lost to Alonso 14-25
Jeremy Earle, Jefferson, lost to Robinson 18-38
Matt Kitchie, Leto lost to Blake 0-50
Alonzo Ashwood, Middleton lost to Hillsborough 0-30
Gerald Dickens, Strawberry Crest lost to 6-69
Tampa Bay Tech., lost to Newsome 26-25

Pinellas County

Won 1st Game
Michael Jalazo, Northeast defeated Dixie Hollins 24-23
Antonio Knox, Gibbs defeated St. Pete12-5
Matt Lepain, PHU defeated Clearwater 26-14
Bill Jones, Canterbury defeated Temple Christian 51-22

Lost 1st Game
Antez Brinson, Boca Ciega lost to Countryside 17-35
Max Smith, Dunedin lost to Tarpon Springs 14-37
Steve Dudley, St. Pete Catholic lost to Sarasota Out-of-Door Academy 21-35