The Braves return 3 of 4 on the defensive line and introduce a monster who will complete “The Defensive Wall.” The first wall of defense for a team that allowed just 16 points a game. A 10-1 Lake Gibson team that leaned on the success of the defense, primarily the defensive front.
As a unit, the returners totaled 109 tackles, 12 TFLs and 9 sacks. A sweet blend of speed and size, the Braves will enter the 2013 season poised for a deeper playoff run behind the leadership of the defensive line.
Rueben Jones is a force off the edge. Easily one of the best rush ends in Polk County. Jones had 40 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 TFLs and 3 caused fumbles in 2012. From the outside looking in, Jones seems to be the heart of the DL and the whole defense follows his lead. On the other end, Michael Gonzalez had 38 tackles, 1 sack and 6 TFLs. Long arms and able to turn the corner quickly.
Michael Toseland will push the middle of the line and attempt to penetrate the middle of the opponents’ offensive line. 31 tackles, 1 sack and 4 TFLs last season, Toseland returns just that much meaner and just that much more motivated. The veterans will put their arms around Keshawn Camp. Camp will become a big time recruit in the years to come and will make a living, destroying offensive backfields. He will play beside Toseland in the middle.
2 PLANT CITY
Sedrick King and John Broome coming off the edge and Dustyn Hart in the middle, provides Plant City with a stedfast defensive front. As a unit in 2012, the trio amassed 11 sacks and 84 total tackles. Speed, quickness and power up the middle lands the Raiders at #2.
Surprise here, but the Pirates are building on youth and it will workout just fine for them. Andrew Ivie returns from injury last season and Bowman Archibald moves up from the JV ranks into starting roles. RJ Scaife will be a full time two-way player this season and Jake Morphew brings his 44 tackles and 2 sacks in from 2012. Keep and eye on this group.
One of, if not the fastest defensive lines in our area. Not the biggest, size is not the strength of their success upfront. However, the returners Josh Black, Kareem Blair and Deven Santana totaled 152 tackles in 2012. Black – 7 sacks, 4 TFL; Santana – 6 sacks, 6 TFL
5 HAINES CITY
Injury to Armwood’s Hyriam Frederick and limited knowledge of 2 of 4 Lakeland defensive linemen lands Haines City at #5. Eric Goll is a bull in the middle. Stallion Strong with total body strength. Jaderius Baxter moves from LB to DE, providing athleticism and speed from the edge. Fenold Dorismond will be a pleasant surprise for Hornet fans. He is long and gritty. Travis Sterling will add depth at defensive tackle along side or behind Goll.