Pre-season Preview: Clearwater Central Catholic vs. Wiregrass Ranch

CCC Marauders

2020 Record: 5-5 (Lost to Cardinal Mooney in the playoffs 31-24 in OT)

Players to watch:

2022 QB Bryson Martin – 6’2” 205 lbs

Through eight games in 2020, Martin completed 73 out of 114 pass attempts (64%) for 835 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He is a great looking QB. He has solid size, a strong arm, and he moves very well. Martin should take all of the snaps this season following the departure of 2023 QB Anthony Colandrea who is now at Lakewood. His top returning target will be 2023 WR Nate Johnson (418 receiving yards in 2020). 

2022 C/DT TJ Demas – 6’2” 300 lbs

Demas will be the guy snapping the ball to Martin. He has good size for an interior lineman. He displays great technique in both the run game and the passing game. He maintain a good base and uses his hands well. He possesses a strong punch and knows how to gain leverage and finish blocks. He is that physical type of lineman you hope to have at the center position. He will be the heart of a very good offensive line.

2023 OLB/DE Curtis Roberts – 6’4” 190 lbs

Roberts recorded 34 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and one recovery as a sophomore. He is long and athletic. He has a great motor and never stops pursuing the football which makes him a lot of fun to watch. He frequently runs down plays from the backside, so even if you run away from him, he will have an impact. His speed makes him a nightmare for offensive linemen.

2022 DB London Hall – 6’2” 195 lbs

Hall is a big-time DB who arrived at CCC from Calvary Christian. In six games as a junior while playing nearly every position on the field, Hall recorded 34 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery, 616 all-purpose yards, and 3 touchdowns. He recorded stats in every facet of the game, even punting. His size, athleticism, versatility, and football IQ make him an intriguing player to keep an eye on. 

Wiregrass Ranch Bulls

2020 Record: 4-6 (Covid forced them to forfeit to East River in the playoffs)

Players to watch:

2022 QB Rocco Becht – 6’1” 190 lbs

Heading into his senior season, Rocco has solidified himself as one of the Tampa Bay area’s premier QBs. The Iowa State commit completed 101 out of 189 pass attempts (53.4%) for 1.550 yards and 18 touchdowns vs 7 interceptions. Rocco is a student of the game who never stops working. This seems to be an infectious quality as he makes players around him better. Wiregrass has a very good offense returning this season and Rocco should put up some big numbers. The Bulls face another tough schedule. Could this be the year for them to get over the hump against the likes of Armwood and Tampa Bay Tech?

2022 QB Rocco Becht

2023 WR Bryson Rodgers – 6’2” 170 lbs

Becht to Rodgers. The announcers will be saying that a lot this season. This kid is special. In seven games as a sophomore, Rodgers caught 47 passed for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns. His production averages out to 15.1 yards per catch and 88.8 yards per game. He also saw some time on defense including an impressive interception return for a touchdown against St. Pete. He had a small role in the return game which could expand this season. Rodgers has become a national recruit heading into his junior year and already holds offers from the best programs in the country.

2023 RB Kenny Walker – 6’ 210 lbs

The Bulls return their leading rusher from 2020. Walker ran the ball 90 times for 527 yards (5.9 ypc) and 6 touchdowns in eight games as a sophomore. He was also dangerous receiving out of the backfield where he added 10 receptions for 159 yards and 1 touchdown. The combination of an explosive passing game and a good offensive line has the potential to set Walker up for a huge season on the ground. The possibility of such a balanced offense could be Wiregrass’ key to making a playoff run. 

2022 OL Logan Ridolph – 6’4” 275 lbs & 2022 OT Christian Loaiza – 6’5” 320 lbs

The skill players mentioned above wouldn’t be on this list if it weren’t for their hogs in the trenches. Ridolph and Loaiza headline a great group of linemen for Wiregrass this season. Both guys have great size and are very physical. If they can consistently protect Becht, it will be a huge season for their offense.