Dameon Jones and Hallandale High had one of the best defensive secondaries in the state of Florida last year. The Chargers saw four players from that talented group receive college scholarships.
As the 2012 season approaches, this is a team that has to rebuild. Not only in the secondary, but at a number of positions — if they are going to compete with Cardinal Gibbons, American Heritage and Dillard for a district title.
After failing to reach the playoffs a year ago, all eyes are back on the rebuilding process. That process began last week when the Chargers went to FAU for the Owls’ team camp, and after three days of rugged competition, they emerged with the team title.
Showcasing some of the future talent against powerhouse American Heritage Delray and other schools such as Jupiter, Ferguson and Cape Coral Ida Baker, the Chargers moved the ball on offense, and played strong defense to take home the title in their second year at the camp.
“The one thing about these football players is they love to play the game,” Jones said. “They pay no attention to what team they are lining up against. They realize that if they execute and play the way they know how, everything will take care of itself.”
The Chargers lost heavily to graduation, but Jones has always maintained that if you build your team the right way, you can plug in athletes and continue the process, which is a great way to think, but when replacing players who are off at schools such as Florida and West Virginia, the job becomes tougher.
This is a program that will rely on Class of 2013 seniors Aaron Plante, a 6-1, 195-pound linebacker; 5-10, 200-pound safety Marcus Lebert and receiver Leonard Johnson (6-3, 200).
“The senior class will be counted on very heavily this year,” Jones said. “We have a number of top-flight and very athletic underclassmen, but experience will be the key.”
Junior receiver Paul Anderson (5-11, 185), cornerback John Battle (6-2, 190) and safety Jonathon Jackson (6-0, 185) have been ready to step in since last year.
The sophomore class will be productive as defensive end Shamar Kirby (6-2, 185) and defensive back Jalen Leondre (5-11, 172) have already shown that they will make a major contribution in the summer and throughout the fall.
Last year, the Chargers had a tough time finding a quarterback to add balance to the offense. With incoming freshman Tyler Huntley (5-10, 150), things could be in good hands for the next four years.
“This offseason will be about gaining confidence,” Jones said. “We have plenty of athletes to plug in, but they need experience and a belief that they can compete against anyone.”Offensive lineman camp
On July 14, Davin Joseph Events for Cause Foundation presents the Davin Joseph Offensive Lineman Camp at Hallandale High School, 720 NW 9th Avenue.
Joseph, a graduate of Hallandale High, is currently in his seventh year as a starting right guard for the Tampa Bay Bucs. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
The event starts at 11–11:30 a.m.: Registration, 11:30 a.m.: Welcome Presentation, 1 p.m. -3 p.m.: Stretching and Skills Stations.
Deadline to Register: July 3 – Limited to first 100 registered participants. For more information, contact Angel Williams 813-957-5782. E-mail registration forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. All you have to do is send a DVD and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein, P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009.
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