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2008 Broward High School Football Preview
A look at football District 7-2A

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HOW THEY'LL FINISH

1. AMERICAN HERITAGE

Coach: Byron Walker (17th season, 110-67 at AH).
Players to watch: RB/LB Brent Singleton, OL Jared Wheeler, QB Ryan Williams, OL Josh Olkinitsky, DB Rishard Anderson, DB Daniel Roundtree, LB Juan Martinez.
Overview: The Patriots lost four starters off their offensive line, but replacements appear ready.
Key games: Sept. 19 at Bolles; Oct. 24 vs. North Broward Prep; Nov. 7 at Chaminade-Madonna.
2007 record: 11-1 (regional finalist).

2. NORTH BROWARD PREP

Coach: Jeff Dellenbach (2nd season, 3-7).
Players to watch: WR Victor Keise, QB Brandon Doughty, DB/WR Jordan Batts, RB Ethan Grant, DB Colton Woodall, RB/CB Chris Lyle, DL Mike Hermes.
Overview: The Eagles received an influx of talent with Brandon Doughty (Chaminade-Madonna), Jordan Batts (Cypress Bay) and Ethan Grant (St. Thomas Aquinas).
Key games: Oct. 10 vs. Chaminade-Madonna; Oct. 24 at American Heritage; Nov. 4 vs. Pompano Beach.
2007 record: 3-7.

3. POMPANO BEACH

Coach: Greg McGirt (2nd season, 1-9).
Players to watch: LB/TE Antwon Higgs, QB Chase McCalluml WR Joseph Philemon, RB Karlton Weaver, CB Carl Sharpe.
Overview: The Tornadoes can ascend rapidly in a down year for the district.
Key games: Sept. 26 at American Heritage; Oct. 31 vs. Chaminade-Madonna; Nov. 4 at North Broward Prep.
2007 record: 1-9.

4. CHAMINADE

Coach: Tim Tyrrell (1st season).
Players to watch: LB Ruben Narcisse, OL Travis Bridges, DB Demitri Beal.
Overview: The Lions, decimated by transfers the past two seasons, do not have a single starter returning from last year.
Key games: Sept. 26 vs. Coral Springs Charter; Oct. 10 at North Broward Prep; Nov. 7 vs. American Heritage.
2007 record: 5-6 (district runner-up).

5. CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER

Coach: Robb Wilgoren (1st season).
Players to watch: WR/LB Jamal Davis, QB Dennis Hocker, WR Jared Greeaway, CB/WR Antwan Tharpe, OL Daniel Viera.
Overview: The Panthers return 27 letterman and could finish anywhere from second to last.
Key games: Oct. 10 vs. American Heritage; Oct. 16 at Pompano Beach; Oct. 31 vs. North Broward Prep.
2007 record: 3-7.

AMERICAN HERITAGE

Senior running back/linebacker Brent Singleton knows he cannot make mistakes this year.

His older brother, Javarus Dudley, is watching.

"He's on me all the time," Singleton said. "He tells me not to go out as much. He's on me all the time."

Dudley, a former Heritage standout, currently plays in the Arena Football League.

"It's a great help," Singleton said. "He's been through all of the stuff in high school, all of the honors -- all-county, all-state, all that stuff. He's been there. I'm trying tio make it where he is making it -- the professional level."

CHAMINADE-MADONNA

Chaminade-Madonna has been a coaching carousel over the past three seasons.

Former coach Mark Guandolo, who won two state championships at the school earlier this decade, resigned before the summer of 2007 to take the job at Cypress Bay.

Former Hollywood Hills coach Al Lang, a longtime head coach in Broward County, took the job for the 2007 season, but he left the school and now coaches at Douglas.

Athletic director Paul Herfurth hired Tim Tyrrell as the school's third coach in as many seasons.

"It's a lot of changing, a lot of changing and getting used to different coaches," Chaminade-Madonna safety/receiver Hector Velasquez said. "Now we've got Coach Tyrrell. We've got a new system to learn. It's been good so far."

Velasquez said Tyrrell's style is closer to what he expected when he arrived at the school and played as a sophomore under Guandolo.

"It was what I expected from coach G," he said. "My junior year was wild. Now, it's back to what it's supposed to have been."

CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER

Coral Springs Charter underwent a coaching change in the offseason.

Longtime coach Otis Mounds stepped down, and the school hired Robb Wilgoren as his replacement. Despite learning a new system, Coral Springs Charter receiver/linebacker Jamal Davis believes the team can contend for the playoffs.

"We should have a good season [this] year," he said. "We have a new coach. Coach Mounds resigned. We have a bunch of young kids, but came together. We've played with each other since 10th grade, ninth grade. We should come together and play well together as a team."

While overall depth is a problem, Davis believes the team can overcome the deficiency.

"We just have to come together," he said. "We're already lacking depth, but if we have stronger team work, we can overcome all those obstacles."

NORTH BROWARD PREP

North Broward Prep senior receiver Victor Keise believes the team always had offensive talent.

Where it lacked, he believed, was skill along the offensive line -- a specialty of second-year coach and former NFL offensive lineman Jeff Dellenbach.

"Basically, what our Achilles' heel was all the time was our line," Keise said. "This year, I think we've got that. We've always had the skills. Coach Dellenbach is bringing in kids, and we're just trying to work at that right now. We're starting to come together and become a team."

Dellenbach's knowledge is helping raise the overall performance of the team.

"It's helping a lot," Keise said. "He's teaching these kids new things that they've known before. Even me, he's teaching us skills, things that he's seen in the NFL. It's just doing a lot for us."

Keise said Dellenbach has already helped him get off the line of scrimmage differently.

"He'll fix a foot or something like that," Keise said. "It just changes a lot."

Keise cited a number of reasons why he orally committed to the University of Minnesota over the summer.

"The coaches, the facilities when I got there and everything, the chance to play right away, what they're trying to do, trying to compete for the Rose Bowl," he said. "With all the coaches, it's like I'm not even leaving home. I can see me in a lot of them. That just made me feel comfortable."

POMPANO BEACH

Even though Pompano Beach linebacker/tight end Antwon Higgs believes 2008 is a building block to the program's burgeoning future, he believes there is enough potential for the team to compete for the postseason.

"This year, this will be another rebuilding year," he said. "Most of our team is seniors this year. We've got about 18 of 35 guys that come back as seniors, so we should have a better season. We've been in the weight room working hard. It should be a better season for us."

Higgs cited the amount of transfers within the district, including a large segment that left Chaminade-Madonna for American Heritage, for his optimism.

"I've been hearing a lot of stories," he said. "People from schools are switching over to another school in the district. We're going to try to work for that second spot, try to get up there in the playoffs this year."

• Higgs said some of the nation's top programs are in pursuit of him, including likely finalists Louisville, West Virginia, South Carolina, Miami and Florida. He will make his decision sometime during the season.

"I know I'm going to have to decide early because I'm graduating in December," he said. "I like the SEC though. I'll say that."

Miami is recruiting Higgs as a tight end.

"I think I'd rather play defense though," he said. "I like to hit people."

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