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Red Devils shut out Interlachen

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 By Bryan Hoopaugh

bhoopaugh@willistonpioneer.com

 

Booster Stadium filled last Friday night with fans eagerly anticipating a preview of next year’s varsity football team as Williston hosted Interlachen for the 2013 spring football game.

Williston’s head football coach Jamie Baker and an almost completely new coaching staff worked diligently for over a month putting together what should prove to be a much improved team over last year. Baker maintained the role of offensive coordinator and Bruce Greenlee returned as defensive coordinator. The rest of the coaching staff are new to Williston and include Patrick Miller, defensive backs coach; Eric Holcombe, defensive line coach; Doug Pilcher, running back coach; and Steve Whitemere, offensive line coach.

In addition to the new coaching staff Williston players received help and mentorship from a few well known former University of Florida and NFL players. Lending their experience and knowledge were Girard Warren, formerly a Florida Gator and New England Patriot, Ricky Nattiel, also a former Gator and Denver Bronco’s receiver.

Williston impressed fans putting up 17 points and holding Interlachen scoreless. Williston’s first score was a touchdown by senior David Higgins who returned a fumble recovery in the last minute of the first quarter. With the point after attempt successful by Jorge Deciderio Williston took a 7-0 lead.

The offense put points on the board in the second quarter with a completed pass in the end zone from Stephen Cochlin to 6’6” senior  Earl Brown and after another successful point after attempt Williston went up 14-0 and carried this score into half-time.

In the third quarter Williston would put up their final points of the game with a 40 yard field goal off the foot of Deciderio and gave the Red Devils a 17-0 lead which would ultimately be the final score.

Quarterback Cochlin went 6 for 13 with 74 passing yards while Devon Webb lead the team in rushing and receiving with 86 all-purpose yards.

Senior Noah Faircloth and Andrew Streitz led the team in tackles as they seemed to be all over the field and held Interlachen scoreless. Interlachen threatened the end zone late only to have Williston’s defense stand tall and take over on downs. Outside a few good runs and one long pass the Rams really had little success against Williston’s defense.

Williston spread the ball around well on offense with six different ball carriers and four players with receptions. “Everyone caught the ball well,” Coach Baker said. “I was very pleased with the team’s efforts. At times we showed what this team is really capable of…we only need more consistency.”

Baker stated that he was very pleased with the dedication of all his players and was very pleased with the turnout noting that if things go as expected Williston shouldn’t have any players playing both ways which will lend a great hand in the depth for Williston especially late in the game.

Baker is excited to see what this new depth in all positions will do for this upcoming season. The running back position will have added depth this year with at least seven prospective players being able to carry the ball.

The Red Devils will continue workouts throughout the summer months with every player expected to work out a minimum of four times a week with each work out being two to two and a half hours each and consisting of weight lifting and running.

The varsity team will also attend an FCA full contact training camp which will last three days during the summer.

Baker and the entire coaching staff are excited about the progress this team has made and are looking forward to a great 2013 football season that opens Aug. 23 at Central High School against the Dixie County Bears.