Fall football preview: Hillsborough County

With the 2019 high school football season just mere weeks away — preseason classics begin Aug. 16 and regular season kicks off Aug. 23 — we take a look at how Hillsborough County teams in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area stack up. Next week, we’ll preview Pasco County teams. Hillsborough County schools (2018 records) Carrollwood Day School Patriots: 6-6 overall, 2-2 region Freedom … [Read more...]

Spring football preview for area teams

High school football is back in session, as spring football practices are now underway statewide. And, while the 2019 prep season remains months away, Florida high school football fans still will get a taste of how their teams are shaping up with a series of exhibition games and jamborees in late May. Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 22 through … [Read more...]

The Laker/Lutz News prep football season outlook

The 2017 high school football season is finally underway. As the games unfold, here’s a look at some of the teams and players to watch in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Teams to Watch: Steinbrenner High Warriors Coach: Andres Perez-Reinaldo (sixth year) Despite some key departures from last year’s 5-4 squad — including starting quarterback Colin Wray’s defection to Clearwater … [Read more...]

Spring football preview: Hillsborough County

Spring football practices are now underway for high schools across the state. Though the first games of the 2017 season remain several months away, Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 24 to May 31, according to Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) guidelines. Here’s a look at what schools in our coverage area in Hillsborough are working … [Read more...]

Area fall football preview: Hillsborough County

The 2016 high school football season is just around the corner, and several teams in The Laker/Lutz News’ Hillsborough County coverage area enter the year with intriguing storylines, standout players and must-see matchups. Carrollwood Patriots Coach: Lane McLaughlin (10th year) 2015 record: 7-4 Spring Game result: 14-7 loss to Victory Christian Freedom Patriots Coach: Floyd Graham (1st … [Read more...]

Area spring football preview: Hillsborough County

Spring football practices are underway for Hillsborough County schools in our coverage area. Programs such as Gaither High and Freedom High are hoping for turnarounds, while Steinbrenner and Wharton high schools are trying to build off last season’s successes. Carrollwood Day School fits the bill as a possible team on the rise for 2016.   Carrollwood Day School Coach: Lane McLaughlin … [Read more...]

Record-setting start for Steinbrenner football

The Steinbrenner High School coaching staff knew its team was special when it defeated Riverview High School by a 38-17 margin on Sept. 18. That gave the Warriors a 4-0 start for the first time in school history, and eclipsed the team’s win total from last year’s entire season, when it won just three games. But coaches also knew the team was special when it defeated Chamberlain on Sept. 11 … [Read more...]

Steinbrenner feeling optimism with new gridiron roster

When a high school football team has to replace 22 graduating seniors, it can be devastating to their prospects the following year. But in Steinbrenner High School’s case, it might be just what they needed. “The attitude and mentality of everybody is that they want to come and work hard. They saw what we struggled with last year, players just giving up,” said Andres Bautista, who plays … [Read more...]