The Gaither High School varsity football program is projected as one of Florida’s best teams in the state this year, according to MaxPreps.com.
In its preseason ranking of the state’s top 25 teams for the 2020 season, the high school sports website lists the Cowboys as No. 10 across all classifications.
Gaither certainly seems deserving of the recognition.
The Cowboys last year finished 12-2 and reached the Class 6A state semifinals in 2019. The team, under fourth-year head coach Kirk Karsen, returns a talented group that includes a bevy of high-level Division I talents, including quarterback Kiael Kelly (Ball State commit), lineman Andrew Kilfoyl (USF commit), cornerback Jordan Oladokun (Iowa commit), tailback Ricky Parks (Utah commit) and cornerback Jordan Young (Florida commit), among others.
Other Tampa Bay area teams that made MaxPreps’ top 25 state list include Armwood High (No. 7), Tampa Bay Tech (No.14), Clearwater Academy International, and Jesuit High (No. 25).