Eau Gallie High’s football team is young but experienced.
Head coach Tim Powers has been around the Commodores program since 1995 except for a short period during his college years, and is optimistic about the team’s chances to have one of its best years during that stretch.
“I think there’s a buzz in the air around the program, and I think we just have a group that’s excited to play,” Powers said. “The players have a bounce in their step. They’re having fun, and the coaches are having fun.”
His biggest concern is the numbers. He has nearly 60 when combining varsity and junior varsity, but the bulk of the roster are juniors and sophomores.
On the other hand, they’ve been getting experience. Five juniors have started since they were freshmen. A group of about 40 freshmen last season have turned into what Powers called “a great group of sophomores,” and the incoming freshman class is again around 40.
“This freshman class is probably — in numbers and size — the best one I’ve been around,” he said.
After battling others to start the past two seasons, junior Torrance Brown is in line to own the quarterback position this season. He shared Powers’ optimism.
“A lot of people who have been with the team are upperclassmen. They’re not young guys any more,” he said. “Everything is better — the attitude, everything.”
Brown will have several options in the backfield, including senior Jordan Benton, who was injured just a few games into last season.
Defensively, leaders should include 2011 leading tackler Lance White, now a junior at inside linebacker, and defensive tackle Javon Henry, one of those juniors preparing to start for a third season.
Powers will have to stay healthy. The Commodores have seven offensive and five defensive linemen to last the season in a physical district.