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along with his dark shades, chiseled facial elements, thick mustache and ball cap, Fred Priest form of resembles the late Dale Earnhardt.
however when his gravely voice barks, he’s in a race for perfection on the football box, now not on a NASCAR tune.
“here is now not about you, however about all and sundry round you,” Priest preached to his avid gamers on a scorching Saturday morning at Lake Howell high school.
A gridiron veteran who has coached the video game for 42 years and in 5 states Michigan, Colorado, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Priest is at present diagramming X’s and O’s for the fledgling Windermere high program. He succeeded Greg Miller as head train within the offseason after the Wolverines stumbled to an 0-10 list and did not rating an offensive landing of their debut season of 2017.
In just a few short months, Windermere is making growth below Priest. The Wolverines scored an offensive TD for the primary time in a forty one-21 loss towards Holy Trinity Episcopal of Melbourne in a spring online game in may additionally.
On Saturday, as part of a significant Florida officers association preseason hospital, Windermere confirmed flashes of development on the shielding aspect of the ball in a 14-0 scrimmage loss to host Lake Howell. Offensively, the Wolverines damage themselves with erratic snapping and turnovers within the one half of play.
photographs from 2018 preseason imperative Florida soccer practices.
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Windermere changed into one in every of eight schools to take part in a 4-hour scrimmage installation to teach officers for the 2018 season.
Priest turned into one in every of five new head coaches on the scrimmage, becoming a member of Lake Howell’s Shaun Lorenzano, Cypress Creek’s Bob Goebel, wintry weather Springs’ Steve Mikles, and Liberty’s Brandon Pennington.
A 2d CFOA officiating health center became held at West Orange on Saturday.
“i used to be definitely a bit bit disenchanted,” Priest said. “I didn’t think we showed what we now have been displaying in observe.
“I didn’t are expecting to combat offensively. i believed our defense played really, truly well.”
The Wolverines actually showed chew defensively. They compelled Lake Howell to punt and to show the ball over on downs on its first two possessions. however then the Silver Hawks returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown, and then scored on a brief fade to the end zone following a Windermere turnover.
“We gave them the choose-6 and we gave them some extent-blank ranger on the touchdown pass,” Priest pointed out. “I’m now not going to put the rest on the defense. I basically concept they played definitely neatly.”
Windermere’s offense is a unique tale, despite the fact. however Priest talked about he’ll stick with the Wishbone regardless of a few spoiled snaps and miscommunication. Windermere ran a diffusion offense remaining season.
“We’re operating the Wishbone. That’s what we’re in. That’s what we do,” he pointed out.
Priest looks to be having no drawback acclimating to being a head teach once again after greater than a decade doing other things. He served as athletic director at Apopka high for six years before taking the identical position at Windermere for its inaugural 2017-18 faculty yr.
he’s now an assistant athletic director at Windermere which offers him extra time to center of attention on getting the Wolverines into the pick column.
Priest has tasted success earlier than, having led the first Academy to the playoffs within the 2005-06 seasons – his last stint as head train.
“In 2005, we misplaced one online game before the final four to the eventual state champions,” Priest stated.
His enthusiasm and self belief has rubbed off on his players. Senior quarterback Isaiah Jackson, who scored the faculty’s first-ever touchdown within the spring online game, pointed out Windermere can do greater offensively.
“I believe we can do manner greater improved than we did last year,” Jackson spoke of. “We showed in the spring that we are able to do an awful lot more suitable.”
regardless of having on no account played in the Wishbone, Jackson talked about he is confident about working the new offense:
“I think it will in reality be a game-changer as a result of they must modify to us per week. I consider it may be excellent.”
Stephen M. Dowell Orlando Sentinel
Referees examine a play in a CFOA officiating clinic at West Orange excessive school on Aug. 11, 2018.
Referees observe a play in a CFOA officiating clinic at West Orange excessive school on Aug. eleven, 2018. Stephen M. Dowell Orlando Sentinel