Spotlight: Baker, 10/7/16
Last season's run to the state semifinals left Matt Brunson's program with some nice momentum, but with only a handful of starters back youth left some questions, Especially on offense with just one senior starter.
Any doubts have been allayed pretty quickly and that starts with quarterback Kalee Ciurleo. The junior moving over from receiver to replace three-year starter Jon Beck has been impressive through the first half of the season.
Kalee proving a strong dual threat in Brunson’s hybrid offense, the triple option slash up tempo spread.
Kalee's twin brother Jalen Ciurleo is the Gators leading rusher.
A key guy last year, he's really stepped to the forefront averaging eight yards a carry.
The Ciurleo brother’s talent is even more dangerous with the way they can feed off each other.
The brothers are far from the Gators only playmakers. Add in guys like junior Jayson Moore and sophomores Derek Peoples and Junior McLaughlin.
Baker is really high on skill guys for a 1A program.
Even with the state semi-run last year, Brunson wanted to see improvement on defense and so far the Gators are delivering.
They've made a little adjustment in philosophy and it's a little out of the head coach's comfort zone.
Senior Logan Rickmon leads them in tackles, mostly from the strong safety spot.
Montae Barto was a beast as middle linebacker the last few years. His departure left big shoes to fill but they've still gotten strong play in the middle, mostly from the dual effort of Nick Adams and Zach Brown.
In his sixth season coaching the alma mater, Brunson continues to lead this program on an upward path. His energetic style always seems to make a big impact on the players.