As a member of one of the most competitive and unpredictable districts, this season is sure to yield some close games for the Packers. Even so, Largo looks good for taking the 4A-10 championship again this year.
As one of the only teams in the district starting a lone upperclassman on the defensive backfield, fans and critics have questioned Largo’s ability to make it to regional’s this season let alone beat out rivals Boca Ciega and Sickles. High expectations are being placed on returning go-to playmaker and sophomore quarterback Juwan Brown as well as sophomore linebackers Derrick Doss and Harry Brown and sophomore running back Claxton Boykins. The team’s dependence on sophomore starters has also raised questions among the Packer’s followers.
Taking over as starting quarterback last season, Juwan Brown proved himself as a leader guiding his team to semifinals and averaging 157 yards per game. A player confident in his skills and the skills of his teammates, Brown demonstrates excellent potential for continued growth as a quarterback and offensive leader.
Setting himself up to become one of the best runners in school history, Boykins performed well against Dunedin High School, Dunedin, FL on September 3 rushing 103 yards, and linebacking duo Doss and Harry Brown proved their worth last season, Doss with a sack and 43 tackles and Brown, who scored against Dunedin September 3, as his partner.
Senior defensive lineman Adarius Rayner has gone unnoticed in past seasons, but at 6’2” and 250 pounds, Rayner may become one of Pinellas County’s most recruited. He has a young defensive under him and will have to stay on top of them though I doubt he will have any trouble.
Despite the fact that the Packers are starting many sophomores, they have a tough defense, dependable special teams and a steady offense. Overall, judging by their performance pre-season and in their first game of the season, Largo seems to be a strong choice for the Class 4A, District 10 title.
“Largo High School: Football 2010”. HomeTeam.