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May 25, 2014
Spring Spotlight: Trenton
You can't forget about the small schools. The Trenton Tigers won the 1A state title with a 14-0 win over Blountstown in the Citrus Bowl.
The Tigers are a force in the 1A bracket every year, and should be again in 2014.
"Our goal is Orlando every year," Trenton assistant coach Toney Sullivan said. "We've been fortunate to get there the last two years so the kids know what it takes. We've been after it pretty hard since January so we'll see if the hard work pays off in December."
Michael Smith will be taking over as Trenton's quarterback, and has a big task ahead of him.
"He has big shoes to fill taking over for his brother (43-6) as a starting quarterback, but he has started on defense the last 2 state championship games and he's only going to be a sophomore."
6-foot-3, 265-pound offensive and defensive lineman Josh Mathis is an underclassmen that has a lot of potential - look for a big year from Mathis. Hamp Cheevers is a rising junior that earned a spot in the FlaVarsity.com Fab 5 Films.
Cheevers has excellent ball skills and instincts. He makes some unreal jukes as he is talented with the ball in his hands - getting a ton of yards after the catch.
Another two-way starter for Trenton is Brandon Lovelace who made a spot on the 1A all state team in 2013. Outside linebacker Kade Rogers, who should see more time on offense this year than last year, will make an impact as a run stopper.
As spring football wraps up, Trenton has their goals in front of them that they want to achieve.
"Our approach is to try to find the kids that will have to replace our seniors," said Sullivan. "We don't get a lot of new kids coming out so we have a good idea about the kids in the program. Spring football is very beneficial at seeing if kids have progressed since December."