By: Matt Rothman
The Coral Springs High School football team is set to begin their season at home on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. against Marjory Stoneman Douglas. It will also be the first game for former NFL star Leonard Weaver as head coach.
Due to COVID-19, the Colts have a revamped schedule with only four regular-season games and have only been able to practice as a team for two weeks, with involuntary workouts for much of the start of the school year.
Regardless, Coach Weaver could not be more proud of what he sees with his new team as he hopes to change Coral Springs’ football culture.
“I love the fact that the kids are able to adapt,” Coach Weaver said. “I’m a pretty tough individual when it comes to demanding something, but they have responded. They have come out and done everything we have asked, and they are getting better every day.”
The Colts return a large part of their team that went 4-6 last year. They had wins against West Broward, Nova, Coral Glades, and Hollywood Hills High School, but face a much different task this season with a new style of play.
They begin with MSD, who won their first District Championship in 18 years in 2019 and will face J.P. Taravella High School again in conference on Nov.6.
CSHS will also have the opportunity to host Monarch on Nov. 13 and travel on the road to Northeast High School in their final regular-season game against on Nov. 20.
The players know that nothing will be given to them to year, which starts with position battles. After their starting quarterback graduated last Spring, the Colts have a pair of players in sophomore Tony Martin and senior David Kosilla fighting for the starting spot this season.
Despite the competition, Kosilla looks at it as a positive for both of them.
“I think with us pushing each other every day makes us better men not only on the field but off the field. I thank him because he is going to bring the best out of me every day, and I hope I do the same with him.”
Also, the Colts are looking for a big year from freshman Markley Jeudy, who is the cousin of NFL star Jerry Jeudy. He will join a talented wide receiving core of junior Gavan Loriston senior Delvontae Bouie. Defensively, CSHS has a strong defensive group led by Jacoby Todd and Louma Dufresne.
For fans that want to attend games, there will be certain regulations, according to Athletic Director Brandon Wesley who said they could expect a lot of social distancing throughout the stands and the concession stands.
“There will be a lot of signage for facial masks….and all coaches and players will be required to wear masks if they are not on the field.”
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student. Matt also covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writer, the New York Mets for Last Word on Baseball and Florida Gators Athletics for ESPN Gainesville.
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