By: Matt Rothman
In his first season as the Head Coach of the Coral Springs High School football team, Leonard Weaver has led the Colts to their first playoff appearance since 2014.
Weaver had one goal in mind when he took over the Colts after a terrific NFL career, and that was to change the culture regarding football in Coral Springs. In only four games, he has been able to do that with the help of a very talented squad.
Coach Weaver said making the playoffs as a first-year Head Coach is incredible, but there is still plenty of room for his team to improve on.
“Being able to lead a staff and group of players who have bought into my vision of this program and bought in to the process of becoming winners means a great deal to me,” Weaver said. “The players have done everything we have asked and have shown they are prepared for the next step. No one likes the process, but everyone wants instant victory. We are experiencing both.”
Coral Springs played well in their opening game of the season against Marjory Stoneman Douglas but lost by one possession. They followed that up with their first win against J.P. Taravella High School.
The Colts split their next two games, as penalties hurt them in their 28-14 loss to Monarch High School. However, they defeated Northeast 53-0 in their last game.
A large part of their success this season goes to quarterback Tony Martin. The sophomore has completed 38 passes for 575 yards. He has also thrown for five scores, rushed for 98 yards, and scored a touchdown with his legs.
Marvin McKenzie has done well rushing the football, averaging 75 yards per game, and scored two touchdowns.
As the leading receiver, Delvintae Bouie has over 200 yards receiving and has scored three touchdowns. Combined, Cody Pendergrass, Naazir Aiken, and Gavan Loriston have scored five touchdowns.
Defensively, Louma Dufresne has a team-high 38 tackles while Willy Volmar, Alton Watts, and Michael Mcfarlin all had three sacks.
The Colts will face a tough matchup against Boca Raton High School on Friday, December 4, at 6 p.m. They come in with a 3-1 record and outscored their opponents by 87 points in their victories.
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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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