BY GENE NARDI
Spring football is underway in The Acreage at Seminole Ridge High School.
The Hawks look to improve on last year’s record of 6-5 (2-1 in District 9-8A). The team were district runners-up and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Palm Beach Central High School.
Florida high schools get 20 days of spring football to prepare the rising senior class and underclassman for the fall.
The spring program also serves as an evaluation period to determine impact players and gives players a chance to battle for key positions.
The Hawks’ official team scrimmage was held last Friday, as both junior varsity and varsity players showcased their skills to impress the coaches and challenge each other for starting spots for the upcoming spring game against South Fork High School.
The Hawks sent off a large senior class this year, graduating 32 players. Seminole Ridge will rely on rising senior quarterback, 6’5” Trip Parson, to lead the offense. Rising junior quarterback Dalton Trimble will battle Parson for the starting position. Both looked impressive during the scrimmage.
Rising senior Jalen Young will play the free safety position on defense but also see plenty of time on the other side of the ball. The Hawks will use Young to grind out yards on the ground and receive out of the backfield.
Seminole Ridge will look to contend for the district title in the fall but will have to face defending champion Palm Beach Gardens High School. There are enough returning players who recall last year’s 40-28 district loss to the Gators, and they will be looking to avenge.
Jupiter and Wellington are also in the competitive district. The outlook is extremely positive for the Hawks this spring, and look for them to be right in the thick of challenging for a playoff spot in the fall.
Seminole Ridge will travel to South Fork for the spring game on Friday, May 30 with kickoff starting at 7 p.m.
ABOVE: Running back Jalen Young avoids a tackle with a classic stiff arm.