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Scouting the 2013 Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings Football Team

2013-08-23T19:00:00Z 2014-09-16T22:54:12Z Scouting the 2013 Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings Football Team nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings

2012 Record: 7-3 (5-2 SouthWest Suburban Blue), lost to O'Fallon 37-35 in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.

Head Coach: Craig Buzea, 25-10 at Homewood-Flossmoor, 144-73 overall.

Assistant coaches: Tom Cicero, Alexander Pratt, Jeromy Flowers, Steve Vaught, Matt Ramos, Valentine Manada, Josh Lindstrom, Jim Sokoloski, Tim Laba, Larry Dawson, Dave Klawitter, Albert Evans.

Returning starters: 9 (5 offense, 4 defense)

Top Offensive Players: Aaron Gooch, Sr., WR. (18 catches, 316 yards, 2 TDs); Vashon Nutt, Sr., RB (14 carries, 92 yards); James Sheehan, Jr., TE; Devin Pitts, Sr., OL; Tyler Griffith, Sr., OL.

Top Defensive Players: Cameron Brown, Sr., DB (11 tackles, 1 tackle/loss); Devion May, Sr., DL (20 tackles, 4 tackles/loss); Pat Johnson, Sr., SS; RJ Howell, Sr., FS; Michael Johnson, Sr., DL.

The Times breakdown: The Vikings ended their 2012 season with a 37-35 loss to O'Fallon in the first round of the 8A playoffs. Homewood-Flossmoor has reached the playoffs in each of Buzea's first three seasons, and a trip to the postseason will be a goal in 2013 as well. The Vikings lost plenty of senior fire power to graduation, and will need this season's seniors to fill the skill positions. Aaron Gooch had two touchdowns as a receiver in 2012 and will be called on to play a bigger part of the offense in 2013. Likewise, senior running back Vashon Nutt will be slated for more touches this year after the departures of last season's primary runners, running back Taje Smith and quarterback Ronald Johnson. Senior quarterback Isaac Cutrara will be running the offense after only attempting four passes in 2012 and will be called on to help lead the Vikings.

Quote: "We are a very inexperienced team with a lot of upperclassmen being challenged by a lot of sophomores which will make for some good competition during practice. We are going to count on a lot of guys on offense to handle the ball that haven't done it at the varsity level yet which is our biggest concern. Defensively, we will have to swarm to the ball and be opportunistic with takeaways if we are to be successful this fall. Overall, even though the experience is lacking in this group, we still have high expectations every year at H-F and this year is no different in that regard. We hope to be a quality opponent on the field this season." — Buzea

— Compiled by Dwight Haislet

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