A look at the 2010 Saint Stephen’s football team, coached by Stan Brown.
NEEDS A BIG SEASON FROM: JEREMY PERRON, sr., QB:
Prior to the spring, Perron hadn’t suited up for a football game since his days in junior high. He’s back, and the Falcons are happy to have him. An inexperienced offensive line coupled with five capable receivers will result in Saint Stephen’s throwing the ball often, which means it’s up to Perron to get the ball to guys such as Sam Mire and Adam Vining.
“This offense is desinged...around the quarterback,” Falcons coach Stan Brown said. “So he needs to have a big season.”
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Perron had a promising peformance during Saint Stephen’s spring game against St. Petersburg Keswick, when he threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Not bad for a guy who hadn’t played since tearing a ligament in his knee as a seventh-grader.
Since then, Perron has been focusing on baseball and has verbally committed to the Holy Cross.
“But they’re encouraging him to play (football), because they want to see if they can have a two-star athlete there,” Brown said. “If he has a big season in football, who knows what he can do? He’s got the size, he’s got a decent arm — so if he has a big breakout season...”
Since bringing football back for the 2006 season, Saint Stephen’s has produced a pair of 1,000-yard running backs in Cam Ayala and Cam Allen. The Falcons may not get one this season, but if Perron can build upon what he did this spring, they may not have much of a problem scoring points.
FILLING THE VOID: Cole Misztak, sr., MLB:
One of three captains and one of the few experienced players on the roster, Misztak will be called on to be a vocal and emotional leader after the Falcons lost a dozen seniors from last year. After seeing time on both sides of the ball last year, Misztak will spend most of the year on defense, but may be called on to help with the Falcons’ young offensive line, as well.
DEEP AT: Wide receiver.
The Falcons will go five wide, and Brown feels guys such as Vining — who had 10 catches in the spring game — Mire and Israelsson are capable of scoring whenever they get their hands on the ball.
THIN AT: Offensive line.
Though the unit is seven-players deep — one more than last year — the Falcons will field a freshmen-laden group with very little varsity experience.
IMPACT NEWCOMER: Herman Israelsson, so., WR
The 5-foot-11 Israelsson is an import from Sweden who Brown expects to slide ride into the Falcons’ deep pool of receivers who can take the ball into the end zone. “You look at him,” Brown said, “and he has physical attributes of a football player.”
COACH QUANDARY: Getting the line up to speed.
This year’s varsity linemen helped Saint Stephen’s JV team go undefeated last year, so Brown hopes they are able to translate the ability to win to the next level. He hopes the spring game, plus the Kickoff Classic at St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut, gets them used to the speed of play at the varsity level.
CAMP STOCK: UP
The heart. The Falcons showed it when they scored 28 second-half points in the spring game against St. Petersburg Keswick, and Brown has seen more of that drive this summer.
CAMP STOCK DOWN
Numbers. The Falcons will field approximately 20 players this year, but because of an assortment of another commitments, they were without seven of those guys for most of the summer.
KEY GAME: SEPT. 24 at Bradenton Christian
It’s a big rivalry and Saint Stephen’s first game against Class 1B-District 6 opponents. It could go a long way toward the Falcons staying in the thick of the playoff chase.
Sept. 3 NAPLES ST. JOHN NEUMANN
Sept. 10 at Naples First Baptist Academy
Sept. 17 at Southwest Florida Christian
Sept. 24 at Bradenton Christian
Oct. 1 at Mayo Lafayette
Oct. 8 MOORE HAVEN
Oct. 22 FORT MYERS EVANGELICAL
Oct. 29 at Clearwater Calvary Christian
Nov. 5 at Out-of-Door Academy
Nov. 11 CARDINAL MOONEY
at St. Pete Shorecrest W, 27-7
NAPLES FIRST BAPTIST W, 47-0
at Lakeland Christian L, 21-0
BRADENTON CHRISTIAN L, 28-8
ST. ANDREW’S L, 48-7
at Moore Haven W, 23-20
at Fort Myers Evangelical L, 48-14
at Naples St. John Neumann W, 38-15
OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY L, 34-24
at Cardinal Mooney L, 35-28
BY THE NUMBERS
1 — Home night game the Falcons play in Bradenton: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, when they face Cardinal Mooney at the back field at Manatee.
4 — Touchdowns Jeremy Perron threw during the spring game, all in the second half.
3 — Road games Saint Stephen’s plays in September.
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HEAD COACH: Stan Brown, 4-6, second season