After being relegated by the FHSAA to the Independents last season, Barrington Christian coach Don Chaney expects his football program to be playing for a state playoff spot again in 2012.
Chaney said Friday his team should be grouped back into District 8-2A this coming season with Dade Christian, Champagnat and South Florida HEAT. Two years ago, the Falcons won the District 8-1B title and lost in the first round 51-30 to eventual state champion Belle Glade Glades Day.
This past fall, Chaney said, his program had to go Independent because school officials didn't have the paperwork it needed to show it was properly accredited to be eligible to play in the FHSAA.
FHSAA spokesman Seth Polansky wrote in an email Friday that the FHSAA's Board of Directors will meet June 12th to decide whether to reinstate Barrington.
"It's not really just a formality. But with the FHSAA set to endorse Barrington Christian for reinstatement to full membership someone would have show evidence of the contrary," Polansky wrote in an email. "Also, Barrington has to get a game with every team in that district to then have a representative district schedule."
Chaney said he doesn't expect that to be a problem.
As for his team, with only two seniors on the roster and a boatload of sophomores and freshmen, Chaney said the Falcons will have to grow up quickly if they're going to have a shot at reaching the playoffs.
Chaney thinks the key is junior Maurice Suey, a 5-11, 170-pound first-year quarterback whom he says is very athletic and has good mechanics, "but needs a little bit of fine tuning."
"We played some good ball last year. We just didn't have a quarterback and that slowed us down," Chaney said. "Suhe, I think he'll be a great one. He's got a strong arm. Thing is his confidence. I look forward to seeing him out there and see what he has.
If you're looking for a leader, it's two-way linebacker/running back Devin Walker (5-8, 185), who had 76 solo tackles and 427 yards rushing last season and will once again be the voice on both sides of the ball. Junior defensive back Kamola Butler (5-8, 175) had six interceptions last season.
"Walker is short in stature, but his heart is as big as the twin towers. He's a very athletic kid who brings a lot to the table," Chaney said. "Butler doesn't say much, just a silent killer."
Offensive guard Marlo Sharpe (6-2, 297) is the team's top college prospect.
"Good feet. I call them dancing feet," Chaney said. "He's a little bit green. But he's tough and he works hard and I think he can really do somethings."
BARRINGTON CHRISTIAN FALCONS (2A-8)
> SPRING GAME: Homestead, May 24th at Harris Field, 7 p.m.
> 2011 Record: 5-5 (Independent)
> 2010 Record: 7-3 (District 8-1B champion, first round loss to Glades Day)
> COACH: Don Chaney (97-46 overall)
> TOP PLAYERS: Maurice Suey (QB, Jr.); Devin Walker (RB/LB, Sr.); Kamola Butler (DB/WR, Jr.); Joseph Mimms (C/DE, Jr.); Marquan Ford (OLB, Jr.); Marlo Sharpe (OG, Sr.); Travis Tucker (DT/OG, Jr.); Bennie Bowen (TE/DE, Sr.); Kevin Sheraton (LB, Jr.); Anthony Foster (DB, Jr.)
> OUTLOOK: Borderline playoff team in 2012.
- MANNY NAVARRO