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Cypress Bay looks to a number of quality underclassmen in 2014

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Cypress Bay's Mark Guandolo has been coaching high school football long enough to know that what you put into this game, you get back along the way.

No matter where he has been during his impressive coaching career, he has lived by the philosophy that hard work and dedication simply has no substitute.
 

While missing the playoffs in 2013 didn't sit well - especially the year after this football program advanced to the state finals for the first time ever - there is a reason that while this program may not be a favorite to win a competitive district, there will be no quit in the Lightning.

"If you play this game, you have to understand that there are no shortcuts," Guandolo said. "Any team that I have ever been involved with knows that when the season begins, the objective is to win every game and go as far as you can."

Even in a year where Cypress Bay a number of key prospects from that impressive 2012 team that dropped a heart-breaker to Apopka in the 8A title game, last year was a season that this team had numerous chances to grab a playoff spot. This year, even as Miramar and Flanagan go in as favorites to grab the top spot, sleeping on a team coached by Guandolo would be a huge mistake. He has a way of making the best outs of a situation that sometimes is tough on the surface.

The Lightning have a number of seniors coming back. Prospects that expect to grab leadership and help the talented underclassmen along the way.
  On offense, this senior class features quarterbacks Cale Berger (5-11, 200) and receivers Ryan Dugan (5-10, 170) and Cole Moxie (6-0, 175) as well as linemen Nathaniel Crowley (6-0, 230), Samuel Antoine (6-3, 265) and Mike Felix (5-11, 270).

On defense, there are ends Adam Cuellar (6-0, 195) and Matt Bukovi (6-0, 220), linebackers Esteban Delfino (6-3, 225) and Jake Truske (5-10, 185) and defensive back Nathan Seidle (5-11, 165).

The strength of this football team just may be in the quality underclassmen. Players like quarterbacks Kole Stealy (6-1, 170) and Jacob Carrio (5-9 165), running backs Jeo Rodriguez (5-9, 185), Davonte Gayle (5-10, 185) and Justin Nesmith (5-8, 195), receiver Anthony Courcelle (6-1, 170), and linemen Brice Biggs (6-4, 230), Justice Silvera (5-8, 215) and Thomas Mosca (5-9, 180).

Defensively, Cypress Bay boasts linebackers Alex Cassitta (6-0, 195), Christian Gomez (6-1, 200) and Jarrett Hanks (5-10, 190) - and impressive secondary performers in Joshua Beneby (5-11, 165), Darrell Malone Jr. (5-11, 165) and R.J. Rosario, a 5-11, 190-pounder.

With running backs Michael Epstein (6-0, 190), the Lightning have perhaps the most impressive Class of 2017 weapon in south Florida. This one time youth football standout elevated the team last year as a freshman.

In addition to Epstein, the sophomore class will feature defensive end Jake Lichtenstein (6-3, 190) and defensive back/running back Daniel Montoya (5-9, 180).

"I have followed Coach Guandolo at Chaminade, Pace, Miami Southridge, Miramar and now at Cypress Bay," said Dana Wiley of Prep Films. "This is a man who can get everything out of an athlete and bring out the best in them. When he almost beat Central that year with a number of 10th graders, he proved to many that you can never count his teams out."

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

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