Winter Park heads to Oviedo Friday night on Spectrum Sports

By Austin Lyon, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2017

No. 11 Winter Park Wildcats (1-0) at Oviedo Lions (0-1)

When: Friday, 7:30pm

Where: John Courier Field, Oviedo (601 King St)

TV: Spectrum Sports (Channel 47 and HD 1147)

Coaches: Winter Park – Tim Shifflet (11th, 71-42); Oviedo – Matt Dixon (1st, 0-1)

About the matchup: Black and orange will be prevalent Friday night as two of the area’s most consistent programs hook up for a Week 2 matchup.

Winter Park advanced to the region finals last season and got off to a strong start last week by rolling Lake Nona 42-3. Quarterback Cameron Legree, now in his second season as the starter, was 9-of-9 for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 51 yards and another score. A balanced rushing attack included carries for seven different players. Tyrone Davis (10 car, 51 yds) and Paul Coutinho (6 car, 17 yds, TD) project to get most of the work this week. The Wildcats have talent at the wide receiver position with returning starters Cameron Brown and Brian Gomez, along with Jordan Manning, Ethan Pouncey, Marcus Clarke and E.J. Jimenez. A relatively inexperienced offensive line is anchored by 6-foot-9, 300-pound Donovan Barden. The strength of the defense is the back seven, which includes linebackers Juanye Tillman, Cullen Honohan and JJ Valle-Smith. All three started last season. Manning and Jimenez will see significant time in the secondary along with Oviedo transfer Michael Lopez and Lake City Columbia transfer Amad Williams.

2004 Oviedo graduate Matt Dixon is in his first season as the Lions head coach. He spent the previous two seasons at Atlantic, where he guided the Sharks to a 4-4 record last year.  This is the home opener for the Lions, who are coming off a 22-12 loss at the hands of Timber Creek. Oviedo has one of the area’s top quarterbacks in 6-foot-6 junior Morgan Mitchell, who has offers from UCF, East Carolina and FAU. Mitchell set a Seminole County record by throwing for 2,704 yards as a sophomore. He went 16-of-34 for 207 yards and a touchdown last week. Sophomore Keonte Coffee, who rushed for 52 yards last week, has shown a lot of promise. The left side of the Lions offensive line is excellent with Jacob Kotar and Carter Berkoben. Right guard Javier Correa is one of the most experienced players on the team. Senior linebacker Antoine Ferguson is the defensive captain and his leadership is important with youngsters Alex Kardamilas and Colton Crossley. Junior defensive back Trey Steward led the team with 10 tackles last week against Timber Creek. The Lions also have one of the area’s top punters, William Przystup, who holds offers from Army and Air Force.

Three and out:

1. Winter Park is in its 90th year of playing football and has an all-time record of 532-349-28.  

2. Oviedo went 4-6 last year, ending a run of seven consecutive winning seasons.

3. The last time these teams played was 2014 – a 7-6 win for Oviedo.