Head Coach: Mark Guandolo
2002 Final Record: 14-1
Current Wolfpack Targets: Tight End Octavious Darby and Wide Receiver/Linebacker John Dunlap
Brief Overview: Head Coach Mark Guandolo led his team to a "dream" season last year, finishing 14-1 with their only loss being in the State finals against Jacksonville Bolles High School. Does he feel the Lions can repeat such a season?
"We lost 24 seniors from last year and you never know. We'll be in the race again, but how far we go you will never know. Depth will be a key and we can't have many injuries, but I think we'll be able to do some damage with the individual players that we have."
Naturally, when schools in South Florida lose an abnormal amount of seniors, the number of kids heading to college is high as well. Chaminade-Madonna was no different according to Coach Guandolo.
"Last year we put 14 kids in D-1 or D-1AA. We had two go to Miami, one to Auburn, the rest went to D-1AA. Howard, Colgate, Morehead, those types of schools. John Beason was a beast and he led our program. He was one of the top players in the nation last year. We'll have to replace his leadership."
Chaminade-Madonna, a Catholic private school in Hollywood, Florida is undergoing impressive improvements to their athletic facilities. 2.5 million dollars is the funding for the project, and the school already has the new artificial turf football field ready for use.
"We are the first high school to get turf. The school had some money already raised through a capital fund from years ago. As the team got better the school dug into their account and they are building this. We will be doing another capital account next year."
Two returning stars for Chaminade-Madonna are Wide Receiver/Linebacker John Dunlap and Tight End Octavious Darby. Guandolo speaks highly of both Lion prospects.
"Dunlap is a super kid and a great athlete. He's very explosive and has a 38 inch vertical. John's played Wide Receiver his entire life but in the spring we moved him to Linebacker and the college scouts fell in love with him. Yesterday he ran a 4.59 and that's not very fast for a receiver, but at linebacker it's pretty good. He's about 6'3 and 225 right now."
"Octavious is just a great athlete at Tight End. He has soft hands, runs great routes, and people like him because we spread him out to receiver and use him in alot of ways. His versatility is what colleges really to like about him.
Both Darby and Dunlap have been offered by schools from across the country, according to Coach Guandolo.
"Darby has around 40 offers right now and Dunlap has about 20. It seems like everybody this year is looking for Tight Ends and they are all on Octavious. Most of the SEC, the Florida schools, some of the ACC... N.C. State, Michigan, everyone's after them."
Wolfpack Head Coach Chuck Amato and Assistant Doc Holliday are two of the coaches on the trail of these Chaminade standouts. Coach Guandolo thinks fondly of the NC State duo.
"Oh, I love them to death. I've known both of them from way back. They've recruited down here heavily and I've known them for fifteen or so years. Quality people, they love the game, great recruiters... I'd love to get a kid to go up there."
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