Eight days after concluding spring practice and before summer weight training starts, 20 members of Apopka's reigning state champion football team and five coaches are heading to the Bahamas on Saturday for a mission trip.
They will stay a week and conduct youth football clinics at C.H. Reeves Junior High in Nassau on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Apopka contingent is scheduled to assist the Bahamian flag football federation in operating a tournament.
They also will spend time with children at an orphanage.
"This is a really cool way for these guys to bless back with talents they've been blessed with," said Todd Lamphere, the Apopka team chaplain who has been doing mission trips in the Bahamas for 15 years. This is the first time he is bringing Apopka football players.
Pigskin knowledge is limited on the island. Lamphere said Reeves Junior High doesn't own a football.
"They do see it on television," he said. "The interest is there."
Apopka head coach Rick Darlington and his son, Zack, will fly to the island Sunday after returning from an unofficial recruiting visit to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are one of about 20 schools that have offered the rising senior quarterback.
Rising junior prospect Chandler Cox is being checked this week for the elbow injury he sustained in Apopka's spring win vs. Winter Haven, but he plans to make the mission trip.
Glover on the go
Georgia track commit Reggie Glover, who graduated from Dr. Phillips on Wednesday, will fly to Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday to compete in the Great Southwest Classic. He is scheduled to run an all-star 4 x 100-meter relay, then the 400 on Saturday
Glover won Florida 400 and 4 x 400 state titles and led the nation with a 46.46-second time for the metric quarter-mile when Florida's season finished. He now ranks No. 3. FSU signee Michael Cherry took over the national lead with a 46.02 to win the Virginia AAA state title last weekend.
Former Daytona Beach Mainland, FSU and NFL linebacker Buster Davis resigned under pressure as head football coach at St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut last week after four months on the job.
"I wouldn't say a bad fit. Just wasn't the right fit," Davis stated in response to an email.
He also was let go by Duval Charter of Jacksonville seven games into its 2012 season in his first head-coaching gig. Still, Davis remains optimistic about his future as a coach and indicated he is looking at out-of-state possibilities.
He's a guy with charisma, confidence and a big personality, and some credentials as a former college assistant for Glenville State College of West Virginia (2010) and the University of South Dakota (2011).
Kissimmee Poinciana dedicated its track and field complex in the name of former athletic director Mal Harpell during halftime of its spring football game. He retired in 2012 after 30 years in Osceola County schools. …
Timber Creek's Javonte Seabury ran a 10.71-second, 100-meter dash as a junior this spring and has been offered by the Naval Academy for track. Surely some football offers will follow. He had a terrific spring game as a slot receiver.