PALMETTO – Nobody benefited from last year’s new playoff system more than the Palmetto Tigers. A perennially good team, but they are in a district with Braden River and Venice. So, the new seeding system worked right away, as Palmetto went to the playoffs and even won a playoff game.

So, of course when you have success, it is because you have seniors who are graduating, and now the spring is when you look for their replacements.

Head Coach Dave Marino, because of depth at defensive end, is moving his budding star Reese Lyons to safety, and one of two Marino sons, Derek, from wide receiver to safety, as well. Brother Anthony is again the starting quarterback. Daddy Marino likes where they are on offense, but feels the defense is where he needs to find some gems this spring, but he may reap the benefits of last season.

“We were fortunate to have had to play some guys last season who were back-ups, but practiced and prepared as if they were starters”, explained Marino, entering his 10th season as Palmetto’s head coach. “They even got playoff experience which will bode well for them this coming season. I really feel good about our guys.”

The Tigers were 10-4 last season, and won that regional quarterfinal game before falling in the regional semifinal. Their spring game will be played in St. Petersburg against Northeast High School on May 18 at 7 pm.