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Griffins starved for wins

August 28, 2010
By DOMINIC CARSI, Special to the Breeze

Gateway Charter can only go one way - up - after enduring a winless season in 2009.

The good news for the Griffins is senior quarterback Justin Veras returns to try and earn the team's first win in more than a year. Veras was a bright spot during a dark season as he takes over full time this season.

Gateway finished 0-10 last year and replaced coach Joe Swain with Victor Coates.

"Last year was rough. I hope I can turn things around here this season and get us back on the winning side of things," said Coates.

Playing in District 2B-6 requires a lot of traveling for the Griffins in order to have a decent shot at breaking their 12-game losing streak. The streak stretches back into the final two games of the 2008 season when the Griffins were 5-5.

With a new coach, a solid quarterback and a new attitude, there is hope for the Griffins heading into the fall.

The Griffins make their season debut on Sept. 3 at home when they host the Lemon Bay Manta Rays. Their district slate also begins at home on Sept. 24 against Dunbar.

A very important road game against an equally under achieving Coral Springs Charter School looms on Oct. 15.

Gateway Charter High School Griffins

2010 Schedule

Sept. 3 - vs. Lemon Bay

Sept. 10 - at Frostproof

Sept. 17 - at Golden Gate

Sept. 24 - vs. Dunbar-x

Oct. 8 - vs. Clewiston-x

Oct. 15 - at Coral Springs Charter

Oct. 22 - vs. LaBelle-x

Oct. 29 - at Island Coast-x

Nov. 5 - at Lake Placid-x

Nov. 12 - vs. Evangelical Christian


Head coach: Victor Coates, ('10) first year

Team Colors: Royal blue & silver

Mascot: Griffins

Stadium: 12770 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers

Class/District: 2B-6

Playoff History: none.

2009 Results

Record: 0-10

Home: 0-4 Away: 0-6 District: 0-5

Lemon Bay 39, Gateway 19

Frostproof 40, Gateway 6

Golden Gate 52, Gateway 0

Dunbar 48, Gateway 0

Evangelical Christian 66, Gateway 0

Clewiston 51, Gateway 6

LaBelle 42, Gateway 6

Island Coast 66, Gateway 6

Lake Placid 55, Gateway 0

Immokalee 52, Gateway 7



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