The Coaches

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Tod Creneti |

Jomel Fernandez, Head Coach-MS
James Abelson, Asst. Coach
Kevin Barker, Asst. Coach
Henry Bernet, Asst. Coach
AJ Brown, Asst. Coach
Luc Goeders, Asst. Coach
Louis Goff, Asst. Coach
Cord Graham, Asst. Coach
Steve Gulash, Asst. Coach
Brad Johnson, Asst. Coach
James Phelan, Asst. Coach
Rick Schuman, Asst. Coach
Chris Valcarcel, Asst. Coach
Chris Vining, Asst. Coach
Greg Williford, Asst. Coach

Varsity Football (9th-12th grade)

Middle School Football (6th-8th grade)

 

Division Champions: 2015, 2016
SSAC State Champions: 2016

The Players
Barker, Ty 2020
Bauer, Treighten 2019
Billy, Dortavien 2018
Brown, Chase 2018
Brown, Sydney 2018
Brown, Trystan 2020
Burnham, Tyler 2019
Carlsen, Truman 2019
Clark, Daniel 2021
Davis, Demetrius 2018
Davis, Dylan 2020
Donnelly, Keaton 2021
Edwards, Jordan 2019
Francis, Dalton 2019
Gay, Brock 2021
Gillum, Christopher 2018
Guzman, Devin 2020
Hayes, Vaughn 2018
Horesh, Morgan 2021
Hyppolite, Amonde 2021
Kast, Ethan 2020
Konkol, Matthew 2021
Lansberg, Parker 2018
Leclezio, Alexis 2018
Millican, Jarrett 2019
Mulqueen, Trevor 2018
O'Keefe, Patrick 2021
Robinson, Darron 2019
Sauerbeck, Calvin 2021
Sket, Alexander 2020
Thompson, Ryan 2018
Vining, Camden 2020

Athletics Guide

Football

 

Football Schedule Poster

 

Is it more difficult to reach the top or to stay there? That will surely be the storyline of the 2017 Falcons football season following an amazing run to the Sunshine State Athletic Conference independent state championship last year. It was the culmination of a journey that seemed unimaginable just five years earlier – from the struggles of a winless season under first-year head coach Tod Creneti in 2011, to a historic campaign that included a run of 11 consecutive victories and the school's first state title.

The Falcons now face the task of maintaining a standard of excellence that has seen them compile a 28-6 record and a pair of SSAC Florida Bowl appearances since 2014. They’ll take on that challenge without seven key starters from a year ago, but enough talent remains to keep Saint Stephen’s a league favorite. That talented roster is highlighted by one of the most explosive offensive backfields to be found anywhere in high school football.

Senior quarterback Fred Billy returns as the school’s all-time leading passer and rusher. He accounted for 2,235 total yards and 31 touchdowns a year ago. Beyond those gaudy numbers, however, Billy showed his true leadership and will to win when it counted most, rallying the Falcons for 21 fourth-quarter points during a dramatic victory over Vero Beach Saint Edward’s in the championship game.

Complementing Billy in the backfield is senior running back Chase Brown. A transfer last year from Canada, Brown saw his first action during the third week of the season and never looked back, rushing for 1,416 yards and 19 scores. He led all of Manatee County in rushing and displayed a penchant for the big play, averaging a whopping 11 yards per attempt. Brown already boasts several offers from major Division I college programs.

A third dangerous offensive weapon to watch is all-purpose senior Demetrius Davis. He accounted for nearly 1,000 yards in 2016 as a rusher, receiver and kick returner. Davis also starred as a defensive back, returning an interception 98 yards for a score to help turn the tide and secure a win against Seffner Christian in last year’s regular-season finale.

Despite the graduation of first-team all-conference offensive tackle Josh Stevens, the Falcons return solid experience up front in senior Parker Lansberg, juniors Darron Robinson and Tyler Burnham, and sophomore Dylan Davis, a rising star at center.

No reliable pass catcher returns other than Demetrius Davis, so there will be room for a new face or two to emerge to help replace the production lost with the graduations of top receivers Peyton Vining and Jordon Murrell.

On defense, back are three of the team’s four leading tacklers from a year ago in seniors Jet Gillum and Sydney Brown, and sophomore Cam Vining. At defensive end, Burnham is the top pass rusher with four sacks in 2016. Linebackers Ryan Thompson and Truman Carlsen, and cornerback Vaughn Hayes were all key players on the championship team and should take on even bigger roles this season.

The emergence of Saint Stephen’s football has clearly created a new sense of excitement on campus. Friday game nights have become prime-time events, thanks to the high-powered Falcons and the opening of the state-of-the-art Moore Athletic Complex in 2013.

Despite its brief football history, Saint Stephen’s has also had great success finding opportunities for its student-athletes at the collegiate level. Four of last season’s seniors will play in college and, in the previous four seasons, at least one Falcon moved on to a NCAA Division I FBS or FCS program: Linebacker/tight end Tim Nutter (Furman 2013), linebacker Bradley Beazant (Rice 2014), offensive lineman Wyatt Knopfke (Boston College 2015), and long snapper Jacob Westberry (Fresno State 2016).

 

Private School Football

Middle School Football (6th-8th grade)

Division Champions: 2015, 2016
SSAC State Champions: 2016

 

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Tod Creneti |

Jomel Fernandez, Head Coach-MS
James Abelson, Asst. Coach
Kevin Barker, Asst. Coach
Henry Bernet, Asst. Coach
AJ Brown, Asst. Coach
Luc Goeders, Asst. Coach
Louis Goff, Asst. Coach
Cord Graham, Asst. Coach
Steve Gulash, Asst. Coach
Brad Johnson, Asst. Coach
James Phelan, Asst. Coach
Rick Schuman, Asst. Coach
Chris Valcarcel, Asst. Coach
Chris Vining, Asst. Coach
Greg Williford, Asst. Coach

 

The Players
Barker, Ty 2020
Bauer, Treighten 2019
Billy, Dortavien 2018
Brown, Chase 2018
Brown, Sydney 2018
Brown, Trystan 2020
Burnham, Tyler 2019
Carlsen, Truman 2019
Clark, Daniel 2021
Davis, Demetrius 2018
Davis, Dylan 2020
Donnelly, Keaton 2021
Edwards, Jordan 2019
Francis, Dalton 2019
Gay, Brock 2021
Gillum, Christopher 2018
Guzman, Devin 2020
Hayes, Vaughn 2018
Horesh, Morgan 2021
Hyppolite, Amonde 2021
Kast, Ethan 2020
Konkol, Matthew 2021
Lansberg, Parker 2018
Leclezio, Alexis 2018
Millican, Jarrett 2019
Mulqueen, Trevor 2018
O'Keefe, Patrick 2021
Robinson, Darron 2019
Sauerbeck, Calvin 2021
Sket, Alexander 2020
Thompson, Ryan 2018
Vining, Camden 2020

 

 


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