by Brian Stanton

HOLIDAY- One of the hardest positions to fill in adult amateur football is the offensive line and that is no different with the Anclote Pirates, as the club is continuously looking to add linemen and depth.

The positives pointed out by Anclote offensive coordinator Scott Mirto is the togetherness the offensive line has shown throughout preseason practices, with the same group being together for quite some time. Though newcomers are starting to come out of the wood works, with college football and the NFL having many former high school and collegiate players scratching the itch to play again, the Pirates’ staff feels the line is coming together very nicely heading into fall camp.

The offensive line is anchored currently by veteran Michael Rehkopf, who started for the Pirates’ playoff teams in 2012 and 2013, joined by former North Pinellas Decepticons’ center Kent Garnett, former Palm Harbor University linemen Frank Schooley, former Brooksville Baller Rashon Brown and brothers Josh and Shawn Payne.

Joining the group recently is Bryan LittleJohn, who played for the Pirates in 2010, 2011, 2012 and briefly in 2013. LittleJohn brings versatility to the line and proves to be a solid pickup. Also joining the offensive line is Andrew Marshall, who played last season at Gulf High School. Coaches are very excited about Marshall’s size and potential.