Largo, Florida -- It was Rich Rodriguez who set the standard for the Largo Packers, but now the program is in the hands of one of his pupils. After Rodriguez retired this past spring, Largo turned to alum Marcus Paschal to take over.
Paschal graduated from Largo in 2002, and spent the next four years at the University of Iowa. After a standout football career for the Hawkeyes, Paschal spent part of the next four seasons in the NFL with four different teams as a defensive back. The head coach of the Packers saw his most playing time with the Baltimore Ravens.
Paschal takes over a Packers program that year in a year out has turned out talent. This season is no different as senior Donovan Hale will lead Largo at quarterback. Hale is one of Pinellas County's top talents, not only on the gridiron but on the basketball court.
Despite Paschal being a first-year head coach, the Packers should be the favorites in Class 6A District. Largo's first game will be against a familiar foe, as they will take on former Packers assistant coach and new Northeast head coach Jeremy Frouid and the Vikings on Aug. 29.