Clearwater, Florida -- On the sidelines for two decades, the Clearwater Tornadoes relied on the knowledge of Tom Bostic, that was until last season. That's when former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Donnie Abraham took over the program.
Abraham's initial campaign with Clearwater didn't provide the jolt or turnaround the school imagined. Another season of missing out on the playoffs from of Class 7A District 9.
Abraham was faced with obstacles, a lack of turnout for spring ball participation led to a thin depth chart in the fall. Zoning issues with players bolting for better established programs like Largo and Countryside, has left the Tornados trying to dig talent out of the depths of the school.
But in year two, Abraham and the Tornadoes feel they have gained ground with talent and a knowledge of the system built to succeed.
Clearwater will kick off the 2014 season with a winnable game against Tarpon Springs on Aug. 29. They will have a chance to build three straight wins, before hitting a treacherous track of games against East Lake, Gibbs and Countryside beginning in Week 4.