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DUNEDIN, FL – The Dunedin Falcons have their work cut out for themselves in a couple different ways.

One is overcoming losing 2021 starting quarterback Parker Stirnkorb, who ended up leaving to transfer over to Zephyrhills Christian Academy this summer. Dunedin head coach Mitch Disney and his staff already have moved on and targeted who they will need to rely upon this fall. Enter senior Chris Bostick, who will line up now as the team’s starter at quarterback for 2022.

“We expect Chris Bostick to have a big role in the offense as well as a few young running backs in Noble Wilder, Isaac Oster, and Rich Burgess,” Disney said. “The offensive line will be young but junior Saul Martinez will provide strength, attitude, and leadership to a young group. We have veteran fullbacks that will help out that young line.”

The other bit of adversity that the Falcons are going to have to overcome is the redistricting for the new metro/suburban state series, as Dunedin will be playing in one of the toughest around. Dunedin is now in 2-Metro, District 7 and the Falcons are paired up with Class 3A state runner-up Berkeley Prep, Clearwater and Calvary Christian. Each team reached the playoffs in 2021 and Dunedin will have an uphill climb facing new competition.

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“The new classifications weren’t needed in my opinion,” said Disney. “To me, as long as we are playing teams locally and being competitive, that’s what matters. Our district is one of the toughest in the whole Tampa Bay Area.”

Coming off a disappointing 2-8 2021 campaign in which Dunedin played in several tight games that could’ve gone either way, the Falcons are hoping to improve upon last season’s win total. Dunedin had tight ballgames against Countryside, Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg which easily could have been wins. Disney knows losing several impact players due to the transfer bug has hurt, but his team has continued to work hard with a great attitude doing so.

“Our goal is to improve on our record every year; 2-8 isn’t acceptable for me and for Dunedin in the last few years,” Disney said. “We had 11 wins the two previous years, so we would like to get back on track with that. It’s no secret, we had six players transfer and most were impact players.

“The first time I have ever dealt with that kind of loss at Dunedin. Our players have responded to that beyond what I expected. They know we have our work cut out for us but they have attacked this with a great attitude. This whole off-season has been challenging to this program in more than one way, and kids keep their head forward, and I couldn’t be more proud of them and our coaching staff.”

Andy Villamarzo can be reached at andyvillamarzo@gmail.com and follow him at @Andy_Villamarzo.

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