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Clearwater Central Catholic is as talented as they come in 1A-Metro

The Marauders are expected to compete for a state crown in Class 1A-Metro

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – The city of Clearwater has themselves a few teams that could be making a lot of noise this season, but Clearwater Central Catholic might bring the most talent and fanfare around them. 

From talented athletes like Nate Johnson III and Curtis Roberts to a head coach in Chris Harvey, who is getting shoutouts on Twitter from popular artists like Plies, the Marauders have a ton of intrigue around the program heading into the 2022 season. If there are any doubts about if CCC will compete for a district championship, you better check the résumé. 

The Marauders are not at all far removed from when they made a deep run in the postseason back in 2019, with CCC eventually falling to Chaminade-Madonna in the Class 3A state semifinals. Now Harvey has another group that’s capable of making another run after going 8-4 last fall. 

Nate Johnson III fell just short of 1,000 yards receiving last year. 

Nate Johnson III fell just short of 1,000 yards receiving last year. 

One of the main players in not only tops in Pinellas County, but Johnson is known throughout the state as a player to watch.  He is a Boston College commitment to play cornerback. Though he is slated to play defense on the next level, do not sleep on Johnson playing wide receiver whatsoever. Johnson caught 48 passes for 915 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021 for the Marauders. 

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He’s not the only Division I recruit people are talking about at CCC, but flip over to the defensive side of the ball and Roberts (FAU commit) has been an absolute menace against opposing offensive lines. Playing at a outside linebacker and rushing off the edge, Roberts has notched a total of 14 sacks over the last two seasons. 

Up front on the line of scrimmage is where teams will have a myriad of problems facing off versus the Marauders and offensive/defensive lineman Shane Elam is a big reason why. Elam, who decommitted from Middle Tennessee State just a week ago, brings great power and strength at the guard or center position on offense at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. 

Andy Jaffe finished with 41 tackles in 2021. 

Andy Jaffe finished with 41 tackles in 2021. 

CCC safety Andy Jaffe just received an offer from Wake Forest after making 41 tackles and picking off a pass in 2021. Temple commit Kevin Terry will anchor an offensive tackle position and can also switch it up and play defensive end. Running back Lenwood Sapp returns on offense and brings back plenty of yardage from a year ago after rushing for 1,587 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns. 

District play for the Marauders is a switch up from playing in a region last year, with CCC entering the new metro-suburban state series in a tough Class 1A-Metro, District 3. The Marauders will be facing off against a very talented Carrollwood Day team, always tough Seffner Christian and an improving Calvary Christian club. 

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