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Welcome Dreadnaughts

2020 has been anything but a normal year.  One thing we can always count on is Coach Castle preparing our team for a new season!  We honor Coach Castle as he celebrates his 50th year at Lakeland High School.  

If you speak to Dreadnaughts who have been around awhile they will tell you it reminds them a bit of the 1990 football campaign.  30 years ago the Dreadnaughts took the field not facing COVID, but rather Encephalitis.  The year was 1990 and Coach Bill Castle was just entering his 3rd decade of coaching.  By mandate of the Polk County School Board all football games were played in the afternoon with only limited fans in attendance.  They wanted to reduce the risk of mosquito bites (carriers of the virus) to coaches, players and fans. 

Ryan Tidwell excelled at QB finishing his career with 1,200 yards passing and a 55% completion rate.  With offensive contributions from Jones, Honors, Sanders, Carrier, Segree, Fleming, Chancy, Pierce, Jones, Spoto, Davis and a host of other Dreadnaughts, LHS crushed cross-town rival Kathleen 42-14 at Johnny Johnson Stadium. Senior Defensive Lineman Pat Turner anchored the Dreadnaught defense along with names like Franklin, MacPherson, Sherwood, DeLoach, Smithson, Brown, Pugh, Goins, Spurlock, Williams, Bowers among others.   The Naughts Defense was a force to be reckoned with recording 2 overtime thrilling goal line stands and 2 shutouts! 

So the tradition of excellence continues. This 2020 squad, led by 19 seniors, will stand on the shoulders of Dreadnaughts who have gone before.  And all of this would not be impossible without our generous corporate sponsors.  You will see their logos scrolling across the bottom of this website and prominently displayed on Friday nights at Bryant Stadium on the jumbotron.   And I can’t say enough about the support we get from our Century Club members who truly anchor the ship.  On behalf of our coaches, players and administration, THANK YOU! 

William Faulkner once said, “Life is not about making monuments, but instead, making footprints.  A monument only says, ‘At least I got this far’ while a footprint says, ‘This is where I was when I moved again.”  We are all excited to see the footprints this year’s squad makes leaving their mark on Dreadnaught history.

Go Naughts!

Jil Bevis, President
Lakeland Football Boosters

Bill Castle - Head Coach Lakeland High School Football Dreadnaughts

Bill Castle

Lakeland Football Head Coach

Jil Bevis - Lakeland Century Club President

Jil Bevis

Lakeland Century Club President

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