Dunedin (FL) heads into 2022 looking to overcome adversity

DUNEDIN, FL – The Dunedin Falcons have their work cut out for them in a number of ways.

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

“We expect Chris Bostick to play an important role in offense along with some young running backs in Noble Wilder, Isaac Oster and Rich Burgess,” Disney said. “The offensive line will be young, but junior Saul Martinez will bring strength, attitude and leadership to a young group. We have veteran full-backs who will help this young line.

The other adversity the Falcons are going to have to overcome is the redistricting for the new set of metropolitan/suburban states, as Dunedin will be playing in one of the toughest at the moment. Dunedin is now in 2-Metro, District 7 and the Falcons are paired with Class 3A state runners-up Berkeley Prep, Clearwater and Calvary Christian. Each team has reached the playoffs in 2021 and Dunedin will have a tough climb against new competition.

“The new classifications were unnecessary in my view,” Disney said. “For me, as long as we play local teams and are competitive, that’s what matters. Our district is one of the toughest in the entire Tampa Bay area.

After a disappointing 2-8 2021 campaign in which Dunedin had several tight games that could have gone either way, the Falcons will be hoping to improve on last season’s win tally. Dunedin had close matches against Countryside, Tarpon Springs and St Petersburg which could easily have been wins. Disney knows losing several impact players to the transfer bug hurt, but their team kept working hard with a great attitude.

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

“First time facing this kind of loss in Dunedin. Our players have responded to this beyond what I expected. They know we have our work cut out but they attacked this with a great attitude. This whole offseason has been tough for this program in more ways than one, and the kids are holding their heads up high, and I couldn’t be more proud of them and our coaching staff.

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