Three-peat is on the minds of those staff members and players within the Southwest Florida Gladiators, as they’re coming off back-to-back championships in the Florida Football Alliance (FFA).
The Gladiators soundly defeated the South Florida Wolverines 29-0 in the Alliance Bowl XII at Daytona Stadium in Daytona Beach, FL, completing winning consecutive titles. Now Southwest Florida has set its sights on winning a third straight league title and the team is already looking to reload.
“The Southwest Florida Gladiators are preparing for a run to set a new FFA league record by winning 3 championships in row,” said Gladiators’ owner Rose Greenwood. “To do that, you have to continue to improve your organization from the top down.”
For a program that has been unbeatable the last two years in the FFA, the Gladiators are looking to reload on both sides of the football. With the ever changing landscape in adult amateur football, there’s players that have stuck with the Gladiators throughout.
Southwest Florida’s linebacking unit remains one of the toughest in the state, as they’re slated to return former Syracuse Strong linebacker Blair Taylor is back along with Cliff ‘Tech’ Lespinasse returning for his second straight season with the club.
“Our defensive coordinator has appeared in the last six championships in a row as either the defensive or offensive coordinator,” Greenwood added. “The Southwest Florida Gladiators record under our head coach Gerald Perry is an impressive 35-2.”
Up front on the offensive line is where the Gladiators excel more than most teams in the state, with the team returning Ryan McManus, Jay Feret, Jason Greenwood, Darrell Holloman and James Williams. The line averages over 300 pounds across the board and is one of the tops in the Southeast Region.
At the quarterback position is where the Gladiators had a bit of a revolving door, with Matt Brevi starting off the season before Bryan Smith and Lonnie Young stepping in under center. Young was the starter for the Gladiators when they won Alliance Bowl XII.