The Falcons didn’t envision a winless season last fall, after they were on the verge of making the state playoffs in 2010 and ’11.
After Randall Smith was fired following the 2011 season, assistant Tommy Macon took the reins and deviated from Smith’s Wing-T offense by installing the spread.
There were times during the 2012 season when the unfamiliarity of the new offense showed.
While Pebblebrook was able to make plays early in games, miscues such as bad snaps in the red zone and turnovers at inopportune times eventually took over.
Injuries were also a factor late in the season. The Falcons once had five defensive starters out with injuries.
All Pebblebrook can do now is look ahead.
Spring practice ended May 10, and Macon said the turnout and participation was solid. The Falcons also looked more comfortable in Macon’s spread than they did last spring.
Though Pebblebrook only returns three starters on defense and four on offense, the younger players coming up already have varsity experience.
“We lost a few seniors, but we have a lot of kids with experience,” Macon said. “Toward the end of the season, we played a lot of people. We played a lot of receivers and (defensive backs). We have kids with game experience, but not necessarily starters.”
And the offensive players seemed to be more comfortable with the spread.
Pebblebrook isn’t known for its size and has to rely on speed to win games.
Quarterback Dezmond Huntley had a productive spring after leading the huddle last season. He threw for 1,318 yards and four touchdowns but is looking to cut down on his 18 interceptions last year.
Huntley also rushed for 549 yards and three touchdowns.
Receivers Justin Simms and Shauntez Smith also had good springs, with Smith making big plays in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage. Simms had 543 yards and a pair of touchdowns last season, while Smith tacked on 237 more yards.
Perry Seldon, who is expecting to start at running back and cornerback this season, was also productive. Seldon, a three-year starter, rushed for 390 yards on 106 carries.
Pebblebrook is confident about its running game with Seldon back, and the Falcons also had a few younger players show potential in the backfield.
“We’re much more comfortable with the offense now than we were last fall,” Macon said. “We throw the ball often, but we realize we have to establish the running game.”
Mark Monsanto, who had 72 tackles at linebacker, had a successful spring on the defensive side of the ball.