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It’s a whole newball game
Newclass systemadds
mysteryto’09season
NewsSentinel staff
ForKnoxville-areahighschool
footballteams,theroadtothestate
championship got a lot shorter
—inmileage—overthesummer
whenTennesseeTechUniversity
inCookevillewasapprovedasthe
host site over Middle Tennessee
StateinMurfreesboro.
But the 15-game journey will
still seemlike a marathon, with
wrong turns andpit stops along
theway.
Withthecreationofnewclassi-
ficationsandabrand-newplayoff
systemset forth by the TSSAA,
everyone—fromfans toplayers
tocoaches—seemstobewaiting
in the dark to see howit will all
playout.
There’sonlyoneplacetowatch
thatunfold: onthefield.
And this season’s PrepXtra
Magazinewill shedsomemuch-
neededlight onjust whichteams
areset toexcel, whichonesprob-
ablywon’tandwhichoneswillbe
rebuildingundernewcoaches.
What’s more: for thefirst time
sincethe2004season, Maryville
entersonalosingstreak—albeit
a one-gameslide—after having
its74-gamewinstreaksnappedin
lastseason’sClass4Astatecham-
pionship.
Will the Rebels be able to re-
bound in a higher classification
againstthelikesofFarragut,Cath-
olicandBearden?
Will its Blount Countyneigh-
borandrival Alcoabeabletoreel
off asixthconsecutivestatetitle?
TheTornadoeswerebumpedup
to3Aafter havingbeenthehead
oftheClass2Aforyears.
CanFultonrecaptureits state-
titleformafterhavingmissedout
ontheplayoffslast seasonforthe
firsttimesince1992?
Start to find the answers in
thesepagesthenfollowtheseason
on PrepXtra.com, East Tennes-
see’sleaderinhighschool sports.
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INSIDE
Alcoa........................... 4
AndersonCounty.. 6
Austin-East............... 7
Bearden..................... 8
CAK............................. 10
Campbell County.. 11
Carter......................... 12
Catholic...................... 14
Central ....................... 16
Clinton........................ 17
Farragut..................... 18
Fulton.......................... 20
Gat.-Pittman............ 21
Gibbs........................... 22
GraceAcademy..... 24
Halls............................. 41
HardinValley............ 42
Heritage..................... 43
JeffersonCounty... 43
Karns.......................... 44
LenoirCity................. 45
Loudon....................... 47
Maryville................... 48
MorristownEast.... 50
MorristownWest.. 51
OakRidge.................. 52
PigeonForge............ 54
Powell......................... 55
SevierCounty.......... 56
Seymour.................... 58
South-Doyle............. 59
Webb.......................... 60
West........................... 61
WilliamBlount........ 62
PX3
ALCOA
PREDICTEDFINISH
Aug. 21
atBell Co. (KY)
Aug. 28
Maryville
Sept. 4
*atLoudon
Sept. 10
atFulton, MyVLT2
Sept. 18
*ScottCounty
Sept. 25
atHoward
Oct. 2
*atKingston
Oct. 16
*StoneMemorial
Oct. 23
McMinnCentral
Oct. 30
*atCAK
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos Class
84 Anthony, Mustafa DB/WR FR
14 Bach, Corey LB/QB FR
72 Bailey, Tyler DT/OL FR
9 Barnes, Chaz DB/WR SR
63 Birchfield, Jon DT/OL SR
59 Bledsoe, Chip DT/OL SO
80 Brown, Parker LB/RB JR
42 Brown, Justin DB/RB FR
86 Burnette, Blake K FR
64 Cameron, David DT/OL SO
35 Campbell, Jonathan DB/WR FR
93 Castro, Roberto K JR
44 Chapman, Zack LB/RB SO
47 Coffin, Georgio LB/RB SR
95 Cooper, Joe DE/TE SR
13 Copeland, Tyler DB/QB SO
33 Crenshaw, Jarod LB FR
18 Cunningham, Brooks DB/WR SO
50 Cunningham, Taylor LB/OL FR
23 Dean, Kenny DB/WR FR
49 Dijini, Noel DT/OL FR
19 Dunlap, Brett DB/WR FR
66 Evans, Derrick DT/OL JR
17 Ferguson, Jordan DB/WR FR
No. Name Pos Class
76 Franklin, Shane DT/OL FR
65 Gibbs, Matthew DT/OL SO
11 Goodson, Hogan DB/QB SO
90 Hall, Davey DE/TE FR
96 Hawkins, James DB/WR F0R
29 Hembrick, Vanderbilt DB/RB SO
46 Henderson, Damion DT/OL FR
85 Henry, Jonivan DE/TE JR
28 Herbert, Deontra FB/LB SR
67 Hodge, Kelsey DT/OL FR
4 Isom, Steven DE/RB JR
24 Jett, Jared LB/WR JR
60 Johnson, Stanley DT/OL JR
58 Kerr, Darwin DT/OL SR
12 Koko, Ezekial LB/RB 8G
30 Lajuett, Caleb DB/WR FR
78 Lee, Tyler DE/OL SR
34 Lewis, Cody DB/WR SO
82 Lewis, Devonte DE/FB JR
87 Lewis, Romey DB/WR FR
71 Long, Corey DT/OL FR
92 Loy, Thomas DE/TE FR
73 Mangum, Caleb DT/OL JR
75 Manuel, Steven DT/OL SO
No. Name Pos Class
74 Marsh, Justin DT/OL SR
52 McBrayer, Braxton DT/OL FR
99 McGlothlin, Tyler DT/TE JR
27 McMurray, Brendan LB/WR FR
43 McNear, Treman FB/LB FR
54 Miles, Nick DE/OL SO
31 Newring, Justin DB/WR JR
51 Ogle, Zac DE/OL FR
91 Owenby, Dalton DE/TE FR
39 Patrick, Jordan FB/LB JR
48 Prindiville, Vance DT/OL FR
55 Rankin, JohnTucker DT/OL SO
94 Revels, Davon DE/TE SO
40 Richardson, Jacob LB/RB SO
37 Roberts, Chase DE/TE SO
6 Robinson, Nathanial LB/WR SR
5 Robinson, Daniel LB/WR SR
89 Robinson, Tyler DE/TE SR
25 Rockymore, Daniel DB/WR SR
88 Roy, John DB/WR JR
— Sankey, Brandon LB/RB FR
26 Shareef, Ahmad FB/LB SO
38 Soule, Alex DB/OL FR
56 Stephens, Adam DT/OL JR
No. Name Pos Class
8 Stoutt, Ryan DB/QB SR
21 Strissel, Brandon FB/LB FR
57 Sudderth, James DT/OL SO
16 Talent, Austin DB/QB JR
68 Tate, Colby DT/OL SO
62 Tatham, Ben DT/OL FR
15 Toney, Jaron DB/RB SR
3 Turbyfill, Landon DB/QB FR
2 Tyson, Taharin LB/RB JR
61 Walden, Marcel DT/OL SR
81 Warfield, Lajuan DB/WR SO
1 Warren, Darryl DE/RB JR
79 Weatherly, John DT/OL SR
69 Weber, Tyler DE/OL SR
10 Wheeler, Dalton DB/WR JR
97 White, Dorian DE/TE FR
98 Wilson, Cole DE/TE FR
77 Wilson, Josh DT/OL SO
36 Wilson, DJ DB/WR SO
— Woodruff, Robert DB/WR FR
45 Woody, Colton DB/WR FR
41 Yost, Spencer DB/WR SO
83 Zachary, Davon DB/WR JR
Heroes: Tyler Robinson(TE/DL,
senior, 6-4, 250, Mr. Football
linemanwinner, PrepXtra
defensiveplayer of theyear, Di-
visionI prospect), JaronToney
(RB/DB, senior, 5-9, 165, 846
yardsand18TDslast season),
TaharinTyson(FB/LB, junior,
5-11, 230, 779yardsandeight
TDsin2008).
Breakout Players: Quarterbacks
AustinTallant (junior, 5-11, 175)
andRyanStoutt (senior, 6-0,
185) likelywill shineonoffense.
Tallant andStoutt doubleas
defenders(inthesecondary).
Others: StevenIsom, (WR/DB,
junior, 6-1) ChazBarnes(wide
receiver, senior, 6-3), Lajuan
Warfield(5-10, sophomore,
WR/DB).
What’sGood: Alcoahasthree
senior startingoffensiveline-
men, anditsbackfieldisas
deepasanyprogram’sinthe
state. WhileToneyandTyson
will logamajorityof thecar-
ries, Vanderbilt Hambrickand
Darrell Warrenarenoslouches.
HelpNeeded: Alcoaisyoung
inthesecondary. It not only
lost tograduationacoachand
playmaker onthefieldin
widereceiver/defensiveback
SamThompson, it alsolost
itskicker andpunter. Alcoa’s
onlytrustedpass-catcher is
Robinson.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21 at Bell
County, Ky., Aug. 28
vs. Maryville, Sept.
10atFulton.
Tornadoestravel ruggedroute
Alcoamoves upto3-A
insearchof sixthtitleinrow
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
If Alcoa rips off a sixth-consecutive state
championshipthis season, don’t be surprised
to see an asterisk attached to
its streak.
But its lone purpose would
be as anindicator that the first
five championships were won
inClass2Aandthesixthin3A.
Under the TSSAA’s new
classifications for 2009-13, Al-
coa was bumped up and will
test its program on a higher
stage.
That hassomeof theAlcoaplayersexcited;
theymayactuallygettoplayinthesecondhalf
morefrequently.
CoachGaryRankindidn’t buildinanyfluff
into the lineup of opponents, adding Chatta-
noogaHowardinJulytocompletethe10-game
schedule.
“Wedon’t haveverymanyeasygames,” he
said. “We’vehadtoomanyof thoseinthepast,
maybe. Our non-region schedule is what’s a
killerforus. WeopenwithBell County, whois
a4Astatechampionout of Kentucky. They’re
a good, good solid football team. Then you
got Maryville, Fulton, HowardandLoudonin
thosefirst fivegames.
“It’s goingtobedemanding.”
But its hardnot topredict the same results.
Alcoa returns a bundle of playmakers on of-
fense, whichcouldmasksomeofitsshortcom-
ings withsomedefensivenewcomers.
Maybe no player will be relied on more
thanseniorTylerRobinson. The6-foot-2, 250-
pound tight end/defensive lineman is one of
thestate’s topplayers andrecruits.
While he has much attached to his name
—includingaMr. Football awardandscholar-
ship offers fromVirginia Tech and Kentucky
—he doesn’t want to be remembered as part
of theteamthat haltedthetitlestreak.
“Seniorclass, youdon’twanttobetheoneto
ruinit, mess it up, youknow?” saidRobinson.
“Youcan’t takeit for granted.
“You can’t take anyone lightly. What did
Maryville win —74 in a row(until is lost last
year inthe4Astatechampionship)? Youcan’t
takeanybodylightly.”
RunningbacksJaronToney(Alcoa’sleading
rusher last year) and man-child Taharin Ty-
son(5-11, 230) will carrytheoffenseuntil new
quarterbacks Austin Tallant and Ryan Stoutt
find their comfort zones and go-to receivers
aresorted.
“(Tyson)usedtobealittlechubbyandhave
that babyfat onhim,” saidToney, whoscored
18touchdowns last season. “But he’s slimmed
downandgottenhis speedup. SoI think that
will helpout alot this year.”
Robinson
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ANDERSONCOUNTY
Aug. 28
MorristownEast
Sept. 4
*atCampbell County
Sep. 11
*atCentral
Sept. 18
*Powell
Sept. 25
*Halls
Oct. 2
*OakRidge
Oct. 9
atLivingston
Academy
Oct. 16
*atKarns
Oct. 23
*HardinValley
Oct. 29
*atClinton
MyVLT2TV
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Oct. 2vs. OakRidge,
Oct. 29atClinton.
SCHEDULE
Heroes: JoshWilson(6-3, senior,
widereceiver). Wilsonaccounted
for morethan500yardsreceiving
andseventouchdownsduring
theregular seasonin2008. He’s
garneringinterest fromMiddle
TennesseeStateUniversity. His
jumpingabilitymakeshimvaluable
aroundthegoal lineandondeep
balls.
Breakout Players: Senior running
backsDrewHicks(6-0, 195) and
ChadBlakely(5-9, 160) will get
aloadof opportunitiestomake
playsinGillum’ssystem. Hicks,
amorepowerful runner, missed
last seasonduetoinjury. Blakely, a
transfer fromHalls, givestheMavs
aquickbacktomixupthepaceout
of thebackfield. Defensiveback
DylanSainhasimpressedwithhis
uncannyabilitytobeintheright
placeat theright time.
What’sGood: CoachGillumisex-
citedabout hisoffensiveweaponry,
namelyWilson, HicksandBlakely.
Thedefensivelineissolid, andthe
teampsychedoesn’t seemtohave
beendamagedduringatumultu-
ousoffseason.
HelpNeeded: Theoffensivelineis
young, whichcouldhinder AC’srun
gameat timesif it doesn’t catch
uptospeedof playinginDistrict
3-AAA. Gillumandstaff alsoare
tryingtodevelopdepthtobeacon-
sistent 5Aplayoff contender. Junior
quarterbackTanner Williams(5-11,
180) islearninganewoffensive
systemunder Gillum. SinceGillum
washiredlate, Williamsandcrew
havebeencramminginthenew
playbook.
RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
59 Alley, Cody DL/OL 5-10 225 SR
1 Beaty, Nick K 5-8 180 SR
22 Blakley, Chad DB/RB 6-0 185 SR
22 Branham, Anthony DB/RB 5-7 165 SO
88 Byrge, Brandon LB/TE 5-11 185 FR
10 Chadwell, Talor DB/WR 5-9 180 JR
86 Clowers, Jeremiah DB/WR 5-7 170 SO
83 Collinsworth, Blake DB/WR 5-9 175 SO
51 Copeland, Zach LB/OL 5-11 185 JR
48 Cullison, Jordan DB/WR 5-10 170 FR
80 Disney, Jacob DB/WR 6-1 190 SR
76 Dison, Tyler DL/OL 5-9 210 SR
85 Duncan, McKenzie DB/WR 5-7 150 SO
35 Duncan, Micah DB/WR 5-9 160 SO
75 Edwards, Kendall DL/OL 6-1 220 SR
32 Graves, Dylan LB/RB 5-10 205 JR
64 Griffith, Nick DE/OL 5-9 175 SO
26 Hamel, Alex LB/RB 5-9 175 FR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
14 Harmon, Xavier DB/WR 5-10 175 SR
33 Hicks, Drew LB/RB 6-0 205 SR
11 Hodge, Micah QB 5-9 165 FR
52 Hughes, Luke DL/OL 6-4 240 SR
4 Hutson, Creighton DE/RB 5-9 185 SR
55 Idles, Michael LB/OL 6-0 200 SR
73 Jones, Eric DE/OL 5-9 170 SR
31 Kesterson, Jeremy DE/WR 6-0 185 SR
42 Lindsay, Toby DE/RB 5-9 175 JR
40 Lintz, Andrew DB/RB 5-6 165 SO
44 Long, Andy LB/RB 5-9 165 FR
58 Long, Zack DL/OL 5-9 200 JR
8 Mabe, David DE/RB 5-9 190 JR
66 Marlow, Blake DL/OL 5-9 225 SO
15 Mayes, Josh DB/WR 5-10 190 SO
19 McAfee, Zack SS/WR 6-1 195 JR
34 McCoy, Trey LB/RB 6-0 225 SO
56 Pack, Carter DL/OL 6-4 240 SR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
81 Phillips, Lucas DB/WR 6-0 170 JR
21 Reynolds, Keenon DB/WR 5-9 185 SR
3 Roberts, Zane DB/WR 5-9 170 JR
5 Sain, Dylan DB/QB 5-10 170 JR
72 Sawyer, Matt DL/OL 5-10 220 JR
18 Scudder, Jeremy DE/WR 5-10 170 JR
65 Shelley, Zack DL/OL 5-10 225 SO
50 Smith, Alex C/DT 5-10 170 FR
77 Smith, David OL 6-1 220 SR
12 Smith, Logan DB/RB 5-7 170 SO
7 Sturgill, Kyle DB/QB 5-8 175 SO
16 Sulfridge, Kenton DB/RB 5-9 160 SO
2 Sulfridge, Tyler DB/RB 5-8 170 SO
60 Towe, Jon DL/OL 5-11 225 JR
9 Williams, Tanner DB/QB 5-11 180 JR
6 Wilson, Joshua DB/WR 6-4 210 SR
Gillumcatchesupafter belatedstart
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
When David Gillum left as head coach
at Scott High School to take over his alma
mater Anderson County, he knew he had
longworkdays ahead.
Gillumwas hiredinJune,
meaning he didn’t have the
luxury of spring practice to
install hisnewoffensiveand
defensiveplans. Sohespoke
of longhoursheandhisstaff
would log so the Mavericks
could catch up with other
programs.
Hebackedhis word.
“The first few weeks,”
said Gillum, “I was getting
to the office at 7 (a.m.) and
leaving at 9:30 that night. ...
We put in a lot of time, and
we’re still putting in a lot of
time.
“But I feel good about
whereweare.”
If Gillumhadhisdruthers, he’dhavefour
orfivewidereceiversspreadacrossthefield
this fall. Instead, he’s tailored his prefer-
ences tohis skill players.
“Well be in more pro-style sets,” Gillum
said.
That’sbecauseheplanstofeaturesenior
running backs Drew Hicks (6-foot, 195
pounds) and Chad Blakely (5-9, 160) while
junior quarterback Tanner
Williams (5-11, 180) gets a
firmgraspof theoffenseand
the speed of varsity foot-
ball.
“(Hicks) is a big, strong
kid. Physical,” Gillum said.
“It’ll be hard to see one per-
sontacklinghim. Theywere
unfortunatelast yearthat he
got hurt (wakeboarding), becausehewould
havehelpedthem.
“(Blakely) is a little bit of a change-up.
He’sreallyquick. He’snot goingtobedanc-
ing in the hole. He’s going to make one cut
andget vertical.”
Opponentswon’t beabletostackthebox.
Out wide will be 6-3 veteran receiver Josh
Wilson, who can make a quarterback look
all-world.
“He’s such a big target,” Gillum said.
“You’regoingtocompletesomeballsif you
get themout therearoundhim.
“We’re going to stretch the field. People
aregoingtohavetorespect us vertically.”
Gillum has been impressed with his
team’s attitude thus far, which has been
stabledespitelosinglong-timecoachLarry
Kerr to retirement in March and then re-
placement Tony Lambert to resignation in
lateMay.
“Anderson County, in general, I don’t
think anybody comes in there to play and
puts that helmet on not expecting to win
—evenwiththecoachingchanges,”hesaid.
“Younever have to motivate. The commu-
nity is so football crazy. The kids growup
wantingtowinandexpectingtowin.”
AndersonCounty’s newstaff
puts inlongdays this summer
Gillum
Hicks
Blakely
PREDICTEDFINISH
8-2
PX6 Coach: DavidGillum(14-16, 1stseasonatAndersonCounty) | Lastyear: 8-4 | ReturningStarters: 13(6onoffense, 7ondefense)
AUSTIN-EAST
Aug. 22
atMorristownEast
Aug. 28
atOoltewah
Sept. 4
*Fulton
Sept. 11
atCatholic
Sept. 18
*atCarter
Sept. 25
Brainerd
Oct. 9
*atUnionCounty
Oct. 16
*atGatlinburg-
Pittman
Oct. 23
*PigeonForge
Oct. 30
*Gibbs
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Sept. 4 vs. Fulton,
Sept. 18atCarter.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
55 Alexander, D.J. DL/OL 5-11 260 JR
13 Allen, William DB/PK 5-9 160 SR
— Bailey, Menes FR
— Bailey, Jesse FR
— Bassett, Chris FR
7 Bishop, Maneus DB/WR 5-9 160 JR
20 Blair, Travious DB/RB 5-5 150 JR
50 Blair, Devon DL/OL 6-2 275 JR
— Bolden, Elijah FR
54 Boyd, Lamont DL/OL 5-10 225 SR
16 Burchett, Samoree DB/WR 6-1 160 SR
— Carter, Devon FR
— Carter, Chris FR
52 Clark, Malcolm DL/OL 5-9 245 JR
— Cornelius, Toms FR
32 Cox, Cordy LB/RB 5-8 185 SO
— Crenshaw, Greg FR
63 Drake, Eric DL/OL 5-9 240 JR
8 Farris, Ravon DE/TE 6-0 225 SR
9 Forbes, Jyshon DB/WR 5-9 165 SO
35 Gbendah, Josh LB/WR 6-2 180 FR
85 Glasper, Matthew DB/WR 5-11 160 JR
— Goines, Julian FR
— Groce, Trazell LB/RB 5-7 160 SO
43 Hampton, Marlon DB/WR 5-9 160 SO
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
14 Harbison, Lajuan DB/WR 5-9 165 SO
42 Hawkins, Devante LB/TE 5-11 230 SR
70 Henderson, Jarod DL/OL 6-2 230 SO
2 Holland, Charles DB/WR 5-8 155 JR
18 Isom, Cedric DB/WR 6-2 160 JR
36 Isom, Enasiatin LB/RB 5-10 180 FR
34 Johnson, Lawrence LB/RB 5-8 180 SR
6 Johnson, Ricshon QB 6-0 215 SR
87 Johnson, Deraun DE/TE 6-0 190 SR
77 Jones, Jordan DL/OL 6-3 310 SO
32 King, Curtis LB/RB 5-8 165 SO
— Manning, Jamal FR
— Matthews, Dalton FR
24 Matthews, Marcus LB/RB 5-10 185 SR
— McGill, Dejon FR
— Monroe, Terrance DB/WR 5-7 140 JR
— Monroe, Kevin DB/WR 6-1 170 SR
— Moore, Sam FR
62 Noel, Dominique DL/OL 5-9 170 SO
75 Nolan, Demarcus DL/OL 5-9 220 SO
17 O’Conner, Daniel DB/TE 6-1 170 SR
15 Oggs, D.J. DB/QB 5-8 165 SO
64 Paschal, Kilo DL/OL 6-1 220 SO
81 Patterson, Darian DB/WR 5-8 155 JR
— Peck, Tomoriea FR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
— Peck, Thomas FR
— Pruitt, Paul DB/WR 5-10 150 SO
33 Pryor, Travei DE/TE 6-7 245 SR
57 Ragland, Fred DL/OL 5-10 245 JR
41 Riddles, Khiry DE/TE 6-2 215 JR
84 Robinson, Tremond RB/WR 6-2 175 JR
82 Roebuck, Diarra DB/WR 5-6 125 SO
11 Rucker, David DB/WR 6-1 180 SO
5 Sales, Devonte DB/WR 5-9 160 SR
31 Sawyer, Josh DE/TE 6-2 220 JR
23 Smallwood, Darius DB/RB 5-9 155 SO
— Spring, Devin FR
17 Sullivan, Kent DB/WR 5-10 170 JR
26 Swain, A.J. DB/RB 5-8 160 JR
68 Troutman, Jabar DL/OL 6-0 225 FR
4 Wade, Sheldon DB/WR 6-0 180 SR
— Washington, Rickey FR
— Watkins, Tyberious FR
— Wilkerson, Juwan FR
— Williams, Devin FR
— Williams, Zachary FR
— Williams, Richard FR
80 Williams, Jeremiah LB/TE 6-1 185 SR
Heroes: Travei Pryor (DE, senior, 6-7,
246), DevonteHawkins(LB, 5-11,
230), RavonFarris(LB, 5-11, 225):
Pryor isabeast ontheoutside: quick,
powerful andathletic. Hawkinsplays
middlelinebacker andFarrisplays
outsidelinebacker; botharethick,
strongandpunishingtacklers.
Breakout Players: JyshonForbes
(WR, sophomore), CurtisKing(RB,
sophomore), D.J. Oggs(athlete,
sophomore). All threewerekey
playersonAustin-East’sundefeated
freshmanteamthat averaged47
pointsper gamein2008. Oggs, the
team’sfastest player, couldbethe
quarterback.
What’sGood: Thedefenseisloaded.
MatthewWalker (5-9, 215senior)
isquickandpowerful at defensive
tackle, andJoshSawyer (6-2, 215
senior) combineswithPryor togive
theRoadrunnerstwoexperienced
andexplosivedefensiveends. The
secondaryistalented, but young.
DavidRucker startedasafreshman
at cornerback, but will moveto
safetybecauseof anabundanceof
cornerbacks, ledbysenior Sheldon
Wade.
What’sNeeded: Austin-East will
start plentyof sophomores. Their
inexperienceisthebiggest concern.
Theoffensivelinemust improve, but
Grahamsaysit hasthepotential to
beoutstanding. Howlongit takesfor
thesophomorestoget accustomed
toFridaynight isthebigquestion.
A-E’sgoal simple: Winstate
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
Austin-East HighSchool’s football team
hasthehighestexpectations.
Nothingshortofastatechampionshipwill
satisfyRoadrunnerscoachKwayuGraham,
whoseteamlost toCatholic
in the 2008 state quarterfi-
nalslastyear.
“Until we win it, my ex-
pectations were to win it,”
Graham said. “At Austin-
East, our goal is to win the
state championship. Those
aremyexpectations.”
Graham,thedefensiveco-
ordinator for Austin-East’s
2001 state championshipteam, believes he
hasthetalenttogoall theway.
Sophomore D.J. Oggs entered the pre-
seasonbattlingsenior RicshonJohnsonfor
thestartingquarterback’sjob.IfOggsdoesn’t
getthatjob, hewill startatanotherposition.
“Slot, receiver, somewhere,”Grahamsaid.
“D.J. is probably one of the most versatile
players we’ve hadinyears. He’s one of the
fastestonesinthecity.”
The offense might be young — many
sophomores will playkeyroles —but Gra-
hamseesgreatpotential all overthefield.
“Offense,skill-wise,theseguysarespecial,
very special,” he said. “We’re at a situation
where if you miss practice, you could lose
yourspot.”
Senior linebacker/tight endRavonFarris
isn’t bothered by the state championship
expectations. He’s heardthesamethingthe
pastcoupleofyears.
“That’sour goal,”Farrissaid. “I thinkthis
year we have the teamthat can do it. We
weredisappointed(last year), but we’vegot
tobouncebackthisyear.”
Ifittakestheyouthfuloffensesometimeto
getclicking,Grahamcancountonanexperi-
enceddefensetoholddownopponents.
Onlythreestartersaregonefromthe2008
defensethat postedthreeshutouts andheld
threeotheropponentstoonetouchdown.
“Defense is what we hang our hat on,”
Grahamsaid.
AndGrahamwantstoridethedefenseand
explosiveoffenseall thewaytoastatetitle.
“I’mreasonablewithit(theexpectations),”
hesaid. “I’vehadteams I didn’t thinkcould
getthere,butatAustin-Eastweexpecttowin
state championships. Youhave toget some
breakstogetthere, butthelast10yearswe’ve
provedthatwe’rerightthere.”
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Experienceddefense, talented
offensedriveRoadrunners
Graham
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BEARDEN
Aug. 21
atWalkerValley
Aug. 28
atJeffersonCo.
Sept. 4
*atWilliamBlount
Sept. 11
RheaCo.
Sept. 18
*LenoirCity
Oct. 2
*atMaryville
Oct. 9
*Farragut
Oct. 16
*Heritage
Oct. 22
*atWest
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 30
*atCatholic
*Conferencegame
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Oct. 2atMaryville,
Oct. 9vs. Farragut,
Oct. 30atCatholic.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
75 Aliff, Michael DT/OL 6-0 237 SO
81 Archer, Aaron DB/WR 6-2 188 JR
92 Barth, Chris DB/WR 5-9 132 JR
30 Burns, Will LB/RB 5-11 184 SO
76 Burrell, Calvin DT/OL 5-10 313 SR
20 Cakmes, Michael LB/RB 5-6 172 SR
86 Caldwell, Michael LB/TE 5-11 182 SO
3 Callaway, Tyler DB/WR 5-10 157 JR
88 Candela, Logan LB/WR 5-10 170 JR
77 Cantely, Ryan DT/OL 5-10 225 JR
5 Carter, Cisco DB/WR 6-5 208 SR
32 Chisholm, Ty’Shon LB/RB 5-10 186 JR
45 Clark, Jody DB/WR 5-10 163 SO
24 Coffin, Jacob RB 5-7 163 SR
6 Cooley, Cameron LB 5-11 175 JR
17 Crabtree, Cory DE/QB 6-2 191 JR
82 Dampf, Jacob DB/WR 5-10 150 SO
7 Dove, Toddrick DB/WR 5-17 155 SR
84 Eaken, Alex DB/WR 5-11 160 SO
66 Epperson, Tyler DT/OL 5-10 182 JR
16 Evans, Aaron DB/QB 5-8 154 SO
79 Farmer, David DT/OL 6-2 216 SO
62 Goltry, Mark DT/OL 6-1 215 SR
2 Graham, Tyler FS/WR 6-1 182 SR
53 Green, Andrew DT/OL 6-2 242 JR
44 Griffin, Dustin LB/RB 5-11 179 JR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
14 Grisham, Nick DB/WR 6-0 160 JR
11 Guthe, Max LB/WR 6-1 185 SR
23 Haney, Josh DB/RB 5-8 159 SO
60 Hobby, Matt DT/OL 6-0 264 JR
68 Hopkins, Greg DT/OL 5-11 223 JR
50 Jackson, Chris DT/OL 5-10 342 JR
95 Jenkins, Grant DE/WR 6-4 SO
83 Jenkins, T.J. DB/WR 6-0 162 SO
65 Kennedy, Davey DT/OL 5-10 211 JR
21 Landers, Peyton LB/RB 6-1 181 JR
10 Mann, Josh DB 5-10 166 JR
18 Manuel, Samuel LB/TE 6-0 167 JR
35 Marschke, Corbin LB/TE 5-8 165 SO
25 Mayo, Taylor DB/WR 6-1 185 JR
93 McCammon, Tyler DB/WR 5-8 141 SO
73 McKay, Peter DE/OL 6-3 215 JR
41 Moore, Kevin DE/RB 5-9 175 JR
57 Mortimer, Michael DE/TE 5-11 220 JR
67 Mosely, Dylan DT/OL 6-2 284 JR
52 Mullins, Devin DT/OL 5-9 172 SR
22 Muqiqi, Liridon DB/RB 5-7 139 JR
61 Myers, Kyle DT/OL 6-1 196 SO
85 Natour, Tony DB/WR 6-2 157 JR
12 Parisi, Brett DE/FB 5-11 183 SR
71 Patty, Harry DT/OL 6-1 257 JR
78 Pena, Edward DT/OL 5-11 278 SR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
9 Reimer, Kyle DB/QB 5-9 152 JR
55 Reynolds, Dayton DT/OL 6-1 246 SO
51 Riner, Travis DT/OL 5-10 175 SR
70 Rivera, Joey DT/OL 6-3 275 SO
91 Robertson, Adam LB/TE 6-1 188 SR
63 Rucker, Alec OL 5-11 190 SO
72 Sackett, Austin DT/OL 5-8 215 JR
15 Scalf, AJ DB/WR 5-11 171 SR
31 Shuler, Trey LB/RB 5-10 164 JR
43 Singleton, Jordan LB/RB JR
90 Sisco, Ben K 5-11 150 JR
58 Sparks, Hayden DE/OL 5-10 169 SO
1 Stephens, Stefon DB/WR 5-11 150 JR
56 Stewart, Jalyn DT/OL 5-11 255 JR
54 Stokes, Kevin DT/OL 5-11 200 JR
64 Ternes, Bradley DT/OL 6-0 235 SR
19 Terry, CJ LB/RB 6-0 192 JR
87 Tull, Davis DE/WR 6-3 205 SR
8 Tyler, Kasey DE/QB 6-1 194 SO
74 Wells, Zack DT/OL 6-2 242 JR
4 White, Tyler DB/QB 5-10 172 SO
80 Wilker, Dillon DE/RB 6-1 183 SR
34 Williams, Michael DB/WR 6-0 162 SR
42 Williamson, Drew LB/TE 6-2 205 JR
33 Young, Devrin CB/RB 5-7 155 JR
59 Zivi, Sam DT/OL 5-10 205 SR
Heroes: DevrinYoung(RB/CB,
junior, 5-7, 165, 1,366rush-
ingyards, 17rushingTDs,
168receivingyards, twoTD
catches, onekickoff return
forTD, onepuntreturnforTD,
threeinterceptions), DavisTull
(TE/WR/DE, senior, 6-3, 212, 20
catches, 240receivingyards,
threeTDcatches).
BreakoutPlayer: KyleRiemer
(QB, junior, 5-10, 160): Thereare
highexpectationsforRiemer,
lastyear’sbackupto1,000-yard
passerRyanPotter. Riemer’s
varsityplayingtimewaslimited
in2008, buthewasthejunior
varsityQB.
What’sGood: Bearden’sdefense
shouldbeoutstanding—per-
hapscomingclosetothe2007
defensewhenitwasamong
thestate’sbest. Thesecondary
returnsstartingcornerbacks
YoungandStephonStevens
andfreesafetyMichael Wil-
liamson.
Helpneeded: Depthisaconcern
atoffensiveline, althoughthree
seniorstartersreturn: center
BradleyTernes(5-11, 245), right
guardGregHopkins(5-11, 215),
andrighttackleEdwardPena
(5-11, 280). Riemertakesover
asthestartingquarterbackand
will needtogetcomfortable.
It’sbravenewBulldogs’ world
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
It’sawholenewballgamefor Bearden’sfoot-
ballteam.
There are newopponents, nomore trips to
KingsportandJohnsonCity,andgamesthatoffer
plentyofintrigue—likethoseagainstMaryville
andCatholic.
“We’reexcited,” BeardencoachBradTaylor
said. “I feel we have some potential. Tous, it’s
allnew.”
It’s newbecausetheTSSAAreclassification
put theBulldogs inRegion4(Class 5Aand6A)
withFarragut, Heritage, Catholic, West, Lenoir
City, MaryvilleandWilliamBlount.
Beardenhasnoneofthesameteamsfromlast
year’s regionthat includedKingsport Dobyns-
Bennett, Johnson City Science Hill, Jefferson
County, Sevier County, andCampbell County.
TheBulldogs doplayat JeffersonCountyAug.
28inanon-regiongame.
“Thetravel’snot asbad,”Taylorsaid. “I think
theteamsareeverybitasgoodandthereisdepth
(intheregion)acrosstheboard.”
Beardenshouldbeacontenderfortheregion
titlethanks toastaunchdefenseandoneof the
area’stopplaymakers, juniorrunningback/cor-
nerbackDevrinYoung.
Taylor has beenwiththeBulldogs’ program
since2001 whenhecameasanassistant coach,
andhesaysYoungisoneof thebest threatshe’s
seen.
“We’ve hadsome goodballplayers but he’s
definitelyspecial,” Taylor said. “Just his explo-
siveness. Inrecent yearsI don’t thinkwe’vehad
anybodyasexplosiveasheis.”
Andit’snotjustoffensively.
“Inthesecondary,Devrincanmakeplayslike
(Tennessee’s)EricBerrydoes,”Taylorsaid.
Nowthat’s a hefty comparison, andYoung
heardhiscoachsayit.
“It’sgoodtobecomparedtohim,”Youngsaid,
“butIthinkI’vegotalittlemoreworkbeforeIcan
becomparedtoEricBerry.”
Youngenteredthe2009preseasoninjuryfree.
Hesaidthenicksandbruisesincurredlastseason
aregone,andthebonebruisehesustainedwork-
ingoutinthespringis“prettymuchgone.”
Canhematchorsurpasshisbreakoutsopho-
moreseason?
“Idefinitelyhopetosurpassthat,”Youngsaid.
“I knowwehaveatougherseason, toughoppo-
nents, strongopponents, but if everybodydoes
theirjobIhopetosurpassthat.”
If hedoes, watchout for theBulldogs, whose
teamstrengthshouldbedefense.
“I thinkwehavea reallygoodgroupof cor-
nerbacks anddepthat linebacker,” Taylor said.
“I think our defense will hopefully keepus in
ballgames.”
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
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CAK
Aug. 21
atGraceChristian
Aug. 28
Seymour
Sept. 4
*atStoneMemo-
rial
Sept. 11
Carter
Sept. 18
*Loudon
Sept. 25
Sequoyah
Oct. 2
*ScottCounty
Oct. 16
*atKingston
Oct. 23
atElizabethton
Oct. 30
*Alcoa
*Conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
SCHEDULE
RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
61 Alford, Mike DT/G 6-0 235 JR
6 Arnett, J.D. FS/QB 6-2 156 SR
31 August, Russell DE/FB 5-8 144 FR
24 Bailey, Cody LB/TB 5-8 143 FR
70 Blackwell, Nick DL/OL 6-3 294 SR
15 Burton, Davis WR 5-6 142 SR
20 Collett, Aaron CB/TB 5-9 142 SR
74 Dieter, Rad DL/OT 6-2 195 SR
82 Duncan, Reece LB/WR 5-7 157 FR
42 Duncan, Jacob FB/LB 5-10 188 JR
44 Eichholtz, Tyler FB/LB 5-10 193 JR
2 Epperly, Quinn FS/QB/WR 6-1 185 JR
67 Fortner, Steven C/DT 6-0 250 JR
52 Gass, William C/DT 5-10 204 FR
76 Hardesty, Logan DL/OL 5-9 232 JR
26 Hardin, Tyler LB 6-1 184 SR
22 Henson, Josh DE/FB 6-0 176 SO
12 High, Charlie QB 5-10 165 FR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
60 Hoover, Joshua DT/OL 5-10 240 FR
21 Houser, Blake WR 5-10 173 SR
16 Howell, Davis FS/WR 5-11 150 FR
64 Jaeger, Chris DL/OL 5-10 227 SR
50 Johnston, Stephen DL/OT 6-2 223 SR
39 Leinius, Bryson DE/WR 6-1 176 JR
18 Maddux, Colby LB/QB 5-10 177 SO
41 Matlock, Reagan FB/LB 5-9 149 FR
33 McMillan, Joshua LB/WR 5-10 163 SO
27 Mead, Zach WR 5-9 151 JR
68 Morgan, Charlie DL/OL 6-0 173 SO
35 Morse, Daniel FS/LB/WR 6-0 166 SR
5 Murchison, Franklin CB/WR 5-7 129 FR
87 Newman, Brian DE/WR 6-0 176 JR
3 Pardue, Philip CB/WR 5-10 146 SO
8 Pegram, Carson CB/RB 5-10 155 JR
75 Powers, Clay DL/OL 6-5 237 SO
1 Redford, Doug CB/TB 5-5 134 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
54 Rhodes, Chip DL/OL 6-4 194 SO
11 Ritchie, Jordan FS/QB 5-10 140 SO
7 Scott, Zach CB/WR 5-11 136 JR
51 Sharp, Zac DL/G 5-11 235 JR
43 Shipley, Ben DE/LB 6-1 185 SR
25 Smith, Josh CB/WR 5-7 121 FR
19 Smith, Zac FB/LB 5-9 190 SR
45 Smith, Matthew DE 5-10 173 SR
56 Sokolowski, Derek DL/OL 5-6 163 FR
34 Wagner, Sean FB/LB 5-10 165 FR
23 Walker, Marcus CB/TB 6-0 183 JR
78 Walker, Shawn DL/OL 6-1 186 JR
85 Warren, Matthew K/PK 5-9 140 SR
59 Weichbrodt, Denali DL/OL 5-11 168 SO
57 Weichbrodt, Tyson DL/OL 5-11 164 SO
77 White, Logan C/DL 5-11 213 JR
Heroes: BlakeHouser (WR, senior, 5-10,
173, 39catches, morethan500yards),
DavisBurton(WR, senior, 5-6, 160, 11
catches, 132yards, threetouchdowns),
Tyler Eichholtz(ILB, junior, 5-10, 180,
102tackles, 51 solo, 51 assists, two
causedfumbles).
Breakout Players: ZacSharp(OG, junior,
5-11, 240), CarsonPegram(RB, junior,
5-9, 165), MarcusWalker (RB, junior, 5-
10, 160). Sharpstartedasasophomore
ontheoffensivelinein2008; and, after
astrongoffseason, hewill anchor that
unit. Pegram, whoranfor 101 yards
andatouchdownlast season, isafast,
elusiveback. Walker, agoodathlete,
playedcornerbackin2008andmoves
torunningbackthisyear.
What’sGood: Sharpistheonlyreturning
starter ontheoffensiveline, but Brad-
leyhasconfidencethenewstarters
will givetheWarriorsasolidfront. The
linemenareathletic, knowthesystem
well andhadagreat offseason. CAK
hasplentyof speedat widereceiver,
ledbyHouser andBurton.
HelpNeeded: TheWarriorsreplace
graduatedquarterbackMichael
Fromke, whothrewfor 2,200yards
and16touchdownsin2008, and
completed54percent of hispasses.
Four playersenteredthepreseason
competingfor theQBjob: J.D. Arnett,
QuinnEpperly, JordanRitchie, and
ColbyMaddux. Epperly, ajunior anda
left-hander, wasnamedthestarter in
lateJuly. Alsogoneistheworkhorse
at runningback, KeenanKolinsky,
wholedtheteamwithmorethan900
rushingyardsand10touchdowns, and
leadingreceiver Taylor Moran. Zach
Mead, PhillipPardueandZachScott
will stepinat receiver spots.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21atGrace
Christian, Oct. 30
vs. Alcoa.
Warriorsexcitedabout movingup
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
ChristianAcademyofKnoxvillemovesup
inclassificationfromClass2AtoClass3A,and
guesswho’smovingupwiththeWarriors?
It’s noneother thanAlcoa, whichhas won
fiveconsecutiveClass2Astatetitles.TheTor-
nadoes have knocked CAK
out of the state playoffs in
eachofthepastfouryears.
Still, CAK coach Rusty
Bradley welcomes the chal-
lenge.
“I don’t thinkas a football
teamwe’d be as good as we
are without Alcoa,” Bradley
said. “Theyhavemadeusget
better.Ihavesomuchrespect
for Alcoa. It’s a challenge for us. It keeps us
humble.”
Bradley has passedthat kindof thinking
alongtohisplayers.
“Personally, I enjoyplayingAlcoa,” senior
offensivetackleRadDieter said. “It’s thebig-
gest gameof theseason. It makesusplayour
best. Youget better blockingguys like Tyler
Robinson(Alcoa’s DivisionI prospect tight
end). Personally, I enjoy playing themand
I look forward to playing themagain this
year.”
SodoesseniorlinebackerTylerHardin.
“It’s funplaying against (Alcoa),” Hardin
said. “They’re a great team. They make us
push ourselves. I love playing them. I can’t
waittoplaythemagain.”
Bradleyknowshemightnotmatchthetal-
entorathleticismofanAlcoa. Otherteamsin
thenewRegion4-3AareKingston, Loudon,
ScottCountyandStoneMemorial.
Bradleysays thestrengthof his teamis its
intangibles.
“I thinkthebiggest thingisourpassionfor
playing,”Bradleysaid.“Ican’taskforanything
morefromourplayers. Theyarerelentlessin
their preparation. We’ve pushed themand
they’ve responded in a positive way. They
haveapassionforplaying.”
Some big holes need filling, particularly
at running back and quarterback. Bradley
mustreplacepowerful runningbackKeenan
KolinskyandquarterbackMichael Fromke.
Thetwocombinedformorethan3,000yards
offenselastseason.
Bradley isn’t necessarily looking for a
balancedoffense. He wants todowhatever
works.
“For us, beingbalancedisn’t 50-50inrun-
ningandthrowing,” Bradleysaid. “It’s being
efficientonoffense.”
Themoveupinclassificationwillcertainly
be a test, but you won’t hear the Warriors
complaining. Theyknewit was coming, and
withthatinmind, itwasagoodoffseasonand
spring.
“I actually amexcited about it,” Bradley
said. “It forced us to get better. I think the
changehasbeengoodbecauseit forcedusto
get better. It’s forcedus totakea hard-nosed
approachtotheoffseason, theplayersandthe
coaches. Ithinkit’sbeengoodforall ofus.”
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Offensemust fill bigholes left
behindbyKolinsky, Fromke
Bradley
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CAMPBELLCOUNTY
Aug. 21
Loudon
Aug. 28
atWhiteCo.
Sept. 4
*AndersonCo.
Sept. 11
*atKarns
Sept. 18
*HardinValley
Sept. 25
*atClinton
Oct. 9
*Central
Oct. 16
*atPowell
Oct. 23
*Halls
Oct. 30
*atOakRidge
*Conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21vs. Loudon,
Sept. 4vs. Anderson
County, Sept. 25at
Clinton.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
52 Amburgey, Tyler 6-0 215 SR
30 Asher, Phoenix 5-5 150 SO
36 Black, Charlie 5-9 130 SR
17 Clotfelter, Micah 5-9 150 JR
33 Cody, Kerry 5-5 120 SO
— Cornutt, Dylan 6-0 200 SO
56 Dozier, Josh 5-6 150 SO
54 Evans, Keenan 5-9 220 SR
10 Goins, Joe 5-8 160 SR
62 Green, Tyler 5-8 210 JR
57 Henderson, Victor 5-7 160 SO
40 Hicks, Bradley 5-9 180 SR
60 Hicks, Chris 6-1 185 SR
72 Jefferies, Ethan 5-7 255 JR
68 Jones, Anthony 5-8 175 SO
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
18 Kennedy, Brandon 5-5 135 JR
42 King, Tyler 5-10 160 SO
59 Kirby, Savon 5-3 165 SO
67 Lay, Josh 5-6 235 SR
16 Long, Donavan 6-0 180 JR
74 Lynn, Taylor 5-11 260 SO
63 Magnum, Tyler 5-5- 155 SO
19 Marshall, Matt 5-4 130 SO
65 Matchell, Steven 5-3 210 SO
— McDonald, Torey 5-7 140 SO
14 Meredith, Arnie 5-7 150 SR
20 Miller, P.J. 5-9 145 JR
61 Munsey, Bryan 6-0 225 SR
15 Nolan, Trevor 5-8 140 SR
27 Partin, Colby 5-11 150 SO
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
50 Paul, Chris 5-9 185 SO
36 Peake, Joe 5-6 125 SO
46 Ray, Anthony 5-4 100 SO
48 Ray, Tracy 5-6 135 SO
34 Reinert, Jan 5-10 175 SR
64 Reneman, Kurt 6-2 205 JR
75 Sebby, Cody 6-2 315 SO
28 Shaneyfelt, Chris 5-8 160 SR
23 Sharp, Reid 5-7 180 SR
32 Shoffner, Lucas 5-8 140 SO
8 Shoupe, Tuffy 5-9 160 SO
70 Strohl, Raymond 5-9 160 JR
71 Tye, Chris 6-1 235 SO
— Wallen, Daniel 5-10 180 SO
12 Ward, Zack 6-0 160 SR
Heroes: KeenanEvans(C/DT,
junior, 5-10, 220), BenMuse
(OG, senior, 5-10, 220), Taylor
Duncan(OG, senior, 6-0, 215):
All threehavestartedinthe
flex-optionoffenseandshould
helpthenewstartersatthe
skill positionsbecomeaccus-
tomedtotheoffense.
BreakoutPlayer: TrevorNolan
(QB/FS, senior, 5-9, 160):
Nolanstartedatfreesafety
in2008andledtheteamin
tackles. Heisthefrontrunner
inpreseasontotakeoverat
quarterbackwhilekeepinghis
spotinthedefensivesecond-
ary. Hehasspeed, athleticism
andgameexperience.
What’sGood: Theoffensive
anddefensivelineshave
experience. All returning
startersarelinemenexcept
forfreesafetyTrevorNolan
andseniormiddlelinebacker
BradHicks(5-11, 196). Keenan
Evansstartedonbothsides.
Campbell Countywill trytogo
withaplatoonsystem.
HelpNeeded: All of Campbell
County’stopskill playerswere
seniorsin2008, including
quarterbackPhillipWellsand
runningbackTylerAlbright,
whoarebothplayingforthe
Universityof theCumber-
lands(Ky.). Albrightrushedfor
1,200yardsand15TDsand
Wells800yardsand11TDs.
Replacingthatkindof produc-
tionwon’tbeeasy.
Tryingtobuildabetter Cougar
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
CampbellCountycameclosetohavingawin-
ningseasonin2008,buttightlossesprovedcostly.
TheCougarslost bytwoat JeffersonCounty, by
sixagainstClinton,andbysevenagainstBearden
tofinishtheregularseason5-5.
CougarscoachDeWayneWellshasaplanhe
hopes will swaythoseclosegames inhis team’s
favor.
“The last couple of years we’ve had to play
kids onbothsides more thanwe like to,” Wells
said. “Our hope is to two-platoon as much as
possible. That (wearingdown) hurt us inclose
ball games.”
This preseason was a test for Wells, who
was forced to replace the key components for
theflex-optionoffenseduetothegraduationof
quarterback Phillip Wells and leading rusher
TylerAlbright.
SeniorTrevorNolan,whostartedatfreesafety
in2008,likelywillalsostartatquarterback.Soph-
omoreTuffyShoupe, whoalsowasvyingforthe
quarterback jobinthe preseason, will move to
widereceiver if Nolanwins thestartingjob. Se-
niorArnieMeredithisathirdquarterbackandhe
hasthemostexperiencerunningtheoffense.
Threerunningbacks areexpectedtofill the
void left by Albright’s departure: seniors Joe
Goins (5-10, 180) andZack Ward(6-0, 170) and
juniorWesleyCook(5-9, 185).
“Thosekidshaveplayed,”Wellssaid.“It’stime
forthemtostepintostartingrolesnow.”
The Cougars have several newopponents
due tothe TSSAA’s reclassificationof regions.
They’renowinRegion3(5A/6A)withAnderson
County, Central, Clinton, Halls, Happy Valley,
Karns, OakRidgeandPowell.
The two teams that handed
the Cougars their worst losses
last season—JohnsonCitySci-
ence Hill (26-7) andKingsport
Dobyns-Bennett(28-6)—areno
longerintheirregion.
“I mean, we’ve played some
toughpeopleinthepast,”Wells
said. “I think it will be a very
competitive district. Clinton
obviously has a lot of weapons
coming back. As far as every-
body else, the only teams I’m
familiar with are Karns and
Powell. Really, I think it’s wide
open.”
ThenewrivalshavetheCou-
garsexcited.
“I’m anxious to play all of
them, especiallyAndersonCounty,”seniorline-
backer BradHicks said. “We’re just right down
theroadfromthem.”
Despite all the newstarters inthe offensive
backfieldandsecondary, WellsexpectstheCou-
garstobecompetitive.
“I expect us to be pretty good,” Hicks said.
“We’vegotalotofpeopletoreplace, butIexpect
ustobebetter.”
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Platoonsystemshouldput more
gas inCampbell County’s tank
B. Hicks
Amburgey
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CARTER
Aug. 21
HardinValley
Aug. 28
atGrainger
Sept. 4
*UnionCo.
Sept. 11
atCAK
Sept. 18
*Austin-East
Sept. 25
SouthDoyle
Oct. 2
*atPigeonForge
Oct. 9
*atGibbs
Oct. 16
*atFulton
Oct. 23
*Gatlinburg-Pittman
*Conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21HardinValley
Academy, Sept. 4
UnionCounty.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
13 Adams, Logan DB/WR 5-11 161 JR
76 Allen, Davey DL/OL 6-2 262 SO
33 Allen, Celeb DB/WR 5-6 120 FR
53 Allen, Jonathan DL/OL 5-10 246 SO
35 Arden, Devin LB/TE 5-10 180 SR
80 Bales, Tyler DB/WR 5-10 161 JR
64 Blakely, Anthony DL/OL 5-7 190 FR
63 Boling, Chad DL/OL 5-7 226 SR
58 Branch, Josh DL/OL 5-9 194 SO
60 Brown, Zack DL/OL 5-6 171 SO
71 Burchell, Hal DL/OL 5-7 282 FR
52 Burgins, Kenneth DL/OL 5-10 236 JR
12 Burns, Chase LB/QB 5-10 156 SO
65 Caldwell, Taylor DL/OL 6-1 271 SO
55 Canada, Anthony DL/OL 6-3 159 FR
22 Chunn, Andrew DB/WR 5-6 128 FR
59 Clabough, Jacob DL/OL 5-8 210 SO
29 Clemmons, A.C. DB/RB 5-6 120 FR
15 Combs, Reese DB/WR 5-10 152 SR
57 Cooper, Isaac DL/OL 6-2 255 JR
17 Davis, Ben K 5-10 145 JR
37 Davis, Kenny DB/RB 5-10 151 FR
73 Davison, Corey DL/OL 5-6 187 FR
39 Duggan, Tyler DB/WR 5-4 127 FR
67 Dunn, Taylor DL/OL 5-10 250 SO
86 Emert, Christian DB/WR 5-7 140 SO
7 Ford, Matt FB/LB 5-9 184 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
70 Gaylon, Devro DL/OL 5-10 205 SR
8 Gibson, Lonzo DB/WR 5-10 154 SR
23 Goodman, Carlos LB/QB 5-8 139 FR
34 Gordon, Xavier DB/WR 5-11 122 FR
21 Hayes, Tim DB/RB 5-11 151 SR
86 Howard, Andrew LB/TE 6-1 219 SR
42 Hughes, Travis DB/WR 5-2 115 FR
16 Hurst, Aaron DB/WR 5-8 132 JR
79 Johnson, Matt DL/OL 6-0 218 FR
78 Johnson, Brandon DL/OL 5-11 198 SR
31 Johnson, William DB/RB 5-10 135 SO
27 Jones, Zack DB/WR 5-9 146 SO
56 Keck, Beau DL/OL 5-10 271 SR
18 King, Dominque DB/WR 5-8 134 JR
87 Kirk, Dillon LB/TE 5-10 181 JR
14 Kirkland, Ryan DB/QB 5-9 161 FR
61 Leath, Deric DL/OL 6-1 232 JR
25 Legreair, Charles DB/RB 5-5 131 FR
24 Lewis, Anthony DB/RB 5-9 141 SO
43 Maples, Billy LB/RB 6-0 180 SR
2 McCoy, Dylan DB/QB 5-6 131 SO
51 McLaughlin, Skylar DL/OL 5-11 200 SR
28 Meady, Shannon DB/RB 6-0 185 SR
41 Mitchell, T.J. FB/LB 5-9 144 JR
48 Neal, Daniel LB/RB 5-5 135 FR
45 Newton, Quentin DB/WR 5-6 122 FR
74 Nicely, Drew DL/OL 5-10 229 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
30 Ortiz, Pablo DB/RB 5-6 125 SO
6 Phillips, Jordan DB/WR 5-8 135 SO
19 Phillips, Josh DB/WR 5-9 150 SO
62 Porter, James DL/OL 5-11 171 JR
36 Reed, Zack DB/RB 5-5 125 FR
47 Roach, Nathan FB/LB 4-11 130 FR
81 Romines, Eric LB/TE 5-6 160 JR
5 Rose, MaCaleb FB/LB 5-10 148 SO
46 Rose, Matthew LB/RB 5-10 145 SO
10 Rudd, Josh DB/WR 5-11 171 SR
32 Rudd, Jacob FB/LB 5-9 185 SO
77 Rutherford, Chris DL/OL 5-10 295 SR
40 Sharpe, Zac FB/LB 5-10 192 SO
49 Simpson, Josh LB/RB 5-10 161 JR
83 Smith, Josh DB/WR 5-9 170 SR
50 Spoon, Brandon DL/OL 5-9 185 SO
1 Stiles, John DB/WR 6-0 165 JR
11 Stuart, Logan DB/WR 5-8 142 SO
84 Tidwell, David DB/WR 6-2 145 JR
4 Troutman, Dwayne 5-11 200 SR
38 Weleski, James DB/RB 5-11 156 SR
9 Whitaker, Phillip QB 6-1 204 JR
54 Wilhite, Joe OL 5-11 245 JR
3 Willard, Tyron FB/LB 5-11 200 JR
20 Wollard, Zack LB/WR 5-10 155 JR
72 Wright, Jacob DL/OL 5-10 260 SR
Heroes: ShannonMeady
(RB, senior, 5-11, 187, 1,676
yardsrushingand17TDs
last season), JacobWright
(OL/DL, senior, 6-0, 270,
Carter’sbest offensive
lineman), AndrewHoward
(MLB/TE, senior, 6-2, 225,
two-year starter).
Breakout Player: Phillip
Whitaker (QB, junior, 6-1,
215, sawlimitedplaying
timein2008behindLandry
Stanton, but appearsto
havetheinsidetrackin
athree-player battlefor
quarterback).
What’sGood: Carter should
havenoproblemsmoving
theball withasolidof-
fensivelineandthehard
runningof Meady, whowas
namedAll-Statein2008by
boththeTennesseeSports
WritersAssociationandthe
TennesseeFootball Coaches
Association.
HelpNeeded: TheHornets
returnonlythreestarters
ondefense. Onoffense, the
groundgamewill bepotent,
but Carter isbreakingina
newgroupof quarterbacks
andwidereceivers.
RunningstrongwithMeady
BY MIKE BLACKERBY
sports@knoxnews.com
AfteranothersterlingperformancebyShannon
Meadylateinthe2008season, all Carter coach
HeathWoods coulddowas let the superlatives
flow.
“ShannonMeadymightbeone
of the best football players that
has ever played at Carter High
School,”saidWoods,afterwatch-
ingMeadyramblefor 248yards
andthreetouchdownsina29-28
Week10winoverGrainger.
Woods’ evaluationmight just
be spot-on as Meady, who was
namedAll-Statebytwoorganizationslastseason,
returns for his senior seasonafter rushingfor al-
most1,700yardsand17touchdownslastseason.
Meadyclosedout2008withaflurry,rushingfor
morethan200yardsineachofhislastthreegames
foratotalof683yards.
“Shannonrunstheballhardforus,”saidMeady.
“Thebest thingabout Shannonis his yards after
contact.”
The5-foot-11,187-poundMeady,whoisathree-
yearstarter, couldn’tagreemore.
“Ilikerunningoverpeople,”hesaid.
Muchtothedismayof Carter’sopponentsthis
fall, Meady saidhe has improvedhis speedfor
2009.
Meadyis thebeneficiaryof arock-solidoffen-
sivelineledbyJacobWright.
TightendAndrewHowardandlinemanBran-
donJohnson(6-0, 220) aretwo-year starters up
front. JoeWilhite(5-11, 260) is another keyline-
man.
Abigkeyisquarterback. PhillipWhitaker has
allthetools, Woodssaid.
“Hehasagreatarm—hehasgotacannon.”
Otherthanthemuch-decoratedMeady,Woods
saidCarter’sstrengthisitsoverallsolidness.
“That’s oneof thegreat things about this foot-
ball team. We don’t have a lot of superstars, but
wehaveagoodgroupof guys whohaveworked
hard.”
Wright, a 6-foot, 270-poundsenior two-way
lineman, fitsintothatcategory.
“Hisleadershiphasbeenhugeforus.Hisknowl-
edgeofthegamehasneverbeenquestioned…he’s
anoffensivelinemainstay.”
Wright saidtheclose-knit aspect of theteam
shouldserveCarterwellthisfall.
“It all startswithcamaraderie—it’sateamef-
fort,”saidWright.
MikeBlackerbyisafreelancecontributor.
All-Statebackgives Hornets
somethingtoget goingon
Meady
PREDICTEDFINISH
7-3
PX12 Coach: HeathWoods(42-34, 8thseason) | Lastyear: 6-5 | ReturningStarters: 8(5onoffense, 3ondefense)

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10/9 Farragut @ Bearden
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Aug. 21
atRheaCo.
Sept. 3
*atFarragut
MyVLT2TV
Sept. 11
Austin-East
Sept. 18
*WilliamBlount
Sept. 25
atKnoxvilleWebb
Oct. 2
*atLenoirCity
Oct. 8
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MyVLT2TV
Oct. 16
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Oct. 23
*atHeritage
Oct. 30
*Bearden
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all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Sept. 3atFarragut,
Sept. 11vs. Austin-East,
Sept. 25atWebb, Oct.
8vs. Maryville, Oct. 16
vs. West, Oct. 30vs.
Bearden.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
52 Alley, Ryan DL/OL 5-8 190 SR
5 Armstong, Matt DB/QB 6-1 170 SO
41 Aucker, Aaron DB/RB 5-10 155 FR
27 Bacon, Reed DB/WR 6-2 190 SR
89 Blazier, Jacob DB/WR 5-9 155 SO
35 Bonfini, Nick LB/RB 6-0 175 SO
3 Bonfini, Michael DB/WR 5-10 160 JR
2 Casey, Adam LB/QB 6-0 215 SR
82 Clary, Jacob DB/WR 6-2 155 SR
85 Clary, John DB/WR 6-0 150 FR
74 Cole, Zach FR
13 Conaty, Patrick DB/WR 5-9 150 SO
59 Connors, Jack DL/OL 5-9 150 FR
81 Cook, Joey DB/WR 5-4 130 FR
77 Cooper, Zach DL/OL 6-3 275 JR
55 Coulter, Davis DL/OL 6-1 230 JR
34 Coulter, Nolan LB/RB 5-11 165 FR
88 Cox, Chris DB/WR 6-2 160 FR
1 Cozart, Dorian LB/RB 5-9 195 SR
87 DeGennaro, Daniel DB/WR 6-0 165 JR
91 Depp, Garrett DL/OL 5-8 150 FR
47 Digiovanni, Dominic LB/RB 6-1 210 JR
51 Easley, Will DL/OL 5-11 260 FR
38 Erpenbach, Adam LB/RB 5-7 150 FR
9 Faris, Jake DB/WR 5-10 175 SR
56 Gaston, Joey DL/OL 6-5 240 JR
32 Gillespie, Alex LB/RB 5-11 190 JR
24 Greer, Conner DB/WR 5-9 145 JR
43 Hall, Micah LB/RB 5-9 160 FR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
20 Hall, Terrance DB/WR 5-7 150 FR
25 Harold, Michael DB/WR 5-9 155 FR
4 Haun, Patrick DL/WR 6-2 190 JR
83 Howanitz, James DB/WR 5-7 130 FR
45 Julies, Jarod K 6-1 170 SR
37 Karlstad, Adam LB/RB 5-11 155 FR
26 Kennedy, Taylor DB/RB 5-10 160 JR
75 Kerbyson, Kyler DL/OL 6-4 285 JR
29 Kropilak, Erik DB/RB 5-10 160 FR
16 Kropilak, Andrew DB/RB 5-9 175 SR
10 Kurtis, Kyle DB/WR 5-7 140 SO
99 Mackle, Matt DL/OL 6-2 180 SO
11 Mackle, Spencer DB/WR 6-2 180 SR
36 McDermott, John LB/RB 6-1 195 SR
62 McElligott, Jake DL 5-11 210 SR
31 Mishu, Mark K 5-11 135 FR
19 Mishu, Luke K 6-1 170 SR
30 Morris, Keegan LB/RB 5-11 170 FR
84 Mosrie, Ben DB/WR 5-9 130 FR
12 Perfetto, Tony DB/WR 5-9 130 SR
46 Petr, Luke LB/RB 5-10 170 SO
44 Pfleger, Jonathan LB/RB 5-10 195 JR
64 Pickering, Patrick DL/OL 6-1 270 SR
28 Pickering, John DB/WR 5-6 130 SO
48 Pickering, Stan DB/WR 5-11 150 FR
72 Polakiewicz, Joey DL/OL 5-10 210 SO
68 Prater, Saxon DL/OT 6-0 240 SR
60 Quintero, Antonio DL/OL 5-9 155 FR
61 Raines, Dakota DL/OL 5-10 230 FR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
7 Ridgley, Ryan DB/QB 5-9 160 JR
50 Riley, Zac DL/OL 6-1 210 SR
86 Roberts, Kyle DB/WR 5-9 150 SR
17 Roulier, Joseph DB/WR 5-9 145 SO
65 Saah, Chris DL/OL 6-3 250 JR
53 Saah, Alex DL/OL 6-0 245 JR
22 Saavedra, Gabriel K/LB 5-10 180 FR
23 Shirley, Cody LB/RB 5-11 205 JR
58 Sholly, RichardTh. DL/OL 6-0 180 FR
6 Smith, Jesse DB/QB 5-10 170 JR
14 Smith, Stuart DB/QB 6-0 155 FR
63 Smolens, Alex DL/OL 5-11 200 FR
39 Snapp, Landon DB/WR 5-10 165 SO
42 Spivey, Taylor DL/OL 5-11 190 FR
49 Staley, Reese DB/RB 5-9 160 FR
21 Stiles, Morgan DB/WR 6-3 170 JR
57 Tait, Zak DL/OL 6-4 300 SR
18 Thomas, Zach DB/QB 5-9 155 SO
89 Thompson, Nick DB/WR 5-10 165 SO
66 Townsend, Jack DL/OL 5-8 250 FR
33 Valentine, Clayton DB/WR 5-9 150 SO
98 Varner, Hayden DB/WR 5-11 155 FR
54 Whalen, Kyle DL/OL 6-3 250 JR
15 Williamson, Tyler DB/QB 6-2 210 SR
80 Windoe, Brad DB/WR 6-0 155 SO
67 Winters, Liam DL/OL 5-9 160 FR
40 Zinkle, Allen DL/OL 5-11 160 FR
Heroes: ZakTait(OL,senior,
6-4,300;returnstoaction
forfirsttimesince2007);
DorianCozart(RB,senior,
5-9,195;984yardsand
nineTDson142carrieslast
season);TylerWilliamson
(QB,senior,6-2,210;7-for-9
passingfor134yardsand
twoTDsinstate-champion-
shipwin);SpencerMackle
(WR/DB,senior,6-2,180;
363receivingyards,56
tackles).
BreakoutPlayers: Michael
Bonfini(DB,junior,5-10,160;
61tackles,12PBUsand4
INTslastseason),Dominic
DiGiovanni(LB,junior,6-1,
210,69tackleslastseason),
CodyShirley(FB,junior,5-11,
205;68carries,422yards,
6TDslastseason).
What’sGood: CoachScott
Meadowsinheritedadepth
chartthathasqualityinthe
secondandthirdstrings.
HelpNeeded:Amajorityof
Catholic’splayerscame
throughafeedersystem
wheretheylearnedthe
wing-Toffense.Meadows
installedaspreadoffense.
Irishadjust toMeadows’ system
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
Catholic HighSchool quarterback Tyler Wil-
liamsonaveraged8.9pass attempts per gamelast
season.
But that was inthe wing-Tusedbythen-head
coachMarkPemberton. InnewcoachScottMead-
ows’ spreadoffense, Williamsonisliabletolog8.9
attemptsperquarter.
The6-foot-2,210-poundWilliamsonisn’thaving
toicehisarm. “Iusedtoplaybaseball,”hesaid. “So
it’sall right.”Butheiscramminginanewplaybook
withdraw-upsthatwillfeaturefour-wide(receiver)
sets.
Williamsondisplayedhisarminlastyear’sstate
championshipgameagainstMemphisMitchell,go-
ing7-for-9for134yardsandtwotouchdowns.
If Meadows’ implementationof hisnewoffense
goes as smoothlyat Catholic as it didat William
Blount, Williamsonwill double that production
eachgame.
Former WilliamBlount quarterbackTyler Bur-
stromthrewfor morethan2,000yards andmore
than20touchdowns inthe 2007 season, his first
inthespread. Hethrewfor roughly500yards the
priorseason.
“(Williamson) is special,” saidMeadows. “You
gotguyswhoplayfootballandthenyougotfootball
players. He’sdefinitelyafootballplayer.
“Very smart. He picked up the offense really
quick. Canmove some guys aroundthat needto
bemovedaround. Throwstheball reallywell. I’m
lookingforabigyearoutofhim.”
Meadowsmightgetabigyearfromrunningback
DorianCozart.Withmultiplereceiversspreadwide
andahugeoffensiveline,Cozartshouldhaveplenty
ofroomtooperate.Henearlytopped1,000yardslast
seasonwhilesplittingtimewithJordanHowanitz.
Butthisseason,heheadlinesastableofbacksthat
includes CodyShirley, JohnAndrewMcDermott
andAndrewKropilak.
“Theyalldosomethingreallyspecial,”saidMead-
ows.“We’llleanonDorianandCodyquiteabit.But
Ithinkallofthemcanhavespecialyears.”
Catholic’swidereceiverswillbeSpencerMackle,
JakeFaris, ReedBack, PatrickHaunandMichael
Bonfini.
DivisionI recruit ZakTait returnstoanchorthe
offensive anddefensive lines. He missedmost of
2007andallof2008withanastykneeinjury.
Meadows has beenimpressedhowquicklyhis
teamhaspickeduponanewsystem.
“Ithoughtthey’dbeverysmartplayers,”hesaid.
“But they’ve exceeded that. They’re very well-
roundedkids. Theyworktheirrearendsoffanddo
alotofgoodthings.”
PREDICTEDFINISH
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CENTRAL
Aug. 21
Webb
Aug. 28
atMorristownWest
Sept. 4
*atOakRidge
Sept. 11
*AndersonCounty
Sept. 18
*Karns
Sept. 25
*atHardinValley
Oct. 2
*Clinton
Oct. 9
*atCampbell County
Oct. 23
*Powell
Oct. 30
*atKnoxvilleHalls
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21vs. Webb,
Sept. 4atOakRidge,
Oct. 23vs. Powell,
Oct. 30atHalls
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt Yr.
24 Adams, Gavin DB/RB 5-8 135 FR
25 Agee, Allan-Michael CB/SE 5-9 165 SO
41 Banks, DocQuavius DB/SE 5-5 135 FR
10 Beeler, Gage FB/LB 6-0 165 FR
54 Blaine, Zach DL/OL 5-10 160 SR
28 Blaine, Seth LB/TE 6-0 160 SO
58 Blair, Cliff LB 5-11 200 SR
36 Blanc, Cody DB/TB 6-4 165 SO
42 Brock, Adam FB/LB 5-9 160 SO
35 Brummett, Wes DB/SE 6-2 175 SR
34 Buell, Ben LB/QB 5-9 155 FR
38 Caldwell, Nate FB/LB 5-6 150 FR
81 Caldwell, Cory DB/SE 5-10 140 FR
37 Campbell, Josh DB/SE 5-10 150 FR
7 Campbell, Carlos RB 5-8 170 JR
66 Drew, Jarvis DL/OL 6-0 260 SR
85 Farmer, Darrian FB/LB 5-11 200 SO
33 Gamble, Mookie FB/LB 5-10 210 JR
80 Graham, Thomas SE 6-3 195 SR
62 Harbison, Alex DL/OL 5-11 190 SO
56 Headrick, Cody DL/OL 5-10 210 FR
21 Holloway, CJ LB/RB 5-11 160 FR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt Yr.
75 Howard, Jeffrey DL/OL 5-11 280 SR
59 Hurd, Markale DL/OL 5-7 220 JR
53 Inman, Gabriel C/LB 6-2 225 SR
50 Jack, Willie DL/OL 5-10 220 JR
52 Jack, Darrion DL/OL 5-10 210 SR
84 Kirkland, Josh DB/SE 5-7 120 SO
67 Lopez, Aaron DL/OL 5-8 170 FR
46 Martin, AJ DB/RB 5-10 145 FR
87 Maybrier, Tyler LB/SE 5-10 165 JR
82 McBee, Matthew DE/TE 6-3 208 JR
3 McClemore, Devin DB/QB 5-7 140 FR
65 McLemore, Cody DL/OL 6-0 270 JR
30 Merritt, Troy 6-0 150 SO
15 Miller, Samantha K 5-10 140 SR
12 Mills, Carl DB/QB 5-11 215 SR
77 Moore, Josh DL/OL 6-0 275 SO
18 Morgan, Cody LB/QB 5-7 150 FR
72 Myrick, Dylan DL/OL 6-0 250 SR
11 Oliver, Justin K/P 5-11 140 JR
78 Oliver, Sean DL/OL 5-11 240 FR
70 Powell, Landon DL/OL 6-0 195 FR
16 Raby, Cody FB/LB 5-7 180 FR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt Yr.
57 Rakestraw, Ryan DL/OL 6-0 185 JR
22 Raley, Tanner LB/RB 5-8 155 SO
74 Reagan, Travis DL/OL 5-8 275 SO
23 Saah, John WR 5-7 150 SR
32 Saah, Phillip FB/LB 5-11 205 JR
1 Saah, Jonny DB/TB 5-8 160 SR
14 Stanford, Marcus LB/TB 5-11 200 JR
39 Taylor, Geoffrey K/P 5-11 145 JR
44 Thomas, Trey DB/SE 5-8 135 FR
47 Tippens, Jordan DB/SE 6-0 175 SR
40 Turner, Brandon LB/TE 5-8 160 FR
60 Varner, Luke DL/OL 6-0 185 SO
2 Waddell, Cory DE/TE 6-2 215 SR
4 Wade, D.J. RB 5-9 185 JR
20 Wagoner, Matt DE/SE 6-1 175 FR
76 Wallace, Andrew DL/OL 6-3 270 JR
55 Webb, Justin DL/OL 5-9 190 JR
8 Williams, Darnell DB/SE 5-11 160 SR
9 Wilson, Jamel DB/WR 6-0 140 SO
51 Woodruff, Ashtin LB/OL 5-9 190 SO
Heroes: Central hasa
host of playersexpected
tocontribute, including
tailbackJohnnySaah,
quarterbackCarl Mills,
linebacker/guardCliff
Blair, linebacker/tackle
GabeInman, noseguard/
center JeffreyHoward,
tight end/defensive
endCoryWaddell and
fullback/linebacker Phillip
Saah.
Breakout Players:
SophomoreCodyBlanc,
adefensivebackanda
slot receiver/tailbackon
offense, isexpectedto
makeanimpact, asis
offensiveanddefensive
tackleDarianJack. “Heis
oneof theleadersof the
team,”saidcoachJoel
Heltonof Jack.
What’sGood: Thereturn
of somekeyplayersin
thebackfieldfollowing
injuriesshouldbea
positive, asshouldthefact
that anumber of players
whocontributedlast year
asfreshmenaremore
experienced.
HelpNeeded: Withthe
youngageof someof the
players, depthisacon-
cern. Heltonalsobelieves
theBobcatsneedtoget
better at playingdefense.
Bobcatsfeelingbetter about ’09
BY JOHNSHEARER
sports@knoxnews.com
During the previous two football seasons,
Central found itself in an unfamiliar position
—missingtheplayoffs.
However, veteran coach Joel Helton believes
shortcomings and luck —not in talent or atti-
tude —were the main reasons for a 4-6 record
in2008.
“I don’t think the attitude was bad last year,
wejust weren’t verygoodwhenall thosepeople
got hurt,” hesaid.
Among those who went down was tailback
Johnny Saah, who tore his ACL for the second
time. Quarterback Carl Mills was lost to injury,
and linebacker/guard Cliff Blair was injured in
thejamboree.
This year, the Bobcats are healthier, but still
young.
“We started some freshmen last year,” said
Helton, inhis26thyear. “We’vegot areallygood
sophomore class. We have several sophomores
startingfor us.”
However, age also brings questions about
depth.
“We have got to build some depth and learn
howtoplaydefense,” Heltonsaid.
Among those expected to contribute sig-
nificantly—besidesthethreewhowereinjured
last year —are linebacker/tackle Gabe Inman,
center/noseguardJeff Howard, tight end/defen-
sive end Cory Waddell, tailback Carl Mills, and
fullback/linebacker PhillipSaah.
Sophomore back/receiver Cody Blanc could
beasurprise, as couldlinemanDarianJack.
Several playerssaytheyfeel moredetermined
to get Central back as one of the premier pro-
grams intheKnoxvillearea.
“Everybodyhasjustbeendoubtingusthisyear
and that adds to the motivation,” Inman said.
“Peoplekeeptellingus wearegoingtowinonly
twoor threegames.”
JohnnySaahwas evenmoretothepoint.
“I hopewewin,”hesaid. “That isprettymuch
it.”
Helton simply hopes the team can stay
healthy.
“I hope we do not get anybody hurt and get
better than we were last year,” he said. “We
weren’t anygood.”
JohnShearer isafreelancecontributor.
After beingbehind’08ball,
moreluckwouldbeappreciated
Inman Howard Saah
PREDICTEDFINISH
5-5
PX16 Coach: Joel Helton(191-88, 26thseason) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 8(4onoffense, 4ondefense)
CLINTON
Aug. 21
*atHalls
Aug. 28
atDobyns-Bennett
Sept. 4
*Karns
Sept. 11
*atHardinValley
Sept. 18
T.C. Roberson(NC)
Sept. 25
*Campbell County
Oct. 2
*atCentral
Oct. 9
*Powell
Oct. 23
*atOakRidge
Oct. 29
*AndersonCounty
MyVLT2TV
*Conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21atHalls
(Clintonhasn’t
started1-0since
1996), Oct. 9vs.
Powell, Oct. 23at
OakRidge; Oct.
29vs. Anderson
County.
SCHEDULE
RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Yr.
66 Alol, Vince DT/OT SO
18 Ambrose, Shawn PK/QB JR
22 Bailey, Brodie CB/WR SO
53 Bainum, Marty DL/OT SR
75 Boies, Elijah DL/G SO
21 Bolinger, Dylan LB/RB SO
54 Bridges, David G/LB SO
67 Bridges, David SO
6 Camion, Patrick CB/WR FR
36 Carr, Eric RB/SS JR
42 Chapman, Joel DE/WR SR
No. Name Pos. Yr.
58 Cook, Jordan DE/G JR
34 Dabney, Josh RB/SS SR
51 Foster, Brandon G/LB SR
4 Frazier, Nick CB/WR SR
77 Galloway, Jarret DL/OT SO
2 Hazelhurst, Weston LB/RB SR
57 Hedges, Gunter DT/OT FR
68 Mann, Landon DT/OT JR
24 Manning, Dusty CB/K/WR JR
27 Martin, Tanner RB/SS JR
70 McLane, Spencer DE/OT SO
No. Name Pos. Yr.
55 Mitchell, Dylan G/LB SR
88 O’Neal, Shawn LB/WR SO
67 Phillips, Jr. DT/OT JR
25 Powell, Austin CB/RB SO
78 Powers, Darian C/DT JR
74 Raja, Zohaib DT/OT SO
9 Richards, Austin LB/WR JR
3 Shannon, Dee RB/SS JR
20 Sharpe, Ryan LB/WR SR
61 Sissom, Bryant DT/OT SR
73 Stearns, James DT/G JR
No. Name Pos. Yr.
5 Stone, Darian FS/QB SR
7 Tackett, Billie SS/WR SR
65 Toney, Gene DE/G SR
46 Ward, Chase LB/WR SR
80 Washington, Bran. DE/G SR
33 Washington, Cory SS/WR JR
56 Webb, Zach C/DE SR
23 Willard, Josh CB/K/WR SR
12 Williams, Blake FS/WR SR
8 Williams, Bradley F/RB/SS SR
Heroes: DarianStone(quarterback,
senior, 6-0, 180, Region3-4Aof-
fensiveplayerof theyearwith1,852
passingyards, 908yardrushing
yardsand31touchdowns, 21pass-
ing); NickFrazier(widereceiver,
senior, 5-11, 175, 31catches, 652
yards, 6TDsin2008); Joel Chapman
(tightend/defensiveline, senior, 6-3,
230, 22catches, 385yards, 2TDsin
2008); WestonHazelhurst(running
back/linebacker, senior, 5-11, 210, 83
carries, 701yards, 8TDsin2008).
BreakoutPlayers: BlakeWilliams
(safety, senior, 5-11, 170). “Hehas
reallygrownanddevelopedand
workedhard,”saidcoachAndy
Shattuck. “He’ssointelligent. He’s
alwaysintherightplaceattheright
time. That’sagoodqualitytohave.”
CamionPatrick(widereceiver/de-
fensiveback, freshman). “He’sone
of thepurestathleteswe’vehad,”
saidShattuck. “He’soneof thosekids
whopeoplesay, ‘Heremindsusof
ScottyWhittasafreshman.’ ”
What’sGood: Hazelhursthaspacked
on15-20poundsintheoffseason
toensurehe’sdurableforhisfinal
seasonaftersufferingabroken
collarbonein2008. Whenhealthy,
Hazelhurstcanimpactagameon
bothsidesof theball, especially
openinguptheairlanesforquarter-
backStonewhomadewavesduring
thesummeratcollegiatecampswith
hisbigarm.
HelpNeeded: “It’snosecretthat
defensively, wegaveuppointslast
year,”saidShattuck. Infact, Clinton
allowed29.2pergame, puttingthe
onusontheoffensetooutscoreop-
ponentseachweek. Withlittledepth
onthedefensiveline, Shattuckplans
tochangethedefensiveschemetoa
“base30”defensetobetterutilizeits
talent, sizeandspeed.
It’spay-off timefor Dragons’ seniors
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
InmidJuly, seniortightend/defensiveend
JoelChapmanestimatedthat, onaverage, he’s
askedaboutthisyear’sClintonfootball team
threetimesperweek.
As the season approaches that total will
onlyrise. Andforgoodreason.
Clintonhadabanner year in2008, reach-
ing the playoffs for the first time since 1998.
With roughly 20 seniors returning and es-
sentiallyall of itsskill set, Clintonanditsfan
baseareexpectingaplayoffrunthatextends
beyondthefirst round.
It all will hingeontheplayof seniorsDar-
ianStone(quarterback), WestonHazelhurst
(running back/linebacker), Nick Frazier
(wide receiver) and Joel Chapman (tight
end/defensiveend).
“These guys have all been starters or
contributors since their sophomore year,”
saidheadcoachAndyShattuck. “There are
certain expectations when it’s a bunch of
sophomores playing and a different expec-
tationwhenthey’rejuniors. Now, theseguys
are seniors. And they understand. They’re
human. Theyhear thetalkaroundthecom-
munityandontheInternet.
“It’samatterofthemstayingfocused, con-
centrating onthe matter at hand, andgoing
out andworkinghardeverydayandgetting
bettereveryday.”
The Dragons averaged 30.1 points per
gamelast seasonwhileallowing29.2. While
thedefenseshouldbeimprovedthisseason,
Clinton may still have to post five or more
touchdowns in a game to
pull out a win. To do that,
Stone made a concerted ef-
fort during summer camps
to work onhis pocket pass-
ing —andhis accuracy. Al-
though he was picked off
only five times last season,
he completed just 101 of 212
passes.
“At the next level, I want
to be a quarterback,” said
Stone. “I’mtryingtoimprove
my stock on passing yards
andcompletions.
“(And) losing games to
West andPowell (lateinthe
season) and then the first-
roundgametoRheaCounty,
we weren’t too happy with
that. We were determined,
going into the offseason,
to make a playoff run this
year.”
The X-factor may be the
health of Hazelhurst. As a
sophomore, he ran for 1,355
yards and 15 touchdowns.
But his collarbone was bro-
ken in the fourth game of last season. He
returnedlateintheyear but wasn’t as effec-
tive.
The muscle bulk he carries shows the
importance he’s placing on his final shot at
glory.
“We’ve been talking about it since we
were younger, tryingtokeepall our seniors
together,”hesaid. “Wehaveabout18or19se-
niorsnow. Wekept themtogether, soI think
we’reready.”
Expectations highas team
returns nearlyall of its players
Chapman
Hazelhurst
Stone
PREDICTEDFINISH
8-2
PX17
Coach: AndyShattuck(14-37, 6thseason) | Lastyear: 6-5 | ReturningStarters: 18(9onoffense, 9ondefense)
FARRAGUT
Aug. 21
Dobyns-Bennett
Aug. 28
atOakRidge
Sept. 3
*Catholic, MyVLT2
Sept. 18
*atWest
Sept. 25
atRiverdale
Oct. 2
*Heritage
Oct. 9
*atBearden
Oct. 16
*Maryville
Oct. 23
*atLenoirCity
Oct. 30
*WilliamBlount
*Conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Sept. 3vs. Catholic,
Sept. 18atWest,
Oct. 9atBearden,
Oct. 16vs. Maryville.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
9 Allen, David WR 6-0 165 SR
55 Aranada, Miguel G 5-11 230 SO
94 Arcada, Anthony DE 5-10 180 SO
21 Bass, Chris RB 5-7 180 SR
78 Beauchamp, Grayson OT 6-2 220 JR
64 Belasco, Michael G 5-9 225 SO
25 Bodack, Jason WR 6-0 180 JR
7 Bowdle, Garrett QB 5-11 175 SO
23 Bradley, Tyler DL 5-11 205 SR
35 Brooks, Harper LB 6-2 220 JR
49 Brown, Madison TE 6-1 190 SO
15 Browning, Reese QB 6-0 215 SR
88 Burnette, Tanner CB 6-1 155 JR
13 Colwell, Ben RB 5-11 150 JR
80 Cook, Bo DB 5-3 110 JR
89 Cooper, Austin CB 5-9 140 SO
32 Crone, Tyler DE 6-5 215 SR
29 Dreyer, Christian CB 5-11 155 SO
30 Frazier, Zach LB 5-5 145 SO
56 Fricks, Bobby C 5-10 200 JR
12 Galloway, Brad K 5-10 140 SR
18 Gibson, Nathan FS 5-11 180 SR
22 Giles, Britain DB 5-8 150 JR
73 Gilliam, Jacob 6-4 240 SR
51 Grieco, Greg DE 6-0 200 SR
38 Hannay, Zack RB 5-11 200 SO
1 Hartman, Devin CB 6-0 160 SR
92 Haskins, Guy DB 6-0 170 SR
46 Haynes, Tyler DL 5-6 170 SO
54 Hemsley, Cameron C 6-0 215 SO
52 Hensley, Josh LB 5-9 180 JR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
60 Honey, Matt LB 5-10 185 SR
3 Hudson, Montre RB 5-8 195 JR
37 Ishak, Devin LB 6-0 185 SR
39 Jackson, Thomas LB 5-11 200 JR
5 Jetton, Elliott CB 5-8 160 JR
26 Johnson, Jacob RB 5-9 150 SO
19 Joyce, Kevin DB 5-10 155 JR
41 Klenkel, Brian LB 5-10 180 JR
79 Knipp, Daniel G 6-0 280 SO
68 Koonce, Will DE 5-6 165 SO
27 Landguth, Drew LB 5-8 160 SO
8 Landguth, Dillon QB 5-7 150 SO
53 Lee, Matt C 5-10 195 SO
17 Leon, Zach LB 5-7 145 SO
71 Leon, Manuel G 6-1 280 SO
58 Leonard, Robbie LB 5-11 195 JR
90 Lewis, Cameron DE 5-3 125 SO
70 Manhardt, Austin LB 5-10 175 SO
65 Mann, Tommy G 6-0 260 SR
63 Mays, Cody G 6-1 246 SR
66 McDonald, Kaleb DL 5-7 185 JR
82 McPhearson, Kenneth WR 5-10 160 SR
57 Michael, Parker DL 5-7 185 SO
74 Michael, Preston DE 5-9 225 SR
40 Mitchell, Calvin LB 5-9 180 SO
6 Moore, Dylan WR 5-8 150 JR
87 Moroz, Mikol DB 5-7 145 SO
16 Nguyen, Bao CB 5-9 170 JR
24 Nugent, Tyler LB 5-4 160 SO
36 Parker, Drake DL 5-6 115 SO
2 Perez, Taino CB 5-10 165 JR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
33 Pitcher, Daniel LB 5-10 155 JR
10 Ponce, Christian K 5-9 175 SR
67 Poplawski, Justin OT 6-3 265 JR
31 Purty, De’Andre RB 6-0 215 SR
85 Rivera, Aldo LB 5-10 170 SO
4 Rule, Cody QB 5-9 150 SO
72 Savell, Zach G 6-0 270 JR
59 Sellers, Kevin 6-3 285 SR
91 Simmons, Zach DL 5-10 250 SR
95 Storms, Nathan K 6-3 160 SR
48 Taylor, Connor LB 5-9 175 JR
44 Taylor, Addison K/WR 5-9 140 SO
14 Tillman, Bryan QB 5-10 160 JR
11 Tindal, Andrew DB 5-9 150 JR
43 Tracey, Luke LB 5-10 165 SR
61 Twigg, Jay DE 5-4 160 SO
34 Urevick, Braden WR 5-6 140 SO
20 VanDyne, Lee WR 6-2 190 SR
77 Vance, Scott OT 6-3 215 SR
28 Walker, Ryan LB 5-10 190 SR
42 Watson, Zach LB 5-10 150 SO
45 Weaver, Thomas LB 6-1 155 SO
84 Whatley, Joe WR 5-8 145 SO
99 White, Gabe DE 6-0 220 SR
96 Whitney, Caleb DE 5-10 185 SO
69 Wilke, Gavin OT 6-1 225 SO
47 Wrinkle, Robert LB 6-1 185 SO
93 Yeary, Zach DE 5-10 230 SO
81 Yoo, Dylan LB 5-11 170 SR
Heroes: ReeseBrowning(QB, senior,
6-0, 215; 2,534yardspassing, 24TDs
lastseason), LeeVanDyne(WR, se-
nior, 6-2, 185; 54catches, 977yards,
nineTDsin2008), De’AndrePurty
(RB, senior, 5-11, 208; 1,265yards, 13
TDslastseason).
BreakoutPlayers: Juniorrunningback
MontreHudson(5-8, 195)wowed
onlookersduringlastseason’spre-
seasonscrimmagesandthejambo-
reebutinjuries(tornmedial collateral
ligament, concussion)sidelinedhim
formostof theseason. Throughex-
tensiveoffseasonpreparations, he’s
preparedtoprovehisworth—and
durability. SeniorwidereceiverDavid
Allenhasthebesthandsontheteam
andwasBrowning’ssecond-favorite
targetbehindVanDynelastseason.
Allencaught33passesfor454yards
andfourtouchdowns.
What’sGood: Farraguthassuperb
depthattheskill positionsonoffense,
especiallyinthebackfieldwithPurty,
HudsonandChrisBass(5-9, 175).
HelpNeeded: Ayoungoffensiveline
hasmuchtoprove. If Browningisn’t
100percentbytheseason’sstart, the
linemenmustmaturequickly.
SolidAdmiralswill betested
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
Witharguablythetoughest scheduleinthe
state, Farragutisgoingtohaveplentyopportu-
nitiestotestitsbest.
ArunthroughDistrict4-AAAwiththelikes
of Catholic, Bearden, MaryvilleandWest is a
taskinitself. But Farragut alsohas bouts with
Riverdale, Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett and
OakRidge.
GoodthingtheAdmirals areloaded. They
mayneedeveryablebody.
“Welookat it asanexcitingopportunityto
playthosekindofpeople,”saidFarragutcoach
EddieCourtney. “Wefeellikeourkidsandour
coachingstaff want tocompeteagainst those
typeofteams.
“Wecameout of a regionthat wethought
was one of the most challenginginthe state.
We’ve learnedfromthose experiences, and
youseriouslycanonlyworryabout oneweek
atatime. Yougottodothat.”
Admiral Nationheldits collective breath
inApril whenrising senior quarterback Re-
ese Browninghadhis left tibia brokeninthe
spring’sfinalscrimmage.
All Browning cared about was the play’s
result. Typicalquarterback, eh?
“Didhecatchthefootball?Thatwasthefirst
questionI asked,” saidBrowning, whothrew
for 2,534yards and24touchdownpasses last
season.
His worryturnedtoamoreserious nature
atthehospital, wherehewonderedifhe’dever
playagain. But hewas releasedfromhis pro-
tectiveboot onJuly15andhasbeentakingthe
necessarystepstoreturnbytheseasonopener
Aug. 21againstDobyns-Bennett.
“He’s workedextremely hardto get him-
self backandremainpositive,”saidCourtney.
“I knowhe was frustrated. He wantedtobe
throwingalot this summer. But he’s goingto
befine.
“Inoneway,itmightbeablessingbecausehe
won’t beover-throwing. It’s helpedour team,
becauseit’sallowedustoworksomeotherkids
andseewheretheyfit.”
SeniorwidereceiverLeeVanDynetookthe
snapsduringBrowning’shiatus. Buthe’smore
suitedforcatchingandkeepingdefensesfrom
loadingthelinetostoprunningbacksDe’Andre
PurtyandMontreHudson.
The backfieldpair is arguably the best in
EastTennessee, quitepossiblythestate.
PREDICTEDFINISH
8-2
PX18 Coach: EddieCourtney(94-56, 12thseason) | Lastyear: 11-2 | ReturningStarters: 11(5onoffense, 6ondefense)

FULTON
Aug. 22
atMorristownWest
Aug. 28
atPowell
Sept. 4
*atAustin-East
Sept. 10
Alcoa
MyVLT2TVGame
Sept. 18
*atPigeonForge
Sept. 25
atWest
Oct. 2
*atGibbs
Oct. 9
*Gatlinburg-Pittman
Oct. 16
*Carter
Oct. 30
*UnionCounty
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 22at
MorristownWest,
Sept. 4atAustin-
East, Sept. 10vs.
Alcoa, Sept. 25at
West, Oct. 16vs.
Carter.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Sr.
2 Allen, Steven DB/QB 5-10 173 JR
9 Barfield, Antonio DB/TE/WR 6-1 187 SR
77 Blair, Kadayle DL/OL 6-3 309 JR
10 Bridges, Xavier DB/WR 5-10 170 SR
25 Brown, Jerron FB/LB/TE 6-0 197 JR
14 Carroll, Denzel DB/WR 5-10 167 SO
56 Cason, Mychal DL/OL 6-3 242 JR
28 Castle, Jolante LB/RB 5-11 183 FR
13 Chaney, Sialas DE/TE 6-2 173 JR
6 Chapman, Amir DB/DE/RB 6-2 203 SO
35 Clark, Ethan LB/TE 5-9 161 SO
59 Clark, Christian DL/OL 6-1 268 SR
7 Cotner, Javonte FB/LB 5-9 190 JR
19 Deathridge, Brian DB/QB/WR 5-10 167 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Sr.
24 Elder, Fred LB/RB/WR 5-11 173 SO
52 Fair, Averon DE/OL 6-0 209 JR
76 Flemming, Tyrell DL/OL 6-0 296 SO
26 Foster, Bob K/PK 6-0 173 SR
81 Foster, Jason DE/TE 6-0 171 SR
66 Garcia, Brandon DL/OL 6-2 271 SO
3 Golliday, Marco DE/FB/RB 5-11 189 SR
51 Gray, Hakeem DL/OL 6-0 232 JR
72 Higgins, Richard DL/OL 5-9 233 JR
15 Jackson, Bruce DB/WR 6-2 173 SO
80 Johnson, Octavius DE/TE 6-2 203 JR
55 Johnson, Jarius DL/OL 6-2 279 SR
88 Johnson, Quez DB/WR 5-9 181 SR
75 Kennedy, Chance DL/OL 6-2 226 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Sr.
12 Lethgo, Nick QB 5-11 171 SR
54 Mathis, William DL/OL 5-9 263 JR
57 Miller, Aaron DL/OL 5-11 273 JR
5 Mynatt, Jared FB/LB 5-8 177 SR
4 Pitchford, Micah DB/WR 6-2 201 JR
65 Reilly, Jake DL/OL 5-11 256 SR
32 Roach, Allen DE/TE 6-2 202 FR
18 Satterfield, Bart DB/RB/WR 5-10 173 JR
17 Taylor, Brandon DB/WR 5-11 167 JR
11 Taylor, David DB/WR 5-9 167 SR
1 Thomas, Demetrius DB/LB/RB 5-10 187 JR
21 Vinson, Quintest FB/LB 6-2 221 SR
23 Williams, Devon DB/WR 5-11 171 JR
8 Winters, Ben LB/QB/TE 6-1 193 JR
Heroes: DametriusThomas(RB, junior,
5-10, 173; 1,009all-purposeyardslast
season), BenWinters(QB/LB, junior,
5-11, 187; 1,413yards, 16TDsin2008),
QuintestVinson(FB/LB, senior, 6-2, 211;
topreturningtacklerswith82).
BreakoutPlayers: MarcoGolliday(RB/DE,
senior, 6-0, 181)hastremendous
speedandscored12TDslastseason.
SophomoretailbackAmirChapman
(6-2, 193)passestheeyetestandwill
onlybolsteratalentedbackfield. “He’s
yourprototypeasfaraslooksand
speed,”saidcoachBuckCoatney. “Two
yearsago, heranthefastesttimeinthe
adidas7-on-7atUT.”SeniorDavidTaylor
(5-9, 161)andjuniorBrandonTaylor
(6-0, 164)haveturnedthecornerand
areexpectedtomakenicecontributions
aswidereceivers, alongwithAntonio
Barfield, BuddyBridges, DevinWilliams
andMicahPitchford.
What’sGood: Fulton’sAchillesheel last
season—toomanysophomores—is
nowitsstrength—experience. Atany
giventimeduringlastseason, sevenor
eightunderclassmengracedFulton’s
lineup. Whiletheycompetedwell, their
inexperienceoftprovedastumbling
block. ButtheFalconsarehungrierthan
ever. Adeep, speedydefenseandstellar
rungamethatfeaturesthreereturning
startersupfrontshouldpavetheirway
intoNovember.
HelpNeeded:Fultononlyhasfourhome
games, thefirstnotcominguntil Sept.
10againstAlcoa. Threeroadgames
followtheboutwiththeTornadoes.
Fultonstill hasafewholestofill onthe
linesandneedstoimproveonitsfourth-
downdefense. Lastseasonitallowed
opponentstoconvert55percent(15of
27)fourth-downattempts.
Puttinganoff seasonbehind
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
Thanksgiving dinner didn’t sit too well
with Fulton head coach Buck Coatney last
November.
Since 2002, when Fulton finished state
runner-up, it hasbeentheFalcons’ goal toal-
wayspracticeonThanksgivingDay.Doingso
wouldmeantheyhadat least madethestate
quarterfinals.
Lastseasonended4-6—Fulton’sfirstnon-
playoffcampaignsince1992.
“I’ll just saythis: I don’t think(theplayers)
wanttoworkoutinNovemberorDecember
everagain,”saidCoatney. “Thiswasthefirst
time inabout 15 years that we’ve hadtolift
weightsinNovemberorDecember.
“It’soneofthosesituationswhereitmakes
youlookatthingsandappreciatewhat’shap-
pened(inthe past). But youhave totighten
up your belt buckle and go back to work.
Whenyouget knockeddown, yougot tosee
what kindof manyouaretoget backup, you
know?”
TheFalconshavebeengoinghardsincethe
wintermonthsundertheweight-roomdirec-
tionof coachMicaiahSmoker. Coatneysaid
morethan80kidshavebeenshowingupfor
volunteer workouts duringthesummer, just
more evidence that the passiontoreturnto
prominenceisthere.
“(Last season) was difficult,” saidsenior
widereceiverAntonioBarfield. “Alotofpeo-
ple said, ‘What happenedtoy’all this year?’
I was like, ‘It was a rebuilding year for us.’ I
couldn’tsaytoomuchaboutit. Ihadtotakeit
andgoon.
“But it was motivationfor
us toseeCatholicgotostate
andwinning. Theywereour
biggest rival. After we saw
that, wewerelike, ‘Man, we
havetodosomethingabout
thatnextyear.’ ”
Fultonreturns 15 starters
tohandlethejumpinclassifi-
cation(3Ato4A)andasched-
ulewithsixroadgames.
Most importantly, junior
quarterbackBenWinters is
more game savvy and has
threeofhisoffensivelinemen
back and three over-quali-
fied tailbacks (Dametrius
Thomas, Marco Golliday,
Amir Chapman) to relieve
himofanyplay-makingpres-
sures.
“Last year, I didn’t have
muchexperience andI was
just getting usedtothings,”
saidWinters,whopassedfor
320yards andthree TDs in
hisfinal gamelast season. “I
gointothis year andI know
things. I’ll be able to learn
newthingstoimprovemygame.
“Lastyearwasheartbreaking. Itwasfrus-
trating. We’re Fulton. We’re expectedtogo
totheplayoffsandget tostate. Wejust didn’t
haveitlastyear. Thisyear, we’ll beabletoget
backonourgameandgettotheplayoffs.”
Rebuildingover, Falcons
determinedtoregainsuccess
Winters
Barfield
Coatney
PREDICTEDFINISH
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PX20 Coach: BuckCoatney(129-82, 18thseason) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 15(7onoffense, 8ondefense)
GATLINBURG-PITTMAN
Aug. 20
Oneida
MyVLT2TV
Aug. 28
Cosby
Sept. 11
atSullivanEast
Sep. 18
*atGibbs
Sept. 25
atUnicoi County
Oct. 2
*UnionCounty
Oct. 9
*atFulton
Oct. 16
*Austin-East
Oct. 23
*atCarter
Oct. 30
*PigeonForge
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
73 Bales, Billy OL 6-3 310 JR
39 Ball, D.J. TE 5-9 190 SO
22 Benedict, Jacob WR 5-8 155 SO
89 Bilbrey, Dusty TE 5-11 170 JR
36 Brien, Caleb RB 5-8 180 SR
66 Byerly, Aaron OL 5-11 200 SO
58 Casey, Elijah OL 6-1 230 SR
55 Davidson, Jacob OL 6-0 165 JR
20 Douglas, Hunter RB 6-0 200 SR
10 Durbin, Ron WR 6-1 173 JR
2 Durbin, Blade QB/WR 6-1 165 FR
18 Eltzroth, Dakota WR 5-5 130 SO
24 England, Clay WR 5-11 145 FR
7 Foster, Jamel QB 5-5 115 FR
88 Green, Cody TE 6-3 160 JR
62 Green, Casey OL 6-1 155 FR
53 Herrell, Ty OL 6-3 245 SO
4 Hibbard, Jeremy WR 5-11 160 JR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
11 Horner, Justin TE 5-5 170 FR
32 Howard, Paul RB 5-9 170 SR
70 Huskey, Billy OL 6-2 295 JR
60 Joslin, Luke OL 5-10 185 FR
15 Latham, Shane WR 5-7 155 SR
77 Ledford, Chris OL 6-0 220 SR
25 Lowery, Michael WR 5-8 165 SR
3 Marshall, Tye QB 6-0 175 JR
6 McCarter, Pierce WR 5-10 145 SR
50 Meier, Hunter OL 5-10 180 SO
21 Meier, Colin WR 5-8 160 SR
38 Merritt, Turner TE 6-3 210 JR
19 Merritt, Brandon WR 6-0 160 SO
52 Moore, Alex OL 5-8 200 SO
57 Morris, Joe OL 5-9 175 FR
12 Myers, Ryan QB 5-11 190 SO
76 Neave, Joey OL 6-1 305 SO
74 Ogle, Andy OL 6-1 200 FR
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Yr.
40 Ogle, Brandon RB 5-8 140 SO
51 Patel, Dev OL 5-7 170 SO
56 Patel, Mahavir OL 5-8 205 JR
34 Patterson, Grant RB 5-10 185 FR
65 Patton, Michael OL 5-11 220 JR
42 Phillips, Terry RB 5-9 190 SO
5 Pullium, Joseph WR 5-7 135 SO
28 Reagan, Dillon RB 5-10 155 JR
64 Rosco, Robert OL 5-11 235 FR
33 Russell, Josh RB 5-6 175 FR
80 Smith, Ty WR 5-8 155 SO
30 Spearman, James RB 5-11 185 JR
84 Stewart, Brandon WR 5-11 150 SO
14 Taylor, Ryan TE/WR 5-11 160 JR
67 Thomas, Jared OL 6-2 220 SR
75 Williams, Spencer OL 5-11 225 SR
Heroes: ElijahCasey(DT, OT,
senior, 6-1, 230, quick, strong
onbothsidesoftheball,
starterin’08), Bill Huskey(OT,
DT, junior, 6-0, 290, greatsize,
adefensivestopper, starteras
sophomore), SpencerWilliams
(C, senior, 6-1, 230, starterin
’08, mayplayonDLalso).
BreakoutPlayers:TyMarshall
(QB, junior, 5-11, 180), Ron
Durbin(WR, junior, 6-1, 180).
Marshall replacedstartingQB
TaylorOgle, nowawalk-onat
Clemson, whenOglebrokehis
thumbintheninthgameof
theseason. Inabouttwoand
ahalfgames, Marshall threw
35passesandcompleted60
percent, andhe’sathletic.
What’sGood: TheHighland-
ershaveexperienceonthe
offensiveanddefensiveline
withthereturnofCasey,
Huskey, andWilliams, buttheir
bestathletesareinthewide
receiversandsecondary. They
includejuniorwidereceiver/
safetyRyanTaylor, juniorwide-
receivercornerbackJeremy
Hibbard, seniorwidereceiver/
cornerbackPierceMcCarter,
andjuniorwidereceiver/tight
endRyanTaylor, anall-purpose
playmaker.
HelpNeeded:Replacing
1,400-yardrusherMatthew
Pittser, whosignedwithCar-
son-Newman, will bedifficult.
Linebackeraconcern, where
seniorsHunterDouglas(5-11,
230)andCalebBrien(5-9, 170)
will needtostepup.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 20vs. Oneida,
week7vs. Austin-
East.
Newschedule, newchallenges
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
Gatlinburg-PittmancoachBennyHammonds
isn’t abigfanof theTSSAA’s recent reclassifica-
tion. Thenagain, theHighlanders’ veterancoach
hasdealtwithitbefore, andwilldealwithitnow.
The Highlanders play only one teamfrom
their2008schedule, PigeonForge, andlandedin
thesameregion, Region3-3A, withAustin-East,
Fulton, Gibbs, Carter, andPigeonForge.
“It’s terriblefor us, (playing) thoseinner-city
schools, Knox Fulton and Austin-East,” Ham-
mondssaid. “It’ll behardforustocompete. We’ll
haveagoodfootball team, but nobodyelsebeats
themmuch, either.”
Hammondsfeelslikehisteamhasbeenavaga-
bondovertheyears.
“We’vebeendowntherebefore(toplayAus-
tin-East andFulton). It’sbeenafewyears,”Ham-
monds said. “We’vebeentoLoudonandMoun-
tainCity. They(theTSSAA) just sendus where
theyneedus tobe. It’s tough. It’s all right. We’ll
dothebest wecan. It’s gonnabetoughwithour
schedule. We’lldoourbest.”
It’s reallygoingtobetoughtowardtheendof
theschedule.Gatlinburg-Pittman’slastfourregu-
lar-seasongamesareagainstAustin-East,Fulton,
Carter, andPigeonForge.
Hammondshasyettofigureouthowthepost-
season will work when teams fromhis region
couldmoveintoadifferentsetofplayoffs.
“Idon’tlikeallthatsillystuff,”hesaid.“Nobody
canexplainittome.”
As far as rivals, theHighlanders havetrouble
gettingthem, andtheplayersandcoachesknow
littleabout their opponents, except that they’re
goingtobeprettydarngood.
“Changing the schedule that drastically is
prettyroughwhenyouhavenineout of 10new-
comers,” Hammonds said. “It’s hard to estab-
lishstrongrivalries becausewe’vebeenmoved
aroundsomuch.”
Hammondswill relyonabalancedoffenseto
competewiththenewteamsonhisschedule.His
quarterback, TyMarshall, gainedvaluableexpe-
rienceattheendofthe2008seasonwhenstarter
TaylorOglegothurt.
SeveraloftheHighlanders’bestathletesplayed
as sophomores, andalthoughhis teamlacks ex-
perienceat somepositions, thereis noshortage
oftalent.
Hammonds doesn’t expect his teamtoback
downfromthenewchallenge.
“Welookforwardtoit,”hesaid.“We’reexcited
about gettingstarted. We’ll just get inthereand
grind, let thechipsfall astheymay. Wemaybust
oneof’em, youneverknow.”
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Highlanders strong, but new
opponents present trouble “We’ll just get inthere
andgrind, let thechips
fall astheymay.”
BennyHammonds,
Gatlinburg-Pittman coach
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Coach: BennyHammonds(288-115, 38thseason) | Lastyear: 9-2 | ReturningStarters: 10(5onoffense, 5ondefense)
GIBBS
Aug. 21
Grainger
Aug. 28
atClaiborne
Sept. 3
*atPigeonForge
Sept. 11
GraceChristian
Sept. 18
*Gatlinburg-Pittman
Sept. 25
atCumberlandGap
Oct. 2
*Fulton
Oct. 9
*Carter
Oct. 23
*atUnionCounty
Oct. 30
*atAustin-East
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21vs. Grainger,
Aug. 28atClaiborne,
Sept. 3atPigeon
Forge.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
36 Armstrong, Cody DB/WR 6-2 165 SR
3 Bales, Brad DB/WR 5-10 160 JR
68 Bales, Quentin DT/OL 5-11 230 SO
77 Bates, Brenton C/DT 6-0 250 SR
88 Batts, Derrick DB/WR 6-1 155 SO
5 Batts, Zack DB/QB 6-0 160 JR
70 Boles, Tyler DE/OL 6-0 175 SO
78 Boling, Josh DE/OT 6-0 220 JR
10 Brewton, Seth DB/SS 5-8 140 SR
69 Brown, Nick DT/OL 6-1 230 SR
73 Bryson, Austin DL/OL 5-11 210 SO
59 Buckner, Matt DT/OL 6-2 235 JR
82 Capps, Bradley DB/WR 5-8 130 JR
12 Clabough, Phillip DB/QB 5-11 165 JR
49 Clark, Brice DE/WR 6-0 175 SR
64 Dalon, Blake DT/OL 5-10 190 SR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
2 Goad, Andrew DB 5-5 130 SO
80 Guynes, Samuel WR 5-9 170 SR
56 Hall, Erik G/LB 5-9 175 SR
74 Henry, Rocky DT/OL 6-1 305 SO
20 Hibbett, Andy DB 5-11 180 JR
7 Hunley, Ryan PK 5-11 145 FR
24 Iddins, Josh DB/WR 5-9 160 JR
63 Jackson, Stephen DT/OL 6-3 285 N/A
66 Jacobs, Rob LB/OL 5-8 180 SO
1 Johnson, Ty DB/WR 5-9 145 SO
8 Legg, Chris DB/QB 5-11 165 JR
33 Lyon, Chayse DB 5-8 170 SR
71 Mallicoat, Ben 6-0 180 JR
65 McElreath, Leif DT/OL 5-10 180 N/A
62 McLemore, Dylan DT/OL 5-10 225 SO
50 Oakley, Ryan DE/OL 6-0 170 SR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
40 Richards, Josh LB 5-10 180 SR
26 Riffey, Paul DB 5-11 175 JR
29 Scott, Zach LB/WR 5-11 160 JR
61 Shipley, Taylor DL/OT 5-10 220 JR
72 Simmons, Eric DL/OL 6-1 235 JR
75 Steele, Brandon DL/OT 6-0 230 SO
4 Treadway, Justin DB/WR 6-0 180 SR
55 Tuggle, Jordan G/LB 5-11 175 SR
34 Turner, Austin LB 5-10 175 JR
76 Varner, Cooper DL/OL 6-5 210 SO
— Wampler, Tyler LB/OL 5-11 215 SO
16 Watson, Blake DB 5-9 150 JR
99 Webb, Will DL 6-4 220 JR
92 Wells, Steven DL 6-2 175 SR
21 Whitt, Brady DB 5-8 165 SO
Heroes: JustinTreadway(WR,
senior, 6-1, 180), ChayseLyon(RB,
senior, 5-8, 165), BrentonBates(DT,
senior, 6-0, 250). Treadwayhad
ateam-high15catchesin2008,
Lyonsledtheteamwithmorethan
400rushingyards, andBateswasa
standout onthedefensivefront and
will dodouble-dutyasthestarting
center.
Breakout Players: SethBrewton
(slotback, senior), RyanOakley(DE,
senior, 6-0, 175). Brewtondoesn’t
havemuchsize, but he’sashifty,
elusiverunner, andthat will give
theEaglesanother looktothrowat
defenses. Oakleyhasaddedsome
muscleintheoffseason, andhis
hardworkwill leadtoplayingtime
thisseason.
What’sGood: Thereisplentyof expe-
riencereturningintheoffensiveand
defensivebackfield, thebyproduct
of playingsophomoresin2008.
QuarterbackChrisLeggwasforced
intodutyasasophomoreandhasa
seasonof runningthetripleoption
under hisbelt. Histoptarget returns
inTreadway, aswell asthetoprun-
ningbackinLyon, alongwithjunior
runningbackAndyHibbitt, whoran
for 200yards. Defensivelineissolid
withthereturnof Bates, DTNick
Brown, andendBriceClark.
HelpNeeded: Conleyspent much
of thepreseasonworkingonthe
kickinggame, oneof hisprimary
concernsheadinginto2009. Also
of major concern: theEagleslost
fivesenior linemenfromthe2008
offense, soConleyiscounting
onsomeyounglinementostep
forwardandfill that void.
Bankingonthetripleoption
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
BradConleyspentnineyearsasanassistant
footballcoachatGibbsHighSchool,wentinto
administrationforfouryears, andgottheitch
toget backintocoachingin2008afterEagles
coachRandyCarroll steppeddown.
Conleyismorethanhappywithhismove.
“I missedit (coaching),” Conleysaid. “I’m
still gladtobeback. Itell thekids, highschool
football,there’snothinglikeFridaynights;and
beingwiththisgroupofkidshasproventobe
asmuchfunasIcouldhopefor. Obviouslywe
wanttowinmoreandourexpectationsareto
winmore, but all thingsconsidered, last year
wasalotoffun. Itwasaveryresilientfootball
team. That’showIcameawaywithit.”
Conleyinstalledatriple-optionoffenselast
year, andhada full season, a springpractice
anda preseasontofine-tune it. Junior Chris
Legg was forced into action as the starting
quarterbacklastseason,sohisfamiliaritywith
theoffenseisaplus.
“In the triple option, (Legg) did a really
goodjob,”Conleysaid.“Cominginasasopho-
more, hewasn’t goingtobethestarter. Situa-
tions occurred, and(the job) fell intohis lap.
In this offense, the quarterback has a lot of
opportunities. We hope he gets evenbetter.
He’sgot tobebetterandstepforward.”
It wasagoodspringpractice, eventhough
a couple of key players missedit because of
baseball,includingBrentonBates,whostarted
at defensive tackle andalsowill play center
thisseason.
BatessaystheEagles’work
in the weight roomshould
helpmake upfor the depar-
ture of five senior linemen
from2008.
“I feel a lot more confi-
dent this year,” Bates said.
“We’ve been working hard
inthe weight room. Our of-
fensivelineisalotstrongerthanlastyear.Ifeel
everybody’salotstronger, morephysical, and
inbetter shapethis year. We’veworkedhard
andweexpect betterthings.”
Sodoes JustinTreadway, the team’s lead-
ing receiver and a starting cornerback last
season.
“Witheverybody getting to knowthe of-
fense and with most of our offense coming
back, our quarterbackandskill players, I feel
more confident this year,” Treadway said.
“We have goodseniors andwe’re confident
withtheoffense. Wehopetodogoodthings
withit.”
One thing’s for sure: Conley is glad to be
backonthe sidelines, andhe likes the feel of
butterflies in his stomach as the season ap-
proaches.
“To be a year along with our offensive
installation, I feel like we’re further along,”
Conleysaid.“You’realwaysexcitedandalittle
nervousastheseasonbegins.”
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Experiencewithnewoffense
shouldbeplus after 3-8season
Bates
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GRACECHRISTIAN
Aug. 21
CAK
Aug. 28
atGraceBaptist
Academy
Sept. 4
*atTellicoPlains
Sept. 11
atGibbs
Sept. 18
*atMidway
Oct. 2
*Rockwood
Oct. 9
TaftYouthCenter
Oct. 16
*Harriman
Oct. 23
JohnsonCounty
Oct. 30
*atGreenback
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21vs.
CAK, Sept. 18at
Midway, Oct. 30at
Greenback
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
62 Arnold, Austin 5-10 175 SO
52 Arowood, Chad 5-11 236 SR
31 Beck, Josh 5-8 180 SO
6 Belcher, Jacob 5-8 150 JR
25 Bowery, Sterlin 5-8 160 FR
2 Campbell, Chris 5-11 195 SR
44 Carlton, Johnathon 5-10 180 SR
53 Conner, Joshua 5-11 200 FR
58 Covington, Dylan 5-10 220 SO
10 Dixon, Bill 5-8 140 FR
65 Dixon, Max 5-11 150 JR
16 Duggins, Tyler 5-9 140 FR
75 Frank, Atticus 6-0 225 SR
12 Frank, Davis 6-3 210 JR
99 Griffith, Jonathan 6-0 142 FR
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
77 Herbst, Ryan 6-2 245 JR
8 Hester, Blake 5-10 175 JR
15 Hopkins, Jordan 5-10 150 JR
11 Hutchinson, Eli 5-6 125 FR
9 Jared, Carlton 5-8 140 SO
84 Johnstone, Steephen 6-0 150 SR
55 Kendrick, Brett 5-11 225 FR
22 McCoy, Michael 5-10 155 SO
24 McKamey, Will 5-7 130 FR
20 McReynolds, Austin 5-10 170 JR
19 Melton, Caleb 5-11 160 SO
14 Meyers, Tyler 5-10 143 FR
4 Minga, Jake 5-11 140 SO
63 Morris, Preston 6-1 230 SO
54 Newsome, Chase 5-9 180 FR
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
33 Palmer, Harley 5-7 200 SO
39 Reynolds, Landon 5-7 145 SO
78 Roberts, Isaiah 6-0 250 SR
18 Shelton, Parker 5-8 145 SO
79 Steward, Christian 5-8 201 SO
59 Taylor, Jacob 6-1 200 SO
23 Taylor, Ben 5-8 150 SO
56 Thompson, Landry 5-9 237 FR
76 Valentine, Ethan 5-11 320 SO
3 Waters, Trent 6-1 179 FR
5 Williams, Eric 6-5 220 SR
80 Willis, DD 5-8 130 JR
57 Zockall, Peter 5-9 190 SR
Heroes: Gracehasseveral
playersexpectedtostepup
andbeleaders, includingend
EricWilliams, whoisbeing
courtedbyseveral Division
I schools. AtticusFrank, a
four-yearstarter, isexpected
tocreatesomeworriesfor
opposingcoachesontheof-
fensiveanddefensivelines.
BreakoutPlayers: Cornerback
andrunningbackChrisCamp-
bell isexpectedtoexcel after
breakinghiscollarboneinthe
fourthgamelastyear, asare
runningbackBlakeHester
anddefensiveendDavis
Frank. Sophomorereceiver
anddefensivebackJake
Mingaalsoshowspromise.
“Hereallyturnedsomeheads
thisspring,”saidcoachRandy
McKamey.
What’sGood: Anumberof
goodoffensiveskill position
playersshouldhelp. However,
if theoffenseisstruggling,
thedefensivefrontshouldstill
helpkeeptheRamsingames.
“Wehavebeenverygoodat
creatingturnovers, andwe
aregongtobuildonthat,”said
McKamey.
HelpNeeded: GraceChristian
hassomeyoungguysinkey
areasontheoffensiveline,
accordingtoMcKamey. Also,
juniorsJordanHopkinsand
GunnerThorpearecompeting
forthestartingquarterback
position; bothareyoungand
inexperienced.
Plentyof skill togoaround
BY JOHNSHEARER
sports@knoxnews.com
Not onlydoesthemathsayGraceChristian
Academy should be competitive this year, so
alsodoes coachRandyMcKamey.
The Rams finished10-2 last seasonandre-
turns 14starters.
“Wearegoingtotrytogodeepintheplay-
offs,”saidMcKamey, inhisthirdyear. “Wefeel
likethis year couldbeagoodyear for us.”
Amongtheteam’s strengths areseveral re-
turningskill positionplayers onoffense.
The top of the list includes end Eric Wil-
liams, 6-foot-5, 230pounds.
“He is getting attention from Division I
schools,”saidMcKamey. “Hehasgreat hands
andheputs abigstress ondefenses.”
Running backs Chris Campbell, whois re-
turningfromamid-seasonbrokencollarbone,
AustinMcReynolds, andBlakeHesterareoth-
er keys on offense. Sophomore receiver Jake
Mingahadanimpressivespringpractice.
“Wehavegottenstrongerandthat will help
ourrunninggame,”McKameysaid. “Andthis
year we can be more diverse in the run-pass
ratio.”
Jordan Hopkins and Gunner Thorpe were
battlingduringthepreseasonfor thequarter-
backjob. Thorpeisstronger, whileHopkinsis
smaller andshiftier.
The offensive line is a little inexperienced
but not soondefense, McKameysaid.
“We may win games defensively,” he said.
“We may not produce a lot of
points, but wefeel our defense
is going to holdthe opponents
down to a couple of scores or
less.”
Anchoring the defense will
be two-way lineman Atticus
Frank.
“He is a four-year starter
for us,” said McKamey. “He
keeps getting better every
year. Hehas kindof anchored
our line.”
Frank, whose brother, Da-
vis, will be playing defensive
end, alsois optimisticthat the
defensecanbestrong.
“I think we are going to
have a real good defense,” he
said. “We are going to have
toreallystepit upbecause the
last few years it has been all
offense.”
Campbell, astartingcorner-
back, believes the secondary
can contribute as well. Help-
inghiminthebackfieldwill be
MingaandMcReynolds.
McKamey hopes the team
can get off to a good start with a win Aug. 21
against CAK, not onlyforbraggingrights, but
also to set a good tempo going into district
play.
“That gamecouldbethecatalyst forus,”he
said, “if wegoout andcompete.”
JohnShearer isafreelancecontributor.
Talent at manykeypositions
has Rams readytogo
McKamey
Campbell
Frank
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No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
20 Alley, Sam DB/RB 5-8 165 SR
39 Anderson, John DB/WR 5-9 145 SO
81 Bankhead, Aaron LB/WR 5-10 150 JR
1 Batts, Zack DB/QB 6-0 152 JR
16 Beeler, Will DB/WR 5-10 150 SR
9 Belew, Tyler LB/RB 5-11 211 JR
13 Bridges, Blake DB/WR 6-0 165 SR
37 Bright, Chad DB/WR 5-10 150 SR
51 Brown, Jonathan DL/OL 5-11 175 JR
12 Brown, Brady DB/QB 6-0 185 SO
80 Bryant, Rico DB/WR 6-1 175 SO
71 Bullard, Chris DL/OL 6-2 275 JR
84 Bunch, Chad DB/WR 5-9 140 JR
34 Burton, Jared DL/RB 6-0 205 SR
7 Cochran, Spencer DB/WR 6-0 165 JR
11 Coffman, Josh DB/QB 5-11 190 JR
29 Collins, Cody LB/WR 5-9 150 SO
72 Conner, Alex DL 6-2 280 SO
19 Corcione, Thomas LB/WR 6-0 185 SO
89 Dailey, Alex DB/WR 5-6 140 JR
15 Delaney, Tyler DB/WR 5-9 150 JR
14 Dowdy, Zack DB/QB 6-0 190 SR
66 Extine, Corey DL/OL 5-8 230 SO
53 Farmer, Josh DL/OL 5-9 175 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
46Fitzpatrick, Corey LB/RB 5-10 175 SR
99 Gass, Jacob DL/TE 6-2 225 JR
3 Gibson, Zack DB/RB 5-9 165 SR
58 Gresham, Ryan DL/OL 6-0 225 SO
10 Gresham, Garrett DB/WR 5-10 155 SR
17 Griffen, Jeremy DB/WR 6-1 165 SR
24 Henley, Donovan DB/WR 5-8 150 JR
83 Herrell, Holden DB/WR 5-8 130 SO
66 Holloway, Cameron DL/OL 6-0 250 SO
23 Jacobs, Davin DB/WR 5-10 135 SO
26 Kahn, Jared K 5- 145 SR
94 Keesee, Jonah LB/RB 5-9 157 JR
78 Keith, Allan 6-0 225 SR
31 King, Hunter DB/WR 6-3 168 SO
36 Kitts, Casey LB/WR 6-3 208 SO
59 Lam, Wesley DL/OL 6-1 223 JR
21 Long, Jared RB SO
56 Long, Jake DL/OL 5-8 170 SR
35 Lucas, Spencer LB/RB 5-10 176 SO
79 McFalls, Ben DL/OL 6-1 215 SR
77 Norton, Zack DL/OL 6-1 270 JR
6 O’Laughlin, James DB/RB 5-11 168 JR
8 Painter, Grant DB/RB 5-10 175 SO
55 Paul, Chris DL/OL 5-8 160 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
41 Pelle, Michael DB/WR 2-10 163 SO
25 Penida, Antonio DB/WR 5-4 125 JR
61 Pollard, Alex DL/OL 5-9 175 SR
30 Potter, Jake LB/WR 5-11 165 SO
22 Raley, Tanner DB/RB 5-7 160 SO
85 Rogers, Allen DB/WR 5-6 148 SO
50 Shaddix, Zack DL/OL 6-2 345 SR
40 Shuler, Blake LB/RB 5-11 175 SO
54 Shultz, Steven DL/OL 5-10 240 JR
90 Smith, Cody K 5-8 140 JR
5 Smith, Austin DB/WR 6-0 175 SO
33 Stansberry, Logan LB/RB 5-10 170 JR
42 Starnes, Austin DB/WR 5-11 180 SO
86 Starrett, Alex DL/RB 5-10 171 SR
70 Steinke, Bobby DL/OL 6-1 172 JR
64 Sumlin, DJ DL/OL 5-11 230 JR
75 Tatum, Trevor DL/OL 5-11 230 SO
63 Turner, Jeremy DL/OL 5-8 200 SR
69 Varner, Jake DL/OL 5-9 165 SR
32 Welch, Wesley DB/WR 5-9 155 SO
18 Williams, Dalton DB/WR 5-8 140 JR
44 Woods, Aaron LB/TE 6-0 204 JR
Heroes: JamesO’Laughlin(RB,
junior, 5-10, 155; 586yardsand
fourTDsasasophomore), Zack
Dowdy(QB, senior, 5-11, 175),
GarrettGreshman(WR, senior,
5-10, 160; playedmostof last
seasonwithacastbutnowin
full formphysically).
BreakoutPlayers: ZackGibson
—coachKevinJuliansaidthe
seniorrunningback“hasan
opportunitytoputupsome
yardage”thisseason. Heranfor
409yardsandsixTDson45car-
rieslastseason. LinebackerJake
Long(5-8, 175), whodoublesas
anoffensivelineman, isgunning
for100tackles.
What’sGood: WithO’Laughlin,
Gibson, Greshamandfullback
JaredBurton, Hallshastheplay-
makersitneedstocompetein
District3-AAA. Theyarespeed
guysandwill makeanimpacton
theperimeter. Julianpraisedthe
seniorleadership. “They’vereally
takenthebull bythehornsand
pushedtheguysthroughthe
winter, springandsummer.”
HelpNeeded: Theoffensiveand
defensivelinesaren’t, poundfor
pound, onparwiththosefrom
previousseason—andthey’re
notbattletested. SeniorBenMc-
Fallsistheonlyreturningstarter
ontheoffensiveline, whichhe
will anchor.
RedDevilsridingonwing-T
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
Withthefirst pickof the2008NFLdraft, the
MiamiDolphinsselectedoffensivelinemanJake
Long.
Whenpicked, hewas6-foot-7and317pounds
large.
Halls HighSchool has a JakeLongwhowill
play offensive line this season. What are the
chances, right?
But...
“I’m5-8 and about 175 pounds,” the senior
said.
That’s abenefit of runningawing-Toffense,
though. Halls headcoachKevinJuliandoesn’t
needfiveNFLJakeLongs toget runningbacks
JamesO’Laughlin,ZackGibsonandfullbackJar-
edBurtonoffandrunning.Hejustneedsahand-
fulofmobilelinemenwithgoodtechnique.
“I have tohave reallygoodtechnique,” said
Long, “becauseyougot guys out therewhoare
250pounds andI weigh175. I just staylowand
maketheplays.
“Wedoalotofpulling.I’marealquickguy,and
Icangetoutsideandblockthoseendsoroutside
linebackers.”
Everyoffense’ssuccesshingesontheoffensive
line,butit’sevenmoresoforHalls.Itreturnsonly
one starter fromits line. Gone is 275-pounder
CalebLeonard,anAirForcesignee.Inaresopho-
moresandjuniorswithmuchtolearn.
“We have some goodcompetitiongoingon
there,” said Julian. “If they can come on like
they’resupposedtoandwecangetourplaymak-
erstheball, we’llbeOK.”
ZackDowdywillstartatquarterbackaftertwo
yearsbackingTylerTurner.Dowdydoesn’thave
experienceasastarter, but hedidplay. Turner’s
career featuredafewinjuries. InHalls’ offense,
thequarterbackdoesn’tneedtomake25throws
pergametopileuppoints. Heonlyneedstoturn
andmakeacleanhandoff.
ButwhenDowdydoesthrow,he’llhaveagood
receivertofindinGarrettGresham.
Greshamwas athreat last season, evenwith
acastonhishand. Withtwohands, he’llbeeven
morereliable.
“Wehavetogethimtheball,”saidJulian.“He’s
explosive.”
JulianspokesimilarcommentsofO’Laughlin,
ashifty, dynamicbackwhoshowflashesofbril-
lianceasasophomore.
“He’saspecialguy,”saidJulian.“He’sgottoget
stronger,whichhe’sworkedonoverthesummer.
He’sgottostayawayfrominjuryandrealizethat
youhavetoputonthestrengthandmusclemass
tocompeteonthislevel.He’sgotagiftforrunning
thefootball, andwehavetogethimtheball.”
Halls hadgreat expectations for success last
seasonthatnevermaterialized.Thistimearound,
ithasadifferentmindframe.
SaidLong: “Wehaveapointtoprove.”
Youngoffensivelinemust
performtomakesystemwork
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21vs. Clinton,
Sept. 4vs. Powell,
Sept. 18atOak
Ridge, Sept. 25at
AndersonCounty,
Oct. 30vs. Central.
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HARDINVALLEY
Aug. 21
atCarter
Aug. 28
West
CSSTV
Sept. 11
*Clinton
Sept. 18
*atCampbell Co.
Sept. 25
*Central
Oct. 2
*atPowell
Oct. 9
*atHalls
Oct. 16
*OakRidge
Oct. 23
*atAndersonCo.
Oct. 30
*Karns
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21atCarter,
Sept. 18atCampbell
County, Oct. 30
Karns.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
77 Armstrong, Zach DL/OL 6-5 245 SO
78 Barnes, J.T. DL/OL 5-10 220 SR
2 Barnes, Korrie DB/WR 5-8 160 SR
22 Barnett, Ben DB/WR 5-6 145 SO
24 Batallie, Ryan DB/WR 5-9 165 JR
4 Beggs, Jackson DB/WR 5-8 120 SO
1 Belletini, Anthony DB/WR 6-1 170 JR
8 Bishop, Jake DB/QB 6-1 180 JR
66 Bishop, Tyler DL/OL 6-0 240 SO
84 Blascoe, Cody DB/WR 6-1 150 SO
51 Bolin, Jared DE/OL 6-0 215 JR
17 Brown, Josh DB/QB 5-10 165 JR
28 Burton, Devon DB/RB 6-0 195 SR
34 Butler, Alex DB/WR 6-1 220 JR
40 Byrd, Trey DE/TE 6-3 165 JR
75 Catapano, Joe DL/OL 6-2 290 SO
9 Clevenger, Zach DB/QB 6-3 180 JR
43 Dale, Nick DE/OL 5-5 160 SO
15 Dees, Gary LB/QB 6-2 175 SR
85 Detiveaux, Andrew DB/TE 6-2 190 JR
32 Dillon, Jordan LB/TE 6-0 170 SO
82 Donovan, Matt DB/WR 6-1 135 JR
68 Dweik, Majdy DL/OL 6-1 215 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
33 Echols, Thomas LB/TE 6-0 210 SO
42 El Ajam, James DE/TE 6-4 190 JR
71 Ellis, Tylor DL/OL 6-2 185 SO
64 Embler, John DL/OL 6-2 220 JR
25 Eskridge, Dorian DB/RB 5-9 160 SO
21 Fercho, Del DB/WR 6-1 170 SR
65 Fielden, Taylor DL/OL 6-3 240 JR
63 Fredette, Daniel DL/OL 6-0 235 SR
54 Fuller, Christian DL/OL 6-3 215 JR
46 Gallaher, Jake LB/WR 5-10 175 SO
74 Herron, David DL/OL 5-8 295 SO
— Hinkle, Jason DL/OL 5-8 180 SO
27 Honken, Reed DB/RB 5-10 175 SO
55 Houser, Richie DL/RB 6-0 220 SR
38 Howley, Luke DB/WR 6-2 160 JR
83 Jaudon, Jack DB/WR 6-0 140 SO
44 Krebs, Josh LB/TE 6-2 185 JR
12 Laggis, Joey DB/WR 5-6 125 SO
16 LambertJr., Josh DB/WR 5-7 150 SR
39 Lee, Dakota DL/WR 5-5 165 SO
76 Leuciuc, Chris DL/OL 6-1 280 JR
56 Leverett, A.J. DL/OL 6-1 190 JR
6 Lunsford, Quinton LB/QB 5-8 155 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
23 March, Keith DB/RB 5-9 170 SR
80 McNair, Blake DE/TE 6-1 195 SO
11 Miller, Josh DB/WR 5-4 125 SO
67 Mitchell, Matt DL/OL 5-11 225 SO
61 Mitchell, Trey DL/OL 5-5 245 JR
52 Monroe, Zach DL/RB 6-1 270 JR
14 Newport, Jordan DB/RB 5-7 160 SO
48 Rowan, Graham DL/RB 5-7 210 JR
26 Scott, Travis DE/WR 5-10 155 SO
3 Smith, Theo DB/WR 5-7 140 JR
60 Stupariu, Emmanuel DL/OL 6-0 240 JR
13 Tran, Peter DB/WR 5-11 160 JR
10 Transue, Mitchell LB/QB 6-1 170 SO
7 Tuck, Lance DB/WR 6-0 170 JR
53 Vaigneur, Ben DL/OL 6-0 190 JR
19 Vara, Tim DB/QB 6-0 155 SO
29 Vesco, Daniel DB/RB 6-2 165 JR
5 Warren, Lee LB/RB 6-0 210 SO
45 Weaver, Jacob DL/OL 5-8 155 SO
49 Winstead, Matt DB/OL 5-6 170 SO
20 Winston, Ricardo LB/RB 5-11 195 SR
Heroes: JakeBishop(QB,
junior, 5-11, 175), Adam
Schlosser(WR/DB, junior,
6-1, 175), DorianEskridge
(RB, sophomore, 5-7, 165),
JoshKrebbs(LB/FB/Slot,
junior, 6-2, 190).
BreakoutPlayers: Takeyour
pickof theHawks’ roster
of fiveseniors, 35sopho-
moresand35juniorsas
theyembarkontheirfirst
seasonof varsityplay.
What’sGood: HardinValley
mightsurprisesome
peoplewithitsskill play-
ers. Bishopisasteadying
forceatquarterbackand
Eskridgeisabig-play
runningback. CenterJared
Bolin(junior, 6-1, 230)
anchorstheoffensiveline.
TheHawksaredeepand
talentedatlinebackerwith
Krebbs, RicardoWinston
(senior, 6-0, 185), Lee
Warren(sophomore, 6-2,
215)andZachClevenger
(junior, 6-3, 185).
HelpNeeded: TheHawks
areyoung, inexperienced
andunder-sizedalongthe
offensivefront. HVAneeds
RitchieHowser(senior,
6-1, 230), whohaslimited
football experience, to
comethroughontheline
thisfall.
Hawkscan’t wait toget started
BY MIKE BLACKERBY
sports@knoxnews.com
Sure, Hardin Valley Academy coach Wes
Jones would like to go 10-0 in the school’s sec-
ond year of existence and first year of varsity
football.
But Jones knows that probablywon’t happen.
For theHawks, 2009is all about legacy.
“OurmindsethadbeenfromDay1—ifthey’re
gonnakeepscore, wewant towinit,”saidJones,
who previously was an assistant at Austin-East
andtheheadcoachat CockeCounty.
“But that’s not the most important thing. It’s
about buildingaprogram.”
It’s apparent that Jones’ Hawks have tapped
intothelegacyconcept.
Wide receiver and defensive back Adam
Schlosser said this season will be long remem-
beredbytheHardinValleyAcademyplayers.
“Everybodyinvolvedwithit is trulyexcited,”
saidSchlosser.
“The closer and closer we get to the season
opener the more we see this is a once-in-a-life-
time opportunity. The last time a high school
openedbasicallyfromscratchinKnoxvillewas
40years ago.”
Like Jones said, the Hawks don’t plan on for-
feitinganygamesthisfall despitetheirnew-kid-
on-the-blockstatus.
Schlosser, quarterback Jake Bishop and run-
ning back Dorian Eskridge can
all make things happen, Jones
said.
“Jake manages the game real
well andis trulyastudent of the
game. He does a reallygoodjob
at quarterback. He stays inside
the offense and executes what
wedo.
“Adam is going to be a pos-
session receiver. He has great
handsandwassomebodywere-
allywent toinourjuniorvarsity
seasonlast year.
“Dorianhada great seasonat
runningbackandistrulyagreat
playmaker for us.”
On defense, the Hawks are
built around linebacker Josh
Krebbs.
“He’s a phenomenal athlete,”
saidJones.
“We’ll move himaround and
put him at different positions
—he’ll playfullback, linebacker
andslot.”
Jones said he can’t ask for a
better group of young men to
start afootball program.
“Thesekidshavedoneeverythingtheycould
possiblydotogetreadyfortheseason. It’severy-
thingyoucanexpect …andmore.”
MikeBlackerbyisafreelancecontributor.
Newteamwants historyto
recordawinningfirst season
Schlosser
Bishop
Jones
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HERITAGE
Aug. 21
atKarns
Aug. 28
atSouthDoyle
Sept. 4
*atLenoirCity
Sept. 11
atSeymour
Sept. 18
*Maryville
Sept. 25
*WilliamBlount
Oct. 2
*atFarragut
Oct. 16
*atBearden
Oct. 23
*Catholic
Oct. 30
*West
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21atKarns,
Sept. 18vs.
Maryville, Sept. 25
vs. WilliamBlount
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Yr.
32 Adams, Dylan SR
— Adams, Aaron FR
70 Allen, Caleb SR
14 Bachman, Noah JR
82 Bailes, Brandon JR
86 Barbra, Clint JR
25 Bayless, Dallas JR
— Bledsoe, Jerrell FR
— Boring, Skyler FR
36 Boring, Casey JR
— Brantner, Cameron FR
— Bright, Bobby FR
— Brock, Tyler FR
90 Brown, Evan JR
— Burchfield, Casey FR
60 Burchfield, Cody SR
No. Name Yr.
— Burkett, Matthew FR
10 Cermak, Michael SR
— Copeland, Zack FR
17 Correll, Jordan SR
— Crowe, Cody FR
8 Cutshaw, Ryan JR
1 Edmonds, Tyler SR
3 Eldridge, Andy SR
44 England, Cody SR
— Evans, Joey FR
— Gray, Cody FR
— Griffin, Aaron FR
— Haley, Michael FR
— Haley, Jalyn FR
— Harris, Dylan FR
— Hawn, Kevin FR
No. Name Yr.
78 Headrick, Andrew JR
— Hernandez, Jose FR
34 Herron, Cody JR
55 Hopkins, Josh JR
— Huff, Jesse FR
— Huizingh, Nathan FR
— Jett, Jonah FR
— Jimenez, Codie FR
— Kagay, Tyler FR
— Keeble, Sy FR
— Ladner, Brad FR
— Lovell, Josh FR
— Majors, Austin FR
— Malone, Jake FR
— Matlock, Keagan FR
— May, Troy FR
No. Name Yr.
— McCollum, Joe FR
— McCormick, Dillon FR
— Meeker, Daniel FR
72 Merriman, Todd SR
51 Mize, Justin SR
— Morris, Joe FR
— Nava, Dillon FR
42 O’Brien, John SR
77 Ogle, Alex SR
— Olvey, Jake FR
37 Overstreet, Chris JR
6 Rop, Chris SR
2 Shell, Clayton SR
5 Teaster, Devan JR
27 Weeks, Brad JR
Heroes: Insidelinebacker
Michael Cermakhaspotential.
“Heisatremendousathlete
andoverall justagreatkid
andoneheckofafootball
player,”saidheadcoachBrint
Russell. AnotheriscenterLuke
Eldridge, theoffensiveleader.
BreakoutPlayers: Russell is
expectingrunningbacks
JordanCorrell andChaseCline
toshine. “(Cline)isgoingto
besomethingspecial before
itisall saidanddone,”Russell
said. Freshmanskill players
JalynHaleyandJerrell Bledsoe
mayalsosurprise, ascould
AlcoatransferTylerHartleyat
quarterback.
What’sGood: Theoffensiveline
andsecondaryareconsidered
strengths, whileapositive
attitudeamongthewhole
school communityalsoshould
helptheteamimprove.
HelpNeeded:Thesecondary,
despitehavingstandout
safetiesAndyEldridge
andTylerEdmonds, needs
help. Therunningbacksare
strugglingontechnique,
despitethepotential of
Correll andClineandfullback
John–LukeClick, whodidnot
playlastyear.
Constructinganewattitude
BY JOHNSHEARER
sports@knoxnews.com
NewHeritagecoachBrint Russell has been
tryingtoserveasteamtherapist,physicaltrainer
andon-the-fieldtaskmaster.
Heistakingoveraprogramthathasstruggled
andhasfacedalotofdoubt.
“We have put in a lot of time on changing
attitudes andlettingthemthinktheyaregood
enoughtocompeteandthattheycanbesuccess-
ful,”saidtheformercoachofCrestHighSchool
inShelby, N.C.
Hehasbeenpleasedwiththeresults.
“Theyhaveworkedhardtogetbetter,”hesaid.
“Ireallyfeelthinkthisyearisgoingtobeagood
yearforus.”
Anotherreasonforhisoptimismisthenum-
berofgoodfootballplayershehasseenwearing
thelightblueandred.
Ondefense, whichRussellhaschangedfrom
a3-5toa3-4alignment, heexpectsseniorinside
linebackerMichael Cermaktobealeader, with
help fromlinebackers Minh Tran and Evan
Brown, linemanCodyEngramandsafetiesAn-
dyEldridgeandTylerEdmonds.
CenterLukeEldridgeshouldbethesamekind
ofnaturalleaderasCermakisondefense.Alcoa
transferTylerHartleytakesoveratquarterback.
RunningbacksJordanCorrell andChaseCline
andfullbackJohn-Luke Clickare expectedto
helppickupyardage.
Wide receivers as ClaytonShell andChris
Ropwillbebusyinthenewspreadoffense.
Freshmen Jalyn Haley and Jerrell Bledsoe
alsowillcontributeatrunningbackand/orwide
receiver.
Russell alsohassomenewassistants, includ-
ingassistantheadcoachBrandonWaters,offen-
sivecoordinatorAdamHendricksanddefensive
coordinatorChipCasteel.
Russell believes the strength of the team
shouldbeatoffensivelineandatlinebacker.
“Wehavealot of experiencethere, andthey
arecoachedreallywell,”hesaid.
Ateamcomingoffa1-9seasonalsoislikelyto
haveafewweaknesses, andRussell has found
them.
“Weneedtogetalittlebetterinthesecondary,”
hesaid.“Andweneedtodoabetterjobofgetting
ourrunningbackstotheiraimingpoints.”
However,heishopefultheteamwillreachits
goals, whichincluderecapturingthebell given
tothewinneroftheannualgamewithrivalWil-
liamBlount.
“We want anopportunity tobring the bell
home,” Russell said. “It hasn’t beenhome ina
longtime.”
JohnShearerisafreelancecontributor.
Newcoachtryingtoovercome
amountainof disappointment
“Wehaveput inalot of timeon
changingattitudes...”
BrintRussell,
first-year Heritage football coach
PREDICTEDFINISH
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JEFFERSONCOUNTY
Aug. 21
atGreeneville
Aug. 28
Bearden
Sept. 4
*atSevierCounty
Sept. 11
atWilliamBlount
Sept. 18
*Seymour
Oct. 2
*CockeCounty
Oct. 9
*atCherokee
Oct. 15
*atMorristownWest
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 23
*MorristownEast
Oct. 30
*SouthDoyle
KEY GAMES
Aug. 28Bearden,
Sept. 4Sevier
County, Oct. 9
MorristownEast,
Oct. 16Morristown
West.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
34 Alexander, Steve DE 5-10 175 SO
6 Asmus, Bo WR 6-1 175 JR
2 Bailey, Tyler QB 6-0 160 SO
84 Bales, Colton WR 6-1 190 SO
59 Ball, Blake OL 5-9 265 SO
98 Basinger, Jairus DE 6-1 187 JR
40 Bell, Jim TE 6-2 207 JR
48 Bennett, Chris DB 6-2 180 SR
17 Bible, Bristoe QB 5-11 180 SO
53 Bradley, Colin 5-10 195 JR
20 Branner, Will DB 5-8 150 SO
22 Brewer, Tom TE 6-2 185 JR
36 Broyles, Jared DB 6-0 175 SR
46 Bullins, Brandon DB 5-7 155 JR
54 Cain, Eric LB 5-10 202 JR
4 Carlson, Tucker TE 6-0 190 JR
11 Chapman, Jake DB 5-10 155 SR
77 Coffey, Chris OL 6-3 286 JR
58 Collins, Austin OL 5-9 240 SO
32 Cook, Thomas LB 6-0 191 SR
94 Cox, William DB 6-0 205 SR
35 Crigger, Derrick TE 5-11 190 SR
9 Denton, Parker DB 5-8 168 JR
16 Denton, Trevor QB 5-10 175 SR
83 Denton, Barry DE 6-3 187 SR
26 Dodson, Trey RB 5-9 150 SO
28 Dube, Garrison DB 6-1 165 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
87 Eldridge, Josh WR 5-11 150 JR
86 Eldridge, Nathan WR 5-11 155 SO
51 Farr, Christian LB 6-1 175 JR
61 Foster, Thomas OL 6-0 205 JR
37 Frison, Justin WR 5-9 155 SO
10 Goins, Anthony QB 6-0 185 JR
70 Green, Mitchell OL 6-1 228 SO
71 Harmon, Damian OL 6-0 213 SR
24 Hopkins, Jalen WR 5-11 155 JR
43 Houser, Brandon RB 5-5 165 JR
96 Humbard, Trey TE 6-3 187 JR
99 Inman, Jordan DE 6-2 200 JR
73 Jarnigan, John OL 6-1 276 SR
38 Jarvis, Cody RB 5-8 145 SO
74 Jenkins, Stephen OL 6-4 242 JR
67 Johnson, Brock DE 6-2 236 SO
8 Keena, Eric WR 5-11 135 SO
3 Kirkpatrick, Evan DB 6-4 180 SR
44 Kounts, Zach RB 6-1 207 JR
27 Kountz, Chris DB 5-10 170 SR
23 Lane, Jean-Luke RB 5-7 155 JR
79 Large, Drew OL 5-11 220 SO
66 Levin, Alex OL 5-10 288 JR
62 Lietch, Cameron OL 6-0 253 JR
5 Mason, Brad DB 6-1 195 JR
55 Massey, Zach OL 6-2 184 SO
13 McFall, Evan DB 6-0 180 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
15 Miller, Tyler 6-0 180 JR
42 Moore, Jordan DB 5-11 155 SO
25 Myers, Josh WR 6-0 150 SO
39 Powell, Erin DB 5-10 175 SR
60 Rich, Chase 5-10 190 JR
31 Rinard, Kegan DE 6-0 223 SR
82 Roberts, Billy WR 6-1 160 SO
76 Russell, Josh OL 5-9 195 SO
30 Sanford, Andrew LB 5-11 175 SO
57 Schuchart, Andrew LB 6-1 221 SR
69 Shelley, Matthew OL 5-9 205 SO
1 Simpkins, Eric DB 5-8 170 JR
45 Simpson, Charlie LB 5-9 180 SO
7 Smiley, Brandon LB 6-2 180 SO
63 Stooksbury, Brant OL 5-11 245 JR
72 Swanger, Alex 6-1 220 SO
50 Talley, Will LB 5-10 195 SR
21 Tolliver, Travis RB 5-10 168 SR
18 Trower, Nathan LB 5-11 190 JR
29 Turner, Casey DE 6-2 203 JR
49 Unger, Kenny RB 5-8 160 JR
14 Webster, Austin WR 5-9 140 SO
56 Winstead, Aaron LB 5-10 180 SO
85 Woodard, Tyler WR 5-8 155 SO
33 Wright, Dakota RB 5-6 160 JR
Heroes:ZachKounts(RB,junior,6-1,
207,57tacklesatlinebackerin2008,
rushedformorethan1,300 yardson
thefreshmanteamin2007),Anthony
Goins(QB,junior,6-0,185,penciledin
asGame1starterafterlimitedtimein
2008),BrantStooksbury(OL,junior,
6-0,250,latestinalonglineofout-
standingJeffersonCountyoffensive
linemen).
BreakoutPlayers: TravisTolliver(RB,
senior,5-10,175,732yardsrushing
and10TDslastseason):Tolliver,who
playedinjustfourgamesdueto
injuries,willbeafeaturedbackwith
thegraduationoftwo-time1,000-
yardrusherWillBrooks.Alsolookfor
DakotaWright(WR/RB/KR,junior,
5-6,160,300yardsrushing)tolineup
anywhere.
What’sGood:Stooksburyleadswhat
shouldbeastrongoffensiveline.Cen-
terDamonHarmon(6-0,220)isthe
lonesenioronthejunior-dominated
unitthatalsofeaturesStevenJenkins
(6-3,260),CameronLietch(6-1,250)
andChrisCoffey(6-4,290).
Helpneeded:ThePatriotshave
shuffledthedeckondefense,switch-
ingtothe3-5-3alignment.Amongthe
manynewfacesupfrontondefense
arenoseguardBradleyColin(5-11,
195)andNathanTrower(5-11,180).
Expectingjunior achievement
BY MIKE BLACKERBY
sports@knoxnews.com
JeffersonCounty’sreturntofootball promi-
nencemayfinallybeathand.
OnceadominantEastTennesseelarge-class
power, thePatriotshavesufferedsixlosingsea-
sonssince1998andarecomingoffa3-7campaign
in2008.
ButJeffCounty’sfortunesappearontheverge
ofturning,thankstoatalentedjuniorclassof40-
plusplayers.
“We’rerealclose,”saidcoachJustinAnderson,
whowasatwo-waystandout at linebackerand
centerinthelate1990s.
“We’restartingtogettheathletesbackoutand
ournumbersarewayup. We’veprobablygot125
to140playerscountingthefreshmen.”
There’snodisputingthetalent inthejunior
class, whichwent11-0twoseasonsagoasfresh-
menandallowedonlytwoteams tocross the
50-yardline.
Manyofthosejuniorswerethrustintoaction
lastseason.
“Weendedupplayingsevenoreight sopho-
morestarterswhogotgreatlearningexperiences,”
Andersonsaid.
JuniorquarterbackAnthonyGoinsandrun-
ningbackZachKountswillbecountedon.
Goinsstartedjustonegameatquarterbacklast
seasonandhasbeengiventhekeystowhatcould
beahigh-poweredsplit-backveerattack.
“He’saverysmartquarterbackandprobably
thefastestkidontheteam,”Andersonsaid.
Kounts, whohada big sophomore year at
linebackerlast season, hasbeenmovedtorun-
ningback.
“We’reexcitedabout what hebrings tothe
table,”Andersonsaid.
KountsandTravisTolliverprovideapotent1-2
punchatrunningback.
BoAsmus, a6-2, 170-poundjunior widere-
ceiver,isanotherweapononoffense.
JeffersonCounty’sfootballtraditionisasource
ofpridetoKountsandGoins,whovowtodotheir
besttobringthePatriotsback.
“Ourclasscanleadthisteamandbringback
thisprogram,”saidGoins.
Ditto,addedKounts.
“They(JeffersonCounty) werereallygood
backinthe’80swithplayerslikeToddCollins.
PeoplelikemeandAnthonywant tobringthe
glorydaysback.”
MikeBlackerbyisafreelancecontributor.
Patriots lookingfor return
totheir dominant days
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PX44 Coach: JustinAnderson(9-11, 3rdseason) | Lastyear: 3-7 | ReturningStarters: 11(6onoffense, 5ondefense)
KARNS
Aug. 21
Heritage
Aug. 28
atWilliamBlount
Sept. 4
*atClinton
Sept. 11
*Campbell County
Sept. 18
*atCentral
Sept. 25
*atPowell
Oct. 2
*Halls
Oct. 9
*OakRidge
Oct. 16
*AndersonCounty
Oct. 30
*atHardinValley
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21Heritage,
Oct. 9OakRidge,
Oct. 30atHardin
Valley.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
8 Boden, Kyle QB 6-1 180 SR
64 Bowman, Jacob NG 6-3 210 JR
42 Bright, Henry HB/LB 6-1 185 JR
73 Calhoun, Chris C/DE 5-10 210 JR
68 Campbell, Phillip C 6-0 225 SO
22 Carter, Amariyuan LB 5-9 180 SO
3 Costar, John HB 5-10 165 SO
2 Dameron, Curtis WR 6-0 160 JR
26 Dixon, Thomas CB 5-9 155 SO
67 Drummond, Eric G 5-9 275 JR
71 Escobar, David DT/OT 6-1 239 SR
51 Frazier, Barrett C/LB 5-10 220 SR
32 Gentry, James LB/SS 5-8 155 JR
82 Goforth, Chris WR 6-1 185 SR
12 Guinn, Kevin CB 5-9 155 SR
58 Hargreaves, John DT/OT 6-0 190 SR
24 Harper, Xavier TB 5-8 160 SO
1 Harris, D’Andre WR 6-2 160 SO
18 Heynes, Jared LB/TB 5-8 165 JR
25 Hicks, Corey CB 6-1 160 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
79 Hinkel, Josh DT/OT 5-11 230 SR
78 Hodge, Daniel G 5-10 200 FR
37 Holt, Timmy LB/TB 5-8 160 SO
80 Houseal, Bryce WR 5-10 165 JR
9 Houston, Tyree CB 5-11 160 SO
46 Joiner, Brian LB 5-10 210 SO
84 Lenderman, Seth WR 6-0 160 SO
63 Lobetti, Joey DE 5-8 165 SO
55 Long, Austin G 5-10 225 SO
40 Malbrue, Christian DE 5-10 185 SO
45 Manning, Chuckie NG 6-0 230 JR
70 Martin, Jacob DE/OL 5-10 215 JR
6 Mathis, Michael HB 5-8 150 SO
29 Matthews, Shawntez DB 5-10 160 SR
15 Matthews, Steven DB 5-10 160 JR
77 McGraw, Gary DE/NG 6-1 235 JR
11 Morrow, Tyler DB 6-1 175 SR
14 Oakes, Austin LB 6-0 190 SR
21 Ogg, Michael LB 5-10 165 JR
61 Oster, Alex C/DT/OT 5-10 200 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
76 Pelletier, Michael DT/OT 5-3 205 SO
31 Puckett, Michael LB 5-10 190 SR
66 Ray, Cutavius DT/OT 5-11 230 SO
16 Shephard, Xavier CB 5-8 150 SO
54 Shidi, Tristian NG 6-0 215 JR
83 Sommers, Frankie WR 5-10 160 SO
23 Stevens, Jake SS 5-8 150 SR
7 Stewart, Tyler WR 5-10 165 SO
49 Sweat, Dakota DE 5-10 175 SO
4 Thomas, Drew C 5-10 180 SR
17 Tutu, Munir WR 6-0 170 SO
69 Vineyard, Matt DE/DT/OT 5-10 175 SR
28 Ware, Gabriel RB 6-0 185 SR
19 Warren, Reggie TB 6-1 180 JR
52 Wilson, Michael DE 6-1 200 SO
10 Winningham, Matt QB 5-9 155 SO
72 Worsham, Matt G 6-0 260 JR
44 Wright, Jacob DE 6-4 205 JR
Heroes: KyleBoden(QB,
senior, 6-1, 180, 1,800yards
passinglast year and14
TDpasses), Barrett Frazier
(C/MLB, senior, 5-10, 220,
leader of offensivelinethat
gaveupjust sixsacksin236
passattemptsin2008),
Michael Puckett (LB, senior,
5-11, 195, 38tackleslast
season).
Breakout Player: JohnCostar
(H-back/safety, sophomore):
Costar isado-it-all type
player whofigurestobenefit
fromthesenior leadershipof
Bodenat quarterback.
What’sGood: Karnsshould
keepopposingdefenses
guessingthisfall asitsversa-
tileattackincludeselements
of boththeveer andspread
offenses. TheBeavershavea
quiet confidencethat thelaw
of averageswill swayintheir
favor after losingsomany
closegameslast season.
Helpalsoisonthewayfrom
their outstandingfreshman
teamthat finished8-1last
season.
HelpNeeded: Depth. Accord-
ingtocoachRobert Reeves,
thisistheyear that Karns
will feel theeffectsof having
studentsre-zonedtoHardin
ValleyAcademy. TheBea-
vers—whohavejust eight
seniors—areparticularly
shyinnumbersat running
backandinthesecondary.
Talkingabout aturnfor better
BY MIKE BLACKERBY
sports@knoxnews.com
“Close”won’tbegoodenoughthisseasonfor
Karns coachRobert Reeves andtheBeavers.
AlthoughKarns woundupwitha 1-9record
in 2008, the Beavers were an agonizing play
or two away from victory in several of their
losses.
“We’re closer to learning howto win,” said
Reeves.
“We lost three games byone point —one of
themintripleovertime—anotherbyeight and
another by seven. We could have easily been
7-3. Wehavealot of kids that thinkwecanwin
this year.”
The Beavers will count heavily on a pair of
seniors—quarterbackKyleBodenandcenter/
linebackerBarrett Frazier—onanunderclass-
men-ladenteam.
Karns has only eight seniors to go with 20
juniors and 28 sophomores. Reeves predicted
asmanyas16of hissophomorescouldwindup
starting as the Beavers begin play in District
3-AAA.
That’s wherethesenior leadershipof Boden
and Frazier comes into play. Both are three-
year starters coming off All-Region seasons
in2008.
“Both are great leaders, but more than
anything else they’re good young men,” said
Reeves.
“Werunaprettycomplexof-
fense. Kylehasalot of responsi-
bilityandhedoes a great jobof
leadingit. Hisstrengthiswhat’s
between his ears — he’s very
intelligent. Barrett makes all of
our offensive protection calls.
We only gave up six sacks last
year. That’s a tribute toBarrett
andthekids wehadlast year.”
Boden said he has come
lightyears as a quarterback in
his threeseasons.
“I feel like there’s no com-
parisonbetweennowandwhen
Iwasasophomore,”saidBoden,
who accounted for more than
2,200total yards.
“I want to lead as our quar-
terback and feel I’ve come so far with the help
of myteammates andcoaches.”
BodenandFrazierbothfeel stronglythatthis
could be the season that changes the football
cultureat Karns for years tocome.
The Beavers haven’t finished above .500 in
a seasonthis decade andhave qualifiedfor the
playoffs just once(2004).
“This is the hardest-working team we’ve
had, but we’ve still got to get over the hump,”
saidBarrett.
“This is an opportunity not many seniors
have — the opportunity to change a pro-
gram.”
MikeBlackerbyisafreelancecontributor.
YoungBeavers thinktheycan
buildnewtraditionof winning
Frazier
Boden
PREDICTEDFINISH
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PX45 Coach: RobertReeves(3-17, 3rdseason) | Lastyear: 1-9 | ReturningStarters: 5(2onoffense, 3ondefense)
LENOIRCITY
Aug. 27
atLoudon
MyVLT2TV
Sept. 4
*Heritage
Sept. 11
Sequoyah
Sept. 18
*atBearden
Sept. 25
atKingston
Oct. 2
*Catholic
Oct. 9
*atWest
Oct. 16
*atWilliamBlount
Oct. 23
*Farragut
Oct. 30
*Maryville
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 27(Thursday)
atLoudon, Oct. 2vs.
Catholic, Oct. 23vs.
Farragut, andOct.
30vs. Maryville
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Yr.
3 Akins, Jake N/A
28 Andel, Jack SR
33 Ball, David N/A
11 Berry, Kevin N/A
35 Blevins, Shaquille N/A
19 Cardwell, Jacob SR
14 Carter, Michael N/A
23 Cook, Elijah SR
4 Cook, Daniel SR
43 Courtney, Josh SR
No. Name Yr.
40 Craig, Preston SR
13 Currier, Ryan N/A
64 Cusick, John N/A
41 Dotson, Austin N/A
54 Eickelberger, Adam N/A
2 Frye, Zac SR
56 Galyon, Andrew N/A
16 Greco, Sheldon N/A
41 Green, Alex N/A
25 Hanthorn, Grant N/A
No. Name Yr.
20 Ingram, Nathan N/A
79 Johnson, Ryan N/A
9 Johnson, Chris SR
51 Layfield, Josh SR
78 Liles, Brandon N/A
30 Manners, Steven N/A
60 McCall, Keegan N/A
59 Moats, Brad SR
21 Needham, Evan N/A
8 Pardue, Jordan SR
No. Name Yr.
66 Pratt, Charles N/A
1 Pratt, Derrick SR
31 Rhymes, Mick N/A
17 Rutherford, Brandon N/A
72 Shultz, Tevin N/A
32 Tallent, C.J. N/A
69 Thomas, Tyler SR
80 Trout, Lee N/A
22 Wright, Cody JR
70 Zeitoun, Joe N/A
Heroes: Linebackers Josh
Layfield, JoshCourtney
andTanner Wilson
shouldbeamongthe
stalwarts ondefense,
whilerunningbacks
WilsonandElijahCook
shouldalsostandout.
Other bigcontributors
areexpectedtobewide
receiver/defensiveback
DerrickPratt andtight
end/defensiveendPres-
tonCraig.
Breakout Players: Defen-
siveend/fullbackTim
Hassett, widereceiver/
defensivebackAustin
Dotsonanddefensive
end/tight endMatt
Studwell areexpectedto
excel.
What’sGood: Besides the
runninggameandthe
defensivefront, thePan-
thers haveanimproved
workethic, particularly
intheweight room. Cook
saidthecoaches have
definitelytakentheteam
tothenext level inoff-
seasonworkouts. “They
areout theretotrainwith
us andtheyaredefinitely
workingus hard,” hesaid.
Helpneeded: Theteam
needs helpinthe
offensivelineandat
quarterback, whereCody
Wright, SheldonGreco
andWes Copelandare
tryingtowinthejob.
Lenoir Citycouldalso
useafewmoreplayers,
particularlyexperienced
ones.
Panthersgettingstronger
BY JOHNSHEARER
sports@knoxnews.com
Lenoir Cityhas hit the weight roomsince last
year’s1-9season.
Second-year coach Mike Zeller hopes that
andtheotherimprovementscan
makethePanthers morepower-
ful onthefield.
“We have definitely gotten
stronger fromlast year,” he said.
“Andtheyknowthesystem, and
that will beadefiniteplus.”
According to Zeller, who for-
merly coached at Greeneville,
Lenoir City will line up on of-
fenseina proI, whichshouldal-
lowstandoutrunningbacksTan-
ner WilsonandElijahCook and
blossomingfullbackTimHassett
todisplaytheirabilities.
However, Zeller is still trying
tofindaquarterback,withjuniors
CodyWrightandSheldonGreco
and sophomore Wes Copeland
battlingforthestartingjob.
“It’s up in the air,” he said. “If we could put
themall together, theywouldmakeagoodquar-
terback.”
Otherkeyoffensiveplayersareexpectedtobe
tight ends PrestonCraig andMatt Studwell and
widereceiversDerrickPratt andAustinDotson.
On defense, the Panthers will be led by line-
backers Wilson, Josh Layfield and three-year
starter Josh Courtney. Craig, Hassett, Dotson,
Pratt andStudwell alsowill contribute.
Besides better strength, better team unity
shouldalsobeapositive, Zellersaid.
He saidhis teamdoes have a number of areas
inwhich it still needs to improve, including the
offensiveline.
Youthandoverall numbers arealsoconcerns,
eventhoughthePanthersreturn11 starters.
“We don’t have a whole lot of players, but we
willbeimprovedfromlastyear,”hesaid. “OurNo.
1 goal istomaketheplayoffs, andjust toimprove
everygameandimproveastheseasongoesalong,
andhopefullywecanpeakat playoff time.”
Pratt hassimilarhopesandexpectations.
“It is a combination of winning more games,
improving as a teamandcoming together at the
endof theyear,”hesaid.
All Lenoir City seasons are measured by the
gameagainstrival Loudon, andthePantherswill
lineupagainst theRedskinsontheroadAug. 27.
“IwouldreallyliketobeatLoudon,”saidCook.
“We beat them my freshman year (in the JV
game), but we have never beaten themon var-
sity.
“Evenif we don’t beat Loudon, I wouldlike to
goout onawinningseason.”
JohnShearerisafreelancecontributor.
Quarterbackjobamongpositions
tobefilledbynewcomers
Cook
Pratt
“OurNo. 1 goal istomakethe
playoffs, andjust toimproveevery
gameandimproveastheseason
goesalong, andhopefullywecan
peakat playoff time.”
MikeZeller,
Lenoir City coach
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LOUDON
Aug. 21
atCampbell County
Aug. 27
LenoirCity
MyVLT2TV
Sept. 4
*Alcoa
Sept. 18
*atCAK
Sept. 25
atBradleyCentral
Oct. 2
*StoneMemorial
Oct. 9
atSweetwater
Oct. 16
*atScottCounty
Oct. 23
atSequoyah
Oct. 30
*Kingston
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21LenoirCity,
Sept. 4Alcoa, Sept.
18atChristian
Academy
SCHEDULE
RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
2 Anderson, Aaron 6-5 225 SR
4 Barnett, Ian 5-9 165 SR
80 Berry, Josh 5-10 130 SR
10 Brown, Nick 5-7 155 JR
— Brown, Jake SR
64 Cash, Hayden 6-1 241 JR
34 Collis, Jordan 5-10 200 SR
61 Crass, Cody 6-0 183 JR
79 Enright, Bryan 6-0 234 JR
3 Franklin, Zach 6-3 208 SR
58 Geagley, Scott 5-8 199 JR
86 Gentry, Cody 5-6 147 JR
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
17 Graves, Justin 5-11 180 SR
25 Grissom, Devon 5-8 138 SR
68 Jones, Preston 5-10 275 JR
59 Kleinschmidt, Matthew 5-10 254 JR
69 Lawson, Cory 6-1 225 SR
23 Maples, Noah 5-9 155 JR
31 McCulley, Jason 5-7 171 JR
11 Newman, Eric 5-3 135 JR
8 Newman, Luke 5-9 175 JR
81 Nichols, Jeffrey 6-4 200 SR
60 Phillips, Brenden 6-0 242 SR
13 Plemons, Wade 6-0 152 JR
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
55 Purdy, Chad 6-5 259 SR
50 Roach, Nick 5-9 170 SR
41 Russell, Andrew 6-2 166 SR
83 Tallent, Justin 6-0 191 JR
16 Townson, Trey 5-10 158 JR
5 Wallace, Matthew 5-9 160 SR
51 Wells, Spencer 6-0 220 SR
14 West, Nathan 5-11 154 JR
56 Whitfield, Brandon 5-10 246 JR
53 Wyckoff, Gabriel 5-11 175 SR
RedskinsleaningonPlemonstoleadway
BY MIKE BLACKERBY
sports@knoxnews.com
Last season Wade Plemons
was just one of many pieces
to the puzzle for Loudon High
School’soffense.
In2009, there’s nodoubt that
theRedskins’ juniorquarterback
hasthekeystoLoudon’sattack.
“Oursuccessrevolvesaround
how(Plemons) operates our of-
fense,” said Loudon coach Jeff
Harig. “Ashegoes, wego.”
Even Harig admitted he was
surprised as Plemons’ running
abilitylast season.
Splitting time at quarterback
withBrandonJohnson, Plemons
hadhis coming-out-party early
against Christian Academy of
Knoxville.
Plemons continually burned
theWarriorsonoptionkeepers,
rushing for 107 yards on17 car-
riesandsparkinga23-7upset.
“Wedidn’t seethat (Plemons’
running ability) coming,” said
Harig, who is looking for his
quarterback tobe more of a du-
al-threat.
“He has worked hard on his
passing in the offseason and
shows good armstrength. As a
juniorwewanthimtobemoreof
abig-playthreat andget theball
totheright people. He’sgoingto
beourbig-playthreat.”
Attailback, theRedskinshave
several options —led by Mat-
thewWallace and Jake Brown
—toreplaceD’AndreMiley.
“We’re kind of doing it by
committeeat tailbackwhenyou
loseakidwithD’Andre’sspeed,”
Harigsaid.
Loudon should have no
trouble moving the ball on the
ground, thankstoadeeppool of
linemenledbythree-yearstarter
andAll-RegionperformerChad
Purdyat tackle.
“We have great depth in our
offensivelineanddefensiveline,
sowe’re goingtorelyonthema
lot,”Harigsaid.
Othertoplinemen: AaronAn-
derson(6-3, 230), Cory Lawson
(6-0, 235), MattKleinschmidt(5-
10, 245) andBrandonWhitfield
(6-0, 235).
Ondefense, Wallaceis Loud-
on’sbig-playguy. AnAll-Region
defenderin’08, Wallaceblocked
six kicks and led the Redskins’
special teams.
Among other key returnees
ondefensearelinebackersLuke
Newman and Jeffrey Nichols.
Newmanwas secondintackles
with82stopslastseason.Nichols
alsowill seetimeat tight end.
MikeBlackerbyisafreelance
contributor
QBundisputedleader;
tailbackupfor grabs
Heroes: WadePlemons
(QB, junior, 6-2, 175,
700yardspassinglast
season, 500rushing),
MatthewWallace
(TB/DB, senior, 850all-
purposeyards), Chad
Purdy(OT/DT, senior,
6-3, 260, three-year
starter).
BreakoutPlayers: Josh
Berry(WR/DB, senior,
6-1, 155): Berryhad
onlythreecatcheslast
seasonafterjoining
theteamlate. Big
thingsarecountedon
fromBerry, whoalso
playsbasketball.
What’sGood: Ledby
All-Regionperformer
Purdy, theRedskins
havelotsof talentand
depthinbothlines.
PlemonsandWallace
areprovenperform-
ers, whoshouldbe
abletomakeupfor
thelossof graduated
runningbackD’Andre
Miley(132carries, 875
yards).
HelpNeeded: Loudon’s
depthattheskill posi-
tionsisshakyandthe
overall numbersare
waydown. CoachJeff
Harig, whonormally
fillsoutarosterof
about70players, had
only43(including
freshmen)forthestart
of fall practice.
WADEPAYNE/SPECIALTOTHENEWSSENTINEL
LoudonquarterbackWadePlemonslookstopassagainst Alcoalast sea-
son. Plemonswill leadtheRedskinsoffensethisseason.
PREDICTEDFINISH
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PX47
Coach: Jeff Harig(45-34, 8thseason) | Lastyear: 8-5 | ReturningStarters: 13(7onoffense, 6ondefense)
MARYVILLE
Aug. 28
atAlcoa
Sept. 4
*West
Sept. 11
McMinnCounty
Sept. 18
*atHeritage
Sept. 24
OakRidge
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 2
*Bearden
Oct. 8
*atCatholic
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 16
*atFarragut
Oct. 23
*WilliamBlount
Oct. 30
*atLenoirCity
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 28atAlcoa,
Oct. 9atCatholic,
Oct. 16atFarragut.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Yr.
1 Anderson, Sam LB/RB SR
75 Beets, Dylan DT/OL SR
8 Bivens, Gabe DB/WR JR
56 Bradley, Steven DT/OL SO
3 Bristol, Lee DB/WR SR
44 Brock, Jaron DE/RB SO
22 Burnett, Preston DB/WR JR
39 Bustin, Ross K/PK SR
7 Canfield, Austin DB/QB JR
82 Clarence, Langley DB/WR JR
31 Cobb, Steven DB/WR JR
47 Colquitt, Greg P JR
32 Coode, Nick LB/RB JR
35 Cooper, Brandon DT/RB JR
33 Cox, Clint LB/RB SR
17 Curtis, Dalton DB/WR SO
24 DeMarcus, John LB/RB SO
62 Dineen, Tyler DE/OL JR
88 Elmendorf, Tyler DE/TE JR
51 Evick, Jamey DT/OL SO
6 Graumann, Dalton DB/WR JR
77 Guy, Brandon DT/OL SO
4 Harris, Kody DB/WR SR
80 Harrison, Matthew DB/WR SO
No. Name Pos. Yr.
63 Harrison, Tyler LB/OL SO
45 Harveston, Brent DB/WR SO
76 Heard, Caelen DT/OL SO
73 Hendricks, Giovonie DT/OL JR
46 Hendricks, Justin LB/RB JR
19 Hendrix, Matt DB/WR SR
42 Hendrix, Jared LB/RB SO
78 Hibbard, Jordan DE/OL JR
74 Hood, Drew DT/OL SR
48 Hood, Chad DB/WR SO
41 Horne, Desmund DB/RB JR
38 Hunt, Chris DB/RB SO
34 Isaacs, Tyler DB/WR SO
93 Jenkins, Josh DE/TE SO
29 Johns, Brandon DE/WR SO
89 Johnson, Lucas DB/WR JR
25 Jones, Buddy LB/RB SR
15 Juhlin, Philip QB SR
23 Kimsey, Laken LB/RB SR
83 Kolarik, Cameron DB/WR SO
26 Lamon, Chad DB/WR SO
60 Locke, Jeremy DT/OL SR
64 Long, Robbie DT/OL SR
49 McCall, Landon LB/RB SO
No. Name Pos. Yr.
72 McCoy, Dane DT/OL SR
37 McGill, Angus DE/TE JR
10 Miller, Jared LB/WR JR
52 Miranda, Nathan LB/OL SO
81 Moore, Kaleb DE/TE SR
70 Morgan, Shawn DE/OL JR
85 Morsch, Robby DB/WR JR
57 Murphy, Dillon DT/OL SR
21 Myers, Justin DB/RB JR
98 Niethammer, Kevin DE/TE SO
67 Norton, Cody DT/OL SR
53 Owsley, Tevin DT/OL SR
36 Pederson, Robby DB/RB JR
86 Pekala, Jarred DB/WR SO
69 Phegley, Thomas DT/OL SO
65 Phillips, Brayden DT/OL SO
55 Quinn, Bobby DE/OL JR
28 Rice, Cody LB/OL SR
14 Roberts, Will DB/QB SO
12 Robinette, Patton DB/QB SO
9 Romberg, Stian DB/WR JR
58 Ryding, Connor LB/OL SO
11 Shaffer, Will DE/WR SR
50 Shaffer, Aaron DT/OL SO
No. Name Pos. Yr.
92 Sharp, Zach K JR
96 Skipworth, Zach DT/TE SR
61 Smith, Cory DT/OL SO
87 Starritt, Chase DE/WR SO
5 Steadman, Brandon DB/WR JR
68 Talley, Jamie DT/OL SR
84 Thomas, Taylor DB/WR SO
90 Tiner, Jacob LB/OL JR
27 Toby, Evan K SO
18 Turner, Joseph DB/WR SO
30 Utt, Hughes LB/RB JR
66 Utt, Matt DT/OL SO
79 Venters, David DT/OL SO
59 Watson, Joeseph LB/OL SO
2 West, Jacob LB/RB SO
71 Whaley, Earl DT/OL JR
54 Wilkinson, Tommy LB/OL JR
13 Wilks, Trent DB/WR SO
43 Wol, Angelo DB/WR SO
16 Wyatt, Shawn DB/WR SR
20 Yoakum, Jay DB/WR SO
Heroes:PhilipJuhlin(QB, senior,
6-1, 180, 1,309yardspassing, 647
yardsrushing, 16total TDs), Buddy
Jones(RB, junior, 5-9, 180, 733
yardsrushing, 10TDsin2008),
ZachSharp(PK, junior; 52of80
kickoffsweretouchbacks; 9-for-16
FGs, longest44, misseswere47
47yards)ormore.
BreakoutPlayers: JacobWest(RB,
sophomore, 5-10, 190). Hisplaying
timelastyearwasnotduringmop-
upduty, showinghistalentand
potential. Hecanplayreceiver, as
well. OffensivelinemanBrandon
Guy(6-2, 275)alsoplayedasa
freshman. Juniorwidereceivers
DesmundHorne(6-0, 170)and
StianRomberg(6-3, 175)and
seniorsKodyHarrisandLeeBristol
enterthefold. ZachSkipworth(DL,
senior)hadagoodspring. Drew
Hood(DL, 6-4, 270)will makean
impact.
What’sGood: Maryvillehasan
experiencedleaderinJuhlin,
whowasrefinedbythefiresand
pressuresofplayingunderthe
spotlightlastseasonasafirst-year
starter.
HelpNeeded: Maryville’swide
receivingcorpsisgreen, and
theRebelsreturnfewstarters
oneithersideoftheball —not
goodenteringanewdistrictand
classification. Graduationdepleted
secondaryandlinebackers.
Thiswinstreakstartsat ‘0’
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
Ahandful of years have passed since the
last timeGeorgeQuarlesstartedaseasonrid-
ingaone-gamelosingstreak.
The Rebels’ 74-game win streak ended
in a 10-7 defeat to Hillsboro in the Class 4A
state championship game in December. It
was Maryville’s first loss sincethe2003 state
semifinals. Sandwiched between were four
statetitles.
In late July, Quarles wouldn’t predict how
the program would respond to losing. Un-
certainties abound. Maryville is replacing a
gaggleof graduatedstartersandismovingup
inclassification.
“I feel our expectations arereallyhighand
we will be a target for people,” Quarles said.
“But it may not be quite as bad, because we
haven’t won however many games in a row.
Right now, we’re0-1. Welost our last game.
“In some ways, that may make it easier.
I don’t know how much pressure (the win
streak) put on our kids, but it may be nice to
not to have that burden of having to win ev-
ery game because, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve won
so many in a rowand we’ve got to keep win-
ning.’ It may be nicer not to have that burden
onyou.”
While he split snaps last year with Mark
Young, senior quarterback Philip Juhlin
(6-foot-1, 180 pounds) was the starter when
Maryvillefinishedrunner-upandtooksome
prideinfinishingsecond.
“Most teams didn’t even make it to the
playoffs,” hesaid. “Welost as manygames as
someteams won.”
But Juhlin (pronounced Yoo-LEEN) took
the necessary steps to diversify himself to
better the Maryville offense. Last season,
Juhlinexcelledas aroll-out passer. This time
around, he’s more comfortable dropping
back and waiting in the pocket for a play to
unfold. If he does take off — he rushed for
morethan600yards last season—his speed
has improved.
Juhlin lacked confidence in his abilities
last year; Quarles said that’s not the case
nowadays.
“He was one of the only ones on our team
last year who didn’t think he was really, re-
ally good,” said Quarles. “But I think that’s
changed.”
Maryville’s schedule is brutal, but Juhlin
feels upfor thetask.
“I havea littlebit morepressurethis year,”
hesaid. “If I start messingup, thenthere’snot
someonewithexperiencetocomeinandhelp
me out. I’mthe onlyupperclassmanquarter-
back. If I mess up, I have to correct it as I’m
playing. I can’t come off the field and get a
talkingtobythecoach.
“I have to fix everything out on the field. I
will beall right, becauseIhavetheexperience.
Thelearningprocesswasn’t just last year. It’s
beenall theyears I’vebeenat Maryville.”
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MORRISTOWNEAST
Aug. 22
Austin-East
Aug. 28
atAndersonCounty
Sept. 4
*SouthDoyle
Sept. 11
atCleveland
Sept. 18
*Cherokee
Oct. 2
*atMorristownWest
Oct. 9
*atSeymour
Oct. 16
*CockeCo.
Oct. 23
*atJeffersonCounty
Oct. 30
*atSevierCounty
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 22vs. Austin-
East, Oct. 2vs.
MorristownWest.
SCHEDULE
RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
58 Alonso, Angel DL 5-10 185 SO
20 Bell, Johnny LB/RB 5-9 180 JR
2 Blanton, Tavin RB/WR 5-9 165 SR
83 Burchfield, Eric WR 5-11 175 SR
26 Campos, Ronnie DB/RB 5-8 170 SO
55 Christian, Chandler DL 5-8 235 SR
84 Clark, Demetrius DB/WR 6-0 165 SR
31 Cole, Riley RB/SS 5-11 165 SO
59 Creed, Blake DE 5-11 195 JR
11 Dewitt, Travis PK 5-11 180 JR
24 Elkins, David DB 5-9 160 JR
39 England, Josh DE/TE 5-10 165 SO
87 Field, Jeff TE 6-2 190 SR
80 Franks, Zack WR 5-11 180 SO
35 Free, Nick LB 6-0 210 SO
— Garretson, T.T. OL 6-5 300 SO
29 Gilbert, Phillip DB/WR 5-10 165 FR
7 Graham, Alonzo DB/WR 6-0 170 JR
8 Haney, Adrian SS 5-10 180 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
21 Hartman, Kyle RB 5-10 170 JR
61 Hatfield, Isaac OL 5-10 200 SO
68 Haun, Eric OL 6-3 250 JR
65 Hayes, Tyler DL/OL 6-1 225 SR
52 Helton, John OL 5-9 165 SO
18 Helton, Brandon DB/WR 5-11 175 SO
40 Helton, Matt LB 5-10 220 SR
43 Hill, John LB/RB 5-10 175 SO
10 Howell, Tee DB/QB 5-10 185 SR
14 Johnson, Jaylen DB 5-8 155 SO
33 Johnson, DeeDee RB 5-9 185 SR
16 Jones, Ruston DB 5-8 145 SO
66 Keith, Matt OL 5-9 190 SO
34 Kimbrough, James DL 5-8 175 SR
82 Laton, Jag SS/TE 5-11 190 FR
53 Lee, Justin DL/OL 5-10 245 JR
76 Lynch, Zac OL 5-9 225 SR
6 Majors, Chris SS 5-10 170 JR
67 Martin, Nick DL 6-2 215 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
81 McDaniel, Nolan K 6-0 165 SR
3 Palmer, Devonte DB 5-7 145 SR
54 Penalba, Cesar DL 5-10 245 SR
15 Ricker, Cody QB 6-0 210 SO
4 Rutherford, Austin SS 5-11 185 JR
23 Sandifer, Justin WR 6-2 185 JR
17 Solomon, Kameron SS 6-0 175 SR
27 Steele, Anthony DB/RB 5-9 180 SR
75 Stubblefield, Josh OL 6-3 300 SR
12 Turner, Austin DE 6-1 225 SR
30 Vaughan, Bradley RB/SS 5-10 165 SO
1 Warren, Terrell RB 5-9 165 SO
64 Webb, Dillon DL/OL 5-11 250 SO
5 Wheeler, Aaron DB/WR 6-2 180 SO
88 White, Logan LB/TE 6-2 200 SO
74 Yount, Drew OL 5-10 235 SR
71 Yount, Kenny DL/OL 5-10 225 JR
1969teamstill yardstickfor Hurricanes
Heroes: TeeHowell (QB, RB, WR,
CB, senior, 5-10, 185, 925rushing
yards, 15TDs), MattHelton(LB, se-
nior, 5-10, 225, topreturningtack-
ler), JustinSandifer(WR, junior,
6-3, 190, ledteaminreceiving).
BreakoutPlayers: CodyRicker(QB,
sophomore, 6-0, 205), Terrell
Warren(RB, sophomore, 5-10,
175). Rickerwasthequarterbackof
MorristownEast’sfreshmanteam,
andifhecanhandlethestarting
job, itwill allowcoachDwayne
HatchertouseHowell all over
thefield. Warren, cousinofthe
UniversityofTennessee’sBrandon
Warren, will getashotatrunning
back.
What’sGood: Hatcherplansto
two-platoon90percentofhis
players. TeeHowell isanexception;
heplayedonlytwogamesatcor-
nerbacklastyear, buttheplanisfor
himtoplaybothsidesthisseason.
Howell isaDivisionI prospect,
andtheHurricanesplantoget
himtheball anynumberofways
inthemultipleoptionoffense.
Defensively, theHurricanesshould
besolid, ledbyHelton, defensive
tackleCesarPenalba, andnose
guardGooseChristian.
HelpNeeded: Theoffensiveline
needstodevelop. Therewill be
threenewstartersontheoffensive
linetogowithreturningZacLynch,
whostartedall 12gamesattackle;
DrewYount, astarteratguard; and
JeffFields, astarterattightend. All
threeareseniors.
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
Itwasthe1969football season, thefirstyear
the TSSAAhad state football playoffs, and
MorristownEastHighSchool won.
“Every team since then, that’s the team
you’recomparedwith,”MorristownEastcoach
DwayneHatchersaid.“Going9-3(in2008)was
agoodyear, but until weget backtothat level,
you’re never quite as goodas that 1969 team.
That’swhatyou’remeasuredby.”
That’satoughmeasuringstick.
Hatcher, ahistoryteacher inhisfourthsea-
sonasheadcoach, hasdonesomeresearchon
MorristownEast’sfootball history.
“We’vemadesomeprogress,”hesaid. “In41
seasons, we’ve hadfour seasons whenwe’ve
wonninegames, andwe’vedoneit twoof the
past four years. We’ve made progress to get
backwhereweneedtobe.”
Senior quarterback Tee Howell will be a
hugepart of the2009team, andhehas acon-
nectiontothat1969team.Hisgreatuncle,Allen
Howell,wasamemberoftheHurricanes’state
championshipteam.
CanHowell dowhathisgreatuncledid?
“I think we should be able to do it, if we
execute,” Howell said. “Wepreparefor it con-
stantly.”
Howell isaplay-maker. Inthesecondgame
of the 2008 season, against David Crockett,
Howellplayedonlythefirstfourseries.Inthose
fourseries,Howellthrewfortwotouchdowns,
ranforatouchdown, andcaughtatouchdown
pass.ThatputtheHurricanesup28-0,andthey
coastedtoa28-14victory.
Hatcher says Howell is as gooda Division
I prospect as former linebacker Demarcus
Knight, whosignedwithOleMiss.
“We’ll line (Howell) up
everywhere,” Hatcher said.
“That’sthethingI said: I want
himto have the opportunity
to showwhat kind of athlete
heis.”
Two other senior run-
ningbacks, DeeDeeJohnson
and Tavin Blanton, will al-
low Hatcher to move How-
ell aroundintheir quest todo
whatthe1969teamdid.
Forty years have passed, and Hurricanes
fansstill rememberit.
“It’s a point of pride,” Hatcher said. “It’s
somethingwestrivefor.Wehave12teamgoals.
Numberoneistowinthefirstgame, andnum-
ber12istowinthestatechampionship. That’s
whatwestrivefor.”
TheHurricaneswill beput toasterntest in
theseasonopenerwhentheyplayhosttoAus-
tin-East inthe LakewayArea Kickoff Classic
onSaturday, Aug. 22. It’sthesecondgameof a
doubleheaderthat startsat 5withMorristown
WestplayingFulton.
“Itwillbeagreatatmosphereforhighschool
football,”Hatchersaid.
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Howell bigpart of theplanto
buildonrecent improvements
Howell
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MORRISTOWNWEST
Aug. 22
Fulton
Aug. 28
Central
Sept. 4
*atCherokee
Sept. 11
ScienceHill
Sept. 18
*atSouthDoyle
Oct. 2
*MorristownEast
Oct. 9
*atSevierCounty
Oct. 15
*JeffersonCounty
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 23
*atCockeCounty
Oct. 30
*Seymour
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
KeyGames: Aug. 22
vs. Fulton, Oct. 2vs.
MorristownEast
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
16 Ashford, Patrick QB 5-11 165 JR
13 Berry, Jarek LB 6-0 215 SO
30 Bishop, Jordan FB 6-1 210 SR
47 Blas, Chris DB 5-8 135 JR
89 Bragg, Mitchell WR 5-11 165 SR
20 Brimer, Andrew RB 5-10 155 SO
6 Brock, Tyler DB 5-7 145 JR
12 Brooks, Chad TB 6-0 160 SR
99 Bush, Nathan DL 6-4 255 SR
15 Callahan, Laith WR 5-9 150 SR
28 Cantwell, Michael LB 5-10 175 JR
57 Carter, Keller OL 6-1 240 SR
11 Clawson, Stephen DB 5-9 155 SR
34 Collins, Seth LB 6-2 205 SR
64 Collins, Chet DL 5-11 275 SR
88 Cook, Thomas WR 6-1 160 JR
83 Craine, Bowe TE 6-0 185 JR
45 Dalton, Luke DB 5-11 155 SO
91 Davis, Derek DL 5-10 250 SR
52 Dillon, Brody OL 6-0 225 SO
23 Duncan, Kurt K 5-10 160 SR
48 Earl, Damon LB 5-11 190 JR
17 Elkins, Daniel LB 6-1 190 SO
55 Epps, Zach DL 5-10 215 SR
72 Epps, Pete OL 5-11 260 JR
69 Eubanks, Johnathan OL 6-2 260 SO
22 Evens, Chris WR 6-1 125 JR
10 Everhart, Justin TB 5-10 160 SR
97 Fleshman, Seth DL 6-1 280 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
37 Gilbert, Vick LB 6-2 215 SO
2 Goins, Wesley TB 6-1 195 SO
40 Green, Austin LB 6-0 215 SO
8 Green, Preston DB 5-9 160 SO
66 Hill, Trevor OL 6-1 250 SO
4 Holder, Chase DB 5-10 140 JR
82 Holt, Matt WR 6-0 160 JR
19 Hunsucker, Tyler DB/K 5-10 145 SR
79 Hunt, Thomas DL 6-0 330 JR
73 Joesph, McAmis DL 6-2 250 SO
43 Johnson, Ryan DB 6-0 190 SR
3 Kelley, KJ LB 5-10 180 SR
56 Kennedy, Donivan OL 6-2 250 JR
86 Knight, Aaron WR 5-8 130 JR
42 Kyle, Avery DB 5-8 145 SR
70 Lancaster, Zak OL 6-2 260 SR
7 Lassister, Zach WR 6-0 155 SR
18 Lee, Andrew QB 6-2 170 SO
71 Lee, Tyler OL 6-1 220 SR
75 Maloney, David OL 6-0 200 JR
77 Mann, Blake OL 6-0 240 SR
63 Marcum, Charles LB 5-10 165 SO
62 Mathews, Brody OL 5-8 230 JR
84 McCoy, Robert DB 5-10 155 SO
14 McKinney, Will QB 6-0 200 SR
24 McKinney, Isaiah DB 6-0 175 SO
35 Mellon, Zach LB 5-9 205 JR
81 Morgan, Justin DB 5-11 155 SR
38 Mullins, Derek WR 6-1 155 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
51 Musick, Jeremiah OL 6-2 260 JR
87 Ostrowski, J.T. WR 5-11 160 JR
61 Parkey, Desmond LB 6-0 190 SO
54 Perry, Chad LB 5-11 185 SR
90 Porter, Brant DL 5-7 210 SR
85 Pressey, Jett WR 6-0 160 SO
76 Roach, Stacey DL 6-2 255 SR
31 Roberts, Logan TE 5-9 145 JR
95 Ross, David DL 6-1 225 JR
68 Rubio, Christian OL 5-7 235 SO
60 Rudd, Brandon DL 6-0 200 SO
46 Sammons, Justin DB 6-0 150 SO
78 Schaffner, Shawn OL 6-0 265 SO
94 Shaftner, Jered DL 6-4 230 JR
96 Smith, Dylan DL 6-2 280 SR
98 Smith, Brock DL 6-1 240 SR
5 Spivey, Jake TE 6-3 225 SR
53 Staples, Kyle DL 5-10 175 SO
9 Stone, Elliot QB 6-3 185 SR
80 Swain, Tyler WR 5-10 170 SR
33 Torres, Steven WR 6-0 155 SR
65 Trent, Ryan OL 6-1 240 SR
41 Vandergriff, Clark DB 6-0 170 SR
27 Vandergriff, Cory RB 6-0 185 SR
59 Walker, Lucas LB 5-10 180 SO
36 Wells, Jerru LB 5-7 150 JR
25 West, Josh RB 6-0 185 JR
21 Whitt, Michael FB 6-1 225 JR
58 Woods, Christian OL 6-1 225 JR
Heroes: JordanBishop(RB, senior,
5-11, 185, 500rushingyardsandfour
touchdowns), CurtDuncan(PK, senior,
sonof formerTennesseekickerAlan
Duncan); Michael Cantwell (ILB, junior,
5-11, 220, leadingtacklerin2008).
BreakoutPlayers: JarekBerry(ILB,
sophomore, 6-1, 225), AustinGreene
(OLB, sophomore, 5-11, 230), Wesley
Goins(TB, sophomore, 6-1, 195).
CoachLamarBrownsaysall three
are“reallygood.”Berry’ssizeand
speedshouldhelphimimpactan
experienceddefense, andGreeneis
expectedtogetsignificantplaying
time, if notastartingjob. Goinswill
givetheTrojansaone-tworunning
punchwithBishop.
What’sGood: Comingoutof spring
practice, theTrojans’ strengthwas
theoffensivelineandrunningbacks.
Brownexpectsthattocarryoverinto
theseason. Fourstartersareback
onthedefensiveline: tacklesNathan
BushandBrockSmith, noseguard
BrantPorter, andendSethCollins.
Threestartersarebackinthesecond-
ary: cornerbacksClarkVandergriff
andChaseHolder, andsafetyTyler
Hunsucker.
HelpNeeded: TheTrojansneedtofind
areplacementforquarterbackSean
Jones, aseniorlastseason.
Seniorsaremakingbigplans
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
First-roundplayofflossesaren’tcommonat
MorristownWest,butthat’swheretheseason
hasendedthepasttwoyears.
Second-year head coach Lamar Brown
hasbeenaroundtheprogramlongenoughto
knowthoseearlyexitsaren’t uptopar.
“I’ve been on the staff for 12 years,” said
Brown, the former defensive coordinator
whotookover for longtimeheadcoachDon
Woods. “(The2008season) didn’t liveupto
expectationsatWestHighSchool. Weexpect
togodeeperintheplayoffs. Alotoftheseguys
playedonthat (2006) team. Expectationsare
highthisyear.”
That2006teamreachedtheClass4Astate
semifinals before losing to state champion
Maryville. In 2007, the Trojans lost to Sul-
livanSouth41-21 inthefirst round. Last year,
theylost toTennesseeHigh49-35 inthefirst
round.
SeniorrunningbackJordanBishopexpects
senior leadershiptohelpget theTrojansover
thefirst-roundhump.
“We have so many seniors, we want to
get back to where we were,” Bishop said.
“We’vepushedall of our teammates, us as a
seniorclass, andwewanttogetbacktowhere
MorristownWest makes adeepplayoff run.
I think we’ve got a lot of talent and experi-
ence.”
Last year’s first-roundloss motivatedthe
Trojans. Howdidtheyrespondtotheloss at
TennesseeHigh?
“We came right back inthe weight room
as a team,” senior defensive tackle Nathan
Bushsaid. “We’vedonedifferentthingswork-
ingout asateam. We’vegottentoknoweach
othermore.”
Theirhardworkintheweight roomdidn’t
go unnoticed. Brown was impressed with
whathesaw.
“We’veprobablyhadthebestoff-seasonthat
we’vehadinthelast10years,”Brownsaid.
Bushhasbeenplayingalongsidedefensive
tackle Brock Smith and nose guard Brant
Porter sincetheywerefreshmen. Theywere
aroundwhentheTrojansmadetheruntothe
semifinalsin2006.
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Veteranteamwon’t behappy
withfirst-roundplayoff exit
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Coach: LamarBrown(14-10, 2ndseason) | Lastyear: 7-5 | ReturningStarters: 14(6onoffense, 8ondefense)
OAKRIDGE
Aug. 28
Farragut
Sept. 4
*Central
Sept. 11
*atPowell
Sept. 18
Halls
Sept. 24
atMaryville
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 2
*atAndersonCounty
Oct. 9
*atKarns
Oct. 16
*atHardinValley
Oct. 23
*Clinton
CSSTV
Oct. 30
*Campbell County
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 28Farragut,
Sept. 24atMaryville,
Oct. 9atKarns, Oct.
23Clinton.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
68 Abbott, Lee DL/OL 6-2 250 SR
64 Austin, Robert DL/OL 6-4 230 SR
14 Beeler, Brett K/P 5-8 157 FR
62 Bennett, Patrick DL/OL 5-10 180 SO
67 Bingham, Sam DL/OL 5-11 172 JR
61 Brickey, Emory DL/OL 5-5 160 SO
80 Brisk, Ryan DB/WR 5-0 93 SO
54 Burcham, Brandon DL/OL 6-4 230 SR
63 Card, Geoffrey LB/OL 6-0 192 JR
44 Cobb, Joseph DB/WR 5-9 155 SO
33 Cook, Robert LB/RB 5-7 160 SR
57 Crane, Kevin LB/OL 5-9 205 SO
35 Davidson, Kaseen DB/WR 5-11 151 SO
28 DiGregorio, Tai DB/WR 5-8 140 FR
41 Fitzgerald, Seth K/PR 5-9 150 JR
71 Flowers, Aron LB/OL 6-4 190 SO
11 Fludd, Rocky DB/WR 5-10 175 JR
74 Forester, Chase DL/OL 6-3 165 SO
77 Frame, Mitchell DL/OL 6-1 255 SO
66 Fuller, Ben DL/OL 6-2 225 SR
20 Funk, Brett K/P 5-10 150 SR
73 Garcia, Blake DL/OL 5-10 185 SO
37 Gibson, Samuel LB/OL 5-10 160 SO
81 Gray, Rashad DB/WR 6-1 155 FR
27 Gregg, Cameron DB/WR 6-1 170 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
82 Guthrie, Alex DL/WR 6-1 170 SO
5 Guymon, Morgan DB/WR 5-9 160 SR
56 Hairston, Jonathan DL/OL 6-1 275 SR
25 Hall, Rian DB/WR 5-10 144 FR
78 Hall, Tony DL/OL 6-0 216 SO
47 Harder, Chris LB/RB 5-9 195 SR
32 Henderson, Tyrus DB/WR 5-6 136 JR
26 Hillert, Donald DB/WR 6-0 158 SR
42 Hughes, Zach DL/OL 6-2 195 JR
23 Hull, Brady DB/WR 5-7 135 SO
22 Hunt, Tracey DL/RB 6-1 196 SR
16 Ingham, Alex DB/RB 5-10 156 SO
76 Jackson, Shink DL/OL 6-2 249 JR
51 Jarnigan, Tyler DL/OL 5-9 235 SO
46 King, Harrison DL/OL 6-0 195 SR
52 Krzak, Aaron DL/OL 6-0 240 JR
83 Lenior, Craig DL/WR 6-2 190 SR
13 Loeffler, Brian DB/WR 5-10 180 SR
8 Luttrell, Ryan LB/WR 6-2 180 SR
36 Mason, Jeffrey LB/RB 6-0 185 JR
31 McCoy, Ryan K/P 6-0 148 SO
17 McLaughlin, Jake DB/QB 5-10 155 JR
46 Meares, Romolus LB/RB 5-11 160 SO
4 Miller, Zach DB/WR 6-2 169 SR
65 Normand, James DL/OL 6-3 270 SR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
72 O’Farrell, Jared DL/OL 6-2 180 JR
14 Porter, Nick LB/WR 5-11 165 SR
24 Rivera, Royce DB/WR 5-8 145 SR
55 Roach, Cody DL/OL 6-1 240 JR
29 Roberts, Tyler DB/WR 5-11 165 JR
6 Smith, Trevez DB/WR 6-0 162 JR
34 Stokes, Drew K/P 5-5 141 FR
53 Tinch, Justin LB/OL 5-10 168 JR
21 Turner, Joseph LB/RB 5-6 165 SR
19 Underwood, Nathan DB/WR 6-0 155 SR
59 Valedon, Jose DL/OL 6-5 250 JR
85 Vann, Jared DB/WR 5-10 130 JR
84 Vann, Josh DB/WR 5-10 130 JR
2 Vann, Johnny WR 5-11 160 SR
58 Wesh, Bryce DL/OL 5-9 200 SO
75 Williams, Deron DL/OL 6-0 216 SO
50 Williamson, Justin DL/OL 5-10 175 JR
9 Witherspoon, Zach LB/RB 5-10 175 SR
7 Witt, Austin LB/RB 6-0 185 SR
3 Woullard, Jordan DB/WR 6-0 155 SR
12 Wright, David 5-11 160 SR
30 Young, Austin LB/WR 5-9 160 SO
1 Zulliger, Zach DB/QB 5-11 180 SR
15 Zulliger, Bradley DB/QB 5-11 170 SO
Heroes: JamesNormand(OT/DT,
senior, 6-3, 270, rarefour-year
starterfortheWildcats), Zach
Zulliger(QB, senior, 5-11, 180,
missed2008withtornanterior
cruciateligament), Morgan
Guymon(WR/DB, senior, 5-9,
160), ZachWitherspoon(RB/
LB, senior, 5-10, 175).
BreakoutPlayers: JordanWoul-
lard(WR, senior, 6-0, 155)and
RianHall (WR/DB, freshman,
5-10, 144): WoullardandHall
couldlendimmediatehelpat
wideout. Woullard, abaseball
standout, didn’tplayfootball
lastseason. Hall, younger
brotherof formerORquarter-
backAdrianPorter, couldbea
much-neededbig-playthreat.
What’sGood: OakRidgefigures
tobeabletoholditsown
againstjustaboutanybodyup
front. TheWildcats’ frontseven
ondefensecouldbeespecially
stoutandNormandkeysasolid
offensiveline. Also, don’tunder-
estimatetheimpactof first-year
coachScottBladeintermsof
disciplineandexecution.
HelpNeeded: TheWildcatsare
asdevoidof big-playthreatsas
anyteaminrecentOakRidge
history. Don’tbesurprisedto
seeyoungreceivers, suchas
Hall, emergeasplay-makers.
Newcoachprovidesnewhope
BY MIKE BLACKERBY
sports@knoxnews.com
ScottBladeappearsjustthecoachtoresurrect
thesputteringOakRidgeHighSchool football
team.
Blade,whocomestoOakRidgefromNashville
Hillsboro, takes over thetraditional power that
hasfallenonhardtimes.
Sincemakingthe2005state5-Achampionship
gameundercoachStantonStevens,theWildcats
arejust17-15withnoplayoffvictories.
Howlongittakestogettheprogramturnedin
therightdirectiondepends, saidBlade.
“Thechallengeistogetthekidstobuyin,”said
Blade, whois knownfor his discipline andno-
nonsenseapproach. “Thequicker theydothat,
thequickerthewholethingtakesoff.”
QuarterbackZachZulliger bought inassoon
asBladesteppedoncampus.
“Alotofpeoplearereallyexcited,”saidZulliger,
whomissedthe2008season(kneeinjury).
“Everythingiscompletelydifferentwithcoach
Blade. Everythingissomuchmorestrictandwe
havetoexecuteeverythingperfectly. We’llruna
playtwohoursuntilwegetitright.”
Executionmightjustbethecatch-wordof the
2009season. That’s becauseOakRidge, which
graduatedbig-playguyDemarcusRogers, hasa
dearthofplay-makers.
ZulligersaidtheWildcatswillbesatisfiedtogo
thelongroutethisseason.
“If I hadtodescribe our offense it wouldbe
‘methodical,’ ”Zulligersaid.
“We’renotateamthat’sgoingtojumpoutand
breaka 90-yardruneveryplay. We’ll get three
yards, fouryardsandfiveyardsaplay—andeat
awayatthedefense.”
LedbyJamesNormand,theoffensivelinecer-
tainlyappearscapableofdoingjustthat.
“Ithinkthestrengthofourteamwillendbeing
ourlines,”Bladesaid.
TheWildcatshavelotsof qualitylinemenon
bothsides of theball, includingBenFuller (6-2,
225, senior), AaronKrzak(5-11, 240, senior), Rob-
ertAustin(6-4,230,senior),JoseValedon(6-5,250,
junior)andJonathanHairston(6-1, 275, senior).
Ondefense, Blade saidhis front sevenhas a
chancetobeprettygoodwithlinebackersChris
Harder (5-9, 195, senior), ZachHughes (6-2, 195,
junior)andGeoff Card(6-0, 192, junior)backing
uptheline.
WithteamsontheWildcats’schedulelikeFar-
ragut, MaryvilleandClintondrawingmorepre-
seasonattention, Zulliger saidOakRidgemight
surprisesomepeople.
“Ibelievethisyearwe’llhaveabigturnaround
becauseof coachBlade. Wewill beready– we
don’thaveachoice.”
MikeBlackerbyisafreelancecontributor.
Wildcats calledontocatch
onquicklytonewsystem
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PIGEONFORGE
Aug. 28
atGreenback
Sept. 3
*Gibbs
Sept. 11
Cosby
Sept. 18
*Fulton
Sept. 25
atGrainger
Oct. 2
*Carter
Oct. 9
MeigsCounty
Oct. 16
*atUnionCounty
Oct. 23
*atAustin-East
Oct. 30
atGatlinburg-
Pittman
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 28at
Greenback, Sept.
3(Thursday)vs.
Gibbs, Oct. 30at
Gatlinburg-Pittman
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
31 Aleman, Oscar 5-11 220 JR
42 Aviles, Mario 6-0 155 JR
63 Ball, Shane 6-1 238 SO
56 Beck, Jared 5-4 160 JR
88 Belgarde, Josh 6-2 200 SR
80 Bodder, Matt 6-0 165 SR
28 Boyd, Austin 5-9 148 SO
18 Brackins, Cody 5-11 160 JR
44 Breighner, Gage 6-0 210 JR
61 Brooks, Travis 6-2 230 SR
2 Burnworth, Justin 5-10 152 JR
67 Buster, Thomas 5-10 160 JR
86 Clasby, Donnie 6-0 150 SR
21 Coello, Miguel 5-6 138 SO
33 Davis, Cody 6-0 165 SO
64 Dykes, Kacey 6-0 260 JR
4 Faulkner, Cameron 5-6 135 JR
23 Ferrell, Dale 6-2 205 SR
84 Grier, Curtis 5-8 125 SO
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
73 Hampton, Corey 5-10 230 JR
82 Holland, Edward 5-1 135 JR
81 Holmes, Craig 5-11 165 JR
62 Huffaker, Justin 6-2 275 JR
9 Hutchens, Michael 5-7 130 JR
14 Jinnette, James 5-8 120 SO
74 Johnson, Brian 6-1 250 SR
58 Jolley, Logan 5-6 242 JR
71 Jones, Dylan 6-0 205 JR
12 Knight, Lee 5-6 165 JR
60 LeBar, Honre 5-6 168 SO
79 Lenhart, Jeb 6-4 280 SR
17 Lloyd, TJ 5-6 137 SO
30 Lombrana, Michael 5-7 190 SO
75 Martin, Mike 6-4 270 SR
15 Matthews, Trevor 6-4 170 SR
72 McCreary, Ben 6-0 220 SR
70 Munasque, Seth 5-9 260 SO
57 Nehr, Anthony 6-0 262 SR
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
87 Ownby, Timothy 5-7 140 JR
48 Parton, Logan 5-8 130 SR
38 Parton, Scott 5-9 145 SO
35 Parton, Nathanael 5-1 145 SO
50 Pildner, Eric 5-8 130 SO
55 Reppert, Jake 5-9 250 JR
77 Sabido, Alex 6-1 240 SR
24 Sandelier, Steve 5-7 143 SR
10 Shahan, Shane 6-0 140 SR
6 Soliman, Julio 5-10 165 SR
54 Stallings, Jarrett 5-6 220 SR
66 Stelzer, Brett 5-8 218 SO
7 Stiles, Zach 6-3 202 SR
59 Sunderland, George 5-8 230 JR
40 Sutton, David 5-10 160 JR
5 Todd, Tommy 5-10 160 JR
25 Travis, Chase 5-9 143 SO
19 Vanvaleurde, Joseph 5-5 130 SO
52 Willis, Josh 6-1 240 SR
Heroes: Despitebeinga
sophomore, runningback
ChaseTravisisexpectedto
beanoffensiveworkhorse.
FellowsophomoreSeth
Munasqueshouldusehis
strengthandgoodworkeffort
toanchorthefront, while
widereceiveranddefensive
backJustinBurnworthshould
beimpressiveonbothsides
of theball. “Weexpecthimto
stepupandmakesomeplays
asajunior,”coachLeeHam-
mondssaid.
BreakoutPlayer: Edward
Holland, whoalreadyhas
receivedheadlinesforhis
wrestlingability, shouldstep
forwardasthequarterback
aftersittingoutlastseasonas
atransferfromSeymour.
What’sGood: According
toHammonds, apositive
attitudeisbyfarthebest
attributeof theTigers. He
saidplayershavemadeno
excusesforfinishing3-7each
of thelasttwoyearsandare
readytoimproveuponthat
recordthisyear.
HelpNeeded: Theteamis
lackinginleadershipand
experienceintheskill areas.
“Wearegoingtobeyoung
incertainpositions,”Ham-
mondssaid.
Tigers’ inexperienceanissue
BY JOHNSHEARER
sports@knoxnews.com
Pigeon Forge coach Lee Hammonds has
had to deal with youth and inexperience at
workandhome inrecent weeks.
Shortly before two-a-day practices began,
his wife gave birthtoa boy.
Once he returned to the practice field, he
was reminded that many of his players are
prettyyoungas well.
“We’ve got some young talent that is going
tohavetostepupandplayalittlemoremature
than their grade,” said Hammonds, who is in
his third year at the helm. “We’ve got some
sophomores that are going to have to play
older thantheyare.”
If the ages of his players concern him, the
attitude does not.
“I amexcited about this bunch of kids,” he
said. “We’ve got some kids who are going to
work hard and do the right things to help us
winsome games.”
The Tigers have gone 3-7 each of the last
twoseasons. Duringthat stretch, Hammonds
said, theteamhadsometoughlossesandoften
playeddowntothe opponent’s level.
“Weweren’t asmentallytoughasweshould
have been,” he said.
This year, Pigeon Forge returns a total of
eight starters on offense and defense. How-
ever, Hammonds is excitedabout someof the
players.
Headlining the offense is sophomore run-
ning back Chase Travis, who stood out last
year as a freshman.
“He’s got some speed and
talent,” said Hammonds. “He
is a goodfootball player.”
Expected to play quarter-
backisjuniorEdwardHolland.
AtransferfromSeymouranda
regionwrestlingchampion, he
hadtosit out last season.
“He is 100 percent ready to
go and worked at quarterback
last spring,” said Hammonds.
“We expect him to provide a lot of leader-
ship.”
Also likely to contribute significantly is
Seth Munasque, another sophomore, whom
Hammondscalledthestrongest player onthe
team and an extremely hard worker. Junior
widereceiveranddefensivebackJustinBurn-
worthshouldmake some plays.
Hammonds knows his team’s youth could
be a detriment.
“We are going to be young in certain posi-
tions, but we are not usingthat as anexcuse,”
he said. “We’ve got some kids who are not
makingexcuses andnot bellyaching.”
JohnShearer is afreelancecontributor.
Transfer quarterbackHolland
calledontohelpleadteam
Hammonds
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PX54 Coach: LeeHammonds(7-14, 3rdseason) | Lastyear: 3-7 | ReturningStarters: 8(4onoffense, 4ondefense)
POWELL
Aug. 21
atSouthDoyle
Aug. 28
Fulton
Sept. 4
*atHalls
Sept. 11
*OakRidge
Sept. 18
*atAndersonCounty
Sept. 25
*Karns
Oct. 2
*HardinValley
Oct. 9
*atClinton
Oct. 16
*Campbell County
Oct. 23
*atCentral
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Sept. 4atHalls, Sept.
11vs. OakRidge
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
42 Azambuja, Corbin 5-8 170 SO
46 Bell, Thomas 5-9 160 SO
96 Benson, Austin 6-0 200 JR
99 Bolden, Christain 5-9 175 SO
87 Booth, Alex 6-1 180 SR
41 Bunch, Gray 5-10 170 SO
94 Caruthers, Paul 5-8 115 SO
28 Catlett, Jeremiah 5-11 165 JR
74 Cintron, Jacob 5-9 200 SO
37 Clemons, Nathan 5-10 150 SR
22 Coffer, Andre 5-10 170 SR
30 Coleman, Jeremy 5-8 150 SO
44 Cook, Hunter 6-2 215 SR
53 Crisp, Koby 5-11 200 SO
33 Crouch, Drew 5-7 150 JR
18 Duncan, Matt 5-9 160 JR
40 Duran, James 5-10 180 JR
51 Easterday, Chris 5-9 220 SO
38 England, Logan 6-1 180 JR
90 Foster, Tony 5-11 260 SO
80 Frank, Aaron 5-10 160 JR
34 Fuller, Jared 5-10 155 JR
78 Grissom, Jake 6-0 230 SR
93 Guzman, Raul 5-8 150 SO
26 Hamilton, Devante 5-9 160 JR
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
81 Hamilton, Sammuel 5-10 165 SO
31 Hammond, Nick 5-9 160 SO
98 Harris, Karl 5-8 130 SO
61 Harris, Jeremy 5-9 180 SO
62 Hersha, Bobby 5-9 170 SO
10 Hodge, Hunter 6-1 180 JR
60 J.D., Warfield 5-9 175 SO
21 James, Dalton 6-0 180 SR
54 King, Andrew 5-10 230 JR
17 Logan, Darian 5-8 155 SO
11 McPhetridge, Dustin 6-2 175 JR
16 Meade, Matt 5-8 160 JR
2 Mobley, Dyshawn 6-0 180 SO
89 Moneymaker, Zach 5-8 112 SO
27 Morrow, Zach 5-11 205 SR
97 Myers, Sinjin 5-8 175 SO
55 Norman, Michael 5-11 200 SR
57 Owenby, Drake 6-0 180 SO
35 Palacios, Jose 5-10 150 JR
45 Peacock, Michael 5-8 160 SO
42 Petree, Cameron 5-11 200 SR
6 Powell, Tyler 5-8 165 SR
75 Ridge, Doug 5-7 205 SR
91 Ross, Stephen 6-1 205 JR
49 Savage, Austin 5-8 145 SO
No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
25 Schewmake, Doscher 5-10 160 JR
19 Schwinge, Austin 5-11 170 JR
14 Skeen, Colby 5-11 190 SO
94 Slagle, Steven 5-10 190 SR
95 Slagle, Zach 5-9 170 SO
65 Slattery, Ryan 5-9 171 SO
43 Smith, Brandon 5-6 130 SO
67 Smith, Austin 6-1 235 JR
85 Smith, Cade 5-5 120 SO
58 Smith, Ben 5-10 200 SR
68 Sparks, Wesley 5-9 220 SO
32 Staggs, Jonathon 5-10 150 SO
24 Tripp, Austin 6-1 175 SR
4 Walker, Bernard 6-2 175 JR
93 Warren, Brad 6-0 215 JR
98 Waters, Tyler 6-1 190 JR
15 Webb, Nick 5-9 190 JR
47 White, Cameron 6-0 160 SR
83 Williams, Brady 5-6 130 SO
59 Wilson, Christopher 6-2 375 SR
36 Wood, Justin 5-11 160 SO
48 York, Sean 5-8 145 SR
76 York, Andrew 5-6 180 SO
56 York, Zach 5-9 170 SO
Heroes: TylerPowell (WR, senior),
DyshawnMobley(5-11, 185, WR/RB,
sophomore). Powell had600
receivingyardsandsixtouchdown
catches, despitebeingathirdtarget
behindseniorsDevinCollinsandTy-
lerDrummer. Mobleywastheteam’s
third-leadingrusherwith600yards
andsixtouchdowns.
BreakoutPlayers: DarianLogan(5-7,
155, TB, sophomore), JustinWood,
(5-10, 165, WR, sophomore), Austin
Schwinge(WR, sophomore). With
thedeparturesofCollins(800re-
ceivingyards, 10TDs)andDrummer
(650yards, sevenTDs), Woodand
Schwingeshouldgetplentyofballs
throwntheirway. Logan, likewise,
shouldgetplentyofcarriesasthe
Panthersreplace1,000-yardrushing
quarterbackKierHouston.
What’sGood: ThreeofthePanthers’
fourreturningstartersareonthe
offensiveline(seniortackleMichael
Norman, juniortackleJamesUssery,
andjuniorguard/centerAustin
Smith), socoachMattLoweexpects
therushinggametobesolid. Thereis
talentatwidereceiver.
HelpNeeded: Therewill beabunchof
newstartersonoffenseanddefense,
soalackofexperienceisaconcern.
JuniorquarterbackHunterHodge
(6-1, 170)will trytofill thevoidleftby
Houston, aseniorlastseason.
Oldsystemhasnewparts
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
If somenewcomerswant achancetoshow
theirstuff, they’ll certainlygettheirchancethis
seasonforPowell.
ThePanthers’ lost plentyof play-makers at
the skill positions, startingwithquarterback
KierHouston,who’splayingforFortScott(Kan.)
CommunityCollege. Houstonwasadualthreat
in2008, throwingfor2,000yardsandrushing
for1,000yards.
“Wewon’t haveakidstepinandhave3,000
yards, but wehopetohaveabunchof kidsstep
up,”PowellcoachMattLowesaid.
One of themis junior quarterbackHunter
Hodge, Houston’sbackupthepasttwoseasons.
Althoughhis playing time has beenlimited,
Hodgehasspent threeyearslearningthePan-
thers’ spread-optionoffense, andhe’sastudent
ofthegame.
“Hecanbeextremelyeffectiveinthisoffense,”
Lowesaid.“Heprobablywon’tputupabunchof
yards,buthecandistributetheballtothereceivers
andrunningbacks.He’sbeeninthesystem.This
ishisthirdyearinthesystem. He’saverygood
decision-maker.”
Hodgewill belookingforsomenewreceiv-
ers. ThePanthers’ topthreefromthe2008team
aregone.
Senior offensivetackleMichael Norman, a
starterlastseason, hopestheteam’sstrongwork
ethicwillpayoff.
“Itwillbedifferent.Itwillbehardwithsomany
inexperiencedplayers,”Normansaid.“We’llhave
tocomeout, workhardandfireoff theball and
makebigplays. We’vebeenworkinghard. We
hopetohaveaspecial,youngteam.”
Senior defensive end/linebacker Hunter
Cookesaidit’s not as if thenewstarters don’t
knowthesystem.
“Weall practicetogether,”hesaid. “It’ssome-
thingnew. Wedon’t havealot of startersback,
butwealwaysplayhard. Weexpecttobeableto
stoptherunninggame,andwe’llplayhardevery
game. I want toget totheplayoffs. Everyhigh
schoolteamwantstogotostate.”
Loweagrees.
“That’salwaysthegoal,”hesaid. “Onceyou
get totheplayoffs, youneverknowhowit will
go.Wehaveextremelygoodleadershipfromour
seniorsandsomejuniors.Themainthingwillbe
howquicklythesekidsadjusttobeingunderthe
lights. Ithinkwehavethetalent. Idon’tknowif
we’llbereadybyweekoneorweekseven.We’ve
gotanewregion, andyouneverknowhowthat
willpanout.”
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Houstonleads list of departed
Panthers inneedof replacing
PREDICTEDFINISH
5-5
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Coach: MattLowe(19-15, 4thseason) | Lastyear: 9-3 | ReturningStarters: 8(4onoffense, 4ondefense)
SEVIERCOUNTY
Aug. 21
WilliamBlount
Aug. 28
atKnoxvilleHalls
Sept. 4
*JeffersonCounty
Sept. 11
atDobyns-Bennett
Sept. 18
*atCockeCounty
Oct. 1
*Seymour
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 9
*MorristownWest
Oct. 16
*atCherokee
Oct. 23
*SouthDoyle
Oct. 30
*MorristownEast
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21William
Blount, Sept. 4
JeffersonCounty,
Oct. 9Morristown
West.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
8 Anderson, Brad DB/QB 6-2 175 SR
85 Beal, Kendall LB/WR 5-11 195 JR
88 Berry, John DE/TE 6-1 195 SO
12 Brent, Michael DB/WR 5-8 135 SR
5 Chastain, Danny DB/QB 5-11 160 JR
57 Childs, Jacob OL 5-10 275 SR
80 Cline, Brandon DE/WR 6-3 180 SO
2 Cogdill, Dakota LB/RB 5-11 205 JR
36 Cupp, Trey LB/RB 6-1 210 JR
35 Deitz, Austin LB/RB 5-10 150 SO
28 Driscoll, Max DB/WR 6-2 165 SO
26 Floyd, Bubba LB/RB 5-9 165 SO
3 Flynn, Zach QB 5-11 150 SR
74 Fossum, Ryan DL/OL 5-11 185 SO
14 Foster, Jeremiah DB/WR 5-8 150 SR
89 Garcia, Jeremy DB/WR 5-9 145 JR
32 Garrett, Nick LB/RB 5-4 165 SO
53 Gibson, Dustin DL/OL 5-8 195 JR
24 Gilson, Bryant DB 6-2 175 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
62 Hamilton, Thomas DE/OL 5-10 190 JR
30 Hansen, Tyler DB/WR 5-9 155 SO
71 Heatherly, Ross DL/OL 6-3 285 SR
31 Heilig, Luke LB/RB 5-10 150 SO
81 Homerding, Ronnie DL/OL 6-2 255 JR
34 Horne, Matt DE/RB 6-2 180 JR
17 Hurst, Dustin DB/WR 5-9 145 SR
20 Hutton, Mikey DB/WR 5-11 145 SR
1 Johnson, Josh DB/WR 6-0 155 JR
60 Kreceman, Brad DE/OL 6-2 205 JR
15 Kyker, Storm DB/WR 5-9 165 SR
11 Lavoi, Cullen DB/QB 5-10 155 SO
10 Lewis, Zac LB/TE 6-1 180 JR
52 Maples, Bryson DL/OL 5-9 230 SR
25 McCarter, Kel LB/RB 6-0 190 SR
50 McGill, Dustin DL/OL 6-2 230 SO
47 McMahan, Isaac LB/RB 6-0 205 SR
46 McMahan, Joseph DL/TE 6-0 220 JR
18 Meehan, Kevin DB/WR 5-10 150 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
54 Miller, Bo DL/OL 5-10 235 SR
87 Miracle, Devin DB/WR 5-7 145 SO
4 Nave, Austin DB/WR 6-2 190 SR
38 Norris, Josh LB/TE 6-1 170 JR
65 Park, George DE/OL 6-1 205 JR
76 Peppers, Zach DL/OL 6-6 380 SR
22 Pippin, Brett DB/WR 5-10 155 SO
51 Reppert, Jake DL 5-9 235 JR
19 Ritter, Casey DB/WR 5-10 140 JR
64 Robbins, Jake DL/OL 5-8 205 SO
61 Ruff, Joseph DL/OL 6-2 260 SR
21 Spangler, Matt DB/WR 6-1 180 SR
84 Tinker, Brandon DE/TE 5-9 180 JR
7 Whaley, Bryce DB/WR 5-10 155 SR
42 Whitelaw, Robert DL/RB 6-1 210 SR
49 Wischer, Tyler LB/WR 6-2 160 JR
68 Yaldua, Ryan DL/OL 5-8 220 SO
Heroes: Matt Spangler
(FS/WR, senior, 6-2, 185,
ledSevier Countywith
85tackleslast season),
RossHeatherly(OG/DT,
senior, 6-2, 290), Zach
Flynn(QB, senior, 5-11,
170, completed122of 236
passesfor 1,769yardsand
12TDsin2008).
Breakout Player: Jeremiah
Foster (WR/DB, senior,
5-7, 145, oneof several
outstandingathletes, the
speedyFoster wasalsoa
standout for theSCtrack
team, finishingfourthin
thestateClassAAA110
hurdles).
What’sGood(team
strengths): CoachSteve
Brewer appearstohave
hisbest collectionof skill
playersinyears, ledby
Flynnat quarterback. Se-
vier County, withSpangler
leadingtheway, alsohas
talent anddepthinthe
secondaryandat wide
receiver. Brewer sayshis
groupof linebackersisthe
best inyears.
HelpNeeded(weaknesses):
Sevier Countygraduated
all of itsstartingdefensive
linemen. WhileHeatherly
hasplayedmostlyonthe
offensivelinethelast
threeseasons, hemaybe
pressedintodouble-duty.
AsurprisebrewsintheSmokies
BY MIKE BLACKERBY
sports@knoxnews.com
Ten years ago Sevier County came out of
nowhere to win the state Class 5-A football
championship.
SteveBrewer wasat thehelmin1999andthe
longtime Smoky Bears coach
would certainly like to cele-
brate the 10th anniversary of
that achievement by capturing
lightningina bottle once again.
“We had no idea going in,”
saidBrewer, recalling the mod-
est expectations for ’99.
Sevier County actually start-
ed 4-3 that season, but caught
firethankstotheleadershipand
athletic ability of quarterback
ShaneKelley. TheSmokyBears
ripped off eight wins in a row
anddefeatedNashvilleGlencliff
31-27 towinthe state title.
Like that ’99 team, this year’s
Smoky Bears might just be fly-
ing under the radar.
There are some other simi-
larities: Sevier Countyhas a better-than-usual
collection of athletes and another talented
quarterback inZachFlynn.
“Zachis backafter a year of (starting) expe-
rience,” Brewer said.
“Zachis averycoachableguywhothrewfor
about 1,800yards last year andhas agoodcore
of receivers tothrowto.”
While Flynn no longer has the graduated
PatrickMiller (35 catches, 890yards, 8TDs) as
atarget, trackmenMatt SpanglerandJeremiah
Foster are readyandable tostepinat wideout.
Spangler, who runs a 4.45 40, was also the
Smoky Bears’ leading tackler as a defensive
back.
“Matt has startedfor us sincehewas asoph-
omore. He was 11thinthe state inthe 100(me-
ters) and was on our 4x100 relay team that
made the state. That (qualifying for state in
those events) may be a first for Sevier County.
Obviously, we’ll dependonMatt’s speedinthe
secondary tomake plays for us.”
Mammoth lineman Ross Heatherly said
the Smoky Bears need to learn fromlast year
when mistakes proved costly. Heatherly said
although most of the pieces are in place for
SC to make a run, it’s all about going out and
executing.
“We’ve just got to play smart and play to-
gether,” saidthe 290-poundsenior.
“Once you come together, everything just
clicks. I think we canbe great.”
Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor.
Tenyears after statetitle, Bears
trytoemulate1999champions
Heatherly
Spangler
“Onceyoucometogether, everything
just clicks. I thinkwecanbegreat.”
RossHeatherly,
Sevier County lineman
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SEYMOUR
Aug. 21
Daniel Boone
Aug. 28
atCAK
Sept. 4
*CockeCounty
Sept. 11
Heritage
Sept. 18
*atJeffersonCountry
Oct. 1
*atSevierCounty
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 9
*MorristownEast
Oct. 16
*atSouthDoyle
Oct. 23
*Cherokee
Oct. 30
*atMorristown
West
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 28atCAK,
Sept. 18atJefferson
County, Oct. 1
(Thursday)atSevier
County
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Yr.
58 Absher, Tyler SO
24 Bailey, Chad SR
57 Bennett, Dylan JR
50 Bridges, Dalton JR
19 Brown, Hunter SO
15 Brunson, Dane SO
5 Call, David SR
18 Chadwick, Ryan SR
68 Chipley, Shane JR
1 Clark, Corey JR
65 Clark, Craig SO
41 Cota, Jamie JR
3 Crain, Hunter SR
7 Egan, Zach JR
55 Estes, Justin JR
No. Name Yr.
23 Evans, Derek SO
12 Evans, Brad JR
17 Fain, Dustin JR
45 Fitzgerald, Michael JR
73 Floyd, Cody SO
48 Flynn, Colton JR
81 Gilbert, Michael SO
46 Hawker, Brandon SO
49 Hilton, Drake SO
71 Humes, Wes SR
67 Humphrey, Chris JR
30 Hurst, Jonathan SO
54 Ilic, Brandon SR
4 Kennedy, Kevin JR
2 Ketron, Chase SR
No. Name Yr.
60 Knight, Hunter SO
26 Knight, Lee JR
62 Lonas, Cody SO
61 Long, Joey SO
8 Long, Justin JR
28 Marschal, Brad JR
14 Martin, Stephen SR
52 McCarter, Joseph SR
79 McDonald, Kevin SR
9 Medley, Levi SO
59 Michaels, Mitch SO
80 Miller, Mitchell SO
78 Murr, Brett JR
51 Napier, Cameron SR
44 Newport, Keegan SR
No. Name Yr.
6 Overton, Blake SR
20 Overton, Taylor SO
39 Owens, Bradley JR
70 Payne, Evan SO
25 Price, Michael SO
10 Rutherford, Logan JR
36 Sands, Cody SR
43 Satterfield, Ashton JR
66 Smith, Nick SR
11 Taylor, Billy SR
22 Todd, Corey SO
21 Watson, Cody SR
53 White, Wes SR
63 White, Eric SO
85 Willison, Anthony JR
Heroes: KeeganNewport
isexpectedtoleadatop
groupof linebackers.
“Keeganisaverygood
athlete,”coachJimMoore
said. Othersexpectedto
bestandoutsincluderun-
ningbackBlakeOverton,
offensivelinemanJoe
McCarter, tight end/line-
backer Hunter Crain,
noseguardWesWhite
andquarterbackRyan
Chadwick.
Breakout Players: Chase
Ketron, a6-foot, 200-
poundrunningback,
shouldhelpafter being
injuredinthefirst game
last year. “Hehasspeed
andgoodsize,”said
Moore. CodySands(6-1,
230) playedineverygame
last year, althoughhewas
not astarter.
What’sGood: Theteamis
expectedtobestrongat
linebacker andrunning
back. Kicker/punter
StephenMartinisbeing
courtedbyseveral col-
leges. Seymour has20
seniorsandanoverall
positiveattitude. “We’ve
just got agoodgroupof
kids,”Mooresaid.
HelpNeeded: Youthand
inexperiencewill have
tobeovercome, aswill
gettingusedtoseveral
changesonthecoaching
staff. Seymour alsowill be
playingagainst anumber
of schoolswithlarger
enrollmentsunder the
newalignments.
Start of aneweraat Seymour
BY JOHNSHEARER
sports@knoxnews.com
Seymour HighSchool’s football teamhas lost
valuable experience bothonthe coaching staff
andtheroster.
GaryHouseholder retiredas headcoachafter
34years. OffensivelinecoachJamesCotter, who
hadbeenonthestaffsince1971,alsoretired.Thirty
seniors on last year’s 8-3 team
graduated.
However, first-year head
coach JimMoore is optimistic,
even though only six starters
return.
“I thinkwearegoingtohave
astrongteam,”saidMoore, who
had been the Eagles’ defensive
coordinator for thelast four sea-
sons. “Wearealsogoingtohave
alot of speedandalot of experi-
encefromourseniors.”
Akeyplayeramongthesenior
class of nearly 20 is kicker and
punterStephenMartin, whohas
received interest fromMiddle
TennesseeStateandFurmanas
apunter.
Defense is another strength,
Mooresaid, ledbylinebackersKeeganNewport,
Cody Sands andHunter Crain, who also plays
tightend.
TherunninggameissoundwithBlakeOverton
andChaseKetron.
Others who should play key roles in trying
tohelpSeymour returntothe playoffs are nose
guardWes White, quarterbackRyanChadwick,
tightend/linebackerHunterCrain, andoffensive
linemanJoeMcCarter.
AmongtheconcernsforMooreareyouthand
inexperience.
“When you have 30 seniors (graduate), you
arelosingalot,”hesaid. “Andthosewereall good
kids.”
However, theteamdoes seemtohavethein-
tangibles.
“Theattitudehasbeengreat, andthekidshave
comeinandbought intoit,”hesaid. “But it isthat
youthandinexperiencethat youwill havetoput
onthefield.”
MooresaidtheEagles will beusingthesame
defensiveschemes,whileoffensivelytheywilluse
amixtureofoldandnewplays.
“Wearedoingafewthingsthatadapttothekids
basedonwhatwehavetoworkwith,”hesaid.
ReplacingtheretiredcoachesareSteveGordon,
whowill workwithoutsidelinebackers, andJosh
Turner, whowilltutortheoffensiveline.
Theplayerssaytheyhavebeenimpressedwith
Moore.
“Heisgoingtobringalot of enthusiasm,” Mc-
Cartersaid.
Added Martin, “He strives for us to work
hard.”
JohnShearerisafreelancecontributor.
Moorereplaces Householder;
30seniors gonefrom2008
McCarter
Martin
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“Wearealsogoingto
havealot of speedand
alot of experiencefrom
ourseniors.”
JimMoore,
Seymour coach
PX58 Coach: JimMoore(0-0, 1stseason) | Lastyear: 8-3 | ReturningStarters: 6(4onoffense, 2ondefense)
SOUTH-DOYLE
Aug. 21
Powell
Aug. 28
Heritage
Sept. 4
*atMorristownEast
Sept. 18
*MorristownWest
Sept. 25
atCarter
Oct. 2
*Cherokee
Oct. 9
*atCockeCounty
Oct. 16
*Seymour
Oct. 23
*atSevierCounty
Oct. 30
*atJeffersonCounty
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21vs.
Powell, Sept. 4at
MorristownEast.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
37 Allen, Justin LB/QB 5-7 135 FR
73 Arp, Brandon DL/OL 6-2 177 SO
20 Bennett, Kyle LB 5-10 144 JR
11 Berry, Bryce DB 5-9 155 SR
53 Bliss, Madison OL 5-11 190 FR
32 Brown, Darvin LB/RB 5-10 175 SR
15 Brown, Darrell DB 5-11 150 JR
76 Brymer, Gabe DL/OL 6-0 201 JR
99 Bunch, Corey LB/OL 5-7 211 FR
75 Burnette, Logan DL 5-11 225 SR
81 Carideo, Jake DB/RB 5-10 150 FR
7 Caughorn, Daniel DB 6-0 148 JR
44 Chatman, Jeffrey DB 5-7 130 JR
27 Coach, Lakeem LB/RB 5-10 175 SO
12 Conley, Jason DL/QB 6-0 184 SR
44 Connolly, Chance LB 5-10 155 SO
8 Cormack, Jordan DB 6-1 160 SO
69 Dills, Mark DL/OL 6-1 250 FR
28 Evans, Josh LB/OL 5-10 154 JR
84 Everett, Blake DB 5-9 130 FR
66 Finchum, Shawn DL/OL 6-0 207 SR
35 Finchum, Gabriel DE/OL 6-0 177 FR
26 Frye, Jay LB 5-10 144 JR
47 Gibbs, Lance DL/OL 5-6 175 FR
51 Godfrey, Kory DL/OL 6-0 215 JR
55 Goodin, Charles DL/OL 5-10 195 JR
41 Hall, David DB 5-2 100 FR
23 Handy, Jarquez DB/RB 5-8 154 SO
25 Harschall, Drew LB 5-10 170 SR
88 Helms, Cody LB 6-0 196 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
22 Hendrick, Steven DB 5-6 117 FR
6 Hickey, Sterling LB/QB 5-11 162 SO
60 Hicks, Jonathan OL 5-10 190 FR
83 Hollifield, Jonah DL 5-7 140 FR
64 Huasain, Hasan LB/RB 5-9 160 SO
91 Hunley, Nick DL/OL 5-11 216 FR
36 Hunt, Torie DE 6-0 182 SO
13 Jerrolds, Holden DB 6-0 148 JR
29 Johnson, Quinton DB 5-10 153 JR
42 Jones, Elijah DB 5-8 131 SO
97 Jordan, Jermiah DE/OL 6-1 168 FR
46 Kerlin, Tanner DB 5-2 90 FR
16 Kurtz, Hayden LB/QB 5-10 146 SO
39 Layman, Travis DB 5-10 143 FR
4 Ligon, LaDarius DB 5-5 117 SO
33 Mascaro, Mitchell 5-10 148 SR
14 Mason, Brian LB 6-1 171 SR
19 Mason, Taylor LB/QB 6-3 161 SO
94 McCullough, Aaron DL/OL 5-10 230 FR
92 Mongan, Dennis DL/OL 6-1 260 FR
95 Montgomery, Bradley FR
82 Moore, Gerrod DB 6-0 170 JR
30 Morgan, Andrew 5-10 146 SO
52 Olson, Chris DL/OL 5-11 175 JR
98 Pellon, Joseph DE/OL 5-7 220 FR
18 Perry, Samuel LB/RB 5-9 176 FR
10 Raby, Landon DB/QB 5-9 130 FR
48 Rancy, Wesley LB/RB 5-7 157 FR
93 Reed, Lucas DL/OL 5-10 180 FR
68 Ricker, William DL/OL 5-11 277 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
17 Riley, King DB 5-11 145 JR
21 Rogers, Evan LB/RB 5-6 157 JR
57 Romines, Joseph DL/OL 6-5 362 SO
59 Rood, Corban DL/OL 5-9 223 SO
45 Rule, Jacob LB/OL 5-8 140 FR
67 Rush, Nick DL/OL 5-11 210 SO
50 Settles, Martinus DL/OL 5-5 219 JR
63 Simmons, Darrell DL/OL 5-9 165 SO
70 Smelcer, Tommy DL/OL 6-6 274 SR
62 Smelcer, Dillon LB/OL 5-10 163 JR
61 Smelcer, Dustin LB/OL 5-10 169 JR
71 Smelcer, Tyler DL/OL 6-1 250 SO
56 Stansberry, Taylor DL/OL 6-3 252 SO
5 Stanton, Josh LB/RB 5-7 162 SR
79 Strader, William LB/OL 5-9 215 JR
77 Swaggerty, Alex DL/OL 5-8 214 SO
2 Tate, Barin DB 5-5 112 JR
54 Thomas, Laterian LB/OL 5-10 221 SR
85 Tipton, Ruebin DB 6-2 130 SO
86 Tornow, Shane CB/QB 5-8 168 FR
40 Walters, Dalton DB 5-7 137 FR
96 Ward, William DL/OL 5-11 240 FR
31 Wender, Chase DB 5-9 140 SR
72 Wheeler, Cody LB/OL 5-8 178 JR
43 Whitt, Blake LB/RB 5-7 159 SR
34 Wilkerson, Jewan LB/RB 5-10 160 FR
3 Williams, Zac DB/RB 5-6 130 FR
9 Wilson, Stevean CB/RB 5-9 183 FR
58 Wolfenbarger, Drew DE/OL 6-1 178 JR
80 Wyckoff, Alex DB/WR 5-10 141 SO
Heroes: Second-yearstarting
quarterbackJasonConleyiskey
togettingSouth-Doyle’soffense
untracked. “Wehaveputalot
onhisshoulders,”coachClark
Duncansaid. Runningback/line-
backerBlakeWhitt, linebacker
andoffensivelinemanLatarian
Thomas, linemanDrewWolfen-
barger, kickreturner BryceBerry
andreceiversJordanCornack
andDaniel Caughornalsoshould
beimpressive.
BreakoutPlayers: Sophomoreof-
fensivelinemanJosephRomines
andjuniordefensiveend/of-
fensivetackleKoryGodfreyare
expectedtohaveanimpact.
What’sGood: WhiletheChero-
keesarenotbig, theydohavea
lotofspeed. Duncanalsoseesa
greatdesiretowanttogetbetter
amongtheplayerwhohave
grownsignificantlyinnumbers
sincelastseason.
HelpNeeded: Thebiggestques-
tionmarkisexperience. “We
havegrowntoover100kidsin
theprogram, butifanything, itis
lackofexperience,”Duncansaid.
Duncanbringsfundamentals
BY JOHNSHEARER
sports@knoxnews.com
South-DoyleHighSchool coachClarkDun-
canmissedcoaching, andtheCherokees have
missedtheplayoffsinrecentyears.
As aresult, players andsupporters hopethe
newenthusiasmaroundhishiringcanre-ener-
gizetheprogram.
“We would really like to go to the playoffs
this year,” saidsenior quarterbackJasonCon-
ley. “We haven’t been since 2001. That is our
maingoal.”
Duncanhasthesamedesire.
“Wewant towinthemall,” theformer Ten-
nesseeVol defensivebacksaidwithasmile.
“Actually, our goal will betobecompetitive
onFridaynight. If youget theright breaks and
youarecompetinghard, you’vegotachance.”
DuncancoachedPowellthrough2002,taking
thePantherstotheplayoffsseveraltimesbefore
becomingassistantprincipal atSouth-Doyle.
Duringtheoff-season,hewashiredtoreplace
thedepartingErikHutchins.
TheplayerssaytheylikeDuncan’sstyle.
“He teaches the fundamentals of football,
howthe game should be played,” said senior
linebackerBlakeWhitt.
Added Conley, “He has more energy in
the weight room. We work hard when he is
around.”
Onpaper, theCherokees appear challenged
in2009. The teamreturns onlytwooffensive
startersandfourdefensivestartersfromasquad
thatfinished4-6in2008.
Conleyisbackasstartingquarterbackforthe
secondyear, andhehas acoupleof goodwide
receivertargetsinsophomoreJordanCormack
andjuniorDaniel Caughorn.
DrewWolfenbarger,LatarianThomas,Kory
GodfreyandJosephRomineswillbeanchoring
theoffensiveline.
Whitt, Wolfenbarger, Thomas, andGodfrey
alsowillbekeymembersofthedefenseupfront,
withCormackandCaughornprovidinghelpin
thesecondary.
BryceBerrywill beasolidkickreturner.
Duncansaidhe is counting onConley and
Whitttostepforwardasleaders.
“Theyhavegot tobeleaders onthepractice
fieldandFridaynight,”hesaid.
South-Doylegoes backtobasics
tobuildasuccessful program
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Coach: ClarkDuncan(120-75, 1stseasonatSouth-Doyle) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 6(2onoffense, 4ondefense)
WEBB
Aug. 21
atCentral
Sept. 4
*Ezell-Harding
Sept. 11
Halls
Sept. 18
*atFranklinRoad
Academy
Sept. 25
Catholic
CSSTV
Oct. 2
LancasterChristian
Oct. 9
*atMt. Juliet
Christian
Oct. 16
ZionChristian
Oct. 23
atDavidson
Academy
Oct. 30
*DCA
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Sept. 4vs. Ezell
Harding, Sept. 25vs.
Catholic, Oct. 30vs.
DonelsonChristian
Academy.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
4 Alexander, Justin CB/RB 5-9 180 SR
24 Arnold, Bower DE/TE 5-11 160 SO
8 Beeler, Brett CB/QB/WR 5-11 160 SR
26 Berube, Bryan DB/RB 5-7 145 FR
1 Berube, Jason LB/RB 5-10 180 SR
17 Blakley, Trey K 5-8 140 SR
3 Blance, Aaron DB/RB 5-6 150 FR
20 Blance, Caleb DB/RB 5-6 165 SO
68 Bosse, Alex G/NG 5-5 150 SO
74 Brodnax, Pete NG/OT 5-8 200 FR
50 Broussard, Austin DE/OT 6-2 200 SR
80 Butler, Neil LB/WR 5-10 175 SO
54 Campbell, Graham G/LB 6-1 220 SR
27 Carillon, Michael RB/SS/WR 6-1 175 SR
28 Carter, Chase DB 5-10 155 SO
16 Congleton, Yates DB/QB 5-10 160 SO
21 Congleton, Brewer LB/TE 5-10 160 SO
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
63 Daley, Patrick DT/OT 6-4 255 JR
56 Dickson, Kyle DT/OT 5-11 185 FR
30 Dolinack, Jim FS/LB/RB 5-9 170 SO
77 Garner, Skip DT/OT 6-0 245 FR
14 Grayson, Jack DB/QB 5-8 144 FR
52 Greaves, Jackson DE/G 5-11 185 SO
59 Harrison, Tyler G/LB 5-11 195 SO
44 Harrison, Chance FB/LB 5-10 180 JR
43 Ilager, JohnPaul DE/TE 5-9 145 FR
35 Isaacs, Zack CB/FS/WR 5-11 145 FR
70 Jenkins, Dakota DT/OT 6-4 270 JR
23 Johnson, Clark FS/WR 6-1 178 SR
22 Jones, Jarvus LB/RB 5-6 180 SR
55 Letsinger, Luke G/LB 5-11 195 SR
45 Little, Hunter DE/TE 6-4 200 JR
9 Liu, Brennan CB/RB 5-11 160 JR
13 Longnecker, Ben K/LB 5-8 130 FR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
34 Matthews, Dave CB/LB/RB 5-5 135 FR
7 McCallister, John DB/QB 6-3 185 SR
73 McGarr, Matthew DT/OT 6-0 170 FR
83 Miller, Gaines CB/WR 5-7 146 FR
6 Nabors, Chad CB/RB 5-9 150 SO
32 Peterson, Gordon DE/LB/TE 5-11 190 SR
75 Prince, Taylor DE/G 6-1 200 SR
57 Saas, Jake DT/OT 5-10 235 SR
85 Thomas, Kelly DE/TE 6-2 190 JR
31 Valliant, John DE/TE 5-11 170 SO
81 Vogel, Gus DE/TE 5-11 165 FR
33 Waters, Tre’ LB/RB/WR 5-10 165 SR
71 Werner, Jay C/DT 5-10 215 JR
18 Whiteside, DonovanDE/TE/WR 6-3 180 SR
5 Wilhoite, David LB/WR 6-0 165 JR
10 Wormsley, Parker QB 6-0 165 JR
Heroes: CalebBlance(TB, sopho-
more, 5-6, 165, 1,200rushing
yards), ParkerWormsley(QB,
junior, 6-0, 165, 500passingyards,
50-pluscompletionpercentage,
three-yearstarter), JakeSaas(DT,
senior, 5-10, 235)
BreakoutPlayers: AaronBlance
(WB/CB, freshman, 5-6, 150),
BryanBerube(RB/CB, freshman,
5-7, 145). They’retheyounger
brothersoftwoSpartansandwill
contributeasfreshmen. Berube’s
brother, Jason(5-10, 180, senior),
isareturningstarteratlinebacker
andalsoarunningback. Aaron
Blance’sbrother, Caleb, hada
breakoutyearasafreshmanlast
season. AaronBlanceandBryan
Berubeshouldplayinthesecond-
ary, andAaronBlanceshouldmake
animpactatwingbackalongside
hisbrother.
What’sGood: Webb’ssecondaryis
solid. SeniorfreesafetyClarkJohn-
son(6-1, 178)andseniorstrong
safetyMikeCarillon(6-1, 175)are
outstanding. SeniorJustinAlexan-
der(5-9, 180)returnsasastarting
cornerback. Thelinebackercorps
isstrong, ledbyseniorsJason
BerubeandGrahamCampbell,
bothstartersin2008. Wormsley
returnsforhisthirdyearrunning
thewing-T, andtheSpartanshave
plentyofrunningbacks, including
CarillonandfullbackJarvisJones, a
seniorandstarterlastseason.
HelpNeeded: Webb’sbiggestcon-
cernwill behowthedefensiveline
develops. Saasistheonlyreturning
starteronthedefensiveline.
Spartansliketheir newhome
BY DAVE LINK
sports@knoxnews.com
Forthepast fewyears, WebbSchool’sfoot-
ball teamdidn’thavearealisticchanceatwin-
ning a Division II Class AAstate champion-
ship —not against schools with enrollment
twiceits size.
That changes this season as the Spar-
tans move into Division II Class Aafter the
TSSAArestructured its classifications for
all sports.
“Whatitdoesisitgivesusachancetocom-
pete for a state championship,” Webb coach
andathletic director DavidMeske said. “You
maynot winone, but youhaveachance. Play-
ingteamslikeMontgomeryBellAcademyand
BrentwoodAcademy, withWebbSchool’sphi-
losophyforfootball, wedidn’thaveachanceto
competeforastatechampionship.”
MeskesaidWebb’splacementinthereclas-
sificationis onlyfair.
“Firstofall, WebbSchoolhasalwaysplayed
where it was placedbythe TSSAA,” he said.
“I thinkit’sanumbersgame. Whenyouhave
450kidsand230boys, it’shardtobecompeti-
tivewithschools like(Chattanooga) McCal-
lie, whichhas 600boys. Insteadof beingone
ofthesmallerschoolsinourleague, we’reone
of thelarger ones (now). (Evangelical Chris-
tian School) is the largest in our division.
They’ll be the teamto beat in our division.
They’ll beverygoodthis year.”
In 2007, Webb posted victories over Mc-
Callie and Chattanooga Baylor for the first
timeandfinished7-4after losingtoeventual
statechampionMBA, 49-14, intheplayoffs.
Last season, theSpartansmissedtheplay-
offs, but were close against McCallie and
Baylor.
Now, Webb will be playing teams it was
facing before the previous reclassification
that put themin with the big schools. Other
teams in the Spartans’ region include Da-
vidson Academy, Franklin Road Academy,
Donelson Christian Academy and Ezell-
Harding.
“Thosearethepeoplewe’veplayedinthe
past,”Meskesaid. “They’reverycompetitive
programs.”
Meskeknowsthoseteams, butmanyof his
players don’t. Their goal is simple.
“Ourobviousgoal iswinningastatecham-
pionshipthisyear,”seniorwidereceiver/free
safety Clark Johnson said. “We don’t really
knowmuchabout anyof theseteams. …Last
year was a hard year. We had high expecta-
tions. Wehadstrengthatthelineandthought
we couldride them. This year our strengths
are reversed. We’re tremendous at the skill
positions. We feel that will override our in-
experienceontheline.”
Meske isn’t taking his new opponents
lightly, but he does believe state title aspira-
tions arerealistic.
“What thisdoesisallowustocompetefor
astatechampionshipwithsixorseventeams,
and we’re one of them,” Meske said. “When
wewereinthelargedivision, weweren’t one
of those sevenjust because of the size of our
school andour philosophyfor football.”
DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.
Reclassificationgives Spartans
realisticshot towinastatetitle
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PX60 Coach: DavidMeske(172-101, 24thseason) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 10(4onoffense, 6ondefense)
WEST
Aug. 21
SullivanSouth
Aug. 28
atHardinValley
CSSTV
Sept. 4
*atMaryville
Sept. 18
*Farragut
Sept. 25
Fulton
Oct. 2
*atWilliamBlount
Oct. 9
*LenoirCity
Oct. 16
*atCatholic
Oct. 22
*Bearden
MyVLT2TV
Oct. 30
*atHeritage
*conferencegames
all games7:30p.m.
KEY GAMES
Sept. 4atMaryville,
Sept. 18vs. Farragut,
Oct. 16atCatholic,
Oct. 22vs. Bearden.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
67 Akinleye, L’Derrias DL/OL 6-0 279 JR
55 Alvarado, Carlos LB/OL 5-10 205 JR
10 Bardsley, Patrick DB/WR 5-11 148 JR
18 Baylosis, Dylan DB/WR 5-11 165 SR
37 Bennett-Cosley, Pierson DB/WR 5-8 166 JR
21 Beverly, Brandon DB/WR 5-6 131 SR
22 Boseman, Christian LB/RB 5-10 165 SO
44 Bowman, Adam LB/TE 6-0 220 SR
36 Bright, Anthony LB/RB 5-9 177 SO
74 Brown, Cardeem DL/OL 5-11 240 SR
43 Bullock, George K 6-1 180 SO
57 Bushnag, Kareen LB/OL 5-9 197 JR
19 Chait, Mickey LB/QB 5-9 160 SO
35 Chandler, Corey LB/RB 5-7 204 SO
25 Clemons, Nathan LB/RB 5-7 153 SR
66 Cowart, Denzel DL/OL 5-7 176 SR
65 Dandridge, Bradford DL/OL 6-3 290 JR
32 Dockery, Demetrius LB/RB 5-11 180 JR
62 Farmer, Deon DL/OL 5-11 192 JR
29 Flood, Robbie LB/RB 5-9 141 SO
14 Francis, Christian QB 6-0 159 JR
33 Freeman, Ivan LB/RB 5-8 171 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
15 Fulton, Jordan LB/WR 5-8 184 JR
34 Garner, Jimmy LB/RB 5-9 192 SO
54 Gates, Michael DL/OL 5-7 170 SO
81 Green, Trammar DB/WR 6-2 185 JR
23 Gross, Nolan DB/WR 6-0 165 SR
45 Gryder, Bobby LB/TE 5-6 146 JR
16 Gyebison, Stephen DB/WR 5-10 162 SR
11 Hale, Chandler DB/WR 5-11 143 SO
4 Hamilton, Thomas WR 5-10 154 JR
12 Hedges, Josh DB/QB 5-10 134 SO
68 Hedges, Jacob DL/OL 5-11 200 JR
30 Jackson, Nicky LB/RB 5-7 157 SO
84 Jones, Ray DB/WR 6-2 172 SR
50 Jones, Steven DL/OL 5-8 187 SO
5 Karnes, Tucker LB/RB 5-8 177 SR
64 Kolinsky, Charlie DL/OL 6-0 250 SR
61 Maupin, Kyle DL/OL 6-0 215 SR
3 Miller, Alex DB/WR 6-1 159 SR
83 Mills, Chad DB/WR 5-10 150 JR
76 Mobley, Isaac DL/OL 6-2 334 JR
52 Northcutt, Andrew DL/OL 6-2 263 SR
2 Parkey, D’Andre DB/WR 6-2 164 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
72 Poston, Farris DL/OL 5-8 245 SO
6 Price, Jeffery DB/WR 5-10 156 JR
38 Purkey, Sam LB/WR 6-2 180 SR
60 Reid, Brad DL/OL 6-0 230 JR
9 Savoy, Alex DB/WR 6-0 181 SR
49 Shattuck, Alan DE/TE 6-3 195 SO
26 Simmons, Marquis LB/RB 5-8 181 SR
27 Simmons, DaQuawn LB/RB 5-6 132 SO
17 Sloan, Jeamill DB/WR 6-0 150 JR
47 Smith, Chris DE/TE 6-6 185 SO
46 Sowell, Austin DE/TE 6-5 240 SR
71 Spencer, Chris DL/OL 6-0 278 SO
28 Stinson, Antonio DB/WR 5-10 155 SO
31 Thomas, Colton DB/WR 5-10 150 SO
40 Thompson, Tanner K 5-11 183 SR
13 Tucker, Tawayne WR 5-9 165 SR
82 Whitehead, David DB/WR 5-7 115 SO
7 Williams, Preston TE 6-3 208 JR
20 Williams, Nick LB/RB 5-10 171 SR
86 Williams, Josh DB/WR 6-1 162 SO
8 Worles, Antonio DB/WR 5-8 130 SO
56 Wright, Will DL/OL 6-1 264 JR
Heroes: AustinSowell (DL, senior,
6-5, 235)isaDivisionI recruitwith
ahighintellect. HisGPAalmostis
equivalenttohis40-yarddashtime
of 4.77. BradReid(DL, junior, 6-0,
220)had10tacklesforlossduring
the2008regularseason. “Hehas
amotorthatdoesn’tquit,”said
coachScottCummings. Offensive
linemanIsaacMobley(6-1, 334)is
powerful andmorefit. Hesquats
600poundsandbenchpresses
morethan300pounds.
Breakoutplayers: Juniorquarterback
ChristianFrancisstartedlastseason
buthaspackedon15poundsto
handlethetrialsof District4-AAA.
StephenGyebison(WR/DB, senior,
5-9, 180)isgettingcollegelooks,
andhewill beFrancis’ maintarget
alongwithjuniorsJordanFultonand
D’AndreParkey.
AlsowatchforlinebackersPreston
Williams(6-3, 200)andSamPurkey
(6-2, 200).
What’sgood: Westreturnsall five
of itsoffensivelinestarters. Its3-4
defenseismorethansolidwith
Sowell andReid. Cummingsalso
returnshisbackfield(MarquisSim-
mons, NickWilliams, IvanFreeman
andTannerThompson). Westhas
plentyof sizeatlinebackerand
experienceinthesecondarywith
GyebisonandsafetiesThompson
andDylanBaylosis.
Helpneeded: Westhasskill-position
playersbutdoesn’thavemuch
depth. Aninjuryhereortherecould
bedamaging.
Francismust limit hardhits
BY JESSE SMITHEY
smitheyj@knoxnews.com
Scott Cummings couldn’t watch it much
more.
TheWestHighSchoolcoachadmiredthat
his 150-pound sophomore quarterback was
willing to run the option and absorb shots
fromolderandlargerdefend-
ers, but midwaythroughlast
season, Cummings tugged
on Christian Francis’ jersey
andofferedadvice.
“I said, ‘It doesn’t mean
you’re a wimp when you
get what you can and then
get out of bounds or slide,’”
Cummings recalled.
Butitwasthatgung-homentalitybyFran-
cis and the rest of the Rebels that pushed
a sophomore-laden squad into the second
round of the Class 4Aplayoffs for the third
consecutive season. Cummings would like
Francis topare backa bit for this upcoming
runinDistrict4-AAA, whichisarguablythe
state’s toughest.
“Wereallydonotneedhimtogetinjured,”
he said. “That’s just a reality. He needs to
understand the situation. If the situation
dictates that we need a first down and he
sees the marker, he needs toget toit. If that
means putting a shoulder down and taking
one for the team, he’s willing todothat. My
problem is: he wants to do that too much
sometimes.
“He needs to be smarter about when to
takethat shot andwhennot to.”
With the amount of talent West returns,
Francis can defer some of the pressure to
others. Running backs Marquis Simmons,
Nick Williams, Ivan Freeman and Tanner
Thompson all logged playing time last sea-
sonandshouldbenefitfromthereturnofthe
offensiveline. Receivers StephenGyebison,
JordanFultonandD’Andre Parkeycansus-
tainadrive.
Or maybe the defense can chalk up a
touchdown here or there. By the end of the
season, it’ll be a highly touted bunch led by
senior defensive lineman Austin Sowell (6-
5, 235).
Nevertheless, Francis has beefed up to
about 170towithstandwhat hits maycome.
“Last year, he knewhe was going to take
some bumps as a sophomore,” said Cum-
mings. “He’s definitely prepared himself
mentally to be more of a leader, and he’s
definitelyworkedhardenoughintheweight
roomwherehe’s goingtoseetherewards.”
Withhis teammates followingsuit, West
might beinfor another playoff trip.
“We’retheunderdogsfortheseasonwith
ourschedule,”saidoffensivelinemanChar-
lie Kolinsky. “But we’re expecting tohave a
reallygoodyear this year.”
Avoidinginjuries apriority
for West’s optionquarterback
Cummings
PREDICTEDFINISH
6-4
PX61
Coach: ScottCummings(40-40, 8thseason) | Lastyear: 5-7 | ReturningStarters: 15(9onoffense, 6ondefense)
WILLIAMBLOUNT
Aug. 21
atSevierCounty
Aug. 28
Karns
Sept. 4
*Bearden
Sept. 11
JeffersonCounty
Sept. 18
*atCatholic
Sept. 25
*atHeritage
Oct. 2
*West
Oct. 16
*LenoirCity
Oct. 23
*atMaryville
Oct. 30
*atFarragut
KEY GAMES
Aug. 21atSevier
County, Sept. 18at
Catholic, Oct. 23at
Maryville.
SCHEDULE RUNDOWN
ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
8 Anderson, Robert DB/WR 5-6 136 SR
17 Baldwin, Harrison DB/WR 5-11 155 SO
3 Barnes, Hunter CB/WR 5-10 150 FR
17 Bartl, Jonathan WR 5-10 160 SR
45 Beason, Grayson K 6-0 180 JR
12 Bell, Justus CB/WR 6-1 145 FR
— Bloom, Lane LB/RB 6-1 160 FR
— Bourdin, Anthony FR
— Breeden, Taylor FR
54 Bright, Kyle DL/OL 5-11 235 JR
— Brown, Jonathan FR
72 Brown, Michael OT 6-3 292 SO
47 Burk, Khris NG 5-8 180 SO
5 Burton, Josh LB/QB/RB5-10 175 SR
16 Bush, Justin QB 6-4 170 SO
75 Clark, Landon OT 6-0 200 FR
— Clifton, Dylan FR
14 Clore, Michael CB/WB 5-10 162 SO
26 Cook, Greg SS/WB 6-2 160 SO
25 Cooper, Bryan FB/LB 5-10 200 SR
33 Cooper, Bradley ML 5-10 215 JR
3 Crisp, Jesse DB/WR 6-1 160 JR
52 Cupp, Devin G/LB 5-10 210 SO
60 Davidson, Donnie G 6-1 187 SO
57 Davis, Randall DE/OT 6-4 275 SR
58 Eagan, John DE/LB 5-11 189 SO
27 Elkins, Caleb FB/LB 5-10 200 SR
25 Fortson, Jordan LB/RB 5-10 205 SO
— Fuller, Shawn DL FR
23 Gaff, Trey DB/WR 5-10 140 SO
— Garcia, Freddie DB/RB 5-5 130 FR
67 Garner, Cody NG 6-0 245 SR
37 Gentry, Ty LB 5-11 185 JR
32 Glass, Nolan LB 6-0 185 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
51 Glover, Lee LB 5-8 175 SO
10 Green, Tim DB/QB 5-9 181 FR
56 Gross, Douglas DE 6-0 213 FR
52 Hartline, Chad G 6-1 240 SR
38 Hartsell, Bradley WR 6-2 180 JR
21 Hasenstaub, Matt FS/RB 5-10 168 SR
21 Hasenstaub, Vinnie WR 5-7 156 FR
14 Hawkins, Wesley DB/WR 5-5 125 SO
43 Henry, Cole LB 5-8 175 SO
85 Holliday, Russell CB/WR 5-7 147 SR
— Howell, Evan G 5-3 145 FR
31 Hurd, Maurice RB 5-8 147 JR
— Irwin, Cory WR 5-6 145 FR
22 Irwin, Robbie RB 5-7 147 SR
— Jenkins, Jesse FR
2 Jones, Trevor WR 5-9 140 FR
4 Keith, Dylan LB/WR 5-10 170 SR
11 Laforty, Justin FS/RB 6-0 140 FR
77 Lambert, Jonathan NG 6-2 279 JR
50 Landers, Derrick SR
44 Latham, Caleb RB 5-10 145 SR
63 Lowery, Jonathan C/NG 6-0 225 SO
73 Maples, Justin NG/RG 5-10 225 JR
75 Matula, Blake DL 6-1 203 JR
30 McClain, Chase DB/WR 5-10 160 SO
36 McGill, Devin DE 6-0 175 SR
66 McGill, Brad DE 5-9 165 SO
19 Michael, Tyler LB/WR 6-2 169 SO
84 Miller, Brandon DB/WR 6-3 180 SR
22 Mixon, Devin DB/WR 5-6 160 SO
53 Mohney, Jimmy G/LB 5-9 185 SO
61 Morris, Devin DE 6-2 200 JR
34 Muckleroy, Bryce WB 5-5 125 SO
64 Noe, Zach DL/OL 5-6 200 JR
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
81 Opper, Will WR 5-11 180 JR
15 Owens, Zach LB/QB 6-3 205 SO
15 Pack, Matt LB/QB 6-2 170 SO
59 Peck, Mitchell OT 6-0 270 SO
54 Phillips, Matt DE/G 5-9 160 SO
71 Poole, Daniel RG 6-2 266 SR
76 Rake, Cameron OT 6-2 288 FR
1 Ridout, Jonathon DB/WR 5-11 160 SR
— Roach, Wesley LB 5-8 185 SO
45 Robinson, Joel SS/WR 5-8 140 FR
35 Rogers, Blake LB/WR 5-10 160 SO
18 Rohn, Joshua LB 6-1 170 FR
4 Rosenow, Travis WR 5-6 120 FR
53 Roulette, Dylan C/NG 6-2 240 JR
80 Schrock, James WR 5-9 150 JR
2 Shope, Cody LB/RB 5-7 160 SO
— Simpson, Caleb FR
11 Thomason, Zach RB/SS 6-1 190 SR
89 Thompson, Tanner CB/WR 5-8 140 SO
40 Walker, Devin DE 6-2 195 SO
6 Watkin, Bryce DB/WR 5-6 130 SO
79 Webber, Jordan DE 5-9 185 SO
74 Whitehead, Clay NG 6-4 315 JR
28 Williams, Brandon DE 6-1 197 SR
64 Williamson, Terrell RB 5-9 179 FR
9 Willocks, Chris LB 5-8 162 JR
29 Willocks, Cody FB/LB 5-7 170 JR
12 Witt, Zach FS/QB 6-1 175 JR
42 Woodby, Aaron ML/NG 5-9 220 SR
7 Woods, Nick FS/WR 5-9 148 SO
70 Wyatt, Cole DE 5-11 200 SO
41 York, Logan FB/LB 6-1 180 SO
11 Young, Logan DB/WR 5-4 110 SO
Heroes: Randall Davis(OT/DT, senior,
6-2, 285, theheartandsoul of the
Govs’ offensiveline), CalebElkins
(RB/LB, senior, 5-10, 190, oneof
WilliamBlount’stoughestplayers,
Elkinsisslatedfordoubledutyat
twodemandingpositions), Robbie
Irwin(RB, senior, 5-5, 160, blessed
with4.38speed, Irwincouldbethe
nextGarner).
BreakoutPlayer: ZachWitt(QB/FS,
junior, 5-11, 170)Wittisbattlingfor
startingquarterbackandshould
leadthesecondary.
What’sGood: WilliamBlount’s
front-lineskill playersappearsolid.
Davisleadswhatshouldbeastrong
offensiveline. Lookfortheemer-
genceof sophomoretackleMichael
Brown(6-3, 280)upfront. Junior
kickerGraysonBeason(6-0, 175)is
anotherweapon.
Helpneeded: Depthisanissueand
theGovscertainlycan’tafford
anotherinjury-filledseason. The
unsettledcoachingsituationand
latenamingof DavidGregoryto
replaceScottMeadowshasspedup
thelearningcurvefortheplayers.
Gregoryprovidesstability
BY MIKE BLACKERBY
sports@knoxnews.com
First-year William Blount coach David
Gregory said it’s no wonder the Governors
finished1-9last year.
If youlookup“tumultuous”inthediction-
ary, it might just refer to WilliamBlount’s
recent football history.
Just before the 2008 season, coach Scott
Meadows took a personal leave of absence
and was replaced by defensive coordinator
RichieWilhite.
TheGovs, whowerepenciledinasapoten-
tialplayoffteamheadingintotheseason, were
hit withanavalancheof injuries.
Meadows returned after the season and
wentthroughspringpractice, butleftinApril
toaccept theheadcoachingjobat Catholic.
Gregory, who was slated to be the Govs’
defensive coordinator, was named coach in
May.
After a year of turmoil, Gregory hopes to
providemuch-neededstability.
“Withall that happened, it’shardfor them
tobelieveinsomebody—but this is whereI
wanttobe,”saidGregory, whowaspreviously
anassistant at Daphne(Ala.)HighSchool.
“With all of the adversity they’ve been
through, hopefully it has just made them
stronger.”
WilliamBlountseniorsRandall Davisand
CalebElkinsareremarkablyoptimistic.
“Wehaveplentyoftalentifwecanjustkeep
awayfrominjuries,”saidDavis, theGovs’ best
offensivelineman.
Elkins pointedout there are 19 seniors on
theroster.
“We have a lot of seniors who played last
year and our underclassmen had good reps
on the varsity,” said Elkins, a running back
andlinebacker.
Gregorysaidhe’slookingforbigthingsout
of DavisandElkins.
“I expect senior leadership fromRandall
andCaleb, andexpect themtoholdtheteam
together.”
MikeBlackerbyisafreelancecontributor.
PREDICTEDFINISH
4-6
PX62 Coach: DavidGregory(0-0, 1stseason) | Lastyear: 1-9 | ReturningStarters: 11(6onoffense, 5ondefense)

FOOTBALL 2009
New class system adds mystery to ’09 season
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It’s a whole new ball game
pionship. Will the Rebels be able to rebound in a higher classification againstthelikesofFarragut,CatholicandBearden? Will its Blount County neighbor and rival Alcoa be able to reel off a sixth consecutive state title? The Tornadoes were bumped up to 3A after having been the head oftheClass2Aforyears. Can Fulton recapture its statetitleformafterhavingmissedout on the playoffs last season for the firsttimesince1992? Start to find the answers in thesepagesthenfollowtheseason on PrepXtra.com, East Tennessee’sleaderinhighschoolsports. Check the site daily for feature stories, game stories, Xtra Credit blogs, photo slide shows, video interviews and highlights — and evenTwitterfeeds.

ForKnoxville-areahighschool footballteams,theroadtothestate championship got a lot shorter —inmileage—overthesummer whenTennesseeTechUniversity inCookevillewasapprovedasthe host site over Middle Tennessee StateinMurfreesboro. But the 15-game journey will still seem like a marathon, with wrong turns and pit stops along theway. Withthecreationofnewclassificationsandabrand-newplayoff system set forth by the TSSAA, everyone — from fans to players tocoaches—seemstobewaiting in the dark to see how it will all playout.
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There’sonlyoneplacetowatch thatunfold:onthefield. And this season’s PrepXtra Magazine will shed some muchneeded light on just which teams are set to excel, which ones probablywon’tandwhichoneswillbe rebuildingundernewcoaches. What’s more: for the first time since the 2004 season, Maryville enters on a losing streak — albeit a one-game slide — after having its74-gamewinstreaksnappedin lastseason’sClass4Astatecham-

Alcoa...........................4 Anderson County..6 Austin-East...............7 Bearden.....................8 CAK .............................10 Campbell County ..11 Carter.........................12 Catholic......................14 Central .......................16 Clinton........................17 Farragut.....................18 Fulton..........................20 Gat.-Pittman............21 Gibbs...........................22 Grace Academy.....24 Halls.............................41 Hardin Valley............42

INSIDE

Heritage.....................43 Jefferson County...43 Karns ..........................44 Lenoir City.................45 Loudon.......................47 Maryville...................48 Morristown East....50 Morristown West..51 Oak Ridge..................52 Pigeon Forge............54 Powell.........................55 Sevier County..........56 Seymour....................58 South-Doyle.............59 Webb..........................60 West ...........................61 William Blount ........62

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ALCOA
RUNDOWN
Heroes: Tyler Robinson (TE/DL, senior, 6-4, 250, Mr. Football lineman winner, PrepXtra defensive player of the year, Division I prospect), Jaron Toney (RB/DB, senior, 5-9, 165, 846 yards and 18 TDs last season), Taharin Tyson (FB/LB, junior, 5-11, 230, 779 yards and eight TDs in 2008). Breakout Players: Quarterbacks Austin Tallant (junior, 5-11, 175) and Ryan Stoutt (senior, 6-0, 185) likely will shine on offense. Tallant and Stoutt double as defenders (in the secondary). Others: Steven Isom, (WR/DB, junior, 6-1) Chaz Barnes (wide receiver, senior, 6-3), Lajuan Warfield (5-10, sophomore, WR/DB). What’s Good: Alcoa has three senior starting offensive linemen, and its backfield is as deep as any program’s in the state. While Toney and Tyson will log a majority of the carries, Vanderbilt Hambrick and Darrell Warren are no slouches. Help Needed: Alcoa is young in the secondary. It not only lost to graduation a coach and playmaker on the field in wide receiver/defensive back Sam Thompson, it also lost its kicker and punter. Alcoa’s only trusted pass-catcher is Robinson.

PREDICTED FINISH

PX4 Coach: Gary Rankin (293-60, 4th season at Alcoa) | Lastyear: 14-1 (Class 2A state champions) | ReturningStarters: 13 (7 on offense, 6 on defense)

9-1

Tornadoes travel rugged route
Alcoa moves up to 3-A in search of sixth title in row
smitheyj@knoxnews.com

SCHEDULE
Aug.21 at Bell Co. (KY) Aug.28 Maryville Sept.4 *at Loudon Sept.10 at Fulton, MyVLT2 Sept.18 *Scott County Sept.25 at Howard Oct.2 *at Kingston Oct.16 *Stone Memorial Oct.23 McMinn Central Oct.30 *at CAK *conferencegames allgames7:30p.m.

BY JESSE SMITHEY

If Alcoa rips off a sixth-consecutive state championship this season, don’t be surprised to see an asterisk attached to its streak. But its lone purpose would be as an indicator that the first five championships were won in Class 2A and the sixth in 3A. Under the TSSAA’s new classifications for 2009-13, Alcoa was bumped up and will Robinson test its program on a higher stage. That has some of the Alcoa players excited; they may actually get to play in the second half more frequently. Coach Gary Rankin didn’t build in any fluff into the lineup of opponents, adding ChattanoogaHowardinJulytocompletethe10-game schedule. “We don’t have very many easy games,” he said. “We’ve had too many of those in the past, maybe. Our non-region schedule is what’s a killer for us. We open with Bell County, who is a 4A state champion out of Kentucky. They’re a good, good solid football team. Then you got Maryville, Fulton, Howard and Loudon in

those first five games. “It’s going to be demanding.” But its hard not to predict the same results. Alcoa returns a bundle of playmakers on offense, which could mask some of its shortcomings with some defensive newcomers. Maybe no player will be relied on more than senior Tyler Robinson. The 6-foot-2, 250pound tight end/defensive lineman is one of the state’s top players and recruits. While he has much attached to his name — including a Mr. Football award and scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and Kentucky — he doesn’t want to be remembered as part of the team that halted the title streak. “Seniorclass,youdon’twanttobetheoneto ruin it, mess it up, you know?” said Robinson. “You can’t take it for granted. “You can’t take anyone lightly. What did Maryville win — 74 in a row (until is lost last year in the 4A state championship)? You can’t take anybody lightly.” RunningbacksJaronToney(Alcoa’sleading rusher last year) and man-child Taharin Tyson (5-11, 230) will carry the offense until new quarterbacks Austin Tallant and Ryan Stoutt find their comfort zones and go-to receivers are sorted. “(Tyson) used to be a little chubby and have that baby fat on him,” said Toney, who scored 18 touchdowns last season. “But he’s slimmed down and gotten his speed up. So I think that will help out a lot this year.”

KEY GAMES

Aug. 21 at Bell County, Ky., Aug. 28 vs. Maryville, Sept. 10 at Fulton.

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No.Name 84 Anthony, Mustafa 14 Bach, Corey 72 Bailey, Tyler 9 Barnes, Chaz 63 Birchfield, Jon 59 Bledsoe, Chip 80 Brown, Parker 42 Brown, Justin 86 Burnette, Blake 64 Cameron, David 35 Campbell, Jonathan 93 Castro, Roberto 44 Chapman, Zack 47 Coffin, Georgio 95 Cooper, Joe 13 Copeland, Tyler 33 Crenshaw, Jarod 18 Cunningham, Brooks 50 Cunningham, Taylor 23 Dean, Kenny 49 Dijini, Noel 19 Dunlap, Brett 66 Evans, Derrick 17 Ferguson, Jordan Pos Class DB/WR FR LB/QB FR DT/OL FR DB/WR SR DT/OL SR DT/OL SO LB/RB JR DB/RB FR K FR DT/OL SO DB/WR FR K JR LB/RB SO LB/RB SR DE/TE SR DB/QB SO LB FR DB/WR SO LB/OL FR DB/WR FR DT/OL FR DB/WR FR DT/OL JR DB/WR FR No.Name 76 Franklin, Shane 65 Gibbs, Matthew 11 Goodson, Hogan 90 Hall, Davey 96 Hawkins, James 29 Hembrick, Vanderbilt 46 Henderson, Damion 85 Henry, Jonivan 28 Herbert, Deontra 67 Hodge, Kelsey 4 Isom, Steven 24 Jett, Jared 60 Johnson, Stanley 58 Kerr, Darwin 12 Koko, Ezekial 30 Lajuett, Caleb 78 Lee, Tyler 34 Lewis, Cody 82 Lewis, Devonte 87 Lewis, Romey 71 Long, Corey 92 Loy, Thomas 73 Mangum, Caleb 75 Manuel, Steven Pos Class DT/OL FR DT/OL SO DB/QB SO DE/TE FR DB/WR F0R DB/RB SO DT/OL FR DE/TE JR FB/LB SR DT/OL FR DE/RB JR LB/WR JR DT/OL JR DT/OL SR LB/RB 8G DB/WR FR DE/OL SR DB/WR SO DE/FB JR DB/WR FR DT/OL FR DE/TE FR DT/OL JR DT/OL SO No.Name 74 Marsh, Justin 52 McBrayer, Braxton 99 McGlothlin, Tyler 27 McMurray, Brendan 43 McNear, Treman 54 Miles, Nick 31 Newring, Justin 51 Ogle, Zac 91 Owenby, Dalton 39 Patrick, Jordan 48 Prindiville, Vance 55 Rankin, John Tucker 94 Revels, Davon 40 Richardson, Jacob 37 Roberts, Chase 6 Robinson, Nathanial 5 Robinson, Daniel 89 Robinson, Tyler 25 Rockymore, Daniel 88 Roy, John — Sankey, Brandon 26 Shareef, Ahmad 38 Soule, Alex 56 Stephens, Adam Pos Class DT/OL SR DT/OL FR DT/TE JR LB/WR FR FB/LB FR DE/OL SO DB/WR JR DE/OL FR DE/TE FR FB/LB JR DT/OL FR DT/OL SO DE/TE SO LB/RB SO DE/TE SO LB/WR SR LB/WR SR DE/TE SR DB/WR SR DB/WR JR LB/RB FR FB/LB SO DB/OL FR DT/OL JR No.Name 8 Stoutt, Ryan 21 Strissel, Brandon 57 Sudderth, James 16 Talent, Austin 68 Tate, Colby 62 Tatham, Ben 15 Toney, Jaron 3 Turbyfill, Landon 2 Tyson, Taharin 61 Walden, Marcel 81 Warfield, Lajuan 1 Warren, Darryl 79 Weatherly, John 69 Weber, Tyler 10 Wheeler, Dalton 97 White, Dorian 98 Wilson, Cole 77 Wilson, Josh 36 Wilson, DJ — Woodruff, Robert 45 Woody, Colton 41 Yost, Spencer 83 Zachary, Davon Pos Class DB/QB SR FB/LB FR DT/OL SO DB/QB JR DT/OL SO DT/OL FR DB/RB SR DB/QB FR LB/RB JR DT/OL SR DB/WR SO DE/RB JR DT/OL SR DE/OL SR DB/WR JR DE/TE FR DE/TE FR DT/OL SO DB/WR SO DB/WR FR DB/WR FR DB/WR SO DB/WR JR

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Jeremy Lindsay. Williams and crew have been cramming in the new playbook. His jumping ability makes him valuable around the goal line and on deep balls..29 *at Clinton MyVLT2 TV *conferencegames allgames7:30p.” said Gillum. 29 at Clinton. He backed his word. Breakout Players: Senior running backs Drew Hicks (6-0. JR SR JR JR JR JR SO FR SR SO SO SO SO JR JR SR . “I was getting to the office at 7 (a. “We’re going to stretch the field. “The first few weeks. Oct. He’s really quick.” Gillum said. wide receiver). KEY GAMES Oct. David Marlow. and the team psyche doesn’t seem to have been damaged during a tumultuous offseason. Zack McCoy. The community is so football crazy. So he spoke of long hours he and his staff would log so the Mavericks could catch up with other Gillum programs. “Well be in more pro-style sets. Kendall Graves.” Opponents won’t be able to stack the box. Zach Cullison. Blake Mayes. Tyler Duncan. ROSTER No. “(Hicks) is a big. That’s because he plans to feature senior running backs Drew Hicks (6-foot. Andrew Long.2 *Oak Ridge Oct. Dylan Griffith.” SCHEDULE Aug. Kyle Sulfridge. Nick Blakley. 81 21 3 5 72 18 65 50 77 12 7 16 2 60 9 6 Name Phillips.18 *Powell Sept. 180) is learning a new offensive system under Gillum. he’s tailored his preferences to his skill players. Help Needed: The offensive line is young. Jon Williams. 14 33 11 52 4 55 73 31 42 40 44 58 8 66 15 19 34 56 Name Harmon. Brandon Chadwell.23 *Hardin Valley Oct.ANDERSON COUNTY RUNDOWN Heroes: Josh Wilson (6-3. missed last season due to injury. Keenon Roberts. 5-10 6-0 5-9 6-4 5-9 6-0 5-9 6-0 5-9 5-6 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-10 6-1 6-0 6-4 Wt. a transfer from Halls. Trey Pack. “You’re going to complete some balls if you get them out there around him. 59 1 22 22 88 10 86 83 51 48 80 76 85 35 75 32 64 26 Name Alley. Lucas Reynolds. What’s Good: Coach Gillum is excited about his offensive weaponry. Gillum was hired in June. 160) while junior quarterback Tanner Williams (5-11. which could hinder AC’s run game at times if it doesn’t catch up to speed of playing in District 3-AAA.) and leaving at 9:30 that night.m. in general. “(Blakely) is a little bit of a change-up. The kids grow up wanting to win and expecting to win.. and we’re still putting in a lot of time. The defensive line is solid. We put in a lot of time. Blake Copeland.” If Gillum had his druthers. Physical. Tyler Towe. meaning he didn’t have the luxury of spring practice to install his new offensive and defensive plans. Since Gillum was hired late. Dylan Sawyer. a more powerful runner. Chad Branham. “It’ll be hard to see one perBlakely son tackling him.25 *Halls Oct. 2 vs. “He’s such a big target. Out wide will be 6-3 veteran receiver Josh Wilson. 5-10 5-8 6-0 5-7 5-11 5-9 5-7 5-9 5-11 5-10 6-1 5-9 5-7 5-9 6-1 5-10 5-9 5-9 Wt. 195 pounds) and Chad Blakely (5-9. Cody Beaty. Luke Hutson. Logan Sturgill. Wilson accounted for more than 500 yards receiving and seven touchdowns during the regular season in 2008. Micah Edwards. Tanner Wilson.m. Josh McAfee. Zack Smith.11 *at Central Sept. People are going to have to respect us vertically. Kenton Sulfridge. SR SR FR SR SR SR SR SR JR SO FR JR JR SO SO JR SO SR No. 1st season at Anderson County) | Lastyear: 8-4 | ReturningStarters: 13 (6 on offense. I don’t think anybody comes in there to play and puts that helmet on not expecting to win — even with the coaching changes. Jacob Dison. Jeremy Shelley. Carter Pos DB/WR LB/RB QB DL/OL DE/RB LB/OL DE/OL DE/WR DE/RB DB/RB LB/RB DL/OL DE/RB DL/OL DB/WR SS/WR LB/RB DL/OL Ht. Blakely. he’d have four or five wide receivers spread across the field this fall.” Gillum said. “But I feel good about Hicks where we are. Drew Hodge. Matt Scudder. he knew he had long work days ahead. Xavier Hicks. Oak Ridge. Defensive back Dylan Sain has impressed with his uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time. Anthony Byrge. Michael Jones. Eric Kesterson. McKenzie Duncan. Nick Hamel.4 *at Campbell County Sep. Gillum and staff also are trying to develop depth to be a consistent 5A playoff contender.” he said. strong kid. Alex Pos DL/OL K DB/RB DB/RB LB/TE DB/WR DB/WR DB/WR LB/OL DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL LB/RB DE/OL LB/RB Ht. Micah Hughes. gives the Mavs a quick back to mix up the pace out of the backfield.” Gillum has been impressed with his team’s attitude thus far. Joshua Pos DB/WR DB/WR DB/WR DB/QB DL/OL DE/WR DL/OL C/DT OL DB/RB DB/QB DB/RB DB/RB DL/OL DB/QB DB/WR Ht. 180) gets a firm grasp of the offense and the speed of varsity football. 6-0 5-9 5-9 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-7 5-8 5-9 5-8 5-11 5-11 6-4 Wt. David Smith. Andy Long. Alex Smith. . senior. Creighton Idles. Instead. Talor Clowers. He’s garnering interest from Middle Tennessee State University.com BY JESSE SMITHEY When David Gillum left as head coach at Scott High School to take over his alma mater Anderson County. Jeremiah Collinsworth. He’s going to make one cut and get vertical. namely Wilson. 7 on defense) 8-2 Gillum catches up after belated start Anderson County’s new staff puts in long days this summer smitheyj@knoxnews. He’s not going to be dancing in the hole.16 *at Karns Oct.” Gillum said. 225 180 185 165 185 180 170 175 185 170 190 210 150 160 220 205 175 175 Yr. Jordan Disney. Zack Mabe. SR SR SR SO FR JR SO SO JR FR SR SR SO SO SR JR SO FR No. 170 185 170 170 220 170 225 170 220 170 175 160 170 225 180 210 Yr. Hicks. 195) and Chad Blakely (5-9. PREDICTED FINISH PX6 Coach: David Gillum (14-16. who can make a quarterback look all-world. “Anderson County.9 at Livingston Academy Oct. Toby Lintz. They were unfortunate last year that he got hurt (wakeboarding). Zane Sain. Hicks and Blakely. which has been stable despite losing long-time coach Larry Kerr to retirement in March and then replacement Tony Lambert to resignation in late May. 160) will get a load of opportunities to make plays in Gillum’s system. because he would have helped them. Junior quarterback Tanner Williams (5-11. “You never have to motivate. 175 205 165 240 185 200 170 185 175 165 165 200 190 225 190 195 225 240 Yr.28 Morristown East Sept.

A. Devon Carter. What’s Needed: Austin-East will start plenty of sophomores. All three were key players on Austin-East’s undefeated freshman team that averaged 47 points per game in 2008. “I’mreasonablewithit(theexpectations). Malcolm Cornelius. 5-10 6-7 5-10 6-2 6-2 5-6 6-1 5-9 6-2 5-9 5-10 5-8 6-0 6-0 Wt. “Offense. 165 230 230 155 160 180 180 215 190 310 165 185 FR 140 170 170 220 170 165 220 155 Yr.25 Brainerd Oct. William Bailey. Lamont Burchett. Tremond Roebuck.28 at Ooltewah Sept.” DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor. 55 13 — — — 7 20 50 — 54 16 — — 52 — 32 — 63 8 9 35 85 — — 43 Name Alexander. Travei Ragland. 6-7. Devin Sullivan.theseguysarespecial.receiver. Chris Clark. Marcus McGill. powerful and athletic. AndGrahamwantstoridethedefenseand explosiveoffenseallthewaytoastatetitle. 5th season) | Lastyear: 10-3 | ReturningStarters: 14 (5 on offense.” Graham said. Terrance Monroe. Greg Drake. Sheldon Washington. 5-9 5-11 6-2 5-8 6-2 5-10 5-8 6-0 6-0 6-3 5-8 FR FR 5-10 5-7 6-1 5-9 5-9 6-1 5-8 6-1 5-8 Wt. You have to get some breakstogetthere. Sept. Sept.m. We were disappointed (last year). Josh Glasper.30 *Gibbs *conferencegames allgames7:30p. Eric Farris. 246). 9 on defense) 7-3 PX7 A-E’s goal simple: Win state Experienced defense. Devin Williams. Fred Riddles.22 at Morristown East Aug. BY DAVE LINK Austin-East High School’s football team hasthehighestexpectations.hewillstartatanotherposition. Juwan Williams. Toms Cox. Darian Peck.” Farris said. “That’s our goal.somewhere. Richard Williams. Trazell Hampton. Darius Spring. Oggs entered the preseason battling senior Ricshon Johnson for thestartingquarterback’sjob. my expectations were to win it.” Grahamsaid. Hawkins plays middle linebacker and Farris plays outside linebacker.J. What’s Good: The defense is loaded. Ravon Forbes. believes he hasthetalenttogoalltheway. is probably one of the most versatile players we’ve had in years. How long it takes for the sophomores to get accustomed to Friday night is the big question. Jyshon Gbendah. 18 at Carter. Charles Isom. talented offense drive Roadrunners sports@knoxnews. Onlythreestartersaregonefromthe2008 defense that posted three shutouts and held threeotheropponentstoonetouchdown. He’s one of the fastestonesinthecity. 5-11. 260 160 Yr. Lawrence Johnson. Nothingshortofastatechampionshipwill satisfy Roadrunners coach Kwayu Graham. The offensive line must improve.J. David Sales. our goal is to win the state championship. Samoree Carter. Sophomore D. Diarra Rucker. sophomore). Jamal Matthews.AUSTIN-EAST RUNDOWN Heroes: Travei Pryor (DE. whose team lost to Catholic in the 2008 state quarterfinalslastyear. Jarod Holland. Matthew Goines. Curtis Manning. could be the quarterback.Grahamcancountonanexperienceddefensetoholddownopponents. D. 5-11. Ravon Farris (LB. Khiry Robinson. Fulton. “Slot. “At AustinEast. 5-11 5-9 Wt. Julian Groce. Josh Smallwood. The secondary is talented.9 *at Union County Oct. 225): Pryor is a beast on the outside: quick. but young. Rickey Watkins. Jesse Bassett.thedefensivecoordinator for Austin-East’s 2001 state championship team.” Senior linebacker/tight end Ravon Farris isn’t bothered by the state championship expectations. Devonte Hawkins (LB. Enasiatin Johnson. Dominique Nolan. Those aremyexpectations. Marlon Pos DL/OL DB/PK Ht. Maneus Blair. both are thick. 215 senior) is quick and powerful at defensive tackle. Kilo Patterson. and Josh Sawyer (6-2.J. Tomoriea Pos DB/WR LB/TE DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR LB/RB LB/RB QB DE/TE DL/OL LB/RB LB/RB DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DL/OL DB/TE DB/QB DL/OL DB/WR Ht. PREDICTED FINISH Coach: Kwayu Graham (33-17. Devon Bolden. — — 33 57 41 84 82 11 5 31 23 — 17 26 68 4 — — — — — — 80 Name Peck.23 *Pigeon Forge Oct. but will move to safety because of an abundance of cornerbacks. Elijah Boyd.18 *at Carter Sept. Breakout Players: Jyshon Forbes (WR. D. 150 245 245 215 175 125 180 160 220 155 170 160 225 180 Yr. Dalton Matthews. Oggs. “We’re at a situation where if you miss practice. 215 senior) combines with Pryor to give the Roadrunners two experienced and explosive defensive ends. sophomore).” he said. sophomore).J. Kent Swain.” Ifittakestheyouthfuloffensesometimeto getclicking. Jabar Wade. Matthew Walker (5-9. “Defense is what we hang our hat on. Daniel Oggs. SO SR SO JR JR FR SR SR SR SO SO SR JR SR FR SO SO SR SO SO JR FR No.J. Kevin Moore. the team’s fastest player. Demarcus O’Conner. FR SO SR JR JR JR SO SO SR JR SO FR JR JR FR SR FR FR FR FR FR FR SR DB/WR DB/RB DL/OL DL/OL DB/WR DL/OL LB/RB DL/OL DE/TE DB/WR LB/WR DB/WR LB/RB DB/WR 5-9 5-5 6-2 5-10 6-1 5-9 5-8 5-9 6-0 5-9 6-2 5-11 5-7 5-9 160 150 275 225 160 245 185 240 225 165 180 160 160 160 LB/TE 6-1 185 .”Grahamsaid.skill-wise. “I’ve had teams I didn’t think could getthere. Paul Pryor. “I think this year we have the team that can do it.” The offense might be young — many sophomores will play key roles — but Grahamseesgreatpotentialalloverthefield.11 at Catholic Sept. Ricshon Johnson. very special. senior. Jordan King. Dejon Monroe. Sam Noel. you could lose yourspot. Thomas Pruitt.4 *Fulton Sept. Menes Bailey. Lajuan Hawkins. 230).J. Jeremiah Pos DB/WR DE/TE DL/OL DE/TE RB/WR DB/WR DB/WR DB/WR DE/TE DB/RB DB/WR DB/RB DL/OL DB/WR Ht. David Rucker started as a freshman at cornerback.” he said. “Until we win it. Oggs (athlete. Tyberious Wilkerson. 14 42 70 2 18 36 34 6 87 77 32 — — 24 — — — — 62 75 17 15 64 81 — Name Harbison. Chris Bishop. Travious Blair. Paschal.com SCHEDULE Aug.butthelast10yearswe’ve provedthatwe’rerightthere. “D. Devante Henderson.IfOggsdoesn’t getthatjob. D. Troutman. Zachary Williams.butatAustin-Eastweexpecttowin state championships.16 *at GatlinburgPittman Oct. led by senior Sheldon Wade.” Graham Graham. Allen. but we’ve got tobouncebackthisyear. Devonte Sawyer. Their inexperience is the biggest concern. Cedric Isom. Cordy Crenshaw. JR SR FR FR FR JR JR JR FR SR SR FR FR JR FR SO FR JR SR SO FR JR FR SO SO No. strong and punishing tacklers. Deraun Jones. Curtis King (RB. He’s heard the same thing the pastcoupleofyears. 4 vs. but Graham says it has the potential to be outstanding. KEY GAMES ROSTER No.

Farragut. Kennedy.18 * Lenoir City Oct. three interceptions). Greg Jackson.9 * Farragut Oct. junior. Aaron Farmer.28 at Jefferson Co. “I think our defense will hopefully keep us in ballgames. Peyton Mann. “We’ve had some good ballplayers but he’s definitely special. SO JR JR SO SR SR SO JR JR JR SR JR SO SR JR JR SO SR SO JR SO SO SR SR JR JR No. “I know we have a tougher season. Corbin Mayo. Austin Scalf. Cameron Crabtree. Riemer takes over as the starting quarterback and will need to get comfortable. “Inthesecondary. Jacob Cooley. “It’sgoodtobecomparedtohim. 165. Dayton Riner. The Bulldogs do play at Jefferson County Aug. AJ Shuler. but he was the junior varsity QB. Ty’Shon Clark. Michael Callaway.” Youngenteredthe2009preseasoninjuryfree. one punt return for TD. 3rd Season) | Lastyear: 8-3 | ReturningStarters: 14 (6 on offense. Ben Sparks. 237 188 132 184 313 172 182 157 170 225 208 186 163 163 175 191 150 155 160 182 154 216 215 182 242 179 Yr. Dustin Pos DT/OL DB/WR DB/WR LB/RB DT/OL LB/RB LB/TE DB/WR LB/WR DT/OL DB/WR LB/RB DB/WR RB LB DE/QB DB/WR DB/WR DB/WR DT/OL DB/QB DT/OL DT/OL FS/WR DT/OL LB/RB Ht. Heritage. watch out for the Bulldogs. West.” Can he match or surpass his breakout sophomoreseason? “Idefinitelyhopetosurpassthat.30 * at Catholic *Conferencegame allgames7:30p. “Just his explosiveness. right guard Greg Hopkins (5-11. 9 vs. Mark Graham. and he says Young is one of the best threats he’s seen. 215). Calvin Cakmes. Samuel Marschke. Lenoir City. Dillon Williams.”Youngsaid. Sept. Aaron Barth. Cory Dampf. Davey Landers. whose teamstrengthshouldbedefense. Alec Sackett. no more trips to KingsportandJohnsonCity. Joey Robertson. BreakoutPlayer:Kyle Riemer (QB. “I think we have a really good group of cornerbacks and depth at linebacker. Dylan Mullins. Sept. Adam Rucker. 20 catches.com SCHEDULE Aug. Bradley Terry. Edward Pos DB/WR LB/WR DB/RB DT/OL DT/OL DT/OL DE/WR DB/WR DT/OL LB/RB DB LB/TE LB/TE DB/WR DB/WR DE/OL DE/RB DE/TE DT/OL DT/OL DB/RB DT/OL DB/WR DE/FB DT/OL DT/OL Ht. Michael Williamson. Davis Tyler. Alex Epperson. Andrew Griffin. Catholic. Cisco Chisholm. Drew Young. 160 185 159 264 223 342 162 211 181 166 167 165 185 141 215 175 220 284 172 139 196 157 183 257 278 Yr. JR SO SR SO SR SO JR SR JR JR JR SO JR JR JR SR JR SR SO JR SO SR SR JR JR SR . Kasey Wells.andthebonebruisehesustainedworkingoutinthespringis“prettymuchgone. Josh Manuel.16 *Heritage Oct. 17 rushing TDs. Trey Singleton. one kickoff return for TD.” Taylor said. Michael Mosely.” Bearden should be a contender for the region title thanks to a staunch defense and one of the area’stopplaymakers. Nick Guthe. 6-0 6-2 5-9 5-11 5-10 5-6 5-11 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-5 5-10 5-10 5-7 5-11 6-2 5-10 5-17 5-11 5-10 5-8 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-2 5-11 Wt. 5-7. Stefon Stewart. Riemer’s varsity playing time was limited in 2008. 30 at Catholic. Chris Jenkins. 75 81 92 30 76 20 86 3 88 77 5 32 45 24 6 17 82 7 84 66 16 79 62 2 53 44 Name Aliff. 9 55 51 70 91 63 72 15 31 43 90 58 1 56 54 64 19 87 8 74 4 80 34 42 33 59 Name Reimer. There are new opponents. 240 receiving yards. Travis Rivera.MaryvilleandWilliamBlount. T. 152 246 175 275 188 190 215 171 164 150 169 150 255 200 235 192 205 194 242 172 183 162 205 155 205 Yr. Ryan Carter.andgamesthatoffer plentyofintrigue—likethoseagainstMaryville andCatholic. Oct. Johnson City Science Hill.m. To us. Toddrick Eaken. Jefferson County. Tyler McKay. and Young heardhiscoachsayit. JR SR SO JR JR JR SO SO JR JR JR JR SO JR SO JR JR JR JR SR JR SO JR SR JR SR No. Devrin Zivi. Tyler Evans. “butIthinkI’vegotalittlemoreworkbeforeIcan becomparedtoEricBerry. Jalyn Stokes. Kevin Mortimer. Zack White. David Goltry. Brett Patty. BY DAVE LINK It’s a whole new ballgame for Bearden’s footballteam.Devrincanmakeplayslike (Tennessee’s)EricBerrydoes. and right tackle Edward Pena (5-11. Kevin Ternes. CJ Tull. Hesaidthenicksandbruisesincurredlastseason aregone. Grant Jenkins. Tyler Green. 5-10. Michael Caldwell. 8 on defense) 7-3 It’s brave new Bulldogs’ world sports@knoxnews. 1.” Taylor said. two TD catches. but if everybody does theirjobIhopetosurpassthat. Tony Parisi. 212. ROSTER No. Tyler Candela.21 at Walker Valley Aug. 14 11 23 60 68 50 95 83 65 21 10 18 35 25 93 73 41 57 67 52 22 61 85 12 71 78 Name Grisham. Peter Moore.” Andit’snotjustoffensively. “We’re excited. Tyler Wilker. Sam Pos DB/QB DT/OL DT/OL DT/OL LB/TE OL DT/OL DB/WR LB/RB LB/RB K DE/OL DB/WR DT/OL DT/OL DT/OL LB/RB DE/WR DE/QB DT/OL DB/QB DE/RB DB/WR LB/TE CB/RB DT/OL Ht. Jody Coffin. Liridon Myers. The secondary returns starting cornerbacks Young and Stephon Stevens and free safety Michael Williamson. Will Burrell. Kyle Reynolds. Helpneeded: Depth is a concern at offensive line. Max Haney. 245). Josh Hobby. 28inanon-regiongame.J. “I think theteamsareeverybitasgoodandthereisdepth (intheregion)acrosstheboard. Harry Pena. senior.366 rushing yards. 6-0 6-1 5-8 6-0 5-11 5-10 6-4 6-0 5-10 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-8 6-1 5-8 6-3 5-9 5-11 6-2 5-9 5-7 6-1 6-2 5-11 6-1 5-11 Wt. Now that’s a hefty comparison.” DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor. 5-9 6-1 5-10 6-3 6-1 5-11 5-8 5-11 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-11 5-11 5-11 6-0 6-0 6-3 6-1 6-2 5-10 6-1 6-0 6-2 5-7 5-10 Wt.juniorrunningback/cornerbackDevrinYoung.” Taylor said. Beardenhasnoneofthesameteamsfromlast year’s region that included Kingsport DobynsBennett. Logan Cantely. Sevier County. KEY GAMES Oct.” Bearden coach Brad Taylor said. Kyle Natour. Michael Archer.”Youngsaid.BEARDEN RUNDOWN Heroes: Devrin Young (RB/CB. junior. Jacob Dove. Oct. 4 * at William Blount Sept. 6-3. 2 at Maryville. Taylor McCammon. three TD catches).” If he does. PREDICTED FINISH PX8 Coach: Brad Taylor (20-5. and Campbell County. “I feel we have some potential.22 *at West MyVLT2 TV Oct. 160): There are high expectations for Riemer. strong opponents. Jordan Sisco.”Taylorsaid.” It’s new because the TSSAA reclassification put the Bulldogs in Region 4 (Class 5A and 6A) with Farragut. What’sGood: Bearden’s defense should be outstanding — perhaps coming close to the 2007 defense when it was among the state’s best. Hayden Stephens. tough opponents. Chris Burns. Devin Muqiqi. 168 receiving yards. Davis Tull (TE/WR/DE. it’s allnew.000-yard passer Ryan Potter. “The travel’s not as bad. Matt Hopkins. In recent years I don’t think we’ve had anybodyasexplosiveasheis. last year’s backup to 1.2 * at Maryville Oct. although three senior starters return: center Bradley Ternes (5-11.11 Rhea Co. 280). Taylor has been with the Bulldogs’ program since 2001 when he came as an assistant coach.

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SO SO JR JR SR FR SR SR FR FR JR JR SR SO SO JR . he will anchor that unit. Tyler Henson.” Hardin said.com BY DAVE LINK ChristianAcademyofKnoxvillemovesup inclassificationfromClass2AtoClass3A. ScottCountyandStoneMemorial. Shawn Warren.4 *at Stone Memorial Sept.Ithinkit’sbeengoodforallofus. Charlie Pos. 7 on defense) 7-3 Heroes: Blake Houser (WR. Carson Powers. Joshua Mead. played cornerback in 2008 and moves to running back this year. Derek Wagner. Pegram. 240 173 150 227 223 176 177 149 163 151 173 166 129 176 146 155 237 134 Yr. We’ve pushed them and they’ve responded in a positive way.CAK RUNDOWN PREDICTED FINISH PX10 Coach: Rusty Bradley (16-8. 510. Nick Burton. 6-4 5-10 5-11 5-11 6-1 5-7 5-9 5-10 5-6 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-9 5-11 5-11 5-11 Wt. 5-6. Tyler Eichholtz (ILB. Aaron Dieter. Help Needed: The Warriors replace graduated quarterback Michael Fromke. Loudon. after a strong offseason. 240). Stephen Leinius.itwasagoodoffseasonand spring. Zac Smith. Bryson Maddux. Thetwocombinedformorethan3. Colby Matlock. I enjoy playing them and I look forward to playing them again this year. Davis Collett.23 at Elizabethton Oct. and leading receiver Taylor Moran. I enjoy playing Alcoa. and withthatinmind. “They’re a great team.“Ican’taskforanything morefromourplayers. was named the starter in late July. and. Carson Pegram (RB. but Bradley has confidence the new starters will give the Warriors a solid front. know the system well and had a great offseason.and guesswho’smovingupwiththeWarriors? It’s none other than Alcoa. Logan Hardin.200 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2008.Ihavesomuchrespect for Alcoa. Marcus Walker (RB.2 *Scott County Oct.” Bradley knows he might not match the talentorathleticismofanAlcoa. Josh High. Tyler Epperly. DT/OL WR FS/WR DL/OL DL/OT DE/WR LB/QB FB/LB LB/WR WR DL/OL FS/LB/WR CB/WR DE/WR CB/WR CB/RB DL/OL CB/TB Ht. two caused fumbles). Also gone is the workhorse at running back. is a fast.” Bradley said. Oct. “I don’t think as a football team we’d be as good as we are without Alcoa. William Hardesty. being balanced isn’t 50-50 in running and throwing. JR SR FR FR SR SR SR SR FR JR JR JR JR FR JR SR SO FR No. senior. Walker. 173. Mike Arnett.” Bradley has passed that kind of thinking alongtohisplayers. It makes us play our best. “For us. Arnett.11 Carter Sept. 194 140 136 235 185 121 190 173 163 165 183 186 140 168 164 213 Yr. Keenan Kolinsky. What’s Good: Sharp is the only returning starter on the offensive line. junior.TheTornadoes have knocked CAK out of the state playoffs in eachofthepastfouryears. It’s a challenge for us.m. 51 assists. Charlie Morse. 21 at Grace Christian. Jordan Ritchie. Joshua Houser. ROSTER No. Fromke sports@knoxnews. Rad Duncan. “It’s fun playing against (Alcoa). 30 vs. Four players entered the preseason competing for the QB job: J. Josh Smith.D. Sharp started as a sophomore on the offensive line in 2008. junior. Quinn Fortner.” Themoveupinclassificationwillcertainly be a test. Epperly. KEY GAMES Aug. Chip Ritchie. Russell Bailey. August. 235 156 144 143 294 142 142 195 157 188 193 185 250 204 232 184 176 165 Yr. 51 solo. 5-11. 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-10 6-2 6-1 5-10 5-9 5-10 5-9 6-0 6-0 5-7 6-0 5-10 5-10 6-5 5-5 Wt. who led the team with more than 900 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Matthew Weichbrodt. who ran for 101 yards and a touchdown last season. a good athlete. Jacob Eichholtz. Chris Johnston. led by Houser and Burton. 6-0 6-2 5-8 5-8 6-3 5-6 5-9 6-2 5-7 5-10 5-10 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-9 6-1 6-0 5-10 Wt. and completed 54 percent of his passes. “It’s the biggest game of the season. senior. who threw for 2. Matthew Sokolowski. Jordan Scott. I love playing them. It’s forced us to take a hard-nosed approachtotheoffseason. Cody Blackwell.30 *Alcoa *Conferencegames allgames7:30p. 61 6 31 24 70 15 20 74 82 42 44 2 67 52 76 26 22 12 Name Alford. CAK coach Rusty Bradley welcomes the challenge. Reece Duncan. 132 yards. Bradley says the strength of his team is its intangibles. Quinn Epperly. Still. Davis Burton (WR.Otherteamsin the new Region 4-3A are Kingston. DT/G FS/QB DE/FB LB/TB DL/OL WR CB/TB DL/OT LB/WR FB/LB FB/LB FS/QB/WR C/DT C/DT DL/OL LB DE/FB QB Ht. J. “They have made us get better. 54 11 7 51 43 25 19 45 56 34 23 78 85 59 57 77 Name Rhodes. They knew it was coming. Bradley isn’t necessarily looking for a balanced offense.28 Seymour Sept. Marcus Walker. I can’t waittoplaythemagain. more than 500 yards). SCHEDULE Aug. Zach Sharp.” Bradley said. CAK has plenty of speed at wide receiver. a junior and a left-hander.”Bradleysaid.18 *Loudon Sept. Brian Pardue. 160. It keeps us humble. “I actually am excited about it. junior. “Personally. I think the change has been good because it forced us to get better. 39 catches. junior. 3rd Season) | Lastyear: 7-5 | ReturningStarters: 12 (5 on offense. 5-10. Sean Walker. 11 catches.21 at Grace Christian Aug.Theyarerelentlessin their preparation. 60 21 16 64 50 39 18 41 33 27 68 35 5 87 3 8 75 1 Name Hoover. which has won fiveconsecutiveClass2Astatetitles.theplayersandthe coaches. 160).” Bradley Bradley said. elusive back. Bradley must replace powerful running back Keenan Kolinsky and quarterback Michael Fromke. Blake Howell. FR SR FR SR SR JR SO FR SO JR SO SR FR JR SO JR SO SO No. Alcoa. 5-9. “It forced us to get better.” Some big holes need filling. Davis Jaeger. Zach Morgan. Zac Shipley. 5-10. Zach Mead. Reagan McMillan. “It’s being efficientonoffense. particularly at running back and quarterback. Clay Redford. Breakout Players: Zac Sharp (OG.16 *at Kingston Oct.” SodoesseniorlinebackerTylerHardin. 180. They haveapassionforplaying. Philip Pegram. Phillip Pardue and Zach Scott will step in at receiver spots. but you won’t hear the Warriors complaining. and Colby Maddux. They make us push ourselves. 102 tackles. Steven Gass. Logan Pos. Daniel Murchison. Tyson White.25 Sequoyah Oct.” senior offensive tackle Rad Dieter said.” DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor. Doug Pos.000yards offenselastseason. Personally. Franklin Newman. three touchdowns). You get better blocking guys like Tyler Robinson (Alcoa’s Division I prospect tight end).D. The linemen are athletic. Ben Smith. Denali Weichbrodt. DL/OL FS/QB CB/WR DL/G DE/LB CB/WR FB/LB DE DL/OL FB/LB CB/TB DL/OL K/PK DL/OL DL/OL C/DL Ht. He wants to do whatever works. Warriors excited about moving up Offense must fill big holes left behind by Kolinsky. “I think the biggest thing is our passion for playing. 165).

senior. The two teams that handed the Cougars their worst losses last season — Johnson City Science Hill (26-7) and Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett(28-6)—areno longerintheirregion. Reid Shoffner.23 *Halls Oct.andbysevenagainstBearden tofinishtheregularseason5-5. Aug. Cody Shaneyfelt. SeniorTrevorNolan.” Hicks said. Anthony Ray. Tyler Henderson.30 *at Oak Ridge *Conferencegames allgames7:30p. senior. Campbell County will try to go with a platoon system. Tyler Marshall. 220). Steven McDonald.J.” DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor. but I expect ustobebetter.m. junior.whostartedatfreesafety in2008. BreakoutPlayer:Trevor Nolan (QB/FS. Sept. Keenan Goins. Arnie Miller. Phoenix Black . SeniorArnieMeredithisathirdquarterbackandhe hasthemostexperiencerunningtheoffense. Halls. Ethan Jones. Loudon. HelpNeeded: All of Campbell County’s top skill players were seniors in 2008. Munsey.WellsexpectstheCougarstobecompetitive. 160): Nolan started at free safety in 2008 and led the team in tackles. who are both playing for the University of the Cumberlands (Ky. will move to wide receiver if Nolan wins the starting job. JR SO SO SR JR SO SO SO SO SO SR JR SR SR SO No.“It’stime forthemtostepintostartingrolesnow. “I mean. Joe Ray.” The Cougars have several new opponents due to the TSSAA’s reclassification of regions. Donavan Lynn. Clinton. Cougars coach DeWayne Wells has a plan he hopes will sway those close games in his team’s favor. Dylan Dozier. Tyler Kirby. Bryan Nolan. 180) and Zack Ward (6-0. SO SO SO SO SR JR SO SR SR SO SO JR SO SO SR . 5-9 5-6 5-4 5-6 5-10 6-2 6-2 5-8 5-7 5-8 5-9 5-9 6-1 5-10 6-0 Wt.” The new rivals have the CouB. “We’ve got a lot of people to replace. P. who was forced to replace the key components for the flex-option offense due to the graduation of quarterback Phillip Wells and leading rusher TylerAlbright. He is the frontrunner in preseason to take over at quarterback while keeping his spot in the defensive secondary.OakRidgeandPowell.whoalsowasvyingforthe quarterback job in the preseason. 6-0 5-5 5-9 5-9 5-5 6-0 5-6 5-9 5-8 5-8 5-7 5-9 6-1 5-7 5-8 Wt. including quarterback Phillip Wells and running back Tyler Albright. The Cougars lost by two at Jefferson County. Chris Peake. Anderson County.). Bradley Hicks. especially Anderson County. Sept. Ben Muse (OG.” Despite all the new starters in the offensive backfieldandsecondary. Karns.likelywillalsostartatquarterback. 5-5 5-10 5-3 5-6 6-0 5-11 5-55-4 5-3 5-7 5-7 5-9 6-0 5-8 5-11 Wt. Matt Matchell. Sept. SR SO SR JR SO SO SO SR SR JR SO SR SR JR SO No. Really.” Wells said. athleticism and game experience.11 *at Karns Sept. Chris Jefferies. Zack Ht. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. by sixagainstClinton. Trevor Partin. 135 160 165 235 180 260 155 130 210 140 150 145 225 140 150 Yr. 215): All three have started in the flex-option offense and should help the new starters at the skill positions become accustomed to the offense. Central. Anthony Ht. Tyler Asher.28 at White Co. Torey Meredith. 4 on defense) 5-5 PX11 Trying to build a better Cougar Platoon system should put more gas in Campbell County’s tank sports@knoxnews. 5-9.4 *Anderson Co. PREDICTED FINISH Coach: DeWayne Wells (25-58. Chris Sharp. I think it’s wide open.buttightlossesprovedcostly. Keenan Evans started on both sides. Savon Lay. Joe Green. Sept. Jan Reneman. 21 vs. 185 125 100 135 175 205 315 160 180 140 160 160 235 180 160 Yr. “Our hope is to two-platoon as much as possible. As far as everybody else. 52 30 36 17 33 — 56 54 10 62 57 40 60 72 68 Name Amburgey. Taylor Magnum. He has speed. “Thosekidshaveplayed. 25 at Clinton. 5-10. 220).200 yards and 15 TDs and Wells 800 yards and 11 TDs.”Wellssaid.Hicks garsexcited. 196). That (wearing down) hurt us in close ballgames. Taylor Duncan (OG.21 Loudon Aug. Kerry Cornutt. 4 vs.16 *at Powell Oct. They’renowinRegion3(5A/6A)withAnderson County. Victor Hicks.185).25 *at Clinton Oct. senior. Replacing that kind of production won’t be easy. Colby Ht. Kurt Sebby. “We’re just right down theroadfromthem. the only teams I’m familiar with are Karns and Powell. “I think it will be a very competitive district.com SCHEDULE Aug. Brandon King. 5-10. 170) and juniorWesleyCook(5-9. Josh Long. Tracy Reinert. “I’m anxious to play all of them.SophomoreTuffyShoupe. 9th season) | Lastyear: 5-6 | ReturningStarters: 7 (3 on offense. “The last couple of years we’ve had to play kids on both sides more than we like to.” This preseason was a test for Wells. Raymond Tye. Charlie Clotfelter.CAMPBELL COUNTY RUNDOWN Heroes: Keenan Evans (C/DT.” Wells Amburgey said. Chris Wallen. “I expect us to be pretty good. 50 36 46 48 34 64 75 28 23 32 8 70 71 — 12 Name Paul.” senior linebacker Brad Hicks said. Lucas Shoupe. Albright rushed for 1. Daniel Ward. 6-0. Micah Cody. 215 150 130 150 120 200 150 220 160 210 160 180 185 255 175 Yr.9 *Central Oct. Clinton obviously has a lot of weapons coming back. Josh Evans. Tuffy Strohl. BY DAVE LINK CampbellCountycameclosetohavingawinningseasonin2008. 18 42 59 67 16 74 63 19 65 — 14 20 61 15 27 Name Kennedy. Three running backs are expected to fill the void left by Albright’s departure: seniors Joe Goins (5-10. All returning starters are linemen except for free safety Trevor Nolan and senior middle linebacker Brad Hicks (5-11. What’sGood: The offensive and defensive lines have experience. Happy Valley. we’ve played some tough people in the past.18 *Hardin Valley Sept.

but we have a good group of guys who have worked hard. two-year starter).Hisknowledgeofthegamehasneverbeenquestioned…he’s anoffensivelinemainstay. 125 135 150 171 125 130 160 148 145 171 185 295 192 161 170 185 165 142 145 200 156 204 245 200 155 260 Yr. Neal. Chad Branch. who was namedAll-Statebytwoorganizationslastseason.11 at CAK Sept. Dylan McLaughlin. senior. 6-1. Dominque Kirk. Brandon Johnson.”saidMeady. Billy McCoy. Josh Spoon. Carter’s best offensive lineman). 270-pound senior two-way lineman. junior. Jacob Clemmons. Jacob Wright (OL/DL. Joe Willard. Carlos Gordon. Tyler Dunn. Brandon Stiles. Beau King. A. KEY GAMES Aug.9 *at Gibbs Oct.28 at Grainger Sept. 4 Union County.com SCHEDULE Aug. 5-6 5-8 5-9 5-11 5-5 4-11 5-6 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-9 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-9 5-9 6-0 5-8 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-11 5-10 5-10 Wt. Jonathan Arden. Joe Wilhite (5-11. 270. “Hehasagreatarm—hehasgotacannon.” Wright said the close-knit aspect of the team shouldserveCarterwellthisfall. Breakout Player: Phillip Whitaker (QB. A big key is quarterback. Zack Wright. 225. Ben Davis. PREDICTED FINISH PX12 Coach: Heath Woods (42-34. saw limited playing time in 2008 behind Landry Stanton. We don’t have a lot of superstars. Jacob Rutherford. but appears to have the inside track in a three-player battle for quarterback). Dillon Kirkland. Woods’ evaluation might just Meady be spot-on as Meady. Sept. Travis Hurst. Zack Burchell. Andrew Hughes.couldn’tagreemore. Combs. Isaac Davis. all Carter coach Heath Woods could do was let the superlatives flow. Zack Keck. 5-11. 70 8 23 34 21 86 42 16 79 78 31 27 56 18 87 14 61 25 24 43 2 51 28 41 48 45 74 Name Gaylon. Help Needed: The Hornets return only three starters on defense. John Stuart. Nathan Romines. Josh Smith.fitsintothatcategory.C. 21 Hardin Valley Academy. Corey Duggan. Skylar Meady.” Otherthanthemuch-decoratedMeady. “It all starts with camaraderie — it’s a team effort.18 *Austin-East Sept. MikeBlackerbyisafreelancecontributor. Davey Allen. “Hisleadershiphasbeenhugeforus. Andrew Clabough. Phillip Wilhite. JR SO FR SO SR JR FR SR SO SO FR JR SO SO FR FR SO FR SR JR JR FR FR FR SO SO JR No. James Whitaker.700yardsand17touchdownslastseason.CARTER RUNDOWN Heroes: Shannon Meady (RB.” The5-foot-11. 6-0. Shannon Mitchell.Woodssaid. Jordan Phillips. Quentin Nicely. What’s Good: Carter should have no problems moving the ball with a solid offensive line and the hard running of Meady. 6-2. the ground game will be potent. Sept. Josh Rudd. TightendAndrewHowardandlinemanBrandon Johnson (6-0. 1. James Reed. senior.”hesaid. Taylor Emert.21 Hardin Valley Aug. Celeb Allen. Tyler Blakely. Much to the dismay of Carter’s opponents this fall. senior. DL/OL DB/WR LB/QB DB/WR DB/RB LB/TE DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DL/OL DB/RB DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR LB/TE DB/QB DL/OL DB/RB DB/RB LB/RB DB/QB DL/OL DB/RB FB/LB LB/RB DB/WR DL/OL Ht. Logan Allen. Kenneth Burns. a 6-foot. Daniel Newton. Tyron Wollard. 5-10 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-11 6-1 5-2 5-8 6-0 5-11 5-10 5-9 5-10 5-8 5-10 5-9 6-1 5-5 5-9 6-0 5-6 5-11 6-0 5-9 5-5 5-6 5-10 Wt. SO SO SO JR FR FR JR SO SO SR SO SR SO JR SR SO JR SO JR SR SR JR JR JR JR SR . Meady is the beneficiary of a rock-solid offensivelineledbyJacobWright.J. Anthony Boling.16 *at Fulton Oct. DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DL/OL LB/TE DB/WR DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL LB/QB DL/OL DL/OL DB/WR DL/OL DB/RB DB/WR DL/OL K DB/RB DL/OL DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR FB/LB Ht. MaCaleb Rose. 161 262 120 246 180 161 190 226 194 171 282 236 156 271 159 128 210 120 152 255 145 151 187 127 250 140 184 Yr. 8th season) | Lastyear: 6-5 | ReturningStarters: 8 (5 on offense.”saidWright. “That’s one of the great things about this football team. “The best thing about Shannon is his yards after contact.Woods saidCarter’sstrengthisitsoverallsolidness. Devro Gibson. Meady said he has improved his speed for 2009. Chris Sharpe. BY MIKE BLACKERBY AfteranothersterlingperformancebyShannon Meady late in the 2008 season. Chase Caldwell. 187. Hal Burgins. William Jones. Taylor Canada. who was named All-State in 2008 by both the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association. Deric Legreair.2 *at Pigeon Forge Oct. Zac Simpson. Charles Lewis. Jacob Pos. Ryan Leath. Zack Roach.676 yards rushing and 17 TDs last season).23 *Gatlinburg-Pittman *Conferencegames allgames7:30p. but Carter is breaking in a new group of quarterbacks and wide receivers. 3 on defense) 7-3 Running strong with Meady All-State back gives Hornets something to get going on sports@knoxnews. Anthony Maples. Anthony Chunn. 5-11 6-2 5-6 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-7 5-7 5-9 5-6 5-7 5-10 5-10 6-1 6-3 5-6 5-8 5-6 5-10 6-2 5-10 5-10 5-6 5-4 5-10 5-7 5-9 Wt. Drew Pos. Tim Howard.4 *Union Co.25 South Doyle Oct. 30 6 19 62 36 47 81 5 46 10 32 77 40 49 83 50 1 11 84 4 38 9 54 3 20 72 Name Ortiz. Andrew Howard (MLB/TE.m.” Wright. 215. Josh Brown.rushingfor morethan200yardsineachofhislastthreegames foratotalof683yards. Aaron Johnson. Xavier Hayes. “Ilikerunningoverpeople.afterwatching Meady ramble for 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-28 Week10winoverGrainger. Kenny Davison. Dwayne Weleski. Matt Johnson. returns for his senior season after rushing for almost1. Reese Cooper. Meadyclosedout2008withaflurry. Phillip Whitaker has allthetools. 220) are two-year starters up front. Lonzo Goodman. SR SR FR FR SR SR FR JR FR SR SO SO SR JR JR FR JR FR SO SR SO SR SR JR FR FR JR No. Pablo Phillips.187-poundMeady. Josh Porter. DB/RB DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DB/RB FB/LB LB/TE FB/LB LB/RB DB/WR FB/LB DL/OL FB/LB LB/RB DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR DB/WR DB/RB QB OL FB/LB LB/WR DL/OL Ht.”saidWoods. T. Eric Rose. Devin Bales. 260) is another key lineman. On offense. ROSTER No. 13 76 33 53 35 80 64 63 58 60 71 52 12 65 55 22 59 29 15 57 17 37 73 39 67 86 7 Name Adams. Matt Pos. Christian Ford. Matthew Rudd. “ShannonMeadymightbeone of the best football players that has ever played at Carter High School. Logan Tidwell. “Shannonrunstheballhardforus.whoisathreeyearstarter. 205 154 139 122 151 219 115 132 218 198 135 146 271 134 181 161 232 131 141 180 131 200 185 144 135 122 229 Yr. David Troutman.

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com SCHEDULE Aug. 5 on defense) 8-2 Irish adjust to Meadows’ system smitheyj@knoxnews. “I thought they’d be very smart players. John McElligott. 52 5 41 27 89 35 3 2 82 85 74 13 59 81 77 55 34 88 1 87 91 47 51 38 9 56 32 24 43 Name Alley.18 Sept. 3 at Farragut. Stuart Smolens. Morgan Tait. Throws the ball really well. Jacob Clary. Taylor Staley. 5-7 5-9 6-2 5-7 6-1 5-11 5-10 6-4 5-10 5-9 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-1 5-11 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-9 5-9 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-6 5-11 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-10 Wt. Can move some guys around that need to be moved around.” Sept. *at Farragut MyVLT2 TV BY JESSE SMITHEY Catholic High School quarterback Tyler Williamson averaged 8.SpencerMackle (WR/DB. Conner Hall. Spencer McDermott. Tony Petr.25 Oct.” said Meadows. 210.000yardslast seasonwhilesplittingtimewithJordanHowanitz. Allen Pos. Austin-East. Williamson will double that production eachgame.junior. Dakota Pos. Zac Roberts. But that was in the wing-T used by then-head coachMarkPemberton.senior.6-1.InnewcoachScottMeadows’ spread offense. 205.68carries. 5-9 6-1 5-9 5-9 6-3 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-0 5-10 6-0 5-11 5-10 5-11 5-9 6-3 6-4 5-9 5-10 5-8 5-9 5-11 6-3 6-2 6-0 5-9 5-11 Wt. Zak Thomas. 11 vs. “Very smart.11 Austin-East Sept.” Meadowsmightgetabigyearfromrunningback DorianCozart.TylerWilliamson (QB.23 *at Heritage Oct. Stan Polakiewicz. Nick Townsend. 363receivingyards.”saidMeadows. “Theyalldosomethingreallyspecial. Dorian DeGennaro.21 Sept. Michael Casey.”Butheiscramminginanewplaybook withdraw-upsthatwillfeaturefour-wide(receiver) sets. DB/WR DB/WR DL/WR DB/WR K LB/RB DB/RB DL/OL DB/RB DB/RB DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR LB/RB DL K K LB/RB DB/WR DB/WR LB/RB LB/RB DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DL/OT DL/OL DL/OL Ht. Maryville. Williamson is liable to log 8. 7 50 86 17 65 53 22 23 58 6 14 63 39 42 49 21 57 18 89 66 33 98 54 15 80 67 40 Name Ridgley.6-2. DorianCozart(RB. Kyle Mackle. Oct. Chris Cozart. 160 210 150 145 250 245 180 205 180 170 155 200 165 190 160 170 300 155 165 250 150 155 250 210 155 160 160 Yr.Theyworktheirrearendsoffanddo alotofgoodthings. Reese Stiles.16 *West Oct. 190 170 155 190 155 175 160 215 155 150 150 150 130 275 230 165 160 195 165 150 210 260 150 175 240 190 145 160 Yr.12PBUsand4 INTslastseason). Adam Kennedy. Daniel Depp. Ryan Riley. Zach Conaty. SR SO FR SR SO SO JR SR SR FR FR SO FR FR JR JR FR FR SR JR FR JR FR FR SR JR JR JR FR No.5-11. his first in the spread. 150 155 190 130 170 155 160 285 160 175 140 180 180 195 210 135 170 170 130 130 170 195 270 130 150 210 240 155 230 Yr.6-2. DL/OL 5-8 DB/QB 6-1 DB/RB 5-10 DB/WR 6-2 DB/WR 5-9 LB/RB 6-0 DB/WR 5-10 LB/QB 6-0 DB/WR 6-2 DB/WR 6-0 DB/WR 5-9 DL/OL 5-9 DB/WR 5-4 DL/OL 6-3 DL/OL 6-1 LB/RB 5-11 DB/WR 6-2 LB/RB 5-9 DB/WR 6-0 DL/OL 5-8 LB/RB 6-1 DL/OL 5-11 LB/RB 5-7 DB/WR 5-10 DL/OL 6-5 LB/RB 5-11 DB/WR 5-9 LB/RB 5-9 Wt. Davis Coulter. Jonathan Pickering. Kyle Williamson.heheadlinesastableofbacksthat includes Cody Shirley.CATHOLIC RUNDOWN Heroes:ZakTait(OL.8 *Maryville MyVLT2 TV Oct. Sept. Alex Saavedra. Joey Gillespie. Division I recruit Zak Tait returns to anchor the offensive and defensive lines. Mark Mishu.9 pass attempts per game last season.69tackleslastseason). Clayton Varner. “You gotguyswhoplayfootballandthenyougotfootball players.Dominic DiGiovanni(LB. Jack Valentine. Sept. Adam Clary. Jake Faris.56 tackles). Micah Pos. Joseph Saah. John Pickering. Butthisseason. Saxon Quintero. “So it’sallright.3 at Rhea Co. Reed Back. Jesse Smith. Garrett Digiovanni. PREDICTED FINISH PX14 Coach: Scott Meadows (88-35.junior.300. He picked up the offense really quick. Alex Greer. Michael Haun. Reed Blazier. FR FR JR FR SR FR JR JR FR SR SO SO SR SR SR FR SR FR FR SR SO JR SR SO FR SO SR FR FR No.195.senior.210.180. Luke Pfleger. Zach Coulter. Sept.7-for-9 passingfor134yardsand twoTDsinstate-championshipwin). Kyle Roulier. Meadows has been impressed how quickly his teamhaspickeduponanewsystem. Former William Blount quarterback Tyler Burstrom threw for more than 2. If Meadows’ implementation of his new offense goes as smoothly at Catholic as it did at William Blount. Patrick Haun and Michael Bonfini. Matt Mackle. Kyler Kropilak. Luke Morris.Withmultiplereceiversspreadwide andahugeoffensiveline. “But they’ve exceeded that.junior. Smith. Liam Zinkle.” Catholic’swidereceiverswillbeSpencerMackle. 30 vs.“We’llleanonDorianandCodyquiteabit. West.senior. Jake Gaston.160. Chris Saah. Ht. 16 vs. Erik Kropilak. HelpNeeded:Amajorityof Catholic’splayerscame throughafeedersystem wheretheylearnedthe wing-Toffense.going7-for-9for134yardsandtwotouchdowns. Patrick Pickering. 61tackles. Landon Spivey. Gabriel Shirley. DB/QB DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DL/OL K/LB LB/RB DL/OL DB/QB DB/QB DL/OL DB/WR DL/OL DB/RB DB/WR DL/OL DB/QB DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DB/QB DB/WR DL/OL DL/OL Ht.” he said. Nolan Cox.He’sdefinitelyafootballplayer.Henearlytopped1. Bearden. Zach Thompson.2 *William Blount at Knoxville Webb *at Lenoir City Oct. What’sGood:CoachScott Meadowsinheritedadepth chartthathasqualityinthe secondandthirdstrings.9 attemptsperquarter.210-poundWilliamsonisn’thaving to ice his arm. He missed most of 2007andallof2008withanastykneeinjury. “(Williamson) is special.But Ithinkallofthemcanhavespecialyears.5-10.m.000 yards and more than 20 touchdowns in the 2007 season.Cozartshouldhaveplenty ofroomtooperate. Adam Faris. Ryan Armstong. 25 at Webb. 6TDslastseason). KEY GAMES ROSTER No.984yardsand nineTDson142carrieslast season). 20 25 4 83 45 37 26 75 29 16 10 99 11 36 62 31 19 30 84 12 46 44 64 28 48 72 68 60 61 Name Hall. John Cole. 6-4. Jarod Karlstad. 1st season at Catholic) | Lastyear: 15-0 ( Region 2-3A championship) | ReturningStarters: 12 (7 on offense. Dominic Easley.422yards. Richard Th. Andrew Kurtis. Keegan Mosrie.returnstoaction forfirsttimesince2007). Will Erpenbach. They’re very wellroundedkids. Williamson displayed his arm in last year’s state championshipgameagainstMemphisMitchell.30 *Bearden *Conferencegames allgames7:30p. “I used to play baseball. Joey Cooper. He threw for roughly 500 yards the priorseason. 8 vs. Alex Snapp. Brad Winters. JR SR SR SO JR JR FR JR FR JR FR FR SO FR FR JR SR SO SO FR SO FR JR SR SO FR FR . Cody Sholly. Joey Prater. Nick Bonfini. Taylor Kerbyson. Jack Cook. BreakoutPlayers:Michael Bonfini(DB. Patrick Connors. Antonio Raines. Jake Mishu. Jacob Bonfini. Matt Aucker.” he said. Ben Perfetto. John Andrew McDermott andAndrewKropilak.senior.Meadows installedaspreadoffense. Terrance Harold. Hayden Whalen. The6-foot-2. Patrick Howanitz. 5-9. Oct. Tyler Windoe. James Julies. Oct. CodyShirley(FB. I’m lookingforabigyearoutofhim. Aaron Bacon.

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Zach Blaine. Thomas Harbison. Brandon Varner. is expected to make an impact. tailback Carl Mills. as should the fact that a number of players who contributed last year as freshmen are more experienced. “We’ve got a really good sophomore class. “Everybodyhasjustbeendoubtingusthisyear and that adds to the motivation. Cory Wade. Luke Waddell. D. Webb. 75 59 53 50 52 84 67 46 87 82 3 65 30 15 12 77 18 72 11 78 70 16 Name Howard. Trey Tippens. the Bobcats are healthier.” said Helton. 23 vs.” Helton said. Ashtin Pos DL/OL LB/RB DL/OL WR FB/LB DB/TB LB/TB K/P DB/SE DB/SE LB/TE DL/OL DE/TE RB DE/SE DL/OL DL/OL DB/SE DB/WR LB/OL Ht. and fullback/linebacker Phillip Saah. Cliff Blanc.CENTRAL RUNDOWN Heroes: Central has a host of players expected to contribute. Travis Saah. “I hope we win.25 *at Hardin Valley Oct. FR SO FR FR SR SO SR SO SO SR FR FR FR FR JR SR SO JR SR SO FR FR No. linebacker/tackle Gabe Inman. Phillip Saah. Jonny Stanford. “We weren’t any good. Mookie Graham. Wes Buell. Wagoner. Josh Campbell.” John Shearer is a freelance contributor. Marcus Taylor. AJ Maybrier. JR SO SO SR JR SR JR JR FR SR FR SO SR JR FR JR JR SR SO SO . “I hope we do not get anybody hurt and get better than we were last year. Troy Miller. Helton also believes the Bobcats need to get better at playing defense. noseguard/ center Jeffrey Howard. Cody Pos DL/OL DL/OL C/LB DL/OL DL/OL DB/SE DL/OL DB/RB LB/SE DE/TE DB/QB DL/OL K DB/QB DL/OL LB/QB DL/OL K/P DL/OL DL/OL FB/LB Ht. 6-0 5-8 5-8 5-7 5-11 5-8 5-11 5-11 5-8 6-0 5-8 6-0 6-2 5-9 6-1 6-3 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-9 Wt 185 155 275 150 205 160 200 145 135 175 160 185 215 185 175 270 190 160 140 190 Yr.9 *at Campbell County Oct.30 *at Knoxville Halls *conferencegames allgames7:30p.m. “People keep telling us we are going to win only two or three games. Justin Oliver. 4 on defense) 5-5 Bobcats feeling better about ’09 After being behind ’08 ball. Matthew McClemore. Jeffrey Hurd. “He is one of the leaders of the team. “We have got to build some depth and learn how to play defense. Seth Blair. but still young.11 *Anderson County Sept. Allan-Michael Banks. Samantha Mills. Quarterback Carl Mills was lost to injury. Alex Headrick. Tanner Reagan. Dylan Oliver. Gavin Agee. depth is a concern. 4 at Oak Ridge. in his 26th year. Tyler McBee. 57 22 74 23 32 1 14 39 44 47 40 60 2 4 20 76 55 8 9 51 Name Rakestraw. Josh Lopez. Sept. Gabriel Jack. Gage Blaine. Darrion Kirkland. Ben Caldwell. Jordan Turner. Cody Merritt. Jarvis Farmer.” However. Darrian Gamble. Ryan Raley. We have several sophomores starting for us. Among those who went down was tailback Johnny Saah. including tailback Johnny Saah. BY JOHN SHEARER During the previous two football seasons. Jamel Woodruff. 21 vs.” he said. Darnell Wilson. Breakout Players: Sophomore Cody Blanc. 24 25 41 10 54 28 58 36 42 35 34 38 81 37 7 66 85 33 80 62 56 21 Name Adams. Josh Morgan. 5-8 5-9 5-5 6-0 5-10 6-0 5-11 6-4 5-9 6-2 5-9 5-6 5-10 5-10 5-8 6-0 5-11 5-10 6-3 5-11 5-10 5-11 Wt 135 165 135 165 160 160 200 165 160 175 155 150 140 150 170 260 200 210 195 190 210 160 Yr.” Johnny Saah was even more to the point. SR JR SR JR SR SO FR FR JR JR FR JR SO SR SR SO FR SR JR FR FR FR No. This year.18 *Karns Sept. as is offensive and defensive tackle Darian Jack. Help Needed: With the young age of some of the players. Matt Wallace. tight end/defensive end Cory Waddell and fullback/linebacker Phillip Saah.” he said.4 *at Oak Ridge Sept. as could lineman Darian Jack.21 Webb Aug.” said coach Joel Helton of Jack. “I don’t think the attitude was bad last year. Markale Inman. CJ Pos DB/RB CB/SE DB/SE FB/LB DL/OL LB/TE LB DB/TB FB/LB DB/SE LB/QB FB/LB DB/SE DB/SE RB DL/OL FB/LB FB/LB SE DL/OL DL/OL LB/RB Ht. veteran coach Joel Helton believes shortcomings and luck — not in talent or attitude — were the main reasons for a 4-6 record in 2008. and linebacker/guard Cliff Blair was injured in the jamboree. “That is pretty much it. DocQuavius Beeler. 30 at Halls ROSTER No. Central found itself in an unfamiliar position — missing the playoffs. Several players say they feel more determined to get Central back as one of the premier programs in the Knoxville area. Carl Moore. Cody Myrick. Powell. Adam Brummett. tight end/defensive end Cory Waddell. Cody Brock. Devin McLemore. 26th season) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 8 (4 on offense. Cody Holloway. What’s Good: The return of some key players in the backfield following injuries should be a positive. who tore his ACL for the second time. Cory Campbell. However. 5-11 5-7 6-2 5-10 5-10 5-7 5-8 5-10 5-10 6-3 5-7 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-0 5-7 6-0 5-11 5-11 6-0 5-7 Wt 280 220 225 220 210 120 170 145 165 208 140 270 150 140 215 275 150 250 140 240 195 180 Yr.com SCHEDULE Aug. Geoffrey Thomas.” Helton simply hopes the team can stay healthy. Landon Raby.28 at Morristown West Sept.23 *Powell Oct. Carlos Drew. we just weren’t very good when all those people got hurt. Among those expected to contribute significantly — besides the three who were injured Inman Howard Saah last year — are linebacker/tackle Gabe Inman. Oct. Nate Caldwell. Willie Jack.” he said. Aaron Martin.J. Andrew Webb. linebacker/guard Cliff Blair. Sophomore back/receiver Cody Blanc could be a surprise. KEY GAMES Aug.2 *Clinton Oct. Sean Powell. a defensive back and a slot receiver/tailback on offense. “We started some freshmen last year. more luck would be appreciated sports@knoxnews. John Saah. Oct. center/noseguard Jeff Howard. PREDICTED FINISH PX16 Coach: Joel Helton (191-88.” Inman said. Justin Williams. quarterback Carl Mills. age also brings questions about depth.

Weston 57 Hedges. Stone made a concerted effort during summer camps to work on his pocket passing — and his accuracy. But his collarbone was broken in the fourth game of last season. 701 yards. PREDICTED FINISH Coach: Andy Shattuck (14-37.onaverage.” said coach Andy Shattuck.he’s askedaboutthisyear’sClintonfootballteam three times per week. Brandon 4 Frazier.”hesaid. Blake Williams. going into the offseason. Hazelhurst can impact a game on both sides of the ball. David Camion. Shawn Phillips. senior. size and speed. Eric Chapman. Dylan Bridges. Clinton and its fan baseareexpectingaplayoffrunthatextends beyond the first round.1 points per game last season while allowing 29. he ran for 1. to make a playoff run this year. Chapman he completed just 101 of 212 passes.23 *at Oak Ridge Oct. And they understand. 9 on defense) 8-2 PX17 It’s pay-off time for Dragons’ seniors Expectations high as team returns nearly all of its players smitheyj@knoxnews. Gunter 68 Mann. putting the onus on the offense to outscore opponents each week. 5-11. Weston Hazelhurst (running back/linebacker). JR SR SR SR SO SR FR JR JR JR SO No. Anderson County. Bradley Pos.” SCHEDULE Aug. “There are certain expectations when it’s a bunch of sophomores playing and a different expectation when they’re juniors. With little depth on the defensive line. Shattuck plans to change the defensive scheme to a “base 30” defense to better utilize its talent. “We’ve been talking about it since we were younger.” said Stone. 21 at Halls (Clinton hasn’t started 1-0 since 1996). That’s a good quality to have.’ ” What’sGood: Hazelhurst has packed on 15-20 pounds in the offseason to ensure he’s durable for his final season after suffering a broken collarbone in 2008. 210.2 *at Central Oct. Darian Raja. Aug. Clinton had a banner year in 2008.” said Shattuck. “At the next level. Roberson (NC) Sept. Region 3-4A offensive player of the year with 1. G/LB LB/WR DT/OT CB/RB C/DT DT/OT LB/WR RB/SS LB/WR DT/OT DT/G Yr. Spencer Pos.C. 230. Gene Ward. “(And) losing games to West and Powell (late in the season) and then the firstHazelhurst roundgametoRheaCounty. Austin Powers. 908 yard rushing yards and 31 touchdowns. 55 88 67 25 78 74 9 3 20 61 73 Name Mitchell. “It’samatterofthemstayingfocused. Jr. 66 18 22 53 75 21 54 67 6 36 42 Name Alol. DE/G RB/SS G/LB CB/WR DL/OT LB/RB DT/OT DT/OT CB/K/WR RB/SS DE/OT Yr. 6-0. Josh Williams. Patrick Carr. Vince Ambrose. Bryant Stearns. 21 passing). senior. especially opening up the air lanes for quarterback Stone who made waves during the summer at collegiate camps with his big arm. 6-3.852 passing yards. ‘He reminds us of Scotty Whitt as a freshman. He’s always in the right place at the right time.28 at Dobyns-Bennett Sept. senior. freshman). To do that. They hear the talk around the community and on the Internet.m. 6th season) | Lastyear: 6-5 | ReturningStarters: 18 (9 on offense. They’re human. Bran. Josh 51 Foster. Ryan Sissom. 2 TDs in 2008). we gave up points last year. Washington. and going out and working hard every day and getting better every day. Dylan O’Neal. so I think we’re ready. As a sophomore.355 Stone yards and 15 touchdowns.29 *Anderson County MyVLT2 TV *Conferencegames allgames7:30p. 5 7 65 46 80 33 56 23 12 8 Name Stone. Austin Shannon.” said head coach Andy Shattuck. “He has really grown and developed and worked hard. Oct. “He’s so intelligent. “He’s one of those kids who people say. BreakoutPlayers: Blake Williams (safety. 31 catches.“I’mtryingtoimprove my stock on passing yards and completions. Name 58 Cook. With roughly 20 seniors returning and essentially all of its skill set. 385 yards.concentrating on the matter at hand. Tanner 70 McLane. Chase Washington. Darian Tackett. 5-11. DT/OT PK/QB CB/WR DL/OT DL/G LB/RB G/LB CB/WR RB/SS DE/WR Yr. While the defense should be improved this season. Cory Webb. FS/QB SS/WR DE/G LB/WR DE/G SS/WR C/DE CB/K/WR FS/WR F/RB/SS Yr. Brodie Bainum. We kept them together. 29 vs. SR SR SR SR SR JR SR SR SR SR .CLINTON RUNDOWN Heroes: Darian Stone (quarterback. trying to keep all our seniors together.2.25 *Campbell County Oct. 6 TDs in 2008). Nick 77 Galloway.9 *Powell Oct.seniortightend/defensiveend JoelChapmanestimatedthat. And for good reason. As the season approaches that total will only rise. When healthy. David Bridges. SO JR SO SR SO SO SO SO FR JR SR No. In fact. 8 TDs in 2008). The muscle bulk he carries shows the importance he’s placing on his final shot at glory. We were determined. Now. 652 yards. HelpNeeded:“It’s no secret that defensively. Jordan 34 Dabney. 22 catches. 170). He returned late in the year but wasn’t as effective.” The Dragons averaged 30. 5-11.“Wehaveabout18or19seniors now. these guys are seniors. Landon 24 Manning. Powell. senior. reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1998.” The X-factor may be the health of Hazelhurst. 180. Joel Chapman (tight end/defensive line.” Camion Patrick (wide receiver/defensive back. James Pos. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. “He’s one of the purest athletes we’ve had. Jarret 2 Hazelhurst. 83 carries. Zohaib Richards. Billie Toney. Marty Boies. Powell.com BY JESSE SMITHEY InmidJuly. It all will hinge on the play of seniors Darian Stone (quarterback).4 *Karns Sept. I want to be a quarterback.21 *at Halls Aug. Shawn Bailey. Nick Frazier (wide receiver) and Joel Chapman (tight end/defensive end).18 T. Dee Sharpe. Nick Frazier (wide receiver. Clinton may still have to post five or more touchdowns in a game to pull out a win.11 *at Hardin Valley Sept. Clinton allowed 29. “These guys have all been starters or contributors since their sophomore year. Oct. SR SO JR SO JR SO JR JR SR SR JR No. senior. Zach Willard. 23 at Oak Ridge. Weston Hazelhurst (running back/linebacker. 9 vs. Dusty 27 Martin.” said Shattuck. we weren’t too happy with that. Elijah Bolinger.2 per game. Oct. 175. Joel Pos. Although he was picked off only five times last season.

itmightbeablessingbecausehe won’t be over-throwing. Grayson Belasco. Zack Hartman. 33 10 67 31 85 4 72 59 91 95 48 44 14 11 43 61 34 20 77 28 42 45 84 99 96 69 47 93 81 Name Pitcher. KEY GAMES Sept. 6-2. Guy Haynes. Lee Vance.25 at Riverdale Oct. Manuel Leonard.16 *Maryville Oct. The backfield pair is arguably the best in EastTennessee. Tyler Dreyer. 977 yards. Reese Burnette. Cody McDonald. Zach Weaver. De’Andre Rivera. Oct. 155 175 265 215 170 150 270 285 250 160 175 140 160 150 165 160 140 190 215 190 150 155 145 220 185 225 185 230 170 Yr.534 yards and 24 touchdown passes last season. Ben Cook. BY JESSE SMITHEY With arguably the toughest schedule in the state. Elliott Johnson. 3 vs. Senior wide receiver David Allen has the best hands on the team and was Browning’s second-favorite target behind Van Dyne last season. Addison Tillman. senior. Tyler Parker. 13 TDs last season). 215. Good thing the Admirals are loaded. De’Andre Purty (RB.”saidFarragutcoach EddieCourtney. They mayneedeveryablebody. If Browning isn’t 100 percent by the season’s start. Maryville. “I know he was frustrated. Oct. Jacob Grieco. 5-10 5-9 6-3 6-0 5-10 5-9 6-0 6-3 DL 5-10 K 6-3 LB 5-9 K/WR 5-9 QB 5-10 DB 5-9 LB 5-10 DE 5-4 WR 5-6 WR 6-2 OT 6-3 LB 5-10 LB 5-10 LB 6-1 WR 5-8 DE 6-0 DE 5-10 OT 6-1 LB 6-1 DE 5-10 LB 5-11 Pos LB K OT RB LB QB G Wt. 6-0. Brian Knipp. Britain Gilliam.3 *Catholic. 208. Matt Leon. Greg Hannay.21againstDobyns-Bennett. Cameron Hensley. 185. especially in the backfield with Purty. Zach Yoo. Dylan Moroz. Tanner Colwell. and you seriously can only worry about one week atatime. Catholic. 6 on defense) 8-2 Solid Admirals will be tested smitheyj@knoxnews. Brad Gibson. becauseit’sallowedustoworksomeotherkids andseewheretheyfit. Andrew Tracey. 9 55 94 21 78 64 25 7 23 35 49 15 88 13 80 89 32 29 30 56 12 18 22 73 51 38 1 92 46 54 52 Name Allen.m. “Inoneway. Robbie Lewis. he’s prepared to prove his worth — and durability. Will Landguth. Jason Bowdle. 9 at Bearden. Cody Savell. 185 195 185 200 160 150 155 180 280 165 160 150 195 145 280 195 125 175 260 246 185 160 185 225 180 150 145 170 160 115 165 Yr. Gabe Whitney. Zach Fricks. Jacob Joyce.9 *at Bearden Oct.eh? “Didhecatchthefootball?Thatwasthefirst question I asked. SR JR SR JR JR SO JR JR SO SO SO SO SO SO SO JR SO SO SR SR JR SR SO SR SO JR SO JR SO SO JR No. PREDICTED FINISH PX18 Coach: Eddie Courtney (94-56.18 *at West Sept. Harper Brown. Austin Crone. BreakoutPlayers: Junior running back Montre Hudson (5-8. Bryan Tindal. Montre Ishak. He wanted to be throwing a lot this summer. Dillon Lee. His worry turned to a more serious nature atthehospital. Jay Urevick. 195) wowed onlookers during last season’s preseason scrimmages and the jamboree but injuries (torn medial collateral ligament.wherehewonderedifhe’dever play again. Matt Hudson. But he was released from his protective boot on July 15 and has been taking the necessarystepstoreturnbytheseasonopener Aug. But Farragut also has bouts with Riverdale. Cameron Manhardt. Allen caught 33 passes for 454 yards and four touchdowns. Braden Van Dyne. nine TDs in 2008). Madison Browning.” said Browning. Joe White. Through extensive offseason preparations. MyVLT2 Sept.quitepossiblythestate. 5-10 5-8 6-0 5-11 5-8 5-9 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-6 5-8 5-7 5-10 5-7 6-1 5-11 5-3 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-7 5-10 5-7 5-9 5-9 5-8 5-7 5-9 5-4 5-6 5-10 Wt. Scott Walker. 60 3 37 39 5 26 19 41 79 68 27 8 53 17 71 58 90 70 65 63 66 82 57 74 40 6 87 16 24 36 2 Name Honey. ArunthroughDistrict4-AAAwiththelikes of Catholic.Typicalquarterback.” Admiral Nation held its collective breath in April when rising senior quarterback Reese Browning had his left tibia broken in the spring’sfinalscrimmage. Parker Michael.Buthe’smore suited for catchingand keeping defenses from loadingthelinetostoprunningbacksDe’Andre PurtyandMontreHudson. Dylan Ht.com SCHEDULE Aug. senior. Josh Pos WR G DE RB OT G WR QB DL LB TE QB CB RB DB CB DE CB LB C K FS DB DE RB CB DB DL C LB Ht. Luke Twigg. Preston Mitchell. Maryville and West is a task in itself. Kaleb McPhearson. Lee Van Dyne (WR. Bobby Galloway. HelpNeeded:A young offensive line has much to prove. Caleb Wilke. It’s helped our team. Robert Yeary. Justin Purty.23 *at Lenoir City Oct. But he’s going to befine. David Aranada. We’ve learned from those experiences.FARRAGUT RUNDOWN Heroes: Reese Browning (QB. Daniel Ponce.28 at Oak Ridge Sept. Taino Pos LB RB LB LB CB RB DB LB G DE LB QB C LB G LB DE LB G G DL WR DL DE LB WR DB CB LB DL CB Ht. 24 TDs last season). senior. Christian Frazier. “We came out of a region that we thought was one of the most challenging in the state. 18 at West. concussion) sidelined him for most of the season. Aldo Rule. Chris Beauchamp.” SeniorwidereceiverLeeVanDynetookthe snapsduringBrowning’shiatus. JR SR JR SR SO SO JR SR SR SR JR SO JR JR SR SO SO SR SR SR SO SO SO SR SO SO SO SO SR . 2. All Browning cared about was the play’s result. Nathan Taylor. 5-11. Drake Perez. Austin Mann. 165 230 180 180 220 225 180 175 205 220 190 215 155 150 110 140 215 155 145 200 140 180 150 240 200 200 160 170 170 215 180 Yr. 16 vs. Ryan Watson. What’sGood: Farragut has superb depth at the skill positions on offense. Michael Bodack. Bao Nugent. Garrett Bradley.2 *Heritage Oct. Sept. Devin Jackson .534 yards passing. 1.“Wefeellikeourkidsandour coaching staff want to compete against those typeofteams. 175). Thomas Whatley. Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett and OakRidge. 6-0 5-11 5-10 5-7 6-2 5-9 6-0 5-11 5-11 6-2 6-1 6-0 6-1 5-11 5-3 5-9 6-5 5-11 5-5 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-8 6-4 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-6 6-0 5-9 Wt. Tyler Hemsley.Yougottodothat. Kevin Simmons.265 yards. Tyler Brooks.21 Dobyns-Bennett Aug. Devin Haskins. Zach Sellers. Thomas Jetton. Connor Taylor. Christian Poplawski. Bearden. the linemen must mature quickly. Kenneth Michael. 12th season) | Lastyear: 11-2 | ReturningStarters: 11 (5 on offense. Gavin Wrinkle. Miguel Arcada. “He’s worked extremely hard to get himself back and remain positive. “We look at it as an exciting opportunity to playthosekindofpeople. Zach Leon. Kevin Klenkel.Farragutisgoingtohaveplentyopportunitiestotestitsbest. ROSTER No.” said Courtney. Nathan Giles.30 *William Blount *Conferencegames allgames7:30p. Mikol Nguyen. SR SO SO SR JR SO JR SO SR JR SO SR JR JR JR SO SR SO SO JR SR SR JR SR SR SO SR SR SO SO JR No. Anthony Bass. who threw for 2. Hudson and Chris Bass (5-9. Zach Storms. 54 catches. Daniel Koonce. Calvin Moore. Tommy Mays. Bo Cooper. Drew Landguth.

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18 *at Pigeon Forge Sept. Jason Garcia. Antonio Blair.m. Amir Clark.16 *Carter Oct. Carter.alongwithAntonio Barfield.“He’s yourprototypeasfaraslooksand speed. Lastseasonended4-6—Fulton’sfirstnonplayoffcampaignsince1992. “I Winters go into this year and I know things. I didn’t have much experience and I was just getting used to things. David Thomas. Sialas Chapman. Jared Pitchford.413yards. ‘Man. LB/RB/WR DE/OL DL/OL K/PK DE/TE DL/OL DE/FB/RB DL/OL DL/OL DB/WR DE/TE DL/OL DB/WR DL/OL Ht. “This was the first time in about 15 years that we’ve had to lift weightsinNovemberorDecember.Theywereour biggest rival. Nick Mathis.1. Bart Taylor. “Last year was heart breaking. 18th season) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 15 (7 on offense. Barfield Amir Chapman) to relieve himofanyplay-makingpressures. Aaron Mynatt.”saidcoachBuckCoatney. Coatney said more than 80 kids have been showing up for volunteer workouts during the summer. we have to do something about thatnextyear. ‘It was a rebuilding year for us. PREDICTED FINISH PX20 Coach: Buck Coatney (129-82.4 *at Austin-East Sept. QuintestVinson(FB/LB.senior.”SeniorDavidTaylor (5-9. Alcoa.187.Atany giventimeduringlastseason. Sr.Lastseasonitallowed opponentstoconvert55percent(15of 27)fourth-downattempts. After we saw that. Devon Winters.’ I couldn’tsaytoomuchaboutit. Bruce Johnson.heranthefastesttimeinthe adidas7-on-7atUT. BreakoutPlayers:MarcoGolliday(RB/DE. Kadayle Bridges. Brian Pos. 5-11 173 SO 6-0 209 JR 6-0 296 SO 6-0 173 SR 6-0 171 SR 6-2 271 SO 5-11 189 SR 6-0 232 JR 5-9 233 JR 6-2 173 SO 6-2 203 JR 6-2 279 SR 5-9 181 SR 6-2 226 SO No. 16 vs. Marco Gray. Brandon Taylor. Averon Flemming. “I’ll just say this: I don’t think (the players) want to work out in November or December ever again.their inexperienceoftprovedastumbling block. Allen Satterfield. When you get knocked down. topreturningtacklerswith82).speedydefenseandstellar rungamethatfeaturesthreereturning startersupfrontshouldpavetheirway intoNovember. HelpNeeded:Fultononlyhasfourhome games.Doingso would mean they had at least made the state quarterfinals. “(Last season) was difficult.’” Fulton returns 15 starters Coatney tohandlethejumpinclassification(3Ato4A)andaschedulewithsixroadgames. when Fulton finished state runner-up. 5-10. QB DL/OL DL/OL FB/LB DB/WR DL/OL DE/TE DB/RB/WR DB/WR DB/WR DB/LB/RB FB/LB DB/WR LB/QB/TE Ht. I’ll be able to learn newthingstoimprovemygame. Since 2002.2 *at Gibbs Oct. SophomoretailbackAmirChapman (6-2. Brandon Golliday. 22 at Morristown West. BY JESSE SMITHEY Thanksgiving dinner didn’t sit too well with Fulton head coach Buck Coatney last November. 24 52 76 26 81 66 3 51 72 15 80 55 88 75 Name Elder. junior quarterback Ben Winters is more game savvy and has threeofhisoffensivelinemen back and three over-qualified tailbacks (Dametrius Thomas. Sept. Richard Jackson. Jake Roach.junior.211. Denzel Cason. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. It was frustrating.22 at Morristown West Aug.Threeroadgames followtheboutwiththeTornadoes.junior. We’re Fulton. We just didn’t haveitlastyear.Whiletheycompetedwell. Javonte Deathridge. 2 9 77 10 25 14 56 28 13 6 35 59 7 19 Name Allen. Mychal Castle. 5-10 173 JR 6-1 187 SR 6-3 309 JR 5-10 170 SR 6-0 197 JR 5-10 167 SO 6-3 242 JR 5-11 183 FR 6-2 173 JR 6-2 203 SO 5-9 161 SO 6-1 268 SR 5-9 190 JR 5-10 167 SO No.sevenor eightunderclassmengracedFulton’s lineup. Quintest Williams.1.181)hastremendous speedandscored12TDslastseason.BenWinters(QB/LB. Micah Reilly. Sr. Sr.DevinWilliams andMicahPitchford.9 *Gatlinburg-Pittman Oct. Jolante Chaney. Sept. “But it was motivation for us to see Catholic go to state andwinning. Falcons determined to regain success smitheyj@knoxnews.we’llbeabletoget backonourgameandgettotheplayoffs.thefirstnotcominguntilSept. senior. 5-11. ‘What happened to y’all this year?’ I was like. Oct.” saidWinters. 12 54 57 5 4 65 32 18 17 11 1 21 23 8 Name Lethgo. Fultonstillhasafewholestofillonthe linesandneedstoimproveonitsfourthdowndefense. we were like.10 Alcoa MyVLT2 TV Game Sept.164)haveturnedthecornerand areexpectedtomakenicecontributions aswidereceivers.6-2. What’sGood: Fulton’sAchillesheellast season—toomanysophomores—is nowitsstrength—experience. Most importantly. Bob Foster.” Aug.173. Jarius Johnson. 5-11 171 SR 5-9 263 JR 5-11 273 JR 5-8 177 SR 6-2 201 JR 5-11 256 SR 6-2 202 FR 5-10 173 JR 5-11 167 JR 5-9 167 SR 5-10 187 JR 6-2 221 SR 5-11 171 JR 6-1 193 JR . We’re expected to go to the playoffs and get to state. Octavius Johnson. Fred Fair. Steven Barfield. Sept.28 at Powell Sept.BuddyBridges.16TDsin2008). William Miller.25 at West Oct. DB/QB DB/TE/WR DL/OL DB/WR FB/LB/TE DB/WR DL/OL LB/RB DE/TE DB/DE/RB LB/TE DL/OL FB/LB DB/QB/WR Ht.whopassedfor 320 yards and three TDs in his final game last season. “Last year. Christian Cotner.” said senior widereceiverAntonioBarfield.6-0. Wt. Tyrell Foster.“Alotofpeople said.com SCHEDULE Aug. 10againstAlcoa. Wt. it has been the Falcons’ goal to alwayspracticeonThanksgivingDay. 4 at AustinEast. But you have to tighten up your belt buckle and go back to work. Demetrius Vinson.Adeep.30 *Union County *conferencegames allgames7:30p. Chance Pos. Xavier Brown.193)passestheeyetestandwill onlybolsteratalentedbackfield. just more evidence that the passion to return to prominenceisthere. “It’soneofthosesituationswhereitmakes youlookatthingsandappreciatewhat’shappened (in the past). Hakeem Higgins. 25 at West. 8 on defense) 8-2 Putting an off season behind Rebuilding over. 10 vs. Quez Kennedy. you got to see what kind of man you are to get back up. you know?” TheFalconshavebeengoinghardsincethe wintermonthsundertheweight-roomdirection of coach Micaiah Smoker.” said Coatney. Marco Golliday. Wt.ButtheFalconsarehungrierthan ever. Jerron Carroll.FULTON RUNDOWN Heroes:DametriusThomas(RB.Thisyear. Ben Pos. Ethan Clark.Ihadtotakeit andgoon.009all-purposeyardslast season).“Two yearsago.161)andjuniorBrandonTaylor (6-0.

” It’s really going to be tough toward the end of theschedule. Jamel Green. It’s tough.either. MarshallreplacedstartingQB TaylorOgle.Inabouttwoand ahalfgames. 5 on defense) PREDICTED FINISH 7-3 PX21 RUNDOWN Heroes: ElijahCasey(DT. It’s gonna be tough with our schedule.18 *at Gibbs Sept. We may bust oneof’em. Brandon Moore. starterin’08).We’lldoourbest. andjuniorwidereceiver/tight endRyanTaylor.andhe’sathletic.We’ll have a good football team. Billy Ball. Joey Ogle.OT. the Highlanders have trouble getting them.junior. Ty Hibbard. Hammondshasyettofigureouthowthepostseason will work when teams from his region couldmoveintoadifferentsetofplayoffs.seniorwidereceiver/ cornerbackPierceMcCarter.Gatlinburg-Pittman’slastfourregular-seasongamesareagainstAustin-East. “It’s hard to establish strong rivalries because we’ve been moved aroundsomuch.anall-purpose playmaker. Billy Joslin. Ty Marshall.Thenagain. Jeremy Pos OL TE WR TE RB OL OL OL RB WR QB/WR WR WR QB TE OL OL WR Ht.9 *at Fulton Oct. 5-5 5-9 6-2 5-10 5-7 6-0 5-8 6-0 5-10 5-10 5-8 6-3 6-0 5-8 5-9 5-11 6-1 6-1 Wt.400-yardrusherMatthew Pittser. HelpNeeded:Replacing 1. with Austin-East. 11 32 70 60 15 77 25 3 6 50 21 38 19 52 57 12 76 74 Name Horner. James Stewart.30 *Pigeon Forge *conferencegames allgames7:30p. Hunter Meier.andPigeonForge.20 Oneida MyVLT2 TV Aug.” Hammondssaid. Andy Pos TE RB OL OL WR OL WR QB WR OL WR TE WR OL OL QB OL OL Ht.strong onbothsidesoftheball. Joe Myers.28 Cosby Sept.nowawalk-onat Clemson.His quarterback. Gatlinburg-Pittman coach As far as rivals. “It’s terrible for us. Fulton. Pierce Meier.senior. Jacob Bilbrey.Fulton. but nobody else beats themmuch.m. Ty Spearman.buttheir bestathletesareinthewide receiversandsecondary. Paul Huskey. Knox Fulton and Austin-East. Elijah Davidson. Joseph Reagan.greatsize.andWilliams.” Hammondsfeelslikehisteamhasbeenavagabondovertheyears.andPigeonForge.Marshallthrew 35passesandcompleted60 percent. Clay Foster. BY DAVE LINK Gatlinburg-PittmancoachBennyHammonds isn’t a big fan of the TSSAA’s recent reclassification. there is no shortage oftalent. D. new challenges Highlanders strong.willbedifficult. Tye McCarter. Brandon Taylor. except that they’re goingtobeprettydarngood.where seniorsHunterDouglas(5-11. 140 170 205 185 220 190 135 155 235 175 155 185 150 160 220 225 Yr. let the chips fall as they may.J. Robert Russell. Jared Williams.”hesaid. (playing) those inner-city schools.whosignedwithCarson-Newman.theHighlanders’veterancoach hasdealtwithitbefore.180). “Changing the schedule that drastically is pretty rough when you have nine out of 10 newcomers. Cody Green.youneverknow. ROSTER No.23 *at Carter Oct. Huskey. Oneida.170) willneedtostepup. Josh Smith.5-11. The Highlanders play only one team from their 2008 schedule. Blade Eltzroth.They includejuniorwidereceiver/ safetyRyanTaylor.Ron Durbin(WR. “Welookforwardtoit. 5-8 5-7 5-8 5-10 5-11 5-9 5-7 5-10 5-11 5-6 5-8 5-11 5-11 5-11 6-2 5-11 Wt. Michael Marshall. AustinEast. It’s been a few years. “We’ve been to Loudon and Mountain City. Brandon Patel.” Hammonds said. Carter.quick.SpencerWilliams (C. and the players and coaches know little about their opponents. but new opponents present trouble sports@knoxnews. Hunter Durbin.25 at Unicoi County Oct. Terry Pullium. Dev Patel.180). Colin Merritt.” Hammonds will rely on a balanced offense to competewiththenewteamsonhisschedule. Aaron Casey.GATLINBURG-PITTMAN Coach: Benny Hammonds (288-115.6-0. SeveraloftheHighlanders’bestathletesplayed as sophomores. and although his team lacks experience at some positions. Hammonds doesn’t expect his team to back downfromthenewchallenge. Dakota England. Jacob Douglas.Carter. Shane Ledford. and landed in the same region. Caleb Byerly. 170 170 295 185 155 220 165 175 145 180 160 210 160 200 175 190 305 200 Yr. 38th season) | Lastyear: 9-2 | ReturningStarters: 10 (5 on offense. Linebackeraconcern.“It’llbehardforustocompete. It’s all right. gained valuable experienceattheendofthe2008seasonwhenstarter TaylorOglegothurt.” “We’ll just get in there and grind. Ryan Thomas.“We’reexcited about getting started.16 *Austin-East Oct. Luke Latham.junior. Michael Phillips.” Hammonds said. Spencer Pos RB OL OL RB OL RB WR RB OL RB WR RB WR TE/WR OL OL Ht. week 7 vs.junior. Region 3-3A. 20 vs. Ron Durbin.com SCHEDULE Aug. senior. New schedule. “We’ve been down there before (to play Austin-East and Fulton). KEY GAMES Aug. We’ll just get in there and grind.juniorwidereceivercornerbackJeremy Hibbard.”hesaid. BreakoutPlayers:TyMarshall (QB. DT. Chris Lowery. Ryan Neave.starteras sophomore). 6-3 5-9 5-8 5-11 5-8 5-11 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-1 6-1 5-5 5-11 5-5 6-3 6-1 6-3 5-11 Wt. What’sGood: TheHighlandershaveexperienceonthe offensiveanddefensiveline withthereturnofCasey.starterin ’08. 73 39 22 89 36 66 58 55 20 10 2 18 24 7 88 62 53 4 Name Bales.6-1.2 *Union County Oct.” BennyHammonds.230.290. Mahavir Patterson. “Idon’tlikeallthatsillystuff. JR SO SO JR SR SO SR JR SR JR FR SO FR FR JR FR SO JR No. FR SR JR FR SR SR SR JR SR SO SR JR SO SO FR SO SO FR No. let the chips fall as they may. Casey Herrell. SO SO JR FR JR SO SO JR FR FR SO JR SO JR SR SR . Dillon Rosco. Alex Morris. Dusty Brien. Justin Howard.230. Grant Patton.BillHuskey(OT.mayplayonDLalso).andwilldealwithitnow. They (the TSSAA) just send us where they need us to be. 230)andCalebBrien(5-9.“Nobody canexplainittome. 40 51 56 34 65 42 5 28 64 33 80 30 84 14 67 75 Name Ogle. Pigeon Forge. Turner Merritt. adefensivestopper.6-1. We’ll do the best we can.11 at Sullivan East Sep. 310 190 155 170 180 200 230 165 200 173 165 130 145 115 160 155 245 160 Yr.” DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor. Benedict.whenOglebrokehis thumbintheninthgameof theseason.Gibbs.6-1.

SO SR SR SO JR FR JR N/A SO SO JR SR JR N/A SO SR No. Sept. senior). the quarterback has a lot of opportunities. senior. “We have good seniors and we’re confident with the offense. Cody Bales. Wt. Tyler Watson. the team’s leading receiver and a starting cornerback last season.28 at Claiborne Sept. Chayse Mallicoat.11 Grace Christian Sept. 21 vs. 6-0. Ryan Pos. senior. Also of major concern: the Eagles lost five senior linemen from the 2008 offense.”Conleysaid. Brad Bales. Eric Steele.Itwasaveryresilientfootball team.sohisfamiliaritywith the offense is a plus. the byproduct of playing sophomores in 2008. 2nd season) | Lastyear: 3-8 | ReturningStarters: 12 (6 on offense. 6-1. Junior Chris Legg was forced into action as the starting quarterbacklastseason.” One thing’s for sure: Conley is glad to be back on the sidelines. 6 on defense) 4-6 Heroes: Justin Treadway (WR. Steven Whitt. Paul Scott. Jordan Turner. Tyler Boling. Phillip Clark.and in better shape this year. Dylan Oakley. and end Brice Clark. What’s Good: There is plenty of experience returning in the offensive and defensive backfield. Banking on the triple option Experience with new offense should be plus after 3-8 season sports@knoxnews. In this offense.” Bates said. (Legg) did a really goodjob. Erik Henry. Brenton Batts. I tell the kids. Grainger. 5-10 180 5-11 175 5-11 160 5-10 220 6-1 235 6-0 230 6-0 180 5-11 175 5-10 175 6-5 210 5-11 215 5-9 150 6-4 220 6-2 175 5-8 165 Yr. and had a full season. Justin Tuggle. We hope he gets even better.3 *at Pigeon Forge Sept. Brady Pos. who ran for 200 yards.18 *Gatlinburg-Pittman Sept. Quentin Bates. Brandon Treadway.Ifeel everybody’salotstronger. Breakout Players: Seth Brewton (slotback. so Conley is counting on some young linemen to step forward and fill that void.com SCHEDULE Aug. high school football. Chris Lyon. “I missed it (coaching). Seth Brown.m. Oakley has added some muscle in the offseason.2 *Fulton Oct. SR JR JR JR JR SO SR SR JR SO SO JR JR SR SO .Obviouslywe wanttowinmoreandourexpectationsareto win more. 5-8.“Cominginasasophomore.23 *at Union County Oct. I feel like we’re further along. Austin Buckner. a spring practice and a preseason to fine-tune it. and Bates was a standout on the defensive front and will do double-duty as the starting center. Conley is more than happy with his move. 165 160 230 250 155 160 175 220 140 230 210 235 130 165 175 190 Yr. Blake Webb. Help Needed: Conley spent much of the preseason working on the kicking game. our quarterback and skill players. LB DB LB/WR DL/OT DL/OL DL/OT DB/WR G/LB LB DL/OL LB/OL DB DL DL DB Ht. Josh Jackson. He’s got to be better and step forward. “We’ve been working hard Bates in the weight room.whostarted at defensive tackle and also will play center this season. 6-2 5-10 5-11 6-0 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-8 6-1 5-11 6-2 5-8 5-11 6-0 5-10 Wt. Wt. Brice Dalon.wentinto administrationforfouryears. Ty Legg. 6-0. senior.21 Grainger Aug. We’ve worked hard and we expect better things. DB/WR DB/WR DT/OL C/DT DB/WR DB/QB DE/OL DE/OT DB/SS DT/OL DL/OL DT/OL DB/WR DB/QB DE/WR DT/OL Ht. Ryan Oakley (DE. “With everybody getting to know the offense and with most of our offense coming back. I feel more confident this year.there’snothinglikeFridaynights. 180). Zach Shipley. Bradley Clabough. DB WR G/LB DT/OL DB PK DB/WR DT/OL LB/OL DB/WR DB/QB DB DT/OL DT/OL DE/OL Ht. Derrick Batts. “I feel a lot more confident this year. 36 3 68 77 88 5 70 78 10 69 73 59 82 12 49 64 Name Armstrong. and that will give the Eagles another look to throw at defenses. Cooper Wampler. 250). last year wasalotoffun. Stephen Jacobs. Quarterback Chris Legg was forced into duty as a sophomore and has a season of running the triple option under his belt. Aug. but all things considered. Will Wells. 3 at Pigeon Forge. Nick Bryson. and his hard work will lead to playing time this season. but he’s a shifty. Ryan Iddins. 40 26 29 61 72 75 4 55 34 76 — 16 99 92 21 Name Richards.and beingwiththisgroupofkidshasproventobe asmuchfunasIcouldhopefor. Defensive line is solid with the return of Bates. he wasn’t going to be the starter. Lyons led the team with more than 400 rushing yards. and he likes the feel of butterflies in his stomach as the season approaches. “I’m still glad to be back. Brenton Bates (DT. Josh Riffey. Our offensivelineisalotstrongerthanlastyear. KEY GAMES Aug.” Conley said. Zack Boles.9 *Carter Oct. Ben McElreath. one of his primary concerns heading into 2009. Samuel Hall. Treadway had a team-high 15 catches in 2008. BatessaystheEagles’work in the weight room should help make up for the departure of five senior linemen from 2008. We hope to do good things with it.includingBrentonBates.andgottheitch to get back into coaching in 2008 after Eagles coach Randy Carroll stepped down.” So does Justin Treadway. That’s how I came away with it. senior. 28 at Claiborne. Blake Pos. 165). DT Nick Brown. SR JR SO SR SO JR SO JR SR SR SO JR JR JR SR SR No. “To be a year along with our offensive installation. along with junior running back Andy Hibbitt. elusive runner.GIBBS RUNDOWN PREDICTED FINISH PX22 Coach: Brad Conley (3-8.30 *at Austin-East *conferencegames allgames7:30p. Brewton doesn’t have much size. Leif McLemore. “In the triple option. Situations occurred. BY DAVE LINK BradConleyspentnineyearsasanassistant footballcoachatGibbsHighSchool.” Dave Link is a freelance contributor. Rob Johnson. Matt Capps.” It was a good spring practice.” Conleyinstalledatriple-optionoffenselast year. Taylor Simmons. even though a couple of key players missed it because of baseball. ROSTER No. 2 80 56 74 20 7 24 63 66 1 8 33 71 65 62 50 Name Goad.” Treadway said. as well as the top running back in Lyon. Austin Varner. Andrew Guynes. Chayse Lyon (RB. and (the job) fell into his lap.“You’realwaysexcitedandalittle nervous as the season begins. Josh Brewton. His top target returns in Treadway. Rocky Hibbett.morephysical. Andy Hunley.” Conleysaid. 5-5 130 5-9 170 5-9 175 6-1 305 5-11 180 5-11 145 5-9 160 6-3 285 5-8 180 5-9 145 5-11 165 5-8 170 6-0 180 5-10 180 5-10 225 6-0 170 Yr. 175).25 at Cumberland Gap Oct.

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both are young and inexperienced. Blake Hopkins. BY JOHN SHEARER Not only does the math say Grace Christian Academy should be competitive this year. Max Duggins. 6-2 5-10 5-10 5-6 5-8 6-0 5-11 5-10 5-7 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-11 6-1 5-9 Wt.9 Taft Youth Center Oct. will be playing defensive end.2 *Rockwood Oct. 21 against CAK. The top of the list includes end Eric Williams. Oct.28 at Grace Baptist Academy Sept. Will McReynolds. 62 52 31 6 25 2 44 53 58 10 65 16 75 12 99 Name Arnold. “And this year we can be more diverse in the run-pass ratio. 175 236 180 150 160 195 180 200 220 140 150 140 225 210 142 Yr. 5-7 5-7 6-0 5-8 5-8 6-1 5-8 5-9 5-11 6-1 6-5 5-8 5-9 Wt. and we are gong to build on that. Michael McKamey. Ben Thompson. Dylan Dixon. SO SO SR SO SO SO SO FR SO FR SR JR SR . Joshua Covington. as are running back Blake Hester and defensive end Davis Frank. so also does coach Randy McKamey.” he said. Sterlin Campbell. “He is getting attention from Division I schools. Jordan Hutchinson.30 *at Greenback *conferencegames allgames7:30p.” Among the team’s strengths are several returning skill position players on offense. 33 39 78 18 79 59 23 56 76 3 5 80 57 Name Palmer. “We have been very good at creating turnovers.” he said.inhisthirdyear. BreakoutPlayers:Cornerback and running back Chris Campbell is expected to excel after breaking his collarbone in the fourth game last year. “He really turned some heads this spring. McKamey “He is a four-year starter for us. 30 at Greenback KEY GAMES ROSTER No.” McKamey said. who is being courted by several Division I schools.21 CAK Aug. 5-10 5-11 5-8 5-8 5-8 5-11 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-9 6-0 6-3 6-0 Wt. 77 8 15 11 9 84 55 22 24 20 19 14 4 63 54 Name Herbst. Josh Belcher. Davis Griffith. Chris Carlton. What’sGood:A number of good offensive skill position players should help.” he said. Landon Roberts.com SCHEDULE Aug. “We are going to try to go deep in the playoffs. is expected to create some worries for opposing coaches on the offensive and defensive lines. “I think we are going to Campbell have a real good defense. McKamey said. The offensive line is a little inexperienced but not so on defense. Trent Williams. not only for bragging rights. “We may win games defensively. Jonathan Ht.”saidMcKamey. Chase Ht.16 *Harriman Oct.11 at Gibbs Sept.” said McKamey. Ryan Hester. 21 vs.” Anchoring the defense will be two-way lineman Atticus Frank. Helping him in the backfield will be Frank Minga and McReynolds. Peter Ht. 18 at Midway. McKamey hopes the team can get off to a good start with a win Aug. 200 145 250 145 201 200 150 237 320 179 220 130 190 Yr. Sept. “We are going to have to really step it up because the last few years it has been all offense. Caleb Meyers. CAK. Steephen Kendrick. Austin McReynolds. and Blake Hester are other keys on offense. Chad Beck. “That game could be the catalyst for us. “He keeps getting better every year. including end Eric Williams.” John Shearer is a freelance contributor. Brett McCoy.” Jordan Hopkins and Gunner Thorpe were battling during the preseason for the quarterback job.” Frank. if the offense is struggling.” said McKamey. whose brother. Johnathon Conner. while Hopkins is smaller and shiftier. Jake Morris. “He has great hands and he puts a big stress on defenses. according to McKamey. Austin Melton. Parker Steward. Tyler Minga. Austin Arowood. Isaiah Shelton. Jacob Taylor.“Wefeel like this year could be a good year for us. Thorpe is stronger. PREDICTED FINISH PX24 Coach: Randy McKamey (16-7. 3rd season) | Lastyear: 10-2 | ReturningStarters: 14 (6 on offense.4 *at Tellico Plains Sept. Eli Jared. 6-foot-5. The Rams finished 10-2 last season and returns 14 starters. However. also is optimistic that the defense can be strong.” Running backs Chris Campbell. Bill Dixon. the defensive front should still help keep the Rams in games. “if we go out and compete.m. a four-year starter. Davis.” said coach Randy McKamey. Tyler Frank.18 *at Midway Oct. Carlton Johnstone. Atticus Frank. believes the secondary can contribute as well. Eric Willis. Jacob Bowery. Landry Valentine. Sophomore receiver Jake Minga had an impressive spring practice. HelpNeeded:Grace Christian has some young guys in key areas on the offensive line. Sophomore receiver and defensive back Jake Minga also shows promise. He has kind of anchored our line. but also to set a good tempo going into district play. Also. who is returning from a mid-season broken collarbone. “We may not produce a lot of points. DD Zockall. JR JR JR FR SO SR FR SO FR JR SO FR SO SO FR No. 230 pounds.23 Johnson County Oct. Atticus Frank. “We have gotten stronger and that will help our running game. but we feel our defense is going to hold the opponents down to a couple of scores or less. a starting cornerback. Preston Newsome. 8 on defense) 6-4 Plenty of skill to go around Talent at many key positions has Rams ready to go sports@knoxnews. 245 175 150 125 140 150 225 155 130 170 160 143 140 230 180 Yr. SO SR SO JR FR SR SR FR SO FR JR FR SR JR FR No. Harley Reynolds.” said McKamey.” Campbell. Christian Taylor.GRACE CHRISTIAN RUNDOWN Heroes:Grace has several players expected to step up and be leaders. Ethan Waters. juniors Jordan Hopkins and Gunner Thorpe are competing for the starting quarterback position. Aug.

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HALLS
RUNDOWN
Heroes: James O’Laughlin (RB, junior, 5-10, 155; 586 yards and four TDs as a sophomore), Zack Dowdy (QB, senior, 5-11, 175), Garrett Greshman (WR, senior, 5-10, 160; played most of last season with a cast but now in full form physically).

PREDICTED FINISH

Coach: Kevin Julian (24-19, 5th season) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 7 (4 on offense, 3 on defense)

6-4

PX41

Red Devils riding on wing-T
Young offensive line must perform to make system work
smitheyj@knoxnews.com

SCHEDULE
Aug.21 *Clinton Aug.28 Sevier County Sept.4 *Powell Sept.11 at Webb Sept.18 *at Oak Ridge Sept.25 *at Anderson County Oct.2 *at Karns Oct.9 *Hardin Valley Oct.23 *at Campbell County Oct.30 *Central *conferencegames allgames7:30p.m.

BY JESSE SMITHEY

BreakoutPlayers: Zack Gibson — coach Kevin Julian said the senior running back “has an opportunity to put up some yardage” this season. He ran for 409 yards and six TDs on 45 carries last season. Linebacker Jake Long (5-8, 175), who doubles as an offensive lineman, is gunning for 100 tackles. What’sGood: With O’Laughlin, Gibson, Gresham and fullback Jared Burton, Halls has the playmakers it needs to compete in District 3-AAA. They are speed guys and will make an impact on the perimeter. Julian praised the senior leadership. “They’ve really taken the bull by the horns and pushed the guys through the winter, spring and summer.” HelpNeeded:The offensive and defensive lines aren’t, pound for pound, on par with those from previous season — and they’re not battle tested. Senior Ben McFalls is the only returning starter on the offensive line, which he will anchor.

With the first pick of the 2008 NFL draft, the MiamiDolphinsselectedoffensivelinemanJake Long. Whenpicked,hewas6-foot-7and317pounds large. Halls High School has a Jake Long who will play offensive line this season. What are the chances,right? But... “I’m 5-8 and about 175 pounds,” the senior said. That’s a benefit of running a wing-T offense, though. Halls head coach Kevin Julian doesn’t need five NFL Jake Longs to get running backs JamesO’Laughlin,ZackGibsonandfullbackJaredBurtonoffandrunning.Hejustneedsahandfulofmobilelinemenwithgoodtechnique. “I have to have really good technique,” said Long, “because you got guys out there who are 250 pounds and I weigh 175. I just stay low and maketheplays. “Wedoalotofpulling.I’marealquickguy,and Icangetoutsideandblockthoseendsoroutside linebackers.” Everyoffense’ssuccesshingesontheoffensive line,butit’sevenmoresoforHalls.Itreturnsonly one starter from its line. Gone is 275-pounder

CalebLeonard,anAirForcesignee.Inaresophomoresandjuniorswithmuchtolearn. “We have some good competition going on there,” said Julian. “If they can come on like they’resupposedtoandwecangetourplaymakerstheball,we’llbeOK.” ZackDowdywillstartatquarterbackaftertwo yearsbackingTylerTurner.Dowdydoesn’thave experience as a starter, but he did play. Turner’s career featured a few injuries. In Halls’ offense, thequarterbackdoesn’tneedtomake25throws pergametopileuppoints.Heonlyneedstoturn andmakeacleanhandoff. ButwhenDowdydoesthrow,he’llhaveagood receivertofindinGarrettGresham. Gresham was a threat last season, even with acastonhishand.Withtwohands,he’llbeeven morereliable. “Wehavetogethimtheball,”saidJulian.“He’s explosive.” JulianspokesimilarcommentsofO’Laughlin, a shifty, dynamic back who show flashes of brillianceasasophomore. “He’saspecialguy,”saidJulian.“He’sgottoget stronger,whichhe’sworkedonoverthesummer. He’sgottostayawayfrominjuryandrealizethat youhavetoputonthestrengthandmusclemass tocompeteonthislevel.He’sgotagiftforrunning thefootball,andwehavetogethimtheball.” Halls had great expectations for success last seasonthatnevermaterialized.Thistimearound, ithasadifferentmindframe. SaidLong:“Wehaveapointtoprove.”

Aug. 21 vs. Clinton, Sept. 4 vs. Powell, Sept. 18 at Oak Ridge, Sept. 25 at Anderson County, Oct. 30 vs. Central.

KEY GAMES

ROSTER
No. Name 20 Alley, Sam 39 Anderson, John 81 Bankhead, Aaron 1 Batts, Zack 16 Beeler, Will 9 Belew, Tyler 13 Bridges, Blake 37 Bright, Chad 51 Brown, Jonathan 12 Brown, Brady 80 Bryant, Rico 71 Bullard, Chris 84 Bunch, Chad 34 Burton, Jared 7 Cochran, Spencer 11 Coffman, Josh 29 Collins, Cody 72 Conner, Alex 19 Corcione, Thomas 89 Dailey, Alex 15 Delaney, Tyler 14 Dowdy, Zack 66 Extine, Corey 53 Farmer, Josh Pos. Ht. DB/RB 5-8 DB/WR 5-9 LB/WR 5-10 DB/QB 6-0 DB/WR 5-10 LB/RB 5-11 DB/WR 6-0 DB/WR 5-10 DL/OL 5-11 DB/QB 6-0 DB/WR 6-1 DL/OL 6-2 DB/WR 5-9 DL/RB 6-0 DB/WR 6-0 DB/QB 5-11 LB/WR 5-9 DL 6-2 LB/WR 6-0 DB/WR 5-6 DB/WR 5-9 DB/QB 6-0 DL/OL 5-8 DL/OL 5-9 Wt. 165 145 150 152 150 211 165 150 175 185 175 275 140 205 165 190 150 280 185 140 150 190 230 175 Yr. SR SO JR JR SR JR SR SR JR SO SO JR JR SR JR JR SO SO SO JR JR SR SO SO No. Name 46 Fitzpatrick, Corey 99 Gass, Jacob 3 Gibson, Zack 58 Gresham, Ryan 10 Gresham, Garrett 17 Griffen, Jeremy 24 Henley, Donovan 83 Herrell, Holden 66 Holloway, Cameron 23 Jacobs, Davin 26 Kahn, Jared 94 Keesee, Jonah 78 Keith, Allan 31 King, Hunter 36 Kitts, Casey 59 Lam, Wesley 21 Long, Jared 56 Long, Jake 35 Lucas, Spencer 79 McFalls, Ben 77 Norton, Zack 6 O’Laughlin, James 8 Painter, Grant 55 Paul, Chris Pos. Ht. LB/RB 5-10 DL/TE 6-2 DB/RB 5-9 DL/OL 6-0 DB/WR 5-10 DB/WR 6-1 DB/WR 5-8 DB/WR 5-8 DL/OL 6-0 DB/WR 5-10 K 5LB/RB 5-9 6-0 DB/WR 6-3 LB/WR 6-3 DL/OL 6-1 RB DL/OL 5-8 LB/RB 5-10 DL/OL 6-1 DL/OL 6-1 DB/RB 5-11 DB/RB 5-10 DL/OL 5-8 Wt. 175 225 165 225 155 165 150 130 250 135 145 157 225 168 208 223 170 176 215 270 168 175 160 Yr. SR JR SR SO SR SR JR SO SO SO SR JR SR SO SO JR SO SR SO SR JR JR SO SO No. Name 41 Pelle, Michael 25 Penida, Antonio 61 Pollard, Alex 30 Potter, Jake 22 Raley, Tanner 85 Rogers, Allen 50 Shaddix, Zack 40 Shuler, Blake 54 Shultz, Steven 90 Smith, Cody 5 Smith, Austin 33 Stansberry, Logan 42 Starnes, Austin 86 Starrett, Alex 70 Steinke, Bobby 64 Sumlin, DJ 75 Tatum, Trevor 63 Turner, Jeremy 69 Varner, Jake 32 Welch, Wesley 18 Williams, Dalton 44 Woods, Aaron Pos. DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL LB/WR DB/RB DB/WR DL/OL LB/RB DL/OL K DB/WR LB/RB DB/WR DL/RB DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR LB/TE Ht. 2-10 5-4 5-9 5-11 5-7 5-6 6-2 5-11 5-10 5-8 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-10 6-1 5-11 5-11 5-8 5-9 5-9 5-8 6-0 Wt. 163 125 175 165 160 148 345 175 240 140 175 170 180 171 172 230 230 200 165 155 140 204 Yr. SO JR SR SO SO SO SR SO JR JR SO JR SO SR JR JR SO SR SR SO JR JR

HARDIN VALLEY
PX42 Coach: Wes Jones (0-0, 1st season) | Lastyear: 5-2 (played a jayvee schedule)

PREDICTED FINISH

1-9

RUNDOWN
Heroes: Jake Bishop (QB, junior, 5-11, 175), Adam Schlosser (WR/DB, junior, 6-1, 175), Dorian Eskridge (RB, sophomore, 5-7, 165), Josh Krebbs (LB/FB/Slot, junior, 6-2, 190). BreakoutPlayers:Take your pick of the Hawks’ roster of five seniors, 35 sophomores and 35 juniors as they embark on their first season of varsity play. What’sGood: Hardin Valley might surprise some people with its skill players. Bishop is a steadying force at quarterback and Eskridge is a big-play running back. Center Jared Bolin (junior, 6-1, 230) anchors the offensive line. The Hawks are deep and talented at linebacker with Krebbs, Ricardo Winston (senior, 6-0, 185), Lee Warren (sophomore, 6-2, 215) and Zach Clevenger (junior, 6-3, 185). HelpNeeded: The Hawks are young, inexperienced and under-sized along the offensive front. HVA needs Ritchie Howser (senior, 6-1, 230), who has limited football experience, to come through on the line this fall.

Hawks can’t wait to get started
New team wants history to record a winning first season
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BY MIKE BLACKERBY

Sure, Hardin Valley Academy coach Wes Jones would like to go 10-0 in the school’s second year of existence and first year of varsity football. But Jones knows that probably won’t happen. For the Hawks, 2009 is all about legacy. “OurmindsethadbeenfromDay1—ifthey’re gonna keep score, we want to win it,” said Jones, who previously was an assistant at Austin-East and the head coach at Cocke County. “But that’s not the most important thing. It’s about building a program.” It’s apparent that Jones’ Hawks have tapped into the legacy concept. Wide receiver and defensive back Adam Schlosser said this season will be long remembered by the Hardin Valley Academy players. “Everybody involved with it is truly excited,” said Schlosser. “The closer and closer we get to the season opener the more we see this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The last time a high school opened basically from scratch in Knoxville was 40 years ago.” Like Jones said, the Hawks don’t plan on forfeiting any games this fall despite their new-kidon-the-block status. Schlosser, quarterback Jake Bishop and run-

ning back Dorian Eskridge can all make things happen, Jones said. “Jake manages the game real well and is truly a student of the game. He does a really good job at quarterback. He stays inside the offense and executes what Jones we do. “Adam is going to be a possession receiver. He has great hands and was somebody we really went to in our junior varsity season last year. “Dorian had a great season at running back and is truly a great playmaker for us.” On defense, the Hawks are Bishop built around linebacker Josh Krebbs. “He’s a phenomenal athlete,” said Jones. “We’ll move him around and put him at different positions — he’ll play fullback, linebacker and slot.” Jones said he can’t ask for a Schlosser better group of young men to start a football program. “These kids have done everything they could possibly do to get ready for the season. It’s everything you can expect … and more.”
Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor.

Aug. 21 at Carter, Sept. 18 at Campbell County, Oct. 30 Karns.

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theoffensiveleader. “Theyhaveworkedhardtogetbetter.25 *William Blount Oct. Cameron Bright. Jose Herron. 25 vs.offensivecoordinatorAdamHendricksanddefensive coordinatorChipCasteel. Justin Morris. Josh Huff. Kevin Yr. Ondefense. Noah Bailes. Aaron Haley.AnotheriscenterLuke Eldridge.Alcoa transferTylerHartleytakesoveratquarterback. JR FR JR JR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR No.11 at Seymour Sept. Sy Ladner. “We have put in a lot of time on changing attitudes and letting them think they are good enoughtocompeteandthattheycanbesuccessful. Andy England.”hesaid.heexpectsseniorinside linebacker Michael Cermak to be a leader.physicaltrainer andon-the-fieldtaskmaster..” Russell said. Cody Evans.21 at Karns Aug.whileapositive attitudeamongthewhole schoolcommunityalsoshould helptheteamimprove.”hesaid.whichRussellhaschangedfrom a3-5toa3-4alignment. Hehasbeenpleasedwiththeresults.”saidheadcoachBrint Russell. Casey Burchfield. Dylan Adams. Brad Lovell. Evan Burchfield.23 *Catholic Oct. Bobby Brock. John Ogle. Dillon Meeker. Austin Malone.com SCHEDULE Aug. Jake Matlock. 21 at Karns.linemanCodyEngramandsafetiesAndyEldridgeandTylerEdmonds. Joe McCormick.Therunningbacksare strugglingontechnique.30 *West *conferencegames allgames7:30p. — 10 — 17 — 8 1 3 44 — — — — — — — Name Burkett. Matthew Cermak. Alex Olvey.ascould AlcoatransferTylerHartleyat quarterback.28 at South Doyle Sept. Wide receivers as Clayton Shell and Chris Ropwillbebusyinthenewspreadoffense. Nathan Jett.whodidnot playlastyear. despitehavingstandout safetiesAndyEldridge andTylerEdmonds. 32 — 70 14 82 86 25 — — 36 — — — 90 — 60 Name Adams.“Andweneedtodoabetterjobofgetting ourrunningbackstotheiraimingpoints. “(Cline)isgoingto besomethingspecialbefore itisallsaidanddone. Andrew Hernandez. Maryville. “Weneedtogetalittlebetterinthesecondary. Jake Overstreet. Heistakingoveraprogramthathasstruggled andhasfacedalotofdoubt. which include recapturing the bell given tothewinneroftheannualgamewithrivalWilliamBlount.” hesaid. FR FR FR SR SR FR FR SR SR FR JR SR SR JR JR . Cody Yr.m. SR FR SR JR JR JR JR FR FR JR FR FR FR JR FR SR No. “We want an opportunity to bring the bell home. Sept. “Heisatremendousathlete andoveralljustagreatkid andoneheckofafootball player. Dylan Hawn.. and Russell has found them. Running backs Jordan Correll and Chase Cline and fullback John-Luke Click are expected to helppickupyardage. Heroes: Insidelinebacker PREDICTED FINISH Coach: Brint Russell (0-0. Chris Rop.” JohnShearerisafreelancecontributor.C. 18 vs. Jerrell Boring. HelpNeeded: Thesecondary.”Russell said.16 *at Bearden Oct. and they arecoachedreallywell. Clayton Teaster. Michael Haley.” sports@knoxnews.”saidtheformercoachofCrestHighSchool inShelby. Troy Yr.” Another reason for his optimism is the numberofgoodfootballplayershehasseenwearing thelightblueandred. Codie Kagay. New Heritage coach Brint Russell has been tryingtoserveasteamtherapist. Casey Brantner. with help from linebackers Minh Tran and Evan Brown. Aaron Allen. “We have a lot of experience there. Jesse Huizingh. CenterLukeEldridgeshouldbethesamekind ofnaturalleaderasCermakisondefense. Ateamcomingoffa1-9seasonalsoislikelyto have a few weaknesses. despitethepotentialof CorrellandClineandfullback John–LukeClick. Ryan Edmonds. William Blount KEY GAMES ROSTER No.heishopefultheteamwillreachits goals. Sept.includingassistantheadcoachBrandonWaters.” However. Todd Mize. BY JOHN SHEARER first-year Heritage football coach BrintRussell. BreakoutPlayers: Russellis expectingrunningbacks JordanCorrellandChaseCline toshine. Joe Nava.N. Jalyn Harris. Dillon O’Brien.18 *Maryville Sept.4 *at Lenoir City Sept. Dallas Bledsoe. Devan Weeks. Brandon Barbra. Cody Griffin. 1st season) | Lastyear: 1-9 | ReturningStarters: 12 (6 on offense. 78 — 34 55 — — — — — — — — — — — — Name Headrick. Russellalsohassomenewassistants. Cody Hopkins. Aug. Jordan Crowe. FR SR FR SR FR JR SR SR SR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR No. Zack Correll.needs help. — — — 72 51 — — 42 77 — 37 6 2 5 27 Name McCollum. Cody Cutshaw. “Ireallyfeelthinkthisyearisgoingtobeagood yearforus. Jonah Jimenez. Josh Majors. Joey Gray. 6 on defense) 3-7 PX43 Constructing a new attitude New coach trying to overcome “We have put in a lot of time on a mountain of disappointment changing attitudes . Caleb Bachman. Keagan May.HERITAGE RUNDOWN MichaelCermakhaspotential. Russell believes the strength of the team shouldbeatoffensivelineandatlinebacker.2 *at Farragut Oct. Tyler Keeble. Freshmen Jalyn Haley and Jerrell Bledsoe alsowillcontributeatrunningbackand/orwide receiver. Michael Copeland.Freshmanskillplayers JalynHaleyandJerrellBledsoe mayalsosurprise. What’sGood: Theoffensiveline andsecondaryareconsidered strengths. Tyler Brown. Skyler Boring. Daniel Merriman. Tyler Eldridge. “It hasn’t been home in a longtime. Chris Shell. Brad Yr. Clint Bayless.

Manyofthosejuniorswerethrustintoaction lastseason. Brandon Stooksbury. Thomas Cox. Nathan Turner.junior. Brant Swanger.21 at Greeneville Aug.300 yardson thefreshmanteamin2007). Bo Bailey. People like me and Anthony want to bring the glorydaysback.junior.175.”saidcoachJustinAnderson.CameronLietch(6-1. JR SO JR JR SO JR SO SR JR JR JR JR SR SO JR SO SO SR JR SR JR SO JR JR JR SO SO No. Kounts.000yardrusherWillBrooks. 175 175 160 190 265 187 207 180 180 195 150 185 175 155 202 190 155 286 240 191 205 190 168 175 187 150 165 Yr. What’sGood:Stooksburyleadswhat shouldbeastrongoffensiveline. Stephen Johnson. “Our class can lead this team and bring back thisprogram. “They (Jefferson County) were really good back in the ’80s with players like Todd Collins. 170-pound junior wide receiver.5-10.thankstoatalentedjuniorclassof40plusplayers. William Crigger. who was a two-way standout at linebacker and centerinthelate1990s.”Andersonsaid. Junior quarterback Anthony Goins and runningbackZachKountswillbecountedon. 195)andNathanTrower(5-11.23 *Morristown East Oct. PREDICTED FINISH PX44 Coach: Justin Anderson (9-11. Justin Goins.6-1. Eric Carlson. Oct. Evan Pos. Anthony Green. 15 42 25 39 60 31 82 76 30 57 69 1 45 7 63 72 50 21 18 29 49 14 56 85 33 Name Miller. a 6-2.penciledin asGame1starterafterlimitedtimein 2008).CenterDamonHarmon(6-0.30 *South Doyle BY MIKE BLACKERBY Jefferson County’s return to football prominencemayfinallybeathand. Tom Broyles. Travis Trower. Cody Jenkins. 28 Bearden.willbeafeaturedbackwith thegraduationoftwo-time1. Billy Russell. ButJeffCounty’sfortunesappearontheverge ofturning. WR WR LB OL WR QB OL OL WR RB TE DE OL RB OL DE WR DB RB DB RB OL OL OL DB OL DB Ht. KEY GAMES Aug. Casey Unger. Brock Keena. Once a dominant East Tennessee large-class power. Jordan Myers. 87 86 51 61 37 10 70 71 24 43 96 99 73 38 74 67 8 3 44 27 23 79 66 62 5 55 13 Name Eldridge. Barry Dodson.latestinalonglineofoutstandingJeffersonCountyoffensive linemen). 5-10 6-1 6-0 6-1 5-9 6-1 6-2 6-2 5-11 5-10 5-8 6-2 6-0 5-7 5-10 6-0 5-10 6-3 5-9 6-0 6-0 5-11 5-8 5-10 6-3 5-9 6-1 Wt. 9 Morristown East.160.9 *at Cherokee Oct. 5-6. rushedformorethan1. Damian Hopkins. Austin Cook. Nathan Farr. Chris Bible. Trey Inman.JEFFERSON COUNTY RUNDOWN Heroes:ZachKounts(RB. Tyler Wright.300yardsrushing)tolineup anywhere. 5 on defense) 7-3 Expecting junior achievement Patriots looking for return to their dominant days sports@knoxnews. JR SO SO SR JR SR SO SO SO SR SO JR SO SO JR SO SR SR JR JR JR SO SO SO JR . “He’s a very smart quarterback and probably thefastestkidontheteam. 150 155 175 205 155 185 228 213 155 165 187 200 276 145 242 236 135 180 207 170 155 220 288 253 195 184 180 Yr. Zach Kountz. 180 155 150 175 190 223 160 195 175 221 205 170 180 180 245 220 195 168 190 203 160 140 180 155 160 Yr. senior. “We’rerealclose.”saidGoins. Bristoe Bradley. the Patriots have suffered six losing seasonssince1998andarecomingoffa3-7campaign in2008.Amongthe manynewfacesupfrontondefense arenoseguardBradleyColin(5-11. Tyler Bales.11 at William Blount Sept. “We’restartingtogettheathletesbackoutand ournumbersarewayup. Oct. 6-0 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-1 5-9 5-8 5-9 6-2 5-11 6-1 5-10 5-10 5-11 6-2 5-8 5-9 5-10 5-8 5-6 Wt.Anthony Goins(QB. has been moved to runningback.” MikeBlackerbyisafreelancecontributor.15 *at Morristown West MyVLT2 TV Oct.junior. Thomas Frison. Will Brewer. 3rd season) | Lastyear: 3-7 | ReturningStarters: 11 (6 on offense. Cameron Mason. Jordan Jarnigan. Andrew Shelley.Alsolookfor DakotaWright(WR/RB/KR.4 *at Sevier County Sept.290). Tucker Chapman. Jake Coffey. Trevor Denton. JeffersonCounty’sfootballtraditionisasource ofpridetoKountsandGoins. Josh Sanford.185. Eric Kirkpatrick. 5-11 5-11 6-1 6-0 5-9 6-0 6-1 6-0 5-11 5-5 6-3 6-2 6-1 5-8 6-4 6-2 5-11 6-4 6-1 5-10 5-7 5-11 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-2 6-0 Wt. Zach McFall. Charlie Smiley. John Jarvis. SO JR SO SO SO JR JR SR SO JR SO JR SR JR JR JR SR JR SO SR SR SR JR SR SR SO JR No. Jean-Luke Large. who had a big sophomore year at linebacker last season. Will Tolliver. KountsandTravisTolliverprovideapotent1-2 punchatrunningback. ROSTER No.180). Erin Rich. “We ended up playing seven or eight sophomorestarterswhogotgreatlearningexperiences. 16 Morristown West. whichwent11-0twoseasonsagoasfreshmen and allowed only two teams to cross the 50-yardline. 34 6 2 84 59 98 40 48 17 53 20 22 36 46 54 4 11 77 58 32 94 35 9 16 83 26 28 Name Alexander. 6-0.260). Goinsstartedjustonegameatquarterbacklast seasonandhasbeengiventhekeystowhatcould beahigh-poweredsplit-backveerattack. Sept. Alex Talley. Aaron Woodard. Bo Asmus. Colin Branner. Tyler Moore. Mitchell Harmon. Jared Bullins. Derrick Denton.junior. Trey Dube.whovowtodotheir besttobringthePatriotsback. Jairus Bell.”Andersonsaid. Colton Ball.We’veprobablygot125 to140playerscountingthefreshmen.BrantStooksbury(OL. Helpneeded:ThePatriotshave shuffledthedeckondefense. Kenny Webster. BreakoutPlayers:TravisTolliver(RB.28 Bearden Sept.18 *Seymour Oct. Jalen Houser. Chase Rinard.57tacklesatlinebackerin2008. Josh Powell. Drew Levin. Blake Basinger.250) andChrisCoffey(6-4. Kegan Roberts.220)isthe lonesenioronthejunior-dominated unitthatalsofeaturesStevenJenkins (6-3.” There’s no disputing the talent in the junior class.switchingtothe3-5-3alignment.” Andersonsaid. Jim Bennett. Matthew Simpkins. Parker Denton. DB WR DB DE WR OL LB LB OL DB LB LB OL LB RB LB DE RB WR LB WR RB Ht.addedKounts. Andrew Schuchart. Christian Foster. Dakota Pos.isanotherweapononoffense. Josh Eldridge. “We’re excited about what he brings to the table. Austin Winstead. Brandon Humbard.250.com SCHEDULE Aug. Brandon Cain. Alex Lietch. Eric Simpson.2 *Cocke County Oct. 207. Garrison Pos. 4 Sevier County.732yardsrushing and10TDslastseason):Tolliver. Chris Collins. Brad Massey. Evan Kounts.who playedinjustfourgamesdueto injuries. DE WR QB WR OL DE TE DB QB DB TE DB DB LB TE DB OL OL LB DB TE DB QB DE RB DB Ht. Ditto.6-0. Chris Lane. Steve Asmus.

Gabriel RB Warren.25 *at Powell Oct. According to coach Robert Reeves.” Boden said he has come lightyears as a quarterback in his three seasons. 205 190 230 150 215 160 150 165 175 180 170 175 185 180 200 155 260 205 Yr. Kyle Bowman. Jacob DE/OL Mathis. 5-11 5-10 5-8 5-10 5-11 5-10 6-0 5-8 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-10 5-10 6-1 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-10 Wt. SO SR SO SO JR SO SR SO SO SR SO SR SR JR SO SO JR JR . 180 210 185 210 225 180 165 160 155 275 239 220 155 185 155 190 160 160 165 160 Yr.16 *Anderson County Oct.” The Beavers will count heavily on a pair of seniors — quarterback Kyle Boden and center/ linebacker Barrett Frazier — on an underclassmen-laden team. 1. Oct. sophomore): Costar is a do-it-all type player who figures to benefit from the senior leadership of Boden at quarterback. 3rd season) | Lastyear: 1-9 | ReturningStarters: 5 (2 on offense. Dakota DE Thomas. Curtis Dixon. Michael DT/OT Puckett. Chuckie NG Martin. Both are threeyear starters coming off All-Region seasons in 2008. Reeves predicted as many as 16 of his sophomores could wind up starting as the Beavers begin play in District 3-AAA. leader of offensive line that gave up just six sacks in 236 pass attempts in 2008). What’s Good: Karns should keep opposing defenses guessing this fall as its versatile attack includes elements of both the veer and spread offenses. Bryce WR Houston.” said Reeves. the Beavers were an agonizing play or two away from victory in several of their losses. John Dameron. 79 78 37 80 9 46 84 63 55 40 45 70 6 29 15 77 11 14 21 61 Name Pos.” Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor. “We’re closer to learning how to win. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. senior. 6-1. John Harper. Pelletier. Chris Campbell. Cutavius DT/OT Shephard. Michael HB Matthews. Aug. Kevin Hargreaves. Matt G Wright. 6-1 6-3 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-9 6-1 5-10 5-8 6-1 5-9 6-0 5-8 6-2 5-8 6-1 Wt. Although Karns wound up with a 1-9 record in 2008.9 *Oak Ridge Oct. Tristian NG Sommers. senior. SR FR SO JR SO SO SO SO SO SO JR JR SO SR JR JR SR SR JR JR No. Eric Escobar. Tyler WR Sweat. 3 on defense) 4-6 PX45 Talking about a turn for better Young Beavers think they can build new tradition of winning sports@knoxnews. “This is an opportunity not many seniors have — the opportunity to change a program. Frazier “I want to lead as our quarterback and feel I’ve come so far with the help of my teammates and coaches.” BodenandFrazierbothfeelstronglythatthis could be the season that changes the football culture at Karns for years to come. 5-3 5-10 5-11 5-8 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-1 5-9 6-0 6-4 Wt. We could have easily been 7-3. Matt DE/DT/OT Ware. “We lost three games by one point — one of them in triple overtime — another by eight and another by seven. Michael LB Oster. Barrett Frazier (C/MLB. Shawntez DB Matthews. Frankie WR Stevens. Michael DE Winningham. Barrett Gentry. Jacob Bright. “This is the hardest-working team we’ve had. Timmy LB/TB Houseal. 5-10. Steven DB McGraw.800 yards passing last year and 14 TD passes). Corey Pos. 230 200 160 165 160 210 160 165 225 185 230 215 150 160 160 235 175 190 165 200 Yr.KARNS RUNDOWN Heroes: Kyle Boden (QB. Reggie TB Wilson. Jake SS Stewart. Help Needed: Depth. QB NG HB/LB C/DE C LB HB WR CB G DT/OT C/LB LB/SS WR CB DT/OT TB WR LB/TB CB Ht. 21 Heritage.”saidBoden.500 in a season this decade and have qualified for the playoffs just once (2004). Jacob DE Ht. Thomas Drummond. D’Andre Heynes. Joey DE Long. “I feel like there’s no comparisonbetweennowandwhen Iwasasophomore. We have a lot of kids that think we can win this year. Karns has only eight seniors to go with 20 juniors and 28 sophomores. Christian DE Manning. senior. Chris Guinn. Breakout Player: John Costar (H-back/safety. David Frazier. who accounted for more than 2.2 *Halls Oct. SR JR JR JR SO SO SO JR SO JR SR SR JR SR SR SR SO SO JR JR No.30 *at Hardin Valley *conferencegames allgames7:30p.4 *at Clinton Sept. Alex C/DT/OT Ht. Michael Puckett (LB. 180.com SCHEDULE Aug. The Beavers have a quiet confidence that the law of averages will sway in their favor after losing so many close games last season. Help also is on the way from their outstanding freshman team that finished 8-1 last season. Hisstrengthiswhat’s between his ears — he’s very intelligent. Matt QB Worsham. Henry Calhoun. this is the year that Karns will feel the effects of having students re-zoned to Hardin Valley Academy. Drew C Tutu. 30 at Hardin Valley. BY MIKE BLACKERBY “Close” won’t be good enough this season for Karns coach Robert Reeves and the Beavers.200 total yards. That’s where the senior leadership of Boden and Frazier comes into play. Michael LB Ray. Barrett makes all of our offensive protection calls. 9 Oak Ridge. We only gave up six sacks last Boden year. Josh DT/OT Hodge. Kyle has a lot of responsibility and he does a great job of leading it. Oct. Xavier Harris.11 *Campbell County Sept. Austin LB Ogg. The Beavers — who have just eight seniors — are particularly shy in numbers at running back and in the secondary. Daniel G Holt. “Both are great leaders.18 *at Central Sept. 195. Brian LB Lenderman.” said Barrett. Jared Hicks. 76 31 66 16 54 83 23 7 49 4 17 69 28 19 52 10 72 44 Name Pos. 5-11. Tyree CB Joiner. Austin G Malbrue.21 Heritage Aug. PREDICTED FINISH Coach: Robert Reeves (3-17. Gary DE/NG Morrow. Xavier CB Shidi. That’s a tribute to Barrett and the kids we had last year. Munir WR Vineyard. “We run a pretty complex offense.28 at William Blount Sept. 38 tackles last season).m.” said Reeves. 220. Tyler DB Oakes. The Beavers haven’t finished above . 8 64 42 73 68 22 3 2 26 67 71 51 32 82 12 58 24 1 18 25 Name Boden. James Goforth. Phillip Carter. but more than anything else they’re good young men. Seth WR Lobetti. Amariyuan Costar. Hinkel. but we’ve still got to get over the hump.

”hesaid. Josh 78 Liles. N/A SR N/A N/A N/A SR N/A SR SR SR No. Derrick 31 Rhymes. Sheldon Greco and Wes Copeland are trying to win the job. Name 40 Craig. “We beat them my freshman year (in the JV game). Pratt and Studwell also will contribute. 2 vs. N/A N/A SR SR N/A N/A N/A SR N/A SR No. Players shown are from last year’s roster minus departed seniors. Zeller said.” John Shearer is a freelance contributor. Maryville ROSTER No. better team unity game and improve as the season goes along. Breakout Players: Defensive end/fullback Tim Hassett. and hopefully we can peak at playoff time. 30 vs. John 41 Dotson. He said his team does have a number of areas in which it still needs to improve. Elijah 4 Cook. Pratt Lenoir City will line up on offense in a pro I. Second-year coach Mike Zeller hopes that and the other improvements can make the Panthers more powerful on the field. Grant Yr. Josh Courtney and Tanner Wilson should be among the stalwarts on defense. Panthers getting stronger Quarterback job among positions “Our No. Dotson. Catholic. the Panthers have an improved work ethic. who formerly coached at Greeneville. “It’s up in the air. Jordan Yr. Zac 56 Galyon. Josh Layfield and three-year starter Josh Courtney. where Cody Wright. Michael 23 Cook. Craig. Alex 25 Hanthorn. Lenoir City has hit the weight room since last year’s 1-9 season. Ryan 9 Johnson. should also be a positive. Andrew 16 Greco. Name 20 Ingram.withjuniors CodyWrightandSheldonGreco and sophomore Wes Copeland Cook battling for the starting job. Brad 21 Needham. 1 goal is to make the to be filled by newcomers playoffs. improving as a team and coming together at the end of the year. wide receiver/ defensive back Austin Dotson and defensive end/tight end Matt Studwell are expected to excel.m. Cook said the coaches have definitely taken the team to the next level in offseason workouts. and just to improve everygameandimproveastheseasongoesalong. Brandon 30 Manners. Preston 13 Currier.” Pratt has similar hopes and expectations. “Even if we don’t beat Loudon.25 at Kingston Oct. However. “And they know the system. What’s Good: Besides the running game and the defensive front.PX46 Coach: Mike Zeller (1-9. “We don’t have a whole lot of players. Sheldon 41 Green. and just to improve every BY JOHN SHEARER SCHEDULE Aug. Lee 22 Wright. Tyler 80 Trout. Shaquille 19 Cardwell. 6 on defense) LENOIR CITY RUNDOWN sports@knoxnews. “IwouldreallyliketobeatLoudon.30 *Maryville *conferencegames allgames7:30p. Ryan 64 Cusick. 27. 2nd season) | Lastyear: 1-9 | ReturningStarters: 11 (5 on offense. Tevin 32 Tallent. All Lenoir City seasons are measured by the gameagainstrivalLoudon. Adam 2 Frye.4 *Heritage Sept. 69 Thomas.“OurNo. Help needed: The team needs help in the offensive line and at quarterback.” Lenoir City coach MikeZeller.”saidCook.andthePantherswill line up against the Redskins on the road Aug. they would make a good quarterback.2 *Catholic Oct. and hopefully we can peak at playoff time. Josh Yr. “If we could put them all together. even though the Panthers return 11 starters. Oct. the Panthers will be led by linebackers Wilson. “They are out there to train with us and they are definitely working us hard. Evan 8 Pardue. Keegan 59 Moats. SR N/A N/A N/A N/A SR N/A N/A N/A N/A Note: a 2009 roster was not submitted before press time. Cody 70 Zeitoun. Name 3 Akins.” he said.16 *at William Blount Oct. including the offensive line. and Oct. Youth and overall numbers are also concerns. Steven 60 McCall. particularly experienced ones. Austin 54 Eickelberger. Kevin 35 Blevins. Lenoir City could also use a few more players. 23 vs. Name 66 Pratt.23 *Farragut Oct. 27 (Thursday) at Loudon.9 *at West Oct. David 11 Berry. 1 goal is to make the playoffs. while running backs Wilson and Elijah Cook should also stand out. N/A SR N/A N/A N/A N/A SR N/A JR N/A . Brandon 72 Shultz.” he said. Daniel 43 Courtney. and that will be a definite plus.27 at Loudon MyVLT2 TV Sept. which should allowstandoutrunningbacksTanner Wilson and Elijah Cook and blossomingfullbackTimHassett to display their abilities.” he said. Oct. Jake 28 Andel. KEY GAMES Aug.J. Besides better strength. No. Hassett. “It is a combination of winning more games. I would like to go out on a winning season.” Other key offensive players are expected to be tight ends Preston Craig and Matt Studwell and wide receivers Derrick Pratt and Austin Dotson. Jack 33 Ball. “We have definitely gotten stronger from last year. Other big contributors are expected to be wide receiver/defensive back Derrick Pratt and tight end/defensive end Preston Craig. On defense.com PREDICTED FINISH 3-7 Heroes: Linebackers Josh Layfield.” According to Zeller. Zeller is still trying tofindaquarterback.11 Sequoyah Sept. but we willbeimprovedfromlastyear. Farragut. Chris 51 Layfield. particularly in the weight room. Jacob 14 Carter. Joe Yr. Mick 17 Rutherford.18 *at Bearden Sept. Nathan 79 Johnson. Charles 1 Pratt. C.” he said. but we have never beaten them on varsity.

500 rushing). On defense. Spencer West.16 *at Scott County Oct.com SCHEDULE Aug. BreakoutPlayers: Josh Berry (WR/DB. 5-11 5-8 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-9 5-7 5-3 5-9 6-4 6-0 6-0 Note: a 2009 roster was not submitted before press time. Josh Brown.2 *Stone Memorial Oct. Jake Cash.” Harig said.” Attailback. we go.m. Chad Purdy (OT/DT. 245) and Brandon Whitfield (6-0. 6 on defense) 5-5 PX47 Redskins leaning on Plemons to lead way QB undisputed leader. Nathan Whitfield. 175. Among other key returnees on defense are linebackers Luke Newman and Jeffrey Nichols. Wallace is Loudon’s big-play guy. so we’re going to rely on them a lot. Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor Aug. tailback up for grabs sports@knoxnews. Ian Berry. Sept. He’s going to Loudon quarterback Wade Plemons looks to pass against Alcoa last season.” Harig said. rushing for 107 yards on 17 carries and sparking a 23-7 upset. 235). Devon Jones. Matthew Wallace (TB/DB. senior. Jordan Crass. Plemons continually burned the Warriors on option keepers.18 *at CAK Sept. the Redskins have lots of talent and depth in both lines. there’s no doubt that theRedskins’juniorquarterback has the keys to Loudon’s attack. In 2009. Eric Newman. Brandon Wyckoff.23 at Sequoyah Oct. 155): Berry had only three catches last season after joining the team late.Wallaceblocked six kicks and led the Redskins’ special teams. “We’re kind of doing it by committee at tailback when you loseakidwithD’Andre’sspeed.” said Loudon coach Jeff Harig. Jason Newman. 6-2. Andrew Tallent.LOUDON RUNDOWN Heroes: Wade Plemons (QB. Luke Nichols. who also plays basketball. Cory Maples. Newman was second in tackles with82stopslastseason.235). Brenden Plemons.21 at Campbell County Aug. 875 yards). Sept. Cody Ht. Nick Russell.theRedskinshave several options — led by Matthew Wallace and Jake Brown — to replace D’Andre Miley. Scott Gentry. 6-5 5-9 6-2 6-0 5-10 5-9 6-0 5-11 5-10 5-11 Wt. 850 allpurpose yards). Loudon should have no trouble moving the ball on the ground. 230). SR SR JR JR SR JR JR JR JR SR SR JR No. 17 25 68 59 69 23 31 11 8 81 60 13 Name Graves. PREDICTED FINISH Coach: Jeff Harig (45-34. WADE PAYNE/SPECIAL TO THE NEWS SENTINEL Othertoplinemen:AaronAnderson (6-3. 225 165 130 155 241 200 183 234 208 199 147 Yr. Noah McCulley.Plemons had his coming-out-party early against Christian Academy of Knoxville. An All-Region defenderin’08.MattKleinschmidt(510. who is looking for his quarterback to be more of a dual-threat. Cory Lawson (6-0. “We have great depth in our offensivelineanddefensiveline. Matthew Wells.27 Lenoir City MyVLT2 TV Sept.Nichols also will see time at tight end. thanks to a deep pool of linemenledbythree-yearstarter andAll-RegionperformerChad Purdy at tackle. Wade Ht. 260.” said Harig. Preston Kleinschmidt. Players shown are from last year’s roster minus departed seniors. Gabriel Ht. BY MIKE BLACKERBY Last season Wade Plemons was just one of many pieces to the puzzle for Loudon High School’s offense. “Oursuccessrevolvesaround how (Plemons) operates our offense. Big things are counted on from Berry. senior. 8th season) | Lastyear: 8-5 | ReturningStarters: 13 (7 on offense. Matthew Lawson. 6-5 5-9 5-10 5-7 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-0 6-3 5-8 5-6 Wt. 4 Alcoa. Aaron Barnett. Nick Brown. “As he goes. three-year starter). What’sGood: Led by All-Region performer Purdy. Coach Jeff Harig. senior. 18 at Christian Academy KEY GAMES ROSTER No. SR SR SR JR JR SR SR JR JR SR .25 at Bradley Central Oct.” Even Harig admitted he was surprised as Plemons’ running ability last season. Trey Wallace. Zach Geagley. As a juniorwewanthimtobemoreof a big-play threat and get the ball to the right people. “We didn’t see that (Plemons’ running ability) coming. 2 4 80 10 — 64 34 61 79 3 58 86 Name Anderson. 6-3. Plemons and Wallace are proven performers. Justin Townson. Jeffrey Phillips. Plemons will lead the Redskins offense this season. 55 50 41 83 16 5 51 14 56 53 Name Purdy. had only 43 (including freshmen) for the start of fall practice. who should be able to make up for the loss of graduated running back D’Andre Miley (132 carries. be our big-play threat. Bryan Franklin. 259 170 166 191 158 160 220 154 246 175 Yr.4 *Alcoa Sept. Cody Enright. Splitting time at quarterback withBrandonJohnson.30 *Kingston *conferencegames allgames7:30p. 700 yards passing last season. Wt. HelpNeeded:Loudon’s depth at the skill positions is shaky and the overall numbers are way down. 6-1. Justin Grissom. junior. 21 Lenoir City. Chad Roach. “He has worked hard on his passing in the offseason and shows good arm strength. SR SR SR JR SR JR SR JR JR SR JR JR No. who normally fills out a roster of about 70 players.9 at Sweetwater Oct. 180 138 275 254 225 155 171 135 175 200 242 152 Yr. Hayden Collis.

Cory DT/OL Starritt. Brandon DB/WR Talley. Aaron Pos.6-4. Jay DB/WR Yr. Will Shaffer. Last season. 11th season) | Lastyear: 14-1 | ReturningStarters: 6 (4 on offense. Giovonie Hendricks. KEY GAMES ROSTER No.” While he split snaps last year with Mark Young.180.2 *Bearden Oct. Drew Hood. Austin Clarence. Jared Hibbard. Stian Ryding. What’sGood:Maryvillehasan experiencedleaderinJuhlin. Will Robinette.Juniorwidereceivers DesmundHorne(6-0.OffensivelinemanBrandon Guy(6-2. Jacob LB/RB Whaley. Landon Pos. Hughes LB/RB Utt.5-10.11 McMinn County Sept. “In some ways. DT/OL DE/TE LB/WR LB/OL DE/TE DE/OL DB/WR DT/OL DB/RB DE/TE DT/OL DT/OL DB/RB DB/WR DT/OL DT/OL DE/OL LB/OL DB/QB DB/QB DB/WR LB/OL DE/WR DT/OL Yr. Zach K Skipworth. Brandon Johnson. Jeremy Long. Preston Bustin. JR SR SO SO JR SR SO JR SO SO JR SO SO SO SO JR JR SO SO SR SO . Joeseph LB/OL West. Chad Locke. 2 on defense) 8-2 This win streak starts at ‘0’ smitheyj@knoxnews. 92 96 61 87 5 68 84 90 27 18 30 66 79 59 2 71 54 13 43 16 20 Name Pos. we’re 0-1. Sam Beets.733 yardsrushing.junior. Tevin Pederson. “If I start messing up.52of80 kickoffsweretouchbacks. we’ve won so many in a row and we’ve got to keep winning.becauseIhavetheexperience. Zach DT/TE Smith. Jarred Phegley. Patton Romberg. Earl DT/OL Wilkinson. Trent DB/WR Wol. Gabe Bradley. Oct. Jamie DT/OL Thomas. Nathan Moore.30 *at Lenoir City *conferencegames allgames7:30p. Evan K Turner.junior. Philip Kimsey.” But Juhlin (pronounced Yoo-LEEN) took the necessary steps to diversify himself to better the Maryville offense. Matt Hendrix. Matthew Pos. “I have to fix everything out on the field. Bobby Rice.5-9. Dylan Bivens. 6-1. Kevin Norton. Tyler Evick.” he said. really good. Steven Bristol. I don’t know how much pressure (the win streak) put on our kids. Uncertainties abound. Jamey Graumann. Lucas Jones. Dalton DeMarcus. then there’s not someone with experience to come in and help me out. John Dineen. LB/OL DB/WR DT/OL DT/OL LB/RB DB/WR LB/RB DE/OL DT/OL DB/WR DB/RB DB/RB DB/WR DE/TE DE/WR DB/WR LB/RB QB LB/RB DB/WR DB/WR DT/OL DT/OL LB/RB Yr. Justin Hendrix. Quarles wouldn’t predict how the program would respond to losing. If I mess up. 28 at Alcoa.1. Angus Miller. 9 at Catholic. I’m the only upperclassman quarterback. “Most teams didn’t even make it to the playoffs. whowasrefinedbythefiresand pressuresofplayingunderthe spotlightlastseasonasafirst-year starter.’ It may be nicer not to have that burden on you. Lee Brock.MARYVILLE RUNDOWN Heroes:PhilipJuhlin(QB. Sharp.275)alsoplayedasa freshman. Nick Cooper. 180 pounds) was the starter when Maryville finished runner-up and took some pride in finishing second. Laken Kolarik.Buddy Jones(RB. 1 75 8 56 3 44 22 39 7 82 31 47 32 35 33 17 24 62 88 51 6 77 4 80 Name Anderson. Robby Pekala. Joseph DB/WR Utt. Juhlin lacked confidence in his abilities last year. “He was one of the only ones on our team last year who didn’t think he was really. 72 37 10 52 81 70 85 57 21 98 67 53 36 86 69 65 55 28 14 12 9 58 11 50 Name McCoy.m. If he does take off — he rushed for more than 600 yards last season — his speed has improved. HelpNeeded:Maryville’swide receivingcorpsisgreen.Graduationdepleted secondaryandlinebackers. he’s more comfortable dropping back and waiting in the pocket for a play to unfold. Desmund Hunt.24 Oak Ridge MyVLT2 TV Oct. The Rebels’ 74-game win streak ended in a 10-7 defeat to Hillsboro in the Class 4A state championship game in December.” said Quarles.23 *William Blount Oct.” Aug. Cameron Lamon.and theRebelsreturnfewstarters oneithersideoftheball—not goodenteringanewdistrictand classification. senior)hadagoodspring. Brent Heard. Cody Roberts.4 *West Sept. Tyler Jenkins. I can’t come off the field and get a talking to by the coach. In late July. Taylor DB/WR Tiner.ZachSkipworth(DL. Robby Murphy. It’s been all the years I’ve been at Maryville. “We lost as many games as some teams won. Chase DE/WR Steadman. Thomas Phillips. “I have a little bit more pressure this year. I willbeallright. 63 45 76 73 46 19 42 78 74 48 41 38 34 93 29 89 25 15 23 83 26 60 64 49 Name Harrison. Kody Harrison. “But it may not be quite as bad. Oct. Clint Curtis . Angelo DB/WR Wyatt.9-for-16 FGs.28 at Alcoa Sept. but Juhlin feels up for the task. Connor Shaffer. Juhlin excelled as a roll-out passer.Hisplaying timelastyearwasnotduringmopupduty.” he said. We lost our last game. Cody Owsley. I have to correct it as I’m playing. Chad Horne. Chris Isaacs. Justin Niethammer. David DT/OL Watson. Dalton Guy. Brandon Harris. SO SO SO JR JR SR SO JR SR SO JR SO SO SO SO JR SR SR SR SO SO SR SR SO No. This time around.Hecanplayreceiver. Brayden Quinn. Greg Coode.as well. Ross Canfield. PREDICTED FINISH PX48 Coach: George Quarles (138-10.Drew Hood(DL. Shawn Morsch. BY JESSE SMITHEY A handful of years have passed since the last time George Quarles started a season riding a one-game losing streak. Tyler Elmendorf. Maryville is replacing a gaggle of graduated starters and is moving up in classification. 16 at Farragut.” Maryville’s schedule is brutal. but it may be nice to not to have that burden of having to win every game because. Jordan Hood.270)willmakean impact. Dillon Myers. “I feel our expectations are really high and we will be a target for people. Sandwiched between were four state titles.showinghistalentand potential. SR JR JR SO SR JR JR SR JR SO SR SR JR SO SO SO JR SR SO SO JR SO SR SO No.com SCHEDULE Aug.” Quarles said. because we haven’t won however many games in a row. ‘Oh my gosh. Jacob LB/OL Toby.170)and StianRomberg(6-3. Robbie McCall.8 *at Catholic MyVLT2 TV Oct. Brandon Cox.longest44.175)and seniorsKodyHarrisandLeeBristol enterthefold.senior. Matt DT/OL Venters. senior quarterback Philip Juhlin (6-foot-1. It was Maryville’s first loss since the 2003 state semifinals. LB/RB DT/OL DB/WR DT/OL DB/WR DE/RB DB/WR K/PK DB/QB DB/WR DB/WR P LB/RB DT/RB LB/RB DB/WR LB/RB DE/OL DE/TE DT/OL DB/WR DT/OL DB/WR DB/WR Yr.190). Jaron Burnett. “But I think that’s changed. Josh Johns. sophomore. SR SR JR SO SR SO JR SR JR JR JR JR JR JR SR SO SO JR JR SO JR SO SR SO No.16 *at Farragut Oct. Shawn DB/WR Yoakum. Jared Miranda.647 yardsrushing.309yardspassing. Buddy Juhlin.180. Tommy LB/OL Wilks. Langley Cobb. Kaleb Morgan. Quarles said that’s not the case nowadays. The learning process wasn’t just last year.10TDsin2008). Caelen Hendricks. Dane McGill.18 *at Heritage Sept. Right now.misseswere47 47yards)ormore. Steven Colquitt. that may make it easier. ZachSharp(PK. BreakoutPlayers:JacobWest(RB.16totalTDs). Tyler Harveston.

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” That’satoughmeasuringstick. sophomore. ROSTER No. 5-10. There will be three new starters on the offensive line to go with returning Zac Lynch. Oct. he played only two games at cornerback last year. Isaac Haun. It’s the second game of a doubleheader that starts at 5 with Morristown WestplayingFulton. Jag Lee. Ricker was the quarterback of Morristown East’s freshman team. 5-10 170 5-10 200 6-3 250 6-1 225 5-9 165 5-11 175 5-10 220 5-10 175 5-10 185 5-8 155 5-9 185 5-8 145 5-9 190 5-8 175 5-11 190 5-10 245 5-9 225 5-10 170 6-2 215 Yr.m. Kenny Pos.wasamemberoftheHurricanes’state championshipteam.16 *Cocke Co. Bradley Warren. Terrell Warren (RB. Riley Creed. “Itwillbeagreatatmosphereforhighschool football.Wehave12teamgoals. We’ve made progress to get backwhereweneedtobe.” Howell is a play-maker. Tee Howell is an exception. Alonzo Haney.”hesaid. Howellplayedonlythefirstfourseries. Jaylen Johnson. Terrell Webb. Drew Yount. 925 rushing yards. “It’s somethingwestrivefor. will get a shot at running back. RB.” Hatcher said. Nick Pos. a history teacher in his fourth season as head coach. 15 TDs). What’sGood: Hatcher plans to two-platoon 90 percent of his players. 6-0 165 5-7 145 5-10 245 6-0 210 5-11 185 6-2 185 6-0 175 5-9 180 6-3 300 6-1 225 5-10 165 5-9 165 5-11 250 6-2 180 6-2 200 5-10 235 5-10 225 Yr. Tyler Helton. CB. DL LB/RB RB/WR WR DB/RB DL DB/WR RB/SS DE PK DB DE/TE TE WR LB OL DB/WR DB/WR SS Ht. and caught a touchdown pass. Eric Campos. Josh Turner. the Hurricanes should be solid. Eric Hayes. That’s whatwestrivefor. and we’ve done it two of the past four years. Wt. “It’s a point of pride. junior. but the plan is for him to play both sides this season. and he has a connectiontothat1969team. Zac Majors. Johnny Blanton. SO JR SR SR SO SR SR SO JR JR JR SO SR SO SO SO FR JR SO No.22 Austin-East Aug. Morristown West. we’ve had four seasons when we’ve won nine games. RB OL OL DL/OL OL DB/WR LB LB/RB DB/QB DB RB DB OL DL SS/TE DL/OL OL SS DL Ht. “That’s the thing I said: I want him to have the opportunity to show what kind of athlete heis. Nick Garretson.thefirstyear the TSSAA had state football playoffs. 21 61 68 65 52 18 40 43 10 14 33 16 66 34 82 53 76 6 67 Name Hartman.andthey coastedtoa28-14victory. Phillip Graham.” Senior quarterback Tee Howell will be a huge part of the 2009 team. James Laton. but until we get back to that level. Cody Rutherford. has done some research on MorristownEast’sfootballhistory. Matt Helton (LB.2 *at Morristown West Oct.“Going9-3(in2008)was a good year.”MorristownEastcoach DwayneHatchersaid.” Howell said. Brandon Helton. Chris Martin.18 *Cherokee Oct. and Jeff Fields. and if he can handle the starting job. PREDICTED FINISH PX50 Coach: Dwayne Hatcher (23-14. BreakoutPlayers:Cody Ricker (QB. 185. SR SR SR SO JR JR SR SR SR SR SO SO SO SO SO SR JR .whosignedwithOleMiss. All three are seniors. against David Crockett. who started all 12 games at tackle. Austin Sandifer. will alHowell low Hatcher to move Howell around in their quest to do whatthe1969teamdid. Blake Dewitt. AustinEast. That’swhatyou’remeasuredby. Chandler Clark. Hatcher. Angel Bell. Dee Dee Johnson and Tavin Blanton. 22 vs. if we execute. 5-10 185 5-9 180 5-9 165 5-11 175 5-8 170 5-8 235 6-0 165 5-11 165 5-11 195 5-11 180 5-9 160 5-10 165 6-2 190 5-11 180 6-0 210 6-5 300 5-10 165 6-0 170 5-10 180 Yr. Dillon Wheeler. Tavin Burchfield. Adrian Pos. Devonte Penalba. John Helton. and nose guard Goose Christian.” Two other senior running backs. “We’vemadesomeprogress.T. K DB DL QB SS WR SS DB/RB OL DE RB/SS RB DL/OL DB/WR LB/TE OL DL/OL Ht.11 at Cleveland Sept. Forty years have passed. “Every team since then. Howell is a Division I prospect. “We prepare for it constantly.“In41 seasons. In the second game of the 2008 season.23 *at Jefferson County Oct. 4 season) | Lastyear: 9-3 | ReturningStarters: 9 (5 on offense. SCHEDULE Aug. you’re never quite as good as that 1969 team.4 *South Doyle Sept. Kyle Hatfield. Justin Sandifer (WR. JR SO JR SR SO SO SR SO SR SO SR SO SO SR FR JR SR JR JR No.Hisgreatuncle. 4 on defense) 6-4 1969 team still yardstick for Hurricanes Howell big part of the plan to build on recent improvements sports@knoxnews.com BY DAVE LINK Itwasthe1969footballseason. HelpNeeded: The offensive line needs to develop. cousin of the University of Tennessee’s Brandon Warren. Tee Johnson. 205). Travis Elkins. Nolan Palmer. Justin Solomon. Defensively. Matt Kimbrough. senior. Wt.Howellthrewfortwotouchdowns.Allen Howell. led by Helton. led team in receiving). that’s the team you’recomparedwith. DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor. Aug. 175). 5-10. Warren. John Howell.MORRISTOWN EAST RUNDOWN Heroes: Tee Howell (QB. “We’ll line (Howell) up everywhere. Kameron Steele. Justin Lynch. Logan Yount. 58 20 2 83 26 55 84 31 59 11 24 39 87 80 35 — 29 7 8 Name Alonso.”Hatchersaid. Gilbert. Ruston Keith. sophomore. Drew Yount. Numberoneistowinthefirstgame. 81 3 54 15 4 23 17 27 75 12 30 1 64 5 88 74 71 Name McDaniel.ThatputtheHurricanesup28-0. Wt. 190. Cesar Ricker. ran for a touchdown. Ronnie Christian.” Hatcher said. T. Aaron White. 22. senior. David England. 5-10. a starter at tight end. a starter at guard. and MorristownEastHighSchoolwon. Demetrius Cole. it will allow coach Dwayne Hatcher to use Howell all over the field. Austin Vaughan. and the Hurricanes plan to get him the ball any number of ways in the multiple option offense. Dee Dee Jones. Hatcher says Howell is as good a Division I prospect as former linebacker Demarcus Knight.30 *at Sevier County *conferencegames allgames7:30p. defensive tackle Cesar Penalba. WR. 225. 2 vs. top returning tackler). and Hurricanes fansstillrememberit.” The Hurricanes will be put to a stern test in theseasonopenerwhentheyplayhosttoAustin-East in the Lakeway Area Kickoff Classic on Saturday. Josh Field.andnumber 12 is to win the state championship.Inthose fourseries. Oct. Jeff Franks. Zack Free. 6-3. Matt Hill. Anthony Stubblefield.28 at Anderson County Sept.9 *at Seymour Oct. CanHowelldowhathisgreatuncledid? “I think we should be able to do it. KEY GAMES Aug. 6-0.

Fulton. Zach Lee. Clark Vandergriff. Pete Eubanks. 6-1. Jett Roach. McAmis Johnson. Steven Trent.Alotoftheseguys played on that (2006) team. 6-1.15 *Jefferson County MyVLT2 TV Oct. Dylan Smith. sophomore.“We’vedonedifferentthingsworking out as a team. Brown was impressed with whathesaw. Josh Whitt. Donivan Knight. Brant Pressey. JR JR SO SR SR SO SR JR JR SO SO SO SO JR SR SR SR SO SR SR SR SR SR SR SO JR JR JR JR . DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor. Matt Hunsucker. Logan Ross. Jeremiah Ostrowski. Thomas Joesph.” said Brown. 500 rushing yards and four touchdowns).com SCHEDULE Aug. Patrick Berry.m. Stacey Roberts. Parkey.2 *Morristown East Oct. 51 87 61 54 90 85 76 31 95 68 60 46 78 94 96 98 5 53 9 80 33 65 41 27 59 36 25 21 58 Name Musick. Damon Elkins. Andrew Lee. Wesley Goins (TB. 2 vs. KEY GAMES Key Games: Aug. and safety Tyler Hunsucker.” Last year’s first-round loss motivated the Trojans.28 Central Sept. they lost to Tennessee High 49-35 in the first round. Bush has been playing alongside defensive tackle Brock Smith and nose guard Brant Porter since they were freshmen. 225). the Trojans’ strength was the offensive line and running backs. SO SO SO SO SO JR JR SR JR SO SR SR JR JR SR SR SR SO SR JR SR SO JR SO SR SO JR SR SO No. Jordan Blas. Vick Goins. the former defensive coordinator who took over for longtime head coach Don Woods. “(The 2008 season) didn’t live up to expectationsatWestHighSchool.18 *at South Doyle Oct. Daniel Epps. and end Seth Collins. 5-11 6-0 6-1 5-8 5-11 5-10 5-7 6-0 6-4 5-9 5-10 6-1 5-9 6-2 5-11 6-1 6-0 5-11 5-10 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-1 5-10 5-11 6-2 6-1 5-10 6-1 Wt.andwewanttogetbacktowhere Morristown West makes a deep playoff run. Coach Lamar Brown says all three are “really good. We’ve gotten to know each othermore.30 *Seymour *conference games all games 7:30 p. Seth Collins. Goins will give the Trojans a one-two running punch with Bishop. Austin Green. Second-year head coach Lamar Brown hasbeenaroundtheprogramlongenoughto know those early exits aren’t up to par. Tyler Maloney. 5-11.” Bishop said. Michael Woods. 5-11. Bowe Dalton. Laith Cantwell. Chad Bush. Seniors are making big plans Veteran team won’t be happy with first-round playoff exit sports@knoxnews.”Brownsaid. Morristown East ROSTER No.22 Fulton Aug. Chase Holt. BreakoutPlayers: Jarek Berry (ILB. Jerru West. Lucas Wells. Charles Mathews. Keller Clawson. Isaiah Mellon. junior. sophomore. Jered Smith.23 *at Cocke County Oct. leading tackler in 2008). we want to get back to where we were. 5-11. Avery Lancaster. Blake Marcum. Derek Dillon. 6-2 5-11 6-0 5-11 5-7 6-0 6-2 5-9 6-1 5-7 6-0 6-0 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-1 6-3 5-10 6-3 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-7 6-0 6-1 6-1 Wt.” Berry’s size and speed should help him impact an experienced defense. BY DAVE LINK First-roundplayofflossesaren’tcommonat MorristownWest. Nathan Callahan. Christian Rudd. Zach Morgan. Jarek Bishop.butthat’swheretheseason hasendedthepasttwoyears. Luke Davis. OL WR LB LB DL WR DL TE DL OL DL DB OL DL DL DL TE DL QB WR WR OL DB RB LB LB RB FB OL Ht. Chad Porter. Brown expects that to carry over into the season.4 *at Cherokee Sept. 260 160 190 185 210 160 255 145 225 235 200 150 265 230 280 240 225 175 185 170 155 240 170 185 180 150 185 225 225 Yr. Oct.” senior defensive tackle Nathan Bushsaid. Tyler Torres. Preston Hill. Tyler Hunt. if not a starting job. Derek Pos. Chris Bragg. 195). Shawn Shaftner. David Mann. 2nd season) | Lastyear: 7-5 | ReturningStarters: 14 (6 on offense. senior. Tyler Brooks. Desmond Perry. sophomore. Last year. senior. What’sGood: Coming out of spring practice. 185. Andrew Brock. a senior last season. Jake Staples. “I’ve been on the staff for 12 years. Stephen Collins.T. Michael Carter. How did they respond to the loss at TennesseeHigh? “We came right back in the weight room as a team. Chet Cook. I think we’ve got a lot of talent and experience. “We’veprobablyhadthebestoff-seasonthat we’vehadinthelast10years. QB LB FB DB WR RB DB TB DL WR LB OL DB LB DL WR TE DB DL OL K LB LB DL OL OL WR TB DL Ht. Chris Everhart. Christian Pos. In 2007.9 *at Sevier County Oct. J. Curt Duncan (PK. 220. 37 2 40 8 66 4 82 19 79 73 43 3 56 86 42 70 7 18 71 75 77 63 62 84 14 24 35 81 38 Name Gilbert. Kyle Stone. the Trojans lost to Sullivan South 41-21 in the first round. Four starters are back on the defensive line: tackles Nathan Bush and Brock Smith. SeniorrunningbackJordanBishopexpects senior leadership to help get the Trojans over thefirst-roundhump. Brock Spivey. Michael Cantwell (ILB. us as a seniorclass. Ryan Kelley. Johnathan Evens. Ryan Vandergriff. “We’ve pushed all of our teammates. David Rubio. “We have so many seniors. Three starters are back in the secondary: cornerbacks Clark Vandergriff and Chase Holder. Justin Schaffner. Kurt Earl. 22 vs.” Their hard work in the weight room didn’t go unnoticed. HelpNeeded:The Trojans need to find a replacement for quarterback Sean Jones. Will McKinney. They were aroundwhentheTrojansmadetheruntothe semifinalsin2006. Brody McCoy. Trevor Holder. JR SO SR JR SR SO JR SR SR SR JR SR SR SR SR JR JR SO SR SO SR JR SO SR JR SO JR SR SO No. LB TB LB DB OL DB WR DB/K DL DL DB LB OL WR DB OL WR QB OL OL OL LB OL DB QB DB LB DB WR Ht. Aaron Kyle. Robert McKinney. KJ Kennedy. Justin Fleshman. son of former Tennessee kicker Alan Duncan).” That2006teamreachedtheClass4Astate semifinals before losing to state champion Maryville. Cory Walker. 230). Seth Pos. 215 195 215 160 250 140 160 145 330 250 190 180 250 130 145 260 155 170 220 200 240 165 230 155 200 175 205 155 155 Yr. 6-2 6-1 6-0 5-9 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-2 6-0 5-10 6-2 5-8 5-8 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-10 6-0 6-0 5-9 5-11 6-1 Wt. Brody Duncan. and Greene is expected to get significant playing time.Weexpect togodeeperintheplayoffs. Zak Lassister. Justin Mullins. Thomas Craine. 16 13 30 47 89 20 6 12 99 15 28 57 11 34 64 88 83 45 91 52 23 48 17 55 72 69 22 10 97 Name Ashford. Austin Greene (OLB. nose guard Brant Porter.11 Science Hill Sept. 8 on defense) PREDICTED FINISH 7-3 PX51 RUNDOWN Heroes: Jordan Bishop (RB. Mitchell Brimer.MORRISTOWN WEST Coach: Lamar Brown (14-10. Expectations are highthisyear. 165 215 210 135 165 155 145 160 255 150 175 240 155 205 275 160 185 155 250 225 160 190 190 215 260 260 125 160 280 Yr. Zach Epps. Brandon Sammons. Elliot Swain. Wesley Green.

Samuel 81 Gray. 192.2 *at Anderson County Oct. On defense. Zach 7 Witt. Ryan 36 Mason.senior).whocomestoOakRidgefromNashville Hillsboro.16 *at Hardin Valley Oct.senior). James Pos. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. We will be ready – we don’thaveachoice.fouryardsandfiveyardsaplay—andeat awayatthedefense. takes over the traditional power that hasfallenonhardtimes. Tony 47 Harder. Chris 32 Henderson. 270. Austin 1 Zulliger. 160). 23 Clinton. Robert 14 Beeler. SR SR FR SO JR SO SO SR JR SO SR SO SO FR JR SO JR SO SO SR SR SO SO FR JR No. 195. ZulligersaidtheWildcatswillbesatisfiedtogo thelongroutethisseason.30 *Campbell County *conferencegames allgames7:30p. senior. Brett 73 Garcia. who is known for his discipline and nononsense approach. Blake 37 Gibson.230. Brett 62 Bennett. “Everythingiscompletelydifferentwithcoach Blade. Trevez 34 Stokes. emerge as play-makers. Kaseen 28 DiGregorio.AaronKrzak(5-11. What’sGood:Oak Ridge figures to be able to hold its own against just about anybody up front. 2 on defense) 6-4 New coach provides new hope Wildcats called on to catch on quickly to new system sports@knoxnews. Rashad 27 Gregg. Rian 78 Hall.m. 28 Farragut.’”Zulligersaid.com SCHEDULE Aug. HelpNeeded:The Wildcats are as devoid of big-play threats as any team in recent Oak Ridge history. Romolus 4 Miller.” LedbyJamesNormand. Zulliger said Oak Ridge might surprisesomepeople. 5-10. which graduated big-play guy Demarcus Rogers. Howlongittakestogettheprogramturnedin therightdirectiondepends. Also. “We’renotateamthat’sgoingtojumpoutand break a 90-yard run every play. Alex 5 Guymon. 5-9.”said Blade. DL/OL DL/OL K/P DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DB/WR DL/OL LB/OL DB/WR LB/RB LB/OL DB/WR DB/WR K/PR LB/OL DB/WR DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL K/P DL/OL LB/OL DB/WR DB/WR Ht.” Quarterback Zach Zulliger bought in as soon asBladesteppedoncampus.11 *at Powell Sept. Drew 53 Tinch. junior) backing uptheline.23 *Clinton CSS TV Oct. 6-1 170 SO 5-9 160 SR 6-1 275 SR 5-10 144 FR 6-0 216 SO 5-9 195 SR 5-6 136 JR 6-0 158 SR 6-2 195 JR 5-7 135 SO 6-1 196 SR 5-10 156 SO 6-2 249 JR 5-9 235 SO 6-0 195 SR 6-0 240 JR 6-2 190 SR 5-10 180 SR 6-2 180 SR 6-0 185 JR 6-0 148 SO 5-10 155 JR 5-11 160 SO 6-2 169 SR 6-3 270 SR No. Craig 13 Loeffler. Aaron 83 Lenior. Morgan 56 Hairston. Bradley Pos. Jake 46 Meares. Jonathan 25 Hall.saidBlade. junior)andJonathanHairston(6-1. Name 72 O’Farrell. Ryan 54 Burcham.RobertAustin(6-4. could be a much-needed big-play threat. junior) and Geoff Card (6-0.” Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor. Don’t be surprised to see young receivers. Zach 65 Normand. “If I had to describe our offense it would be ‘methodical.JoseValedon(6-5. Harrison 52 Krzak. 144): Woullard and Hall could lend immediate help at wideout. Deron 50 Williamson. Zach Hughes (6-2. Wt. senior. didn’t play football last season. 6-3. Joseph 33 Cook.senior). 6-0. Aron 11 Fludd. senior. missed 2008 with torn anterior cruciate ligament). Tracey 16 Ingham. “Ithinkthestrengthofourteamwillendbeing ourlines.MaryvilleandClintondrawingmorepreseason attention. “The quicker they do that. senior. Tyrus 26 Hillert.theoffensivelinecertainlyappearscapableofdoingjustthat. Jeffrey 31 McCoy. Bryce 75 Williams. “Alotofpeoplearereallyexcited. BreakoutPlayers: Jordan Woullard (WR. Alex 76 Jackson. Jose 85 Vann. 180.18 Halls Sept. Tai 41 Fitzgerald. Ryan 17 McLaughlin. The Wildcats have lots of quality linemen on both sides of the ball. Patrick 67 Bingham.4 *Central Sept. Justin 9 Witherspoon. Cameron Pos. Wt. 225. Yr. Chase 77 Frame. Mitchell 66 Fuller. Blade said his front seven has a chance to be pretty good with linebackers Chris Harder (5-9. DL/OL LB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR K/P LB/OL LB/RB DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR WR DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL LB/RB LB/RB DB/WR LB/WR DB/QB DB/QB Ht.250.240. “Ibelievethisyearwe’llhaveabigturnaround because of coach Blade. Johnny 58 Wesh. thequickerthewholethingtakesoff. Brian 8 Luttrell. David 30 Young. Zach 15 Zulliger. Oct. 5-11. Jordan 12 Wright. The Wildcats’ front seven on defense could be especially stout and Normand keys a solid offensive line. has a dearthofplay-makers. Tyler 6 Smith. Cody 29 Roberts. Zach Witherspoon (RB/ LB.theWildcats arejust17-15withnoplayoffvictories. 6-2 180 JR 5-11 165 SR 5-8 145 SR 6-1 240 JR 5-11 165 JR 6-0 162 JR 5-5 141 FR 5-10 168 JR 5-6 165 SR 6-0 155 SR 6-5 250 JR 5-10 130 JR 5-10 130 JR 5-11 160 SR 5-9 200 SO 6-0 216 SO 5-10 175 JR 5-10 175 SR 6-0 185 SR 6-0 155 SR 5-11 160 SR 5-9 160 SO 5-11 180 SR 5-11 170 SO . Kevin 35 Davidson. Royce 55 Roach. Sincemakingthe2005state5-Achampionship gameundercoachStantonStevens.9 *at Karns Oct. Zach Zulliger (QB.24 at Maryville MyVLT2 TV Oct.OAK RIDGE RUNDOWN Heroes: James Normand (OT/DT. Joseph 19 Underwood.senior). Jared 84 Vann. Josh 2 Vann. Justin 21 Turner. such as Hall. Geoffrey 44 Cobb. Tyler 46 King. younger brother of former OR quarterback Adrian Porter. Sam 61 Brickey. Sept. BY MIKE BLACKERBY ScottBladeappearsjustthecoachtoresurrect the sputtering Oak Ridge High School football team. freshman.We’llruna playtwohoursuntilwegetitright. Lee 64 Austin.”Bladesaid. Woullard.Everythingissomuchmorestrictandwe havetoexecuteeverythingperfectly. Donald 42 Hughes. Ben 20 Funk. rare four-year starter for the Wildcats). 24 at Maryville.28 Farragut Sept. PREDICTED FINISH PX52 Coach: Scott Blade (1st season) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 6 (4 on offense. 5-10. Morgan Guymon (WR/DB. 9 at Karns. don’t underestimate the impact of first-year coach Scott Blade in terms of discipline and execution. WithteamsontheWildcats’schedulelikeFarragut. Brandon 63 Card. Emory 80 Brisk.”saidZulliger. senior. whomissedthe2008season(kneeinjury). 6-2 6-4 5-8 5-10 5-11 5-5 5-0 6-4 6-0 5-9 5-7 5-9 5-11 5-8 5-9 6-4 5-10 6-3 6-1 6-2 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-1 6-1 Wt. Jared 14 Porter. senior). 195. “Thechallengeistogetthekidstobuyin. Oct. Seth 71 Flowers. That’s because Oak Ridge. Nathan 59 Valedon. Rocky 74 Forester.” Execution might just be the catch-word of the 2009 season. Name 82 Guthrie. Zach 23 Hull. 155) and Rian Hall (WR/DB. Brady 22 Hunt. Aug. DL/WR DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DL/OL LB/RB DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DL/RB DB/RB DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/WR DB/WR LB/WR LB/RB K/P DB/QB LB/RB DB/WR DL/OL Ht.275. Shink 51 Jarnigan. a baseball standout. Yr. Name 68 Abbott. We’ll get three yards. Blade. Hall. Robert 57 Crane. Nick 24 Rivera. Austin 3 Woullard. 175). including Ben Fuller (6-2. 250 230 157 180 172 160 93 230 192 155 160 205 151 140 150 190 175 165 255 225 150 185 160 155 170 Yr.

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Matt Boyd. Miguel Davis. “We’ve got some sophomores that are going to have to play older than they are.9 Meigs County Oct. 5-10 5-1 5-11 6-2 5-7 5-8 6-1 5-6 6-0 5-6 5-6 6-4 5-6 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-0 5-9 6-0 Wt. Oscar Aviles. 3 (Thursday) vs. “We’ve got some kids who are not making excuses and not bellyaching. “We’ve got some kids who are going to work hard and do the right things to help us win some games. another sophomore. Josh Bodder.16 *at Union County Oct. Craig Huffaker. Gibbs. Hammonds knows his team’s youth could be a detriment. Cody Breighner.23 *at Austin-East Oct. Once he returned to the practice field. Michael Jinnette. 87 48 38 35 50 55 77 24 10 6 54 66 7 59 40 5 25 19 52 Name Ownby. Eric Reppert. Shortly before two-a-day practices began. Corey Holland.” Expected to play quarterback is junior Edward Holland. Nathanael Pildner.” he said. Michael Martin. Donnie Coello. whom Hammonds called the strongest player on the team and an extremely hard worker. “We are going to be young in certain positions. who stood out last year as a freshman. he had to sit out last season. Shane Soliman. the team had some tough losses and often played down to the opponent’s level. while wide receiver and defensive back Justin Burnworth should be impressive on both sides of the ball. BreakoutPlayer: Edward Holland. Dylan Knight. sports@knoxnews. “He is a good football player. who is in his third year at the helm. Brian Jolley.” If the ages of his players concern him. Brett Stiles. “We’ve got some young talent that is going to have to step up and play a little more mature than their grade. Kacey Faulkner. Mario Ball. However.” coach Lee Hammonds said.” The Tigers have gone 3-7 each of the last two seasons. Hammonds is excited about some of the players.” he said. JR SR SO SO SO JR SR SR SR SR SR SO SR JR JR JR SO SO SR .com PREDICTED FINISH PX54 Coach: Lee Hammonds (7-14. Hammonds said. 5-7 5-8 5-9 5-1 5-8 5-9 6-1 5-7 6-0 5-10 5-6 5-8 6-3 5-8 5-10 5-10 5-9 5-5 6-1 Wt. 220 155 238 160 200 165 148 160 210 230 152 160 150 138 165 260 135 205 125 Yr. Headlining the offense is sophomore running back Chase Travis. Anthony Ht. Sept. the attitude does not. Dale Grier. Shane Beck. HelpNeeded:The team is lacking in leadership and experience in the skill areas. Junior wide receiver and defensive back Justin Burnworth should make some plays. Pigeon Forge returns a total of eight starters on offense and defense. Jake Sabido. This year. Justin Hutchens. Scott Parton. David Todd. Ben Munasque. Fellow sophomore Seth Munasque should use his strength and good work effort to anchor the front.18 *Fulton Sept. He said players have made no excuses for finishing 3-7 each of the last two years and are ready to improve upon that record this year. Timothy Parton. George Sutton. A transfer from Seymour and a region wrestling champion.” said Hammonds. Jeb Lloyd. 73 82 81 62 9 14 74 58 71 12 60 79 17 30 75 15 72 70 57 Name Hampton. Pigeon Forge coach Lee Hammonds has had to deal with youth and inexperience at work and home in recent weeks. a positive attitude is by far the best attribute of the Tigers. who already has received headlines for his wrestling ability. Seth Nehr. Mike Matthews. “We are going to be young in certain positions. “He is 100 percent ready to Hammonds go and worked at quarterback last spring. Lee LeBar. Trevor McCreary. Jarrett Stelzer. KEY GAMES Aug. Austin Brackins. What’sGood: According to Hammonds. 140 130 145 145 130 250 240 143 140 165 220 218 202 230 160 160 143 130 240 Yr. Logan Parton. “I am excited about this bunch of kids. 31 42 63 56 88 80 28 18 44 61 2 67 86 21 33 64 4 23 84 Name Aleman.” Hammonds said.m. Joseph Willis.3 *Gibbs Sept. Jared Belgarde. 3rd season) | Lastyear: 3-7 | ReturningStarters: 8 (4 on offense. Gage Brooks. During that stretch. 230 135 165 275 130 120 250 242 205 165 168 280 137 190 270 170 220 260 262 Yr. Honre Lenhart.” Also likely to contribute significantly is Seth Munasque. running back Chase Travis is expected to be an offensive workhorse.25 at Grainger Oct. JR JR JR JR JR SO SR JR JR JR SO SR SO SO SR SR SR SO SR No. Oct. Alex Sandelier.30 at GatlinburgPittman *conferencegames allgames7:30p. 4 on defense) 3-7 Tigers’ inexperience an issue Transfer quarterback Holland called on to help lead team BY JOHN SHEARER SCHEDULE Aug. Thomas Clasby. “We expect him to step up and make some plays as a junior. Julio Stallings. Josh Ht. Justin Buster. JR JR SO JR SR SR SO JR JR SR JR JR SR SO SO JR JR SR SO No. Edward Holmes. “We weren’t as mentally tough as we should have been. he was reminded that many of his players are pretty young as well. “We expect him to provide a lot of leadership. “He’s got some speed and talent. Curtis Ht. Zach Sunderland. but we are not using that as an excuse.11 Cosby Sept. Cameron Ferrell. 30 at Gatlinburg-Pittman ROSTER No. Logan Jones. Tommy Travis.” said Hammonds. 28 at Greenback. Steve Shahan. Travis Burnworth. Chase Vanvaleurde. Cody Dykes.PIGEON FORGE RUNDOWN Heroes: Despite being a sophomore.” John Shearer is a freelance contributor. James Johnson. 5-11 6-0 6-1 5-4 6-2 6-0 5-9 5-11 6-0 6-2 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-6 6-0 6-0 5-6 6-2 5-8 Wt. should step forward as the quarterback after sitting out last season as a transfer from Seymour.2 *Carter Oct. his wife gave birth to a boy.28 at Greenback Sept.” said Hammonds. TJ Lombrana.” he said.

Zach Ht.We’ve gotanewregion.buthecandistributetheballtothereceivers andrunningbacks.POWELL RUNDOWN Heroes: Tyler Powell (WR. Brady Wilson. Corbin Bell.18 *at Anderson County Sept. Andrew Logan. Senior offensive tackle Michael Norman. BY DAVE LINK If some newcomers want a chance to show their stuff. sophomore). Austin Smith.9 *at Clinton Oct. Jake Guzman. Oak Ridge ROSTER No. Gray Caruthers. 5-8 5-9 6-0 5-9 6-1 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-9 5-10 5-10 5-8 6-2 5-11 5-7 5-9 5-10 5-9 6-1 5-11 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-8 5-9 Wt. 4 at Halls. Warfield James.2 *Hardin Valley Oct. 81 31 98 61 62 10 60 21 54 17 11 16 2 89 27 97 55 57 35 45 42 6 75 91 49 Name Hamilton. Koby Crouch. Austin Bolden.andwe’llplayhardevery game.Wehaveextremelygoodleadershipfromour seniorsandsomejuniors. Bernard Warren. 25 19 14 94 95 65 43 67 85 58 68 32 24 4 93 98 15 47 83 59 36 48 76 56 Name Schewmake. 155. Sean York.”Normansaid. Justin York.” Loweagrees. HelpNeeded:There will be a bunch of new starters on offense and defense. Devante Ht. I want to get to the playoffs. senior). BreakoutPlayers: Darian Logan (5-7.who’splayingforFortScott(Kan. Wesley Staggs. Tyler Ridge. (5-10. “That’s always the goal. Jacob Clemons.11 *Oak Ridge Sept. seven TDs). The Panthers’ lost plenty of play-makers at the skill positions. Matt Mobley. 165. Brandon Smith.“It’ssomething new. Austin Skeen. Colby Slagle. Aaron Fuller.” DaveLinkisafreelancecontributor.23 *at Central *conferencegames allgames7:30p. Wood and Schwinge should get plenty of balls thrown their way. Zach Myers. Brad Waters. Christopher Wood. Christain Booth. butwealwaysplayhard. “We won’t have a kid step in and have 3. Tyler Webb. Matt Duran. Jonathon Tripp. We don’t have a lot of starters back. 11 vs. a starterlastseason. Sinjin Norman. Logan. Bobby Hodge. 4th season) | Lastyear: 9-3 | ReturningStarters: 8 (4 on offense. Zach Morrow. KEY GAMES Sept. SO SO JR SO SR SO SO JR SO SR SR SO SR SO JR JR JR SO JR SO JR JR SR SO JR No. Houston’s backup the past two seasons. Ben Sparks. starting with quarterback KierHouston. Doscher Schwinge. One of them is junior quarterback Hunter Hodge. Karl Harris.000-yard rushing quarterback Kier Houston. Hunter J. “Weallpracticetogether. PREDICTED FINISH Coach: Matt Lowe (19-15.Themainthingwillbe howquicklythesekidsadjusttobeingunderthe lights. JR JR SO SR SO SO SO JR SO SR SO SO SR JR JR JR JR SR SO SR SO SR SO SO .“Heprobablywon’tputupabunchof yards. He’s a very good decision-maker. 42 46 96 99 87 41 94 28 74 37 22 30 44 53 33 18 40 51 38 90 80 34 78 93 26 Name Azambuja. Nick White.25 *Karns Oct. I don’t know if we’llbereadybyweekoneorweekseven.Houstonwasadualthreat in 2008. Jeremy Hersha. Raul Hamilton.000 yards. Ryan Smith. I think we have the talent. “Hecanbeextremelyeffectiveinthisoffense.” Lowesaid. a senior last season. Andre Coleman. so coach Matt Lowe expects the rushing game to be solid. WR/RB. but we hope to have a bunch of kids step up. Dyshawn Mobley (5-11. sophomore). Logan Foster. junior tackle James Ussery. Dalton King. “Once you get to the playoffs. Every high schoolteamwantstogotostate. Jeremy Cook. Steven Slagle. they’ll certainly get their chance this seasonforPowell. Drake Palacios. Hodge has spent three years learning the Panthers’ spread-option offense.000yards.Itwillbehardwithsomany inexperiencedplayers. With the departures of Collins (800 receiving yards.m. Junior quarterback Hunter Hodge (6-1. Although his playing time has been limited. Chris England.” he said. Jose Peacock. Doug Ross.He’sbeeninthesystem.com SCHEDULE Aug. Zach Slattery. Stephen Savage. 185. Andrew York. Sammuel Hammond. Jared Grissom. 160 170 190 190 170 171 130 235 120 200 220 150 175 175 215 190 190 160 130 375 160 145 180 170 Yr. Dustin Meade. Powell had 600 receiving yards and six touchdown catches. so a lack of experience is a concern. should get plenty of carries as the Panthers replace 1.hopestheteam’sstrongwork ethicwillpayoff. you never know how it will go.youngteam. There is talent at wide receiver. Alex Bunch. Sept. Michael Owenby.16 *Campbell County Oct. Austin Walker.. and he’s a student ofthegame. Michael Petree. James Easterday. Justin Wood.28 Fulton Sept.Weexpecttobeableto stoptherunninggame. Darian McPhetridge. 170 160 200 175 180 170 115 165 200 150 170 150 215 200 150 160 180 220 180 260 160 155 230 150 160 Yr.) CommunityCollege. “Itwillbedifferent. 165 160 130 180 170 180 175 180 230 155 175 160 180 112 205 175 200 180 150 160 200 165 205 205 145 Yr.D.“We’llhave to come out. Cameron Williams.”PowellcoachMattLowesaid.000 yards and rushing for1. TB. We hopetohaveaspecial.21 at South Doyle Aug. despite being a third target behind seniors Devin Collins and Tyler Drummer. Austin Schwinge (WR. We’ve been working hard. 170) will try to fill the void left by Houston. likewise. 10 TDs) and Drummer (650 yards. Nick Harris. SO SO SO SO SO JR SO SR JR SO JR JR SO SO SR SO SR SO JR SO SR SR SR JR SO No. Paul Catlett.ThePanthers’topthreefromthe2008team aregone. Drew Duncan. Thomas Benson.” Senior defensive end/linebacker Hunter Cooke said it’s not as if the new starters don’t knowthesystem. Cade Smith. throwing for 2. Mobley was the team’s third-leading rusher with 600 yards and six touchdowns. Jeremiah Cintron. Cameron Powell. Tony Frank. Hunter Crisp.” Hodge will be looking for some new receiv- ers.andyouneverknowhowthat willpanout. sophomore). 4 on defense) 5-5 PX55 Old system has new parts Houston leads list of departed Panthers in need of replacing sports@knoxnews. Austin Ht. work hard and fire off the ball and make big plays.”hesaid. What’sGood:Three of the Panthers’ four returning starters are on the offensive line (senior tackle Michael Norman.4 *at Halls Sept. 5-10 5-9 5-8 5-9 5-9 6-1 5-9 6-0 5-10 5-8 6-2 5-8 6-0 5-8 5-11 5-8 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-8 5-7 6-1 5-8 Wt. sophomore). WR. 5-10 5-11 5-11 5-10 5-9 5-9 5-6 6-1 5-5 5-10 5-9 5-10 6-1 6-2 6-0 6-1 5-9 6-0 5-6 6-2 5-11 5-8 5-6 5-9 Wt. Dyshawn Moneymaker.This is his third year in the system. Nathan Coffer. and junior guard/center Austin Smith).

769 yards and 12 TDs in 2008). track men Matt Spangler and Jeremiah Foster are ready and able to step in at wideout. Obviously. Michael Chastain. Spangler. Joseph Meehan. Bryson McCarter. senior.21 William Blount Aug. Ronnie Horne. Ross Heatherly (OG/DT. Jeremiah Garcia.” While Flynn no longer has the graduated Patrick Miller (35 catches. Sevier County actually startHeatherly ed 4-3 that season. 175 195 195 135 160 275 180 205 210 150 165 165 150 185 150 145 165 195 175 Yr. DE/OL DB/WR DL/OL LB/RB DL/OL DE/RB DB/WR DB/WR DB/WR DE/OL DB/WR DB/QB LB/TE DL/OL LB/RB DL/OL LB/RB DL/TE DB/WR Ht. Josh Kreceman. Jake Ruff. Jake Ritter. 185. Steve Brewer was at the helm in 1999 and the longtime Smoky Bears coach would certainly like to celebrate the 10th anniversary of that achievement by capturing lightning in a bottle once again. John Brent. Zach Fossum. one of several outstanding athletes. SR SO SR JR JR SR SO JR JR SO SR SR JR SR SR JR SO . Storm Lavoi. DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR LB/TE DE/OL DL/OL DB/WR DL DB/WR DL/OL DL/OL DB/WR DE/TE DB/WR DL/RB LB/WR DL/OL Ht. That (qualifying for state in those events) may be a first for Sevier County. led by Flynn at quarterback. Dakota Cupp. Jacob Cline. 235 145 190 170 205 380 155 235 140 205 260 180 180 155 210 160 220 Yr. senior. Dustin Hutton. 6-2. Brad Kyker. “Matt has started for us since he was a sophomore. Bryant Pos.45 40. completed 122 of 236 passes for 1.com SCHEDULE Aug.23 *South Doyle Oct.” Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor. Brewer says his group of linebackers is the best in years.SEVIER COUNTY RUNDOWN Heroes: Matt Spangler (FS/WR. Ten years ago Sevier County came out of nowhere to win the state Class 5-A football championship. Breakout Player: Jeremiah Foster (WR/DB. 62 30 71 31 81 34 17 20 1 60 15 11 10 52 25 50 47 46 18 Name Hamilton. Danny Childs. He was 11th in the state in the 100 (meters) and was on our 4x100 relay team that made the state. SR JR SO SR JR SR SO JR JR SO SO SO SR SO SR JR SO JR JR No. JR SO SR SO JR JR SR SR JR JR SR SO JR SR SR SO SR JR JR No.11 at Dobyns-Bennett Sept. Nick Gibson. “We had no idea going in. 21 William Blount. Brandon Cogdill. Ryan Pos. “Zach is back after a year of (starting) experience. everything just clicks. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. Sevier County. Zach Flynn (QB. I think we can be great. Matt Tinker. 5-11. 145. Bryce Whitelaw. Sept. 54 87 4 38 65 76 22 51 19 64 61 21 84 7 42 49 68 Name Miller.” said Brewer.28 at Knoxville Halls Sept. Austin Norris. Like that ’99 team. 5-10 5-9 6-3 5-10 6-2 6-2 5-9 5-11 6-0 6-2 5-9 5-10 6-1 5-9 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-0 5-10 Wt. What’s Good (team strengths): Coach Steve Brewer appears to have his best collection of skill players in years. 4 Jefferson County. Jeremy Garrett. 890 yards.” Mammoth lineman Ross Heatherly said the Smoky Bears need to learn from last year when mistakes proved costly. George Peppers.16 *at Cherokee Oct. with Spangler leading the way. Zach Pippin.800 yards last year and has a good core of receivers to throw to. 5-10 5-7 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-6 5-10 5-9 5-10 5-8 6-2 6-1 5-9 5-10 6-1 6-2 5-8 Wt. Ryan Foster. Casey Robbins. Devin Nave. “We’ve just got to play smart and play together. Heatherly said although most of the pieces are in place for SC to make a run. I think we can be great. Bubba Flynn. 6-2 5-11 6-1 5-8 5-11 5-10 6-3 5-11 6-1 5-10 6-2 5-9 5-11 5-11 5-8 5-9 5-4 5-8 6-2 Wt. Aug. Kendall Berry. Kevin Pos. he may be pressed into double-duty. Kel McGill. Ross Heilig. Robert Wischer.” Sevier County lineman BY MIKE BLACKERBY RossHeatherly. Dustin McMahan. led Sevier County with 85 tackles last season). Mikey Johnson. Austin Driscoll. Isaac McMahan. Bears try to emulate 1999 champions sports@knoxnews.18 *at Cocke County Oct. Brad Beal. Dustin Gilson. recalling the modest expectations for ’99. Oct. everything just clicks.30 *Morristown East *conferencegames allgames7:30p. Trey Deitz. Joseph Spangler. Zac Maples. 8 TDs) as a target.” Brewer said. “Zach is a very coachable guy who threw for about 1. finishing fourth in the state Class AAA 110 hurdles). it’s all about going out and executing. was also the Smoky Bears’ leading tackler as a defensive back.4 *Jefferson County Sept. 9 Morristown West. we’ll depend on Matt’s speed in the secondary to make plays for us. DB/QB LB/WR DE/TE DB/WR DB/QB OL DE/WR LB/RB LB/RB LB/RB DB/WR LB/RB QB DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR LB/RB DL/OL DB Ht. 6-2.9 *Morristown West Oct. 190 155 285 150 255 180 145 145 155 205 165 155 180 230 190 230 205 220 150 Yr. senior. Josh Park.m. senior.” said the 290-pound senior. 290). Brandon Whaley. 5-7. Max Floyd. 8 85 88 12 5 57 80 2 36 35 28 26 3 74 14 89 32 53 24 Name Anderson. Matt Hurst. Bo Miracle. Tyler Heatherly. While Heatherly has played mostly on the offensive line the last three seasons. the speedy Foster was also a standout for the SC track team. also has talent and depth in the secondary and at wide receiver.1 *Seymour MyVLT2 TV Oct. this year’s Smoky Bears might just be flySpangler ing under the radar. 170. Tyler Yaldua. Cullen Lewis. but caught fire thanks to the leadership and athletic ability of quarterback Shane Kelley. Luke Homerding. Brett Reppert. Thomas Hansen. The Smoky Bears ripped off eight wins in a row and defeated Nashville Glencliff 31-27 to win the state title. 6 on defense) 4-6 A surprise brews in the Smokies Ten years after state title. PREDICTED FINISH PX56 Coach: Steve Brewer (117-75. Help Needed (weaknesses): Sevier County graduated all of its starting defensive linemen. who runs a 4. 18th season) | Lastyear: 5-5 | ReturningStarters: 12 (6 on offense. There are some other similarities: Sevier County has a better-than-usual collection of athletes and another talented quarterback in Zach Flynn. “Once you come together. “Once you come together.

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Bradley Payne. Sept. 23 12 17 45 73 48 81 46 49 71 67 30 54 4 2 Name Evans.23 *Cherokee Oct. Brad Martin. 230) played in every game last year. Shane Clark. Gary Householder retired as head coach after 34 years. “He strives for us to work hard. Kevin Ketron.9 *Morristown East Oct. 200pound running back. SO JR SO SO JR JR SR SR SR SO SO SO JR SR SR No. Ashton Smith. Among the concerns for Moore are youth and inexperience. “Theattitudehasbeengreat. Chase Yr.28 at CAK Sept. Hunter Egan. Stephen McCarter. Added Martin.1 *at Sevier County MyVLT2 TV Oct. Eric Willison. Mitchell Murr.” Seymour coach JimMoore. SO SR JR JR SO SO SR SR JR JR SO JR SR JR JR No.16 *at South Doyle Oct. Offensive line coach James Cotter.”hesaid. who has received interest from Middle Tennessee State and Furman as apunter. Others expected to be standouts include running back Blake Overton. tight end/linebacker Hunter Crain.” coach Jim Moore said. led by linebackers Keegan Newport. as will getting used to several changes on the coaching staff. 60 26 62 61 8 28 14 52 79 9 59 80 78 51 44 Name Knight. Wes Humphrey.” said Moore. you arelosingalot. Martin Defense is another strength.4 *Cocke County Sept. nose guard Wes White and quarterback Ryan Chadwick. “We are also going to have a lot of speed and a lot of experience from our seniors. Colton Gilbert. “When you have 30 seniors (graduate). Corey Watson. Moore said. Dane Call. Brandon Kennedy. Wes White. Theplayerssaytheyhavebeenimpressedwith Moore.SEYMOUR RUNDOWN Heroes: Keegan Newport is expected to lead a top group of linebackers. who had been the Eagles’ defensive McCarter coordinator for the last four seasons. 28 at CAK. a 6-foot. Oct. Cody Long.11 Heritage Sept. the team does seem to have the intangibles. 6 20 39 70 25 10 36 43 66 11 22 21 53 63 85 Name Overton. Dylan Bridges. Craig Cota. Cody Sands and Hunter Crain. Drake Humes. Cody Flynn.andoffensive linemanJoeMcCarter. Cameron Newport. Evan Price.” he said. Logan Sands. Dustin Fitzgerald. Michael Rutherford. SO JR JR JR SO JR SO SO SO SR JR SO SR JR SR No. Lee Lonas. should help after being injured in the first game last year. who also plays tightend.”hesaid. “He is going to bring a lot of enthusiasm.“Andthosewereallgood kids.” Moore said the Eagles will be using the same defensiveschemes.” Moore said. “Keegan is a very good athlete. Zach Estes.andthekidshave come in and bought into it. What’s Good: The team is expected to be strong at linebacker and running back. Chad Bennett.” JohnShearerisafreelancecontributor. 1st season) | Lastyear: 8-3 | ReturningStarters: 6 (4 on offense. Justin Yr.com SCHEDULE Aug. Joseph McDonald. Help Needed: Youth and inexperience will have to be overcome. Jamie Crain. even though only six starters return. Brett Napier.alsoretired. Dalton Brown. Cody Satterfield. Jonathan Ilic. TherunninggameissoundwithBlakeOverton andChaseKetron. Michael Floyd. 2 on defense) 4-6 Start of a new era at Seymour Moore replaces Householder. Blake Overton. Justin Marschal. Nick Taylor. Breakout Players: Chase Ketron. ReplacingtheretiredcoachesareSteveGordon.” McCartersaid. 58 24 57 50 19 15 5 18 68 1 65 41 3 7 55 Name Absher. Michael Hawker. who hadbeenonthestaffsince1971.whileoffensivelytheywilluse amixtureofoldandnewplays. first-year head coach Jim Moore is optimistic. Seymour has 20 seniors and an overall positive attitude. KEY GAMES Aug. “We are also going to have a lot of speed and a lot of experiencefromourseniors. who will work with outside linebackers. “Wearedoingafewthingsthatadapttothekids basedonwhatwehavetoworkwith. Taylor Owens.Thirty seniors on last year’s 8-3 team graduated. tightend/linebackerHunterCrain. Kicker/punter Stephen Martin is being courted by several colleges. Levi Michaels. Others who should play key roles in trying to help Seymour return to the playoffs are nose guard Wes White. although he was not a starter. PREDICTED FINISH PX58 Coach: Jim Moore (0-0. “We’ve just got a good group of kids. SR SO JR SO SO JR SR JR SR SR SO SR SR SO JR . Ryan Chipley.” Akeyplayeramongthesenior class of nearly 20 is kicker and punter Stephen Martin. quarterback Ryan Chadwick. 18 at Jefferson County. Hunter Brunson. Corey Clark. However. Joey Long. “But it is that youth and inexperience that you will have to put onthefield. Mitch Miller. Anthony Yr. Kevin Medley.m. Brad Fain. Hunter Knight.” However. Seymour also will be playing against a number of schools with larger enrollments under the new alignments.18 *atJeffersonCountry Oct. “He has speed and good size. BY JOHN SHEARER Seymour High School’s football team has lost valuable experience both on the coaching staff andtheroster.21 Daniel Boone Aug. 1 (Thursday) at Sevier County ROSTER No. Keegan Yr. Cody White. 30 seniors gone from 2008 sports@knoxnews.30 *at Morristown West *conferencegames allgames7:30p.” said Moore. Tyler Bailey. offensive lineman Joe McCarter. David Chadwick. Derek Evans. “I think we are going to have a strong team. and Josh Turner. Chris Hurst. Cody Sands (6-1. Billy Todd. Brandon Hilton.whowilltutortheoffensiveline.

the Cherokees appear challenged in 2009.21 Powell Aug. “They have got to be leaders on the practice fieldandFridaynight. sports@knoxnews. Wesley Reed. it is lack of experience. Barin Thomas.” coach Clark Duncan said.taking thePantherstotheplayoffsseveraltimesbefore becomingassistantprincipalatSouth-Doyle. lineman Drew Wolfenbarger. Stevean Wolfenbarger. Brandon Bennett. “We have grown to over 100 kids in the program. Sterling Hicks. Jay Gibbs. Jonathan Hollifield. Laterian Tipton. Gabriel Frye. Bradley Moore. 145 157 362 223 140 210 219 165 274 163 169 250 252 162 215 214 112 221 130 168 137 240 140 178 159 160 130 183 178 141 Yr. Tanner Kurtz. Dillon Smelcer. South-Doyle High School coach Clark Duncan missed coaching. Thomas. Jonah Huasain. how the game should be played. 5-7 6-2 5-10 5-9 5-11 5-10 5-11 6-0 5-7 5-11 5-10 6-0 5-7 5-10 6-0 5-10 6-1 6-1 5-10 5-9 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-6 6-0 5-10 5-2 5-8 5-10 6-0 Wt. Steven Hickey. Nick Hunt. 17 21 57 59 45 67 50 63 70 62 61 71 56 5 79 77 2 54 85 86 40 96 31 72 43 34 3 9 58 80 Name Riley. DB LB/QB OL DL LB/RB DL/OL DE DB DB DB DE/OL DB LB/QB DB DB LB LB/QB DL/OL DL/OL DB DL/OL DE/OL LB/RB DB/QB LB/RB DL/OL DL/OL Ht.com PREDICTED FINISH Coach: Clark Duncan (120-75. Nick Settles. Darvin Brown. Logan Carideo. Madison Brown. Cody Pos. Corban Rule.” On paper. Hayden Layman.2 *Cherokee Oct. Lakeem Conley. “He teaches the fundamentals of football. Shane Walters. Evan Romines.” said senior quarterback Jason Conley. Whitt. Running back/linebacker Blake Whitt.m. King Rogers. Drew Wyckoff.30 *at Jefferson County *conferencegames allgames7:30p. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. players and supporters hope the newenthusiasmaroundhishiringcanre-energizetheprogram. Corey Burnette. William Wender. Tommy Smelcer. withCormackandCaughornprovidinghelpin thesecondary.LatarianThomas. Jason Connolly. 21 vs. William Swaggerty. Taylor Stanton. Joseph Perry.4 *at Morristown East Sept. As a result.” Duncan said. “We haven’t been since 2001. What’sGood: While the Cherokees are not big. We work hard when he is around. Josh Everett. LB/QB DL/OL LB DB OL LB/RB DB DL/OL LB/OL DL DB/RB DB DB LB/RB DL/QB LB DB DL/OL LB/OL DB DL/OL DE/OL LB DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DB DB/RB LB LB Ht. Blake Finchum. Bryce Bliss.16 *Seymour Oct. Torie Jerrolds.” Duncanhasthesamedesire. but if anything. FR SO FR FR SO FR SO JR JR SO FR FR SO FR SO SR SR SO FR FR FR JR SO JR FR FR FR FR FR SO No. Duncan said he is counting on Conley and Whitttostepforwardasleaders. Chance Cormack. Aug. Aaron Mongan.”hesaid. 4 on defense) 5-5 PX59 Duncan brings fundamentals South-Doyle goes back to basics to build a successful program BY JOHN SHEARER SCHEDULE Aug. Jeffrey Coach. William Pos.23 *at Sevier County Oct. linebacker and offensive lineman Latarian Thomas. 117 162 190 140 160 216 182 148 153 131 168 90 146 143 117 148 171 161 230 260 170 146 175 220 176 130 157 180 277 Yr. 5-6 5-11 5-10 5-7 5-9 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-8 6-1 5-2 5-10 5-10 5-5 5-10 6-1 6-3 5-10 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-7 5-9 5-9 5-7 5-10 5-11 Wt. “We have put a lot on his shoulders. Gabe Bunch. kick returner Bryce Berry and receivers Jordan Cornack and Daniel Caughorn also should be impressive. JR JR SO SO FR SO JR SO SR JR JR SO SO SR JR SO JR SR SO FR FR FR SR JR SR FR FR FR JR SO . Josh Strader. Mitchell Mason. Wolfenbarger. Chase Wheeler.28 Heritage Sept. Duringtheoff-season.9 *at Cocke County Oct. Gerrod Morgan. 135 177 144 155 190 175 150 201 211 225 150 148 130 175 184 155 160 250 154 130 207 177 144 175 215 195 100 154 170 196 Yr. Kyle Berry. Hasan Hunley. and the Cherokees have missedtheplayoffsinrecentyears. Taylor McCullough. “He has more energy in the weight room. DrewWolfenbarger. Travis Ligon. Elijah Jordan. our goal will be to be competitive on Friday night.hewashiredtoreplace thedepartingErikHutchins.18 *Morristown West Sept. Martinus Simmons. and he has a couple of good wide receivertargetsinsophomoreJordanCormack andjuniorDanielCaughorn.” the former TennesseeVoldefensivebacksaidwithasmile. 1st season at South-Doyle) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 6 (2 on offense. Quinton Jones. Darrell Smelcer. Jermiah Kerlin. Alex Pos. 37 73 20 11 53 32 15 76 99 75 81 7 44 27 12 44 8 69 28 84 66 35 26 47 51 55 41 23 25 88 Name Allen. Cody Whitt. Daniel Chatman. Zac Wilson. Dalton Ward. “Actually. Jewan Williams. David Handy. Sept.” DuncancoachedPowellthrough2002. HelpNeeded:The biggest question mark is experience. Dennis Montgomery. Samuel Raby. Jake Caughorn. Tyler Stansberry. Jacob Rush. Chris Pellon. Charles Hall. BryceBerrywillbeasolidkickreturner. BreakoutPlayers:Sophomore offensive lineman Joseph Romines and junior defensive end/ offensive tackle Kory Godfrey are expected to have an impact.25 at Carter Oct.you’vegotachance. and Godfrey alsowillbekeymembersofthedefenseupfront.Kory GodfreyandJosephRomineswillbeanchoring theoffensiveline. “We would really like to go to the playoffs this year. Justin Arp. Holden Johnson. That is our maingoal. Mark Evans. Blake Wilkerson. 22 6 60 83 64 91 36 13 29 42 97 46 16 39 4 33 14 19 94 92 95 82 30 52 98 18 10 48 93 68 Name Hendrick. TheplayerssaytheylikeDuncan’sstyle. Andrew Olson. Kory Goodin. The team returns only two offensive startersandfourdefensivestartersfromasquad thatfinished4-6in2008. LaDarius Mascaro. Powell.” said senior linebackerBlakeWhitt. Lance Godfrey. Landon Rancy. Jarquez Harschall. Drew Helms. Brian Mason. Joseph Rood. Lucas Ricker. Ruebin Tornow. Added Conley. “We want to win them all. DB LB/RB DL/OL DL/OL LB/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL DL/OL LB/OL LB/OL DL/OL DL/OL LB/RB LB/OL DL/OL DB LB/OL DB CB/QB DB DL/OL DB LB/OL LB/RB LB/RB DB/RB CB/RB DE/OL DB/WR Ht. 5-11 5-6 6-5 5-9 5-8 5-11 5-5 5-9 6-6 5-10 5-10 6-1 6-3 5-7 5-9 5-8 5-5 5-10 6-2 5-8 5-7 5-11 5-9 5-8 5-7 5-10 5-6 5-9 6-1 5-10 Wt. Jordan Dills. Shawn Finchum. If you get the right breaks and youarecompetinghard. Conleyisbackasstartingquarterbackforthe second year. Duncan also sees a great desire to want to get better among the player who have grown significantly in numbers since last season.SOUTH-DOYLE RUNDOWN Heroes:Second-year starting quarterback Jason Conley is key to getting South-Doyle’s offense untracked. Alex Tate. Darrell Brymer. they do have a lot of speed. Dustin Smelcer. FR SO JR SR FR SR JR JR FR SR FR JR JR SO SR SO SO FR JR FR SR FR JR FR JR JR FR SO SR JR No. 4 at Morristown East.

CB/RB DE/TE CB/QB/WR DB/RB LB/RB K DB/RB DB/RB G/NG NG/OT DE/OT LB/WR G/LB RB/SS/WR DB DB/QB LB/TE Ht. Caleb Bosse. Ezell Harding. 25 vs.25 Catholic CSS TV Oct.178)andseniorstrong safetyMikeCarillon(6-1. “Ourobviousgoaliswinningastatechampionship this year. isareturningstarteratlinebacker andalsoarunningback.5-10. Spartans like their new home Reclassification gives Spartans realistic shot to win a state title sports@knoxnews. HelpNeeded:Webb’sbiggestconcernwillbehowthedefensiveline develops. BryanBerube(RB/CB.we’reone of the larger ones (now).SeniorfreesafetyClarkJohnson(6-1. 5-9 5-11 5-11 5-7 5-10 5-8 5-6 5-6 5-5 5-8 6-2 5-10 6-1 6-1 5-10 5-10 5-10 Wt. Graham Carillon. Parker QB 6-0 Wt. Luke Little. in the playoffs. David LB/WR 6-0 Wormsley.” Meske said. FR SR FR FR SO SR SR SR JR SO FR SR JR SR JR JR .a seniorandstarterlastseason. Jack Greaves. “When we were in the large division.4 *Ezell-Harding Sept.andtheSpartanshave plentyofrunningbacks.AaronBlanceandBryan Berubeshouldplayinthesecondary. Skip Grayson. 135 185 170 146 150 190 200 235 190 170 165 165 215 180 165 165 Yr. Catholic.” he said. They’ll be very good this year.including CarillonandfullbackJarvisJones. Webb posted victories over McCallie and Chattanooga Baylor for the first time and finished 7-4 after losing to eventual state champion MBA. Tre’ LB/RB/WR 5-10 Werner.senior).6-0. Zack Jenkins.ParkerWormsley(QB. BY DAVE LINK For the past few years. Chase Congleton. John DE/TE 5-11 Vogel. We feel that will override our inexperience on the line. 180 160 160 145 180 140 150 165 150 200 200 175 220 175 155 160 160 Yr. Brewer Pos.2 Lancaster Christian Oct. Neil Campbell. Dakota Johnson.sophomore.18 *at Franklin Road Academy Sept. Brennan Longnecker. “Those are the people we’ve played in the past. Jason Blakley. Alex Brodnax. Chance Ilager. 30 vs.freshman. Last season.5-6. 4 vs. DT/OT 6-4 DT/OT 5-11 FS/LB/RB 5-9 DT/OT 6-0 DB/QB 5-8 DE/G 5-11 G/LB 5-11 FB/LB 5-10 DE/TE 5-9 CB/FS/WR 5-11 DT/OT 6-4 FS/WR 6-1 LB/RB 5-6 G/LB 5-11 DE/TE 6-4 CB/RB 5-11 K/LB 5-8 Wt. “You may not win one. 4 24 8 26 1 17 3 20 68 74 50 80 54 27 28 16 21 Name Alexander. Kelly DE/TE 6-2 Valliant.They’retheyounger brothersoftwoSpartansandwill contributeasfreshmen. Pete Broussard. three-yearstarter).freshman. 5-7. we weren’t one of those seven just because of the size of our school and our philosophy for football.hada breakoutyearasafreshmanlast season. it’s hard to be competitive with schools like (Chattanooga) McCallie. PlayingteamslikeMontgomeryBellAcademyand BrentwoodAcademy.Aaron Blance’sbrother. Bryan Berube. but many of his players don’t. 49-14. JR FR SO FR FR SO SO JR FR FR JR SR SR SR JR JR FR No. They’ll be the team to beat in our division. Gus DE/TE 5-11 Waters. 50-pluscompletionpercentage. Oct.9 *at Mt.wedidn’thaveachanceto compete for a state championship. Chad CB/RB 5-9 Peterson.andAaronBlanceshouldmake animpactatwingbackalongside hisbrother.WebbSchoolhasalwaysplayed where it was placed by the TSSAA. Matthews. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. but you have a chance. Yates Congleton.145). We’re tremendous at the skill positions.Caleb. Other teams in the Spartans’ region include Davidson Academy. but he does believe state title aspirations are realistic. Gordon DE/LB/TE 5-11 Prince.” senior wide receiver/free safety Clark Johnson said.Thelinebackercorps isstrong.SeniorJustinAlexander(5-9.500passingyards. Ht. Taylor DE/G 6-1 Saas. Jay C/DT 5-10 Whiteside.Berube’s brother. junior. … Last year was a hard year.WEBB RUNDOWN PREDICTED FINISH PX60 Coach: David Meske (172-101. Jake DT/OT 5-10 Thomas.200rushing yards). 255 185 170 245 144 185 195 180 145 145 270 178 180 195 200 160 130 Yr. and we’re one of them. Matthew DT/OT 6-0 Miller. Donelson Christian Academy. Justin Arnold. Hunter Liu. Instead of being one ofthesmallerschoolsinourleague. Tyler Harrison. “What it does is it gives us a chance to compete for a state championship.1.com SCHEDULE Aug. 6 on defense) 8-2 Heroes: CalebBlance(TB.235) BreakoutPlayers:AaronBlance (WB/CB. bothstartersin2008.21 at Central Sept. (Evangelical Christian School) is the largest in our division. Juliet Christian Oct.m.175)are outstanding. “I think it’s a numbers game.180. When you have 450 kids and 230 boys.180)returnsasastarting cornerback.” Dave Link is a freelance contributor. What’sGood:Webb’ssecondaryis solid. the Spartans missed the playoffs.” Meske isn’t taking his new opponents lightly. This year our strengths are reversed. Jim Garner. Donelson Christian Academy and EzellHarding.ledbyseniorsJason BerubeandGrahamCampbell.” In 2007.150). Aaron Blance. Bower Beeler. 34 7 73 83 6 32 75 57 85 31 81 33 71 18 5 10 Name Pos. Franklin Road Academy. Gaines CB/WR 5-7 Nabors. Their goal is simple. John DB/QB 6-3 McGarr. Donovan DE/TE/WR 6-3 Wilhoite.” Meske knows those teams.165. SR SO SR FR SR SR FR SO SO FR SR SO SR SR SO SO SO No. Ben Pos. Jarvus Letsinger.Wehadstrengthatthelineandthought we could ride them. Dave CB/LB/RB 5-5 McCallister. We had high expectations.Saasistheonlyreturning starteronthedefensiveline.5-6. Trey Blance.withWebbSchool’sphilosophyforfootball.JakeSaas(DT. but were close against McCallie and Baylor. John Paul Isaacs. That changes this season as the Spartans move into Division II Class A after the TSSAA restructured its classifications for all sports. Austin Butler. Kyle Dolinack. Ht. Michael Carter. Brett Berube. Sept.16 Zion Christian Oct. Now.” Webb coach and athletic director David Meske said. senior.” MeskesaidWebb’splacementinthereclassification is only fair. “They’re very competitive programs. Sept. Jackson Harrison.Jason(5-10. Wormsley returnsforhisthirdyearrunning thewing-T.30 *DCA *conferencegames allgames7:30p. “Firstofall.” Meske said. “We don’t really know much about any of these teams.23 at Davidson Academy Oct. Clark Jones.165. 24th season) | Lastyear: 4-6 | ReturningStarters: 10 (4 on offense. which has 600 boys. Webb School’s footballteamdidn’thavearealisticchanceatwinning a Division II Class AA state championship — not against schools with enrollment twice its size. 63 56 30 77 14 52 59 44 43 35 70 23 22 55 45 9 13 Name Daley. Patrick Dickson.11 Halls Sept. “What this does is allow us to compete for astatechampionshipwithsixorseventeams. Webb will be playing teams it was facing before the previous reclassification that put them in with the big schools.

“I said. DL/OL LB/OL DB/WR DB/WR DB/WR DB/WR LB/RB LB/TE LB/RB DL/OL K LB/OL LB/QB LB/RB LB/RB DL/OL DL/OL LB/RB DL/OL LB/RB QB LB/RB Ht. 5-8 5-9 5-7 6-2 6-0 5-6 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-7 6-2 5-8 5-8 6-0 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-2 6-2 6-2 Wt. Cardeem Bullock.21 Sullivan South Aug. Jacob Jackson. Kyle Miller. He squats 600 pounds and bench presses more than 300 pounds. “But we’re expecting to have a really good year this year. Christian Bowman. Nolan Gryder.22 *Bearden MyVLT2 TV Oct.m. Stephen Gyebison (WR/DB. Colton Thompson. Anthony Brown. 184 192 170 185 165 146 162 143 154 134 200 157 172 187 177 250 215 159 150 334 263 164 Yr. Robbie Francis. Nick Williams. Charlie Maupin. Brandon Boseman. Ivan Pos. Josh Worles. West might be in for another playoff trip. By the end of the season. 5-9. Christian Freeman. Chad Mobley. and he’s definitely worked hard enough in the weight room where he’s going to see the rewards. Bearden. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. and he will be Francis’ main target along with juniors Jordan Fulton and D’Andre Parkey. Pierson Beverly. which is arguably the state’s toughest. Jeamill Smith.’” Cummings Cummings recalled. Stephen Hale. Nicky Jones. JR SO SO JR SR JR SR SO JR SO JR SO SR SO SR SR SR SR JR JR SR JR No. Francis can defer some of the pressure to others.” With the amount of talent West returns. L’Derrias Alvarado. Mickey Chandler. 15 34 54 81 23 45 16 11 4 12 68 30 84 50 5 64 61 3 83 76 52 2 Name Fulton. 6-0.18 *Farragut Sept. Chandler Hamilton. 200) and Sam Purkey (6-2.28 at Hardin Valley CSS TV Sept. Running backs Marquis Simmons. Bradford Dockery.16 *at Catholic Oct. He needs to understand the situation. Josh Hedges. Isaac Northcutt. he’s willing to do that. Jeffery Purkey. Brad Savoy. Sam Reid. D’Andre Pos. 5-8 5-10 6-2 6-0 6-0 6-3 5-8 5-6 6-0 6-6 6-5 6-0 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-9 5-7 6-3 5-10 6-1 5-8 6-1 Wt. Andrew Parkey. 235). 334) is powerful and more fit. he needs to get to it. JR JR JR SR JR SR SO SR SO SR SO JR SO SO SR SR JR JR JR SO JR JR No. Cummings would like Francis to pare back a bit for this upcoming runinDistrict 4-AAA. 18 vs. Nick Williams. Francis must limit hard hits Avoiding injuries a priority for West’s option quarterback smitheyj@knoxnews. “He needs to be smarter about when to take that shot and when not to. Breakoutplayers: Junior quarterback Christian Francis started last season but has packed on 15 pounds to handle the trials of District 4-AAA. Denzel Dandridge. senior. Tanner Tucker. Trammar Gross. Chris Sowell. 220) had 10 tackles for loss during the 2008 regular season. Marquis Simmons. Its 3-4 defense is more than solid with Sowell and Reid. Preston Williams. Francis has beefed up to about 170 to withstand what hits may come. Offensive lineman Isaac Mobley (6-1. Or maybe the defense can chalk up a touchdown here or there. “Wereallydonotneedhimtogetinjured. Nathan Cowart. Nick Williams. Ivan Freeman and Tanner Thompson all logged playing time last seasonandshouldbenefitfromthereturnofthe offensive line. Tawayne Whitehead. Tucker Kolinsky.4 *at Maryville Sept. DL/OL DB/WR LB/WR DL/OL DB/WR DE/TE LB/RB LB/RB DB/WR DE/TE DE/TE DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR K WR DB/WR TE LB/RB DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL Ht. Michael Green. “We’re the underdogs for the season with our schedule. Jordan Garner. Alex Mills. but midway through last season.com SCHEDULE Aug.2 *at William Blount Oct.25 Fulton Oct. 72 6 38 60 9 49 26 27 17 47 46 71 28 31 40 13 82 7 20 86 8 56 Name Poston. “Last year. Cummings tugged on Christian Francis’ jersey and offered advice. “That’s just a reality. 245 156 180 230 181 195 181 132 150 185 240 278 155 150 183 165 115 208 171 162 130 264 Yr. Austin Spencer. “He has a motor that doesn’t quit. Butitwasthatgung-homentalitybyFrancis and the rest of the Rebels that pushed a sophomore-laden squad into the second round of the Class 4A playoffs for the third consecutive season. 180) is getting college looks. Dylan Bennett-Cosley. Demetrius Farmer. Thomas Hedges. 6 on defense) 6-4 PX61 Heroes: Austin Sowell (DL. 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-11 5-8 5-6 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-11 6-1 5-9 5-9 5-7 5-7 5-7 6-3 5-11 5-11 5-9 6-0 5-8 Wt.” said Cummings. Also watch for linebackers Preston Williams (6-3. Kareen Chait. LB/WR LB/RB DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR LB/TE DB/WR DB/WR WR DB/QB DL/OL LB/RB DB/WR DL/OL LB/RB DL/OL DL/OL DB/WR DB/WR DL/OL DL/OL DB/WR Ht.” said coach Scott Cummings.30 *at Heritage *conferencegames allgames7:30p. 6-5. His GPA almost is equivalent to his 40-yard dash time of 4. West has plenty of size at linebacker and experience in the secondary with Gyebison and safeties Thompson and Dylan Baylosis. George Bushnag. Deon Flood.WEST RUNDOWN PREDICTED FINISH Coach: Scott Cummings (40-40. Steven Karnes. Oct. it’ll be a highly touted bunch led by senior defensive lineman Austin Sowell (65. Farris Price. Carlos Bardsley. Jimmy Gates. David Williams. What’sgood: West returns all five of its offensive line starters. Alex Shattuck. junior. he knew he was going to take some bumps as a sophomore. An injury here or there could be damaging. Alan Simmons.77. Chris Stinson. Receivers Stephen Gyebison. Farragut. If the situation dictates that we need a first down and he sees the marker. My problem is: he wants to do that too much sometimes. Antonio Thomas. TheWestHighSchoolcoachadmiredthat his 150-pound sophomore quarterback was willing to run the option and absorb shots fromolderandlargerdefenders. Will Pos. 67 55 10 18 37 21 22 44 36 74 43 57 19 35 25 66 65 32 62 29 14 33 Name Akinleye. 235) is a Division I recruit with a high intellect. Ivan Freeman and Tanner Thompson). SO JR SR JR SR SO SR SO JR SO SR SO SO SO SR SR SO JR SR SO SO JR . DaQuawn Sloan. Antonio Wright. BY JESSE SMITHEY Scott Cummings couldn’t watch it much more. Sept. “He’s definitely prepared himself mentally to be more of a leader. 4 at Maryville. Brad Reid (DL. senior. Nevertheless. Corey Clemons. 279 205 148 165 166 131 165 220 177 240 180 197 160 204 153 176 290 180 192 141 159 171 Yr. 200). Oct. Ray Jones.9 *Lenoir City Oct. Bobby Gyebison. Patrick Baylosis.” Sept. 16 at Catholic. Cummings also returns his backfield (Marquis Simmons. 22 vs.” he said. 8th season) | Lastyear: 5-7 | ReturningStarters: 15 (9 on offense. ‘It doesn’t mean you’re a wimp when you get what you can and then get out of bounds or slide.” With his teammates following suit. Adam Bright. Jordan Fulton and D’Andre Parkey can sustain a drive. Helpneeded:West has skill-position players but doesn’t have much depth. If that means putting a shoulder down and taking one for the team.” said offensive lineman Charlie Kolinsky.

160. hopefully it has just made them stronger.11 Jefferson County Sept.” Mike Blackerby is a freelance contributor. Jordan Whitehead. 175) is another weapon. Wesley Robinson. it’s hard for them to believe in somebody — but this is where I wanttobe. Nolan Pos. Dylan Laforty. Joel Rogers. Clay Williams. Kyle Brown. Bryce Noe.30 *at Farragut Aug. Oct. 136 155 150 160 180 145 160 235 Yr. Taylor Bright. Blake McClain. “We have a lot of seniors who played last year and our underclassmen had good reps on the varsity. Nick Wyatt. 175 181 213 240 180 168 156 125 175 147 145 147 145 147 140 170 140 279 Yr. Cody Simpson. “Wehaveplentyoftalentifwecanjustkeep awayfrominjuries. Douglas Hartline. the heart and soul of the Govs’ offensive line). 5-11 6-3 6-2 6-0 5-9 6-2 6-2 5-11 5-8 5-8 5-10 6-1 5-6 6-2 5-9 5-7 Wt. KEY GAMES ROSTER No. BreakoutPlayer: Zach Witt (QB/FS. Josh Bush. Derrick Latham. Trevor Keith. Randall Eagan. Gregory hopes to provide much-needed stability. Gregory.23 *at Maryville Oct. 1st season) | Lastyear: 1-9 | ReturningStarters: 11 (6 on offense. Devin Muckleroy. Evan Hurd. SR SO FR SR JR FR FR FR FR JR FR SO SO SR SO FR FR SO SO SR JR JR SO SO SR SO SR SO FR SO FR SR JR JR No. The unsettled coaching situation and late naming of David Gregory to replace Scott Meadows has sped up the learning curve for the players.4 *Bearden Sept.28 Karns Sept. 5-8 5-9 6-0 6-1 6-2 5-10 5-7 5-5 5-8 5-7 5-3 5-8 5-6 5-7 5-9 5-10 6-0 6-2 Wt. Devin McGill. 5 on defense) 4-6 Gregory provides stability BY MIKE BLACKERBY SCHEDULE Aug.38 speed. Lee Green. Blake Rohn. Caleb Thomason. Terrell Willocks.theGovs’best offensive lineman.” William Blount seniors Randall Davis and Caleb Elkins are remarkably optimistic. 180 205 170 270 160 266 288 160 185 140 160 170 120 240 150 160 Yr. 8 17 3 17 45 12 — — — 54 — 72 47 5 16 75 — 14 26 25 33 3 52 60 57 58 27 25 — 23 — 67 37 32 Name Anderson. 18 at Catholic. Shawn Gaff. Chris Willocks. Justin Clark. Aaron Woods. 23 at Maryville.21 at Sevier County Aug. sports@knoxnews. Robbie Irwin (RB. First-year William Blount coach David Gregory said it’s no wonder the Governors finished 1-9 last year. Junior kicker Grayson Beason (6-0. Devin Watkin. Elkins pointed out there are 19 seniors on the roster. Grayson Bell. Travis Roulette. Michael Cook. 5-10.”saidDavis. Tim Gross. Landon Clifton. Ty Glass. Sept. John Elkins.25 *at Heritage Oct. Anthony Breeden. 5-5. a running back and linebacker. “With all that happened. Cody Gentry. Joshua Rosenow. Matt Peck. Caleb Elkins (RB/LB. James Shope. WR LB/QB LB/QB OT DE/G RG OT DB/WR LB SS/WR LB/WR LB WR C/NG WR LB/RB RB/SS CB/WR DE DB/WR DE NG DE RB LB FB/LB FS/QB ML/NG FS/WR DE FB/LB DB/WR Ht. Zach Pos. Tyler Miller. Jesse Cupp. Jonathan Landers. Bryce Webber. Cory Irwin. Maurice Irwin. senior.”saidGregory.whowaspreviously an assistant at Daphne (Ala. LB DB/QB DE G WR FS/RB WR DB/WR LB CB/WR G RB WR RB WR LB/WR FS/RB NG RB C/NG NG/RG DL DB/WR DE DE LB/WR DB/WR DB/WR G/LB DE WB DL/OL Ht. 285. Vinnie Hawkins. If you look up “tumultuous” in the dictionary. Cameron Ridout. 5-11. Wesley Henry. Devin Mohney. 170) Witt is battling for starting quarterback and should lead the secondary. Brad Michael. Dylan Schrock. senior. it might just refer to William Blount’s recent football history. Will Owens. 21 at Sevier County. Bradley Crisp. Helpneeded:Depth is an issue and the Govs certainly can’t afford another injury-filled season. Dylan Clore. “With all of the adversity they’ve been through. 6-2. senior. DB/WR DB/WR CB/WR WR K CB/WR LB/RB DL/OL Ht. Just before the 2008 season. Donnie Davis. Michael Burk. Bradley Hasenstaub. Matt Hasenstaub. Khris Burton. junior. 280) up front. Logan Young.WILLIAM BLOUNT RUNDOWN Heroes: Randall Davis (OT/DT. Cole Holliday. Matt Poole. TheGovs. Lane Bourdin. Devin Davidson. Robert Baldwin.whowerepenciledinasapotentialplayoffteamheadingintotheseason. Cody Witt. Robbie Jenkins.16 *Lenoir City Oct. Zach Thompson. coach Scott Meadows took a personal leave of absence and was replaced by defensive coordinator Richie Wilhite. SO FR FR SR JR SR FR SO SO SR FR JR FR SR FR FR SR FR JR SR SR SO JR JR SO SR SO SO SR SO SO JR SO JR No. Harrison Barnes. and expect them to hold the team together. Zach Woodby. Zach Pack. Hunter Bartl. Jonathan Beason. Jonathon Roach. Jesse Jones. Look for the emergence of sophomore tackle Michael Brown (6-3. Justin Lambert.) High School. Freddie Garner. Caleb Lowery. Brandon Williamson. After a year of turmoil.com PREDICTED FINISH PX62 Coach: David Gregory (0-0. Daniel Rake. Russell Howell. 190. Jordan Fuller. blessed with 4. Mitchell Phillips. Justus Bloom. Chad Hartsell. Cole York. Trey Garcia.18 *at Catholic Sept. Meadows returned after the season and wentthroughspringpractice. Irwin could be the next Garner).butleftinApril to accept the head coaching job at Catholic.were hit with an avalanche of injuries. Jonathan Brown. “I expect senior leadership from Randall and Caleb. Logan Pos.” said Elkins. Jimmy Morris. who was slated to be the Govs’ defensive coordinator. Jonathan Maples. Tanner Walker. Gregorysaidhe’slookingforbigthingsout of Davis and Elkins. 5-6 5-11 5-10 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-1 5-11 Wt. Brandon Mixon. was named coach in May. Elkins is slated for double duty at two demanding positions). Caleb Fortson. Chase McGill. one of William Blount’s toughest players. Justin Matula. Davis leads what should be a strong offensive line.2 *West Oct. JR SO SO SO SO SR FR SR SO FR SO FR FR JR JR SO FR SR SO SO SO SO JR SR FR JR JR JR SR SO SO SO SO OT 6-3 292 NG 5-8 180 LB/QB/RB 5-10 175 QB 6-4 170 OT 6-0 200 CB/WB SS/WB FB/LB ML DB/WR G/LB G DE/OT DE/LB FB/LB LB/RB DL DB/WR DB/RB NG LB LB 5-10 162 6-2 160 5-10 200 5-10 215 6-1 160 5-10 210 6-1 187 6-4 275 5-11 189 5-10 200 5-10 205 5-10 5-5 6-0 5-11 6-0 140 130 245 185 185 5-10 145 6-0 225 5-10 225 6-1 203 5-10 160 6-0 175 5-9 165 6-2 169 6-3 180 5-6 160 5-9 185 6-2 200 5-5 125 5-6 200 6-1 190 5-8 140 6-2 195 5-6 130 5-9 185 6-4 315 6-1 197 5-9 179 5-8 162 5-7 170 6-1 175 5-9 220 5-9 148 5-11 200 6-1 180 5-4 110 . What’sGood:William Blount’s front-line skill players appear solid. Greg Cooper. 51 10 56 52 38 21 21 14 43 85 — 31 — 22 — 2 4 11 77 50 44 63 73 75 30 36 66 19 84 22 53 61 34 64 Name Glover. 81 15 15 59 54 71 76 1 — 45 35 18 4 53 80 2 — 11 89 40 6 79 74 28 64 9 29 12 42 7 70 41 11 Name Opper. Bryan Cooper.

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