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OF ALL TIME Frequently referred to as the “the field general,” the quarterback is often the player who is not only a leader on the team but an outstanding athlete who can make split-second decisions to lead the team to victory. It is the most esteemed position on the football team, but also the one that attracts the most scrutiny. In our 2013 issue, we featured the top high school football quarterbacks from the Chattanooga area. Since then, we have researched and compiled data to select, update, and rank the top quarterbacks spanning the last 70 years! The criteria used, once again, for this ranking include: 1) high school football performance (passing yards, rushing yards, awards won, state championships achieved, win-loss record, etc.) 2) college football career, and 3) post-college football career. While there are too many great quarterbacks to feature in one article, we do proudly present “70 Years: Greatest Quarterbacks of All Time.”


STEVE SLOAN, 6’0” – 180 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: BRADLEY CENTRAL (’61) COLLEGE: ALABAMA

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• 1961 TSWA Tennessee All-State QB. • 1st Team All-American at Alabama. • 1965 SEC MVP honors, Academic All-American. • 153.8 passing efficiency ratio at Alabama – the nation’s best in ‘65. • Played on two national championship teams at Alabama. • Played for the Atlanta Falcons.

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BOBBY SCOTT, 6’2” – 201 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: ROSSVILLE (’67) COLLEGE: TENNESSEE • All-City Rossville and Georgia All-State in ‘66. • Threw for a career-high 1,697 yards and 14 TDs in ‘70 at Tennessee. • MVP in 1970 Sugar Bowl at Tennessee. • Played 14 years in the NFL and USFL: New Orleans Saints, New Jersey Generals, Chicago Blitz.

ANDY KELLY, 6’3” – 230 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: RHEA COUNTY (’87) COLLEGE: TENNESSEE

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• High School All-American. • TSSAA Class 3A Mr. Football in ‘86 at Rhea County. • Led the Vols to back-to-back SEC Championships (‘89-‘90). • When in college, ranked second at UT in all-time passing yards (6,397) and TDs (36) behind Peyton Manning. • 15 years in Arena Football League, four of which were with the Nashville Kats.

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BJ COLEMAN, 6’3” – 231 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: MCCALLIE (‘07) COLLEGE: UTC

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MARTY LOWE, 6’1” – 210 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: RED BANK (’91) COLLEGE: LOUISVILLE

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• TSSAA Class 3A American General Mr. Football in ‘90 at Red Bank. • Threw for 4,861 yards, completing 416 of 767 pass attempts in his career at Louisville. • Senior year passing rating 122. • 2 years AFL: St. Louis Stampede, Texas Terrors.

LORAN CARTER, 6’2” – 185 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: DALTON (’64) COLLEGE: AUBURN

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• At Dalton, two-time AA 1st team Georgia All-State in ‘62 and ‘63. • In four years playing for Dalton, went 31-9-1. • Recorded 3,129 passing yards and 25 passing TDs in his career at Auburn. • Threw second-longest TD pass in Auburn bowl history at the time, in 34-10 victory over Arizona Wildcats in ‘68 Sun Bowl. • Earned All-SEC honors as a senior.

DICKY CLARK, 6’3” – 205 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: ROSSVILLE (’73) COLLEGE: GEORGIA

• 1st team Georgia All-State QB at Rossville in ‘72. • In ‘75, when Clark was a defensive end, Georgia went 9-3 overall and 5-1 vs. SEC teams. • An All-SEC defensive end and defensive captain for the UGA 1976 SEC Championship team.

JACOB HUESMAN, 6’1” – 210 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: BAYLOR (‘10) COLLEGE: UTC

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• At Baylor, totaled 2,828 yards of total offense, including 1,750 rushing with 25 TDs as a senior. • TSWA D-II 1st team All-State. • T SSAA D-II Mr. Football finalist as a junior. • Went 17-7 in his two years as QB. • TSSAA D-II Mr. Football as a senior. • At UTC, was one of only two in Southern Conference to reach 4,000 passing and 4,000 rushing yards. • Three-time offensive player of the year, two-time All-American.


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JIMMY “WINK” BAKER, 6’2” – 170 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: ROSSVILLE (‘60) COLLEGE: ETSU • All-City Rossville and Georgia All-State ‘59. • Two-time Little All-American and All-Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year at ETSU. • ETSU Athletic (‘78) and Rossville High School Sports (‘95) Halls of Fame. • Semi-pro: Chattanooga Cherokees, played for Montreal in CFL and Denver in AFL.

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TOPPY VANN, 5’11” – 185 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: ROSSVILLE (‘53) COLLEGE: GEORGIA TECH • Played football, basketball, and baseball at Rossville. • All-City Rossville and Georgia All-State in basketball and football in ‘50, ’51, and ‘52. • Second team All-SEC at Georgia Tech. • Played for Vancouver (British Columbia) Lions in CFL.

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HAL LEDYARD, 6’0” – 185 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: CHATTANOOGA HIGH (NOW CHATTANOOGA HIGH SCHOOL CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS) (‘49) COLLEGE: UC (NOW UTC) • Lettered at UC in 1952. • Member of the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame. • Member of two CFL Grey Cup Championship teams (‘61, ‘62). • Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 9th round (104th overall) of the ‘53 NFL Draft. • 1 year NFL with the 49ers, 9 years CFL with the Omaha Rough Riders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2 years ORFU (Ontario Rugby Football Union).

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BILLY BAKER, 5’11” – 190 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: ROSSVILLE (’56) COLLEGE: FURMAN • Won the Tom McCann Award (best player in Chattanooga) in ’55. • QB of the ’54 and ’55 championship teams at Rossville. • Set single-game conference records for most pass attempts, completions, pass yards, and total offense while at Furman. • Finished 5th in the nation in passing (’57) while at Furman.

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CHAD VOYTIK, 6’1” – 209 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: CLEVELAND (‘12) COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, ARKANSAS STATE • At Cleveland, gained career total of 6,098 yards, including over 5,000 passing yards. • Ranked by Rivals as 4th best pro-style quarterback in his class and the No. 1 overall prospect in Tennessee. • Ranked No. 12 quarterback in the United States by Scout. • Was Cleveland High’s all-time leading passer when he graduated. • Chosen to play for the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team. • Played for Pittsburgh where he was named MVP in the Armed Forces Bowl.

JAVAUGHN CRAIG, 6’2” – 210 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: MCCALLIE (’16) COLLEGE: AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY • At McCallie, Division II-AA All-State his senior year. • Ranked as 67th player in TN. • At Austin Peay, set the school’s single-season record for total offensive yards (3,922), total offensive yards per game (261.5), passing yards (3,208), and TD passes (28). • As a senior, ranked 8th in rushing yards among NCAA QBs. • Voted 2019 First Team HERO Sports All-American, First Team All-OVC (Ohio Valley Conference), and Third Team STATS FCS All-American.

DENNY PAINTER HIGH SCHOOL: CENTRAL (‘67) COLLEGE: VANDERBILT

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• Captain of the ‘66 Civic Bowl-winning team at Central. • While at Vanderbilt, was one of four Chattanooga-area quarterbacks (with Billy Spears, Toppy Vann, Bobby Scott) to go on to defeat Alabama at the collegiate level. • Bobby Scott (also profiled) and Denny Painter were teammates on the 1961 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Rossville – Fort Oglethorpe team.

GENE ETTER, 5’10” – 170 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: CENTRAL (‘56) COLLEGE: TENNESSEE

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• Earned 10 letters at Central. • Played on two state championship teams at Central, coached by his father EB “Red” Etter. • Ran the ball, threw passes, punted, and called plays as a single-wing tailback at UT. • Went on to play minor league baseball for several teams, including the Chicago Cubs.

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LARRY SHELLEY, 5’10” – 170 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: CENTRAL (’73) COLLEGE: MEMPHIS STATE

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• TSWA 1st Team All-State playing under EB “Red” Etter at Central in ‘65. • Named to Kick Off magazine’s “Top 100 Backs” within High School All-Americans.

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AUSTIN HERINK, 6’3” – 210 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: CLEVELAND (’14) COLLEGE: ETSU • At Cleveland, passed for over 6,000 yards and 67 TDs; completed 67% of his passes. • His senior year at ETSU, ranked 5th in the Southern Conference in total offense (1,999 yards). • Was 2nd-highest ever at ETSU for pass attempts (1,048), completions (615), and completion percentage (59%). • Held ETSU’s single-game passing record by passing for 434 yards in one game. • College career-total yards: 6,994. • Played for the Dacia Vienna Vikings in Austria.

DEANGELO HARDY, 5’10” – 175 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: MCCALLIE (’20) COLLEGE: KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

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• At McCallie, achieved 7,500 total yards and 75 TDs. • Was three-time All-Region and All-State recipient. • Led McCallie to the 2019 state championships as a senior and earned MVP honors. • Was a Mr. Football finalist as a junior and senior. • Currently playing at Kennesaw State University.

ROBERT “THE RIDDLER” RIDDLE, 6’3” – 185 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: MCCALLIE (’17) COLLEGE: MERCER UNIVERSITY, UTC

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• At McCallie, achieved 70% pass-completion rate and 149.8 passer rating. • Voted All-State and All-Region, as well as Mr. Football TN runner-up. • At Mercer, passed for 5,312 yards in three seasons. • Set single-game passing record at Mercer with 347 yards against The Citadel. • Earned Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week. • Currently playing for UTC.


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KELVIN “QB1” LEON, 6’2” – 250 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: OOLTEWAH (‘15) COLLEGE: CHATTANOOGA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE • Was Chattanooga Times Free Press Player of the Week. • Earned District Offensive Player of the Year in 2014. • His senior year of high school alone, passed for 2,986 yards, including 32 TDs (29 passing, 3 rushing), with a 64.7% completion rate. • Led Ooltewah to a 10-0 undefeated season his senior year.

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BILL ROMANS, 6’2” – 170 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: BRAINERD (‘67) COLLEGE: AUBURN • Led Brainerd to a 9-1-1 season in ‘66. • Threw for 1,067 passing yards and 14 TDs at Brainerd in ‘67. • 1st Team TSSAA All-City Chattanooga in ‘67. • 3rd team TSWA All-State Tennessee at Brainerd in ‘67. • Recruited to play quarterback at Auburn.

WILL HEALY, 6’0” – 170 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: BOYD BUCHANAN (‘03) COLLEGE: RICHMOND

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• Two-time TSWA All-State, two-time All-State Honorable Mention, four-time All-Region at Boyd Buchanan. • Held Chattanooga-area career passing record (7,700+ yards). • Quarterback and team captain of Richmond’s ‘08 FCS National Title team. • Currently head football coach at UNC-Charlotte.

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NICK TIANO, 6’5” – 228 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: BAYLOR (’15) COLLEGE: MISSISSIPPI STATE, UTC • At Baylor, was ranked No. 22 overall prospect in Tennessee by ESPN.com. • At UTC, reached 5,825 career passing yards, ranking him 7th of all time. • Achieved 6,569 total offensive yards – 7th all-time at UTC. • Played 13 games with 200 passing yards each for a 5th-place ranking at UTC. • Earned MVP of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl following his senior year.


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FREDDY ROHRDANZ HIGH SCHOOL: BRAINERD (‘70) COLLEGE: MTSU • TSWA All-City at Brainerd in ‘69. • Quarterback for the undefeated (10-0-0) Brainerd ’69 team. • Ranked among the top quarterbacks for total yards and yards per completion in a single season at MTSU.

TERRELL ROBINSON, 6’3” – 195 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: SOUTH PITTSBURG (‘10) COLLEGE: UTC

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• Tennessee Mr. Football Division I-A “Back of the Year” award-winner at South Pittsburg. • TSWA All-State Tennessee QB selection; led South Pittsburg to the I-A title game. • Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Player of the Year. • Threw for 1,687 yards, rushed for 1,322 yards, and scored 46 total TDs as a senior. • Played QB and receiver at UTC. • As a sophomore at UTC, led team in receptions.

DENNIS BRADSHAW HIGH SCHOOL: ROSSVILLE (‘77) COLLEGE: MEMPHIS • All-State Georgia Honorable Mention at Rossville in ‘76. • All-North Georgia Football Team at Rossville in ‘77. • Went on to play quarterback collegiately at the University of Memphis.

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• Lettered in football his sophomore, junior, and senior years at Baylor. • C aptain of the track, football, and basketball teams his senior year at Baylor. • Established Mid-South 440 track record in ‘64. • Won the Doug Milton Football Award at Baylor in ‘64. • Member of the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame. • Went on to play at the University of Tennessee.


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CORBEE “BOOM” WILSON, 6’0” – 185 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: HERITAGE (RINGGOLD) (’17) COLLEGE: BERRY COLLEGE

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• At Heritage, had 6,438 career passing yards, 680 rushing yards, and 81 TDs. • Held every quarterback record at Heritage upon graduation. • Region MVP, All-State honorable mention. • All-time leading passer of the Georgia/ Tennessee All-Star Showcase. • Led Heritage to first playoff win in school history. • Played quarterback at Berry College. • Now assistant football coach at Heritage High School.

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DANNY SANDLIN HIGH SCHOOL: BRAINERD (’66) COLLEGE: MTSU • Played basketball, football, and baseball at Brainerd. • Led Brainerd to a 10-1-0 record in ‘64. • Played football and baseball at MTSU.

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KYRELL SANFORD, 5’11” – 190 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: OOLTEWAH (’19) COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS • At Ooltewah, reached 5,269 yards and 51 TDs in two seasons as a starting quarterback. • Had 70% completion rate. • Named Region II-6A Player of the Year. • TNFCA All-State quarterback.

RICK TOWNSEND, 6’2” - 198 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: DALTON (’70) COLLEGE: TENNESSEE • 1st team All-State Georgia AAA as a QB at Dalton. • Was a barefoot kicker with Tennessee, All-American ‘72-’73. • Kicked for the New York Giants in the NFL.

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JOHNNY MOORE HIGH SCHOOL: HOWARD (‘61) COLLEGE: FLORIDA A&M

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• Played linebacker in addition to quarterback at Howard. • Quarterback of the undefeated 11-0-0 ‘61 Howard team. • Played in the first Pioneer Bowl in 1961 at McCallie’s Alumni Field, where Howard won 89-0 and continued its 40-game winning streak. • During his time on the field at Howard, his team scored 382 points and only gave up 55.

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FRED SHROPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOL: HOWARD (‘68) COLLEGE: WESTERN KENTUCKY • Passed for nearly 1,000 yards (941) and 13 TDs in one season at Howard. • Led Howard’s last undefeated team (10-0), which scored 353 points and gave up only 53. • Was named “Most Athletic,” “Mr. Howard,” All-City and All-HIL (Hamilton Interscholastic League) during his senior year.

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• Represented Ooltewah as quarterback in the ‘86 TN-KY All-Star Game. • First Ooltewah quarterback to play in college. • At UTC, passed for 2,344 yards over two seasons. • Had 221 passing yards against Furman in ‘87, a record not beaten until Jacob Huesman played as a freshman at UTC in 2012.

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• TSWA First Team All-State at Chattanooga Valley in ‘81. • Signed with Georgia in 1982 as quarterback and punter. • Transferred to MTSU from Georgia where he played as a Blue Raider.


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QUINCY PRIGMORE, 6’1” - 215 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: CLEVELAND (‘92) COLLEGE: TENNESSEE

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• Recorded 24 TDs as a senior at Cleveland. • TSWA All-State at Cleveland in ‘90. • Blue-Chip All-American at Cleveland in ‘91. • Over four seasons, played as defensive back and linebacker at the University of Tennessee.

BENJI MCCONKEY HIGH SCHOOL: DALTON (’94) COLLEGE: GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE • Georgia All-State at Dalton in ’93 and ‘94. • Led Dalton to a two-year record of 25-2. • Went 12-1 in ’93 and 13-1 at Dalton in ‘94. • Received a scholarship to play at Georgia Military College.

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CALEB CALLAHAN, 6’2” - 205 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: NORTHWEST WHITFIELD (’05) COLLEGE: TROY UNIVERSITY

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JAMES “GOOSE” MANNING, 5’7” – 180 LBS HIGH SCHOOL: OOLTEWAH (’11) COLLEGE: CARSON-NEWMAN UNIVERSITY

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• At Ooltewah, named All-Region quarterback in 2011. • Awarded Chattanooga Times Free Press Player of the Week two times. • At Carson-Newman, played running back and wide receiver. • Was team captain in 2014 and 2015; won the Team Leadership Award from 2013-2015. • Currently head football coach at Ooltewah.


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• As a junior, was quarterback for McCallie 2020 State Championship team.

• 20-3 in two years as a starting quarterback.

• For the 2020 season, threw for 1,485 yards, 17 TD passes, and 58 rushing yards, with a passer rating of 155. • Voted Chattanooga Times Free Press Player of the Week and Friday Night Rivals Player of the Game.

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• Racked up 3,396 yards passing, 1,002 yards rushing, and 43 TDs in two years of play. • 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-Area, and All-State Honorable Mention. • Elite 11 Regional Invitee and Regional Offensive Player of the Year.


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CINDERELLA STORY – NOUN – A PERSON OR THING THAT ACHIEVES UNEXPECTED OR SUDDEN SUCCESS OR RECOGNITION, ESPECIALLY AFTER OBSCURITY, NEGLECT, OR MISERY.

The Scenic City is full of hardworking athletes – individuals and teams who put in grueling hours on and off the field for their chance to lay claim to the season’s top title. Through determination and grit (and maybe a little luck) emerge countless stories of teams that were never expected to persevere, but despite the odds, came out on top. Here, we share a few memorable tales from teams that dug deep and discovered exactly what they were made of. BY CHRISTINA CANNON

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Boyd Buchanan’s Journey to the 1996 Playoffs

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o appreciate the well-earned 1996 season for the Boyd Buchanan Buccaneers, you must first understand where the team came from. Both 1992 and 1993 only saw one win, and the following two seasons weren’t much better, with just two wins each year. In fact, in 1993, there were five games where the Buccaneers didn’t even score a single point, and by the time 1995 had come and gone, the team had more 0-10 seasons than winning ones in school history. Enter coach Robert Akins, who made it his mission to turn the program around. Through long hours and tough practices, he was determined to equip his players with the skills and the fortitude that they would need to become winners. “We had 28 players on this football team who were as scrappy as any group I have ever had,” says Akins. “Over the summer, we went to a camp in Cleveland, and they worked their tails off. We also participated in a scrimmage, and they did very well. I think the kids saw from what we had done that we could have a very good team.” As the hot summer months drew to an end, the Buccaneers set out with a championship season on their minds and in their hearts. The first game was a success, and Boyd defeated the Sunbright Tigers 41-15. But perhaps it was just a fluke? The real test would come in game two, where the Buccaneers were slated to go helmet-to-hel-

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met with No. 1 South Pittsburg – a team that had made a playoff appearance every year since 1989. In a turn of events no one saw coming, Boyd walked away that night with yet another win, having defeated South Pittsburg 16-7. “This bunch went in full gear for every practice and every game during the season because they wanted to have a great year,” adds Akins. And it showed. Week after week the team came out and gave it all they had, and week after week a W was scribbled into the scorebook. By the time the regular season was over, Boyd Buchanan was an undefeated team – and a high-scoring one at that. Out of the 10 games of the season, the Buccaneers had scored more than 40 points in five of them, which was a far cry from all the non-scoring games the team was reluctantly part of over the last eight years. The team headed off to the playoffs for a matchup against Coalfield and came out victorious with a 10-7 win, but in round two of the playoffs it was the Buccaneers who scored seven points while their opponent, BGA, pulled away with 21. Nonetheless, an 11-1 season was one the team would gladly take, and it created a fresh foundation for the program’s future years. “The team of 1996 was such an amazing group of kids,” says Akins. “They were dedicated to turning our program around, and for that I’m thankful.”

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Baylor’s 1995 Defeat of the Riverdale Champions

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t the start of the ‘90s, most everyone who was keeping up with the Baylor Red Raiders would agree that the team wasn’t anything to write home about. The years leading up to 1990 saw average performance, and the team typically ended their season with about half wins and half losses. The season of 1990 concluded with a 6-4 record, and the Red Raiders were ready for something new. After a summer of hard work, the team came out in ‘91 and won eight out of its 10 regular season games. They even made it to the third round of the playoffs, where they lost to Knoxville Central. For the next two years, Baylor performed much of the same, winning eight out of 10 regular season games and losing the first playoff game. In 1994, head coach of six years Fred Hubbs stepped down, making way for Ralph Potter. Like many programs, the first year with a new coach is just as much about learning everyone’s strengths and weaknesses as it is about winning games. Despite making it to the first round of the playoffs yet again, the Red Raiders went 5-6 that year. With a year of trial and error under their belts, coach Potter and his team came out in 1995 with an appetite to win. The first game was a success, and Baylor held Hixson to eight points while they managed to put up 35. The next two games, by contrast, were not victorious. “We had a good veteran team returning in 1995, but our schedule was brutal early in the year,” says Potter. “In successive weeks, we played several teams that had won state championships in recent years under some great coaches, but our guys kept fighting.” The Red Raiders seemed to be losing steam, but this was no time to waver. Their next game was against Riverdale, who held the previous season’s title. Not only did Riverdale win the 1994 championship, they also made it to the championship game in 1993 and were in the playoffs the

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two years before that. At the time Riverdale and Baylor were scheduled to meet, Riverdale had won 19 straight games. Beating such a powerhouse team seemed like a pipe dream for the Red Raiders, but coach Potter hadn’t taught his players to give up. Baylor came out that night and gave it their all. And it worked. By the end of the night, the Red Raiders had pulled away from the Warriors and finally put an end to their winning streak. “I remember as we began to take control in the second half, recent Riverdale alums came out of the stands on to the sideline to urge their team to keep the streak alive, but it didn’t quite work,” recalls Potter. The 21-7 game gave the Baylor players the momentum they needed, and the team ended up winning their next four games and even advanced to the third round of the playoffs. While there were a few losses scattered throughout the 1995 season, the win against Riverdale was one for the ages and one that no one saw coming.

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Brainerd’s Back-to-Back Undefeated Seasons of the 60s

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f you were to ask someone what Brainerd High School’s football team was like in 1960, they’d tell you it was nonexistent. But where there’s a will there’s a way, and by the following year, a team had banded together and was ready to take to the gridiron. Under the leadership of head coach Ray Coleman, the Brainerd Rebels (now known as the Panthers), though new to the scene, were comprised of all juniors. The discipline that comes with a cohort of upperclassmen was paired with an insatiable desire to win, and it was that attitude that carried the Rebels all the way to the end of the season, where they surprised everyone with their record of 10 wins and one tie. For this impressive team, the cherry on top of an undefeated season was their bowl game in Spring City, Tennessee, where they won the game against Rockwood by one touchdown. “We had three great coaches who really impacted not only the program that year but our lives,” says tight and defensive end DeWayne McCamish. “They taught us much more than football – they taught us discipline.” The fall of 1962 rolled around, and the players on the field were another year older and another year wiser. The season kicked off in August, and the Rebels shut out Marion County 20-0. 42 | FO OTBALL.CITYS C OPEMAG.C OM

1963 STATE CHAMPS

This game set the stage, and the momentum allowed Brainerd to finish the season with 10 straight wins – including five games where the team’s top-notch defense didn’t allow the opponent to get even one point on the board. After another undefeated rival, Chattanooga Central, refused to match up with the Rebels for a bowl game, Brainerd made the trek to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville to play Madison. Although not necessarily a walk in the park, Brainerd still came out on top, defeating Madison 13-7 in what is sure to be a memorable season (or two) for the class of ‘63. “Every player on our team had so much spirit and was always striving to be the very best they could be both individually and as a team member. We never quit fighting to reach our goals,” says McCamish. “Our coaches were tough on conditioning and execution, but no one on the team ever doubted how much they cared for each of us.”


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Notre Dame’s 2004 Springboard Into an Undefeated Season

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round the turn of the century, Notre Dame was a middle-of-theroad team. They weren’t losing all of their games, but they weren’t winning them either. In 2003, the Fighting Irish saw their worst season since 1992 with only one win – a 28-10 game against Lookout Valley. Of their 10 regular season games, six of them stayed in the single digits, if there were even points at all. “I won’t lie, 2003 was a rough year, but we could see a light at the end of the tunnel. We only had four seniors who played a lot graduate from the program, and our 2004 team was going to have a decent amount of juniors,” says Charlie Wiggins, Notre Dame’s head coach at the time. “I felt bad for that 2003 group because they did everything in their power to have a winning season, but it just didn’t happen. I firmly believed, however, that we were headed in the right direction.” The following year saw a marked improvement, and Wiggins led the team to an 8-4 winning season. Perhaps the greatest moment the Fighting Irish experienced that season was beating the No. 1 undefeated Knoxville Catholic by one touchdown. 44 | FO OTBALL.CITYS C OPEMAG.C OM

“I remember spending a lot of time leading up to the Knoxville Catholic game practicing this one particular defensive play,” recalls Wiggins. “We came out and on the very first play, we intentionally jumped offsides. Their entire line got hit with eight of our players, and we wanted them to know that we weren’t messing around. It worked and got their players flustered while ours remained focused for the rest of the game.” Although the team lost their next and final game against Briarcrest, the win against Knoxville Catholic was the momentum the players needed. Now the team – and the community for that matter – knew that Notre Dame had what it took to go head-to-head with the top teams. But with an 8-4 season, there was still improvement to be had. Spring and summer training kicked into high gear, and when the 2005 season commenced that fall, the hard work the players had been putting in for months was evident. The Fighting Irish defeated one opponent after another, and by the time their season drew to a close, they were undefeated and had even shut their opponent out on four separate occasions. And they’d do it again. The following game, which was the first round of playoffs against Macon County, saw a score of 39-0. The team went on to defeat Pearl-Cohn 31-7 in the second round of playoffs and narrowly took the W in the quarterfinals against White House, where they came out on top by just one point. The next game wasn’t so lucky, and the Fighting Irish ended their season with a 14-point loss to Livingston Academy. Nonetheless, Notre Dame hadn’t been to the playoffs since 1995, and a 13-1 season, along with the chance to play in the semifinals, was a record they’d happily take. “We had some kids in the program go through hell for lack of better words, but they had a really good work ethic,” says Wiggins. “They exemplified leadership and selflessness and set a great example for the younger kids. To me, that is the most important thing, and those kids will always be with me.”

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Tennessee Temple Academy’s Manpower Maneuver of 2005

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lthough it’s no longer a mainstay of the Chattanooga community, at one point in time, Tennessee Temple Academy was a powerhouse on the gridiron. The school, which served grades K-12, closed in the spring of 2011 due to low enrollment. The year it closed, total enrollment had declined to just 140 students across all grades. With such a low number of students, a lot of things were difficult, and putting together a football team was no exception. Nonetheless, in 2003 – a whopping 32 years after Tennessee Temple created its high school program – there was finally a team ready to take the field. Head coach Steve Beard set out and created a brand-new football program, and that year the Tennessee Temple Crusaders went 4-6. “We were a pass first, run second kind of team, and we had some really skilled players in several key areas,” says Dan Wadley, the athletic director at the time. “That being said, we still had plenty of work to do. Our talent was really localized in certain positions, and we had to work hard for the victories we got.” Having a year of trial and error under their belts, the players at Tennessee Temple used the off-season to nurture what worked well and fix what hadn’t. The start of the 2004 season wasn’t looking great with back-toback losses, but the team dug deep and turned it around, winning each

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of their remaining games. In the matchup against King’s Academy, the Crusaders even set a new school record for the largest margin of victory by shutting out the Lions 520. The program wrapped up its second year with an 8-2 record, which signaled to past and future opponents that the Crusaders were not to be underestimated. The following year started in much of the same way, and the Crusaders came out and, once again, lost their first two games. Game No. 3 picked up a bit of steam and set Tennessee Temple on a four-game winning streak. From there, losses to Whitwell and South Pittsburg were recouped by two following wins against Copper Basin and Grace Baptist. Normally, a 6-5 season, although a winning one, wouldn’t necessarily warrant a celebration. However, other teams had performed so poorly that Tennessee Temple was on their way to the playoffs. Oh, and did we mention they did it with roughly 15 players? “Almost everyone on the team played both ways,” says Beard. “We had a lot of confidence in our offense, and it almost always came down to attrition. It was all about who could outlast the other team.” While their stint in the playoffs stopped at round one by losing to Trousdale County, Tennessee Temple put forth extraordinary effort. In just three years, the school’s football program underwent a transformation that took them from inception to the playoffs. Pair that with the declining enrollment and a limited pool of players, and their trip to the playoffs was one that defied all expectations. And they would do it again. The following year, Tennessee Temple made it to round three of the playoffs, proving to all who witnessed it that hard work really does pay off.

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McCallie’s Starter Suspension of 1982

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ooking back at the fall of 1982, one might not be surprised that the Blue Tornadoes had an undefeated season. After all, the previous year saw a decent record of 8-2, and it wasn’t uncommon for McCallie to shut out opponents altogether – a feat that happened nine separate times between the 1981 and 1982 seasons. But there’s one game in particular in which McCallie was able to come out victorious despite the odds. It was a few weeks before the end of the season, and McCallie had just come off of a 35-6 win against Ooltewah. McCallie had now won all eight games of the season, and next up was Baylor. The rivalry between McCallie and Baylor is one that stems back to 1908, and this was not a game to be taken lightly. While some players went through the next week focused on winning the big game, the revelry was about to result in a less-thanfavorable outcome for others. 48 | FO OTBALL.CITYS C OPEMAG.C OM

Pete Potter, who was entering his 10th year as head coach for the Blue Tornadoes, had recently learned about a handful of players who had violated team rules the previous weekend, and now he had a big decision to make – show up on the field without eight of his best players (including the quarterback and six other starters), or continue to build a program that prioritized self-discipline and honesty. But coach Potter didn’t miss a beat. Despite the objection of several parents, he decided to suspend the players for the Baylor game. “After my father heard about the weekend’s activities, he dismissed those players from the team even though it really broke his heart to do it,” says Pete’s son Ralph Potter. “He truly believed that more harm would have come to them morally if he didn’t make that decision, and the rest of the team would have suffered as well.” With support from headmaster Spencer McCallie III, coach Potter sidelined the players and took to the gridiron with several assets missing. Nonetheless, defensive back Peter Hunt returned a short punt deep into Baylor territory that allowed the Blue Tornadoes to kick a field goal and walk away with a win. While not the highest-scoring game, with its final score ringing in at 3-0, the McCallie vs. Baylor game was one to be celebrated by those who did play that night in 1982. McCallie then went on to win their final game of the season 49-0 against Riverside before losing to Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs.

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Christian Heritage’s Turning Tide of 2016

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ear in and year out, the Christian Heritage football program faces a schedule that tests the team’s skills, commitment, and determination. As one of the smallest schools that plays in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), the matchups on the field can often be skewed. “We have roughly 180 students spanning four grades, and every single year, we are either the smallest or second-to-smallest school in the entire state of Georgia that plays in the GHSA,” explains head coach Jay Poag. “We play in a region where the other schools have two to three times our student enrollment, and sometimes we play out-ofregion teams that are more than 10 times our size.” In 2016, Christian Heritage – a school where size already was not in its favor – saw a major upheaval that left the team in shambles. With 10 players transferring out in one year, Poag and his colleagues weren’t even sure if there was going to be a program.

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SENIORS FROM THE FALL OF 2020 AFTER WINNING THE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

“We had 13 seniors who chose to stick it out, and we only had 24 players on the roster,” adds Poag. “It wasn’t good, and we went 1-9 that year basically just trying to survive.” With every game turning into a running clock situation, the Christian Heritage Lions were down on their luck. Still, those 13 seniors showed up every game and gave it their all, showing the younger players that effort builds character. With the graduation of the seniors, the Lions were now an extremely young team comprised of almost exclusively freshmen and sophomores. “They had to play. They were all we had,” says Poag. “They were so small and outmatched, but they all bought into the notion of ‘practice matters,’ and it really made a difference.” That season, the Lions went 2-8, but each game saw a performance that was a little better than the one before it. Out of the last three games of the season, the Lions won two, and it was as if you could feel a tide turning. By the fall of 2018, the Christian Heritage team had played together for an entire year and had the off-season to really

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focus on turning the program around. They went 7-4 that year and even hosted their very first playoff game. “One of the most memorable games of the year was our matchup against LaFayette. At halftime we were down 26-0, and we had been outgained 312 yards to -3,” recalls Poag. “Our kids didn’t panic in that halftime locker room, and they came out and put points on the board and held LaFayette. It was a huge win for us – 35-26 – against a team that was 10 times our size.” But this Cinderella story doesn’t stop there. The following year bolstered a team that was stronger, wiser, and definitely more confident. That confidence led the Lions to a 9-2 season, and they even made it to the regional championship, although they narrowly lost to Darlington in the final minute of the game. Having tasted victory, no matter how fleeting, the team set out to not just make it to a championship game, but to win one. Despite the uncertainty that came with playing a season of football during a global pandemic, the Lions dominated in 2020. “We had a winning season despite all the COVID-19 distractions. We lost players and coaches at times to quarantine, but we just kept on plugging,” says Poag. “After losing the season opener to top-ranked Fellowship Christian – a game that we led going into the fourth quarter – we rolled off 10 straight wins and won our very first regional championship! Those same kids who chose to ‘buy in’ when they were underclassmen had such a special season. They were rewarded with a region championship.” That year, the team also hosted two playoff games, losing one only to be awarded a forfeit victory several weeks later due to a violation by the opposing team. “Out of our school’s 40 seniors who graduated in 2021, we had 10 kids sign an athletic scholarship, six of which were for football,” says Poag. “Our theme for this coming year is, ‘New team, same dream,’ and we’re really excited. A culture has been created, and the standard has been set. It goes back to 13 seniors and a bunch of 8th and 9th graders several years ago who chose to stay and believe.”

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Howard’s Historic Win Over Tyner’s 2019 Team

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or The Howard School, 2019 was a pretty good year. The team went 7-4 – an improvement from the previous season’s 5-5 record – and they even made it to the first round of the playoffs. But it wasn’t the season total that had the Hustlin’ Tigers elated; it was their win over district 3 champion Tyner Academy. To provide some background, Howard’s football program was established in 1966, and out of the 26 times they had met the Tyner Rams on the field, they hadn’t won a single game. But this year was going to be different. Although they had lost their first game of the season to Stratford, Howard was coming off of back-toback wins against Middle Tennessee Christian and rival Brainerd. Adding to the energy was the debut of Howard’s Reggie White Field, and the game against Tyner was only the second game played in the new stadium. 52 | FO OTBALL.CITYS C OPEMAG.C OM

While the Hustlin’ Tigers were ready for another shot at finally winning this Friday night matchup, the city had other plans. A city-wide water main break meant the game was postponed until the following day, and the matchup was executed in 90-degree weather. Still, the Hustlin’ Tigers remained focus and showed up on Saturday with a top-notch defense. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game,” says James Talley, the assistant coach at the time. “Tyner had a pretty good team that year. They had a nationallyranked receiver and one of the top quarterbacks in the area. Everyone had obviously picked Tyner, but we came out with a lot of energy that just couldn’t be matched.” At that point in time, Tyner was known as a team that could put up points on almost any play, but Howard had a strategy for that – get to them before they saw it coming. And it was working. At halftime, Howard had held the Rams to -14 yards, and all five of Tyner’s ball carriers had negative yardage. But the domination didn’t stop there. Out of Tyner’s first six ball possessions, the Hustlin’ Tigers had forced a turnover on five of them. During the second half of the game, Howard came out and did much of the same, slowly but surely pulling away from the Rams. With just 1:28 on the clock, Howard defensive end Dicorius Knight returned a fumble 79 yards for a touchdown, sealing the deal. The 27-19 victory over Tyner wasn’t just another win. It was one that had been in the making since 1975, when the pair first met on the field. “No one thought we were going to win. I mean, why would they? We never had before,” says Talley. “But we jumped out, and once the kids got a little momentum, there was no stopping them. They were gassed, but they gave it their all and never gave up. We always coached them to play as hard as they could until they heard the whistle, and that mentality ended up winning us the game.”

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igh school football is a big deal in the greater Chattanooga area, and the region is lucky to produce many star players. But what is it that makes a high school football player really stand out? While stats and yardage do count, what truly makes a player exceptional is more than just how fast he can run or how far he can throw. It’s also his commitment to the game, his drive, and his willingness to cooperate with his team to achieve a greater purpose. It’s his strength – in both character and body – and his ability to stay calm under pressure and to think and react quickly. All of these are characteristics that also make a good soldier. So, it should come as no surprise that many who have worked hard to serve their high school teams have gone on to serve their country. There is a lot of overlap between football and the armed forces. We spoke with several men who dedicated large parts of their lives to these two pursuits. Here is what they have to say about it.

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JAY FULLAM

CAPTAIN JAY “PISTOL” FULLAM, U.S. AIR FORCE MCCALLIE SCHOOL, CLASS OF 2009

For Jay Fullam, both football and the military were not only his ambition, but also his destiny. His father was a huge football fan, and both his older brothers played. His grandfather used to tell him stories of his time in the service, and that left a lasting impression. So, from a very young age, Fullam knew that football and flying would both be a part of his future. “I told my family when I was young that I wanted to go to the Air Force Academy, unless I could play SEC football. I was very fortunate that I got to live out both of those childhood dreams.” Not only did he play football, but he excelled at it. Fullam was a three-year starter for McCallie as a safety and running back, and all three seasons produced an All-State team. He was also a Mr. Football candidate in 2008, Defensive MVP of the Division II state championship game in 2006, and 56 | FO OTBALL.CITYS C OPEMAG.C OM

Division II leader in tackles that same year. He graduated from McCallie at the literal top of his game and went to Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship. While at Vanderbilt, Fullam was able to participate in the ROTC. But he was looking for something more. After two years of playing college ball, he chose fighter planes over football and transferred to the United States Air Force Academy. Many years later, Fullam is still enjoying life as an Air Force pilot, in the cockpit of an A-10, and his brother and wife are A-10 fighter pilots along with him – one thing he loves most about being in the military. For Fullam, the connection between football and the military is evident – especially in the case of camaraderie and accountability. “The overall family aspect of the two is undeniable – all the time spent with my best friends getting to do what we love. Football put some amazing people in my life who have truly shaped who I am today, and I will be forever grateful for that,” he says. “Also, football taught me to hold myself accountable because people count on you to do your job and do it right in order to win the game. The same goes for the military. The stakes are just a little higher there than winning a football game.”


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Kevin Beavers played football all four years that he was in high school. He was a star linebacker, even being named Tennessee’s State Linebacker of the Year for his region. His senior year, not only was Beavers elected team captain, but he also led his team in tackles with over 100 solo tackles that year alone. Like many high school football players, Beavers dated a cheerleader – and he went on to marry her. Today, he and his wife Stefanie, a former Miss Tennessee pageant winner, live together in Chattanooga with their daughter Stella. Following high school, Beavers went on to attend and graduate from West Point. He also completed military schooling at the U.S. Army Ranger, Airborne, Pathfinder, and Air Assault Schools. During his 13 years of active duty, he was deployed several times to Iraq and quickly climbed the ranks to Major. He also led the ROTC program at UTC. “Both football and the military were instilled in me at an early age – a true calling to be a part of something greater than myself,” he says, adding that the events of 9/11 were further incentive for him to want to serve his country.

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Beavers says that he sees a lot of overlap between football and the military – from the physical challenges and necessity of staying in top physical shape, to the camaraderie and brotherhood, to the teamwork and strategy involved in both. “The similarities are uncanny,” he says. “Everything from how you practice to how you play on game day, even down to spring camp.” He compares football practice to military training and points out that, in both cases, every person has a position to play or a duty or task to fulfill. And he notes the influence that your opponent – whether a competing team or enemy forces – has on the outcome. “You face each snap or each mission with grit and determination,” he says. “Occasionally, you will need to redesign a play because the enemy or opposing team adapts to your playbook, but you must be flexible and able to pivot at a moment’s notice.” Both football and his military career have had a huge impact on Beavers’ life. They have provided him with memories, skills, and life lessons: “Nothing lasts forever. Enjoy the moment, take things one day at a time, be a life-long learner, and give back where you can,” he says.


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LIEUTENANT COLONEL SAVAS KYRIAKIDIS, U.S. ARMY MCCALLIE SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1984

Savas Kyriakidis moved to Chattanooga from the Bronx when he was still in high school. He had played football in New York City, and once he transferred to McCallie, he picked up right where he left off and joined the team there as well. Even as a newcomer to town, Kyriakidis fit right in, making many friends on the McCallie football team and becoming an outstanding nose guard and defensive tackle. Kyriakidis is the type who wants to get involved, and he doesn’t back away from a challenge. In fact, he once played almost an entire football game with a broken wrist because he refused to let that stop him. The aspects of playing football that proved to be his strengths – stamina, leadership, self-sacrifice, concentration, and overcoming obstacles – were the same things that would later lead him to a successful career in the military as well. After high school, Kyriakidis attended Sewanee and eventually became a lawyer. He practiced law in Chattanooga before opening his family business, the Acropolis

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Grill restaurant, with his parents. But soon, the desire for a new challenge called him, and he joined the Army. Kyriakidis was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served in the 101st Airborne Division, Special Forces, and Special Operations. Among his many duties and accomplishments while in the military, one that he is especially proud of is his efforts to help a group of Iraqi lawyers establish a bar association and hold their first free election. The focus, drive, learning, active involvement, brotherhood, and discipline that are inherent to both football and the military are what Kyriakidis finds so fulfilling about them. But beyond that, he really just enjoys being an officer in the Army. “I would be remiss if I didn’t say that serving in the military is flat-out fun!” he says. “Where else does a lawyer get to jump out of airplanes, assault out of helicopters, ruck march before breakfast, and help defend the nation? I would not trade my time in uniform for any title or treasure.”


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CAPTAIN JIM KIMBALL, U.S. ARMY MCCALLIE SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1964

Jim Kimball is a retired dentist who has spent most of his life in Chattanooga – except for the time when his military career led him elsewhere. Kimball began playing football as early as his elementary school days, but he got more serious about the sport beginning in the 7th grade. He was an outstanding offensive guard and defensive middle guard, and by the time he was a senior, he had become captain of his team and earned All-City and All-Mid-South titles. Kimball was recruited by several prestigious colleges and, at his father’s encouragement, chose to attend West Point. So began a military career that spanned nearly a decade. After four years at West Point – during which Kimball continued to play football – he trained at Ft. Benning and Ranger School before being sent to Vietnam during the war. There, he served as a platoon leader, a company executive officer, and a psychological warfare officer. Following his deployment in Vietnam, Kimball spent three years in the military in Germany. But as the Vietnam War ended and so did Kimball’s required period of active duty, he left the

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military and returned home. Then the GI Bill made it possible for him to attend dental school. Kimball feels that his time playing high school football helped prepare him for his military life. “My high school football practice was especially rigorous. We started in late summer and practiced in the hottest part of the day,” he explains. “In Ranger School and in Vietnam, I did well in the heat, which was often overwhelming. Being able to continuously push was important in sports like football and also in the Army.” But that’s not the only connection between the two that Kimball sees. “The challenge in both football and the military is that you have to work together as a team to be successful,” he says. “Insurmountable problems often show up, but you have to overcome those to succeed.” And, perhaps most importantly, he feels, it’s what you take away from your experiences. “Sports are just a game, but the lessons you learn from participating in them can help you for the rest of your life,” Kimball says. “And joining the military is a very serious decision, but it can pay off in teaching you lessons that are hard to come by at an early age.”


ROBERT POWDERLY

ROBERT POWDERLY

SERGEANT ROBERT POWDERLY, U.S. AIR FORCE EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1965

Robert Powderly started playing football in the 8th grade at East Ridge Jr. High School and continued playing all through high school at East Ridge High. He played twoposition linebacker on defense and blocking back on offense – “a position in the Old Tennessee formation called ‘single-wing,’” he explains. Powderly says that although he enjoyed the game, what really drew him to the sport was staying fit and the companionship of his fellow players – what he refers to as “conditioning and contact.” And out of his entire football career, one play stands out in his memory above the rest. “In the five years I played, I made many blocks, tackles, and a few interceptions and fumble recoveries, but the play I remember the most was when I threw a pass for completion to Mike Odom, who took it to the house for a touchdown,” he recalls. “It was one of those shuffle passes up the middle, and Mike just outran the defense.” Powderly then enrolled at Tennessee Tech University and joined the ROTC, which was mandatory. But within

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his very first week of college, he received his first draft notice. “President Richard Nixon was no longer giving college students deferments,” Powderly says. Fortunately, he was still able to complete three years of college before his fifth and final draft notice arrived and he left school for basic training. There, he was immediately promoted to platoon leader, and soon after, he began preparations to go to Vietnam. But Powderly never made it to Vietnam. Following a pandemic that broke out at his Army post during training, his orders changed, and he was sent instead to South Korea. In Korea, he attended the Advanced Combat Training Academy, which allowed him to become a squad leader serving on guard duty. He was stationed there for over a year. “Looking back at my football years, I see how they helped prepare me for Army life and life in general,” he says. “I learned the importance of team play, mental toughness, being sedulous and disciplined, and keeping fit.”


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MICKEY MCCAMISH

CAPTAIN MICKEY MCCAMISH, U.S. NAVY CHATTANOOGA HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1960

It seems like a natural course of events that Mickey McCamish would end up playing football and joining the military. He got into sports at an early age; his father was a WWII vet. “My brother DeWayne and I grew up playing and being around sports,” he says. “One of our first jobs was working for Joe Engel at Engel Stadium. Also, I always had a strong love for my country and the military and wanted to give the greatest gift one may give, and that’s the gift of myself.” McCamish began playing football in high school. At Chattanooga High, where he played halfback and cornerback, McCamish was a big player on a small field, so to speak – he was an excellent athlete, but playing for an underdog team. “We didn’t have many winning seasons, except my senior year,” he remembers. But that just made every victory that much more significant. “The wins were all very special for us because we weren’t supposed to win,” he says. “My favorite memory was our winning 6-4 season, and the hard work – of both players and coaches – that went into that accomplishment still resonates with me.”

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While in college at the University of Chattanooga (now UTC), McCamish was recruited by the Navy and joined on the officer track. “Even though the closest that I had been to water was swimming in Lake Chickamauga, I was interested in ships and also flying. The Navy had both.” For the next 27 years, from 1965 until 1992, McCamish served in the Navy. He traveled the world – over the equator, through the Panama Canal, and across the Straits of Magellan – and fought war (Vietnam) and seasickness. McCamish notes many similarities between football and the military, including structure and hierarchy, strategies for success, common goals, uniforms, and the importance of training and communication. “You have to be disciplined – both of these pursuits require following the rules. You have to be committed to both, and with both, attention to detail is required,” he adds. “You are a member of a team, whether it’s a football team or a military team – you give up the me for we.”


EDWARD AUSTIN

AIRMAN FIRST CLASS EDWARD E. AUSTIN, U.S. AIR FORCE CHATTANOOGA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1966

A friend and neighbor of both Tim Lyle and Mickey McCamish (previously mentioned), Edward Austin likewise played high school football before going on to join the military. In fact, he and Lyle used to play on the same team at Brainerd until Austin transferred to Central, and then they found themselves as competitors on rival teams. Austin played offensive and defensive end and helped Central win the state championship his senior year in 1966. His team never lost a single game to another Hamilton County team for close to 20 years – a record that Austin certainly contributed to while on the field. He was a talented player, second-string All-City, and in the running for a football scholarship. However, Austin feared that he would be drafted before he could take advantage of that scholarship and head to college. Therefore, to avoid the draft, Austin chose to join the military of his own free will, and he enlisted in the Air Force. He remained in the service for four years, working as an aircraft mechanic. After aircraft tech school and an 18-month assignment in the Azore Islands off the coast of Portugal, Austin was sent to Vietnam during wartime, where he became a crew chief flying nighttime psychological warfare missions.

Like the others mentioned here, Austin sees many connections between football and the military. For him, it is organization and discipline that the two have in common. “In football, you learn to discipline yourself and not do things that would harm your body, your morale, or the integrity of your soul. You've got to know the play. And in the military, you have to know what to do when certain things happen,” he says. “And both have rank and file and involve getting into alignment. So, football taught me how to organize myself, how to get things accomplished, and how to deal with life in itself.” Austin also acknowledges that both activities are a huge time investment, physically as well as mentally. He recalls how he would have football practice every night during the week, twice on Saturdays, and then would have to spend hours going over tapes of previous games with the team to discuss how they could improve their playing. And the military? “It’s 24/7,” he says. But Austin has no regrets. Football gave him companionship, and the Air Force provided him with travel and adventure. “Life has been fun,” he says.

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THE LATE LT. COLONEL TIMOTHY LYLE, U.S. AIR FORCE BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1965

For Tim Lyle, football was a family affair – Tim’s father Jimmy was a talented fullback at Sewanee, while Tim, his older brother Flip, and younger brother Sam all played at Brainerd High School. Lyle also followed in his father’s footsteps by pursuing a military career, as his dad was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy in WWII. In 1963, Lyle played inside linebacker and offensive guard during Brainerd’s first undefeated season ever. He went on to have two more successful years playing high school ball, and by the time he was a senior, Lyle had received an All-City title as well as a football scholarship to Auburn University. Lyle continued to play football at the college level, earning three varsity letters and helping bring Auburn to victory at the 1968 Sun Bowl against Arizona. But it was also at Auburn where he learned to fly, which soon led him into a 20-year career in the Air Force. While in the military, Lyle logged over 1,000 hours in the cockpit of a U2 high-altitude reconnaissance spy plane – which today is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. He piloted risky under-

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cover missions flying over Russia during the Cold War and worked as a military attaché at the U.S Consulate and American Embassy in Brazil. Lyle passed away in 2015 and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Those closest to him say that his time playing football as well as serving his country in the Air Force were influential experiences that, due to their similarities, both helped shape his values and outlook. Whether it was the battlefield or the football field, “Tim believed that the qualities of self-discipline and leadership can be nurtured at an early age with teamwork on the fields of competition,” Lyle’s wife Cindy says. Lyle’s brother Flip agrees. “Duty, leadership, honor, and commitment infused on the fields of football had tremendous carryover to our military,” he says. “Teamwork, goal fulfillment, and self-motivated achievement are applicable to both.” “Tim was a great American and a genuine hero – a great athlete, pilot, husband, father, and brother in a life well-lived,” Flip adds. “I miss him every day.”


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THE LATE CAPTAIN KENNETH L. ROYAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS BAYLOR SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1978

Ken Royal was a center on the football team all four years that he was at Baylor, qualifying for varsity his junior and senior years. His senior year, Royal went all the way to the state championships with his team – an even bigger accomplishment since, back then, there were more competitors, as both public and private schools played against each other. The championship title was within reach for Royal and the rest of the Red Raiders, but in what has been referred to as a “stunning loss” and a “heartbreaker,” Baylor lost the game in the last few minutes of play. When Royal wasn’t snapping and blocking on the gridiron, he was working toward getting his pilot’s license, which he acquired in his last year of high school. It was always his dream to fly, and after graduating from UTC in 1982, he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps, where he would serve as a helicopter pilot for the next six years. On October 25, 1988, Royal lost his life in a tragic helicopter accident during a nighttime training exercise that killed everyone on board both helicopters involved. Many people blame the incident on the use of the night-vision goggles that

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the pilots were wearing at the time, which can sometimes restrict visibility at short distances. There is nothing that can lessen this tragedy, but perhaps some comfort can be found in knowing that Royal died doing something he loved. Royal’s widow, Ebbie Cruddas, explains how much her late husband valued his time in the Marines, as well as playing football before that – especially the friendships he formed. “Having mutual trust and friendship is so important, whether in a team sport or among your military squadron,” she says. “Whether in the air or on the ground, you must trust those with you. You always need to have each other’s backs.” She also points out how Royal was dedicated and determined in everything he did. “High school football and the military are very challenging. You must be in good athletic condition to withstand the rigorous training that takes place in both,” she says. “The mental game is another challenge. You have to keep your head in the game and focus. Whether on the playing field or the battlefield, football and the military unite you as one.”


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ZACH MERCER

STS2/E-5 ZACH MERCER, U.S. NAVY CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, CLASS OF 2015

When Zach Mercer is sitting far below the surface of the sea – and very far from home – on a submarine off the coast of Guam, where he is stationed, he sometimes thinks about how he got where he is today. Mercer says that his four years playing high school football at Chattanooga Christian School pointed him in that direction and prepared him for what the military would require of him. “Playing football taught me about honor, courage, and commitment, which just happen to be the ethos of the United States Navy,” he says. “Honor was putting in all the reps during practice and not skipping out on the running that I never wanted to do. Courage was facing the opponent who was bigger and stronger but fighting until the bitter end. Commitment was never quitting when things got hard.” Mercer says he grew up watching football on TV and became hooked on the sport, longing to be just like the players he saw on ESPN. This motivated him to play high school ball. He was a quarterback, punter, running back, and safety at CCS and played in his school’s first-ever playoff game, which also turned out to be his younger

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brother’s first game as a varsity starting quarterback. Mercer remembers that game fondly and how his brother threw him a touchdown pass. “I am incredibly grateful to have played such an amazing sport with some amazing players and coaches,” he says. When Mercer was running and passing down the football field, he didn’t know that he would one day be living 8,000 miles away, working as a submarine sonar technician in the South Pacific. But football helped ready him for it. “I committed four years to football, and I’ve committed four years to the Navy so far, and the similarities are uncanny,” he says. “Football prepared me for the military more than I knew.” It was through football that he learned the principles of discipline and determination that are crucial to his work in the military, which requires long hours and in-depth training. “Football taught me that hard work pays off and to persevere and see things through to the end,” he says. “If you want it, set a goal and fight to achieve that goal. As one of my football coaches used to say, ‘If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.’”


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There’s something magical about a high school football game. It’s the taste of fall in the air, the calming glow of the stadium lights, and the sense of camaraderie in the stands and on the field. But mingled with fun is the enormous sense of pressure on the players and also on the people on the sidelines – the ones dressed in black and white vertical stripes. Officials are an essential component of any football game. For many of them, it’s an opportunity to return to the fields they once played on themselves. It’s also a way to stay connected to their communities, teams, and families. But above all, officials are in it for their immense love of the game. These former and current referees have served the Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia football communities – and beyond – for years. Here, they share their backstories, what drew them to officiating, and their most memorable moments on the field.


Bill Cole

Bill Cole of Soddy Daisy has been a staple of the Chattanooga area football scene for decades as a player, coach, and now official. He currently serves as a supervisor for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) and is a member of the Southeast Tennessee Football Officials Association (SETFOA).

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFFICIATING? BC: I just received my 40-year award, so I’ve been around. I started in 1981. WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FOOTBALL PRIOR TO BECOMING AN OFFICIAL? BC: I played in high school at a little place called Church Hill, Tennessee. Then I played for the University of Tennessee back in the ‘70s as a defensive back. I was also a coach at The Howard School, where I had the honor and privilege of being one of Reggie White’s coaches. I’ve always been very proud of that particular fact. Reggie was… I can’t even begin to describe him. He was unlike anything I ever dealt with. WHAT MAKES CHATTANOOGA SUCH A GREAT PLACE FOR FOOTBALL? BC: One of the things I like about Chattanooga is that we’re right in the middle of several large cities, but we’re not so big that we can’t know each other. Some of the rivalries around here, you can’t even really explain them. You can only experience it. One of the best examples would be Marion County and South Pittsburg. I’ve done that game before, and you can’t describe it. It’s the same with Baylor and McCallie. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD AS AN OFFICIAL? BC: My very first championship game back in 1991. The guy who invited me to be an official was the head of the crew. Lee Dyer was also a part of that crew. That was probably my greatest experience. Then, I had another one in 2001. That was a wonderful one because a very dear friend of mine, who was the head of the crew, died a few years back. He taught me a lot over the years. You know, we try to be as inconspicuous as possible. Things happen sometimes, and we get thrown in the middle of it. I had a situation one time where I went up to a coach during a game. There had been a bad call in the field by one of my crew, and I knew it was bad, and the crowd was going crazy. I walked over to the coach, and I just said, “Coach, before I talk to you, I have one question.” He said, “What’s that?” and I said, “Have you got a hole I can crawl into for about the next 30 minutes?” And he bent over laughing.

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Kirk Lewis Kirk Lewis has been officiating football in the area for many years, moving up the ranks from high school to college. He was a member of the TSSAA from 1995 to 2005; served as the TSSAA Supervisor of High School Officials from 2012 to 2018; and was an official for the South Atlantic Conference, the Ohio Valley Conference, and the Southeastern Conference. Currently, he officiates at a collegiate level for the Atlantic Coast Conference, a position he began in 2018.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFFICIATING? KL: This is my 27th year officiating football and my 21st year of college football. PRIOR TO OFFICIATING, WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FOOTBALL? KL: I played football at Gallatin High School in Gallatin, Tennessee. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE CHATTANOOGA AREA THAT MAKES IT SUCH A GREAT PLACE FOR FOOTBALL? KL: Chattanooga has had many outstanding football officials – from high school officials to those working for the NFL – because of the efforts of the successful ones who gave back and helped train and promote young officials. The likes of George Shuford, Butch Hannah, Jim Jackson, Lee Dyer, and Jeff Flanagan all paved the way for younger officials to move up the ranks. WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD AS AN OFFICIAL? KL: At the high school level, working the Marion County vs. South Pittsburg game was always a highlight. I also worked the 2001 TSSAA Class A State Championship game. On the collegiate level, I have a couple. The 2010 Alabama at South Carolina game is one of them. Alabama was ranked No. 1, and South Carolina pulled the upset in front of the loudest crowd I have ever seen in person. The 2019 Notre Dame at Georgia game was similar, with Georgia winning a close game. The stadium was packed and rocking 45 minutes before kickoff, which is very unusual. Again, the crowd noise and energy was off the charts.

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Steve Tompkins

Steve Tompkins has been part of the local officiating scene since 1980. He is a member of the TSSAA and the SETFOA, and has officiated at the middle and high school levels in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas, as well as major games in Nashville and Knoxville.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFFICIATING? ST: I believe it’s been 40 years. I started right out of high school. WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FOOTBALL PRIOR TO OFFICIATING? ST: I played in high school. I was a lineman. If you’re a certain size, you’re going to the line! WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE CHATTANOOGA AREA THAT MAKES IT SUCH A GREAT PLACE FOR FOOTBALL? ST: The schools are named after their communities. You have Red Bank, Soddy Daisy, Brainerd, and so on. That gives the school immediate community support. The folks from Hixson support Hixson, the folks from Soddy support Soddy. If they’re close together, you’ve got a natural rivalry right there. The private schools also have natural rivalries. The community pride helps stoke the rivalries that we have. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE AN OFFICIAL IN THIS COMMUNITY? ST: The officials’ association is one of the most honorable associations and group of individuals I’ve ever been associated with. They really take pride in what they do. We’re not in it to be seen. We’re there to try to eliminate injuries. One of the things we emphasize is safety in the game. There should never be a catastrophic injury, especially in high school football. We want everybody to play fair and have fun. We treat every game like it’s the biggest one in the state. It doesn’t matter who you’ve been assigned for. The players, fans, coaches, and the family members of the players, fans, and coaches – that’s the biggest game being played, and you better treat it like that. They deserve that. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD AS AN OFFICIAL? ST: For me, it’s when you walk off the field and know that you worked a good ball game. You walk off and shake each other’s hand and go back to the locker room and think, “We worked a good ball game, and nobody noticed us.” That’s as good as the check you get. I’ve refereed a ball game where there were no penalties. It was a couple of years ago. I noticed we hadn’t had a single flag. And we don’t have to have one! You take pride in doing things right.

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Kell Harvey and Skipper Fairbanks

Skipper Fairbanks is a legendary name in the Chattanooga sports scene. In addition to coaching and officiating football in the Red Bank area, he was also president of Red Bank Dixie Youth Baseball and a long-time boxing coach. He was inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, where he received the Walter Lauter Lifetime Achievement Award. His grandson, Kell Harvey, was a quarterback on the Red Bank High School football team before becoming an official himself. Both have dedicated decades of their lives to the sporting community that they call home.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFFICIATING? KH: 13 years. SF: 42 years. PRIOR TO OFFICIATING, WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FOOTBALL? KH: We both played in high school at Red Bank. SF: I was the head coach at Bridgeport High School in Alabama in 1958. From Bridgeport, I went on to be a United States federal probation and parole officer. After retiring, I went to Red Bank Middle School in 1987, where I was the head football coach for 20 years. WHAT MAKES THE CHATTANOOGA AREA SUCH A GREAT PLACE FOR FOOTBALL? KH: The communities and the people. We have some of the best communities in the greater Chattanooga area, and those communities have some of the best people – from the kids to the coaches to the fans. They are all passionate about their school and their community. WHAT HAS IT MEANT TO YOU TO OFFICIATE GAMES IN THIS COMMUNITY? KH: It’s meant a lot to us both. We have both grown up and lived in Chattanooga most of our lives, so we have deep roots in the area. I got to officiate for a number of years with my dad, Mark Harvey, before he passed away in the spring of 2019. I’ll always cherish our time together on the football field. SF: I officiated with my brothers Randy, Bill, and Jay, and my son-in-law Mark Harvey, who was married to my daughter Jamie. Officiating has been in our family for years, and we are proud to have served the Chattanooga area as football officials. KH: I’m well-known in the community as Skipper Fairbanks’ grandson, and I take a lot of pride in that with how I live my life.

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Warren Diegel Warren Diegel came to the Chattanooga area in 1998, where he quickly found his niche officiating – a job he’d already done at the high school and collegiate level in his native Chicago. Now located in Hixson, Diegel has been a part of the local high school football scene for more than 20 years. He’s a member of the SETFOA and is the assigning officer for the local branch of the TSSAA.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFFICIATING? WD: I started in 1987 when I lived in Chicago and 1999 here in Chattanooga. WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FOOTBALL PRIOR TO BECOMING AN OFFICIAL? WD: I played in high school. After I graduated, I didn’t start officiating until I was about 35 years old. A friend, who had been officiating for a few years, asked me to try it out. I started at high schools and small colleges in Chicago, but when I came here, I realized I’d have to travel a lot to stay at the college level. So I focused on high school from there. WHAT MAKES CHATTANOOGA SUCH A GREAT PLACE FOR FOOTBALL? WD: The fans. They’re so into it. To them, this is their life. We didn’t have that in the Chicago area. You didn’t have the type of rivalries that exist here. It makes things a lot more fun as an official. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO OFFICIATE GAMES IN THIS COMMUNITY? WD: I’ve built great relationships with my fellow officials, many of whom are good friends. But it’s also been wonderful getting to know the coaches. They not only have a passion for the game, but they care about the kids and helping them move along. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD AS AN OFFICIAL? WD: My crew had the Bradley Central at Cleveland game in October 2011. It was one of the first games that aired on ESPNU. A player from Bradley hurdled over a Cleveland player, who still had his two feet on the ground. Both myself and my other wing official threw our flag, but I couldn’t remember what the penalty signal was for this situation. So I went with where I thought it could be in the book, which was a personal foul, and I was correct. I was happy with myself that I got that signal right. That whole game was a lot of fun.

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Garrett Burgner

Garrett Burgner lives in and originates from Chattanooga, but officiates in the nearby Northwest Georgia area, where he works as the executive director of health and wellness at Dalton State College. He’s a member of the Northwest Georgia Football Officials Association (NWGFOA), where he serves as the booking secretary, and he is considered a role model in the association and community by fellow officials and coaches.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFFICIATING? GB: This season will be my 14th year as a high school official. I feel like this is something I will continue to do until I am unable to keep up with the players. Every year I get older, but the players remain 15 to 18 years old. PRIOR TO OFFICIATING, WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FOOTBALL? GB: I played football in high school. My father was a high school football coach in Chattanooga, so I have been around football since I could walk. I understand a little more what these coaches go through each week since that is how I grew up, and I think that helps me as an official. WHAT MAKES THE CHATTANOOGA AREA SUCH A GREAT PLACE FOR FOOTBALL? GB: The Chattanooga area and North Georgia are great communities for high school football. The rivalries and intensity of the fan bases make such a great atmosphere. We have some great coaches, players, and programs in our area. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO OFFICIATE GAMES IN THIS COMMUNITY? GB: I enjoy officiating in this community because of the friendships and contacts I have made over the past 14 years, whether they are officials, coaches, or fans. It’s just a great community environment. I enjoy seeing how each community supports their team and rallies behind them. It’s great for the kids and coaches, but it helps to bring these communities together. WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD AS AN OFFICIAL? GB: One of the most exciting games I’ve officiated was the 2015 AAA State Championship game between Westminster and Blessed Trinity. Westminster was trailing by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and came back to tie the game at the end, forcing overtime. Westminster scored a touchdown on their first OT possession. BT was heading in to score and fumbled into the end zone from the one-yard line, and Westminster recovered for a touchback to end the game. It was memorable because of the excitement of the game itself, but also because of the guys who were officiating that game. We are all friends, which made it that much more special.

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Randy Shuford Officiating is a family tradition for many in the Chattanooga area. That’s certainly true for Randy Shuford, son of the late George Shuford, a star athlete and long-time member of the TSSAA. Randy has kept on with the family legacy, with four decades of work in the local officiating scene. Like his father, he’s a member of the TSSAA as well as the SETFOA. He’s also officiated at the collegiate level as a member of the South Atlantic Conference and the Southern Conference.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFFICIATING? RS: This season is my 40th year of being involved with the TSSAA. I grew up around it. My father started officiating in 1965, and I was around it all my life. WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FOOTBALL PRIOR TO BECOMING AN OFFICIAL? RS: I played football for Baylor in the late ‘70s. After I graduated, my father suggested officiating as a way to make some side money. At first, it was for the money, but then it became about prestige. Now, it’s something I really take pride in doing. WHAT MAKES THE CHATTANOOGA AREA SUCH A GREAT PLACE FOR FOOTBALL? RS: We have a lot of good people from all walks of life who want to give something back to the community. We also have a lot of coaches and fans with an excessive amount of pride. WHAT HAS IT MEANT TO YOU TO OFFICIATE GAMES IN THIS COMMUNITY? RS: I take it very personally. I go out there to do the best job that I can. Hopefully, the rest of my life carries over like the passion I have for football. It’s a sense of accomplishment. If you can’t play, there’s no better place in the world to be than on the field as an official. Of course, there are times that you wish you never went out. But the good times and the exhilaration of walking off the ball field knowing that you just gave them the best – there’s nothing like that. It makes you feel euphoric. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD AS AN OFFICIAL? RS: I was accepted as a South Atlantic Conference football official in 2001. I think I cried for three days when I found out. That sense of accomplishment was a big moment for me. Then moving into the Southern Conference was quite rewarding as well. Getting to the collegiate level was the highlight of my career.

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Lee Dyer Lee Dyer is a very well-known name in the Chattanooga area officiating scene. In fact, almost everyone we spoke to for this article mentioned Dyer, for both his service to the local football community and the leadership he provided to up-and-coming officials. He spent 10 years as a TSSAA official, nine years in the Southern Conference, five years in the Southeastern Conference, and 17 years in the NFL. Though he’s now retired from officiating, Dyer still works with the TSSAA as a supervisor-at-large and with the SEC, Southern Conference, and Sun Belt Conference as a downfield trainer and film grader.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OFFICIATING? LD: I officiated for 41 years. WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FOOTBALL PRIOR TO OFFICIATING? LD: I played football at Baylor and had the opportunity to play football in college as well, but I chose baseball, which I played at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. WHAT MAKES THE CHATTANOOGA AREA SUCH A GREAT PLACE FOR FOOTBALL? LD: The number of schools that we have, along with some of the oldest rivalries in the state, makes this a great place for football. Some of the players who have played at our schools have gone on to successful college and NFL careers. Also, the wealth of experience and knowledge the coaches bring to each of these schools. Chattanooga is not only a good place for football; it is also a good place for those who are interested in getting into officiating. WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD AS AN OFFICIAL? LD: Two stand out. The first was working the first game ever played at Finley Stadium between UTC and Tennessee State. I worked with two other local college officials, Jim Jackson and John Layne. Our supervisor set this up since all of us were from the Chattanooga area. He knew how much we would appreciate the opportunity and what it would mean to us many years later. The other was being at a Marion County and South Pittsburg game several years ago and observing the officials. I remember sitting in the press box and leaning out to film the crowd, which was standing eight to 10 people deep around the field with the stands full. I texted this to my NFL crew saying, “This is what football is all about!”

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SPORTTALK RADIO

10 QUESTIONS WITH QUAKE AND COWBOY JOE Meet the personalities behind SportTalk, the afternoon destination for Chattanooga sports fanatics, casual followers, and everyone in between. Scott McMahen (Quake) and Joe Varner (Cowboy Joe) have been at the helm of this popular radio show for two decades, and their endearing wit and unmatched football expertise keep listeners coming back for more. But while listeners can always count on Quake and Cowboy Joe for the play-by-play, it’s rare that things get personal. Here, CityScope ® magazine is diving deep with 10 questions – some silly, all related to football – for the dynamic duo. Their answers may surprise you!

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Quake: Black and gold, baby! When moving from Pennsylvania as a young Quake, I was extremely pumped that my new high school, Hixson, had the same colors as the Steelers that I grew up watching. It’s classic for a reason. Cowboy Joe: Gotta agree with black. My favorite color is black, I look awesome in black, and it’s very slimming – which is great for a former lineman. Add a little red for a pop of color, and you’ve got the perfect look.

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What is your favorite football fight song? Quake: I’ve always liked the Georgia Tech fight song for some reason. It’s got a good bounce to it. Air Force for patriotism, and, of course, “Rocky Top” worked well in the ‘70s for Mocs basketball, paving the way for the Vols to adopt it in the ‘80s. You have to know the history. Cowboy Joe: I really want to pick my favorite team’s fight song (Florida State), but USC has the best. The Trojans’ fight song has swag and the feeling of marching into battle. It’s just a very cool fight song.

Ketchup or mustard? Quake: Oh, I know I’m going to catch heat for this one. I was absolutely a ketchup guy for the first 30 years of my life. Now, mustard has got to be on the bun, regardless of what I’m eating. And if it’s a burger or a hot dog, I’ll usually have both. Cowboy Joe: No, you’re completely right! I have become more of a mustard guy over the years, too. I still enjoy ketchup with some fries or tater tots, but I gotta have mustard for my burgers and hot dogs. Just make sure it’s in packets – the pump mustard can be dangerous (I speak from experience).

It’s third down and five. Do you run or pass? Quake: Who is on my team? We’re running it if we have Derrick Henry and a solid O-line. We’re throwing it if we have Tom Brady. But a nice play action with a quick six-yard slant to our slot receiver would be my favorite play. Cowboy Joe: I believe in a power running game. However, I would call a passing play for third and five. With my rocket arm, I think a quick pass to the tight end or running back would be a higher-percentage play. The answer would also be determined by the defensive scheme.

What’s your ideal touchdown victory dance? Cowboy Joe: I would “ride the bull.” Without the bull, of course. Envision a cowboy mounting a spirited rodeo bull, and you’ve got the idea. Quake: For me, it would just be a hard spike, straight down. They called me the Dancing Bear in college. I promise, you don’t want to see me dance!

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If you had to describe your athletic career, would you say that you were most like Rocky, Rudy, the Karate Kid, or Braveheart? Cowboy Joe: Great question. I see a little of me in all of those choices. Ultimately, I would pick Braveheart. I had some shining moments. I won my share of trench battles on the football field. Despite those victories, the end of my athletic career was as sudden as William Wallace’s ending. I’ll let you do the research. Quake: That’s tough, because all of those options actually won something. I’m probably most like Rudy – not much talent, but I tried really hard.

Your favorite team just fumbled on the one-yard line (either end). What’s your reaction?

Would you rather be stuck in an elevator with a quarterback, running back, or a defensive tackle? Cowboy Joe: This is easy. I would choose the defensive tackle. The quarterback would be too busy texting his girlfriend, and the running back would be too worried about his Instagram likes. The defensive tackle would most likely have food with him – or have a way to get some! Quake: Yep, the defensive tackle would know the best places to eat! The quarterback is only going to speak to you in “coach speak,” and the running back will probably ignore you because he has his buds in his ears.

Cowboy Joe: In my younger days, it would have been a lot of bleeps. These days, it’s the much tamer “Are you serious?” Quake: We witnessed this when Vols’ Guarantano went rouge on the Bama one-yard line to cut the lead to one score. He fumbled, everyone screamed, and I may or may not have called him a jack wagon.

Last question. What would you be doing on Friday nights if you weren’t covering games? Cowboy Joe: It’s been a long time since I had a free Friday night during football season, so it would be an odd feeling. I’d spend a lot of my time watching an actual game. Most likely, I’d be in Rhea County reliving my football past. I would also travel to some of the stadiums I’ve yet to visit. Quake: Honestly, I think I would be totally lost. The atmospheres at the schools we cover are offthe-charts cool. That’s what I missed most about last year. A socially distanced band and student section is not high school football. 92

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KENZY PAUL, ATHLETE

McCallie; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 6’1” | Wt: 193 Offers: Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, MTSU, Ole Miss, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Toledo, Tulane, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech Committed: Vanderbilt

KARSON GAY, TIGHT END

Boyd Buchanan; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 6’6.5” | Wt: 240 Offers: Arkansas, BYU, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Tulane, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech Committed: Virginia

RECO TRIMBLE, DEFENSIVE BACK

Red Bank; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 6’1” | Wt: 185 Offers: Arkansas, Boston College, Charlotte, Duke, Louisville, Mississippi State, NC State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, UTC, Vanderbilt Committed: Undecided

JEREMIAH FLEMMONS, ATHLETE

East Hamilton; Ooltewah, TN Ht: 6’2” | Wt: 188 Offers: Army, Eastern Kentucky, Howard, Mercer, Navy, Tennessee, UT Martin Committed: Undecided

As of July 28th

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PHOTO COURTESY OF BAYLOR SCHOOL PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTH PITTSBURG PHOTO COURTESY OF BOYD BUCHANAN PHOTO BY BAMBARA AVEN PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST HAMILTON PHOTO COURTESY OF MCCALLIE SCHOOL

TREY MCDONALD, LINEBACKER

Baylor; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 6’4” | Wt: 225 Offers: Dartmouth, Harvard, Navy, Pennsylvania, Virginia, William & Mary Committed: Virginia

GIOVANNI DAVIS, DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

South Pittsburg; South Pittsburg, TN Ht: 6’4” | Wt: 280 Offers: Arizona State, Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee Committed: Undecided

BRODY GRANT, DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

Boyd Buchanan; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 6’1” | Wt: 230 Offers: Centre College, Rhodes, Sewanee, Washington and Lee Committed: Undecided

JACOB KLEIN, OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

Ridgeland; Rossville, GA Ht: 6’7” | Wt: 310 Offers: Culver-Stockton College, Shorter, UPIKE Committed: Undecided

KAUNYAE BURGANS, WIDE RECEIVER East Hamilton; Ooltewah, TN Ht: 6’3” | Wt: 188 Offers: Eastern Kentucky, UT Martin Committed: Undecided

JAMES HOWARD, DEFENSIVE LINEMAN McCallie; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 6’1” | Wt: 270 Offers: Tennessee Committed: Undecided

As of July 28th

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TOP COLLEGE PROSPECTS

PHOTO COURTESY OF BAYLOR SCHOOL

CLASS OF 2022 DACORIAN JONES-MONTGOMERY, LINEBACKER

PHOTO BY RINGGOLD TIGER SHOTS / COURTNEY COUEY

Baylor; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 6’0” | Wt: 215 Offers: Eastern Kentucky Committed: Undecided

KORI DUMAS, RUNNING BACK Ringgold; Ringgold, GA Ht: 5’11” | Wt: 175 Offers: N/A Committed: Undecided

PHOTO BY CLC PHOTOGRAPHY

SOLOMON LOCKE, RUNNING BACK

PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHWEST WHITFIELD

Christian Heritage; Dalton, GA Ht: 5’11” | Wt: 195 Offers: N/A Committed: Undecided

RAY MORRISON, WIDE RECEIVER Northwest Whitfield; Tunnel Hill, GA Ht: 6’2” | Wt: 180 Offers: N/A Committed: Undecided

PHOTO BY GENE FULLER

TAYE HUTCHINS, ATHLETE Marion; Jasper, TN Ht: 5’10” | Wt: 170 Offers: N/A Committed: Undecided

As of July 28th

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CLASS OF 2023 BRYCEN SANDERS, OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

Baylor; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 6’5” | Wt: 285 Offers: Auburn, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (OH), Ole Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech Committed: Undecided

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TREVON GOTT, WIDE RECEIVER

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AD CRUTCHER, LINEBACKER

PHOTO COURTESY OF CLEVELAND

LFO; Fort Oglethorpe, GA Ht: 6’0” | Wt: 175 Offers: N/A Committed: Undecided

DREW LAMBERT, QUARTERBACK

Red Bank; Chattanooga, TN Ht: 5’9” | Wt: 170 Offers: N/A Committed: Undecided

PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTH PITTSBURG

Cleveland; Cleveland, TN Ht: 6’1” | Wt: 200 Offers: N/A Committed: Undecided

JAYDEN MOUNT, ATHLETE

South Pittsburg; South Pittsburg, TN Ht: 5’9” | Wt: 165 Offers: N/A Committed: Undecided

As of July 28th

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CityScope® magazine is proud to preview high school football teams from across the Chattanooga area. What follows are 40 teams that compete in 16 different regions. Collectively, they represent high school football programs that span nine different counties – Hamilton County and the eight counties that adjoin it. It is our hope that you will find this section to be informative as well as entertaining and that each and every team is presented in a manner that celebrates their players, while featuring the coaches that dedicate their time and talents to developing young athletes. Below are the regions that each of the 40 teams compete in. Those teams included in the 2021 High School Football Preview are in bold.

TENNESSEE II-AAA – East/Middle

Middle Tennessee Christian

3A – Reg. 3

The King’s Academy

Kingston

The Webb School (Bell Buckle)

Baylor School Father Ryan

6A – Reg. 2

Knoxville Catholic

Bearden

McCallie School

Bradley Central

Montgomery Bell Academy

Cleveland

Pope John Paul II

Hardin Valley Academy

Farragut Maryville

II-AA – East Boyd Buchanan

5A – Reg. 4

Chattanooga Christian

Howard

Christian Acad. of Knox.

McMinn Co.

Grace Christian Academy (Knoxville)

Ooltewah Rhea Co.

Notre Dame

Walker Valley

Silverdale Baptist Academy Webb School of Knoxville

4A – Reg. 3

Brainerd Loudon McMinn Central Signal Mountain Sweetwater

3A – Reg. 4 Cannon Co. Community Giles Co. Grundy Co. Sequatchie Co.

GEORGIA

North Murray

5 – AAAAAA

Rockmart

Ringgold Sonoraville

Alexander Carrollton

7 – AA

Dalton

Chattooga

Douglas Co.

Coosa

East Paulding

Dade Co.

Paulding Co.

Fannin Co.

Rome

Gordon Central

South Paulding

Model Pepperell

7 – AAAA Cedartown

6 – A (Public)

2A – Reg. 3

Central (Carrollton)

Bledsoe Co.

Heritage

Marion Co.

Northwest Whitefield

Meigs Co.

Pickens

Business Engineering Science Tech

Polk Co.

Ridgeland

Gordon Lee

Tellico Plains

Southeast Whitfield

Mt. Zion

Bowdon

Trion

Tyner Academy

Chattanooga Central

Armuchee

6 – AAA

East Hamilton

IA – Reg. 3

Adairsville

7 – A (Private)

East Ridge

II-A – East

Copper Basin

Coahulla Creek

Christian Heritage

Hixson

Lookout Valley

LaFayette

Darlington

Friendship Christian

Red Bank

Sale Creek

Mount Paran Christian

Grace Academy

Soddy Daisy

South Pittsburg

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

Lakeway Christian

Sequoyah

Whitwell

Murray Co.

Walker

North Cobb Christian

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B AY L O R S C H O O L

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COACH PHIL MASSEY

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

CARSON YATES

Overall, a majority of our new starters have very little game experience. On both sides of the ball, we’re only returning 11 starters out of 22 positions.

Our success will rely heavily on our inexperienced players growing up quickly and stepping into their new roles with great effort and commitment.

I will look to our veteran players, who will return this season with two years of starting behind them. They are: Jermiah Skipworth (WR/DB), Carson Yates (TE), Kye Songer (LB), DaCorian JonesMontgomery (LB), and Anthony Weekley (K).

After going through the restrictions and pauses from COVID-19 last season, I believe our players are motivated and understand that there are no guarantees and that we need to take advantage of all opportunities. This will motivate them to push harder.

Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

As always, injuries in key positions where we have very little depth.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Our kids faced several setbacks all season, but each time, they showed resilience and came back with positive attitudes and perseverance.

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Our overall team speed would be characterized as average.

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EVAN HAYNIE

CAMERON SPARKS


TN DIVISION II-3A

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B AY L O R S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Phil Massey (23 yrs. as a head coach, 16th as head coach at Baylor) DIVISION/CLASS: TN II-AAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 4-4 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 4th MASCOT: Red Raiders 2021 SCHEDULE

BO BLACK PHOTOS BY ANDY MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY

AUGUST 20 RABUN GAP-NACOOCHEE (H) 27 ENSWORTH (H) BRYCEN SANDERS

SEPTEMBER 3 KNOXVILLE CATHOLIC (A) 10 CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN (H) 17 POPE JOHN PAUL II (H) 24 OOLTEWAH (A) OCTOBER 1 MCCALLIE (A) 15 HENDERSONVILLE (H) 22 MONTGOMERY BELL ACADEMY (H) 29 FATHER RYAN (A)

COACH’S VIEW

JERMIAH SKIPWORTH

ANTHONY WEEKLEY

As always, we will face a very competitive schedule. Locally, we added Ooltewah and CCS, but we have also added two highly competitive Georgia teams early on, which should help reveal areas of weakness that need to be improved before heading into our region schedule. The key to success will hinge on staying healthy and on young players stepping up to provide much-needed depth. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 103


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2021 ROSTER #

NAME

POS. YR.

#

NAME

POS. YR.

2

LOUIS VINCENT

WR/DB

JR

18

TYLER RICE

QB

FR

3

HUGUES PICARD

QB

JR

19

JACK SHUTTERS

TE/DL

SO

4

JERMIAH SKIPWORTH

WR/DB

SR

20

GRADY JOYNER

WR/DB SO

5

COLIN WATSON

RB/S

SO

21

ZANE RESTELLI

WR/DB

FR

6

TREY MCDONALD

TE/LB

SR

22

NOAH MILES

WR/DB

FR

7

AMARI JEFFERSON

QB/S

SO

23

WESTON CARICO

WR/DB

SR

8

JOSHUA HAMPTON

WR/DB SO

24

GASTON CARMICHAEL

WR/DB

SR

9

BRIDGER KNEE

OL/DL

SR

25

KAIN BROWN

RB/LB

FR

10

CARSON YATES

TE

SR

26

GABE HILL

WR/DB

FR

11

TONY BOGGS

TE/DL

JR

27

CHRIS RENEGAR

RB/LB

FR

12

JOHN EMENDORFER

WR/LB

JR

28

WEBER STEELE

WR/DB SO

13

EVAN HAYNIE

WR/DB

JR

29

COLE PHILLIPS

WR/LB

SO

14

COOPER WICK

QB

SR

30

CARTER WEEKLEY

WR/DB

FR

15

KYE SONGER

LB

SR

31

PRESTON KINCER

WR/DB SO

16

NOAH GRAVEL

WR/DB

JR

32

JACKSON PHILLIPS

WR/DB

JR

17

CAMERON SPARKS

LB/DB

FR

33

WATSON BROWN

WR/LB

SR

Roster as of July 31st

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B AY L O R S C H O O L

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2021 ROSTER #

NAME

POS. YR.

#

NAME

POS. YR.

34

CALEB HAMPTON

TE/LB

JR

54

RHET JOHNSON

OL/DL

JR

35

WADE EDELEN

WR/DB SO

55

ASHER SKYLES

OL/DL

JR

36

DYLAN CRAWFORD

WR/LB JR

56

QUINCY WHITE

OL/DL

SO

38

ETHAN WRIGHT

TE/LB

SR

57

LAKE WHEELER

OL/DL

SR

39

OWEN TRAINOR

WR/LB JR

58

ALEX MEFFORD

OL/DL

SR

40

NELSON MCKNIGHT

WR/DB SO

59

DOMANI WHITE

OL/DL

SO

42

SHILOH CHAMBERLAIN

WR/LB

JR

62

KETTRIC HILL

OL/DL

JR

43

DAVIS GARRETT

TE/LB

FR

44

HOLLAND HUNNEKE

WR/DB

JR

64

LUKE SMITH

OL/DL

FR

45

VINCENT MCCLURE

WR/DB SO

65

ROMAN FRAZER

OL/DL

SO

46

CARTER GARRETT

TE/DL

66

GRADY ROBBINS

OL/DL

FR

47

DACORIAN JONES-MONTGOMERY LB

SR

72

OWEN ROSE

OL/DL

SO

48

CAMDEN CLOUD

FR

73

EMERSON PETTY

OL/DL

SO

49

DAVID HARPER

SR

74

BRYCEN SANDERS

OL/DL

JR

50

MARCEO COLLINS

JR

75

BO BLACK

OL/DL

SR

BO SCEARCE

OL/DL

JR

LB

DL

OL/DL

SO

51

TEAG JOHNSON

OL/DL

FR

77

52

GRAYSON COSPER

OL/DL

SO

88

DALTON RESTELLI

TE

JR

53

TY VAUGHN

OL/DL

SR

94

ANTHONY WEEKLEY

K

SR

Roster as of July 31st

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MCCALLIE SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION II-3A

COACH RALPH POTTER

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

KANE SMITH

We have a good core of players coming back, but they face a difficult schedule, and there are many questions to be answered.

A

Senior leadership building the proper culture on our team.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

William Riddle (QB/DB), Emile Bellerose (TE/LB), Aaron Crowder (TE/ LB), James Howard (OL/DL), Matthew Plunkett (TE/DL), Kane Smith (TE/LB), Kenzy Paul (WR/DB), Thomas Pilon (OL/DL), John McAdams (WR/DB), Cooper Rumfelt (OL/ DL), and Austin Breedlove (QB/DB).

Q A

KENZY PAUL

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? The guys have really worked hard this spring.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

I think our guys will feel a healthy pressure to achieve at the same level that our last few teams have.

The quarantining we had to do slowed us down, but I think we were much fresher at the end of the season.

EMILE BELLEROSE

Things will always evolve, even during the year, but there won’t be any great changes.

We had one of the fastest secondaries ever last year. Overall, we may not be as fast.

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TN DIVISION II-3A

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MCCALLIE SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Ralph Potter (28 yrs. as a head coach, 20th as head coach at McCallie)

WILLIAM RIDDLE

DIVISION/CLASS: TN II-AAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 10-3 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 3rd MASCOT: Blue Tornado

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MCCALLIE

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN (A) 27 CALHOUN (A) AARON CROWDER

SEPTEMBER 3 MONTGOMERY BELL ACADEMY (A) 10 STELLAR PREP (H) 17 KNOXVILLE CATHOLIC (H) OCTOBER 1 BAYLOR (H) 8 BATTLE GROUND ACADEMY (H) 15 FATHER RYAN (H) 22 CLEARWATER ACADEMY INT. (H) 29 POPE JOHN PAUL II (A)

COACH’S

VIEW

AUSTIN BREEDLOVE

We have a good group of seniors who are anxious to carry on our success. We are hopeful that they will lead our program well.

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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

KENZY PAUL

WR/DB

SR

25

CARSON LAWRENCE

WR/DB

FR

2

XAVIER GAILLARDETZ

WR/DB

SR

26

KAI IRONSIDE

RB/LB

FR

3

ANDREI DELINOIS

WR/DB

JR

27

JOHN KOHL MCADAMS

WR/DB

SR

4

WESTON HAMMOND

WR/DB

SR

28

OLLIE CARTER

WR/DB

JR

5

DREW HAMILTON

WR/DB

JR

29

LORENZO UNIVERSAL

WR/DB

JR

6

AUSTIN BREEDLOVE

QB/DB

SR

30

MATTHEW BOER

WR/DB

SO

7

MARTELS CARTER

QB/DB

FR

31

WELLS EMRICK

WR/DB

FR

8

MATTHEW PLUNKETT

TE/DL

SR

32

BRODY BOYD

LS/DB

SR

9

MATHIAS PILON

WR/DB

JR

33

JETTY MILLER

OL/LB

JR

10

ONTARIO PRICE

RB/LB

JR

35

DANIEL ALCALA

WR/DB

SR

11

MARCELLUS BARNES JR.

WR/DB

SO

36

DANIEL MCCARTHY

K/P

SO

12

WALLACE GIBSON

QB/DB

JR

37

CAM MCINTYRE

TE/DL

SO

13

EDWIN PRATT

WR/DB

SO

38

SAWYER SMITH

K/P

SO

14

WILLIAM RIDDLE

QB/DB

SR

39

HAYDEN CHOATE

TE/LB

SO

15

NOLAN SERGEANT

QB/DB

SO

41

WILL HAISTEN

WR/DB

SO

16

KANE SMITH

TE/LB

SR

42

JAKE COPELAND

WR/DB

FR

17

AARON CROWDER

TE/LB

SR

44

RYAN LARRABEE

RB/DB

FR

18

ISAAC PEPIN

WR/DB

JR

45

ETIENNE DELISLE

TE/LB

JR

19

TJ USHER

RB/DB

JR

46

BENNETT COKER

TE/LB

SO

20

JA’VON MCMAHAN

RB/LB

SO

47

BEAR CORTES

RB/LB

FR

21

DAMIAN SCOTT

RB/DB

JR

48

LOUIS BRADFORD

OL/LB

JR

22

ZACH CHARI

RB/LB

SO

49

RIDLEY MCDONALD

TE/LB

JR

23

ALEX MORTON

RB/DB

SO

50

CARSON COFFMAN

OL/DL

SO

24

JACK NIX

WR/DB

SO

51

JAMES HOWARD

OL/DL

SR

Roster as of July 31st

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Scan to learn more about athletics at McCallie.

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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

52

OL/DL

JR

77

COOPER RUMFELT

OL/DL

SR

53/99 CARSON GENTLE

TE/LB

SO

78

DREITEN DAUTRICH

OL/DL

SR

54

ALEXANDER JACQUES

OL/DL

JR

79

WILL KLINE

OL/DL

JR

56

JOHN O’BRIEN

OL/DL

FR

80

HENRY LEWIS

K/P

FR

57

RILEY CONKLIN

OL/DL

FR 81

LAUCH PENDLETON

OL/DL

JR

82

CARTER FRANKLIN

WR/DB

JR

83

DAVID BAKER

WR/DB

SO

84

WILLIAM BELVA

WR/DB

SO

TRE THOMPSON

58

GAGE DRIVER

OL/DL

FR

59

HUNTER MCCLURE

WR/DB

FR

60

DAYE CANNON

OL/DL

JR

61

TREMAURI WATKINS

OL/DL

FR

62

NKENGE ASHFORD

WR/DB

FR

85

JOHN WOLD

K/P

JR

63

KHAMANI DILLARD

TE/DL

FR

86

CLAY KUSHMAN

TE/LB

JR

64

WILL ELLIS

RB/LB

FR

87

EMILE BELLEROSE

TE/LB

SR

65

ELIJAH SMITH

OL/DL

SO

88

CREW MEGAHEE

WR/DB

SO

66

HAYDEN CLEMENTS

OL/DL

FR

89

QUINN JONES

WR/LB

SO

67

BEN WADE

TE/DB

FR

90

RJ WASHINGTON

WR/DB

FR

68

GUS CAMPBELL

OL/DL

SO

91

ANDREW POLEN

WR/DB

FR

69

MANNY MONTES

OL/DL

SO 92

ELIOT GUAY

OL/DL

SO

70

MATTHIAS KYRIAKIDIS

TE/LB

FR 93

WILLIAM GOOLSBY

RB/DB

FR

71

JOHN KIRK

OL/DL

JR

72

JACK AARON

OL/DL

FR

94

CHASE MORETZ

QB/LB

FR

73

TEDDY WINGFIELD

TE/LB

FR

95

HUDSON POWELL

TE/LB

FR

74

ETHAN MET

OL/DL

JR

96

ELLIOT ARNOLD

K/DB

FR

75

EJ SMITH

OL/DL

JR

97

THOMAS PILON

OL/DL

SR

76

BAYLESS ROBERSON

OL/DL

FR

98

JAY WILLIAMS

OL/DL

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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BOYD BUCHANAN SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION II-2A

COACH JEREMY BOSKEN

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We have some position groups that are very mature and have three- to four-year starters at them, and we also have position groups that are very young, with battles to be first-year starters. MATT STONE

Our offensive and defensive lines!

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Brody Grant (OL/DL), Caden Johnson (WR/DB), Jabari Johnson (OL/ DL), Karson Gay (TE/DL), Colbe Haddox (OL/DL), Matthew Stone (RB/LB), Malachi Powell (WR/DB), Carter Wamack (WR/DB), and Perry Griffin (OL/DL).

Lots of talent and experience on the offensive and defensive lines.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

We have a three-way QB competition, with three very talented and different young men: Mason Ratchford, Jacob Hutcheson, and Houston Hicks.

We had a great off-season in the weight room.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? We need team camp and scrimmages.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

We only graduated seven seniors, so we’re bringing back the majority of the team.

I’d say team speed is average, and our team size is above average.

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DAVID DIXON

BRODY GRANT


TN DIVISION II-2A

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BOYD BUCHANAN SCHOOL

S T AT S

TY BARNES

COACH NAME: Jeremy Bosken (8 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Boyd Buchanan) DIVISION/CLASS: TN II-AA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 3-4 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 6th MASCOT: Buccaneers

PHOTOS BY PAULA STOOL

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 GREENBACK (A) 27 DAVIDSON ACADEMY (H) SEPTEMBER 3 CHRISTIAN ACAD. OF KNOX. (A) 10 HOWARD (H) 17 SILVERDALE BAPTIST (H) 24 COLUMBIA ACADEMY (A)

CADEN JOHNSON

OCTOBER 1 CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN (A) 15 NOTRE DAME (H) 22 KNOXVILLE WEBB (H) 29 GRACE CHRISTIAN KNOXVILLE (A)

JABARI JOHNSON COACH’S VIEW

We have a very difficult schedule this year, and our kids are pumped about it! We are excited about the new playoff format for DII AA and that it will allow us to compete against teams from all over the state.

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TN DIVISION II-2A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

0

MALACHI POWELL

WR/DB

SR

34

ELI JOHNSON

WR/LB

FR

1

KARSON GAY

TE/DL

SR

35

ETHAN LANE

WR/DB

FR

2

JAYLON SANDERFER

RB/LB

SO

36

BRODIE LOWE

TE/LB

FR

3

DAVID DIXON

RB/DL

SR

40

SETH VICKERS

QB/DL

JR

4

CADEN JOHNSON

WR/DB

JR

41

AJ JOHNSON

RB/LB

SO

5

NATHAN MILLER

WR/DB

JR

42

DYLAN MEITZLER

RB/LB

FR

6

AARON SUMRALL

WR/DB

SR

44

NOAH HUMBLE

FB/DL

SO

7

CHASE BERRY

RB/LB

SR

45

KENNY BELL

WR/DB

JR

8

DARIN SHANNON

RB/DB

FR

50

JACOB SHOCKLEY

OL/DL

JR

10

DONOVAN ALLEN

WR/DB

JR

52

FELIX HAMILTON

OL/DL

SO

12

JACOB HUTCHESON

QB/DB

JR

53

BRADEN MARTIN

OL/DL

JR

13

JAYDEN MADISON

WR/DB

JR

54

COLBE HADDOX

OL/DL

SR

14

TYLER MOORE

WR/DB

SO

55

PERRY GRIFFIN

OL/DL

SR

15

JAYLON MOORE

WR/DB

JR

56

BRODY GRANT

OL/DL

SR

16

MASON RATCHFORD

QB/P

SR 57

LOGAN MARTIN

OL/DL

FR

17

ETHAN KADERLY

WR/DB

SO

18

HOUSTON HICKS

QB

FR

58

REID PHILLIPS

OL/DL

FR

19

BROHNS DONALDSON

WR/DB

JR

59

TY BARNES

OL/DL

JR

20

REID PETTWAY

WR/DB

JR

60

LUCAS HIGHFIELD

OL/DL

JR

21

BRADY BOSKEN

FB/LB

FR

63

MASON BUCKNER

OL/DL

SO

22

JATAVIOUS DAVIS

RB/DB

FR

64

NOAH WALCOTT

OL/DL

SR

23

GARRICK CASON

WR/LB

JR

65

TYSON RUSSELL

OL/DL

FR

24

CARTER WAMACK

WR/DB

SR

66

ISAIAH HOWARD

OL/DL

FR

25

JAMES NOLAN

WR/DB

JR

67

SANTANA STRICKLAND

OL/DL

FR

26

PJ DONALDSON

WR/DB

SO

70

CALEB HOWARD

OL/DL

FR

27

COLE FOSTER

FB/DL

SO

72

JACKSON BLOCKER

OL/DL

SO

28

THAD BALLINGER

FB/LB

JR

74

ZANE WARREN

OL/DL

SR

29

HUDSON WAMACK

WR/DB

FR

76

JABARI JOHNSON

OL/DL

SR

30

GAVIN CASON

WR/LB

FR

80

ASHTON WILLIS

WR/DB

SR

31

JAYDEN MOORE

WR/DB

FR

82

BRAYDEN STANDEFER

TE/DL

FR

32

TIMMY JONES

WR/DB

SO

83

CALEB NUNEZ

WR/DB

FR

33

MATTHEW STONE

RB/LB

JR

88

XAVIER EMBRY

WR/DB

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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#WEAREBBS


C H AT T A N O O G A C H R I S T I A N S C H O O L

COACH MARK MARIAKIS

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

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TN DIVISION II-2A

PRESTON RUDDER

JACOB BARHAM

Determined and focused. Since COVID-19 ended our season last year in the Elite 8 Round, our team feels like there is unfinished business.

A

Leadership from our experienced players.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Seniors Jacob Barham (OL/DL) and Preston Rudder (OL/DL); juniors Javoris (RB/LB) and Devoris Havis (RB/ DL), BJ Holland (QB/DB), Zion Irvin (RB/ LB), William Wall (OL/DL), Kaleb Bonastia (OL/DL), and Grayson Officer (OL/LB); and sophomores Boo Carter (RB/LB) and AJ Wallace (WR/DB).

Q A

GRAYSON OFFICER BOO CARTER

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

We lost 95% of our offensive production to graduation, so our young skill players will have to step up quickly.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A Q A Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Our leadership from our seniors last year – what a great example they were!

Enjoy every moment we have together. You may not get tomorrow.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? There are always a few adjustments in everything.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We should be fairly quick at all of our skill positions; we’re just inexperienced. 118 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

AJ WALLACE

BOO CARTER


TN DIVISION II-2A

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C H AT T A N O O G A C H R I S T I A N S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Mark Mariakis (22 yrs. as a head coach, 6th as head coach at CCS)

DEVORIS HAVIS

DIVISION/CLASS: TN II-AA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 5-4 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 2nd MASCOT: Chargers 2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS COURTESY OF HEATH AUSTIN

ZION IRVIN

AUGUST 20 MCCALLIE (H) 27 SOUTH PITTSBURG (H) SEPTEMBER 3 SILVERDALE BAPTIST (A) 10 BAYLOR (A) 17 NOTRE DAME (A) 24 CHRISTIAN ACAD. OF KNOX. (A) OCTOBER 1 BOYD BUCHANAN (H) 15 GRACE CHRISTIAN – KNOXVILLE (H) 29 KNOXVILLE WEBB (H)

JAVORIS HAVIS COACH’S

VIEW

Our schedule is as tough as anyone’s in the state. We will have to be ready each week. To achieve what we want, we will have to be at our best, focus on our performance, and care for each other – not on who we are playing!

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C H AT T A N O O G A C H R I S T I A N S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION II-2A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

2

AJ WALLACE

WR/DB

SO

38

NOAH MEJIA

RB/LB

FR

3

BJ HOLLAND

QB/DB

JR

40

DREW PETTY

RB/DL

FR

4

DA’RELL BROWN

RB/LB

SO

41

JERMAINE STINSON

WR/DB

SO

5

JAVORIS HAVIS

RB/LB

JR

42

CHAPMAN WORD

RB/LB

JR

6

BOO CARTER

RB/LB

SO

7

HAYDEN BREAUX

RB/LB

SO

43

MALIK DAVIS

RB/DB

SO

8

AVERY HUGHES

RB/DB

SO

44

DREW BOND

TE/DL

JR

9

ZION IRVIN

RB/LB

JR

50

NOAH DZIK

OL/DL

JR

10

MALIK LEE

RB/LB

FR

51

MADISON GROSS

K

SR

13

EJ CRUMSEY

WR/DB

FR

52

DAVID CLEM

OL/DL

SR

14

NICK THOMBS

WR/DB

FR

53

BEN PUGLISE

OL/DL

SO

15

TYREKE WISE-BRIDGES

WR/DB

FR

54

WILLIAM WALL

OL/DL

JR

16

LANE TRAVIS

QB/LB

JR

55

MEGAN RONCIN

K

SR

17

JACK DUROY

WR/DB

SO

56

NOAH OFFICER

OL/DL

SR

18

CONNOR TYLER

QB/LB

JR

57

ISAAC VISSER

OL/LB

FR

19

ETHAN MCBRIDE

WR/DB

JR

20

ISAAC JONES

WR/DB

SO

58

PRESTON RUDDER

OL/DL

SR

21

JAISHON MCLIN

WR/DB

FR

59

JACOB BARHAM

OL/DL

SR

22

ISAIAH MCKENZIE

WR/DB

FR

60

GRAYSON OFFICER

OL/LB

JR

23

LADARIUS HOLLINGSWORTH

RB/LB

FR

61

KALEB BONASTIA

OL/DL

JR

24

DRE MARTIN

RB/DB

SO

62

BEN BUMGARNER

OL/DL

SR

25

MICHAEL KILLIAN

WR/DB

SO

63

PRESTON HIBBERTS

OL/DL

SO

26

CALLEN BRIDGMAN

RB/DB

FR

70

JUJU ALLEN

OL/DL

SO

27

RAFE MONTGOMERY

WR/DB

SR

71

ZION FLEMING

OL/DL

SO

28

CARDARIUS RINGER

RB/LB

FR

72

OWEN BROWN

OL/DL

FR

29

JONATHAN PERRIN

WR/DB

FR

73

DARRIUS TALLEY

OL/DL

SO

31

JOHN KING

WR/DB

FR

32

CHRIS NAVARRO

WR/DB

JR

74

FLINT DEMPSEY

OL/DL

FR

33

DEVORIS HAVIS

RB/DL

JR

75

NATHAN CARTER

OL/DL

FR

34

LANDON NEWTON

RB/LB

JR

77

KEATON WARREN

OL/DL

JR

35

MICHAEL BROOKS

RB/DL

FR

87

JONATHAN GAIN

TE/DB

SO

36

TAI CARIAH

WR/DB

FR

88

CAIDEN BAULDWIN

WR/DB

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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55+ ACRES ON CHATTANOOGA’S SOUTHSIDE 145+ DISTRICT, REGION & STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 11,000 SF COLLEGIATE-GRADE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING FACILITY 87% SCORING 3 OR HIGHER ON AP EXAMS 9 to 1 STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO

CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL / CCSK12.COM


NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL

/

TN DIVISION II-2A

HILTON HAMILTON

COACH CHARLES FANT

Q A Q A Q

A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? Inexperienced, but quick at the skilled positions.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Developing a strong offensive and defensive line.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Andy McGann (TE/LB), Alex Osborne (RB/DB), Arieas Cox (OL/ DL), and Hilton Hamilton (OL/LB).

Q A Q A Q A

SAM GRIBBEN

ANDY MCGANN

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? Our current players’ willingness to learn and train.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Inexperience at key positions.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Several freshmen and sophomores gained valuable varsity playing time.

Q A Q A Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? We learned that our region has gotten better each year.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? You will see us running the ball more.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? We are quick and fast at the receiver position.

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DYLAN VINTROV ELI HUGHES


TN DIVISION II-2A

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NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

ALEX OSBORNE

COACH NAME: Charles Fant (10 yrs. as a head coach, 10th as head coach at Notre Dame) DIVISION/CLASS: TN II-AA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 3-7 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 7th MASCOT: Fighting Irish 2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS BY BOB CORTE

HILTON HAMILTON

AUGUST 20 WALKER VALLEY (A) 27 HIXSON (H) SEPTEMBER 3 KNOXVILLE WEBB (A) 17 CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN (H) 24 GRACE CHRISTIAN KNOXVILLE (A) OCTOBER 1 SILVERDALE BAPTIST (A) 8 HOWARD (A) 15 BOYD BUCHANAN (A) 22 CHRISTIAN ACAD. OF KNOX. (H)

COACH’S

VIEW

JADON VINTROV

The DII East Region will be another tough battle. Several teams have very little separation at the top. If we can gain the experience that we need early in the season, we feel like we can compete. I love this team and how hard these players have worked in the off-season and look forward to seeing what they will be able to do this year.

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TN DIVISION II-2A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

JUSTIN BAKER

QB/DB

SO

24

TY WILKERSON

WR/S

SR

2

KENNY HAMMOND

WR/DB

JR

26

LANDON GOELLER

WR/DB

FR

3

OMARION PICKETT

WR/DB

JR

27

ISSAC MCGANN

WR/DB

FR

4

RICKEY MAPLES JR.

RB/DB

JR

28

EJ CARTER

RB/DB

FR

5

CHRISTIAN ROBINSON

WR/DB

SR

29

WILL MENHAM

RB/DB

SO

6

JACK MCCONNELL

WR/DB

SR

30

MASON SIMS

RB/LB

SO

7

COLIN ROBINSON

QB/DB

SO

32

AMARE DASILVA

OL/DL

SO

8

ANDY MCGANN

TE/LB

SR

33

JADON VINTROV

WR/DB

SO

9

CASH BANDY

QB

FR

34

ISHA DAVIS

WR/LB

JR

11

SAMUEL FANT

RB/LB

FR

41

RILY ROBERTS

TE/LB

SO

12

SETH HART

QB/DB

FR

42

SAM PATTON

K

SO

13

CAMERON ELLIOTT

QB/DB

JR

45

JAKE WAGNER

RB/LB

FR

14

DYLAN VINTROV

RB/LB

JR

50

HILTON HAMILTON

OL/LB

SR

15

ALEX OSBORNE

RB/DB

SR

51

ARIEAS COX

OL/DL

SR

16

KEAGAN SMITH

QB/DB

FR

56

KAYLAN PATEL

OL/DL

SO

17

DIEGO VILLANUEVA

WR/DB

SO

60

ELIJAH HUGHES

FB/LB

JR

18

JERMAINE SMITH

WR/LB

JR

61

SAM HOWARD

OL/DL

FR

19

PATRICK BYRNE

WR

SR

64

CHRISTIAN KIDWELL

OL/DL

SR

20

DYLAN JORDAN

WR/DB

JR

66

CHARLES LATHRAM

OL/DL

JR

21

TYLER BERRY

RB/LB

JR

79

KEEGAN SCHAFLUETZEL

OL/DL

SO

22

BRAYDEN DIAZ

WR/DB

JR

71

SAMUEL GRIBBEN

OL/LB

JR

23

WILSON HAGEN

WR/DB

SO

88

BRAYDON MINGO

TE/DL

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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SILVERDALE BAPTIST ACADEMY

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TN DIVISION II-2A

COACH MIKE CONNOR

Q A Q A Q

A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? Striving to be better.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Team connections, top to bottom. A connected team is a committed team.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Cam Mullins (WR/DB), Connor Delashmitt (RB/DB), Turner Junkins (QB/S), Brett Rogers (QB/DB), Kyle Shoemaker (OL/DL), Sam Tedford (OL/DL), Brody Lamb (RB/LB), Bryson Qualls (WR/DB), Cam Bowen (WR/DB), and Clay Connor (WR/ DB).

Q A Q A Q A Q A

CONNOR DELASHMITT

TURNER JUNKINS

SEBASTIAN HANKS

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? Our players and coaches!

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? A player not reaching his full potential.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? The experience we gained as a young team.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

As a team, we learned how to embrace the discomfort that often has to be overcome in order to win a football game.

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We have new coordinators on offense and special teams, and on defense, we will have more consistency.

Much improved but still working to be faster!

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REID JEWEL

CLAY CONNOR


TN DIVISION II-2A

/

SILVERDALE BAPTIST ACADEMY

S T AT S

CAM MULLINS

COACH NAME: Mike Connor (2 yrs. as a head coach, 2nd as head coach at Silverdale) DIVISION/CLASS: TN II-AA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 5-6 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 5th MASCOT: Seahawks 2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICHEY GOLDBERG

AUGUST 20 EAST RIDGE (H) 27 FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY (H) CAM BOWEN

SEPTEMBER 3 CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN (H) 17 BOYD BUCHANAN (A) 24 DONELSON CHRISTIAN (H) OCTOBER 1 NOTRE DAME (H) 8 KNOXVILLE WEBB (A) 22 GRACE CHRISTIAN KNOXVILLE (H) 29 CHRISTIAN ACAD. OF KNOX. (A)

COACH’S

VIEW

DAVIS WELLS

Last season, we played a lot of young guys. That experience should help us. We have also had to overcome a lot of adversity, which offers the opportunity to grow stronger. Our only focus is on being a better version of Silverdale football each day, which only happens when each individual coach and player chooses to replace themselves each day. We are excited to represent our Lord, our school community, and our families as we play this great game each week! FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 127


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TN DIVISION II-2A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

2

TURNER JUNKINS

QB/S

JR

29

CONNOR DELASHMITT

RB/DB

SR

3

CAMERON BOWEN

WR/DB

JR

34

CONNOR SCHOENING

K

FR

4

JACKSON HATTAWAY

WR/S

JR

35

HENRY MESHELL

FB/DL

SR

5

BRYSON QUALLS

WR/DB

SR

36

GABE DANIEL

OL/DL

SO

6

CADEN BANCROFT

WR/DB

SO

42

LINCOLN MESHELL

WR/DB

FR

7

CARTER BROWN

WR/DB

FR

44

CJ CREWS

WR/DL

SO

8

BRODY LAMB

RB/LB

JR

45

TIMOTHY CONNOR

RB/LB

SO

9

CHASE MANNING

RB/LB

JR

46

CALEB GRECO

RB/DB

SO

10

CAMERON MULLINS

WR/DB

SR

50

TAYLOR GOLDBERG

OL/DL

SR

12

JACOB ELDRIDGE

TE/DL

SO

52

RYLAND COBB

OL/DL

JR

14

BRETT ROGERS

QB/DB

JR

15

NATE HAMPTON

WR/DB

SO

53

HARRIS JENNE

OL/DL

FR

16

LANDON DEITCH

RB/LB

FR

55

KYLE SHOEMAKER

OL/DL

JR

17

ASHTON HENSLEY

WR/DB

SR

58

EDGAR BURKE

OL/DL

JR

18

BRODY FINCH

WR/DB

FR

60

DAVIS WELLS

OL/LB

JR

19

CLAY CONNOR

WR/DB

SR

61

SAM TEDFORD

OL/DL

JR

20

NOAH HENDRIX

TE/LB

SO

64

GARDNER BURKE

OL/DL

FR

22

JAKE GRANTHAM

WR/DB

JR

65

ANDREW MOSSBECK

OL/DL

JR

24

SEBASTIAN HANKS

RB/LB

SR

70

DASH DURHAM

OL/DL

JR

25

ETHAN LE

RB/DB

FR

72

JOHN DAVID GLADDEN

OL/DL

FR

26

REID JEWELL

K

SR

75

STEVEN BRUNO

OL/DL

SO

28

BENNETT REAGAN

WR/DB

FR

82

CALEB ASKEW

OL/DL

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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GET IN THE

GAME Silverdale Baptist Academy is among the youngest private schools in Chattanooga, yet has been established as one of the most athletically competitive and Christ-centered in the state of Tennessee.

Whether in competition or in life, get in the game at Silverdale Baptist Academy. www.silverdaleba.org


GRACE ACADEMY

/

TN DIVISION II-1A

COACH BOB ATECA

Q A Q A

TYLER PARROTT

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? We are experienced, with many returning players from last year’s team.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

We will need to make the transition from 11- to eight-man football, so a lot of time will be spent in learning the differences and how we can best place our players in the right positions for success.

Q A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Cooper Knecht (QB/DB), Mason Long (WR/LB), Tyler Parrott (RB/LB), Cole Mason (WR/LB), Caleb Adams (WR/ DB), and Bo Swanson (OL/DL).

COOPER KNECHT

CALEB ADAMS

TYLER PARROTT

COLE MASON

MASON LONG

We will be competing for the first time with schools our size.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

Learning the game of eight-man football, along with depth, which is always an issue with a small roster.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

We won two of our last three games last year and are bringing back a large group of those same players.

Q A Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? We have to spend more time on the basics of blocking and tackling.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

We are moving to eight-man football, so everything will be different, including offense, defense, and special teams.

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We will be faster, due to having experienced players and being a year older. 13 0 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

TYLER PARROTT

CALEB ADAMS


TN DIVISION II-1A

/

GRACE ACADEMY

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Bob Ateca (24 yrs. as a head coach, 12th as head coach at Grace)

BO SWANSON

DIVISION/CLASS: TN II-A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 7th MASCOT: Golden Eagles PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARIAH CUMMINGS AND GRACE ACADEMY

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 13 BRADLEY KNIGHTS (H) 20 EZELL-HARDING (A) 27 EVANGEL CHRISTIAN (A) SEPTEMBER 3 PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN (A) 10 CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL (H) 18 LANCASTER CHRISTIAN (H) 24 ZION CHRISTIAN (TBD) COLE MASON

OCTOBER 8 FRANKLIN CHRISTIAN (A) 14 TSD (H) 22 SACRED HEART (H)

COACH’S VIEW

We believe that moving to eight-man football will give us an opportunity to have more success. We have struggled with numbers over the years, which made it difficult when injuries occurred. Having more depth will be a great advantage that we have not had in past years.  FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 131


GRACE ACADEMY

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TN DIVISION II-1A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

2

COOPER KNECHT

QB/DB

SR

22

JACOB MOCK

RB/DB

SO

3

MASON LONG

WR/LB

SR

23

CALEB ADAMS

WR/DB

SR

25

CARSON KNECHT

RB/DB

FR

5

PIERCE SMITH

OL/DL

JR 28

AVERY IVARSON

WR/LB

JR

49

ETHAN LEE

OL/DL

FR

52

BO SWANSON

OL/DL

JR

60

HARRISON SPILKO

OL/DL

FR

7 9

BROCK PASSONS JUDE PERRY

WR/DB WR/DB

SO FR

11

COLE MASON

WR/LB

SR

14

WESLEY THOMPSON

QB/LB

SO

66

AUSTIN NELSON

OL/DL

FR

21

TYLER PARROTT

RB/LB

SR

88

JOEL ESTES

WR/DB

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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BRADLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

COACH DAMON FLOYD

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

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TN DIVISION I-6A

KNOX WATSON

We are returning some experienced players in several positions. It’s a hardworking group with great senior leadership.

Obviously, just like for a lot of other teams, staying healthy is going to be important for us this season.

A

AIDEN MCCLARY

Aiden McClary (QB/DB), Gabe Campbell (OL/DL), Isaiah Arnold (TE/ LB), and Josh Helsdon (TE/DL).

We have a great group of returning experienced players who are hungry to prove that we can compete at the highest level.

Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

We play in one of the toughest regions in the state. Week in and week out, we have to be ready to play at a high level.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

We got a playoff win last year for the first time in a few years, so hopefully, we can build off of that success.

For us, you’ll see a few more guys playing on both sides of the ball.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? I would say we have good team speed.

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GAGE ANDERSON


TN DIVISION I-6A

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BRADLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Damon Floyd (16 yrs. as a head coach, 16th as head coach at Bradley) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-6A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 8-4 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 3rd MASCOT: Bears 2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLBY DILLS

AUGUST 20 BRAINERD (H) 27 WALKER VALLEY (A)

GABE CAMPBELL

SEPTEMBER 3 CLEVELAND (A) 10 MCMINN CO. (A) 17 HARDIN VALLEY (H) JACKSON WILSON

OCTOBER 1 BEARDEN (H) 8 OOLTEWAH (A) 15 FARRAGUT (A) 22 RHEA CO. (H) 29 MARYVILLE (A)

JOSH HELSDON

COACH’S

VIEW

MARCUS GOREE JR.

We have an opportunity almost every week to play some of the best teams around this part of the state, which will require us to play our best. We return several players on both sides of the ball, who, at some point last season, had opportunities playing on Friday nights. I think that having those experienced guys can really benefit us this year.

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BRADLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

/

TN DIVISION I-6A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

GAGE ANDERSON

RB/LB

JR

35

KHAIDEN KEITH

RB/DL

JR

2

KNOX WATSON

RB/LB

JR

36

BRODY PERRY

TE/DL

JR

3

TITO WILLIAMS

WR/DB

SO

37

LOGAN BROGDON

WR/DB

JR

4

J’ALAN TERRY

WR/DB

FR

42

JOSH HELSDON

TE/DL

SR

5

MASON GOREE

WR/DB

FR

43

TREY BROWN

WR/DB

SR

6

RODNEY WILLIAMS

TE/LB

SO

44

JONATHAN SOSEBEE

TE/DL

JR

7

FINN MERTENS

WR/DB

JR

45

CANNON REHAGEN

RB/LB

SO

8

MARCUS GOREE JR.

WR/DB

SO

46

ELI DUNCAN

TE/LB

JR

9

ISAIAH ARNOLD

TE/LB

SR

47

JADEN ESTRADA

TE/DB

SO

11

BLAKE JOHNSON

TE/DL

SR

50

TYLER MOORE

OL/DL

SR

12

ALEX WALKER

QB/DB

SO

51

BRODY MORGAN

OL/DL

JR

13

AIDEN MCCLARY

QB/DB

SR

53

BUBBA WHITENER

OL/LB

SO

15

SETH ADAMS

QB/DB

JR 55

BRYSON BIVENS

OL/DL

SO

16

TAYLOR DUGGAN

WR/DB

JR 56

BRAYDEN OWENS

OL/DL

SR

17

MAX WILSON

WR/DB

SO 57

JT CRUMLEY

OL/DL

SR

18

JACE RAYMER

WR/LB

FR

19

BRAXTON ARTHUR

WR/DB

SO

59

JOEL CABRAL

OL/DL

SR

20

WAYNE DAYTON

WR/DB

SR

60

GABE CAMPBELL

OL/DL

SR

21

RAMIARON TAYLOR

WR/DB

FR

61

KADEN THOMPSON

OL/DL

JR

22

JACKSON WILSON

RB/DB

SO

62

JACOB PAGE

OL/LB

SO

23

KEYANDRE BUTTS

WR/DB

FR

65

LUKE KEITH

OL/DL

SO

25

DON JOHNSON

TE/DL

JR

66

RIAHN GRAVES

OL/DL

SO

26

MASON THOMPSON

TE/LB

SO

67

ALEX DAYTON

OL/DL

SR

28

AJ WILLIAMS

RB/LB

SO

68

TUCKER BESHEARS

OL/DL

SR

29

LANDON PRICE

RB/LB

JR

76

NADAVIEN RICHARDS

OL/DL

SR

30

JD KIRKPATRICK

TE/DL

JR

77

EUGENE PETERSON

OL/DL

SO

31

JOVON DERRICK

WR/DB

SO

82

GRANT HANEY

K

JR

32

BEN COLLINS

TE/LB

SO

87

KARTER HOWARD

TE/DL

SR

33

SIMON MULLIS

RB/DB

SO

98

ERA ROJAS

K

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-6A

COACH MARTY WHEELER

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

This is a team that has an opportunity to be successful. It will come down to their willingness to be a team.

Staying healthy, and how well our younger guys progress.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM? NICK NICODEMUS

Our seniors.

BO BAKER TATE O’BRYAN

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

We return several guys on offense and some key guys on defense.

Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

The challenge of not worrying about the things you can’t control.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

REED MALONE

We can build on the strong finish to our regular season that got us into the playoffs and gave a lot of our guys some valuable experience.

The importance of consistency and the consequences of being inconsistent.

The only thing we hope you see different is that we’re better in all areas.

Our team speed has improved, especially at the skill position.

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TETOE BOYD


TN DIVISION I-6A

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CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Marty Wheeler (15 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Cleveland)

DESTUN THOMAS

DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-6A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 5-6 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 4th MASCOT: Blue Raiders PHOTOS BY GINA ALLISON PHOTOGRAPHY

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 RED BANK (A) 27 MCMINN CO. (A) SEPTEMBER 3 BRADLEY CENTRAL (H) 10 EAST RIDGE (H) 17 FARRAGUT (H) 24 WALKER VALLEY (H)

BO BAKER

OCTOBER 1 MARYVILLE (A) 15 BEARDEN (A) 22 GILES CO. (A) 29 HARDIN VALLEY (H)

COACH’S VIEW

TATE O’BRYAN

We have had a really good off-season, and being able to transfer that to the football field will be critical. We also have to be able to play much better on third down defensively and force our opponents to beat us instead of us beating ourselves.

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CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-6A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

1

MYCAH JORDAN

WR/DB

SO

2

DESTUN THOMAS

WR/DB

SR

3

DAVEN WILSON

WR/DB

SR

4

BENNETT SMITH

K

JR

5

BRIAN BEARD JR.

RB/DB

6

DJ ADAMS

7

# NAME

POS. YR.

38

JUSTIN PHAM

WR/DB/K

SO

39

BRANDON SCRUGGS

WR/DB

SO

40

JERMELL WORD JR

TE/DL

SO

SO

41

DANIEL DOUGLAS

TE/DL

SR

WR/DB

JR

42

DANIEL SNEED

DL

SR

LJ ADAMS

QB/DB

SO

43

RANDALL MEREDITH

WR/DB

SR

8

DYLAN HARROLD

WR/LB

SO

44

TETOE BOYD

RB/LB

SR

9

CAMDEN LOCKERBY

RB/LB

SO

10

ANDREW WINGER

QB/LB

SO

45

JARED CANALES

TE/DL

JR

11

MARKEL MCKINLEY

RB/DB

JR

50

JADEN ACEVEDO

OL/DL

JR

12

EDWARD COUVILLION

TE/LB

SR

51

GABRIEL HALLMAN

OL/DL

SR

13

ANDRES CANSLER

WR/DB

SO

52

MICHAEL HALLMAN

OL/DL

SR

14

RODNEY BROADNAX JR.

WR/LB

JR

53

BO BAKER

OL

SR

15

LUCAS SZYMBORSKI

QB/DB

FR

16

DREW LAMBERT

QB

JR

55

MADDOX GALLAGHER

OL/DL

JR

17

DEVIN KING

WR/DB

SR

56

ETHAN BURNS

OL/DL

JR

18

JAKE JENNE

WR/DB

SR

57

BRADEN AHLBERG

OL/DL

SO

19

ANTHONY HERNANDEZ

WR/DB

SR

58

NEIL ARMSTRONG

OL/DL

SO

21

TATE O’BRYAN

TE/LB

SR

61

AARON MCCROSKEY

OL/DL

SO

22

GLOVER YAWN

RB/LB

JR

23

ISAIAH DAVIS

RB/DB

FR

64

ANTHONY DAVIS

OL/DL

SO

24

JONATHON HERALUS

RB/DB

SR

67

NICK NICODEMUS

OL

SR

25

RONNELL ARMOUR

WR/DB

SR

70

JESURUN SIMPSON

OL/DL

SR

26

ALEX ESPINOZA

RB/LB

JR

71

REED MALONE

OL/DL

SR

28

JEROME CARROLL

TE/LB

JR

72

RONNIE KAHALEWAI

OL/DL

SO

33

LEO PALELEI

RB/LB

SR

35

BRAEDEN DUGGAN

TE/LB

JR

73

STONEWALL SHURETTE

OL/DL

FR

36

LEON ROSE

TE/LB

SO

75

WILL BRANTLEY

OL/DL

SO

37

KHYNG DODD

RB/LB

JR

88

ETHAN BILBAO

TE/DL

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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T H E H O WA R D S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION I-5A

COACH P. DEDRIC MAFFETT

Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? This team has grit!

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Offensive- and defensiveline play and staying healthy.

Q A

JERMICHAEL YOUNG

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

We have an expectation for everyone to lead in what they do best.

Q A Q A Q A Q A Q A Q A

DAVEON DUPREE

KELDRICK KNOX

CHRISTOPHER ERVIN TERRY DALLAS

ROY MILES JR.

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? The talent of the offensive line and team camaraderie.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? The success of players on and off the field.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

DAVEON DUPREE

Team leadership.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? Perseverance! The next game is not promised.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? Offensively, you will see more passing.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

Our speed is pretty good. We have several speedsters on offense, defense, and special teams.

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KELDRICK KNOX MYLES HOUSTON

MYLES HOUSTON


TN DIVISION I-5A

/

T H E H O WA R D S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: P. Dedric Maffett (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Howard)

ROY MILES JR.

DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-5A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 6-5 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 3rd MASCOT: Hustlin’ Tigers PHOTOS COURTESY OF HERMAN PRATER SR AND VITYL MEDIA GROUP

2021 SCHEDULE

DE’ORIEAN ELDER

LONDON CROSS

AUGUST 20 TYNER ACADEMY (H) 28 BRAINERD (A) SEPTEMBER 3 THE KING’S ACADEMY (H) 10 BOYD BUCHANAN (A) 17 MCMINN CO. (H) 24 HIXSON (A) OCTOBER 1 OOLTEWAH (A) 8 NOTRE DAME (H) 15 RHEA CO. (A) 29 WALKER VALLEY (A)

COACH’S VIEW

This year’s schedule will be a “David vs. Goliath” atmosphere, as we have moved into a higher division/class – 5A. There will be many opponents that we have never faced before. However, our team’s work ethic, resilience, and positive mindset have prepared them for the challenges to come.

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T H E H O WA R D S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION I-5A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

2

COURTNEY WALKER

WR/DB

SR

32

CHAZ LEE

LB

SO

3

JA’CARION HART SANDERS

WR/LB

SO

33

JURSHAUN TORREY

DL/LB

JR

4

CAMERON SHEATS

WR/S

SR

34

JERMICHAEL YOUNG

FB/DL

SR

5

DAVON BALLARD

WR/DB

SR

40

JAQUARI CALDWELL

TE

JR

6

TRAGONTAE LEWIS

WR/RB/DB

FR

44

ONTARRIUS WOODRUFF

DL

JR

7

CHRIS BEASLEY

TE/RB/LB

SO

50

ROY MILES JR.

OL/DL

JR

8

CHRISTAIN HOLLAND

WR/DB

JR

51

RONTA TAYLOR JR.

OL/DL

FR

9

LONDON CROSS

RB/LB

JR

52

LABRON ROBINSON

OL

JR

10

DE’ORIEAN ELDER

WR/RB/DB

SR

53

JAMAAL MACON

OL/DL/LB

SR

54

CHRIS VINES

OL/DL

SR

12

ADARRIUS ALEXANDER

WR/LB

SO

55

NORSHAWN LEWIS

DL

SR

13

JERMAINE COX

DB

SR

56

CHRISTOPHER ERVIN

OL

JR

16

TYLER BRUNDIDGE

RB/WR

SO

60

ANGELO APPLING

OL/DL

JR

18

MARQUES BLACKBURN

WR

FR

62

TERRY DALLAS

OL/DL

JR

20

JARON BELL

TE/DL

SO

65

CAMERON ERVIN

OL

SO

21

LADARIUS WILEY

WR/DB

SR

74

CLEAVON SMITH

OL/DL

SO

22

ERIC MCLEMORE

WR/DB

SR

75

MYLES HOUSTON

OL

JR

24

DAVEON DUPREE

QB

JR

76

WESTLEY BARNES

OL

SR

25

DEONTA PARKER

DB

SR

78

KELDRICK KNOX

OL/DL

SR

Roster as of July 31st

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O O L T E WA H H I G H S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION I-5A

COACH JAMES MANNING DAWSON JONES

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Q A Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

They are a great group of kids who are fun to be around. They show up every day ready to work and get better.

JADEN CARMICHAEL

Playing tough and physically for four quarters. If we don’t catch all of the right breaks at first, we must be able to lock in and keep working.

Nick Sullivan (WR/LB), Dawson Jones (WR/DB), Christian Doty (WR), Jaden Carmichael (QB/LB), and Joseph Singerle (OL).

We are very athletic, and our kids want to work.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Last year, we had a young football team and only graduated 14 seniors. Hopefully, some of that playing time will translate this year and help the game slow down.

We have to build depth at all positions.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

JD Dunbar will be our defensive coordinator and hopefully help the kids play with an edge on the defensive side of the ball. We want to be tough and physical at the point of contact and win the one-on-one battles.

We have some guys who can move. We need to make sure that we get them to move in the right direction at the right time and can get them the football. 146 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

DAWSON JONES

NICK SULLIVAN


TN DIVISION I-5A

/

O O L T E WA H H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: James Manning (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Ooltewah) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-5A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 4-6 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 5th MASCOT: Owls

PHOTOS BY TINA LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 EAST HAMILTON (A) 27 RED BANK (H) QUINCY HARVEY

CHRISTIAN DOTY

SEPTEMBER 3 WALKER VALLEY (A) 17 RHEA CO. (H) 24 BAYLOR (H) OCTOBER 1 HOWARD (H) 8 BRADLEY CENTRAL (H) 15 SODDY DAISY (A) 22 BRAINERD (A) 29 MCMINN CO. (A)

COACH’S VIEW

With our schedule this fall, we will definitely be put to the test each week. So, what I want to see the most is for our kids to go out and compete. If we can get out there and play smart, physical football, we will have opportunities to win games and make a playoff run. JOSEPH SINGERLE

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O O L T E WA H H I G H S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION I-5A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

2

JORDAN GREEN

RB/LB

SR

41

ISAAC INTHISANE

WR/DL

FR

3

JASEN CARMICHAEL

DB

SR

42

STEAVEN ROGERS

WR/LB

SO

4

CHRISTIAN DOTY

WR

SR

44

CADEN MCMAHON

WR/DL

SO

5

QUINCY HARVEY

WR

SR

45

DAVON GRAHAM

WR/LB

FR

6

REGGIE KNIGHT

WR

JR

47

MASON ARNOLD

DB

JR

7

LEVI KRUGER

WR

SO

50

CJ CARTER

DL

SO

8

RAYMOS MCGEE

WR

SR

51

DEVIN FERRER

OL

SO

9

DAWSON JONES

WR/DB

SR

52

JAMES CLEMENTSON

DL

JR

10

DREW MCMILLON

DB

SR

53

LOGAN WELLS

DL

SR

11

EVAN VOELP

DB

SR

55

RUSSELL WILLOCKS

LB

SO

12

BRENT BADDLEY

QB

FR

56

PEYTON THOMAS

DL

SO

14

RYCHEZZ “ROCKO” JENNINGS DB

JR

57

BRADEN GILBERT

DL

FR

15

MICHAEL HILL

WR

SR

58

ZACH FRIANT

OL/DL

FR

16

EDGAR LAWRENCE

RB/DB

SR

59

ELI EAVES

OL

SO

17

AJ ROBINSON

QB

JR

18

NICK SULLIVAN

WR/LB

SR

62

JAKOB WINKELMANN

OL

SO

19

JEREMIAH WEST

DB

SR

63

PAUL FERGUSON

OL/DL

FR

20

KEVIN PROPHETE

LB

SR

64

EDWARD DEFREITAS

OL/DL

FR

21

O’RYAN TATE

LB

JR

65

JOSEPH SINGERLE

OL

SR

22

TAKODA JONES

RB

JR

66

CADEN DAILEY

OL/DL

FR

23

TROY BERRIEN

WR/LB

SR

67

MARKES CRUTCHER

OL

FR

24

GIANNI BEN-MOSHE

LB

JR

70

WESTON FRICK

OL

SO

71

NOBLE KNOCH

OL

JR

75

TRUCKER BOWLING

DL

JR

76

NAMON DERRING

OL

SO

77

ISAAC ITOFE

OL

JR

25

KOBE BALDWIN

RB

SO

26

WILL HIGGINBOTHAM

RB/DB

SO

27

KADAE PEOPLES

WR/LB

JR

28

AARON BOWEN

LB

SO

29

KADEN VARNER

DB

JR

80

ASA MCMILLON

WR/DB

FR

30

BROCK SMALLEN

WR/DB

FR

81

GARRETT RIGSBY

K

JR

31

JADEN CARMICHAEL

QB/LB

SR

82

CADE RICHARDSON

WR/LB

FR

32

MARKEE CRUTCHER

WR/DB

FR

84

WILL BOLT

WR/LB

JR

33

JULIAN WILLIAMSON

QB/LB

FR

85

AIDAN PEREZ

WR/LB

SO

34

JOSIAH FEATHERSTONE

RB/LB

FR

88

HUDSON SPEARS

WR/DB

FR

35

LOGAN BURGESS

WR

JR

90

KADEN MINOR

QB

FR

36

CADEN HUDSON

RB

SO

92

ANTONIO HUNTER

DL

SO

37

NOAH STEVENS

DB

SO

94

LANE RAY

WR

FR

38

KEYON FORD

DB

SR

96

CAMERON SANDERS

DL

FR

39

DAKOTA HARPER

WR/LB

FR

98

HUDSON HARPER

WR/LB

FR

40

WYATT JACKSON

WR

SO

99

JAMAAL WHITAKER

DL

SO

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COACH MARK PEMBERTON

Q A Q A Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? We are an experienced team this season.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Staying healthy.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

GAVIN RODDY

Drew Fisher (TE/LB).

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

DREW FISHER

We have a lot of returning players from last year. We’ll have nine back on defense and seven back on offense.

Q A Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Depth.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? Our region title is a good place to start.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? No.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? Nothing in particular.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? I would say that our team’s speed is average.

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JADDEN PANKEY


TN DIVISION I-5A

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RHEA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

REX PENDERGRASS

COACH NAME: Mark Pemberton (29 yrs. as a head coach, 9th as head coach at Rhea Co.) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-5A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 10-2 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 1st MASCOT: Golden Eagles PHOTOS BY ANDY MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY

2021 SCHEDULE

KALEB MARTIN

AUGUST 20 CORBIN (A) 27 ELIZABETHTON (A) SEPTEMBER 3 MCMINN CO. (H) 10 ANDERSON CO. (H) 17 OOLTEWAH (A) 24 RED BANK (H) OCTOBER 1 WALKER VALLEY (A) 15 HOWARD (H) 22 BRADLEY CENTRAL (A) 29 COFFEE CO. (H)

CALEB O’DELL

COACH’S VIEW

I feel like we’re in good shape this year. Coming in with our region title, as well as 16 returning players bringing their experience to our team, I’m feeling confident. I think that if we keep up the same work ethic that we’ve shown in the past, we should be very competitive. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 151


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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

2 JADDEN PANKEY RB/DB SR 4 CALEB CARR QB/DB FR 5 GAVIN RODDY WR/DB SR 6 DREW FISHER TE/LB SR 8 BRYCE DUPRE QB/DB SO 9 MAKYE HYATTE RB/LB FR 10 DREW MASSENGILL WR/DB SO 11 CHAUNCEY ODUM RB/LB FR 12 KALEB MARTIN QB/DB SO 13 COLE RUEHLING K JR 14 BILLY NEWNAN RB/DB JR 15 AUSTIN BRACKETT RB/LB SR 16 REX PENDERGRASS RB/LB SO 17 KADEN KNOX QB/DB FR 18 BRAYLON GEER QB/DB FR 19 ACE ROBINSON RB/DB FR 20 CALEB O’DELL RB/DB JR 22 BRILEY MAYBERRY RB/LB SO 23 LATRON ALLOWAY RB/LB FR 24 COLE MAYBERRY RB/LB SO 27 SIR ALLOWAY RB/LB SR 28 TRENT EDWARDS RB/LB JR 29 KADE HOUSTON RB/LB SO 30 GARRETT RAMSEY RB/LB SR 31 DAWSON DAVIS WR/DB SO 32 ETHAN DAVIS RB/DB SO 35 DAWSON MICKEL RB/LB SO 39 AIDEN MCCLENDON WR/DB SO 43 JEFFREY CROSS RB/LB SR Roster as of July 31st

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POS. YR.

44 HUNTER CROWE RB/LB SO 50 MAURICE SHIRLEY OL/DL SO 54 KADIN REECE OL/DL SO 55 DOMINIC DYE OL/DL SO 57 JAYLEE ELSEA OL/DL SR 58 GREG HYATTE OL/DL JR 59 AUSTIN DODD OL/DL FR 60 COLTON BEENE OL/DL FR 62 HUNTER LEMONS OL/DL SR 63 CHRIS BALDASSARO OL/DL SO 64 LUKE HENRY OL/DL SO 65 TREY ORICK OL/DL JR 66 BRADEN EDWARDS OL/LB SR 67 RAUL PATEL OL/DL SR 68 DANTE SALES OL/DL JR 69 RUFUS GORNIK OL/DL SO 70 ETHAN ROBINSON OL/DL SO 71 BENCIE RASNAKE OL/DL SO 72 JUSTIN WOODY OL/DL SR 73 AUSTIN CURTWRIGHT OL/DL SR 76 CONNOR BISHOP OL/DL SR 77 JAGGER WESOLOWSKI OL/DL SO 78 SAM BURDETTE OL/DL SR 82 LUKE DATZ WR/DB SO 89 CORY MCKINNEY WR/DB SR 98 TRAVIS RITCHIE TE/LB SR


WA L K E R VA L L E Y H I G H S C H O O L

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PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKKI SWAFFORD

COACH DREW AKINS SPENCER JACKSON

Q A Q A Q

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

A

Athletic, exciting, passionate.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Growing in maturity, handling emotions, and leadership.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Spencer Jackson (RB/DB), Eli Denton (WR/LB), Kade Tjaarda (WR/DB), Aiden Gibson (WR/DB), and Kyler Parris (WR/LB).

We have more athletes on the field than we have had in my career here, and team speed is high.

Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Injuries. Always injuries (depth). ELI DENTON

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

We have a ton of program momentum, and this group wants to keep that going.

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We are always learning more about ourselves. As a coaching staff, we really grew last year.

We have our menus and will find what we are good at from those menus.

It’s the best we have had in my time here.

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KADE TJAARDA


TN DIVISION I-5A

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WA L K E R VA L L E Y H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Drew Akins (3 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Walker Valley) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-5A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 8-3 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 2nd MASCOT: Mustangs PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALKER VALLEY

RYAN LAY

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 NOTRE DAME (H) 27 BRADLEY CENTRAL (H) SEPTEMBER 3 OOLTEWAH (H) 10 CARTER (A) 17 SMITH CO. (A) 24 CLEVELAND (A) OCTOBER 1 RHEA CO. (H) 15 MCMINN CO. (H) 22 UPPERMAN (A) 29 HOWARD (A) JUDAH GREENE

COACH’S

VIEW

I’m excited about the schedule we have built for the next two years, including playing against my high school OC Charles Fant (Notre Dame) to open the year. We have big-time out-of-region games against area opponents Bradley Central and Cleveland. Our region games are going to be battles and should prepare us to be very competitive in the playoffs. AIDAN GIBSON

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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 7 8 9 10 10 11 12 12 13 14 15 16 16 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 22 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 28 29 30 31 31 32

QB SO QB FR RB/DB SR WR/LB SR WR/DB SR WR/DB FR WR/LB SR WR/DB SR QB SR WR/LB FR WR/DB SR WR/DB SR LB SR DL FR RB/LB JR WR/DB SR WR/DB FR QB/DB JR QB/LB JR WR/DB JR WR/DB SO WR/LB FR QB/LB SO WR/DB SR DL FR WR/DB SO WR/DB FR WR/LB SO WR/DB FR WR/DB SR TE/DL SR WR/LB FR WR/LB SO WR/LB FR WR/DB SR WR/DB FR RB/DB SO WR/DB SR K SR WR/DB SR WR/LB SO WR/LB SO K FR WR/DB JR

33

ASHER EASLEY

RB/LB

FR

34

CHIPPER FRANKS

WR/LB

JR

35

ELISHA PUGH

WR/LB

JR

36

TATE ROUNDTREE

RB/LB

FR

37

CHRISTIAN WILDS

RB/LB

JR

38

CONNER PHILLIPS

DL

SO

39

ISRAEL NIEHAUS

DL

SR

40

TREVOR WYLLIE

P

SR

41

JOSEPH RISER

RB/LB

JR

42

ELI DENTON

WR/LB

JR

EVAN SCHWARZL BEN ROCHE SPENCER JACKSON JUDAH GREENE AIDEN GIBSON TRAVIS COLEY KYLER PARRIS WINSTON HICKS RYAN LAY CJ MUGLACH JHERAY FINLEY TRISTEN MCCANN AIDAN DAVIS AUSTIN COUTORE TUCKER OWNBY COLE HARBISON MASON ALEXANDER BLAINE LOWE NICK COTTONE LARKIN LEWIS BRAXTON SMITH JOHNATHAN MARSHALL NOAH GREEN BRICE COLEY JOSHUA SALZER CONNER WEHUNT JAKE LEDFORD NOAH JONES JEREMIAH PUGH DADA SIMS MYLES MANN TOBY DUNCIL JONAS HARNESS ZEKE GARRISON AMARION BULLOCK FULKS JORDAN SMITH NOLAN SCHABELL KADE TJAARDA DILLON TREW WILL MARLER ASHTON OWENS JACOB HOLLINGWORTH BRAXTON GOINS BRADY MONTGOMERY

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CAMERON DAVIS

RB/LB

SR

44

CAMERON NORWOOD

WR/LB

JR

45

JOSIAH SHEPPARD

WR/DB

SO

51

JASON MATTHEWS

DL

FR

52

KOLBY LOVINGOOD

OL

FR

53

LANE KELLY

OL/DL

FR

54

CALEB KELLY

OL/DL

FR

55

BO FINCH

OL

FR

56

JON PUGH

DL

FR

60

RAFE COOK

OL

FR

64

JUD THOMPSON

OL

FR

66

JEREMIAH TOWNSEND

OL

FR

70

THOMAS CROSS

DL

FR

72

CADE KEPLINGER

OL

FR

73

BRYSON FARLEY

OL

FR

77

WILL TURNER

OL

JR

77

LEE NOVENE JR.

DL

FR

79

SAVION COBB

DL

SR

79

GREGORY WHITE

DL

FR

80

ANDREW BRADY

WR/DB

SO

81

ELI CROSS

DL

FR

82

TROY DYSZKIEWICZ

DL

FR

83

JACK SHONTS

DL

FR

84

GIO ANGELOS

WR/DB

SR

85

ELI WILSON

K

SO

86

TAYE SHEEHEE

QB/DB

FR

88

MATTHEW CAMPOS

WR/DB

FR

89

TREY SHEARMAN

WR/DB

FR


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COACH CURT JONES

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Experienced. We have 19 of 22 returning starters on offense and defense, plus our kicker and punter.

We need to create some success early and build on that momentum as the season progresses.

MIKE WATSON

Donovan Smith (WR/DB), Mike Watson (RB/LB), Noah Collins (WR/DB), Demetrio Dominguez (OL/ DL), and Reggie Wadley (RB/LB).

Q A

MCKENLEY BACON MARQUISE HIGH

MIKE WATSON

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

The growth that we have made as a team over the last two football seasons.

Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

Focusing on our team to make sure we are not beating ourselves.

Q A Q A Q A Q A

ALIJAH HEYWARD CHRIS NICHOLS

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? The growth we made as a program.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

PERRY ARMOUR JR.

Coach ‘em hard and love ‘em hard!

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? We will be about the same, scheme-wise.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Better than average.

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TYLER PATILLO


TN DIVISION I-4A

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C H AT T A N O O G A C E N T R A L H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Curt Jones (9 yrs. as a head coach, 8th as head coach at Central) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-4A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 6th MASCOT: Pounders JAMISON JOHNSON

PHOTOS BY SARAH KATHERON LATHAM WITH THE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DIGEST

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 CAMPBELL CO. (H) 27 FRANKLIN CO. (A)

DONOVAN SMITH

SEPTEMBER 3 SODDY DAISY (A) 10 HIXSON (H) 17 RED BANK (H) 24 CLINTON (H)

DEMETRIO DOMINGUEZ

OCTOBER 1 EAST HAMILTON (A) 7 SEQUOYAH (A) 22 EAST RIDGE (H)

COACH’S

NOAH COLLINS TYI MOSLEY

VIEW

The new region won’t change things much. Our region will be super-competitive and will probably come down to the closing weeks of the season. We’re looking forward to another great year of Tennessee high school football!

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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

HOUSTON BOYKIN

QB/S

FR

32

BRIAN PRUITT

RB/LB

SO

2

NOAH COLLINS

WR/DB

SR

35

MOSES DUCKETT

RB/LB

JR

3

TYI MOSLEY

WR/DB

SR

40

TYSON ODOM

RB/LB

SO

4

BLAKE BROTHERS

WR/DB

SR

42

CONNER PELL

WR/DB

JR

5

MIKE WATSON

RB/LB

SR

44

ETHAN LE

OL/DL

FR

6

MARQUISE HIGH

RB/LB

SO

45

JOSIAH ZUNIGA

OL/DL

FR

7

RONYE WATSON

QB/DB

FR

50

CAM JACKSON

RB/LB

JR

8

LONDEN MARTIN

RB/LB

JR

52

TYLER PATILLO

RB/DL

JR

9

ISSAIAH ROGERS

WR/DB

SR

53

TE’SEAN MURPHY

OL/DL

SO

10

TRISTAN ODOM

WR/DB

SO

54

MCKENLEY BACON

OL/DL

JR

11

TONGUN GORE

WR/DB

SR

55

PERRY ARMOUR

RB/DL

JR

12

KYREE STEWARD

WR/DB

JR

58

RYAN YEARBY

OL/DL

FR

13

DONOVAN SMITH

WR/DB

JR

59

ERIC COLLIER

OL/DL

FR

14

REGGIE WADLEY

RB/LB

SR

60

JOHN VANHOOZIER

OL/DL

JR

15

CARTER DANIEL

RB/DB

SO

64

KARL MOORE

OL/DL

SR

16

ELIJAH ZUNIGA

QB/LB

SR

65

DEMETRIO DOMINGUEZ

OL/DL

SR

17

TYLER SANDERS

WR/DB

SR

73

XANDER AKINS

OL/DL

JR

19

LUIS FRANCISCO

K

SR

75

JAMISON JOHNSON

OL/DL

JR

23

CHRIS NICHOLS

RB/LB

JR

77

HUNTER WILSON

OL/DL

SO

25

ALIJAH HEYWARD

RB/LB

SR

78

MATTHEW STANDRIDGE

OL/DL

JR

28

DARRIUS JEFFERSON

WR/DB

SO

83

JOSHUA THOMAS

TE/DL

SR

31

LARRY HENDERSON

WR/DB

JR

84

DJ SANDERFER

WR/DB

JR

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COACH GRANT REYNOLDS

Q A Q A Q

A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

JAXSON FLEMMONS

We are athletic and hardworking.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Leadership from our upperclassmen.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Jeremiah Flemmons (ATH), Kaunyae Burgans (WR/DB), Ramsey Devine (TE/ LB), Ethan Beckwith (WR/DB), Juan Bullard (RB/S), Luke Bohn (OL/DL), Ethan Hixson (K/P), Collin Johnson (OL/DL), and Miles Bradley (OL/DL).

Q A Q A Q A

JEREMIAH FLEMMONS

RAMSEY DEVINE

KAUNYAE BURGANS

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? Our guys really work hard. They have a positive energy.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Nothing.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

The fact that we have “big game” experience and are ready to take the next step.

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Playing football during a pandemic was difficult, but our parents, administrators, and young men all worked together to make it the best season possible.

We will be more physical on both sides of the ball.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? We have really good team speed.

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CULLEN LEWIS


TN DIVISION I-4A

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E A S T H A M I LT O N H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

JEREMIAH FLEMMONS

COACH NAME: Grant Reynolds (14 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at East Hamilton) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-4A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 8-4 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 2nd MASCOT: Hurricanes

PHOTOS BY EMILY LESTER PHOTOGRAPHY

2021 SCHEDULE

JAXSON FLEMMONS

CULLEN LEWIS

AUGUST 20 OOLTEWAH (H) 27 PORTLAND (A) SEPTEMBER 3 EAST RIDGE (H) 10 SEQUOYAH (A) 17 PAUL BRYANT (A) 24 MCMINN CO. (H) OCTOBER 1 CHATTANOOGA CENTRAL (H) 8 SODDY DAISY (H) 22 RED BANK (A) 29 HIXSON (A)

KAUNYAE BURGANS COACH’S

VIEW

Our team and school community really have a sense of pride and a tremendous work ethic. We have the potential to go deep into the playoffs and win a bunch of games. Our ultimate success, however, will not be seen for years to come, as we look forward to seeing our young men become great husbands, fathers, and leaders in our community. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 163


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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

DEVON HARRELSON

WR/DB

JR

42

ZAYNE JAMES

WR/DB

FR

2

MEL MCFARLAND

TE/DL

SR

42

ZACHARIAH LABOO

DL

JR

3

LAKE CLARK

QB

JR

43

NELSON OVALLE

LB

SO

4

RAMSEY DEVINE

TE/LB

JR

44

MADISON HARMON

LB

FR

5

JAKE RALLS

WR/DB

JR

45

ELIJAH MUNCY

LB

SO

6

JEREMIAH FLEMMONS

ATH

SR

46

CALEB RICHARDSON

DL

JR

7

JAXSON FLEMMONS

WR/DB

SR

47

MICHAEL HINTON

RB/LB

FR

8

JUSTIN LEE

WR/DB

SR

48

CANNON FAUER

TE/LB

SO

9

MAKAIL PRATT

WR/DB

SR

49

BOSS HOEWISCHER

DL

JR

10

ZACK BARCALONA

WR/DB

JR

50

DYLAN LEWIS

OL/DL

SO

11

NICK CHOATE

TE/LB

SR

51

BRYCE BLAIR

OL/DL

FR

12

DANTE FINLEY

DB

JR

52

LOGAN CARMONA

OL/LB

JR

13

ETHAN BECKWITH

WR/DB

SR

53

ISAIAH MITCHUM

OL/DL

FR

14

ZANE LIFFICK

RB/LB

SO

54

RAUL SOTO

OL/DL

SR

15

TREY CRAWFORD

QB

SO

55

COLLIN JOHNSON

OL/DL

JR

16

JASE PHILLIPS

QB/S

JR

56

ADAIN DAY

DB

FR

17

JUAN BULLARD

RB/S

JR

58

AIDEN HILL

OL/DL

FR

18

KAUNYAE BURGANS

WR/DB

SR

59

JOSH BROWN

OL/DL

JR

19

MATT THOMAS

WR/DB

JR

60

ABSALON PEREZ

OL/DL

FR

20

ZION CLARK

RB/DB

JR

61

JESSE VAUGHN

OL/DL

FR

21

WALTER LINDSEY

RB/S

SR

63

ANDREW GILBERT

OL/DL

FR

22

CADEN RIVERS

WR/DB

SO

64

TIONNE IVEY

OL/DL

SO

23

EVAN GILBERT

WR/DB

SO

65

MILES BRADLEY

OL/DL

SR

24

JACKSON CHOATE

WR/LB

SO

67

WILLIAM RAY

OL/DL

FR

25

KYREESE WILLIS

WR/DB

SO

68

ELIJAH CUELLAR

OL/DL

SO

26

MADDOX BOHANNON

WR/DB

SO

70

CJ DRAKE

OL/DL

FR

27

AUDI SETHMAN

QB

SO

71

CALEB LEDESMA

OL/DL

JR

28

VANZEL HINTON

QB/DB

FR

73

LUKE BOHN

OL/DL

SR

29

SETH CAPEHART

RB/LB

SO

74

JOSHUA BREWER

OL/DL

JR

30

TREVIUS EVANS

DB

SO

77

QUILLIAN TOWNSEND

OL/DL

FR

31

BRIAN BRADSHAW

RB

JR

80

BROCK WILSON

WR/DB

FR

32

BAYLOR ANDERSON

WR/DB

FR

81

EMANUEL WALKER

WR

FR

33

JACOREAN RIVERS

WR/DB

FR

82

JAGGER OLIVER

WR/LB

FR

34

ROY SANCHEZ

RB/LB

FR

83

JUSTIN SYLER

DL

SO

35

JERMARCUS HILL

DL

FR

86

PRITHVI PATEL

OL/DL

FR

36

JUDSON KILPATRICK

RB/LB

SO

87

MARC BUENO

WR/DB

FR

37

ETHAN HENRY

LB

SO

88

BEN COLE

WR/DB

JR

39

GAVIN HUSKEY

WR/DB

FR

90

LOGAN PHILLIPS

K/P

JR

40

CULLEN LEWIS

TE/LB

JR

99

ETHAN HIXSON

K/P

SO

41

D’ANGELO PARIS

LB

SR

MGR

ETHAN WILSON

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EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-4A

COACH TIM JAMES

Q A Q A Q A

MARQUELL DEION SAILS

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? We are very young.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? We will need to grow up fast. JERMAINE BLACKSTOCK

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Brandon Kendrick (OL/LB), Javonte Pullom (RB/DB), Cayden McCrary (OL/DL), Dylan Draughon (OL/LB), and Jalen Ellis (QB/DB).

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? Our youth.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? A lack of overall participation. JERMAINE BLACKSTOCK

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

We learned, through being picked to place last in the region, that we were able to overcome adversity and others by playing as a unit and playing for each other.

Q A Q A Q A

CAYDEN MCCRARY

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? We need to continue to work together for each other.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? We will be the same in all aspects this year.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? We are pretty athletic in the skills areas, just very young.

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JALEN ELLIS

MARQUELL DEION SAILS


TN DIVISION I-4A

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EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Tim James (19 yrs. as a head coach, 6th as head coach at East Ridge) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-4A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 6-5 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 4th MASCOT: Pioneers 2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS BY EMILY LESTER PHOTOGRAPHY

AUGUST 20 SILVERDALE BAPTIST (A) 27 STONE MEMORIAL (A) JALEN ELLIS

JAVONTE PULLOM

SEPTEMBER 3 EAST HAMILTON (A) 10 CLEVELAND (A) 17 HIXSON (H) 24 SIGNAL MOUNTAIN (H) OCTOBER 1 SEQUOYAH (H) 8 RED BANK (H) 22 CHATTANOOGA CENTRAL (A) 29 SODDY DAISY (A)

BRANDON KENDRICK

COACH’S VIEW

We only have four seniors, so our ball club will consist mainly of youngsters who will have to grow up fast. And the fielding of a team of less than 40 individuals in AAAA football makes depth at all positions a real concern. But we have a really great group of kids who possess a great work ethic. We are also excited about our new field house, which will be the crown jewel of our community. All of this makes the future of ERHS athletics promising. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 167


EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-4A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

HASANI JACKSON

QB/DB

FR

25

ELVION ADAMS

RB/LB

FR

2

TJ HOLMES

RB/LB

JR

33

LUIS SERRATO

K

JR

4

MARQUELL DEION SAILS

RB/DB

SO

41

ISAAC SCOTT

RB/LB

JR

6

JAVONTE PULLOM

RB/DB

SO

50

JAKYE ODOM

OL/DL

SO

7

KEJAHAN MIDDLEBROOKS

FB/LB

SR

52

JUSTIN ELLIS

OL/DL

SO

8

JERMAINE BLACKSTOCK

RB/DB

SO

53

MESSIAH WARREN

OL/DL

FR

9

TREVION CAMPBELL

FB/LB

JR

54

DYLAN DRAUGHON

OL/LB

JR

10

JAVON JACKSON

WR/DB

SO

55

CAYDEN MCCRARY

OL/DL

SO

11

PEYTON LIVINGSTON

TE/DL

JR

56

BRANDON KENDRICK

OL/LB

SR

57

XAIVOR HIXSON

OL/DL

FR

12

JALEN ELLIS

QB/DB

JR

64

DYLAN MANSAPHA

OL/LB

FR

14

ALEX BRISENO CRUZ

K

JR

66

JONATHAN NALL-BOYD

OL/DL

SR

15

ROBERT GOODE

WR/DB

JR

70

BRAXTON ERVIN

OL/DL

SO

16

ANTHONY COPELAND

WR/LB

JR

72

BRYAN RAWLINGS

OL/DL

SR

22

CADION HARRIS

WR/DB

SO

73

SPENCER CARNES

OL/DL

FR

23

KESEAN BARNES

TE/LB

SR

77

JAWARREN MIMS

OL/DL

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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HIXSON HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-4A

COACH JOSH OWENSBY

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

MEMPHIS THOMAS

A young team overall, but with experience up front on both sides of the ball.

Finding depth and staying healthy.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Landon Moore (OL/DL) and Braxton Burton (WR/DB). Both have played a lot of football over the past three years.

Q A

LOGAN WOODALL BARRETT SELDON

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Toward the end of our season last year, it felt like our kids were learning how to compete, and I’m hoping that carries over to this fall.

Q A Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Depth.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? On the backside of last year’s schedule, kids started competing.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? To get as many kids ready as possible to play on Friday nights.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? No, it will be the same.

MASON HICKMAN

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Average.

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ETHAN CUSHWA


TN DIVISION I-4A

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HIXSON HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Josh Owensby (4 yrs. as a head coach, 2nd as head coach at Hixson) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-4A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 5th MASCOT: Wildcats LANDON MOORE PHOTOS BY ANDY MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY AND COURTESY OF SCHKIRA WOODALL

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 SIGNAL MOUNTAIN (A) 27 NOTRE DAME (A) SEPTEMBER 3 SEQUOYAH (H) 10 CHATTANOOGA CENTRAL (A) 17 EAST RIDGE (A) 24 HOWARD (H) OCTOBER 1 RED BANK (H) 15 LENOIR CITY (A) 22 SODDY DAISY (A) 29 EAST HAMILTON (H)

BRAXTON BURTON

COACH’S VIEW

EUGENE CALLAHAN

We play in a very competitive region with wellcoached teams, so we will have to be prepared every Friday night if we want to be competitive and be in the playoff hunt come November.

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HIXSON HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-4A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

MICHAEL “KOKO” KENDRICKS RB/DB

SO

26

ISAIAH MCINTOSH

WR/DB

SO

2

CHRISTIAN SMITH

SO

28

JAMES ARRINGTON

WR/LB

SR

QB/DB

3

RONALD SUTTLES

WR/LB

FR

31

TYUS HENRY

OL/DL

SO

4

BARRETT SELDON

WR/DB

SR

32

JACK HARRIS

RB/LB

JR

5

BRANDON BURKE

TE/LB

JR

33

JEWAN MCCARY

WR/DB

JR

6

DALTON DAUGHTERY

TE/LB

JR

45

GRAYSON SIMMONS

OL/DL

SR

7

MEMPHIS THOMAS

WR/DB

JR

50

LOGAN WOODALL

OL/DL

SR

8

JOSHUA AUSTIN

WR/DB

SR

9

WILL SISK

RB/LB

FR

52

FELIX LOPEZ

OL/LB

SR

10

EUGENE CALLAHAN

WR/DB

SR

53

AMAURIEN HOWARD

OL/DL

SR

11

MASON HICKMAN

RB/DB

SR

55

CHASE PACKER

OL/DL

SO

12

AIDAN BUCHANAN

WR/DB

SO

56

NISAIAH FREDRICK

OL/DL

JR

15

BRAXTON BURTON

WR/DB

SR

62

AMAD SHEIKH

OL/LB

JR

16

CHASE BARNARD

QB/DB

FR

64

JEFFERY DEASON

OL/DL

SO

17

NIK TAYLOR

QB/DB

JR

67

HUNTER SMITH

OL/LB

SO

18

KAEGON HIGDON

QB/DB

JR

70

RICHARD BERNIE

OL/DL

SO

19

ETHAN CUSHWA

WR/LB

JR

75

LANDON MOORE

OL/DL

SR

21

DATHAN THOMAS

WR/DB

SO

77

BRADEN JENKINS

OL/DL

FR

24

KAI ARNOLD

RB/DB

FR

78

DAWSON FLOYD

OL/DL

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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RED BANK HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-4A

COACH CHRIS M. BROWN

Q A Q A Q A

DELMONTAE GUSTUS

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? Young with high character and speed.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Execution and developing depth in the trenches.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Joseph (QB/S) and Joshua (WR/DB) Blackmon , Delmontae (OL/DL) and Delmetrius (OL/ DL) Gustus, Reco Trimble (WR/DB), AD Crutcher (WR/DL), and Jackson Winters (OL/DL).

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Q A Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

JOSH BLACKMON

We return experience at QB and in key line positions.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? My 4-year-old daughter Addy.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Making the semifinals allowed us an extra month of practice to help develop the players for the 2021 season.

Every day we have together as a team is a gift.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

We will always adapt to the strengths of our coaching staff and roster.

We are blessed to have skill players who can run well.

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JAKE WRIGHT

JOSEPH BLACKMON


TN DIVISION I-4A

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RED BANK HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Chris M. Brown (4 yrs. as a head coach, 4th as head coach at Red Bank)

AD CRUTCHER

DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-4A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 10-1 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 1st MASCOT: Lions

PHOTOS COURTESY OF RED BANK HIGH SCHOOL

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 CLEVELAND (H) 27 OOLTEWAH (A) DELMETRIUS GUSTUS

SEPTEMBER 10 SODDY DAISY (H) 17 CHATTANOOGA CENTRAL (A) 24 RHEA CO. (A) OCTOBER 1 HIXSON (A) 8 EAST RIDGE (A) 15 FAYETTEVILLE (H) 22 EAST HAMILTON (H) 29 SEQUOYAH (H)

COACH’S VIEW

RECO TRIMBLE

Red Bank has created a non-region schedule to help prepare us for the type of teams we could play in the playoffs. Having played many area 5A/6A teams over the last two years will also aid in our transition to 4A. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 175


RED BANK HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-4A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31 32 33 36

CONNOR WHITE

WR/DB

SR

COLE BOLES

WR/DL

JR

MALACHI STEPHENSEN

WR/DB

SO

JORDAN SHAW

WR/DL

SO

JADEN BACCUS

WR/S

JR

DAKOTA CROSS

WR/DL

SR

TYLER WRIGHT

WR/S

JR

MICAH HARDAWAY

OL/DL

FR

CORDELL HOWARD

WR/DL/DB

SO

KEON WHITE

OL/DL

FR

RECO TRIMBLE

WR/DB

SR

AIDEN MILLS

OL/DL

FR

JAKE BRUNE

QB/DB

JR

GABE SPEICHER

OL/DL

JR

MALIK RIZER

WR/LB

SO

DELMETRIUS GUSTUS

OL/DL

SR

AD CRUTCHER

WR/DL

JR

JACKSON WINTERS

OL/DL

SR

JOSH BLACKMON

WR/DB

SR

ARMONDO GALLEGOS

OL/DL

FR

KOBE SMITH

WR/DL

SO

CALEB HATFIELD

OL/DL

FR

JALEN SMITH

WR/DB

JR

PARKER WHITE

OL/DL

SO

ERIC HILL

WR/DB

SO

IAN RABON

OL/DL

SO

LOGAN MCGINNIS

QB/WR/DB FR

CHANCE FRANCIS

OL/DL

SO

JOSEPH BLACKMON

QB/S

SR

JARAVOUS BARBER

OL/DL

FR

DAUNE MORRIS

WR/DL/LB

FR

DELMONTAE GUSTUS

OL/DL

SR

DEVIN REVIERE

DL/LB

JR

DRADEN COLLIER

WR/DB

FR

JACOB VALOVCIN

OL/DL

JR

DEONTA WILLIAMS

WR/LB

SR

DEVIN ESTES

OL/DL

JR

JAMIL ROBERSON

WR/DB

JR

JUSTIN JACKSON

OL/DL

FR

KEYSHAWN CHUNN

WR/DB

SR

KYWONN COOPER

OL/DL

SR

CAM JACKSON

WR

JR

MARKELL DARDEN

OL/DL

SO

KINGSTON LEWIS

WR/DB

FR

BRIAN SPARKMAN

OL/DL

JR

BRYANT SMITH

WR

JR

KEEGAN STUDSTILL

OL/DL

SO

MARCHEZ BEECH

DL

FR

COLT REESE

OL/DL

SO

BRAYDEN HOWARD

WR/DB

SO

DANIEL SNEED

OL/DL

SR

JACK BARKELOO

QB/LB

FR

NOAH ECHARD

OL/DL

SR

DUBLIN MCGONAGIL

WR

FR

JAKE WRIGHT

K/P

SR

J-DON BREWER

WR/DB

FR

JULIO ANDRES

K/P

SR

LARRY GAINES

WR/DB

FR

JAMARI COPELAND

WR/DB

SR

CESAR SALAZAR

WR/DL

SR

JAKAYLIN STAFFORD

WR

FR

BYRONE ABBOTT

WR

FR

42 44 45 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 63 65 66 70 71 72 74 75 76 78 79 80 81 84 85 99

CORDARRIOUS MOORE

OL/DL

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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SODDY DAISY HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-4A

COACH JUSTIN BARNES

Q A

COY PORTER

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Hungry. This senior class was a part of back-to-back regional championships in 2018 and 2019. They did not like the events of last season and have used it to fuel their off-season.

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

We return one WR from 2020 and lost our starting QB. We will need some new WRs to step up and make some plays early for our new QB.

Q A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Coy Porter (OL/DL), Regan Taylor (OL/ DL), Jameson Koch (OL/DL), Dakota Clayton (TE/DL), Jordan Conley (TE/DL), Tanner Whittenbarger (RB/DB), Kayden Phillips (RB/DB), and Braden Dodd (WR/DB).

Q A

DAKOTA CLAYTON

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

We return the majority of our offensive and defensive lines from 2020. We will have a very good core on both sides of the ball with those groups.

Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

Even though we dropped to 4A, we still have a very difficult schedule. Some of the best teams in the Chattanooga area are in our region, which will make for a season where we will have to be on our A-game week in and week out.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

We had a lot of first-time starters on both sides of the ball. Those guys gained very valuable experience and have a great understanding of what we are doing.

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

We’ve got to be able to give more guys playing time, one way or another. We have got to see what some guys can do early on and build more depth. 178 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

SLATER HICKMAN REGAN TAYLOR


TN DIVISION I-4A

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SODDY DAISY HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

KAYDEN PHILLIPS

COACH NAME: Justin Barnes (9 yrs. as a head coach, 9th as head coach at Soddy Daisy) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-4A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 3-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 3rd MASCOT: Trojans

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SODDY DAISY HIGH SCHOOL

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 LOUDON (H) 27 SIGNAL MOUNTAIN (A) SEPTEMBER 3 CHATTANOOGA CENTRAL (H) 10 RED BANK (A) 17 SEQUOYAH (A) 24 TYNER (A) OCTOBER 8 EAST HAMILTON (A) 15 OOLTEWAH (H) 22 HIXSON (H) 29 EAST RIDGE (H)

JAMESON KOCH

TANNER WHITTENBARGER

COACH’S VIEW

There are a lot of things that go into a season. The biggest is staying healthy. If we can do that, I really love the mentality that this team has taken in the off-season and spring. I think it will carry over into success in the fall. JORDAN CONLEY

FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 179


SODDY DAISY HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-4A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

2

DREW LEWIS

WR/DB

SO

42

ETHAN HOWELL

TE/LB

JR

3

BRAYDEN BALDWIN

QB/DB

FR

45

LANDON KARR

TE/LB

FR

4

JORDAN CONLEY

TE/DL

SR

46

SONNY CARTER

RB/LB

JR

5

TANNER WHITTENBARGER

RB/DB

SO

47

HUNTER MILLS

TE/LB

JR

7

TREVOR ALEXANDER

WR/DB

JR

48

JACOB MILLS

TE/LB

JR

8

SLATER HICKMAN

QB

JR

49

TANNER HARVEY

WR/DB

SR

9

KEEGAN HICKMAN

QB

FR

52

COLIN CUPIT

OL/DL

JR

10

KAYDEN PHILLIPS

RB/DB

SR

11

BLAKE CASTELIN

WR/DB

SO

53

NOAH WESTBROOK

OL/DL

SO

12

ELI COFFELT

WR/DB

SR

54

CHRIS HURST

OL/DL

FR

13

GAVIN LANE

WR/DB

SR

55

IZIAH BOWERS

OL/DL

SO

14

JAKE JACKSON

TE/LB

FR

56

DONOVAN SULLIVAN

OL/LB

SR

15

BRADEN DODD

WR/DB

SR

57

ELI HIXSON

OL/DL

SR

16

BRADY STACK

WR/DB

SO

59

GANNON MONTGOMERY

OL/DL

FR

17

DAKOTA CLAYTON

TE/DL

JR

60

DANIEL ADCOCK

OL/DL

FR

18

DARYN DALLAS

WR/DB

SR

62

WILLIE NELSON

OL/DL

SR

19

TRISTAN HIGHT

WR/DB

SR

65

LAKE RENFRO

OL/DL

FR

20

JUSTICE GRIER

WR/DB

SR

66

MICAH FRIZZELL

OL/DL

SO

21

BRISTYN STEWART

WR/DB

SO

67

COY PORTER

OL/DL

SR

22

EVIN SPURLOCK

WR/DB

FR

68

MARCUS ZAMORA

OL/DL

SO

23

HAYDEN SMITH

RB/DB

FR

71

JORDY DODD

OL/DL

FR

25

CONNOR POLACEK

WR/DB

SR

73

JONATHAN DAVIS

OL/DL

FR

26

LOGAN COFFMAN

WR/DB

SO

74

REGAN TAYLOR

OL/DL

SR

27

BRAYDEN MURRAY

RB/LB

FR

28

DAYLIN GRONE

WR/DB

FR

75

CHASE WILSON

OL/DL

FR

29

JOSEPH DEAN

WR/DB

SR

76

DAGAN NUNLEY

OL/DL

SO

30

JACKSON VOILES

TE/LB

SR

77

MATT NUNLEY

OL/DL

SO

31

DAVID LOPEZ

WR/DB

SO

78

NOAH BAILEY

OL/DL

SO

32

OMAR LOPEZ

WR/DB

JR

79

JAMESON KOCH

OL/DL

JR

33

CAMERON FOX

TE/LB

FR

81

JOSH DAVIS

WR/LB

SR

35

ZACH MOSIER

WR/LB

JR

83

SKYLER WILLIAMS

WR/DB

SO

40

CORBIN YORK

WR/DB

SO

85

LUKE ORR

WR/DB

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-3A

COACH STANLEY JACKSON TALIJAH WHITT

Q A Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? Ready to win!

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Offense/defense line.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Jaylyn Dupree (ATH), Talijah Whitt (DB), Donivon Thomas (TE), Terrance Thornhill (OL/DL), Chris Giles (DB), Montez Deloney (WR), Akeem Cosme (OL/DL), and Xavier Wood (LB).

Q A Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

TORREY BROOKS

Skilled players.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Lesson plans.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? The culture.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? Be prepared for anything and plan for everything.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

We will be the same on offense and defense, but special teams will see different faces in new places.

Good, if we stick to the process. And we will gain an advantage by spacing our players out more.

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JEREMY FERGUSON


TN DIVISION I-3A

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BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

AKEEM COSME

COACH NAME: Stanley Jackson (26 yrs. as a head coach, 4th as head coach at Brainerd) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-3A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 8-5 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 3rd MASCOT: Panthers PHOTOS BY ANDY MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 BRADLEY CENTRAL (A) 27 HOWARD (H) TERRANCE THORNHILL

JAYLYN DUPREE

SEPTEMBER 3 KINGSTON (A) 10 TYNER (H) 17 MCMINN CENTRAL (A) 24 AUSTIN-EAST (A) OCTOBER 1 LOUDON (A) 15 SWEETWATER (H) 22 OOLTEWAH (H) 29 SIGNAL MOUNTAIN (A)

COACH’S VIEW

Our success and failures will be based on our consistency as a coaching staff and team. When you show up every day to get better, you will. Taking days off can put us weeks or even months behind. With everything we do and everything we have done – success and failure are on us. #PANTHER NATION FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 183


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TN DIVISION I-3A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

JAYLYN DUPREE

ATH

SR

44

DONIVON THOMAS

TE

JR

2

TERRANCE LEE

WR/DB

SO

50

XAVIER WOOD

LB

SR

5

DIAMOND BATES

ATH

SR

55

TERRANCE THORNHILL

OL/DL

SR

6

JAVONTE MOON

LB

SR

57

AKEEM COSME

OL/DL

SR

7

CAMERON SANDERS

ATH

JR

60

JANOLAN SIMS

OL/DL

SR

8

ETHAN BROWN

DB

SR

61

KASCINE BEAMON

OL

SO

9

MONTEZ DELONEY

WR

SR

62

OMARION NELSON

OL/DL

SO

10

CHRIS GILES

DB

SR

65

QUINTARIUS JONES

DL

SO

11

WILLIE GRAVES

WR/DB

FR

66

A’TAVIOUS CASLIN

OL/DL

SR

13

JEREMY FERGUSON

QB

JR

66

MASON HOUSTON

DL

SR

29

ALEX POWELL

WR

FR

70

DYR’RYOUS GARRETT

OL

JR

35

JAYLIN THORNHILL

LB

JR

75

KEYLON CRAYTON

OL

SO

41

TALIJAH WHITT

DB

SR

77

TOREY BROOKS

NG

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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S I G N A L M O U N TA I N H I G H S C H O O L

COACH JOSH ROBERTS

Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

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TN DIVISION I-3A

DREW WILLIAMS

Extremely hard workers who believe in unity over self.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Team leadership, playing complementary football, and getting young players ready at a lot of positions.

Logan Farr (RB/LB), Aiden Adkins (RB/LB), Drew Williams (TE/LB), Duncan Cannon (QB/DB), and Daniel Odom (OL/DL).

DANIEL ODOM

The attitude and effort our guys have demonstrated in the weight room this off-season.

Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

We only have seven seniors, and we are extremely young at multiple positions. CHANCE TOWNSON

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

The discipline, attitude, and effort we displayed over the last three games.

We will now always be appreciative of the opportunity to practice and play football.

A few adjustments, but overall, the same for all our phases.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Our team speed is improving but not where it needs to be.

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AIDEN ADKINS


TN DIVISION I-3A

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S I G N A L M O U N TA I N H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

MALIK ALJACK

COACH NAME: Josh Roberts (5 yrs. as a head coach, 5th as head coach at Signal Mountain) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-3A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 4-7 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 4th MASCOT: Eagles

PHOTOS BY T. SHANNON TEAL AND RICH SMITH

RIP HUTCHERSON

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 HIXSON (H) 27 SODDY DAISY (H) SEPTEMBER 3 MCMINN CENTRAL (H) 10 MEIGS CO. (A) 17 LOUDON (H) 24 EAST RIDGE (A) OCTOBER 1 SWEETWATER (A) 15 KINGSTON (A) 22 MARION CO. (H) 29 BRAINERD (H)

LOGAN FARR

DUNCAN CANNON

COACH’S VIEW

We have a very tough region and non-region schedule this season. Each team we play presents certain issues for us, so we will have to play with great discipline, attitude, and effort each week to be able to give ourselves a chance to win. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 187


S I G N A L M O U N TA I N H I G H S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION I-3A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

CHANCE TOWNSON

RB/DB

JR

27

ZACK DUNCAN

TE/LB

JR

2

FORREST PAYNE

WR/DB

JR

29

LOGAN FARR

RB/LB

SR

3

CASH KEENE

QB/DB

FR

4

COLLINS PAYNE

WR/DB

JR

33

AIDEN ADKINS

RB/LB

SR

5

ZACH PITCAITHLY

WR/DB

SR

42

BRANDON CLIFFORD

TE/DL

JR

6

KYLER COTEREL

RB/DB

JR

50

MALIK ALJACK

OL/DL

JR

7

DREW WILLIAMS

TE/LB

SR

51

JAKE HANNERS

OL/LB

JR

9

RIP HUTCHERSON

TE/LB

JR

52

LUKE ALEXANDER

OL/DL

JR

10

DUNCAN CANNON

QB/DB

SR

53

JOSEPH GREEN

OL/DL

FR

11

GRAHAM TATE

TE/DL

FR

56

DANIEL ODOM

OL/DL

JR

12

GARRETT WILSON

RB/LB

FR

14

BLAKE WOLFARD

WR/DB

SO

58

GILBERT VEGA

OL/DL

JR

15

PETE SESTERHENN

K/DB

JR

59

RICHARD PAQUE

OL/DL

SO

17

DEVIN SLOANE

WR/DB

SR

64

BLAKE HOLLY

OL/DL

SO

18

CAMPBELL ROW

WR/DB

SR

65

JACE MCCONNON

OL/DL

SO

19

EJ NOVAK

WR/DB

SR

66

DELANEY WILLIS

OL/DL

SO

20

KK MARTIN

RB/LB

FR

67

ORLANDO PENDERGRASS

OL/DL

JR

21

CHRISTIAN THOMPSON

RB/DB

FR

22

JACKS FLENNIKEN

WR/LB

FR

69

MAX HILKE

OL/DL

SO

23

NOAH DOBSON

RB/LB

JR

74

ELI ELSEA

OL/DL

FR

25

TAYCHAN BELL

RB/DB

JR

75

JOSH THOMPSON

OL/DL

SO

26

RILEY EDMONDSON

WR/DB

FR

83

CARSON BURKHOLDER

TE/DL

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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423-886-2135

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Rick Gallaher Pharmacist


S E Q U AT C H I E C O U N T Y H I G H S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION I-3A

COACH RUSTY MCINTYRE

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

This year’s team is a team led by a group of seniors who are focused on bouncing back from a down season last year.

CHRISTOPHER LACK

Our key to success will be having 11 players on the field who play hard every play.

Austin McCurry (RB/DB), Austin Moffitt (RB/LB), Levi Knight (TE/ LB), Harley Meeks (RB/DL), Jesse Patterson (OL/LB), and Talon Keener (RB/DL).

The attitude and effort the players have given daily since I started the job.

Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? The schedule is full of good teams.

LEVI KNIGHT

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? I wasn’t here last year, so we are starting fresh.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? Expectations can be exceeded with commitment and hard work.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Everything will be different at Sequatchie Co. this year: new offense, defense, and special teams.

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? We have 50 players who can run, some faster than others.

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JESSE PATTERSON

AUSTIN MOFFITT


TN DIVISION I-3A

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S E Q U AT C H I E C O U N T Y H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Rusty McIntyre (14 yrs. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Sequatchie Co.) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-3A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 4th MASCOT: Indians DAKOTA BEENE PHOTOS COURTESY OF EILEEN CARTER

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 SOUTH PITTSBURG (A) 27 MARION CO. (H)

KOBE TURNER

SEPTEMBER 3 CANNON CO. (A) 10 JACKSON CO. (A) 17 GRUNDY CO. (A) 24 BLEDSOE CO. (H) OCTOBER 1 COMMUNITY (H) 15 GILES CO. (H) 22 WHITWELL (H) 29 WHITE CO. (A)

HARLEY MEEKS

PAYTON CAMPBELL

CASEY MCDANIEL

COACH’S VIEW

We have a difficult schedule, especially to start the season. That being said, I expect our team to be led by a group of seniors who are focused and determined to have a good year. If we can execute, we will have opportunities to win more games than people from the outside expect. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 191


S E Q U AT C H I E C O U N T Y H I G H S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION I-3A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

CONNER DONAHUE

WR/DB

SR

36

TALON KEENER

RB/DL

SR

2

CADEN GILLEY

QB/DB

SR

37

CALEB MOFFITT

RB/LB

JR

3

CASEY MCDANIEL

RB/LB

SR

42

HARLEY MEEKS

RB/DL

SR

4

AARON MCDANIEL

WR/DB

SO

50

ANGEL MARTINEZ

OL/DL

SR

5

BRAYDEN JOHNSON

TE/LB

JR

52

DAVID SMITH

OL/DL

FR

6

KOBE TURNER

WR/DB

SR

53

KANE BISHOP

OL/DL

FR

7

AUSTIN MCCURRY

RB/DB

SR

54

EVAN GRIFFITH

OL/DL

SO

8

AUSTIN MOFFITT

RB/LB

SR

55

KYLE SHELL

OL/DL

SO

9

CHRIS LACK

RB/LB

SR

56

GARRETT WORTHINGTON

OL/DL

JR

10

GRIFFIN EISENHARDT

WR/LB

JR 57

NATHAN BROWN

OL/DL

SR

11

DAKOTA BEENE

WR/DB

SR 58

WOLFGANG CHAPMAN

OL/DL

FR

12

LEVI KNIGHT

TE/LB

SR 60

WILL MECHADO

OL/DL

FR

13

SAM EVITTS

QB/DB

FR 61

CAM PENA

OL/DL

FR

14

JACKSON TATE

WR/DB

FR 62

JEFFREY PENNICK

OL/DL

SR

15

BRAYLON LONG

WR/DB

SO 64

KELLER TANKERSLY

OL/DL

FR

16

PAYTON CAMPBELL

QB/DB

JR

18

HUNTER ROBERSON

WR/DB/K

SR

66

JACKSON BYRD

OL/DL

FR

21

CAVIN GILLEY

WR/LB

SO

68

AVERY HEADRICK

OL/DL

JR

22

JACOB LOCKHART

TE/LB

JR

71

BRANDON PRESTO

OL/DL

JR

23

CALEB SULLIVAN

WR/DB

FR

73

JESSE PATTERSON

OL/LB

SR

24

DAKOTA HINDERS

RB/DL

JR

74

CARLOS FLORES

OL/DL

FR

25

JAXON BOSTON

WR/DB

SO

75

JON PELLAM

OL/DL

SR

28

TRIPP STEWART

RB/LB

FR

76

JACOB GREER

OL/DL

SR

29

LUKE ROGERS

RB/LB

FR

77

ADAM MULLINS

OL/DL

SO

33

WILLIAM SKYLES

RB/LB

FR

81

SAM HERRON

WR/DB

SO

35

JACOB HOBBS

WR/DB

FR

84

JJ SANDERS

WR/DB

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer

CELEBRATION of LIFE AND HOPE

Presented by Textile Rubber + Chemical Company and U.S. Xpress

SATURDAY OCTOBER 16, 2021

1705 S. HOLTZCLAW AVE. CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Join us for a ride on the road to success for our families during our 14th annual Celebration of Life and Hope - a live event in our new 33,000 sq. ft. Education Advancement Center, featuring live music, open bar and live auction! All proceeds benefit the courageous families treated at the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

To learn more, visit CelebrationLH.com today!

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MARION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-2A

COACH DALE PRUITT

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

MASON KEEL

We return eight on offense and six on defense. We have plenty of returning players who got a lot of experience last year.

Keeping everyone healthy.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM? We have 15 seniors who have contributed on both sides of the ball.

ALEX CONDRA

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Everyone has worked really hard in the weight room to become bigger, stronger, and faster.

Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Young men who sometimes make poor decisions.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

MICHAEL SHOWALTER

A winning season and returning starters, despite dealing with COVID-19.

Q A Q A Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? How to clean, disinfect, and spray Lysol.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? No, our offense and defense remain the same.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Our skill kids are very quick on both sides of the ball.

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DILLON FULFER

JARED ALLENDER TAYE HUTCHINS

MICHAEL SHOWALTER


TN DIVISION I-2A

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MARION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Dale Pruitt (39 yrs. as a head coach, 2nd as head coach at Marion Co.) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-2A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 7-4 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 2nd MASCOT: Warriors

JARED ALLENDER

PHOTOS BY GENE FULLER

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 GRUNDY CO. (H) 27 SEQUATCHIE CO. (A) WARREN GAVIN

TAYE HUTCHINS

RYLEE ROGERS

SEPTEMBER 3 TYNER ACADEMY (H) 17 BLEDSOE CO. (A) 24 FORREST (H) OCTOBER 1 TELLICO PLAINS (H) 15 POLK CO. (A) 22 SIGNAL MOUNTAIN (A) 29 MEIGS CO. (H)

COACH’S VIEW

We play a very tough region schedule this year, with the addition of Meigs Co. to our region, along with picking up Grundy Co., Forrest, and Signal Mountain as nonregion opponents.

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TN DIVISION I-2A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

FRANK EDWARDS

RB/S

SR

50

BOOMER WINTERS

OL/DL

SR

2

ALEX CONDRA

RB/LB

JR

51

CHASE MCFALLS

OL/DL

FR

3

BRODY LEONARD

RB/S

SO 52

CADEN STEWART

OL/DL

JR

4

SAM PICKETT

RB/DB

FR

6

TAYLOR SCHARBER

RB/LB

FR

53

TRYSTEN HARDESTY

OL/DL

JR

7

TAYE HUTCHINS

RB/DB

SR

54

COLE CALDWELL

OL/DL

JR

8

RYLEE ROGERS

RB/DB

SR

55

JARED ALLENDER

OL/DL

SR

9

MICHAEL SHOWALTER

TE/DL

SR

56

TRACE ADAMS

OL/DL

JR

10

BENJIMAN ROYAL

RB/LB

JR 57

JACARI REYNOLDS

OL/DL

FR

12

TILTON PICKETT

QB/DB

FR

14

BRAYDEN ABNEY

QB/DB

SO

58

WESTON STEPHENS

OL/DL

FR

15

LUKE TIPTON

RB/DB

FR

63

LOGAN MORRISON

OL/DL

SO

16

TYLER MINTON

K

SR

65

JETT ROLLINS

OL/DL

JR

20

WARREN GAVIN

TE/LB

SR

69

MASON DIXSON

OL/DL

SO

22

MASON KEEL

RB/LB

SR

71

JONATHAN HUGHES

OL/DL

SR

23

TY JOHNSON

RB/DB

SO 72

ZAC SCHARBER

OL/DL

SR

24

BRAXTON COFFELT

TE/LB

JR

27

CARTER WOMACK

TE/LB

FR

73

KEANUN CUMMINGS

OL/DL

JR

30

COLTON NUGENT

RB/DB

SO

74

JIMMY JONES

OL/DL

FR

32

AUSTIN ANDERSON

RB/LB

SR

76

LANDON SHOWALTER

OL/DL

SO

34

CHRIS KILGORE

RB/LB

FR

77

THOMAS CARTER

OL/DL

FR

35

BRODY SCHAFER

TE/S

SO 78

CARTER JONES

OL/DL

SR

36

HUNTER HATFIELD

TE/LB

SR

41

RYAN KITCHEN

TE/LB

SO

79

KANE BOHANNON

OL/DL

SO

42

BRAYDEN COFFELT

TE/LB

FR

81

DILLON FULFER

TE/DL

SR

45

ELI GANN

TE/LB

JR

83

CHANCE GRAVITT

TE/DL

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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TYNER ACADEMY

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TN DIVISION I-2A

COACH SCOTT CHANDLER

Q A Q A

ZASHUN HUBBARD JONAH CHAPMAN

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? Eager to learn, hardworking, excited to play.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Staying healthy and having some young players step up in key positions.

Q

A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

RICARDO CANCINO

Jersey Chubb (OB/LB), Javell Woodruff (RB/LB), Ben Blackburn (RB/S), Anthony Sims (OL/ DL), Jonah Chapman (OL/DL), and Ricardo Cancino (OL/DL).

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Q A Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We have a lot of players who have experience coming back – a good nucleus of seniors who are good leaders.

BEN BLACKBURN

This is my first year coaching here, so it’s hard to say.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Offensively, we will be spread and in multiple formations. Defensively, we will be a three- and four-man front.

Team speed is good.

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JAMARION VARNELL


TN DIVISION I-2A

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TYNER ACADEMY

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Scott Chandler (7 yrs. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Tyner) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-2A

JAVELL WOODRUFF

2020 OVERALL RECORD: 4-5 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 3rd MASCOT: Rams

PHOTOS BY RICH SMITH

JERSEY CHUBB

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 HOWARD (A) 27 GRUNDY CO. (H) SEPTEMBER 3 MARION CO. (A) 10 BRAINERD (A) 17 POLK CO. (H) 24 SODDY DAISY (H) OCTOBER 1 BLEDSOE CO. (H) 15 MEIGS CO. (A) 22 ALCOA (A) 29 TELLICO PLAINS (A)

JOURNE NORWOOD

COACH’S

VIEW

We are in a very tough region. It reminds me of the SEC West with Polk Co., Tellico Plains, Bledsoe Co., Marion Co., and Meigs Co. If we can get into the playoffs in this region, we will have a chance to do well, based on the competition we faced in the regular season.

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TYNER ACADEMY

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TN DIVISION I-2A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

JERSEY CHUBB

OB/LB

JR

27

WARREN SCOTT

WR/DB

FR

2

NIGEL TWITTY

WR/DB

JR

28

ROPER ELIJAH

WR/DB

FR

3

DEONTA TALOR

RB/LB

JR

29

SHARKEM WELLS

RB/LB

SO

4

ZASHUN HUBBARD

WR/DB

JR

30

ZION DUJON

WR/DB

FR

5

LATAVIOUS CONYERS

WR/LB

SR

42

SH’QUAVEON WELLS

OB/LB

FR

6

MARCUS LEWIS

WR/DB

JR

45

TYLER TAYLOR

OB/LB

JR

7

DEMETRI LOVICK

WR/DB

JR

50

JOURNE NORWOOD

OL/DL

JR

8

JOSIAH BRIDGEMAN

WR/LB

JR

52

MONTEAST MOORE

OL/DL

FR

9

JOSHUA JACKSON

QB

JR

53

T’ANDRE TARVIN

OL/DL

SR

10

BEN BLACKBURN

RB/S

SR

54

JOSHUA SIMMONS

OL/DL

FR

11

TRAVIUS RUFFIN

WR/DB

JR

55

JAMARION VARNELL

OL/DL

JR

12

RASHUN HINTON

WR/DB

JR

56

ANTHONY SIMS

OL/DL

SR

13

BISHIP SMITH

WR/DB

SO

58

JONAH CHAPMAN

OL/DL

JR

14

DMICHAEL HAMILTON

WR/DB

JR

59

JADEN JONES

OL/DL

SO

15

ALEX NEWTON

WR/DB

JR

60

KELTON WATKINS

WR/LB

FR

16

PATRICK SULLIVAN

WR/DB

SO

62

DERRICK HARRIS

OL/DL

FR

17

JAVELL WOODRUFF

RB/LB

SR

65

CHASE THOMPSON

OL/DL

FR

18

JAMARIE BALLARD

QB

SO

67

DAVIN PASLEY

OL/DL

FR

19

ISAIAH SAWYHER

WR/DB

SO

68

JOSIAH SUTTON

OL/DL

FR

20

JADEN ISBELL

QB/LB

FR

71

RICARDO CANCINO

OL/DL

SR

21

EVAN KIRK

WR/DB

SO

74

XZAVIER GAINS

OL/DL

FR

24

CHAZZ CRAIG

RB/LB

FR

77

JOHNATHAN MANTOOTH

OL/DL

SO

25

RO’SHAUN HOLLOWAY

RB/LB

SO

78

MALEAK MCALLISTER

OL/DL

FR

26

LANDIS RATLIFF

OB/LB

FR

79

DESHAUN BASS

OL/DL

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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TELL YOUR SMART SPEAKER TO “PLAY ROCK 105”


L O O K O U T VA L L E Y H I G H S C H O O L

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TN DIVISION I-1A

COACH JOSHUA PAYNE

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

EVAN FERGUSON

Though we are only losing four seniors, we will still be a very young team.

The key will be getting stronger in the off-season.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Key leaders will be seniors Evan Ferguson (K/WR/DB), Jessee Addison (OL/DL), and Mason Randolph (WR/DB) and juniors Jacob Winchester (RB/LB), Jaxon Quails (RB/ LB), and Blake Ferguson (QB/LB).

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? We are returning most of our players from last year.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

BLAKE FERGUSON

CHRISTIAN CHANDLER

Execution and depth.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

We began to build and instill a new mindset last year that we hope to continue building here at Lookout Valley.

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

JESSEE ADDISON

Being a young team, we know that we are building for the future, so we just have to continue to get better overall.

Not really.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Our speed is average.

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JACOB WINCHESTER


TN DIVISION I-1A

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L O O K O U T VA L L E Y H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Joshua Payne (3 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Lookout Valley) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-1A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 5th MASCOT: Yellow Jackets

2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHANDLER

AUGUST 20 MT. JULIET CHRISTIAN (H) 27 COMMUNITY (H) SEPTEMBER 3 SOUTH PITTSBURG (A) 10 HAYESVILLE (A) 17 CANNON CO. (A) 24 HUNTLAND (H)

JAXON QUAILS

OCTOBER 1 COPPER BASIN (A) 15 WHITWELL (A) 22 POLK CO. (H) 29 SALE CREEK (H)

COACH’S VIEW

MASON RANDOLPH

HAYDEN LANDRETH

We have a great opportunity to be successful this year. It will all come down to the hard work that is put in during the summer in the weight room. As a coaching staff, we are putting a huge emphasis on the mindset of the game and trying to instill that into our players. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 203


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TN DIVISION I-1A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

CHRISTIAN CHANDLER

QB/DB

SO

40

BRAYDEN PRUITT

TE/DL

SR

2

EVAN FERGUSON

K/WR/DB

SR

45

NAMARIAN TALLEY

TE/LB

FR

6

BLAKE FERGUSON

QB/LB

JR

51

AIDEN HOOD

OL/DL

SO

9

MADDOX HAMMONDS

RB/LB

FR

50

HAYDEN LANDRETH

OL/DL

JR

11

RYLAN COLLINS

RB/LB

SO

62

JACOB ROLLINS

OL/LB

SR

22

NATHAN BURNETTE

RB/LB

SO

65

HUNTER HOLLAND

OL/DL

SO

23

DAI’ZJON KENDRICK

WR/DB

SO

70

BRYANT MCBRYAR

OL/DL

SR

24

MASON RANDOLPH

WR/DB

SR

75

MICHAEL POLLARD

OL/DL

SR

26

BAILEY TEAGUE

WR/LB

SO

76

JESSEE ADDISON

OL/DL

SR

30

JAXON QUAILS

RB/LB

JR

85

AUSTIN SMITH

TE/DL

SO

34

JACOB WINCHESTER

RB/LB

JR

88

JONAH HOOD

TE/DL

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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SALE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-1A

COACH RON COX

Q A Q A Q

A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? We are young but working hard.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Not having injuries. Depth is an issue at several positions.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Senior Cam Penny (QB/DB), senior Drew Hillian (RB/LB), and junior Nick Hall (RB/DB).

Q A Q A Q A

NICK HALL

TREY BENNETT

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? We have more team speed than we have ever had.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Depth and injuries.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

CAM PENNY

Returning starters in the same offensive and defensive schemes.

Q A Q A Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? Take what they give us, and don’t try to force it.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? Same schemes on both sides of the ball.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Quick skill players, several with break-away speed.

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JOHN CARLOCK


TN DIVISION I-1A

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SALE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Ron Cox (9 yrs. as a head coach, 9th as head coach at Sale Creek) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-1A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 4-7 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 3rd MASCOT: Panthers

DREW HILLIAN

PHOTOS BY GARY FAIN PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ANDY MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 MIDWAY (A) TREY BENNETT

SEPTEMBER 3 JACKSON CO. (H) 10 HARRIMAN (H) 17 COPPER BASIN (A) 24 PICKETT CO. (H) OCTOBER 1 WHITWELL (A) 8 MT. JULIET CHRISTIAN (H) 15 SOUTH PITTSBURG (H) 22 COSBY (A) 29 LOOKOUT VALLEY (A)

GABE WOMACK

COACH’S

VIEW

This is year nine for Sale Creek football, but it will be the first with our new stadium, so we will finally play a true home game. We believe that a breakout season is entirely possible, but several young players are going to have to step up and contribute to make it happen.

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SALE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-1A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

CAMDEN PENNY

QB/DB

SR

32

DANIEL HALL

RB/LB

SO

2

JACKSON MOORE

QB/WR/DB SO

34

GARRETT HART

TE/LB

JR

3

JUSTIN GRIFFIN

TE/LB

SO

35

RIDGE MORGAN

RB/LB

SO

4

KHALE MOONEYHAN

WR/DB

SR

50

MATTHEW TAYLOR

OL/DL

SO

5

ALEX WOLGAST

WR/DB

SO

6

SPENCER POWELL

WR/DB

FR

52

TREY BENNETT

OL/LB

JR

7

DREW HILLIAN

RB/LB

SR

55

CHASE PARR

OL/DL

SO

8

LUCAS MATHIS

WR/DB

SO

57

CRISTIAN MORENO

OL/LB

SO

9

EVAN HIGGINS

RB/DB

FR

58

KULLY COBB

OL/DL

SO

10

KALEB SMITH

RB/DB

JR

60

GABRIEL BRUMLOW

OL/DL

JR

11

LUKE CECIL

QB/WR/DB FR

65

GABE WOMACK

OL/LB

SO

15

COLTON MILES

TE/LB

JR

68

LANDON ARNOLD

OL/LB

FR

16

KHALIL ESCOBAR

WR/DB

8

70

GAUGE NICHOLS

OL/LB

FR

17

KHARI ESCOBAR

QB/WR/DB FR

21

GARRETT PICKETT

WR/DB

JR

71

JOHN CARLOCK

OL/DL

JR

22

MICHAEL GILLEY

WR/DB

FR

73

BRAYDEN GRIMES

OL/DL

SO

23

ETHAN WALKER

K/P

SR

80

DALE WILSON

WR/DB

FR

24

NICK HALL

RB/DB

JR

81

TRAVIS XAVIER

WR/DB

JR

30

BRAYDEN MOONEYHAM

WR/DB

FR

85

CHEVY SANDERS

WR/DB

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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SOUTH PITTSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-1A

COACH CHRIS JONES

Q A Q A Q

A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

REGINALD HUNTER

I think it’s going to be an interesting season!

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Discipline, hard work, and character.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM? Gio Davis (OL/DL), De’Andre Kelly (RB/ DE’ANDRE KELLY

DB), Richard Hunter (QB/DB), Reginald Hunter (WR/LB), and Jayden Mount (QB/RB/DB).

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? Our willingness to work.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Our schedule.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? Yes. On offense, we will be an up-tempo RPO offense

this year. On defense, we will base out of a 4-2-5 defense.

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Overall, we have good team speed. JOSIAH HUNTLEY

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GIO DAVIS


TN DIVISION I-1A

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SOUTH PITTSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

RICHARD HUNTER

COACH NAME: Chris Jones (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at South Pittsburg) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-1A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 13-2 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 1st MASCOT: Pirates PHOTOS COURTESY OF SOUTH PITTSBURG

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 SEQUATCHIE CO. (H) 27 CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN (A) SEPTEMBER 3 LOOKOUT VALLEY (H) 10 MURPHY (A) 17 WHITWELL (H) 24 NORTH JACKSON (A) CHRIS JACKSON

JAYDEN MOUNT

OCTOBER 8 AUSTIN-EAST (H) 15 SALE CREEK (A) 21 OAKLAND (H) 29 COPPER BASIN (A) COACH’S

VIEW

We have a very tough nonregion schedule this season, with 3A Sequatchie; D2 Chattanooga Christian; 10-time state champion Murphy, NC; perennial Alabama power 4A North Jackson; as well as nationally ranked 6A Murfreesboro Oakland.

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SOUTH PITTSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-1A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

JAYDEN MOUNT

QB/RB/DB

JR

30

AUSTIN HAMILTON

WR/DB

FR

2

DE’ANDRE KELLY

RB/DB

SR

42

PAUL HOWARD

WR/LB

JR

3

KESHAUN HILL

RB/WR/DB

SR

43

BRYANT LAWHORN

WR/DB

SO

4

CHRIS JACKSON

WR/DB

SR

50

RAYNE TIPTON

OL/DL

SO

5

JACE STONE

WR/DB

FR

51

CARSON DAVIS

OL/LB

SO

6

TAJA ROBINSON

RB/LB

JR 53

BRADEN ALLISON

OL/DL

SO

7

RICHARD HUNTER

QB/DB

SR 54

ETHAN GRIDER

OL/DL

JR

7

DEZMAN MCNEAL

RB/LB

JR

8

RACASH TIPTON

QB/WR/DB SO

56

KAYDEN WHISNANT

OL/LB

FR

9

COOPER KEOWN

QB/DB/K

SO

57

JOSIAH HUNTLEY

OL/DL

SR

10

NAS STARKEY

WR/DL

JR

58

OMAR SLATTON

OL/DL

SO

11

JAILYN PELLAM

QB/WR/DB SO

60

BEN REYNOLDS

OL/DL

SR

12

JAMARION FARRIOR

RB/LB

SO

61

ZACK HOGWOOD

WR/DL

SO

13

JACK HENSON

WR/DB

SR

65

KEITH GAMBLE

OL/DL

SR

14

WALKER THOMAS

WR/DB

FR

66

SHAMAR ALLISON

OL/DL

JR

15

LOGAN HARGIS

WR/DB

SO

67

LOGAN GUERRERO

OL/DL

JR

16

JAKE MCGULLION

WR/DB

SO

68

EDDIE ROBINSON

OL/DL

SR

17

BRITTON CASE

WR/DB

FR

70

HUNTER SLAUGHTER

OL/DL

JR

18

JACOB BIVENS

WR/LB

JR

72

REID PEACOCK

OL/DL

SR

19

CAMERON GRIDER

WR/LB

SO 73

GARETT GARMAN

OL/DL

SR

21

RILEY HAMMOND

WR/LB

JR 75

GIO DAVIS

OL/DL

SR

22

RYAN CAGLE

RB/LB

FR

23

PIERCE PATTERSON

WR/DB

SO

77

MICHAEL LEWIS

OL/LB

SR

24

KAMDEN WELLINGTON

QB/RB/LB

SO

78

AARON GARMAN

OL/DL

JR

25

JAVARIE BROCKS

RB/LB

FR

79

AUSTIN SMITH

OL/DL

SO

26

MAKAL ALLISON

WR/LB

JR

80

EAMMON CHILDRESS

WR/DB

SR

28

REGINALD HUNTER

WR/LB

SR

86

JAMARION MILLER

WR/DB

SO

29

JALEN PRICE

WR/DB

FR

88

ZACH TIERNEY

WR/DB

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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WHITWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-1A

WESLEY NUNLEY

COACH ROCKY STEPHENSON

Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

ETHAN HOBBS

We will be a young, energetic team that wants to improve.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

The key to our success will be measured by our work ethic and dedication. We have to understand that we will have to work for everything we get.

A

We have several juniors who will lead our team this year: Chandler (RB/S) and Colton (RB/DB) Britton; Wesley Nunley (FB/LB); and Ethan Hobbs (OL/DL).

The players have great attitudes. They want to work hard and try to get better.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? I am always worried about injuries.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? We played a lot of players last season and gained some experience.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

At times, we played well last season, and I feel like our guys know that they are capable of playing good football.

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We are not going to make a whole lot of changes. We just need to execute better.

Overall, I feel like we have good speed on both sides of the ball.

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COLTON BRITTON


TN DIVISION I-1A

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WHITWELL HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

CHANDLER BRITTON

COACH NAME: Rocky Stephenson (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Whitwell) DIVISION/CLASS: TN I-1A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 1-9 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 4th MASCOT: Tigers PHOTOS COURTESY OF MELISSA HOLDER AND WHITWELL HIGH SCHOOL

COLTON BRITTON

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 CUMBERLAND CO. (H) 27 HUNTLAND (A) SEPTEMBER 3 COPPER BASIN (H) 10 PICKETT CO. (H) 17 SOUTH PITTSBURG (A) 24 RED BOILING SPRINGS (A)

RYAN LEVAN

OCTOBER 1 SALE CREEK (H) 8 GRUNDY CO. (A) 15 LOOKOUT VALLEY (H) 22 SEQUATCHIE CO. (A)

COACH’S

SHAWN JONES

VIEW

I am very excited about the future of our program. We have to play to a high standard this season to get our program back on track.

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WHITWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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TN DIVISION I-1A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

DAVID PARDO

K/WR

JR

45

BEN BARTON

OL/LB

SO

2

THERION MORDECAI

RB/LB

SO

46

KIRK ANTAL

DB

SO

3

JJ JANOW

RB/LB

JR

5

BRANDON EASTERLY

QB/LB

FR

49

KANNAN SMITH

OL/DL

FR

6

ADAM PLACHY

WR/DB

SR

54

HUNTER TAYLOR

OL/DL

FR

7

CHANDLER BRITTON

RB/S

JR

55

PEYTON PEDEN

TE/LB

SO

8

COLTON BRITTON

RB/DB

JR

56

ETHAN HOBBS

OL/DL

JR

9

MALACHI DIAZ

DB

SR

60

OWEN MONTGOMERY

OL/DL

SR

10

RYAN LEVAN

QB/DB

JR

61

JAMES TERRY

OL/DL

SO

11

CAMERON LEVAN

DB

SR

12

COBY NANCE

DB

JR

62

SHELDON PIERCE

OL/DL

JR

14

GARRETT MILLER

DB

FR

64

JACKSON JENNO

OL/DL

SR

15

WESLEY NUNLEY

FB/LB

JR

65

DANIEL ASHWORTH

OL/DL

SO

20

COLTON SMITH

DB

JR

66

JAXON HICKS

OL/DL

SO

21

BENNETT MCDOUGAL

RB/LB

FR

71

AARON HILLIS

OL/DL

JR

23

CALEB LEWIS

RB/DB

JR

25

JACOB GARCIA

WR/DB

FR

72

JOSH CALDWELL

OL/DL

SO

30

PAYTON ROBERTS

DB

FR

74

ELI MONTGOMERY

OL/DL

SR

42

SHAWN JONES

OL/DL

JR

78

MIKE BROWN

OL/DL

SR

44

BLAINE HENRY

WR/DB

FR

80

ZACH ROLLINS

TE/DL

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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THE 2021 high school football is here, and this year, there is one thing on everyone’s minds: reclassification. Teams moving – both up and down – has created some new region rivalries that bring excitement to the Chattanooga football landscape. Here, local sports gurus Quake and Cowboy Joe share their take on the upcoming season.

TENNESSEE II-AAA QUAKE: Baylor will look to replace Neyland Jean (QB) and Elijah Howard (RB). The Red Raiders return three offensive linemen with starting experience and a bunch of skill players. The development of Cooper Wick (QB) or someone at quarterback will be paramount. We all know it comes down to THE GAME vs. McCallie. The Blue Tornado holds a five-year win streak against their Red rivals. Coming off a state title in 2020, coach Ralph Potter returns William Riddle at quarterback and Vanderbilt commit Kenzy Paul (WR) to an offense returning only one offensive lineman with starting experience. Friday, October 1 will loom large with the winner getting a leg up and momentum into the playoffs. Prediction: Until someone knocks them off, McCallie will win the region.

TENNESSEE II-AA COWBOY JOE: This might be the most intriguing region for me. Boyd Buchanan will be looking to improve on their three-win season from a year ago. With Virginia commit Karson Gay (TE) and Colbe Haddox (OL/DL) on board, they’ll have some quality athletes to help get them back in the playoffs. Silverdale made their first playoff appearance since 2018 last season, and I know the Seahawk faithful are ready for a breakout season. Chattanooga Christian played strong and ended the season with a winning record. Coach Mariakis will always have CCS ready to play. Notre Dame has fallen on some hard times in the last two seasons, totaling only three wins. Notre Dame coach Charles Fant is one of the best football minds in this area. So, what is the problem with the once-powerful Notre Dame football program? I’m still looking for the answer. Keep your eye on this region. It’s going to be fun. CAK remains the favorite. Winner: Christian Academy of Knoxville / Contender: Chattanooga Christian 218 | FO OTBALL.CITYS C OPEMAG.C OM

RED ZONE REVIEW TENNESSEE II-A QUAKE: Since the April 2020 tornado, Grace Academy has been dealing with a lot. So since facilities and a number of students have been affected, the Golden Eagles and head coach Bob Ateca have decided to play 8-on-8 football against the likes of Zion Christian Academy and some other teams.

TENNESSEE 2-AAAAAA QUAKE: First, there is always Maryville. Bradley Central’s task is to replace the Burke twins, and that will be a huge task. Aiden McClary returns with some experience at the quarterback position. Also returning are two safeties that started as freshman last year in Tito Williams and Marcus Goree Jr. The Cleveland Blue Raiders lost some talent at the offensive line in Evan Neal and speedy wideout Deuce Flowers to graduation, so it looks like second-year head coach Marty Wheeler may lean on the talents of Tetoe Boyd (RB). Prediction: Maryville has been a bit more vulnerable recently, but until someone takes them out, it’s their region to win.

TENNESSEE 4-AAAAA COWBOY JOE: This region welcomes newcomers Ooltewah and Howard to the fold. Unfortunately, this is one of the toughest regions in our area. Including Howard’s six wins and Ooltewah’s four wins from last year, it boasts 38 wins from a five-team region – impressive! Rhea Co. hopes to bounce back from an early playoff loss to Oak Ridge in 2020. The Wing-T offense will be rolling again in 2021. Walker Valley was only six points away from having an undefeated regular season, and coach Drew Akins will keep fine-tuning that program. Goose Manning was named the new football coach for Ooltewah; Manning will look to get the Owls back to consistent playoff football. The team that will take the biggest hit in 2021 is McMinn Co. They’ve lost offensive powerhouse Jalen Hunt, who averaged almost 10 yards per carry, to graduation. It will be tough to replace that much production. Will Howard have enough firepower to compete with these teams? Only time will tell. Winner: Rhea Co. / Contender: Walker Valley

TENNESSEE 3-AAAA QUAKE: Gone is Anderson Co., and there is not a coach around who will miss them. Red Bank and East Hamilton

should be two of the best public schools in Hamilton County. The Lions will feature Reco Trimble (WR/DB), who was really high on NC State earlier in the year but has not committed as of publication time. East Hamilton will have to replace the big arm of Haynes Eller with more of a runner at quarterback in Jeremiah Flemmons. Defenses will be challenged by his speed. Soddy Daisy moving down to 4A will be interesting. The Trojans could compete for a region title if they can replace skill guys in Isaac Barnes (QB) and Will Ackerman (WR). East Ridge’s head coach Tim James always has a dynamic piece on offense. Central, Hixson, and Sequoyah will be playing catch up a bit. Prediction: East Hamilton vs. Red Bank on October 22 will decide region champs.

TENNESSEE 3-AAA COWBOY JOE: The Brainerd Panthers had only one win during the 2019 season. They improved to a robust eight wins in 2020 with head coach Tyrus Ward. New Panthers head coach Stanley Jackson will have plenty of talent to work with in 2021. Signal Mountain intrigues me. Coming off back-to-back four-win seasons, Josh Roberts should have this team ready to take the next step. I expect the Eagles to show improvement in 2021. McMinn Central needs to show improvement to have a chance at winning this region. Red Bank has moved to 4A, so that opens the door for our local teams. Who will take the reins? Will Brainerd step into the role as the team to beat? Can Signal Mountain or McMinn Central improve enough to challenge for region supremacy? Can the season start already? Winner: Loudon / Contender: Brainerd

TENNESSEE 4-AAA COWBOY JOE: There is renewed hope in Sequatchie Co. Rusty McIntyre takes over as the new head coach and brings with him an impressive resume. He was the offensive coordinator for the Fayetteville Tigers last year. Why is that important? Fayetteville defeated South Pittsburg in the 2020 Class 1A state title game. Expectations are high, but don’t expect a state championship run for the 2021 Indians. They must first improve on last year’s two-win season. Based on last year’s win total, Giles Co. would be the favorite to win this region. However, I think it’s wide open. Sequatchie County wins! Winner: Sequatchie Co. / Contender: Giles Co.


COWBOY JOE TENNESSEE 3-AA QUAKE: This new region alignment could be one of the most competitive around. An undefeated 2020 regular season set the bar high for Bledsoe Co., especially since they will return Harman Keith (QB) and Cadillac Siever (RB). The accomplishments of coach Jason Fitzgerald and his Meigs Co. Tigers have been remarkable, only losing two regular season games in the last five years. I know coming ever so close but losing in state title games the last two years will have them motivated for a gold ball. Marion Co. should be really good, as the Warriors return a ton of experienced talent. And then there is the unknown Tyner Ram train. For the first time in 30 years, Tyner will have a brand-new head coach in Scott Chandler. They always have talent and speed, so you have to expect that trend to continue. Polk Co. and Tellico Plains have their work cut out for them if they want to compete with this bunch. Prediction: Winner of Meigs vs. Marion Co. on October 29 will win the region.

TENNESSEE 3-A COWBOY JOE: South Pittsburg is coming off a season that led them to the state championship game, coming up short in their bid for another title. Despite a coaching change, South Pitt remains the favorite of this region. Chris Jones steps in as South Pittsburg’s coach following Vic Grider’s resignation. He’ll need to replace Hunter Frame, but the Pirates have playmakers Gio Davis (OL/DT) and De’Andre Kelly (RB/DB) to help carry the load. Rocky Stephenson takes over as the new football coach at Whitwell. Can coach Stephenson return Whitwell to their winning ways? They have won just four games since the 2018 championship season. Copper Basin had an impressive season in 2020, but can they repeat an eight-win season? We round out this region with Lookout Valley and Sale Creek. The Yellow Jackets and Panthers won’t win this region, but they’ll hope to improve in 2021. Winner: South Pittsburg / Contender: Copper Basin

GEORGIA 5-AAAAAA QUAKE: Dalton has a new coach in Kit Carpenter, but he is not new to the Catamounts. A 1998 Dalton grad, Carpenter has been a long-time assistant under former head coach Matt Land. Reports are they are not the biggest Dalton team ever, but they will be very active on

defense, especially their defensive backs. The defense may have to carry them a bit before some offensive leaders emerge. They have their work cut out for them, as this region has some talent. Carrollton, Paulding Co., and Rome have dominated in recent years. Prediction: Carrollton to repeat.

GEORGIA 6-AAA QUAKE: Let’s start with Coahulla Creek. In their short history, they have never been better than 2-8, but who better to turn a program around than long-time coach Danny Wilson? Well, especially when he hires former South Pittsburg head coach Vic Grider! Look for a bunch of touches from Tyler Locklear and growth here. In LaFayette, the Ramblers come off their first playoff appearance in 27 years. They also have a new head coach in Andy Scott. Replacing Jamario Clements will be tough, but they return Jaylon Ramsey (QB), who threw and ran for 1,000 yards last year. Ringgold has taken its lumps the last two years, but that means a lot of young guys got experience. Three of those names are Mason Parker (QB), Kyle White (DB), and Kori Dumas (RB). Tigers were 5-5 last year, but let two games (vs. LaFayette and Sonoraville) slip away. Scoring won’t be a problem, and if the defense can improve, this might be the Tigers’ best shot at beast Rockmart. LFO could be better with a change at offensive coordinator. The Warriors’ hunt for points should improve if they lean on Trevon Gott, Benji Valdes, and Jamillion Womble. The offensive line returns four starters from last year. Prediction: I like Rockmart, Ringgold, and North Murray – in that order.

GEORGIA 6-A (PUBLIC) QUAKE: What a couple years it’s been for Trojan fans down at Gordon Lee. They have lost a ton of talent and experience, including Cade Peterson (RB). Peterson rushed for 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns last year, so they will look to replace those numbers. Conner Whitman (QB), Nate Dunfee (RB), and three returning offensive linemen will be challenged to step up their games to equal recent success for Gordon Lee. Prediction: Bowden is the bully on the block. Trion has 18 seniors still upset since Gordon Lee took ‘em behind the woodshed last year, 50-13. Winner of Gordon Lee and Trion will be second in the region.

QUAKE GEORGIA 7-AAAA COWBOY JOE: When you think of North Georgia football, Ridgeland is usually one of the teams that pops into your head. Over the years, they’ve had their way with region opponents. What happened in 2020? The Panthers tallied only one win for the season, so I know that did not sit well with the Ridgeland faithful. I expect a much-improved squad in 2021, with college prospect Jacob Klein (OL) leading the way. This kid is a bulldozer, and after missing the latter part of the season due to COVID, he’s ready to get back on the field. I’m also excited to see Northwest Whitfield stud Ray Morrison (WR) in action. Morrison is the ultimate playmaker and will be a huge weapon for the Bruins. Will Heritage improve, and can Southeast Whitfield find enough playmakers? We need answers! Winner: Northwest Whitfield / Contender: Cedartown

GEORGIA 7-AA COWBOY JOE: Year to year, I never know what to expect from the teams in 7-AA. I will say Fannin Co. was impressive; they finished the year at 11-1 and slowly improved from previous seasons. Can they keep it rolling after losing quality upperclassmen? Model seems to be trending in the right direction, while Chattooga and Gordon Central struggled with only three wins in 2020. Pepperell came in at 5-5. Dade Co. will look to improve on its two-win campaign. The Wolverines’ last winning season was 2015. I don’t think 2021 will be the year for Dade, but don’t count out 2022. Winner: Fannin Co. / Contender: Model

GEORGIA 7-A (PRIVATE) COWBOY JOE: We have all heard the phrase “beast mode.” I can tell you that Christian Heritage’s Solomon Locke (RB/LB) is the living, breathing definition of “beast mode.” He averaged 10 yards per rush in helping the Lions to a 10-win season. He will be playing on Saturdays. Will Darlington step up to the challenge this year? They won a respectable eight games last season, but will that be enough to win this region? North Cobb Christian will also be in the hunt. For Mount Paran Christian and Walker, it’s all about improving. I believe it will take at least a 10-win season to be crowned king of this castle. Winner: Christian Heritage / Contender: Darlington FO OTBALL.CITYS C OPEMAG.C OM | 219


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GA DIVISION 5-AAAAAA

COACH KIT CARPENTER

Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

DYLAN CENTER

The 2021 Catamounts will be characterized by their work ethic and heart.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

For us to be successful, we must be fundamentally sound in all areas of the game.

A

We are very fortunate to have 23 seniors on our team, and their leadership is critical to our success.

We know the character of these kids and the desire they have to be successful on the field.

Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

The biggest concern we have is whether this group of kids will reach their full potential.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

While last year’s season did not turn out like we desired, we have a great opportunity to build on the effort these kids put into practice and games.

With the disappointing season last year, this team understands what it will take for them to be successful.

With a new coordinator on both offense and defense, there will certainly be some changes as we move into the season.

Our skill positions have tremendous quickness and speed, and that should provide us with some advantages in certain situations. 220 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

LUKE BLANCHARD

JJ ROBLEDO

ISAAC MEDINA


GA DIVISION 5-AAAAAA

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D A LT O N H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Kit Carpenter (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Dalton) DIVISION/REGION: GA 5-AAAAAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 3-6 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 7th MASCOT: Catamounts

LUKE BLANCHARD

PHOTOS BY DOUG SMITH

ISAAC MEDINA

CHARLIE PATRICK

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 CALHOUN (A) 27 RIDGELAND (H) SEPTEMBER 3 NORTH FORSYTH (A) 17 CARROLLTON (H) 24 SOUTH PAULDING (H) OCTOBER 1 ROME (A) 8 ALEXANDER (H) 22 DOUGLAS CO. (A) 29 PAULDING CO. (A) NOVEMBER 5 EAST PAULDING (H)

WARNER ROSS

BROCK JOHNSON

COACH’S

VIEW

This year’s schedule provides us with a great opportunity to set the standard for our team on what it takes to win in one of the toughest regions in AAAAAA. We get the opportunity every week to play against not only great players, but great coaches as well.

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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

LUKE BLANCHARD

WR/DB

JR

45

JACKSON BLACKWOOD

RB/LB

JR

2

ADRIEL HERNANDEZ

RB/DB

SO

46

AUSTIN DAVIS

TE/LB

JR

3

TYSON GREENWADE

RB/LB

JR

47

DYLAN CENTER

OL/DL

SR

4

ASSAD TANNER

WR/DB

JR 48

YAHIR SOSA

TE/LB

SO

5

KARIM PAGE

WR/DB

SR

7

JOURNEY BOSTON

RB/DB

SR

49

ALEX PIMENTEL

WR/DB

SO

8

JJ ROBLEDO

K/P

SR

50

ISAAC MEDINA

OL/DL

SR

10

WARNER ROSS

WR/DB

JR

55

ISAAC LOPEZ

OL/DL

SR

11

RJ STOREY

WR/DB

SO

56

BRANDON ARREDONDO

RB/LB

SR

13

BRYSON BENTON

RB/LB

SR

57

ERIK GARCIA

OL/DL

SO

14

PARKER MCCLURG

QB/DB

JR

58

JACKSON FRANKS

OL/DL

JR

15

BRADY PENDLEY

QB/DB

SR

59

MICHAELS NGUYEN

OL/DL

SO

16

PEPE LARA

K/P

SR

60

GRANT HALVERSON

OL/DL

SR

17

LEDGE LAND

QB/DB

SO 64

KEVIN MURILLO

OL/DL

JR

18

BROCK JOHNSON

RB/LB

SR

19

JOHN FRANK PATTERSON

TE/DL

SR

72

CHARLIE PATRICK

OL/DL

SR

20

PARKER EICHOLTZ

WR/DB

SR

74

RILEY SOUTHER

OL/DL

SO

21

BUBBA TANNER

WR/DB

SO

75

STRYKER WOODS

OL/DL

SO

24

RAH-QUEZ WASHINGTON

RB/LB

JR

76

ADRIAN HERNANDEZ

OL/DL

JR

25

BLAKE HAMMONTREE

RB/LB

SR

77

JOHN RIDLEY

OL/DL

JR

26

ANDY ATANGANA

WR/DB

SO

79

DEMIAN VITAL

OL/DL

SR

30

BENTLEY MYERS

WR/DB

SR

82

ALEX OVERBY

WR/DB

SO

31

JAIRO JACOBO

RB/LB

JR

83

DAVID QUINONEZ

WR/DB

JR

32

ETHAN EVANS

WR/DB

JR 87

JAHYR GARCIA

WR/DB

SR

35

DANIEL RAMOS

RB/LB

JR

38

AUSTIN FISCHER

OL/DL

SR

88

HEZEKIAH DUNCAN

OL/DL

SR

40

ADRIAN VILLA

OL/DL

SO

89

BANNON PHELAN

TE/DB

SO

41

BO STOUT

TE/LB

SO

92

RAUL ORTEGA

OL/DL

JR

44

ANDERSON JACKSON

TE/DL

JR

96

CHRISTIAN VARGAS

OL/DL

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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H E R I TAG E H I G H S C H O O L

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GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

KADEN SWOPE

COACH E.K. SLAUGHTER

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Tough, disciplined, coachable, and fun to be around, and they make a great effort.

A

Staying healthy.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Kaden Swope (QB/S), Trey Weldon (OL/DL), Ryan Heet (WR/S), Dylan Hodges (OL/DL), Bryce Travillian (OB/LB), JT Eaton (OL/DL), Paxton McCrary (RB/LB), and Max Owens (WR/DB).

Q A

RYAN HEET

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

The character of our kids and their willingness to work and be coached.

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Depth.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? Anything can happen.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Defense and special teams will be very similar to last year. Offense will have a little different flavor, but we will be within our base system.

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We wouldn’t win many races on a track. But our football speed created from effort and intelligence is great. 224 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

BRYCE TRAVILLIAN

PAXTON MCCRARY


GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

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H E R I TAG E H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: E.K. Slaughter (14 yrs. as a head coach, 8th as head coach at Heritage) DIVISION/REGION: GA 7-AAAA

KADEN SWOPE

2020 OVERALL RECORD: 5-5 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 3rd MASCOT: Generals

PHOTOS BY MICHELLE PETTEYS OF HERITAGE SNAPSHOTS

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 LFO (A) 27 RINGGOLD (H) JT EATON

SEPTEMBER 3 TEMPLE (H) 10 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE (H) 17 DARLINGTON (A) OCTOBER 1 RIDGELAND (H) 8 CENTRAL (A) 15 NORTHWEST WHITFIELD (A) 29 PICKENS (H) NOVEMBER 5 CEDARTOWN (A) COACH’S

TREY WELDON

VIEW

We have a very difficult schedule, but we are also a very good football team. Every week will be intense. These games are the most fun to coach and play in. Every week, we will also have opportunities. Most of our games should be relatively close games. I am excited for our staff and players to be able to experience the stage they will be on this season. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 225


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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

JACOB LOZANO

WR/S

SR

47

JACOB BRADLEY

OB/LB

FR

2

COLLIN SWEARINGIN

WR/LB

SR

48

NOLAN CAYLOR

OB/LB

FR

3

PAXTON MCCRARY

RB/LB

JR

49

BRODIE NORMAN

OL/DL

FR

4

LANDON CANSLER

RB/DB

JR

5

RYAN HEET

WR/S

SR

50

BRODY WINKLES

OL/DL

SO

6

JD BLACK

WR/LB

JR

51

LAYNE MCDANIEL

OL/DL

SR

7

BRYCE TRAVILLIAN

OB/LB

JR

52

JT EATON

OL/DL

SR

8

MILES CLARK

OB/LB

SO

53

TRENT PARKER

OL/DL

SR

9

CHIPPER GRAYSON

P

JR

54

RIVER HEISLER

OL/DL

FR

10

KADEN SWOPE

QB/S

JR

55

CALEB HENDERSON

OL/LB

SO

11

MAX OWENS

WR/DB

SO

56

JARED BARNES

OL/DL

JR

12

TYLER CHEATWOOD

WR/DB

JR

57

TREY WELDON

OL/DL

SR

13

JULIAN SEXTON

RB/S

JR

58

SAM WOOTEN

OL/DL

JR

14

JONATHAN GLOVER

OB/LB

JR

15

JC ARMOUR

QB/S

SO

59

ELI RICHARDSON

OL/DL

JR

16

ANDERSON BRITTON

K

SR

60

CADEN WALLING

OL/DL

SO

17

DREW DIETZ

WR/DB

JR

61

SEMAJ TOUSSAINT

OL/DL

SO

18

LUKE FITZSIMMONS

QB/DB

FR

62

LANE HALL

OL/DL

SO

19

EVAN TURNER

OB/LB

JR

63

BEN LOKEY

OL/DL

JR

20

AUSTIN PALMER

RB/DB

SO

64

SKYLAR YERKEYS

OL/LB

FR

21

TRISTIAN SIMMONS

WR/S

FR

65

DYLAN SHOCKLEY

OL/DL

JR

24

BRYCE DYE

WR/DB

FR

66

JOHN HURST

OL/DL

JR

25

GRANT STEELE

WR/DB

JR

67

LANDON EDGE

OL/DL

SO

26

ANDREW MOORE

WR/DB

SO

27

MICHAEL STOKES

OB/LB

SR

69

BRYSON KELLY

OL/DL

FR

28

CHASE DYE

WR/DB

FR

70

MASON WEAVER

OL/DL

SO

29

CHRIS WILLIAMS

WR/DB

SO

71

CARTER SMITH

OL/DL

FR

30

JACOB DAWSON

RB/LB

FR

72

BRAEDEN OLIVER

OL/DL

SR

31

IAN GENTRY

OB/LB

SR

73

JOSHUA KING

OL/DL

FR

32

SPENCER GREENE

OB/LB

SO

75

ANDRE SMITH

OL/DL

SR

33

EVAN WINGROVE

WR/LB

SO

76

HAYDEN HENRY

OL/DL

FR

34

ALEX DYE

WR/DB

FR

77

KNOWLEDGE BARNES

OL/DL

FR

35

BRADLEY HAMILTON

WR/DB

SR

36

TANNER HALL

WR/DB

SO

78

DYLAN HODGES

OL/DL

JR

40

AUSTIN BAILEY

WR/DB

FR

79

BRADEN FORD

OL/DL

SO

41

JOHN BRADLEY

WR/S

SO

80

JAY WILLIAMS

OB/LB

SO

42

KILLIAN SMITH

OB/LB

FR

82

JAKE BYOUS

WR/S

FR

44

PEYTON NEWMAN

OB/DL

JR

87

QUINTIN HOFFMAN

WR/DB

FR

45

TRISTAN FOGLE

RB/DB

SO

88

NOAH PIERCE

OB/LB

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

COACH JOSH ROBINSON

Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? A mixture of experienced and inexperienced players.

OWEN BROOKER

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

If the secondary grows up, and if we find efficient replacements for graduated seniors. 

Q A

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Owen Brooker (QB/DB), Ray Morrison (WR/DB), Adrian Reyes (RB/ LB), Austin Duncan (OL), Reyes de la Paz (DL), Jayden Santiago (RB/LB), and Dominique Smith (RB/DB).

Q A

BRAYDEN MORRISON

JUNIOR AGUIRRE

REYES DE LA PAZ

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

We are returning several players on offense and have experienced players sprinkled on both sides of ball.

Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Growth of the secondary.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Winning the first round of playoffs and overcoming large odds of COVID-19 threats.

Q A Q A Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? The backups should always prepare as much as the starters do.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? No.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? We have good speed with a good wide receiver group.

228 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

ADRIAN REYES


GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

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NORTHWEST WHITFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Josh Robinson (11 yrs. as a head coach, 11th as head coach at Northwest Whitfield) DIVISION/REGION: GA 7-AAAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 9-3 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 2nd MASCOT: Bruins

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LISA TREADWELL REDMOND

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 COAHULLA CREEK (H) 27 GORDON CENTRAL (H)

DOMINIQUE SMITH

RAY MORRISON

SEPTEMBER 3 NORTH MURRAY (H) 10 CHATTOOGA (H) OCTOBER 1 CENTRAL (H) 8 CEDARTOWN (A) 15 HERITAGE (H) 22 SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD (A) 29 RIDGELAND (A) NOVEMBER 5 PICKENS (H) COACH’S VIEW

AUSTIN DUNCAN

We have the opportunity to be competitive in every game if we play well. Finding replacements for some very good seniors will be a challenge, but if we find the right replacements, we could have another great year!   FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 229


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GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

RAY MORRISON

WR/DB

SR

46

REYES DE LA PAZ

DL

SR

2

HUDSON GRAY

WR/DB

SO

47

EVAN HAND

DL

SO

3

REECE COWART

DB

JR

4

JAMES MARCUM

WR/DB

SO

50

JACKSON DAVIS

OL/DL

SO

5

CADEN RAMSEY

RB/DB

FR

51

JAXON HOLT

OL/DL

JR

6

ADRIAN REYES

RB/LB

SR

52

CHRISTOBOL CAMPOS

OL/DL

SO

7

BRAXTON FLOYD

WR/DB

JR

53

RILEY BONANNO

OL/DL

SR

8

HARRISON DANIEL

WR/DB

SO

10

KEN DOUGLAS

WR/DB

FR

55

ETHAN HOOKER

OL/DL

SO

12

BRECKIN SIRMANS

WR/DB

SO

56

JAXON GREESON

OL/DL

JR

13

ISAIAH FOSTER

WR/DB

SO

57

DAWSON WHITMORE

OL/LB

SO

14

GRANT HOLDER

K

JR

59

GYAN GOMEZ

OL/DL

JR

15

OWEN BROOKER

QB/DB

JR

60

COLTON HARRINGTON

OL/DL

JR

16

HAYDEN MAYNARD

WR/LB

SR

17

ELI SPEIGHTS

QB/WR

FR

61

KENDRICK HINDS

OL/DL

SO

18

BRAYDEN MORRISON

WR/DB

SR

63

AUSTIN DUNCAN

OL

SR

20

BODEE BALDIVID

K

JR

65

CHASE MURPHY

OL/DL

SR

21

JAYDEN SANTIAGO

RB/LB

SR

66

JAKE BIELLING

OL/DL

JR

22

TYTUS RAMSEY

RB/DB

SO

70

DAWSON WHEELER

OL/DL

JR

23

CAMERON COLLINS

RB/LB

FR

24

KADE MIRANDA

RB/LB

SO

72

KALEB HUGHES

OL/DL

SO

25

DOMINIQUE SMITH

RB/DB

JR

73

ALEX STARKS

OL/DL

SR

27

CAMDEN GAZAWAY

WR/DB

SO

74

JUNIOR AGUIRRE

OL/DL

SR

28

IKE RALSTON

LB

JR

75

GAVIN SMITH

OL/DL

JR

29

KODY HAMMONTREE

WR/DB

SO

30

LOGAN ARNOLD

RB/LB

SO

76

SILAS HARROD

OL

SR

33

WILL ROPER

LB

SR

77

CAID COMBS

OL/DL

SO

34

LUIS ALMAZAN

RB/LB

SO

78

JABARRI DIXON

OL/DL

SO

35

MITCHELL JOYCE

LB

SO

80

MICAH MOHAN

DL

SR

38

JAX BROOKER

RB/LB

JR

84

JACKSON WEAVER

WR/DB

SR

39

HAYDEN HAMPTON

LB

JR

42

WILL SEAY

LB

SO

85

HUNTER KERSEY

WR/DB

SO

44

TYLER MCCLURE

DL

JR

86

MYLES MAYS

WR/DL

FR

45

CONNER CUMMINGS

LB

JR

88

JASE TALLEY

WR/LB

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL

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GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

COACH KIP KLEIN

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

CHASE WATKINS

Hardworking and in it for each other. The team seems to really enjoy being together.

Having some young players stepping up and working their hardest together to achieve their goals.

A

Jonathan Woodall (RB/LB), Chase Blevins (OL/DL), Chase Watkins (LB), Jakobe Turner (WR/DB), Jacob Klein (OL/DL), Ashton Turner (RB/DL), and Judd Anderson (QB/DB).

Q A Q A Q A

JACOB KLEIN

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? We have had a great off-season and great senior leadership; the “we” mentality.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Young players who are bound to make mistakes.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

In the off-season, we have already built on discipline and teamwork to drive us to our goals.

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

That no one is above the good of the team, and sometimes, the hard lessons are the best.

Hopefully, we will see a more competitive team that fights till the end and isn’t worried only about themselves.

I think we have good overall speed and should be very competitive with other teams. 232 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

JONATHAN WOODALL

JUDD ANDERSON

CHASE BLEVINS


GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

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RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

JUDD ANDERSON

COACH NAME: Kip Klein (3 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Ridgeland) DIVISION/REGION: GA 7-AAAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 1-9 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 6th MASCOT: Panthers PHOTOS BY BAMBARA AVEN PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 EAST FORSYTH (A) 27 DALTON (A) ASHTON TURNER

SEPTEMBER 3 RINGGOLD (A) 10 CALHOUN (H) 17 CASS (A)

JAKOBE TURNER

OCTOBER 1 HERITAGE (A) 8 PICKENS (H) 15 CEDARTOWN (A) 29 NORTHWEST WHITFIELD (H) NOVEMBER 5 CENTRAL (H) COACH’S

VIEW

I feel that even though we have one of the toughest schedules around, as long as we continue to believe in the strength of the team and work together without worrying about stats or accolades, we should be very competitive. In the past, players have lost sight of their focus, and we are being very intentional in our preparation and focus on this team.

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GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

DARRIAN BURKS

WR/DB

JR

43

TE’SEAN CHOICE

WR/LB

SO

2

ETHAN WATERS

QB/DB

JR

44

DYLAN LEONARD

WR/DB

SO

3

JORDAN MONTGOMERY

FB/LB

SO

45

MALACHI RHODES

WR/DB

SO

4

AUSTYN ACUFF

LB

SO

50

CARSON MIDDLETON

OL/DL/K

SO

5

ASHTON TURNER

RB/DL

SR

51

MASON JUSTUS

OL/DL

FR

6

TRAVIS JOHNSON

WR/DB

SO

54

BISHOP HAYDEN

OL/DL

SR

8

JEB BROOME

WR/DB

SR

55

JAVEN LEWIS

OL/DL

SO

9

JAKOBE TURNER

WR/DB

JR

56

DOMINIC GROCE

OL

JR

10

JUDD ANDERSON

QB/DB

SO

57

CHASE BLEVINS

OL/DL

SR

11

PHILLIP MASON

RB/LB

SR

58

MICHAEL JOHNSTON

OL/DL

FR

12

CHASE WATKINS

LB

JR

59

LEVI WILLIAMS

OL/DL

FR

13

CARTER MYERS

RB/LB

FR

60

BRODY HEADRICK

OL/DL

JR

14

ISAAC SMITH

RB/LB

FR

61

TYLER SHAVER

OL/DL

FR

15

ELIJAH HOOD

WR/DB

JR

62

JACOB HAYES

OL/DL

SO

16

ETHAN GRAVITT

QB/DB

FR

63

HAYDEN KERR

OL/DL

SO

18

EVAN WHITE

WR/DB

JR

19

HUNTER ARNOLD

QB/DB

FR

64

LORENZO TYSON

OL/DL

FR

20

DYSON BINFORD

RB/DB

FR

66

BRAYDEN PITTMAN

OL/DL

SO

21

JAMARION BURKS

RB/DB

FR

67

CADE DUNN

OL/DL

SR

22

WYATT BLEVINS

WR/DB

SO

23

ZACK GRAVITT

WR/LB

SO

24

LEVI MILLSAPS

WR/DB

JR

26

CURTIS WELLS

RB/LB

SR

27

MALACHI HUTCHISON

WR/DB

JR

29

DEMETRI BATES

RB/WR

FR

30

DEVIN YATES

TE/LB

SR

31

SETH WINGO

FB/LB

32

CHANDLER DAVIS

33

68

CADEN DANIEL

OL/DL

FR

69

JORDAN AL-MATEEN

OL/DL

SO

70

JONATHON BULLARD

OL/DL

SO

71

ANTHONY MURPHY

OL/DL

FR

72

NATE HONEYCUTT

OL/DL

FR

73

JAMISON PICKETT

OL/DL

SO

74

LES GRIDER

OL/DL

FR

FR

75

CHRISTOPHER BROOM

OL/DL

SO

WR/DB

FR

76

PEYTON HAMMONTREE

OL/DL

SO

BEN MARSHALL

WR/DB

FR

77

TIMOTHY LANGSTON

OL/DL

FR

34

JONATHAN WOODALL

RB/LB

SR

78

AUSTIN GRAVITT

OL/DL

FR

35

JUAN PARKMAN

RB/LB

FR

79

JACOB KLEIN

OL/DL

SR

36

JKWELL BRADLEY

RB/DB

JR

80

RYAN CLAYTON

WR/DB

JR

37

BRAYDEN MARSHALL

WR/DB

JR

81

ELIJAH BROWN

TE/DL

FR

38

AIDEN RUSSELL

WR/DB

FR

82

JACOB WATERS

TE/LB

FR

39

SETH BROADOUS

OL/DL

SO

85

TYLER SHARP

TE/DL

FR

40

CHARLIE DAVIS

DL

FR

86

PARKER METCALF

TE/DL

SO

41

EVAN DOYAL

WR/LB

SO

87

GASTON BRIGGS

OL/DL

SO

42

JALEEL CHOICE

WR/DB

FR

88

EASTON BYRD

TE/DL

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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COACH TODD MURRAY

Q A Q A Q A

ALEX MUNOZ

GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

JOSE HERRERA

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? This year’s team will be stronger and more experienced.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? A strong running game and a relentless defense.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Jose Herrera (TE/DL), Jordan Osorio (LB), Zane Smith (OL/ DL), Jordan Trevino (RB/LB), Zander Burkett (OL/DL), Jayden Calhoun (OL), Brady Ensley (RB/LB), and Anthony Ramirez (RB/DB).

Q A

/

JORDAN OSORIO

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

We have a lot of experience coming back from last year’s team.

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Depth on both sides of the ball.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? Continuing to improve on the fundamentals of the game.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Let the players have fun, because you never know when it might be their last game.

Q A Q A

BRADY ENSLEY

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? No.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Our overall speed will be better this year.

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JAYDEN CALHOUN


GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

/

SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Todd Murray (2 yrs. as a head coach, 2nd as head coach at Southeast Whitfield)

JOB WILLIS

DIVISION/REGION: GA 7-AAAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 1-9 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 7th MASCOT: Raiders

PHOTOS BY RICH SMITH

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 MURRAY CO. (H) 27 COAHULLA CREEK (A) SEPTEMBER 3 GORDON CENTRAL (H) 10 FANNIN CO. (A) 17 ARMUCHEE (A) 24 GORDON LEE (H) OCTOBER 1 TRION (A) 8 NORTH MURRAY (A) 22 NORTHWEST WHITFIELD (H) 29 EAST FORSYTH (H)

BRAYDEN MILES

COACH’S VIEW

JORDAN TREVINO

I feel that we have a great chance to be successful this season. We have some experienced seniors returning who should lead our team and hold the younger players accountable to grow within the program.

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/

GA DIVISION 7-AAAA

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

2

BRAYDEN MILES

QB/DB

JR

50

JUAN DIAZ

OL/LB

JR

3

NORMAND ALLEN

RB/DL

SR

51

NATHAN WALDEN

OL/LB

FR

5

DANIEL FRANCO

WR/DB

SO

52

ALEX MUNOZ

OL/LB

SR

6

ELIJAH HUNT

WR/DB

SR

53

ZANDER BURKETT

OL/DL

JR

7

ANTHONY BELLO

RB/DB

SR

54

ZANE SMITH

OL/DL

SR

8

JOB WILLIS

WR/DB

SR

55

JORDAN OSORIO

OL/LB

SR

9

IAN LIVELY

RB/DB

SO

56

JOSE PINA

OL/DL

SO

57

BRANDON CENTER

OL/DL

FR

58

REICE BREWER

OL/DL

SO

59

DONAVON WOLFENBARGER

OL/DL

FR

60

JOSEPH MORALES

OL/DL

SO

61

JOSE GARNICA

OL/DL

SO

62

BRYAN CRUZ

OL/DL

JR

11

RILEY HOLLAR

WR/DB

SR

12

JOVANY HERNANDEZ

RB/DB

SO

13

JACOB LAYMAN

QB/DB

SO

14

ERICK BARAHONA

FB/LB

JR

15

JONAH SANTOS

RB/LB

SR

16

JOSE GLORIA

RB/LB

FR

17

ASHTON PRUITT

WR/DB

SR

18

JAKE HASTEY

QB/DB

20

CHARLIE HERNANDEZ

21

63

EVAN BRANSON

OL/DL

SO

64

AXEL MAR

OL/DL

SR

SO

65

GERARDO MARTINEZ

OL/ DL

SO

RB/LB

FR

67

JOSHUA HURTADO

OL/DL

FR

BRADY ENSLEY

RB/LB

JR

68

ESAI LANE

OL/DL

SO

22

KOBE JEFFERY

RB/LB

SO

69

TREVOR ROBERSON

OL/DL

SO

23

JORDAN TREVINO

RB/LB

SR

70

ARMANDO GUZMAN

OL/DL

FR

24

KALEB PADILLA

RB/LB

SO

71

ZACHARY SEGURA

OL/DL

SO

RICH COOPER

OL/DL

SR

25

JOSHUA LOPEZ

RB/DB

SO

74

26

ANTHONY CHACON

RB/LB

SO

75

ANDREAS RIOS

OL/DL

JR

29

HECTOR MEJIA

WR/DB

FR

76

GABRIEL DAVENPORT

OL/ DL

FR

31

ANTHONY CHACON

RB/LB

SO

77

JAYDEN CALHOUN

OL/DL

JR

32

NOAH SINGLETON

RB/LB

FR

78

NOAH CAMPBELL

OL/DL

SO

33

OSWALDO FAVELA

OL/DL

FR

79

CARLOS OLIVA

OL/DL

FR

80

KALEB LOCKE

WR/DB

FR

81

BRETT COLE

TE/DL

JR

83

ELDRICK ALLEN

WR/DB

SO

84

TIMOTHY SMITH

WR/DB

FR

85

TYRONE HAMILTON

WR/DB

FR

86

BRAYDEN CAMPBELL

WR/DB

FR

35

ROBERTO RIOS

RB/LB

FR

36

EMMANUEL CHAVEZ

RB/DL

SO

38

DJ GIBSON

RB/DB

SR

39

ANTHONY ROSAS

RB/LB

SR

40

ROBERT MARTIN

OL/DL

FR

42

HUNTER ROGERS

TE/DL

FR

87

ABIEL HERNANDEZ

WR/DB

SO

44

FIDEL HERNANDEZ

RB/DL

SO

88

ARLELI CELIS

WR/DB

FR

45

ALBERTO RIOS

TE/DL

FR

90

ABEL LOBO

OL/DL

FR

47

THOMAS WILLIAMS

TE/DL

JR

91

DAVID LOPEZ

OL/LB

FR

48

JOSE HERRERA

FB/DL

SR

93

JOSE GARCIA

OL/DL

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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COAHULLA CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

/

GA DIVISION 6-AAA

COACH DANNY WILSON

Q A Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q A Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

HUDSON MARDIS

Old. More juniors and seniors than in the past.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

KACE KINNAMON

Development of depth and consistency.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Mason Turner (QB/DB), Will Bates (OL/DL), Justin Baker (WR/DB), and Tyler Locklear (RB/LB). MASON TURNER

Experience. A lot of our guys have played varsity football.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Depth and injuries.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? Competing for four quarters.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? JUSTIN BAKER

Enjoy the chance to play.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? Not really.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED? Better than it has been. AIDEN PATTERSON

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GA DIVISION 6-AAA

/

COAHULLA CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Danny Wilson (2 yrs. as a head coach, 2nd as head coach at Coahulla Creek) DIVISION/REGION: GA 6-AAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 9th MASCOT: Colts

PHOTOS BY PAUL THRESS

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 NORTHWEST WHITFIELD (A) 27 SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD (H) TYLER LOCKLEAR

SEPTEMBER 10 ROCKMART (A) 17 NORTH MURRAY (A) 24 LFO (H) OCTOBER 1 MURRAY CO. (A) 8 ADAIRSVILLE (H) 15 LAFAYETTE (A) 22 RINGGOLD (H) NOVEMBER 5 SONORAVILLE (H) COACH’S VIEW

TEAGUE BICKFORD

MANNY DOMINGUEZ

With a lot of older players on the team, the expectation is much higher. Our guys gained some confidence last year, and they believe they can compete week in and week out. Developing depth and staying healthy will be the keys to being able to reach goals and take the program to a different level. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 241


COAHULLA CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

/

GA DIVISION 6-AAA

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

KACE KINNAMON

QB

JR

39

DARIAN MONTEAGUDO

DL

SR

2

ELDON COCHRAN

WR/DB

SO

3

IVAN ALVARADO

RB/LB

FR

40

ROBBIE WIGGINS

TE/DL

JR

4

SEAN BARTLEY

RB/FS

SO

44

THAILIN YOUNG

TE/DL

SR

5

AIDEN PATTERSON

WR/DB

JR

6

45

CAIN GUFFEY

TE/LB

SO

CARSON WEAVER

RB/DB

FR 49

DEVEN FRAIRE

RB/LB

FR

7

BEAU GOODWIN

WR/DB

JR

8

MARC SOLIS

WR/DB

SO

50

HUDSON MARDIS

OL/DL

JR

9

KARIM BRADLEY

RB/LB

SO

52

TEAGUE BICKFORD

OL/DL

SR

10

TYSON KING

WR/DB

JR

54

ALEX GONIEA

OL/DL

SO

11

CHASE WARD

QB/DB

SO

12

SHYLER JOHNSON

QB/DB

FR

56

DESTINY BASSETT

OL/DL

SO

13

KEITH COLLINS

WR/DB

SO

57

ANDREW ELSENRATH

OL/DL

SR

14

NATE TILLEY

WR/DB

SO

58

WILL BATES

OL/DL

SR

15

ANDREW RUSSELL

QB/LB

FR

16

MASON TURNER

QB/DB

SR

59

EION KEENER

OL/LB

JR

17

TAY BROGDEN

WR/DB

SO

66

DIEGO FRAIRE

OL/DL

FR

18

JACOB HEIGHT

RB/DB

FR

68

TAMREN WEST

OL/DL

FR

19

JUSTIN BAKER

WR/DB

SR

20

WAYLON SEXTON

TE/LB

FR

70

NATHAN HELMS

OL/DL

JR

22

CHANDLER SMITH

RB/DB

SR

71

ISAAC MCGILL

OL/DL

FR

23

MANNY DOMINGUEZ

TE/LB

JR

72

MATT HAMMONTREE

OL/DL

JR

24

PAYTON GORDON

WR/DB

JR 73

BRADEN MADDEN

OL/DL

SR

26

LOGAN FOWLER

RB/LB

JR

27

RANGER BICKFORD

K

FR

75

ZEKE TURSO

OL/DL

SO

30

BRYSON BARTLEY

WR/DB

JR

77

MARC LOPEZ

OL/DL

FR

32

TYLER LOCKLEAR

RB/LB

SR

80

CONNOR POWERS

WR/DB

SR

33

KOBY TANKERSLEY

H/LB

SR

34

WILL DOUGLAS

H/LB

JR

82

AUSTIN ADAMS

WR/LB

SR

37

SERGIO ALVAREZ JR

K

SR

87

CALEB TEASLEY

TE/LB

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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L A FAY E T T E H I G H S C H O O L

/

GA DIVISION 6-AAA

COACH ANDY SCOTT

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

ROSS MARTIN

DAKOTA CATLETT

This year’s team is one of the strongest teams I have ever coached. Our hope is to transfer that strength to the field of play.

The biggest challenge for us will be to develop our offensive, defensive, and special team schemes around our players to maximize their talents.

A

Jaylon Ramsey (QB/WR/DB) has the potential to take it to the house anytime the ball is in his hands. Trey Taylor (WR/DB) is a very multi-talented player, having played both offense and defense in the past. Coy Pendergrass (OL/DL), Tristian Lytle (OL), and Dakota Catlett (OL/DL) are all solid returners on the offensive line.

KEVIN KREMB

This is just a great group of kids and players. These young men are an absolute pleasure to coach and lead.

Q A

LANE WHITE

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

Just making sure that we are doing our best to be as disciplined as possible and execute at a high level.

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

The biggest thing is to make the playoffs again and advance further this year.

Offense: spread; defense: 3-3 stack.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

Along with our strength, we do have a number of fast and talented players as well.

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JAYLON RAMSEY


GA DIVISION 6-AAA

/

L A FAY E T T E H I G H S C H O O L

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Andy Scott (12 yrs. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at LaFayette) DIVISION/REGION: GA 6-AAA

COY PENDERGRASS

2020 OVERALL RECORD: 4-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 4th MASCOT: Ramblers 2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS BY ANDY MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY

TREY TAYLOR

AUGUST 27 MODEL (A) SEPTEMBER 3 GORDON LEE (H) 10 LFO (A) 17 MURRAY CO. (H) 24 ADAIRSVILLE (A) OCTOBER 8 RINGGOLD (A) 15 COAHULLA CREEK (H) 22 SONORAVILLE (A) 29 ROCKMART (H) NOVEMBER 5 NORTH MURRAY (H) COACH’S

VIEW

JACOB ZWIGER

After making the playoffs last year for the first time in 27 years, these Ramblers are looking to do that and even more. With a solid group of returning senior and junior starters, the Ramblers feel that they can exceed the expectations of many. My staff and I have worked extremely hard this summer to instill the basics of offense, defense, and special teams, and we look forward to what the season brings. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 245


L A FAY E T T E H I G H S C H O O L

/

GA DIVISION 6-AAA

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

DAESHAUN GOAD

RB/DB

FR

44

JACKSON ALEXANDER

WR/LB

FR

2

JACOB ZWIGER

WR/DB

SR

45

LANE WHITE

DL

SR

3

SAM HALL

WR/DB

JR

46

CODY DAVIS

LB

SO

4

KHALAS FINLEY

QB/DB

FR

51

ASHLEY YATES

OL/DL

FR

5

JONAH NEAL

DB

JR

6

TEDDY OWNBY

WR

SR

52

BRYAR HARTLINE

OL/DL

SO

7

JAYLON RAMSEY

QB/WR/DB SR

53

MONTANA JONES

OL/DL

FR

8

TANNER HILL

WR/DB

JR

54

NYK BURSE

OL/DL

JR

9

JACOB BROWN

K/P

JR

55

NICHOLAS CIGALINA

OL/LB

FR

11

ZACH BARRETT

QB

JR

56

MICHAEL HAMILTON

OL/DL

SO

13

CHRISTIAN KEATON

QB/WR/RB SO

57

NICK SHROPSHIRE

OL/DL

SO

14

KAYLE DUNCAN

RB/LB

FR

58

NICHOLAS WHITEFIELD

OL/LB

FR

16

ELI GIBSON

WR/DB

SO

59

COY PENDERGRASS

OL/DL

SR

17

JADEN MORRIS

LB

JR

60

ETHAN RAINWATER

TE/DL

FR

18

ISAAC LAWRENCE

WR/DB

SO

61

JACOB MOSES

DL

SR

19

KEVIN KREMB

WR/DB

SR

20

DAWSON LOSH

WR/DB

SO

62

BRODY LONAS

OL

SR

21

TRISTAN PATTERSON

WR/DB

JR

65

TRISTAN STANLEY

OL

JR

22

TREY TAYLOR

WR/DB

SR

66

CHASE HUGHES

OL/DL

SO

23

KADEN MILLER

WR/DB

SO

67

CAMRON SNIDER

OL/DL

FR

24

NICK ADAMS

K/P

JR

70

ELIJAH TRAMMELL

OL/DL

SO

25

AUSTIN TUCKER

LB

JR

71

JACK HARRIS

OL/DL

FR

26

BENTLEY CANNINGTON

RB/LB

FR

73

NOAH JOHNSON

OL

SO

27

DAWSON PENDERGRASS

RB/DB

SO

74

LANDON MORGAN

OL

SR

28

NOAH CLARK

WR/DB

FR

75

DAKOTA CATLETT

OL/DL

SR

30

BLAZE TAYLOR

WR/DB

SO

79

TRISTIAN LYTLE

OL

SR

33

ROSS MARTIN

LB

SR

34

CHRISTIAN SNIDER

WR/DB

FR

81

AJ THOMPSON

WR/DL

SO

35

GABE WARREN

RB/LB

SO

82

EVAN WILLIAMS

WR/DL

JR

36

SHANE JOHNSTON

WR/DB

FR

83

RICKY JACKSON

WR/DL

JR

40

CARTER RUDD

WR/DB

SO

88

JUDE GODFREY

WR/DB

SO

42

MAELI BOWERS

TE/LB

FR

97

IAN HARRISON

DL

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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LAKEVIEW-FORT OGLETHORPE HIGH SCHOOL

/

GA DIVISION 6-AAA

COACH BO CAMPBELL

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

We have great experience coming back this year, along with great leadership.

Playing disciplined football.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM? Our seniors.

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? Experience coming back. BENJI VALDES

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

Taking care of the football. Last year, we had too many turnovers, which cost us games.

Q A Q A Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? Young players getting experience.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? You can’t win games with too many turnovers.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Fans can expect to see a new offense that will be coordinated by offensive mind and QB whisperer Kraig Campbell. Nick Dunn is excited to bring a new attitude and different looks on the defensive side. Coach Connell and Coach Burgess will be coordinating the special teams, which are always exciting to watch at LFO.

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

We have decent team speed but will rely on a big and experienced offensive and defensive line. 248 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

WILL CARROLL & TRISTON WARE


GA DIVISION 6-AAA

/

LAKEVIEW-FORT OGLETHORPE HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

KEENAN WALKER

COACH NAME: Bo Campbell (9 yrs. as a head coach, 7th as head coach at LFO) DIVISION/REGION: GA 6-AAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 1-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 8th MASCOT: Warriors 2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS BY COREY ORTWEIN AND ABBI MABRY

AUGUST 20 HERITAGE (H) 27 GORDON LEE (A) SEPTEMBER 10 LAFAYETTE (H) 17 RINGGOLD (A) 24 COAHULLA CREEK (A) OCTOBER 1 SONORAVILLE (A) 8 ROCKMART (H) 15 NORTH MURRAY (H) 29 MURRAY CO. (H) NOVEMBER 5 ADAIRSVILLE (A)

COACH’S VIEW

CHASE RIZZO

TAYLOR FRADY

As long as we stay disciplined in what we do, we feel that we can have a great year, especially with the experience we have coming back. Our student athletes had a great spring practice and game, installing a brand-new offense and defense. They proved that they will work hard to become the best team they can be. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 249


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/

GA DIVISION 6-AAA

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

CHASE RIZZO

RB/LB

SR

36

BENJAMIN VALDES

RB/LB

SR

2

LADARIUS BUNCH

WR/DB

JR

37

JORDAN NINTIRAT

WR/DB

SO

3

KENJUAN COLBERT

WR/DB

SR

38

LEVI HARWELL

RB/LB

SO

4

AMARION WELLS

WR/DB

SR

39

MATTHEW BOYNTON

RB/LB

SO

5

WILL CARROLL

QB/WR/DB SR

40

PAYTON SIMPSON

RB/LB

SO

6

ALEX SLATTON

WR/DB

JR

41

JABARI BESLEY

RB/DB

JR

7

CARSON GOFF

QB/DB

FR

42

MICHAEL BENNETT

WR/DB

FR

8

BRODY BENTON

FB/LB

JR

43

CARTER WILSON

TE/DL

JR

9

BRYSON SULLIVAN

K/WR

JR

50

BRYCE JASINSKI

OL/DL

SR

10

WYATT MAYE

QB/DB

SO

51

BROCK DONNAHOO

OL/DL

SO

11

JAMILLION WOMBLE

WR/DB

SR

54

STONE HARRIS

OL/DL

SO

12

KEENAN WALKER

QB/WR/DB SR

55

HAYDEN GOINS

OL/DL

SO

15

RJ MCGEE

RB/DB

JR

57

ALEX COPE

OL/DL

JR

16

TRES BROWN

WR/DB

JR

60

RYLAN HUGHES

OL/DL

FR

17

JOSH CAIN

QB/DB

SO

61

TAYLOR FRADY

OL/DL

SR

18

AYDEN BENNETT

QB/DB

SO

63

LOGAN SWINDLE

OL/DL

SR

19

AUSTIN BROWN

WR/RB

SO

65

TRISTON WARE

OL/DL

SR

20

GABE HELTON

RB/DB

JR

66

TYLER FRADY

OL/DL

SR

21

TREVON GOTT

WR/DB

JR

68

CHRISTIAN SNYDER

OL/DL

JR

22

CARTER DAVIS

WR/DB

JR

70

OBED ANDRES

OL/DL

FR

23

JACOB FAULK

WR/LB

SO

72

SLADE BLANKENSHIP

OL/DL

SR

24

NATHANIEL SAMPLES

RB/LB

FR

75

MALACHI BEDDINGTON

OL/DL

FR

25

STEPHON MEDRANO

WR/DB

FR

77

BRYCE GOINS

OL/DL

SO

26

KENDALL CHUMLEY

WR/DB

SO

78

RYAN SMITH

OL/DL

FR

27

MICHAEL KEITH

WR/DB

FR

79

ASHTON HINNARD

OL/DL

SR

29

JULIUS BRYANT

WR/DB

FR

82

STEVEN KELLY III

WR/DB

FR

31

BRODI RIZZO

RB/LB

JR

85

ZACH FOSTER

RB/LB

SR

32

GRAYDEN JOHNSON

RB/DB

SO

86

SHAWNE BROYLES

WR/DB

SO

33

BLAKE RIZZO

RB/LB

FR

88

BLAINE DAVIS

DB/WR

FR

34

XANDER BEDDINGTON

RB/LB

JR

89

TRISTAN BEDDINGTON

TE/DL

SR

35

BRYSON GANN

WR/DB

FR

91

ALEX HASTICK

K/P

JR

Roster as of July 31st

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RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL

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COACH ROBERT AKINS

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Q

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

GA DIVISION 6-AAA

KYLE WHITE

Experienced, hardworking, committed, focused, and ready to challenge for a region title.

Staying healthy, staying focused on what we can control, and being the best team that we can be.

A

Kyle White (WR/DB), Mason Parker (QB), Kori Dumas (RB/LB), Malachi Hill (WR/DB), Colton Carlock (TE/LB), Levi Gunn (OL/DL), Brandon Orman (DL), and Peyton Williams (RB/DB).

Q A Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

MASON PARKER

An experienced senior class, strength gains in the weight room, team speed.

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

Keeping the team focused on what we can control and not worrying about external factors – the ability to focus one week and one game at a time.

Several players got valuable experience, and we won some close games.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? We must be able to finish games and compete for 48 minutes.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? No, the same schemes.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

Overall, we have good team speed, depth at RB and WR speed on offense, and LB and DB speed on defense. 252 | FOOTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM

KORI DUMAS


GA DIVISION 6-AAA

/

RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COLTON CARLOCK

COACH NAME: Robert Akins (44 yrs. as a head coach, 15th as head coach at Ringgold) DIVISION/REGION: GA 6-AAA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 5-5 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 4th MASCOT: Tigers

PHOTOS COURTESY OF RINGGOLD TIGER SHOTS COURTNEY COUEY

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 27 HERITAGE (A) SEPTEMBER 3 RIDGELAND (H) 10 NORTH MURRAY (A) 17 LFO (H) 24 MURRAY CO. (H) OCTOBER 1 ADAIRSVILLE (A) 8 LAFAYETTE (H) 22 COAHULLA CREEK (A) 29 SONORAVILLE (H) LEVI GUNN

NOVEMBER 5 ROCKMART (A) MALACHI HILL COACH’S

VIEW

Our region is very difficult and has several quality programs. We must stay focused on ourselves and work for constant improvement. We must have a “predator” attitude. We expect our seniors to provide great leadership this season.

FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 253


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GA DIVISION 6-AAA

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52

WR/DB RB/LB RB/LB WR/QB/DB WR/DB RB/DB QB RB/DB DL QB/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/LB K RB/LB RB/DB QB/DB QB/DB DB WR/LB RB/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB TE/LB TE/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB RB/LB TE/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB LB WR/DB WR/DB LB LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL

MALACHI HILL KORI DUMAS DONTE HARRIS TY GILBERT JEVON CONEY PEYTON WILLIAMS MASON PARKER MARCUS FORTSON BRANDON ORMAN LAIKEN BROWN JACOB GARNICA KYLE WHITE JORDAN WIDEMAN LANDON EAKER DRE MORRIS KISHAUN TAYLOR GARRETT EDGAR BRAXTON HOLTCAMP WILL WRIGHT TRENT BALDWIN HUDSON MOSS BRAYDEN ROACH BRAYDEN BOYD BRYSON BETHUNE ALIJAH BRADBERRY COLTON GUNN TREY AKINS MADDOX CATLETT JAXON DELGADO LOGAN ROBERTS ASHTON MEADOR ELIJAH EAKER LEVI LOWERY COLTON CARLOCK FALCON DOTSON ZAC STRAWBRIDGE NATE OWNBEY GAGE KEENER GAGE CHAMBERS BRAYDEN MYLES CARSON BLAIR KAISER CROSS MARCUS KNIGHT COLE RUNION ROPER DENSMORE BRILEY CROPPER BRYCE HART BEAU BOOZER BRADY GRAY MATTHEW WRIGHT

# NAME

SR SR SR JR SR JR SR SR SR FR JR SR SR SR SR FR FR SO SR JR SO FR FR JR SO FR SO SO FR FR SR JR SO SR SO FR FR JR SO FR SO SR SO FR FR FR FR JR JR SO Roster as of July 31st

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POS. YR.

53

LEVI GUNN

OL/DL

SR

54

RILEY BROOME

OL/DL

JR

55

REECE CLARK

OL/DL

FR

56

JACK MEALOR

OL/DL

SO

57

CHASE PHILLIPS

OL/DL

FR

58

JONATHAN RUNYON

OL/DL

SO

59

MICHAEL BOWLING

OL/DL

SO

60

CLINT CARLOCK

OL/DL

JR

61

MASON BROWN

OL/DL

SO

62

ERIC MCCUISTON

OL/DL

SO

63

LOGAN GOLDSMITH

OL/DL

SR

64

JAKE STONE

OL/DL

SR

65

COLT FORGEY

OL/DL

FR

66

JIM CLARK

OL/DL

FR

67

TRAVIS TALLEY

OL/DL

SO

68

ASHTON CLARK

OL/DL

SR

69

MYLES HUDSON

OL/DL

JR

70

LANDON HUBBERT

OL/DL

FR

71

JEREMY CARVER

OL/DL

FR

72

NOLAN BURCHFIELD

OL/DL

SO

73

JADEN PARKS

OL/DL

JR

74

TRENTON FAYTA

OL/DL

FR

75

AIDAN HOLCOMB

OL/DL

SO

76

EVAN DAVIS

OL/DL

FR

77

BRENT LEE RABY

OL/DL

SO

78

TAYLOR PIERCE

OL/DL

FR

79

EVAN HAMILTON

OL/DL

SR

80

NIK SALONEY

WR/DB

JR

81

AIDAN NEFF

WR/DB

SO

82

BRODY GANN

LS/TE/DL

JR

83

GRAYSON LOCKLEAR

WR/DB

FR

84

SHAWN RUSSELL

WR/DB

SR

85

HUNTER GIBSON

WR/DB

SO

86

WALLY O’DONALD

WR/DB

FR

87

THATCHER WILBANKS

WR/DB

SO

88

CADEN DODSON

TE/WR

JR

89

TRELL GRANT

WR/DB

SO

90

ETHAN FRAGOSO

OL/DL

FR

MGR

SAVANNAH RUSSELL

SO

MGR

AARON ELSWICK

SR

MGR

OMAR ALDANA

SR

MGR

KELSEY GILREATH

SR


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DADE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

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GA DIVISION 7-AA

COACH JEFF POSTON

Q A Q A Q

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM?

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

A

BRODIE SWADER

Hungry!

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? We have to find depth and stay healthy.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Austin Sorrelle (OL), Brodie Swader (TE), Brody Cooper (QB/WR), Isaac Pangle (DL), and Cody Williams (LB). CODY WILLIAMS

We have created some excitement by changing our offense. We lost four games by a total of 10 points last season, so now kids are interested in football, and we’re seeing a better turnout this year.

We had some success last season offensively, and we played a lot of young kids, so hopefully, that experience will help us take another step forward this season.

We have to be more physical offensively, and we have to simplify some things offensively. We threw a ton of new concepts at our kids last year, and we didn’t really master any of those concepts.

No, we’re going to spread people out and throw the ball all over the yard on offense.

Faster than you probably think we are, but slower than we want to be.

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LANDON WILLIAMS


GA DIVISION 7-AA

/

DADE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

AUSTIN SORRELLE

COACH NAME: Jeff Poston (2 yrs. as a head coach, 2nd as head coach at Dade Co.) DIVISION/REGION: GA 7-AA 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 2-8 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 7th MASCOT: Wolverines PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRENT COOPER

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 GORDON LEE (H) 27 NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN (A) DAVID COLE

LUCAS COSTLEY

SEPTEMBER 10 TRION (H) 17 MT. ZION (A) 24 PEPPERELL (H) OCTOBER 8 MODEL (H) 15 CHATTOOGA (A) 22 COOSA (H) 29 GORDON CENTRAL (A) NOVEMBER 5 FANNIN CO. (A)

CAYDEN COOPER

COACH’S

VIEW

This team has the potential to make some noise. The kids have worked extremely hard in the off-season, and they’re excited about football. Our biggest obstacle remains depth, and we have to find a way to keep kids healthy through the first week of November. If we can do that, we should still be playing the second week of November. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 257


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GA DIVISION 7-AA

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

2

DEMETRIUS WALKER

WR

FR

32

GAVIN CHILDRESS

WR

FR

3

BRODIE SWADER

TE

SR

33

BRAYLON SULLIVAN

LB

SO

4

CALEB MASSEY

S

SO

50

RYKER STANLEY

LB

FR

5

CAYDEN COOPER

FB

SR

51

SOLOMON DOE

OL/DL

SO

6

KADEN MOORE

FB

SO

52

LANDON WILLIAMS

OL

SO

7

GRANT MOORE

S

JR 53

ZAC SMITH

OL

SR

8

DAVID COLE

WR

JR 54

BRODY DANIEL

OL

FR

9

XANDER LYNCH

LB

SR

10

BRODY COOPER

QB/WR

JR

55

TYLER WILLIAMS

DL

SR

11

EVERETT CHRISTIANSEN

DB

SR

56

ELI KIMBALL

DL

SO

12

NICK EACRET

LB

JR

57

MATTHEW WILLIAMS

DL

SR

13

BRYSON SHRADER

QB

FR

58

WRAC COUNTS

OL

JR

14

LEVI MORELAND

WR

JR

59

GIDEON MOORE

DB

FR

15

BRANDON WILLERSON

DL

SO

61

CONNER CASH

OL

FR

16

DYLAN DWYER

QB/WR

SR

62

ELLIOT MULLINS

OL

FR

17

NICK PELL

S

JR

63

JORDAN CASTELLANOS

OL

FR

18

ISAAC PANGLE

DL

SR

65

AUSTIN SORRELLE

OL

SR

19

ZEKE WHEELER

OL

JR

66

HUNTER ELLIS

DL

SR

20

CODY WILLIAMS

LB

SR

67

ANDREW DELONG

OL

SR

22

KADE PARDUE

DB

JR

68

ANTHONY DELONG

OL

SO

23

LEVI MCKAIG

LB

SO 70

DAKOTA WHITMORE

OL

SR

24

SKYLAR ORR

WR

SO

25

CHASE LEDESMAN

RB/WR

SR

72

GRAYSON CATES

OL

JR

26

JAX GUINN

LB

SO

73

ANDREW BUFFINGTON

DL

JR

27

WESLEY OWENBY

OL

JR

78

GABRIEL YARBROUGH

OL

FR

28

CARTER CHRISTIANSEN

DB

FR

81

CAROLINE TREMIER

K

SO

29

CONNER WILBURN

S

SO

82

ABIGAIL TREMIER

K

SO

30

LUCAS COSTLEY

DL

JR

83

JAKE GATLIN

WR/DL

SR

31

BEN WILLIAMS

QB

SO

84

JOSH BOMAR

DB

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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GORDON LEE HIGH SCHOOL

COACH JOSH GROCE

Q A Q A Q

A

GA DIVISION 6-A

PENN ASKEW

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? Hungry for their opportunity.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? Maturity and leadership.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Penn Askew (RB/DB), Zane Blaylock (RB/LB), Tyler Brock (WR/ DB), Chandler Brown (OL/DL), Corbin Buffat (WR/LB), Justin Cruise (OL/DL), Caden Derryberry (WR/DB), Grant Dillard (RB/DB), Ely Green (OL/DL), Elijah Guthrie (OL/DL), Montgomery Kephart (K), Mason Leming (OL/DL), Hunter Stephens (OL/DL), and Ryan Swaney (RB/DB).

Q A

/

NATE DUNFEE

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

Coming off a successful season, the players should know what it takes to be successful.

Q A Q A Q A Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT? Coronavirus and injuries.

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR? Leadership on and off the field.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR? Prepare every day.

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? No.

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MONTGOMERY KEPHART

RYAN SWANEY


GA DIVISION 6-A

/

GORDON LEE HIGH SCHOOL

S T AT S

COACH NAME: Josh Groce (3 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Gordon Lee) CHANDLER BROWN

DIVISION/REGION: GA 6-A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 11-2 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 2nd MASCOT: Trojans

PHOTOS BY JAN WRIGHT

ELY GREEN

2021 SCHEDULE

AUGUST 20 DADE CO. (A) 27 LFO (H) SEPTEMBER 3 LAFAYETTE (A) 17 GORDON CENTRAL (H) 24 SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD (A) OCTOBER 1 BOWDON (H) 8 MT. ZION (A) 22 BUSINESS ENGINEERING SCIENCE TECH (H) 29 ARMUCHEE (A) NOVEMBER 5 TRION (H)

CONNER WHITMAN COACH’S

VIEW

If we can stay healthy and buy in to the process, this year’s team has the opportunity to have success. Every player has to learn his role and strive to be perfect every day. Hard work and preparation Monday through Thursday and playing our tails off for four quarters is going to put us in the position to be successful. FO OTBALL.CITYSCOPEMAG.COM | 261


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GA DIVISION 6-A

2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

TY THOMPSON

RB/DB

FR

38

LUKE TAYLOR

TE/DL

SR

2

NATE DUNFEE

RB/DB

JR

40

TYLER BROCK

WR/DB

SR

3

JACKSON ELLIS

K

JR

43

BRODY HICKMAN

WR/DB

SO

4

MICHAEL BRANAM

RB/LB

SO

44

SILAS GASAWAY

OL/DL

FR

5

PENN ASKEW

RB/DB

SR

45

KEATON CUSTER

WR/DB

SO

6

KADE COWAN

QB/DB

JR

50

BRODIE GENTER

OL/LB/DL

JR

7

ROBERT HENSON

WR/DB

JR

51

BRAXTON MCDONALD

OL/DL

FR

8

TROY PHILLIPS

QB/WR/DB FR

52

HUNTER STEPHENS

OL/DL

SR

10

PAYTON CAUTHORN

QB/DB

FR

53

CHANDLER BROWN

OL/DL

SR

11

ZANE BLAYLOCK

RB/LB

SR

54

BEN GILLIAM

OL/DL

SO

12

LEVI WEBB

RB/LB

FR

55

ZACHARY BARCLAY

OL/DL

FR

14

ADKIN FINCH

QB

SO

56

ZACH WALSTON

OL/LB

SO

15

RYAN SWANEY

RB/DB

SR

57

NOLAN DOTSON

OL/DL

JR

16

JACKSON BIGGS

WR/DB

SO

58

AVERY BLOODWORTH

OL/DL

FR

17

TYLER FORESTER

RB/LB

JR

59

LEVI GENTRY

OL/DL

FR

18

SAM PHILLIPS

WR/DB

FR

19

GARRETT GASS

WR/DB

FR

60

WYATT MCDONALD

OL/DL

SR

21

LAYNE PARRISH

RB/DL

FR

61

ELY GREEN

OL/DL

SR

22

JAMES ELDRIDGE

WR/DB

FR

62

MASON LEMING

OL/DL

SR

23

BROCK CRUTCHFIELD

RB/DB

FR

64

TANNER MAYNOR

OL/LB

SO

24

CONNER WHITMAN

QB/LB

JR

65

SAM WELLS

OL/DL

JR

26

HOLT ROBERTS

RB/LB

JR

66

NOAH ROBINSON

TE/DL

SO

27

CARTER BALL

WR/DB

FR

68

ELY STEVENS

OL/DL

FR

28

CORBIN BUFFAT

WR/LB

SR

70

REECE ELDRIDGE

OL/DL

JR

29

LOGAN WEBB

RB/LB

JR

71

JUSTIN CRUISE

OL/DL

SR

30

MONTGOMERY KEPHART

K

SR

72

COLTON BAKER

OL/DL

SO

31

GRANT DILLARD

RB/DB

SR

74

NOAH DAVENPORT

OL/DL

FR

32

DALTON RUSSELL

RB/LB

FR

75

ELIJAH GUTHRIE

OL/DL

SR

33

SAM CARSWELL

TE/DL

JR

76

GABE LOWE

OL/DL

JR

34

HARRISON WALKER

RB/LB

FR

77

CADEN OLIVER

OL/DL

FR

35

SAM SARTIN

TE/DL

FR

79

ELI SHELL

OL/DL

JR

36

CORBIN KEITH

RB/LB

SO

80

CADEN DERRYBERRY

WR/DB

SR

37

TIMY DUKE

TE/DL

JR

82

TRIPP JONES

WR/DB

FR

Roster as of July 31st

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C H R I S T I A N H E R I TAG E S C H O O L

/

GA DIVISION 7-A

CADEN MATHIS

COACH JAY POAG

Q A Q A Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS YEAR’S TEAM? A blend of established playmakers and a youth movement.

WHAT WILL BE THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS? If the new faces can step into key roles.

WHO WILL BE YOUR KEY LEADERS ON THE TEAM?

Seniors Christian Thomas (QB), Solomon Locke (RB/LB), and Caden Mathis (OL/DL).

Q A

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST REASONS FOR OPTIMISM?

We have All-State candidates at QB, RB, and DE – good young talent who have waited their turn and are ready to get their chance.  

Q A

WHAT WILL KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT?

The new faces who have to step in and replace the numerous AllRegion seniors who graduated (six of whom signed college scholarships).

Q A Q A

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD ON FROM LAST YEAR?

Q A

WILL WE SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Q A

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR TEAM’S SPEED?

SOLOMON LOCKE

Our team expects to win and compete for the championship.

ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR?

Hard work always pays off. In the craziness of COVID-19, we learned that good teams stay focused on what they can control. 

The staff is returning intact again, so we’ll have the same philosophy in offense, defense, and special teams.

We have good team speed overall. It might be even better than that, depending on how a couple of new faces pan out in spring practice and summer workouts. 

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ELI THOMASON


GA DIVISION 7-A

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C H R I S T I A N H E R I TAG E S C H O O L

S T AT S

JEFFSON LOCKE

COACH NAME: Jay Poag (7 yrs. as a head coach, 6th as head coach at Christian Heritage) DIVISION/REGION: GA 7-A 2020 OVERALL RECORD: 10-2 2020 DISTRICT FINISH: 1st MASCOT: Lions 2021 SCHEDULE PHOTOS BY CLC PHOTOGRAPHY

CARSON RUSSELL

AUGUST 20 FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN (H) 27 LANDMARK CHRISTIAN (H) SEPTEMBER 3 KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN (H) 10 HERITAGE (A) 24 MOUNT PISGAH CHRISTIAN (A) OCTOBER 1 LAKEWAY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (A) 8 WALKER (H) 15 DARLINGTON (A) 22 MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN (H)

NAME NAME

NOVEMBER 5 NORTH COBB CHRISTIAN (A) DANIEL GEIL CHRISTIAN THOMAS

COACH’S VIEW

Our theme this year is: “New team, same dream.” Last year’s team was one of the best in the state at our classification. This year’s team will need to find their identity early, in order to contend for a region championship. Our schedule is tough, with two road games late that will decide our playoff fate.

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2021 ROSTER # NAME

POS. YR.

# NAME

POS. YR.

1

SOLOMON LOCKE

RB/LB

SR

32

TYLER MCCOY

OL/LB

SO

2

CHRISTIAN THOMAS

QB

SR

33

JOSH DOWNEY

LB

JR

3

JORDAN FISHER

WR/DB

JR

34

ELI THOMASON

RB/LB

JR

4

PIERCE PROCTOR

WR/DB

JR

40

DUNCAN CARPENTER

OL/LB

FR

5

CAMP CARPENTER

WR/DB

JR

45

BRONSON BARR

LB

JR

6

JAYLON GAY

RB/LB

FR

50

CARSON PRITCHETT

OL/DL

JR

7

CHARLIE IDOM

QB

FR 52

JAKE SMITH

OL/DL

SR

54

DANIEL GEIL

OL/DL

JR

55

CADEN MATHIS

OL/DL

SR

58

XZABIAN THOMPSON

OL/DL

SR

60

TUCKER RIDLEY

OL/DL

JR

61

MICAH ROWLAND

OL/DL

SR

62

ELI HARRISON

OL/DL

FR

70

TANNER HARTLEY

OL/DL

JR

72

WILL TENNEY

OL/DL

JR

74

TK BLANSIT

OL/DL

JR

8 9

JOSE OJEDA WYATT BRUMLOW

WR/DB WR/DB

FR JR

10

SAM WOOTEN

RB/DB

FR

11

BRADEN KONEMAN

WR/DB

JR

14

BRENNEN CORN

WR/DB

JR

17

ELIAN BAUTISTA

WR/DB

SR

18

RANDYN BURNS

WR/DB

SR

20

ANDREW WHALEY

WR/DB

SO

21

HOLDEN LANE

RB/DB

JR

22

THAILAN CHRISTOPHER

RB/LB

FR

24

ISAAC WATSON

WR/DB

JR

76

KYRESE BROOME

OL/DL

FR

25

WILLIAM RUSSELL

K

SR

77

JEFFSON LOCKE

OL/LB

SO

26

LUKE MATHIS

OL/DL

SO

79

EVAN LOVAIN

OL/DL

SR

27

CARSON RUSSELL

K

SO

80

FABIAN ROBLES

K

SO

Roster as of July 31st

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