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The Greeneville Sun 2022 Pigskin Preview

RAISING THE BAR Tilson, Huskies Building Higher Expectations For North Greene Football, PAGE 7

ALSO INSIDE • Chuckey-Doak Season Preview, PAGE 2 • Greeneville Season Preview, PAGE 5 • South Greene Season Preview, PAGE 10 • West Greene Season Preview, PAGE 12 • Composite High School Schedule, PAGE 15

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CHUCKEY-DOAK BLACK KNIGHTS

New-Look Knight Offense Ready To Erupt BY J.D. VAUGHN

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ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR AFTON — Cadin Tullock’s potential, and his options at wide receiver, seem limitless this season. Even when a shoulder injury sidelined him for a good portion of the summer, Chuckey-Doak’s senior quarterback stayed connected as the Black Knights transitioned to the Dallas Kuykendall regime. Tullock threw for 1,225 yards and 12 touchdowns against six interceptions in Chuckey-Doak’s more runbased offense last fall. And the Black Knights have since installed an offense that will make frequent use of fourwide receiver sets. “I think the maturity for (Tullock) has been the big part,” Kuykendall said. “When he was out, he was able to take a step back and see things as we were working through stuff. Now he’s able to just plug back in and go.” Not to mention, Tullock’s absence also helped the Black Knights build depth at quarterback, as junior Nick Palazzo was able to guide the Black Knight offense over the summer. Freshmen Peyton Hilton and Ben Palazzo also took reps. And Tullock isn’t the only Black Knight returning from an injury. Senior wide receiver Austin Morris caught five passes for 94 yards, fourth most on the team last season, and a touchdown before his season-ending injury against Grainger. Junior Isaiah Treadway is

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Chuckey-Doak senior quarterback Cadin Tullock (second from left) watches the Black Knights during 7-on-7 drills.

2022 SCHEDULE Aug. 19 at Knoxville Catholic Aug. 26 HAPPY VALLEY Sept. 1 at Johnson County Sept. 9 at Grainger Sept. 23 at South Greene Sept. 30 at Unicoi County Oct. 7 at Cumberland Gap Oct. 14 CLAIBORNE Oct. 21 NORTH GREENE Oct. 28 WEST GREENE BOLD — HOME GAME

2021 RESULTS at Knoxville Catholic L 7-63 at Happy Valley W 14-0 JOHNSON COUNTY W 48-12 GRAINGER L 6-28 SOUTH GREENE L 12-48 UNICOI COUNTY L 12-20 CUMBERLAND GAP W 28-22 at Claiborne W 39-20 at North Greene W 39-0 at West Greene W 32-16 Playoffs GATLINBURG-PITTMAN L 35-40 BOLD — HOME GAME the Black Knights’ top returning wide receiver statistically, having caught 13 passes for 271 yards and three scores his sophomore year. Brock Rush, another

junior, caught six passes for 40 yards last fall and has emerged as another threat for Chuckey-Doak, along with seniors Josh Guy, Will Garber and Dillon Shelton.

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NAME Elijah Elliott Dillon Shelton Rio Little Nicholas Palazzo Austin Morris Cadin Tullock Brasen Murvin Brock Rush Ben Palazzo Ethan Heimiller Peyton Hilton William Johnson Dominic Hahnlen Trinity Vanheel Gage Hill Josh Guy Austin Smith Joseph Sasala Will Garber Michael Miller Elijah Elliott James Seidl Tayvin Sexton Danny Tuberville Hayden Roper Billy Hahnlen Jonah Cochran Weston Ward Blake Walker Eoin Neas Cayden Masters Jacob Ferguson Noah Mentz Leiland Hensley Bryson Thompson Thomas Smith Richard Sasala Keaton Smith Nathan Norton Isaac Waycaster Rance Tipton Tyler Honeycutt Austin Schwartz Tyson Williams Xavier Hernandez Colton Teaster Isaiah Treadway

“That was one of the first things I talked to Coach (Chris) Slone about, the athletes we had on the edge,” Kuykendall said. “Those guys can create matchup issues for the defense. They’ve done a

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good job of that, taking control of their responsibilities.”

MURVIN RIGHT ALONG But don’t think Chuckey-Doak will abandon its

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ground game. Not with junior Brasen Murvin in the backfield. Despite missing two games, including Chuckey-Doak’s SEE KNIGHTS ON PAGE 4


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Class 3A playoff defeat to Gatlinburg-Pittman, Murvin rushed for 1,472 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry and 163.6 yards a game and broke the 100-yard mark six times in the nine games he played. Oh, and he could give Tullock another option out of the backfield in the passing game. “When you’ve got a guy like Brasen who can bust it loose on any given play, it really helps us offensively,” Kuykendall said. “Kind of a pick your poison situation where we can do either one (run or pass).” Among Chuckey-Doak’s returnees, Tullock ran for the second most yards in 2021 with 134 yards and three

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scores.

RIO RETURNS As a junior, Rio Little by far led the Black Knights in tackles (80) and stops for

loss (10), while also recording two sacks and recovering a fumble. He’ll play a hybrid outside linebacker position in Chuckey-Doak’s 3-3 stack base defense.

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“Rio does an excellent job for us,” Kuykendall said. Shelton and Guy, along with sophomore Hayden Roper and senior Cayden Masters — who can also play on the defensive line — give

and Rush will return to the Black Knight secondary at cornerback, with junior Austin Smith joining the starting lineup at safety. Treadway posted 43 tackles, four for loss, while intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble in 2021. Morris and Rush are the only other returning players to intercept a pass. Once more, four-year starter Nathan Norton will anchor the Black Knights’ line — playing offensive tackle along with defensive end and nose. “Nathan sets the tone for us,” Kuykendall noted. Fellow senior Bryson Thompson and junior Isaac Waycaster return at offensive guard, while junior Toney the Black Knights plenty Hensley joins the O-line at of returning experience at tackle. Seniors Rance Tipton, linebacker. James Sasala, Jacob FerGuy had 45 tackles last fall, guson and Tyson Williams tied for second most, with three should all see time on the TFL and two forced fumbles. offensive and defensive lines, Treadway, Morris, Garber with Tipton playing at center.

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GREENEVILLE GREENE DEVILS

‘There’s A Lot Of Excitement’ Stadium Upgrades, Returning Starters Have Devils Eager For New Season

you’re going to talk about three schools – Anderson County, Elizabethton and Greeneville,” Spradlen said. “Of course, Fulton used to always be in that conversation. They went to 5A and now they’re back to 4A. And then you add South-Doyle in 4A. That Region 2 is a real competitive region. And somebody in Region 1 or Region 2 has a chance to play in the state championship every year. “Obviously, I know which team I want that to be. But right now, we don’t want to talk about a state championship. Our goal is to get better game to game each week and be region champs.”

2022 SCHEDULE Aug. 19 KNOX CENTRAL Aug. 26 at Grainger Sept. 1 ELIZABETHTON Sept. 9 at Morristown West Sept. 16 at Volunteer Sept. 23 at Dobyns-Bennett Sept. 30 SEYMOUR Oct. 7 at Oak Ridge Oct. 14 at Sullivan East Oct. 21 MORRISTOWN EAST BOLD — HOME GAME

BY SAM BUNDY SPORTS EDITOR It’s a great time to be a Greeneville Greene Devil. The Devils are coming off a 12-1 season and a Region 1-4A championship. They SUN PHOTO BY J.D. VAUGHN Greeneville’s Brady Quillen winds up to throw a deep pass. return about half of their starters from a year ago, and for by private donations, they have new turf to defend. point where the kids’ safety was going to be an issue. Our Spradlen said, which further Literally. cements what Greeneville school system stepped up During the offseason, and helped us with it. Just a football means to the comimprovements at Burley Stadium, home of the Devils, lot of support from a lot of munity. people. included new profession“We formed a committee “I think it’s the best lookwith some of the football al grade turf. And a video board for the south end zone ing turf since we’ve had turf. booster parents. I’m on there, my wife’s on there. We could be installed during the It really pops with all the just went around and tried blacks and greens. And we season. to get the money for this were fortunate to get like a “There’s a lot of excite$40,000 upgrade on the turf board,” Spradlen said. “It’s a ment,” said Greeneville that we didn’t have to pay for board that’s not going to cost coach Eddie Spradlen. “The the school system anything. because they had surplus of turf was the first big project Hopefully, it will be big for we got started. If you walked turf they put on NFL fields. the school by generating revIt’s one of the top-notch on our turf last year, it was fields around.” pretty rough, kind of like enue we have not had before The video board in the old school astroturf stuff. It through commercials on the works is totally being paid was just worn down to the board. That should help the

2021 RESULTS at Knox Central W 42-17 GRAINGER W 78-6 at Elizabethton W 42-12 MORRISTOWN WEST W 55-7 VOLUNTEER W 63-7 DOBYNS-BENNETT W 35-7 at Seymour W 66-7 OAK RIDGE W 35-9 SULLIVAN EAST W 88-0 at Morristown East W 49-7 Playoffs SOUTH-DOYLE W 49-14 FULTON W 56-12 ELIZABETHTON L 13-7 BOLD — HOME GAME whole athletic program in the long run.” On the field, Greeneville will be looking for another region championship and another deep playoff run. As has been the case the past few years, the Elizabethton Cyclones figure to be the

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Devils’ biggest foes. Last season, Greeneville throttled the Cyclones 42-12 at Elizabethton in Week 3 but lost 13-7 to the Cyclones at home in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. “In East Tennessee, when you talk about 4A football,

Sure, Greeneville graduated playmakers like Mr. Football finalist running back Mason Gudger and receiver Ja’Kobi Gillespie, but the cupboard is far from bare. Offensive starters returning from a year ago include senior quarterback Brady Quillen, senior receivers Adjatay Dabbs and Mason SEE DEVILS ON PAGE 6

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Laws, senior lineman Ty Williams and junior lineman Kameron Lester. In 2021, Quillen completed 100 of 141 passes for 2,169 yards and 27 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions. He was also Greeneville’s second-leading rusher with 256 yards and seven touchdowns on 67 carries. “It’s hard when you lose game-changing guys like Mason Gudger and Ja’Kobi Gillespie, guys you don’t get every year. But I’m really excited about the guys we have coming back and that starts with Brady at quarterback,” Spradlen said. “He works hard every day in the weight room and in practice. He gives you his all every day.

He’s our lone returning team captain. The thing about him that has really stood out in preseason camp is how good he’s been running the football. He’s just been real physical.” Junior quarterback Corbin Cannon also returns after completing 21 of 41 passes for 588 yards and 11 TDs with two interceptions as Quillen’s backup in 2021. “We’re fortunate to have another quarterback like Corbin,” Spradlen said. “He competes hard and wants to be the starter like a lot of other guys competing at different positions. He’s had a great summer, and we feel like we have two quarterbacks we can win with. If Corbin has to go in the game, we feel real comfortable with him being in there.” Damien Short, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior, should

GreenevilleSun.com get the bulk of the carries out of the backfield. In 2021, he ran for 134 yards and two TDs on 18 carries. Amanuel Dickson, a 6-foot, 190-pound junior, Zac Chrisman, a 6-1, 220-pound junior, Bryson Myers, a 6-1, 215-pound junior, and Carson Quillen, a 5-10, 180-pound sophomore, will also get touches out of the backfield. “Damien is a big, physical guy,” Spradlen said. “He’s not a guy who’s going to make you miss a lot, he’s going to run you over. A lot of people aren’t going to want to tackle him over and over.” Dabbs and Laws are Greeneville’s top returning receivers. With great leaping ability and speed, Dabbs caught 28 passes for 573 yards and seven TDs a year ago. And Laws was Greeneville’s best possession receiver in 2021,

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catching 19 passes for 473 yards and six scores while being limited by injury. Senior Jayquan Price (seven catches, 186 yards and three TDs in 2021) and Carson Quillen will also get their share of catches. “We graduated some really quality receivers in Ja’Kobi and Jaden Stevenson. But I’m as excited about this year’s bunch of receivers as I was with last year’s,” Spradlen said. “If there is a better receiving duo in East Tennessee than Adjatay Dabbs and Mason Laws, I would be surprised. Those are talented dudes. And Carson is a guy who can take the ball to the house any time he touches it, and Jayquan could have been a starter on most any team around last year but he was stuck behind guys like Ja’Kobi and Jaden.”

Starters on the line will include Lester (6-2, 245) at right tackle, Williams (6-4, 290) at right guard, senior Christian Feltner (5-10, 305) at center, sophomore Brandon Iezzi (6-foot, 265) at left guard and senior Avery Harris (6-foot, 255) at left tackle. Senior Bryson Bird (6-1, 210) and freshman Bishop Merriweather (6-3, 325) will also see time up front. Cody Baugh is taking over as offensive coordinator in place of David Crawford, who stepped down after last season to join the coaching staff at Maryville College. Baugh was Greeneville’s passing game coordinator the past two seasons. Those duties now belong to Adam Hansel. “I hated to see coach Crawford leave. He did a lot of good stuff for the Greeneville High School football

program,” Spradlen said. “At the same time, I’m excited for the future of the offensive coaching staff.”

DEFENSE “You’ve got to be good on defense if you’re going to be a good football team year-in, year-out,” said Spradlen, who oversees a stingy defense that allowed 185 yards and just nine points a game in 2021. “We take a lot of pride in what we do. It’s about being tough and playing hard, and it all starts with how we work in the weight room.” Defensive starters returning from a year ago include Myers and Lester on the line, Chrisman at inside linebacker and at defensive end, Dickson and Short at SEE DEVILS ON PAGE 8

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NORTH GREENE HUSKIES

Tilson, Huskies Aiming For 1st Playoff Win BY J.D. VAUGHN

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ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR BAILEYTON — For the first time in a decade, North Greene tasted the playoffs in 2021. But don’t expect second-year coach Eric Tilson to do cartwheels over a playoff berth this fall. In his eyes, that’s become an expectation for the Huskies. “We want to win a playoff game,” Tilson said. “That is the goal.” The 2022 Huskies would SUN PHOTO BY J.D. VAUGHN be the first team in school North Greene’s Yeshua Vaught (3) runs after intercepting a pass in the end zone against McMinn County during 7-on-7 drills. history to accomplish the feat if they reach that goal. With a full offseason this 2022 SCHEDULE time, Tilson not only knew Aug. 19 at Unaka what his team had but was Aug. 26 CASTLEWOOD, VA. able to make adjustments in Sept. 2 LAKEWAY CHRISTIAN plenty of time for August. Sept. 9 JELLICO And it didn’t exactly hurt Sept. 16 at Red Boiling Springs Tilson to have the projectSept. 23 WEST GREENE ed starting quarterback in Sept. 30 at Cosby his class during the spring Oct. 7 SOUTH GREENE Oct. 21 at Chuckey-Doak semester. Junior quarterback Oct. 28 at Cloudland Grayson Collins has taken all BOLD — HOME GAME the first-team snaps this summer, moving from receiver where he led the Huskies with 2021 RESULTS 10 catches for 68 yards and UNAKA L 0-42 two scores last year. at Castlewood, Va. W 22-6 And with his lacrosse at Lakeway Christian L 0-49 experience, Collins has at Jellico L 18-34 acquired the ability to see RED BOILING SPRINGS W 38-14 the entire field — ideal for at West Greene L 0-27 a dual-threat quarterback. COSBY W 40-20 at South Greene L 0-47 “We were able to sit in CHUCKEY-DOAK L 0-39 my office, watch film, draw CLOUDLAND L 8-38 plays, and say this is what Playoffs defenses can do (against at Coalfield L 0-58 us),” Tilson recalled. BOLD — HOME GAME

YOUNG AND RESTLESS And while the Huskies

plan to throw the ball more this year, they won’t be switching to an air raid

offense. Especially with the reigning Region 1-A

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NAME Walker Hayes Leelan Norton Yeshua Vaught Nicholas Mitchell Levi Finkle Colton Robbins Timothy Letts Christian Cogdill Thomas Darnell Kaleb Fields Grayson Collins Jake Duffy Corbin Hayes Isaac Gaby Ryder Stover Wyatt Burns Dominick Robbins Daimian Phillips Ricky Bear Damian Burns Carson Culp Eli Johnson Mason Barrett Adam Bernard Eian Smith Skyler Miller Dalton Nickles Blake Hurd Owen Pierce AJ Taylor Weston Barrett

Newcomer of the Year returning to the backfield. Sophomore running back Yeshua Vaught averaged nearly 5 yards per carry his freshman year, rushing for 377 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Levi Finkle and freshman Christian Cogdill will accompany Vaught behind Collins. And while Collins had more receptions last fall than the rest of North Greene’s receivers combined, he’ll have his share of weapons. Junior tight end Colton Robbins and

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sophomore Jake Duffy have caught several short routes throughout the preseason, with junior Nic Mitchell emerging as a deep threat. And don’t be surprised to see freshmen in the mix too — such as Thomas Darnell, Daimian Phillips and Wyatt Burns. Kaleb Fields, another junior who can serve as backup quarterback behind Collins, will also catch passes for North Greene. Tilson noted this year’s offensive line might be the youngest he’s coached, es-

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pecially with freshmen Eli Johnson and Owen Pierce already projected to start. “Coming in the weight room, they’re already our strongest kids,” Tilson said. “Curious to see how they mature along, especially once they play against 17- and 18-yearolds up front.” Johnson and Pierce will occupy the tackle positions. Senior Damian Burns and sophomore Weston Barrett will play at guard, with junior Carson SEE HUSKIES ON PAGE 9


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linebacker spots, and Dabbs and Laws in the secondary. Williams will also be on the line. “Ty is a guy with some bigtime college offers,” Spradlen said. “He’s a big, athletic guy. You could see his athletic ability on the basketball court last year. We’re really excited about him. He’s had a really good offseason.” Senior Jalen Short (6-6, 265), sophomore Quinton Humphrey (6-3, 266), Feltner, Iezzi, Harris, Bird and Merriweather (6-3, 325) will also see time on the line. Dickson led Greeneville in tackles last season as a sophomore, making 74 stops, 46 assists, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks and intercepting two passes. “You know what kind of

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dude Amanuel is,” Spradlen said. “We’re expecting an even bigger year from him.”

Junior Nik Pillar and sophomore Drew Armbrister are also in the mix at

linebacker. “He’s out there fighting Damien for playing time at

rover,” Spradlen said. “We’d like for Nik to take over that job to give Damien a chance

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Culp at center.

LINEBACKER LOADED Much like his first year, Tilson pointed to the Huskies’ linebacking corps

as their strongest suit defensively. Even with the graduation of Tyler Sanches, who led North Greene in rushing and tackles last fall, the Huskies return Vaught and Burns to their four-man front. The two combined for 57 tackles a year ago with Burns recording 4 1/2

tackles for loss, recovering a fumble and scoring a defensive touchdown. “Damian was lights out for us last year,” Tilson said. Look for sophomore transfer Leelan Norton to make an impact too, having surprised Tilson during the offseason.

Robbins and Culp will anchor the defensive line, the former having led the Huskies in sacks with 3 1/2 last season while posting 7 1/2 stops for loss. Corbin Hayes, another senior who will play both ways, will move to the D-line. Mitchell, who will play cornerback, grabbed one

of North Greene’s four interceptions in 2021, while also recording a safety and blocking a kick. Senior Walker Hayes will move from the defensive line to free safety. “He’s gained a few inches this offseason, and he’s gotten faster,” Tilson said. “Corbin, he played against

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SOUTH GREENE REBELS

Eyes On Young QBs Replacing Myers Brothers BY WAYNE PHILLIPS

whoever has the hot hand will probably stay out there.” It was a surprise to some that the Rebels are not going For the past six seasons, with Conner Race, a junior it’s been a given fact that a Myers would be quarterback- who was the junior varsity ing the South Greene football quarterback and got in some time calling signals last year team. for the varsity. The Myers brothers, Levi “Connor played a lot last and Luke, helped last year’s year, but he played a lot of senior class post a total of running back for us the last 44 victories during their four years of playing football two games and did a great job,” Jones said. “Susong on The Hill. That’s a school got in a lot of reps after Luke record. (Myers) got hurt late in the The Myers boys are gone, and that’s a big deal for coach year. Connor wanted to Shawn Jones and his Rebels. play at running back. Then along comes Nash Rader. He But the current crop of sehas the tools, too. Playing niors have a lot to shoot for. younger kids up here is fine “What’s sort of odd is this if it gives us a better chance group of seniors, if they have a good year, could pass to win. I think coach Burns will do a good job in devising last year’s seniors in getting a way to protect those young over 44 wins, and set the guys. We’re really excited record themselves,” Jones about the future of both of said when talking about the 2022 edition. “That gives this those quarterbacks. They are good friends. We’ll throw bunch something really big both of them out there and to shoot for.” see what happens.” Preseason scrimmages It could be in the future have been positive, Jones that one of those youngsters said, and it might not be as big a rebuilding year as may- might line up somewhere be some people have thought else on the field, “but not right now. They are both it would be. Current plans are for South quarterbacks.” Throwing the football was Greene to use a pair of young a major part of the game quarterbacks, a sophomore plan for South Greene with and a freshman, and Jones said so far both signal callers the Myers boys, and don’t look for the Rebels to scrap have been doing a good job. that plan as they have some “Both have the pedigree,” Jones smiles. “Jacob Susong quality receivers. Cody Rambo is back for his (the sophomore), his dad senior campaign and will line played up here, and Nash up in the slot and will likely Rader (the freshman), well be a favorite target of the his dad and uncle both were passer. Junior Dion Blair will standouts at South Greene. be at a receiver. We’re going to send them Jace Roderick, anothboth out there to alternate the first couple of series, and er sophomore, is 6-4 and SPORTS EDITOR EMERITUS

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2022 SCHEDULE Aug. 20 – at Daniel Boone Aug. 26 – KNOX CATHOLIC Sept. 2 – at Happy Valley Sept. 9 – at West Greene Sept. 16 – CUMBERLAND GAP Sept. 23 – CHUCKEY-DOAK Sept. 30 – HAMPTON Oct. 7 – at North Greene Oct. 14 – at Johnson County Oct. 21 – at Seymour BOLD — HOME GAME the basketball player has good hands which makes him show a lot of promise, according to the coach. TJ Buckner is a junior, another basketball product, who missed his sophomore year after playing as a freshman and he will also help at receiver as another 6-4 frame. Senior Isiah Ealey also returns. Sophomore Trey

Gentry has also gotten off to a good start in the preseason. Juniors Noah Robinson and Levi Treadway will be the tight end candidates. Senior Phillip Blair, who blew out his knee in the season opener against Daniel Boone last year and missed the year, is also returning. “We have a lot of guys at the skill positions that can

2021 RESULTS DANIEL BOONE L 14-23 at Knoxville Catholic L 0-52 HAPPY VALLEY W 39-8 WEST GREENE W 48-7 at Cumberland Gap W 45-6 at Chuckey-Doak W 48-12 at Hampton W 28-22 NORTH GREENE W 47-0 JOHNSON COUNTY W 43-2 SEYMOUR W 28-21 Playoffs YORK INSTITUTE W 42-0 ONEIDA L 21-35 BOLD — HOME GAME move around,” Jones said. Jones is a firm believer in how good an offense can be depends upon the work of the big boys that are playing in front of them, those linemen who are protecting and opening holes. “Maybe the most important part of a ball team,”

Jones said. “Last year we actually had a new starting line. But they came along. They weren’t very big, but they were quick to learn.” Senior Zander Thompson will be counted on to anchor this year’s line as he returns SEE REBELS ON PAGE 11


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to the center position. He’ll be joined up front by junior Jacob Warren, senior Chris Belt, and sophomores Bredan Lisenby and Seth Franklin. Senior Logan Angel will be present along the line at times, as will junior Chris White and junior Garritt Ricker. Two freshmen have impressed the coaching staff with their showing in preseason: Heath Norton and Zach Bledsoe. “If they are going to play, we don’t look at them as freshmen anymore,” the coach said. Senior Derek Miller will anchor the Rebel defense. A three-year starter, he was named Defensive Player of the Year in the conference last season and will be counted on so much, the coach noted. The linebacking corps looks solid with Keshawn Engram, a junior, Noah Robinson, Rambo and senior Hunter Burkey. Logan Angel will start at nose tackle. The rest of the defensive line could be any number of people from Chris Belt to Zander Thompson, Seth Franklin, Phillip Blair, Jacob Warren, Garritt Ricker, and Treadway. “In our scrimmage the other day we played 21 guys,” Jones smiled. “That’s a lot for us.” The secondary could include safety Isiah Ealey while Connor Race, senior Conner Marshall, Buckner, Roderick and Dion Blair are candidates. Thomas Tesner, a senior who didn’t play as a junior, will play at corner. The coach said Keshawn Engram will handle the kickoff

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duties and extra point kicker, but freshman Brant Wilhoit is progressing and should be a good one before he leaves Rebel Hill. Engram will also handle the punting duties. “Special teams are important and we work on that every day in practice,” Jones noted. Connor Race, Dion Blair

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and possible Thomas Tesner will be kick returners. Jones said he expects Hampton to be the team to beat for league honors. With only four teams in the district, a playoff berth is assured for each team, but Jones said getting a home game for the opener is crucial.

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WEST GREENE BUFFALOES

Buffs Look To Build On Playoff Appearance BY WAYNE PHILLIPS SPORTS EDITOR EMERITUS West Greene coach Scotty Verran and his band of Buffaloes had to feel pretty good about how last season ended, even though the outcome was a first round playoff loss as the team went through a 4-6 campaign. As the third place team in their district, the Buffaloes were relegated to a road game for the first round of the playoffs and fought highly favored Pigeon Forge down to the wire before dropping a 21-20 decision. “They played very well in that playoff game, and we certainly had a chance

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to win,” coach Verran said when sizing up his 2022 edition of the Buffs. “But overall we were pleased last year. We got off to a good start (winning four of the first five), but the second half of our schedule was loaded. We had Cloudland,

we had Unicoi, who went on to be our conference champs, and we had Chuckey-Doak, who finished second. You put Cherokee, a 5A school in there, and the back end of the schedule was pretty tough. “The good thing is I think

we had a chance to win about all of our games, and that’s all you can ask for from your team. Be competitive and give yourself a chance to win, and for the most part, that’s what we did.”

The 2022 team has some good players to replace, but there are some quality people returning that gives the coach hope for a successful campaign. “We’ll really miss (kicker) Blair Shelton,” Verran said.

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“He was a true weapon. It’s hard to replace somebody that can get you three points if you get the ball to the 20. Plus his kickoffs were to the end zone, and teams having to start from their 20 means a lot.” Chief among the returnees this year, and the player’s name that is most often mentioned by opposing coaches, is senior Ethan Turner. Verran and his coaching staff are devising ways to keep teams from double teaming him at his receiver post. “We’ll move him everywhere on offense – wide, wing, places where we can SEE BUFFS ON PAGE 13


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keep people from doubling him,” Verran said. “The main thing we’ve done is put Jaden Gregg (last year’s quarterback) into a receiver spot. That gives us another go-to receiver and the defense won’t be as apt to load up on Turner.” The speedy Gregg quarterbacked last year, and did a fine job. But the move is one that Verran thinks can help the offense, especially since Dawson Daniels (6-0, 185, jr.) seems ready to step in at signal-caller. Getting Gregg (5-11, 175, sr.) into space will be among the chief objects of the offense. “It gives us a chance to put another athlete on the field, and if he does get into

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space he’s gone,” the coach said. “He scored three times in a scrimmage against Cosby last week.” Verran has been pleased with Daniels in the preseason work. “He’s still got some work to do, but he’s making progressions on his reads and he’s refining his mechanics,” Verran noted. “He’s played some at the varsity level so it’s not like he’s new. He played the second half against Pigeon Forge last year after Jaden got a concussion.” The wide receiver corps can be one of the strengths of the team, with Turner, Jaden Gregg, Hunter Gregg, Baxley Britton, and sophomore Austin Franklin all capable. Hunter Gregg (5-11, 190, sr.) and Wyatt “Doc” Moody (5-6, 185, SEE BUFFS ON PAGE 14

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jr.) will likely see starting action at running back. The offensive line will be anchored by Alex Jiminez (5-11, 360, sr.) who returns at center. Another key figure on the front line, both offense and defense, will be Roger Marshall (6-2, 215, sr.), who tied with Turner for leader in tackles last year with 85. Braden McCamey (6-0, 220, soph.), Justin Sentelle (6-1, 220, jr.), and Zach Carroll (6-1, 260, jr.) are also likely starters across the front line, with junior Maddox Garber at tight end. Turner is obviously a key part of the defense as well from his linebacker spot. “Ethan is a big kid (6-3, 200, sr.) who loves the

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West Greene’s Ethan Turner runs after catching a pass across the middle during 7-on-7 drills.

weight room,” Verran said. “He’s a big body and really likes to play defense. I think he can play at the next level. He’s a 4.7 or 4.8 (40) now and he would only get faster if he plays at the next level.” Verran has a good crew of linebackers with Turner on the outside and Moody

and Maddox Garber (5-10, 225, jr.) on the inside. With last year’s top two tacklers back in Turner and Marshall, plus speed in the secondary in Jaden and Hunter Gregg, Franklin, Daniels and Britton, it’s no wonder the coach feels the defense might be ahead of

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the offense at this stage of the year. Sylas DeBord (5-10, 350, sr.) is another returnee who will provide help on both the offensive and defensive lines. Although Shelton will no longer be available to call on for kicking duties, Verran feels he has that area of the game covered with Dawson Daniels and Hunter Gregg handling the punt duties, and Gregg taking over the extra point and field goal duties. “He (Gregg) plays soccer, so he can kick it,” the coach noted. “We’re not desperate there.” Verran feels Unicoi County will have to be the favorite to repeat as league champions. Chuckey-Doak also returns plenty of players and should be right there at the top, the coach said. He said he and the rest of the league members will be fighting for the remaining two playoff spots. The Buffs open the season at home to Union County Aug. 19. That night will celebrate the 50th year anniversary of football at West Greene High, with many players from that 1972 team along with coach Jim Sauceman, for whom the football field at the school is named, expected to be in attendance.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COMPOSITE SCHEDULE Claiborne at West Greene September 2 Elizabethton at Greeneville Lakeway Christian at North Greene South Greene at Happy Valley September 9 Chuckey-Doak at Grainger Greeneville at Morristown West Jellico at North Greene South Greene at West Greene September 16 Greeneville at Volunteer North Greene at Red Boiling Springs Cumberland Gap at South Greene West Greene at Johnson County

August 19 Chuckey-Doak at Knoxville Catholic Knoxville Central at Greeneville North Greene at Unaka Union County at West Greene August 20 South Greene at Daniel Boone August 26 Happy Valley at Chuckey-Doak Greeneville at Grainger Castlewood, Va., at North Greene Knoxville Catholic at South Greene West Greene at Northview Academy September 1 Chuckey-Doak at Johnson County

October 13 Greeneville at Sullivan East October 14 Claiborne at Chuckey-Doak South Greene at Johnson County Unicoi County at West Greene October 21 North Greene at Chuckey-Doak Morristown East at Greeneville South Greene at Seymour October 28 West Greene at Chuckey-Doak North Greene at Cloudland

September 23 Chuckey-Doak at South Greene Greeneville at Dobyns-Bennett West Greene at North Greene September 30 Chuckey-Doak at Unicoi County Seymour at Greeneville North Greene at Cosby Hampton at South Greene Cloudland at West Greene October 7 Chuckey-Doak at Cumberland Gap Greeneville at Oak Ridge South Greene at North Greene West Greene at Cherokee

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ready on offense.” In the secondary, Dabbs and Price will be the corners, Laws will be at free safety and Carson Quillen will be the strong safety. Laws had three interceptions last season, while Dabbs and Carson Quillen each had one. “Offense and defense has to go hand-in-hand,” Spradlen said. “The only way our offense is going to continue to score points is we’ve got to get off the field on defense on third down. “A big thing we stress is trying to create turnovers. I feel like we’ve done a really good job this spring and summer working on that.”

SPECIAL TEAMS Senior Cooper Graham returns at kicker and will handle field goals and PATs. He will rotate with junior Quinton Brandon on kickoffs, and Brandon will do the punting. Price returns as the holder, while Laws returns at long snapper.


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