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AISA Class

AAA Region

2

Eagles

Stadium: Eagle Stadium

Fort Dale F

2012 Schedule

ort Dale Academy head coach James “Speed” Sampley enters his 14th year with the Eagles, and his resolve has never once wavered. “Rebuilding season” is not in his vocabulary. “Winning is not something we just want to talk about— we expect to win every year,” he said. One thing has become an immediate priority for Sampley— eliminating turnovers. “We turned the ball over 27 times last season in 11 games,” Sampley said. “Obviously, we’re spending a lot of time on ball security.” The Eagles will also be starting a new center on the offensive line this year, and Sampley is hoping to make the transition a smooth one. “We’re still struggling a little bit with the center and quarterback exchanges, and getting all of that ironed out is the number one thing we’re trying to 5-year win trend focus on right now,” he said. Fortunately, junior quarterback 2007 8 Chip Taylor gained valuable experience in 2011’s campaign. 2008 10 “He has looked better all summer long and he’s gotten a little bigger 2009 9 in the weight room,” Sampley said. “I expect him to have a great year.” 2010 10 The philosophy of minimizing mistakes applies to all areas of the 2011 4 game, and defense is no exception. “The truth is, defensively, we just didn’t tackle,” Sampley said. “It wasn’t schemes or anything else— we just didn’t tackle well.” To address this problem, Sampley has shuffled the practice routine up a bit. After stretching, the team immediately begins tackling drills. The Eagles return kicker Patrick Russell and punter Brandon Brown, from whom Sampley expects typically great performances. “When you score in high school and you know you’ve got seven points instead of six, it’s a big deal,” Sampley said. The challenge now lies in finding a replacement long snapper. “Every time we snap the ball right now, it’s an adventure,” Sampley said. “It’s not that the snap is bad, but it’s something different each time. It’s a concern, and it’s something we’ve spent a lot of time on.”

Three to Watch Chip Taylor QB/DB

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Taylor returns at quarterback in the Eagles’ pass-heavy offense.

Ryan Salter WR/DB As the premiere offensive threat for the Eagles, Salter is a surefire favorite target this year for Taylor.

Matthew Bender RB/DB Bender is a physical player that will play a key role in the ground game to compliment the aerial assault.

Aug. 24 ............... at Escambia* Aug. 31 ............... Coosa Valley Sept. 7 ........................ Hooper* Sept. 14 ......................Autauga Sept. 21 ..................at Monroe* Sept. 28 ......................Morgan* Oct. 5 ........at Pike Liberal Arts* Oct. 12 ..................... Bessemer Oct. 19 .................... Edgewood Oct. 25 .......................at Wilcox * Region games

Davis Crocker

2011 Results Glenwood ..................W, 26-23 Lee-Scott .................... L, 16-19 Lyman Ward ..............W, 49-38 Hooper .......................... L, 7-20 Macon-East .................W, 31-6 Monroe ......................... L, 7-45 Pike Liberal Arts.........W, 37-22 Clarke Prep................... L, 7-40 Escambia .................... L, 30-32 Edgewood................... L, 10-32 Bessemer ..................L, 14-35* *State playoffs


1 Ryan Burkett 5-10 2 Matthew Bender 5-7 3 Dow Gardner 5-10 4 Ryan Salter 5-11 5 John Coleman Poole 6-2 6 Cade Tillery 6-0 7 Dylan Jones 5-10 9 Ryan Taylor 5-9 10 James Burkett 5-10 11 Price Jones 5-7 12 Chip Taylor 6-0 14 Brandon Brown 5-11 17 Austin Vickery 5-10 18 Caleb Whigham 5-9 19 Taylor Windham 5-10 20 Chris Cobb 5-9 21 Keaton Fleming 5-11 22 Joseph Peavy 5-10 23 David Jackson 6-1 25 Deaton Owens 5-11 32 Chase Whiddon 5-9 35 Trent Brooks 6-3 36 Patrick Russell 5-8 44 Tripp Neilson 5-8 45 Blake Harris 5-11 51 Larry Harold 5-11 53 Joseph Reaves 6-1 54 Zach Grantham 5-9 56 Hayden Davis 6-0 57 Taylor Hartley 6-0 58 Dalton Hood 5-7 59 Brady Clark 5-8 61 Tyler Gibson 6-0 68 Shane Holcombe 5-11 70 Clint Harrison 6-2 72 Kenny Harden 5-10 75 Chase Smith 6-0 76 Josh Till 5-11 77 Davis Crocker 6-1 78 Will Davis 6-5 79 Tyler Davis 6-0

155 140 160 165 160 180 155 150 165 130 160 145 140 140 160 130 140 130 165 155 195 220 130 170 160 210 180 135 185 230 145 185 170 250 170 210 230 235 265 305 275

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

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Head Coach: Speed Sampley Assistant Coaches: Clint Lowery, Bert Rice, Jimmy Gardner, Marshall Watts, Josh Beverly

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Head coach profile

Speed Sampley

Losing is not an option for Head Coach James “Speed” Sampley. In his 13 years with Fort Dale Academy, his record speaks for itself. Last year’s 4-7 season was the first and only losing season on record for Sampley not only for his tenure with Fort Dale Academy, but in his entire recorded 18year career. “[The winning seasons aren’t] all on me,” Sampley said. “That’s mostly on other coaches that worked for us that do a good job and a lot of good players over the years.” Between 1994 and 1998, he led Lowndes Academy to a combined 41-18 record. If his mindset going into the 2012 season is any indication, it might have been his last. “There’s no excuse for losing here,” Sampley said. “We have enough people and we have enough talent year in and year out to win. We’re supposed to win, and we know that.” One of the reasons for Sampley’s consistency is the importance he places on performing even the smallest of tasks perfectly. This focus on mental fortitude, he said, allows players to perform at their best even under the worst of conditions—more specifically, when they are tired. Knowing how to get the best out of players is the sign of a veteran coach, and few fit the bill as well as Sampley. 6 | The Playbook 2012


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AHSAA Class

1A

Region

2

Panthers

Stadium: Harmon Field

Georgiana H

ead coach David Watts enters his second year with the Georgiana Panthers, and he has already proven in a relatively short time frame that he doesn’t fear change in the slightest. Despite having quite a few question marks across the board, Watts is willing to make the necessary changes to help his team succeed. The biggest dilemma facing Watts has been deciding whether Jacquez Payton or Devin Bonner will start as quarterback, but recent developments have made that decision much easier. “Jacquez Payton is working at receiving, and he just so happens to be a huge threat at receiver,” Watts said. “Both guys are very capable at quarterback, but the combination of Devin and Jacquez just works better for us as a team.” “We’re going to have a new coaching staff, and that means 5-year win trend we’ve got to introduce guys to some new ideas,” he said. 2007 Defensively, the Panthers are 6 shaping up to be one of the most 2008 athletic teams around. 4 Richard Bogen, Matt Shefield, 2009 Shaun Giddens and Devon Bradley 5 will all see a signifi cant amount of 2010 snaps on both sides of the ball, both 1 as linebackers and as offensive line2011 men. While that versatility is an as2 set to the team, playing on offense and defense can be tiring, and tired players are more likely to make mistakes. Luckily for the Panthers, a veteran coach will be at the defensive helm to ensure that players are prepared both physically and mentally. George Kennedy will be a part of that new coaching staff as a defensive coordinator, and his inclusion has proven valuable to Panthers on both sides of the ball. “The big thing with Coach Kennedy is he’s got a lot of experience,” Watts said. “He’s the guy you can lean on because there’s not much that he hasn’t seen, or things that are going to pop up that he hasn’t dealt with. He’s a good teacher, and the kids are picking it up.” Michael Dunn and Jay Williams will be competing for the punting and kicking positions, but Watts is more preoccupied with finding good return men. “The key thing for us is finding a guy who is going to catch the ball,” Watts said.

Three to Watch Devin Bonner QB/LB

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Bonner fills several crucial roles for the Panthers, including quarterback and linebacker.

Shaun Giddens OL/LB He shows versatility as an offensive lineman and middle linebacker.

Carlo Mitchell RB/LB As the heart of the defense, how well he performs as an outside linebacker often sets the tempo for the entire team.

2012 Schedule Aug. 31 ...........................Ariton Sept. 7 ................ at McKenzie* Sept. 14 .........Geneva County* Sept. 21 .................at Brantley* Sept. 28 ..................at Calhoun Oct. 5 ............. Pleasant Home* Oct. 12 ................at Red Level* Oct. 19 ........................Kinston* Oct. 26 .....................at Florala* Nov. 2 ............. Highland Home * Region games

Devin Bonner

2011 Results Luverne....................... L, 20-50 Florala........................W, 42-30 Geneva County........... L, 12-27 Brantley ........................ L, 0-61 Highland Home ........... L, 18-30 McKenzie ...................... L, 8-38 Pleasant Home ........... L, 14-33 Kinston........................ L, 20-36 J.F. Shields ..................W, 1-0# Hillcrest-Evergreen ....... L, 9-38 # Forfeit


1 Devin Bonner 5-11 2 Carlo Mitchell 5-10 3 Cody Messer 5-5 4 Tanner Cartwright 5-6 5 Javonte Williams 5-9 7 Mike Dunn 6-2 8 Geron Feagin 5-11 9 Jackson Vickery 5-5 10 Jacquez Payton 5-10 14 Allen Smith 5-8 15 Derrick Johnson 5-6 16 Joseph Gandy 5-4 17 Demarcus Rich 5-10 21 Christopher Shufford 5-6 24 Justin Oikle 6-3 51 Demontray Likely 5-7 52 Devin Bradley 5-10 53 Richard Boggan 5-9 54 Matthew Sheffield 5-10 55 Matthew Colvin 6-2 56 Cory Mitchell 5-8 57 Shaun Giddens 5-9 58 Willie Mobley 5-7 74 Nizaiah Smith 6-2 75 Brandon Lawson 6-4

160 180 125 135 175 160 150 105 150 165 140 120 135 118 175 268 165 150 215 250 166 200 210 220 313

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

Head Coach: David Watts Assistant Coaches: Kirk Norris, George Kennedy

Jacquez Payton

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Georgiana head coach David Watts has not placed much emphasis on statistics. While his team only finished 2-8 in the 2011 season, Watts is more concerned with establishing a strong work ethic in his players. That, he said, is key to laying the foundation for future success. “We’re going to do things the right way, and we’re going to work hard every single day to get better,” Watts said. “If we do that, all these other things, like wins and losses, will take care of themselves.” Watts will be entering his second year with Georgiana this fall, although he previously served as an assistant coach the two seasons prior to taking the position of head coach. In his relatively short time with the Panthers, Watts has proven repeatedly that he is not afraid to make big changes for his team, whether they be new additions to the coaching staff or an entirely new offensive system. But regardless of what adjustments his players will have to make, they can count on one thing staying constant—Watts’ dedication and passion for his job. “(Coaching) means an awful lot to me,” Watts said. “This has been a goal of mine since I was 17 years old and playing high school football. I’ve always known that this is where I want to be and I’m very appreciative of this opportunity.” 10 | The Playbook 2012

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AHSAA Class

5A

Region

3

Tigers

Stadium: Tiger Stadium

Greenville G

reenville High School head coach Earnest Hill believes that less is more. The second-year head coach has simplified the Tigers’ offensive scheme for the upcoming season in hopes of generating more production from a unit that averaged 29.4 points per game in 2011 and helped power the Tigers to an 11-1 record. “Our offense is more simple,” Hill said. “Simple is good. I think if you keep things simple, the kids are more productive. The more productive the kids are, the better your chances of winning games.” A scaled-down offensive playbook isn’t the only change for the Tigers. Greenville will also have a new signal caller at the helm. Junior Harper Vinson will move from wide receiver to quarterback, while former quarterback Kent Riley will make the jump to wide receiver. “Harper is a gritty, smart football 5-year win trend player,” Hill said. “He’s smart in the classroom and he makes good 2007 6 decisions on the field. We feel like he’s our best fit at quarterback.” 2008 7 Hill said the change will also allow the Tigers to play to Riley’s 2009 11 strength. “Kent is dangerous when he gets 2010 7 in space,” he said. “We’re going to move him around and get the 2011 11 ball in his hands a lot of different ways because he has the potential to make a big play every time he touches the ball.” While the Tigers’ defensive scheme will remain unchanged, the loss of seven starters from the 2011 squad means there will be plenty of change on the defense. “We have a lot of new faces on defense,” Hill said. “We lost a lot of guys. We’ll be a little faster and a little smaller this year, but we’re still going to do what we do. We’re going to attack, run to the ball and have a lot of fun.” Inside linebackers Brian Smith and Cornelius Ball are expected to anchor the retooled defense. “We need them to be leaders,” Hill said. Hill is hoping to strengthen his defensive backfield by shifting Jonathon Robinson from cornerback to safety and Debryant Crenshaw from safety to cornerback. Jermaine Jones, Terrail Snipes and Michael Smith are all expected to see action in the Tigers’ defensive backfield.

Three to Watch Xavier Hartley OL Hartley will anchor the Tigers’ offensive front from his center position.

Brian Smith LB Smith is a big hitter that can stop the run and also has the speed to cover wide receivers.

Kent Riley WR Riley is a dangerous playmaker that has the strength to break tackles and the speed to run away from defenders.

2012 Schedule Aug. 31 ...................... Anniston Sept. 7 ..................at Satsuma* Sept. 14 .....................Jackson* Sept. 21 ...............at Citronelle* Sept. 28 at Charles Henderson Oct. 5 .....................Demopolis* Oct. 12 ......................at Selma* Oct. 19 ..................... Saraland* Oct. 26 ............. Sumter Central Nov. 2 ............... Wilcox Central * Region games

Kent Riley

2011 Results Wetumpka .................W, 7-24# Central-Tuscaloosa .....W, 33-9 Paul Bryant ................W, 27-26 Chilton County .............W, 32-7 Charles Henderson....W, 20-17 Wilcox Central .............W, 35-0 Demopolis..................W, 30-14 Selma ..........................W, 35-7 Brookwood...................W, 14-0 Sidney Lanier.............W, 46-36 Tallassee.................. W, 57-25* Vigor ..........................L, 17-48* #Win by forfeit *State playoffs

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Harper Vinson

1 Harper Vinson 5-9 2 Kent Riley 6-1 3 Jerome Watkins 5-10 4 Caleb Williams 5-6 5 Donta Lee 5-10 6 Jermaine Jones 5-8 7 Terrail Snipes 5-9 8 Matthew Craig 6-3 9 Michael Smith 5-6 10 Javarris Cheatham6-0 11 Jonathon Robinson5-10 12 Terrance Scott 5-9 13 Chris Smith 6-0 15 Parrish Patton 5-11 16 Winston Simms 5-6 18 Tremaine Jones 5-8 19 Skilar Moorer 5-9 20 Mal Caldwell 5-11 22 Fredrick Boone 6-1 23 Cornelius Ball 5-10 24 Donovan Lindo 5-9 25 Marvin Davidson 5-10 26 Tykief McPherson 5-9 27 Debryant Crenshaw 5-7

165 185 165 150 175 160 175 190 150 180 175 150 175 175 130 160 170 175 170 180 160 180 165 160

QB WR RB/QB WR RB FS FS WR CB WR FS QB WR LB QB WR RB DL LB LB LB DL RB CB

Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. So. Jr.

28 Alyric Posey 5-7 29 DQ Peterson 5-9 30 Demetrious Bedgood 6-1 31 Devonta Posey 5-6 32 Tre Simmons 5-6 33 Brian Smith 5-10 34 Zac Smith 5-7 35 Deudra Scarver 5-10 36 Jeremy Lewis 5-9 37 Rashad Crenshaw 5-8 38 Aquintas McDole 5-8 39 Mark Bradley 5-9 40 Ozell Carter 5-10 41 Jaquan Lewis 5-8 42 Lloyd Robinson 5-10 43 Ken Womack 5-11 44 Joey Purifoy 5-8 45 Devonta Crittenden6-1 46 Tyler Nall 5-9 47 Adarious Bowen 5-7 48 Brian Barganier 5-10 49 Jaquen Smith 5-8 50 Tomas Crenshaw 6-0 51 Hunter Posey 6-1

150 160 200 150 150 180 155 175 150 130 150 160 220 140 230 170 160 175 140 123 156 129 215 280

RB LB LB FS/CB CB LB FS LB CB CB CB CB DL FS DL DL LB DL LB CB DL FS OL OL

So. Fr. So. So. So. Sr. So. Sr. So. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Fr. Sr. So. So. Jr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr.

52 DeAngelo Anderson 5-9 53 Patrick Thomas 5-10 54 Hunter Gentry 5-9 55 Nigel Gregory 5-9 56 Lavarus Peagler 5-11 57 Ledarrian Thompson 5-10 58 Pierre Thomas 5-9 59 Curkland Mosely 5-7 60 Issac Howard 5-10 64 Steven Heartsill 5-8 65 Tyreke McCall 6-1 66 Xavier Hartley 6-3 68 Jarquis Owens 6-1 70 Demarcus Hawkin 5-7 71 Arnez Marsh 6-1 72 Quindon Herbert 5-9 73 Giovanni Rhodes 5-8 74 Danny Todd 5-7 77 Jaques Brown 6-2 78 Terry Harris 6-1 79 Davey Sexton 5-8 80 Myles Haynes 5-11 81 Clayton McMean 5-8 82 Shawn Peagler 5-9

170 270 270 175 215 185 160 160 180 200 215 285 270 167 170 200 210 250 290 340 240 160 140 150

DL OL OL OL OL DL LB OL OL DL LB OL OL DL LB OL OL OL OL OL OL WR WR WR

Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. So. Fr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Jr. So. Jr. So. So. Jr.

83 Rydaeshion Jackson 5-8 84 Shawn Thompson 5-10 85 Joey Carstens 5-10 86 Micheal Brooks 5-6 87 David Hudson 5-8 89 Chardarius Davidson 6-0 90 Marlon Davidson 6-3 91 Robert Scarver 5-8 92 Jaequest Fields 5-10 93 Jaquest Posey 5-9 94 Jaylon Hawkin 5-6 95 Cecil Chambers 5-10 96 Brian Owens 5-10 97 Devon Middleton 5-10 98 Joe Maxwell 5-10 99 Ishmal Ball 5-10

150 140 170 120 160 170 190 170 270 250 120 170 160 170 170 210

WR WR WR WR WR LB LB DL DL DL WR DL DL WR DL OL

So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Head Coach: Earnest Hill Assistant Coaches: Richard Kelly, Reco Newton, Josh McLendon, Eric Burkett, Digger Kimbro, Thomas Holcomb


Head coach profile

Earnest Hill

Expectations are high at Greenville High School. That’s just how second-year head coach Earnest Hill likes them. After an 11-1 season a year ago, the Tigers are eyeing their first state championship since 1994. “We had a good season (in 2011), but it wasn’t enough,” Hill said. “It wasn’t good enough for the kids or for us as coaches. If you don’t win a state championship, I don’t think you really did what you need to do.” Hill knows what it takes to reach the top. He was the defensive coordinator on Spanish Fort High School’s 2010 state championship team. During their championship run the Toros held their opponents to just 12.1 points per game. Hill, who served as defensive coordinator at Handley High School, Spanish Fort and Greenville, before landing the head coaching job at GHS prior to last season, describes himself as a defensive-minded coach. “Defense is always going to be our focus,” Hill said. “I believe you win games by playing great defense.” Last season, with Hill calling the shots for the Greenville defense, the Tigers allowed just 17.8 points per game. In 2006, while serving on Bryant Vincent’s Greenville staff, Hill helped the Tigers hold their opponents to 13.5 points en route to a 10-3 record. Hill is a graduate of Valley High School and the University of West Alabama. While at UWA, he was a four-year letterman for the Tigers’ football team. Hill was named to the All-Gulf South Conference second team during his senior season. He obtained his B.S. in physical education from UWA, and his M.Ed. in administration from Jacksonville State University. 14 | The Playbook 2012


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AHSAA Class

1A

Region

2

Tigers

Stadium: Tiger Stadium

McKenzie T

2012 Schedule

here’s a youth movement at McKenzie School, and head coach Miles Brown is hoping a sophomore-laden roster can lead the Tigers back to the top of Class 1A after a disappointing 6-4 season in 2011. The 2012 Tiger squad features just six seniors and three juniors, which according to Brown, means he will lean heavily on his sophomore class. One of the sophomores that will be called upon to help lead the Tigers is starting quarterback Terrance Clemons. The Tigers will be running the same spread offense as in years past, and Clemons will be charged with making the pass-heavy offense go. “(Clemons) has to be able to make a lot of decisions,” Brown said. “Quarterback is huge right now for us and Terrance has done a good job in progressing over the spring and the summer.” Last season, with Sir Wallace Presley at quarterback, the Tigers averaged 25.6 points per 5-year win trend game. Brown believes Clemons has 2007 6 the athletic ability to be just as effective at the helm of the Tigers’ 2008 9 offense. He’ll have some help in the back2009 10 field from another sophomore. Ty Adams, who rushed for more 2010 10 than 1,000 yards as a true freshman, is returning to power the Tigers’ 2011 6 ground game. Returning starter Matt Lewis and Nicarius Peterson are expected to be two of Clemons’ favorite targets at wide receiver as the season progresses. Seniors Dillon Wright and Tanner Davis will anchor the offensive line. According to defensive coordinator Ezell Powell, his defense will feature multiple looks in 2012. Sawyer Kendrick and Dillan Stanley are expected to lead McKenzie’s defense from their linebacker positions, “These are two guys that are very capable of doing a great job for us as linebacker,” Powell said. “They are guys that I am depending on to the be the leaders to go on with Dillon Wright, who is my senior defensive lineman.” While the Tigers are youthful, Brown has high hopes for his squad in 2012. “We will still be kind of young again, but we ought to have a lot of experience,” Brown said.

Three to Watch Nicarius Peterson WR/DB

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An all around athlete that coaches expect to have a big year.

Dillan Stanley OL/LB Stanley is becoming the quarterback of the defense and should help solidify the team defensively.

Dillon Wright OL/DL Wright has been starting since the eighth grade and has a strong knowledge of the game.

Aug. 31 ........... Highland Home Sept. 7 ................... Georgiana* Sept. 14 ..............at Red Level* Sept. 21 .........Geneva County* Sept. 28 ............ at Cottonwood Oct. 5 ......................at Kinston* Oct. 12 .......................Brantley* Oct. 19 .....................at Florala* Oct. 26 ........... Pleasant Home* Nov. 2 ......................at Goshen * Region games

Dillon Wright

2011 Results Autaugaville ...............W, 23-20 Pleasant Home ........... L, 12-24 J.F. Shields ..................W, 1-0# Geneva County..........W, 34-32 Red Level ....................W, 30-6 Georgiana ....................W, 38-8 Kinston........................ L, 36-38 Florala........................W, 48-28 Brantley ........................ L, 6-48 Monroe County ........... L, 28-36 # Win by forfeit


1 Abbott Betterton 5-11 2 Joseph Mcdaniel 5-11 3 Sterling Huggins 6-0 4 Robert Shufford 5-5 5 Terrance Clemmons 5-11 6 Condie Pugh 5-10 7 Carrington Bonnick5-4 8 Dustin Moorehead 5-9 9 Zachary Kendrick 5-6 10 Jeffrey Fuller 5-9 11 Nicholas Beasley 5-7 12 Sawyer Kendrick 5-9 13 William Brown 5-9 14 Matt Lewis 5-9 15 Nicarius Peterson 5-11 18 Seth Keeney 5-7 21 John Chambliss 5-8 22 Anthony Ramer 5-9 24 Jay Womack 5-8 25 Christian Adams 5-11 33 Christian Estes 5-7 44 Michael Dantzler 5-7 50 Hunter Mccann 5-10 53 Cameron Sellers 5-6 54 Ezekiel Powell 6-0 55 Taylor Shipp 6-1 56 Hunter Knight 5-10 57 Micheal Mcneil 5-11 58 Tucker Shipp 5-11 61 Chance Miller 5-7 62 Tristan Macks 5-10 63 Dillion Wright 6-2 64 Dillan Stanley 5-11 65 Johnathan Davis 5-9 66 Andrew Dantzler 5-5 70 Dakota Shipp 6-0 72 Austin Lee 5-9 74 Tanner Davis 5-9 76 Tyler Wright 5-7 77 Allen Ealum 5-10 80 Tylan Allen 5-8 88 Jacob Katzev 5-4

160 165 160 120 155 150 140 145 125 170 130 165 130 155 160 130 140 135 155 165 155 165 170 175 210 170 170 175 215 190 160 255 225 170 150 255 135 180 160 210 150 120

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

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Head Coach: Miles Brown Assistant Coaches: Ezell Powell, Mike Bass, Tony Norris

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Head coach profile

Miles Brown

Miles Brown is entering his seventh season as McKenzie School’s head football coach. “McKenzie is home to me, and I’m from McKenzie,” Brown said. “I graduated from McKenzie, and I live there.” Before landing the head coaching job at his Alma mater, Brown coached at W.S. Neal High School and Georgiana School each for one year and then served at Sweet Water High School for three years. It was after serving a three-year term at Pleasant Home School that Brown was called home to McKenzie. With a degree in secondary mathematics from Auburn University, Brown has been able to use his skills in the classroom and on the field. “I like to formulate game plans, and sometimes they don’t work out the way I want to,” Brown said. “I use the mathematical background I have and formulate game plans.” However, Brown said his favorite part about the game, and what keeps bringing him back season after season, is the simply coaching. “It’s the excitement about what (the players) are doing and instilling a work ethic in them,” Brown said. “I want them to be excited, but I always want them to work. I always tell them that’s how a man gains respect is hard work.” 18 | The Playbook 2012


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AHSAA Class

1A

Region

2

Bulldogs

Stadium: Brantley Stadium

Brantley A

2012 Schedule

nother region realignment may have come along, but the Brantley Bulldogs are looking to continue their region dominance on the way to the state playoffs. The Bulldogs have won 17 of the last 20 region titles, and rolled to a 10-2 record last season. This year brings Red Level into the region as the Tigers drop to 1A, but head coach David Lowery said there haven’t been many other changes. “J.F. Shields dropped football and Red Level came in, but we’ve been playing Red Level in the regular season anyway, so not a lot changed for us,” he said. The same could be said for the Brantley squad that will take the field this season. “We’ve got a few key folks in place,” Lowery said. One of those is senior quarterback Andrew Lowery, who will be back for his second year as 5-year win trend a starter. Even though last year’s leading rusher Zach Wiley gradu2007 10 ated, junior running back Andrew Parker is poised to take the load 2008 12 in the backfield. Lowery said that the team is still looking for wide 2009 14 receivers, but one of those will be senior Terence Bogen. At 6-foot-3, 2010 8 his size and speed make for a tough matchup on the outside. 2011 10 “We’ve got at least three new linemen and a new tight end,” said Lowery. Those new linemen will join Taylor Driggers, a senior who already has scholarship offers from Army, Troy, Memphis and Georgia State, and Selleven Burnett up front. Defensively, the Bulldogs are missing many of their defensive leaders from last season, including Taylor Tew, who had eight interceptions, and Jared Wiley, who led the team in tackles for the last three seasons. “Reed Kilcrease and Chester Person were also three-year starters for us,” Lowery said. Despite the changes, Lowery said that Adrian Howard, Bogen and Braxton Barnes all had solid seasons last year, and he expects them to help lead the defense along with Driggers and Zeth Johnson. On the special teams side of the ball, D.J. Salter is expected to kick off, Barnes will punt and Ryan Harris will handle field goals.

Three to Watch Adrian Howard LB Howard recorded over 100 tackles last season at the linebacker position.

Taylor Driggers OL Driggers is expected to be a force along the offensive and defensive lines.

Andrew Parker RB Parker is a strong runner looking to improve on last year’s effort.

Aug. 30 ....................... Luverne Sept. 7 ....................at Kinston* Sept. 14 ...................at Florala* Sept. 21 ................. Georgiana* Sept. 28 ...... at Highland Home Oct. 5 .............Geneva County* Oct. 12 ................ at McKenzie* Oct. 19 .........at Pleasant Home Oct. 26 ....................Red Level* Nov. 2 ............................... Elba * Region games

Andrew Lowery

2011 Results Red Level ....................W, 62-0 Kinston.........................W, 42-6 Florala..........................W, 47-7 Georgiana ....................W, 61-0 Luverne........................W, 19-0 Pleasant Home ............W, 49-7 J.F. Shields ..................W, 1-0# Geneva County............W, 48-7 McKenzie .....................W, 48-6 Linden ........................... L, 6-15 Loachapoka ............... W, 41-0* Pickens County..........L, 12-14* #Win by forfeit *State playoffs

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1 Otis Guice 6-1 2 Kendrick Owens 5-10 3 Andrew Parker 5-10 4 Nedarius Howard 5-11 5 Braxton Barnes 5-10 6 Terence Bogen 6-3 7 Brandon Walker 5-10 8 Andrew Lowery 6-2 9 Ashley Haws 5-10 10 Adrian Howard 6-1 11 Zane Johnson 5-11 12 Adam Kilcrease 5-11 14 Malik Stough 5-11 15 Willie Daniels 5-10 16 Riley Jobin 5-10 18 Stefan King 6-4 20 Xavius Young 6-0 22 Douglas Salter Jr. 6-0 24 Zeth Johnson 5-11 25 Malcolm Burnett 5-11 27 Ken’yada Teague 5-10 28 Korious Tillis 5-7 33 Larodney Davis 6-0 34 Antonio Edwards 5-8 35 Brandon Grantham 5-10 50 Michael Adams 5-11 51 Demarcus Johnson 5-11 52 Mickael Jones 5-10 54 Randy James 5-8 55 Jonas Morgan 5-9 56 Judson Owens 5-10 57 Anpherne Canty 6-4 58 Landon Hall 5-11 62 Taylor Driggers 6-2 63 Ryan Harris 6-0 65 Dustin Motes 6-0 66 Coy Messick 5-11 68 D’Marcus Mccloud 5-8 72 Milton Bush 6-0 75 Matthew Hudson 6-2 77 Selleven Burnett 6-1 78 Chad Eddings 5-10 81 Tadarius Burnett 6-2

165 150 180 170 177 180 165 205 160 183 205 185 155 155 145 205 175 195 189 165 145 135 200 150 155 170 225 245 210 155 175 285 205 265 196 209 218 215 305 275 265 273 275

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

11 11 11 12 12 12 10 12 11 12 12 11 10 11 10 11 9 10 12 10 11 10 10 9 11 10 10 12 10 10 12 12 11 12 12 12 11 11 10 11 12 12 11

Head Coach: David Lowery Assistant Coaches: Kris Odom, Demetrice Jackson, Greg Evans, Austin Brook, Ashley Kilcrease, Andrew Kilcrease

Andrew parker


Head coach profile

David Lowery

Even after more than two decades of coaching, the goal remains the same for Brantley head coach David Lowery: win a championship. This year marks Lowery’s 25th year of coaching, including his 14th at the helm in Brantley. Under his leadership, the Bulldogs have reached a double-digit win total in nine seasons, including a state championship in 2009. One thing that Lowery has worked on is continuity and a sense of team. The Bulldogs have 44 players on their roster, and those have been steady throughout the spring and summer. “We’ve got the same 44 that came through spring training, and they’ve been working out and lifting weights since January,” Lowery said. One distinguishing factor for this year’s team over previous years is size. “We’re as big as we’ve been in the last four or five years,” Lowery said. The Bulldogs have eight players that weigh over 240 pounds. Lowery also said that several key players are back this year for his team. With a region that remains relatively untouched by the recent AHSAA realignment, Lowery and the Bulldogs are poised to make another run for a title in 2012. 22 | The Playbook 2012


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Crenshaw Christian AISA Class

AA Region

1

Cougars

Stadium: Cougar Stadium

2012 Schedule

F

ans of Crenshaw Christian Academy will see a few new teams on the schedule this season following the Cougars’ move from Class A to Class AA in the offseason. “It’ll be a big jump, but I think it’s a good move for us,” said head coach Roland Jones. Despite the loss of a number of familiar faces from last year’s roster, the Cougars still bring experience to the table. “It’s going to be difficult at times because we lost some players that were good leaders, but it’s time for someone else to step up,” Jones said. The Cougars’ offense will stick with the spread, but there’s a new face helping call the offensive shots. “We’ve had a few coaching changes, the scheme will stay the same,” Jones said. Offensive coordinator Rick Jackson was formerly the head coach at Chambers Academy, and 5-year win trend his son Steele Jackson will play quarterback. 2007 10 The Cougars have a veteran backfield behind Jackson with 2008 10 Shaun Lewis, Chris Wooten and Gavin McKenzie all starting last 2009 11 season and seeing significant playing time. 2010 10 While the backfield is full of game experience, the wide receiv2011 11 ers are a largely untested group. Hunter Weeks, Dalton Weeks, Thomas Mills and Austin Stephens are among those who are vying for a wide receiver position. Up front, Storm Worthington, Mathew Luster and Josh Lewis return to anchor the offensive line, and several other players rotated in last season due to the injury to Rann Smyth. Several Cougars will play on both sides of the ball, but only six players return from last year’s defense. Along with the loss of most of last year’s wide receivers comes the loss of a number of defensive backs. Jones said that he expects Nick Henderson, Jordan Phelps, Wooten and Lewis to lead the defense from the front line and linebacker positions. On special teams, senior kicker Joe “The Toe” Smith returns to handle kicking and punting duties. In addition to serving as starting center, Steven Walker will serve as long-snapper.

Three to Watch Steele Jackson QB/DB

Gavin McKenzie RB/DL

Chris Wooten RB/DB

Jackson is an accurate passer but also has the athleticism to move around.

McKenzie is a strong runner who will get a solid number of carries this season.

Wooten’s quickness makes him a weapon no matter where he’s lined up.

Aug. 24 ................at Chambers Aug. 31 ..................... Autauga* Sept. 7 ...........at Coosa Valley* Sept. 14 .........................Wilcox Sept. 20 ......................... SMCA Sept. 28 ....................... EMCA* Oct. 5 .................at Edgewood* Oct. 12 .......................Evangel* Oct. 19 .............at Springwood* Oct. 26 ................. at Glenwood * Region games

Storm Worthington

2011 Results SMCA ..........................W, 49-7 Sparta ........................W, 47-21 Abbeville Christian .....W, 54-12 Macon-East ...............W, 28-22 Ashford ......................W, 31-14 Chambers ..................W, 36-13 Lakeside ....................W, 28-27 Ellwood Christian .......W, 48-16 Lowndes ....................W, 47-12 Coosa Valley..............W, 53-24 Cornerstone ............. W, 41-15* Jackson .....................L, 14-40* *State playoffs

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1 Steele Jackson 6-3 2 Thomas Mills 5-18 3 Dalton Weeks 5-10 4 Collin Hollaway 5-11 5 Chris Wooten 5-8 6 Austin Stephens 6-6 7 Ke’Vontae May 5-1 11 Joe Smith 6-2 12 Shaun Lewis 5-11 13 Colton Kelley 6-1 14 Trent McGough 6-2 15 Hunter Weeks 6-0 18 Gavin McKenzie 5-9 19 Alex Bowen 5-10 42 Justin Williamson 6-0 50 Hunter Kiser 6-2 52 Josh Lewis 6-0 53 Cody Lee 5-10 54 Steven Walker 6-0 55 Matthew Luster 6-3 56 Alex Floyd 5-9 57 Alex King 6-0 58 Blake Missildine 5-11 60 Draklin Scoggins 5-8 64 Mason Arnold 5-10 67 Nick Henderson 5-11 68 Preston Worley 6-3 70 Storm Worthington 5-11 76 Jesse Crowson 6-3 83 Erin Fowler 6-6

152 127 153 170 166 235 118 202 166 148 213 141 157 127 174 160 191 218 210 267 142 226 213 162 165 273 210 317 369 200

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

12 12 10 9 11 12 9 12 12 9 11 10 11 11 12 11 11 9 12 11 9 11 11 10 11 10 9 12 12 12

Head Coach: Roland Jones Assistant Coaches: Al Snellgrove, Brandon Kilpatrick, Jared Hall and Rick Jackson

Shaun Lewis


Head coach profile

Roland Jones

CCA’s Roland Jones became the head coach when the Cougars were Class AA, and after a number of years as a Class A school, CCA is preparing to move back up. “It will be a big jump for us, but I think it’s a good jump,” Jones said. “We were AA when I got here about 10 years ago, but we’ve been A ever since.” Jones and the Cougars have made an impact in Class A, racking up double-digit wins every year since 2007, including consecutive one-loss seasons the last two years. He said one of the advantages of moving up will be better preparation for the postseason. “In Class A, sometimes the opponents didn’t prepare you for the playoffs,” Jones said. “Moving up, you play better teams.” The Cougars have traditionally had a solid offense under Jones, including a squad that averaged 39.7 points per game last year. This year, that number may drop because of stiffer competition, but Jones said he and the coaching staff are staying focused. “Our goal is to be in the top four teams at the end of the season to make the playoffs and then go from there,” he said. 26 | The Playbook 2012


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Highland Home AHSAA Class

2A

Region

3

Flying Squadron

Stadium: Clay Jordan Stadium

A

fter winning eight games last season, the most since 2007, and earning a playoff berth, the Highland Home Flying Squadron is looking to improve on that effort this year. Head coach Tom Pinkston said that fans can expect to see more of what the Squadron showed last year. “You’ll see the same basic offense when you look from the stands,” he said. “We’ve changed schematically in some ways, and we’ve got some new personnel, but it’s still the spread offense.” John Dunn is one of those familiar faces in a new place. Dunn spent most of last season as a wide receiver, but he’ll be under center and in the shotgun this year as quarterback following the graduation of Kase Kelly. With the loss of All-State wide receiver Raheem Berry and the movement of Dunn, the wide receiving corps is still uncertain early in the pre-season. “We’ve got a group of guys vying 5-year win trend for the X and Z receiver spots,” 2007 9 Pinkston said. That group includes: Tristan 2008 0 Price, David Rogers, Tay Fuller, Colby Searight, Dalton Harris, 2009 1 Arthur Teague, Quin Posey, Stacee Williams and Andrew Brown. 2010 5 Billy Nance will spend some time on the outer edges, but he’s also 2011 8 expected to play quarterback in certain situations. Lewis Johnson, a 1,300-yard rusher last season, returns to the backfield, where he’ll be joined by Dee Harris and Marquis Randle. Darrell Greene may also see several carries throughout the season. Up front, three offensive linemen return from last year: Kenny Coshatt, Jordan Roll and Austin Mathis. “We’ve had some underclassmen come in and do well for us up front,” Pinkston said. Many of the wide receivers will also see time in the defensive secondary, and Kori Bell, a transfer from St. James in Montgomery, may also play at cornerback. Randle is expected to be an impact player from the linebacker position, and Harris should anchor the defensive line alongside other starters from the offensive line. Austin Mathis will handle kicking and punting duties for Highland Home.

Three to Watch John Dunn QB/DB Dunn is expected to be one of the Squadron’s biggest offensive threats.

Lewis Johnson RB/FS

Austin Mathis OL/DL

Johnson rushed for over 1,300 last year as a sophomore.

Mathis is a veteran in the trenches who will help anchor the HHS front.

2012 Schedule Aug. 31 ................ at McKenzie Sept. 7 ...... Central-Hayneville* Sept. 14 .....................Luverne* Sept. 21 .......... at Zion Chapel* Sept. 28 ...................... Brantley Oct. 5 ........... at New Brockton* Oct. 12 ...................... Calhoun* Oct. 19 ....................... Goshen* Oct. 26 .........................at Elba* Nov. 2 ................. at Georgiana * Region games

Lewis Johnson

2011 Results Central-Hayneville .....W, 68-14 Samson .....................W, 25-22 New Brockton ............W, 26-21 Zion Chapel ................ L, 20-21 Georgiana ..................W, 30-18 Elba ............................ L, 14-39 Red Level ....................W, 35-0 Goshen ......................W, 36-24 Calhoun .....................W, 40-16 Luverne....................... L, 21-41 Providence Chr. ....... W, 21-17* Leroy............................L, 7-33* *State Playoffs

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1 Marquise Randle 5-11 2 Jalen Clayton 5-10 3 Dee Harris 5-8 5 Lewis Johnson 6-2 7 Colby Searight 5-7 8 Tristan Price 5-9 10 David Rogers 5-9 12 John Dunn 6-1 14 Quin Posey 6-0 17 Billy Nance 5-9 19 Stacee Williams 5-8 21 Arthur Teague 5-8 22 DJ Matthews 5-6 23 Tay Fuller 5-9 24 Kirkland Merriweather5-8 26 Kori Bell 6-0 34 Dalton Fiduccia 5-10 50 Adam Taylor 5-9 51 Kenny Coshatt 5-10 55 Austin Brogden 6-0 56 Deangelo Stringer 5-8 58 Jordan Roll 6-0 61 Austin Mathis 5-8 65 Darrell Greene 5-8 68 Easton Franklin 5-7 70 Will Petty 5-9 73 Payton Frazier 5-11 78 Hunter Giddens 5-10 80 Johnathan Phillips 6-0 85 Justin Wallace 5-8 88 Dalton Harris 5-6

225 170 220 195 130 150 160 180 145 155 160 155 150 155 150 155 145 200 230 195 230 265 205 180 160 160 170 305 150 145 140

RB/LB RB/LB RB/DE RB/FS WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB QB/DB RB/DB WR/DB WR/DB OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB

12 10 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 9 10 12 11 12 11 10 12 12 11 10 10 10 12 11 9 11

Head Coach: Tom Pinkston Assistant Coaches: Doug Norman, Scott Graham, John Hoffman, Joe Proctor, Jonathan Bowen, Lamar Petty and Gerald Kelly

John Dunn


Head coach profile

Tom Pinkston

Last year, the Highland Home Flying Squadron made the playoffs for the first time since 2007, and making it back to the postseason is one of head coach Tom Pinkston’s goals for the upcoming year. Pinkston is in his third year at Highland Home, where he and his staff have seen some success in rebuilding a struggling program. In the two years before Pinkston’s arrival at Highland Home, the Squadron’s record was 1-19. In 2010, HHS improved to reach .500, going 5-5 on the season. Last year, Highland Home returned to the playoffs and finished with an 8-4 record. Pinkston was a long-time assistant coach before taking the helm at HHS, serving under legendary high school coach Spence McCracken at Opelika and locally under Ben Blackmon at Greenville High School. Another of Blackmon’s assistants is set to make an appearance this year for the Squadron — new offensive coordinator John Hoffman. “I coached with John at Greenville for a few years,” Pinkston said. Pinkston also said that his staff has been working throughout the summer with the team to be more physical in the weight room. “We’re always working to get stronger and get better,” he said. 30 | The Playbook 2012


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AHSAA Class

2A

Region

3

Tigers

Stadium: Glen Daniel Stadium

Luverne S

2012 Schedule

kill and speed will be the name of the game for the Luverne Tigers in 2012. Despite losing a number of players from last season’s backfield, head coach Les Sanders and his staff are working to capitalize on one of this year’s strengths. “We’ve got a lot of skill folks, and we’re trying to get as many of them on the field as possible,” he said. A number of familiar names are in different places, such as sophomore Kenterius Womack. Womack started a number of games last season at wide receiver, but this year he’ll move to quarterback for the Tigers. The backfield behind Womack is the veteran group of the offense with Jamarcus June, last year’s second leading rusher, and Jonathan Chambers and Quez Watkins, both two-year starters, rotating in. Womack’s relocation leaves 5-year win trend an opening at wide receiver, and Marcell McMillian, Kevin Womack 2007 5 and Kentrell Jones are among those who are stepping up at receiver, 2008 8 Sanders said. The offensive line is inexperi2009 10 enced in some places, but several upperclassmen are prepared to help 2010 7 shore up the front. “We’ve only got two players back 2011 7 on our offensive line, but we’ve got two seniors and three juniors stepping up into those spots,” Sanders said. Steven Tillman and K’Deem Hamilton are seniors who will anchor the offensive line. Defensively, six players return from last year’s squad, but many of the offensive skill players will make appearances on defense. As such, the secondary and linebackers are expected to be the strength of the Luverne defense. Hamilton will be one of the leaders along the defensive front for the Tigers, while sophomore Treyvon Bodiford is looking to pick up after a strong 2011 season. Bodiford started several games and saw significant playing time as a freshman. June’s running back speed will come in handy at linebacker, where he will help lead the defense. Last year’s starting kicker and punter are gone, and Sanders said they are working to develop players to fill that hole. Junior Zane Jones will take on the long-snapping duties.

Three to Watch Jonathan Chambers RB/DB

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Although only a junior, Chambers is a two-year starter at running back.

Dontrell Hall RB/DB As a senior, Hall is a veteran who will see significant carries this season.

Quez Watkins WR/DB Watkins is speedy and may be utilized out of the backfield as well as on the outside.

Aug. 30 ................... at Brantley Sept. 7 ....................... Goshen* Sept. 14 ..... at Highland Home* Sept. 21 .... Central-Hayneville* Sept. 28 ............at Pike County Oct. 5 ........................ Calhoun* Oct. 12 .........................at Elba* Oct. 19 ................ Zion Chapel* Oct. 26 ......... at New Brockton* Nov. 2 ........................Saraland * Region games

K’deem Hamilton

2011 Results Georgiana ..................W, 50-20 Abbeville ..................... L, 26-28 Opp ............................. L, 13-16 Daleville .......................W, 33-7 Brantley ........................ L, 0-19 Slocomb.......................W, 21-0 Geneva ......................W, 41-18 Pike County .................W, 33-0 Dale County ...............W, 41-15 Highland Home ..........W, 41-21 Clay County .................L, 0-27* *State Playoffs


2 Johnathan Chambers 5-10 3 Frank Harris 5-8 4 Kentrell Jones 5-10 5 Kenterius Womack6-0 6 Kevin Womack 6-0 7 Deshawn Lowery 5-10 8 Zach Pouncey 5-10 9 Quez Watkins 5-9 10 Dontrell Hall 5-8 11 Marcell McMillian 5-7 14 Jon Hayden Sanders 5-7 18 Uriah Brown 5-9 20 Diarrius Mitchell 5-7 21 Austin Odom 5-11 23 LaBronze Barber 5-8 24 Jamarcus June 5-9 25 Austin Bryant 5-8 31 Tray Tyson 5-9 32 Quindarius Thagard 6-2 33 Deanthony Rutledge 6-2 44 Skylar Walker 5-10 50 Quint Rogers 5-9 51 Treyvon Bodiford 5-11 52 M.J. May 6-2 53 Gonzalo Zaragoza 5-9 54 Chris White 5-8 55 Steven Tillman 6-0 56 Clay Williams 5-11 58 Kamron Womack 5-9 60 Luke Boyd 6-2 61 Levi Horn 5-8 62 Kevin Hermeling 5-10 64 Kalon Washington 5-9 65 Trey Johnson 5-9 66 K’Deem Hamilton 6-0 67 Blake Spivey 5-9 68 Zane Jones 5-8 72 Johnathon Mount 5-9 76 Blake Peterson 5-11 77 James Holliday 5-11 78 Andrew Smiley 5-11 80 Vontavius Gregory 5-9 88 Cody Gulledge 6-1

160 150 165 165 155 160 155 150 150 145 140 145 140 180 145 180 135 170 205 200 160 215 190 270 190 165 210 185 230 255 185 180 190 190 255 170 180 205 180 200 275 135 165

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

11 10 12 10 11 12 11 11 12 11 11 10 10 10 9 12 9 10 11 11 9 9 10 10 11 9 12 11 9 11 9 12 9 11 12 9 11 11 10 9 9 9 9

Head Coach: Les Sanders Assistant Coaches: Mike Archie, Danny Suber, Greg Gibson and Justin Bragg

Jamarcus June


Head coach profile

Les Sanders

Les Sanders’s fifth year at Luverne brings a new set of challenges, including a change in classification for the Tigers. Luverne competed at the 2A level for several years in the early 2000s, but the Tigers had moved to 3A by the time Sanders took the helm in 2008. Sanders has led the Tigers to at least seven wins and a berth in the playoffs in each of his first four years. “Even though we dropped to 2A, it’ll still be a challenge,” he said. One of the new teams Luverne will face this year will be defending 2A state champion Elba. The Tigers are also now grouped with local rivals Highland Home and Goshen. Sanders, who led Luverne into the semi-finals of the state playoffs in 2009, said this year’s team has a completely different personality from that team. “When we made that run, we had a lot of size and talent on the front lines, but this year, we’re talented at the skill positions,” he said. Despite the natural changes in players during his tenure, Sanders’ teams have averaged 28.5 points per game, while the defense has allowed an average of 17.9 points per game. 34 | The Playbook 2012


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AHSAA Class

2A

Region

3

Tigers

Stadium: Samuel Bruce Stadium

Calhoun “

2012 Schedule

I thought we were going to be really good. Now, I’ve got to see.” That’s the situation facing Calhoun head football coach Bill Williamson when considering his team’s prospects for 2012. He said the outlook for success this season will be difficult to tell with losses to his roster since the spring. “But we’ve got a great quarterback, a great tailback and a great tight end, if we can get them some help. We’ve got three playmakers if we can find some linemen,” he said. According to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s new football alignments for 2012-13 and 2013-14 2A schools Calhoun and Central-Hayneville will play in Region 3 together. “It’s a real good rivalry whether we are in he same region or not. But being in the same region makes it more of a rivalry,” Williamson said. He also said Luverne will add a 5-year win trend strong team and make it “just a real strong region.” 2007 2 Last year Calhoun was in Region 2 and finished 2-8. In Region 3, in 2008 1 addition to Central-Hayneville, Calhoun will face regional opponents 2009 1 Elba, Goshen, Highland Home, Luverne, New Brockton and Zion 2010 2 Chapel. He said the Tigers will run the I 2011 2 and Pro I formation or with three wide outs in the shotgun on offense. The Tigers will run a 3-4 or 4-5 defense plus a short yardage and a goal line defense, Williamson said. Williamson said he could not name his special team players but that Chad Bennett, a 5-foot-11 senior cornerback and split end may handle punting duties. Other players expected to see action are Demarcus Jackson at split end and cornerback, Rico Knight at cornerback and flanker, Quincy Robinson at running back and linebacker, Arkarius Patterson at offensive and defensive tackle, Monyau McMeans defensive tackle, Mykal Sanders at center and linebacker, John Jenkins at offensive and defensive tackle, Mel Fagg at offensive and defensive tackle, Demetric Smith and Demetrius Smith as guards, Jakeem Davison at backup quarterback and safety, Dailan Carter, Arthur Phifer running back and tailback, Devontae McMeans at split end or flanker and Chris Morman at split end or flanker.

Three to Watch Jamine Jordan QB

Jamarcus Davison RB

Jordan is an experienced player who will lead the Tigers’ offense.

Though only a sophomore, Davis is expected to be a playmaker.

36 | The Playbook 2012

Jeffery Moss TE At 6-foot1, Moss is a tough matchup for defenses.

Aug. 31 ..............Dallas County Sept. 7 ............. New Brockton* Sept. 14 .............. Zion Chapel* Sept. 21 ................. at Goshen* Sept. 28 .................. Georgiana Oct. 5 .....................at Luverne* Oct. 12 ....... at Highland Home* Oct. 19 .............................Elba* Oct. 26 .. at Central-Hayneville* Nov. 2 .............. Francis Marion * Region games

Jamarcus Davison

2011 Results Keith ............................. L, 6-40 Zion Chapel ................. L, 0-47 Elba ............................ L, 14-57 Red Level ................... L, 30-33 Wilcox Central ........... L, 18-28 Goshen ........................... L, 0-9 New Brockton ............W, 28-18 Samson ...................... L, 12-28 Highland Home ........... L, 16-40 Central-Hayneville .......W, 20-8


1 Jamine Jordan 5-10 11 Jamarcus Davison 5-10 12 Demarcus Jackson 5-10 15 Jakeem Davison 5-11 20 Chris Morman 5-11 23 Rico Knight 6-0 40 Quincy Robinson 5-9 50 Arkarius Patterson 6-1 51 John Jenkins 5-8 60 Demetric Smith 5-11 61 Mel Fagg 6-0 61 Demetrius Smith 5-11 62 Mykal Sanders 6-2 63 Monyau McMeans 5-9 80 Jeffery Moss 6-1 83 Chad Bennet 5-11 Dailan Carter 5-8 Arthur Phifer 5-8 Devontae McMeans 5-8

157 160 155 135 152 150 150 180 155 147 150 160 200 195 180 155 220 160 147

S/QB S/RB SE/QB QB/S SE/FL CB/FL RB/LB OT/DT OT/DT G DT/OT G C/LB DT DE/TE CB/SE

11 10 11 10 10 12 11 10 11 10 9 9 12 12 11 12 9 RB/TB 9 SE/FL 11

Head Coach: Bill Williamson Assistant coaches: Dewayne Williams and Hense R. Ellis II

Jamine Jordan


Head coach profile

Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson is headed into his second year at the helm of the Calhoun Tigers coming off a 2-8 record his first season. He did his undergraduate work at Jacksonville State University where he said, “I started every game my last two years... played cornerback.” Williamson earned a master’s degree from Auburn University Montgomery in education administration and supervision. He also played football at Lowndes County High School (now the middle school in Fort Deposit) where he lettered four years. Williamson coached at Lowndes County High School for seven years, four years as an assistant and three as a head football coach. He also served as head football coach at Highland Home for three years. He also spent one year helping his son in Marietta, Ga., as a volunteer assistant. Williamson said went into the business world for 30 years before returning to coaching. 38 | The Playbook 2012

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Geneva Co. Home

HHS Away McKenzie Away Satsuma Away Cent.-Hville Home Goshen Home Georgiana Home 8/31 Autauga Home Coosa Valley

Home Sparta Away

Florala Away

Ariton Home

Anniston Home

McKenzie Away

Brantley Away (8/30)

HHS Home

8/24

Chambers Away

Escambia Away

Clarke Prep Away

Patrician Home

Hooper Home

Away

Coosa Valley

9/7

Red Level Away

HHS Away

Luverne Home

Jackson Home

Elba Home

Home

Abbeville Home

Autauga Home

Wilcox Home

9/14

Geneva Co. Home

Cent.-Hville Home

Zion Chapel Away

Citronelle Away

Brantley Away

Luverne Away

Goshen Away

Zion Chapel Home

New Brockton

Dallas Co. Home

9/21 Georgiana Home

Kinston Away

Luverne Home (8/30)

9/14 Florala Away

9/7

8/31

S. Choctaw Away

Monroe Away

SMCA Home

9/21

Cottonwood Away

Pike Co. Away

Brantley Home

CHHS Away

Calhoun Away

Mtgy Aca. Home

Georgiana Home

HHS Away

9/28

Southern Home

Morgan Home

EMCA Home

9/28

Kinston Away

Calhoun Home

Away

New Brockton

Demopolis Home

PHS Home

Zion Chapel Home

Luverne Away

Geneva Co. Home

10/5

Wilcox Away

Pike Lib Away

Edgewood Away

10/5

Brantley Home

Autauga Home

Bessemer Away

Evangel Home

10/12

Florala Away

Zion Chapel Home

Goshen Home

Calhoun Home Elba Away

Saraland Home

Kinston Home

Away

New Brockton

Elba Home

PHS Away

10/19

Selma Away

Red Level Away

Goshen Away

HHS Away

McKenzie Away

10/12

Jackson Home

Edgewood Home

Springwood Away

10/19

PHS Home

Away

New Brockton

Elba Away

Home

Sumter Cent.

Away (10/25)

Morgan

Wilcox Home

Glenwood Away

10/26

Goshen Away (11/1)

Saraland Home

Georgiana Away

Wilcox Cent. Home (11/1)

HHS Home

Flomaton Away

Calhoun Home Florala Away

F. Marion Away

Elba Home

11/2

Cent.-Hville Away

Red Level Home

10/26


Lowndes Aca. AISA Class

AA Region

2

Rebels

Stadium: Memorial Stadium

T

he Lowndes Academy Rebels will enter 2012 with a new head football coach for a new class and region. The AISA Rebels, who were 4-8 in Class A, Region 1 last year, will play in Class AA, Region 2 this season. And they will be under the direction of new head football coach Matt Marshall. He served as an offensive coordinator for longtime Rebels head football coach Art Sullivan, as well as athletic director. “We’re excited about the year. Of course, we’re in a traditionally tough region this year, Marshall said. “We’re playing some traditional powerhouse type teams that love to run the ball and just basically stuff it down your throat,” he said. “A lot of the key for us is how we’re going to play up front. We expect to go out and win. We expect to compete every game win or lose.” 5-year win trend Marshall said last year a lot of people didn’t realize the Rebels 2007 6 were decimated by injuries. He said the last three games saw 14 kids in 2008 10 pads for Lowndes Academy. Marshall said to the see the num2009 7 bers, 27 out for practice this year 2010 8 “it’s exciting.” Marshall said a lot of young guys 2011 4 have been added to the coaching staff. He said the Rebels will be a multiple formation offense looking to run the ball. On the defensive side of the ball, Marshall said the Rebels will run a 3-5 defense with five linebackers. On both sides of the ball, starters will include: Willie Nall, cornerback /fullback; Garrett Headley, outside linebacker/ wide out; Hunter Johnson, inside linebacker/ tailback; Toby King, inside linebacker/halfback/split end; Cody Harrell, quarterback; Thomas Ward, outside linebacker; Seth Senn, nose guard/center; John Blackmon, defensive tackle/right tackle; Oneal Till, defensive tackle/ left guard; Austin Turner, left tackle; Derek Pearson, middle linebacker/right guard; and Wesley McMicken, safety/tight end.

Three to Watch Garrett Headley WR A “super athlete” who is expected to get the ball 7-10 times per game.

Toby King SE/QB A strong running back, King is also one of the team’s senior leaders.

Derek Pearson OG Pearson also plays linebacker and is expected to be the heart of the defense.

2012 Schedule Aug. 24 ............at Clarke Prep* Aug. 31 ......................at Sparta Sept. 7 ......................Patrician* Sept. 14 ................... Abbeville* Sept. 21 ..... at South Choctaw* Sept. 28 ................... Southern* Oct. 5 ....................... at Wilcox* Oct. 12 ........................Autauga Oct. 19 ........................ Jackson Oct. 25 ..................... at Morgan * Region games

Toby King

2011 Results Hooper .......................... L, 7-33 Ellwood Christian .........W, 47-6 Glenwood ..................... L, 0-54 SMCA ........................W, 50-20 Wilcox ......................... L, 26-55 Sparta ......................... L, 30-38 Abbeville Christian .....W, 46-32 Ashford ......................... L, 6-27 Chambers ..................W, 14-13 Crenshaw Christian .... L, 12-47 Autauga ...................... L, 14-53 Autauga .......................L, 9-41* *State Playoffs

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1 Willie Nall 5-6 2 Calvinair Thomas 5-8 3 Garrett Headley 6-2 4 Michael Scribner 5-10 7 Hunter Johnson 6-0 10 Toby King 6-2 11 Cody Harrell 5-6 13 David Hussey 5-11 14 Thomas Ward 5-6 20 Wade Howard 5-6 22 Gray Johnson 5-8 30 Cody Janes 6-0 53 Justin Jones 5-11 54 Seth Senn 6-2 55 John Blackmon 5-11 56 Jake Wheeler 5-11 57 Oneal Till 6-3 58 Ryan Tindol 6-5 61 Brooks Martin 5-8 62 Alex Thrash 6-0 64 Jimmy Foley 5-6 69 Owen Nall 5-8 72 Austin Turner 5-8 73 Derek Pearson 5-9 74 Logan Mason 5-11 79 Ethan Bennet 5-9 80 Wesley McMicken 6-5

148 153 181 143 175 180 154 138 152 170 185 155 252 255 235 265 178 223 160 165 175 196 200 185 149 210 193

HB 12 HB 10 WR 11 WR 10 TB 10 SE, QB 12 QB 10 WR 9 HB 10 WR, TE 8 TE 9 TE 9 C, OT 12 C 11 OT 11 OT 11 OG 12 OT 10 OG 10 C 9 OT 10 OG 9 OG 12 OG 12 C 10 OT 9 TE 12

Head Coach: Matt Marshall Assistant Coaches: Drew Harrell, Cliff Cobb, Tyler Bozeman, Jordan Granthum, Clay Nichols, Frank King, Sandy Harrell

Derek Pearson


Head coach profile

Matt Marshall

“I’m not trying to replace coach Art (Sullivan). Coach Art is a legend in my book. He was my eighth grade football coach. He was a defensive coach when I was here as high schooler. I hope to keep what he’s instilled at this school.” Those are the words of Matt Marshall, athletic director and new head football coach at Lowndes Academy. Marshall said he has been at Lowndes Academy since 2001 on staff and has been an assistant coach for Sullivan the whole time. The first five years he said he served as defensive coordinator, but spent the last three years as offensive coordinator. Drew Harrell has been added to the staff as offensive coordinator. “My passion is in defense,” Marshall said. “I feel like I’m more involved. I’m right there with the kids. I’m living, I’m breathing, I’m feeling what they’re feeling. And I just wanted to get back to defense.” Marshall said last year was a down year (4-8) for the Rebels. Still, he said, the Rebels were tied for second in the region. “We were still a decent team,” Marshall said. “The record doesn’t show that. But the record was a lot of the reflection of the injuries. We just ran out of players.” This year the Rebels will play in AISA AA, Region 2. Marshall said he will probably be asking Sullivan for advice year round “because I just want to emulate a little bit of what he’s taught these kids and what he taught me about playing hard and doing things the right way.” Marshall became athletic director last year. 42 | The Playbook 2012

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