for his junior season. The Bulldogs are looking to get things
righted as head coach Steven Simpson enters year three
as the head coach and has a record of 8-22. Region 7-A will
be a tough region as it is every season and the Bulldogs will
find out a lot about themselves this season going through
the tough region slate.
GLASCOCK COUNTY PANTHERS
2015 RECORD: 0-10
HEAD COACH: Chris Kelley
THE PLAYERS: Nathan Tyler (Jr., QB), Evan Danforth (So.,
WR/DB), Deven Justice (So., RB), Liam Newsome (So., K),
Ben Usry (Sr., TE).
THE WORD: The Panthers struggled in 2015 with a
young team. 2016 could be similar as the Panthers try to
establish a tradition and simply get better day by day. The
Panthers will return quarterback Nathan Tyler and will hope
to see growth from him and young receiver Evan Danforth
and running back Deven Justice. 2016 is another rebuilding
season for the Panthers but there will be progress that
could have the Panthers contending in the near future.
GREENE COUNTY TIGERS
2015 RECORD: 5-6
HEAD COACH: Robert Edwards
THE PLAYERS: Devin Wynn (Sr., RB), Cdarius Kelley (So.,
QB/DB), Henry Neal (Sr., QB), Quavon Epps (Sr., WR/LB),
Anthony Grimes (Sr., DL), Anton Kilpatrick (So., DL).
THE WORD: The Tigers are making the step down in
classification in 2016. The Tigers did make a playoff
appearance in 2015 and will return some key piece from
that team. The Tigers have a bit of depth at the quarterback
position with players that are interchangeable as they are
all similarly talented players. Cdarius Kelley saw lots of
action as a freshman in 2015 and could be the full-time guy
in 2016 with senior Henry Neal also returning with a good
bit of experience. There will be an advantage to having two
good quarterbacks as Kelley will be in the program for the
near future while Neal brings senior savvy and leadership.
The duo could be big if the Tigers position themselves for a
playoff run in them for 2016.
HANCOCK CENTRAL BULLDOGS
2015 RECORD: 4-6
HEAD COACH: TBD
THE PLAYERS: Mondrico Seals (Sr., RB), Devojia Tucker
(Sr., SB/DB), Michael Reese (Jr., RB), Markivious (Jr., LB).
THE WORD: The Bulldogs enter 2016 needing to rebuild
after losing lots of talent and depth to graduation. The
Bulldogs have not had a winning season since 2006 and
are in the midst of a culture change. The only players at the
skill positions that have experience are Mondrico Seals,
Michaek Reese and Devojia Tucker. Look for Tucker to be a
potential breakout player for the Bulldogs as well as Seals
and Reese as they will be relied upon more with the new
LINCOLN COUNTY RED DEVILS
2015 RECORD: 9-2
HEAD COACH: Kevin Banks
THE PLAYERS: Quay Hartfield (Sr., RB), Tydarius Elam (Sr.,
DB), Javon Reid (Jr., QB), Midarious Roberts (Jr., DB), Jamal
Norman (Jr., RB), Devon Holloway (Jr., DL), Keyshawn Martin
(Sr., LB), Mitch Matthews (Sr., OL).
THE WORD: The Red Devils were stopped in the first
round of the playoffs after losing only one game in 2015.
The Red Devils have figured out how to win in the regular
season and are now trying to translate that success into
postseason success. 2016 will give the Red Devils that
opportunity as they are one of the better teams on their
side of 7-A with defending state runner-up Aquinas staring
them in the face. The Red Devils will bring back both their
running backs in Quay Hartfield and Jamal Norman as well
as Javon Reid at quarterback. The Red Devils lost their
playoff game 10-7, so this could be motivation for this trio
to be more effective in the big moments when postseason
rolls around. One thing is certain the Red Devils will be a
team to keep an eye on in 2016.
WARREN COUNTY SCREAMING DEVILS
2015 RECORD: 3-7
HEAD COACH: Cherard Freeman
THE PLAYERS: James Collins (Sr., DL), Darius Southerland
(Sr., RB), Cornell Hendrick (Jr., DB), Greg Lewis (Sr., DB),
Jarvis Collins (Jr., QB), Timothy Seals (Sr., RB), Jarkevin
Clark (Sr., LB).
THE WORD: Screaming Devil will be looking to replace
their quarterback and looking to junior Jarvis Collins to take
over the position. They will have lots of returners elsewhere
and could turn their experience into a positive and take a
big leap in 2016.
2015 RECORD: 4-8
HEAD COACH: Jacob Kelley
THE PLAYERS: Hunter Brock (Sr., LB), Quintavian Cullars
(Sr., WR), Quendshious Hogan (Sr, RB), Mardrez Jackson
(Sr., DB), D’mytri Wiggs (So., RB), Dorian Welborn (Jr., DB),
Zykeir Hogan (Jr., SB).
THE WORD: The Tigers bring back lots of players on
defense led by senior linebacker Hunter Brock. The playoffs
are within the Tigers grasp in this tough region if they can
get a few players to step up on the offensive side of the
ball where the inexperience is more evident than it is with
the defense. The Tigers would like to see running backs
Quendshious Hogan and D’Mytri Wiggs make big strides in
their development to help give the Tigers some pop on the
offense to help carry them to another playoff berth.
ATHENS ACADEMY SPARTANS
2015 RECORD: 9-2
HEAD COACH: Josh Alexander
THE PLAYERS: Jacob Hudson (Sr., QB/DB), Payton Bowles
(So., RB/LB), Trey Willis (Fr., RB/DB), Frank Sinkwich (Sr.,
OL/DL), Barrett McClanahan (So., WR), Matt Moseley (Sr.,
WR), Rolf Reynolds (Sr., DB).
THE WORD: The Spartans enter year two of the Josh
Alexander era after a big first year in which the Spartans
finished 9-2. The Spartans will lose a lot of the core of the
offense in 2016 as running back Will Corry and quarterback
Drew Richardson are gone, but wide receiver Jacob Hudson
makes the move to quarterback and is poised to have a
huge season as he possesses dual-threat potential with
natural leadership abilities. Sophomore Payton Bowles will
also breakout as he is now free to get the carries left by
Corry and has added size to be able to be more physical
at linebacker as well. The Spartans could be the next
dominant team in the region and make a deep run in the
postseason this season.
ATHENS CHRISTIAN GOLDEN EAGLES
2015 RECORD: 6-5
HEAD COACH: Chris Williams
THE PLAYERS: Cody Lee (Sr., QB), Terrell Mattox (Sr., WR),
AJ Rowe (Sr., LB), Travis Kellogg (Sr., LB), David Sanford (Sr.,
OL/DL), Jodie Lawrence (Sr., DL), Richard Jibunor (Jr., WR/
LB/DL/DB), Cody Davis (Jr., OL) Addison Brown (Jr., TE).
THE WORD: The Golden Eagles return lots of experience
from the young 2015 team that managed a 6-5 record and
a fourth straight playoff appearance in year one of the Chris
Williams era. The Golden Eagles will expect to compete
for the region 8-A title now and take the leap from the
first round of the state playoffs to the second round and
possibly beyond as they will return talent in some of the
most important spots on a football team. They will be set at
quarterback now that Cody Lee has full control of Williams’
offense. The Golden Eagles will also be free to ask more out
of their dynamic junior Richard Jibunor who has played wide
receiver, tight end, defensive end, linebacker and safety in
what was his only year ever playing the sport. Jibunor could
be the key piece that puts the Golden Eagles at the top of
the region 2016 and will be a player to watch as his upside is
limitless as is the upside for the 2016 Golden Eagles.
2015 RECORD: 9-4
HEAD COACH: Marvin Justice
THE PLAYERS: Cole Chancey (Sr., RB), Will Thomas (Sr.,
FB), Garrett Ash (Sr., DL), Braxton Legg (Jr., QB/LB), Carson
Hall (Sr., OL), Matthew Flint (QB/TE/LB).
THE WORD: The Tigers were one game away from a state
championship game in 2015. The Tigers will again be a
contender as they are every season. The Tigers look to
find a replacement for the quarterback position, and both
Braxton Legg and Matthew Flint can play the position
and could get looks for the job but will also play big roles
elsewhere if not given the starting quarterback job. In 2016
the Tigers will be hungry looking to finish the job and win
the state championship.
GEORGE WALTON ACADEMY BULLDOGS
2015 RECORD: 3-7
HEAD COACH: Don Williams
THE PLAYERS: Parrish Austin (Sr., QB), Frank Samuelson
(Sr., TE), Isaiah Tossie (Sr., LB), Omar Daniels (So., WR/DB),
Cedric Robertson (Sr., RB), Haynes Waldo (Jr., WR).
THE WORD: The Bulldogs will be replacing a lot of talent
in 2016. The key position of change will come as Parrish
Austin will try to take over after getting some snaps in 2015
as a junior. The offense and defense will be in search of
playmakers as the only offensive weapon that has serious
experience is tight end Frank Samuelson who was the team’s
second leading receiver in 2015. The Bulldogs will ask more
from Omar Daniels on offense and defense as well as a few
more if they expect any kind of improvement from 2015.
HEBRON CHRISTIAN LIONS
2015 RECORD: 6-4
HEAD COACH: Kevin Shaffer
THE PLAYERS: Troy Allen (Jr., QB), Bryce Riley (Jr., WR/DB),
Micah Harden (So., TE), Kendarius David (Sr., DL), Michael
Sullivan (Sr., OL), Victor Gipson (Sr., RB/LB/DB).
THE WORD: The Lions have been in building mode and
2016 is the year where the pot may boil over and the Lions
make the jump into the upper echelon of Class A football.
The Lions come into with their quarterback position in good
hands with Troy Allen again at the helm and with Bryce Riley
returning as his No. 1 target and tight end Micah Harden
coming off his freshman season looking to play a bigger
role. The offensive and defensive lines have experience
but also have some inexperience but could excel due to the
leadership around them.
LAKEVIEW ACADEMY LIONS
2015 RECORD: 2-8
HEAD COACH: Deuce Roark
THE PLAYERS: Joecarl Gradidge (Sr., LB), Carter Ambrose
(Jr., FB), Jerrod Abee (Jr., WR), Carter Reeves (Jr., TE/DL),
Will Perry (Sr., WR/DB), Bryce Byrd (Sr., RB/DB).
THE WORD: The Lions come into 2016 hoping to improve
off the 2-8 season that was 2015. The Lions won’t be
bringing back much from last season’s team and will be
looking at a clean slate to rebuild on. Look for the Lions to
play lots of young talent and as young players do, take their
lumps and learn.
PRINCE AVENUE CHRISTIAN WOLVERINES
2015 RECORD: 12-1
HEAD COACH: Greg Vandagriff
THE PLAYERS: Grant Roland (Jr., QB/DB), Mack Simmons
(So., QB/DB), Noah Campbell (Sr., WR/DB), Harrison Jump
(Jr., OL/DL), Jared Pringle (Sr., TE/LB).
THE WORD: The Wolverines come into 2016 looking to
replace almost everything. They lost their leading rusher,
several of their top tacklers, their highly recruited offensive
tackle Rob Kraeling and late in the spring their head coach
Jeff Herron left for the Grayson job. The Wolverines hired
former Woodward Academy defensive coordinator Greg
Vandagriff to begin the reset. Vandagriff will have lots of
young players to mold but he has some veterans to lean
on such as junior quarterback Grant Roland and senior
wide receiver and defensive back Noah Campbell. The
last few seasons have seen the Wolverines compete for
state championships. 2016 could be the rebuilding year,
but don’t count this program out they could still have
something to say about the postseason.
PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN STORM
2015 RECORD: 0-10
HEAD COACH: Ken Robinson
THE PLAYERS: Mitchell Miller (Jr., QB/DB), Matt Estell
(So., DL), David Sloan (Sr., WR), Kendall Adams (Sr., RB/
DB), Daniel Martin (Sr., LB), Henry Kim (Jr., RB).
THE WORD: The Storm was 0-10 in 2015. The only thing
they can do is continue to get better which very well could
happen in 2016. Quarterback Mitchell Miller will get more
responsibility to lead and he has earned the trust of the
coaching staff and could have a big year. This development
of Miller is could be a big measurement of the improvement
in the entire program.
TOWNS COUNTY INDIANS
2015 RECORD: 2-8
HEAD COACH: John Cornett
THE PLAYERS: Russell Cox (Sr., QB), Kobe Denton (Sr.,
RB/DB), Cole Ledford (Jr., RB/DB), Walker Ross (Sr., DL),
Blake Silvers (Sr., OL), Colten Shook (Sr., WR).
THE WORD: The Indians could be a much improved team
in 2016 simply because they have a playmaker at the quarterback position that they can build around. Senior Russell
Cox led the team in passing and rushing as a quarterback
last season and has an even better grasp of the offense in
2016. The Indians can see their record improve and push
for a .500 plus record this season.
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