Josiah Coatney, Chapel Hill
WHATEVER IS NECESSARY
JOSIAH COATNEY HAD MORE THAN 80 TACKLES AS A sophomore, and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Coatney has the size and potential to play at the next level and he’s continuing to get better as his high school career
goes on. Coatney was asked to play on the offensive line his soph-
omore season, but he didn’t object to holding up the frontline for
“I don’t mind blocking and helping the team any way I can, but I
really like defense,” Coatney told Scout.com.
However, Coatney said he knows where his talents are best utilized.
“I’m a guy who can make plays at defensive end. I can really stop
the run well and I am improving at rushing the passer,” Coatney
said. “If I was able to choose my position in college, I would want
to play defensive line.”
BUFORD BACK AGAIN
Buford is poised for another title run this season? Big surprise.
By now you already know, that’s a question you don’t have to answer. It’s a question that shouldn’t ever be asked. The Wolves won
it all again in 2012, and they’re the favorites once again heading
into this season. Led by linebacker Korie Rogers, there’s another
great group of seniors that don’t want to be the class that ended
their careers without a ring. Since 2007, only once has Buford not
gone out on top. That’s a feeling Rogers and Company don’t want
to have at the conclusion of this season.
EYE OF THE STORM
Cartersville played 14 games in 2012, finishing with a deep run
into the playoffs that ended in the semifinals with a 21-10 loss
to Buford. This season, the Purple Hurricanes hope they play 15
games. And maybe in that last game, the state final, they’d like a
rematch with mighty Buford.
If that’s to happen, quarterback Brooks Barden will have to lead
them there. The 6-4, 210-pound pound athlete had an outstanding junior campaign. He’ll certainly play at the next level, having
been prepared by his father, Frank, who has been coaching for
nearly 30 years.
“My dad being a coach is huge for me and he gives me a real
advantage,” Barden told Scout.com. “We are always talking foot-
ball, we will go home and work on the white board, we will watch
tape together, and having him has been an advantage not many
Cartersville came close last season. If given another opportu-
nity, don’t bet against Barden, as the Purple Hurricanes look for
their first state championship since 1999.
QB Tyler Harris
QB Slade Dale
RB Nick Chubb
RB J. T. Thomas
WR Terry Googer
WR Brandon Norwood Cedar Grove
WR Xavier Harper
OL Chavis Dickey
OL Quintez Johnson
ATH Thomas Wilson
ATH T.L. Ford
DL Josiah Coatney
DL Mekhi Brown
DL Bryson Allen-Williams Cedar Grove
LB Korie Rogers
LB Keshun Freeman
LB Jimmy Hill
DB Nick Ruffin
St. Pius X
DB Zavior Hoxie
DB Kiante Walton
DB Tez Parks
ATH Stanton Tuitt
TOP 5 TEAMS
1BUFORD: Linebacker Korie Rogers leads another talented group of players.
As usual, look for Buford to be in the hunt to
play in the Dome.
2ST. PIUS X: The Lions return 11 starters from last year’s state runner-up team.
3PEACH COUNTY: With an impressive 37-5 mark since last winning the state
title in 2009, could this be the year the
Trojans add another trophy?
4CARTERSVILLE: The Purple Hurricanes have one of the best athletes in the state
in quarterback Brooks Barden. The team is
hungry after losing in the semifinals in 2012.
5NORTH HALL: Coach Bob Christmas says Andrew Smith is one of the best athletes
he’s ever coached. For a coach with nearly
four decades of experience, that’s high praise.