published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Cleveland Blue Raiders

Cleveland's C.J. Bryant (25) runs the ball as Central High School defenders chase in this file photo.
Cleveland's C.J. Bryant (25) runs the ball as Central High School defenders chase in this file photo.
Photo by Dan Henry.

BY THE NUMBERS

0 — Playoff home games and playoff wins since 2004, with six postseason road games.

3 — Cleveland head coaches since 2004.

10 — Seniors on the roster, including one out for the team for the first time.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 18 vs. Maryville at Alcoa High School, 5

Aug. 24 Knoxville Catholic

Aug. 31 at Ooltewah*

Sept. 7 at Central

Sept. 14 Walker Valley*

Sept. 21 Red Bank

Oct. 5 McMinn County*

Oct. 12 at Soddy-Daisy*

Oct. 19 at Bradley Central*

Oct. 26 Rhea County*

* District 5-AAA game

All games start at 7:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND BLUE RAIDERS

Coach: Ron Crawford (first year here, 101-45 in his 12 years

Stadium: Benny Monroe

Stadium Address: 850 Raider Drive, Cleveland, TN 37312

RECENT HISTORY

After not missing the playoffs for over 20 seasons, Cleveland went 5-5 and missed for the second time in seven years in 2011. Here’s a look at the regular-season win total for the last five years:

Season 1 5 10

2011 —————(5)

2010 ——————(6)

2009 ———(3)

2008 ———————(7)

2007 ———————(7)

THREE STRENGTHS

1) The Blue Raiders have a lot of depth at the skill positions.

2) The coaching staff is excited about the overall team speed.

3) Not losing any of their skill players last season, the Raiders have a wealth of experience in the backfield.

THREE CONCERNS

1) The Blue Raiders are blessed with speed, but who will provide leadership on an inexperienced offensive and defensive line?

2) In addition to the lack of experience on the lines, few linemen have stepped up to establish themselves. What youngsters will be able to provide depth?

3) The team feels good about the punting position, but who will take control as the place-kicker?

THREE QUESTIONS WITH AUSTIN HERINK

(Junior quarterback)

Q: You’ve spent the last two years studying behind [University of Pittsburgh freshman] Chad Voytik. How was that experience?

A: I think they were good. Most people would say that it hurt me because I didn’t get experience on the field, but I spent two years behind arguably the best quarterback in the state. I got most of the reps in practice and learned every day, and when college coaches came to see him, they saw me, too.

Q: How do you adjust now to being “the man?”

A: While Chad was quarterback, I saw things that I liked, and saw some other things I would do differently. The biggest thing I have to do is just be myself. Chad is a great player and a great guy, but I have to be Austin and do things my way.

Q: You’re the only non-kicker on the roster who doesn’t play both ways. What happened there?

A: Well, they wanted me to punt, but my first kick went 2 yards and rolled about 15. They also tried me at safety in the spring, but they soon kicked me out of there, too.

ROSTER

1 C.J. Bryant - Senior

2 D.J. Jones - Junior

3 Raekwon Bunion - Sophomore

4 Reeves Morgan - Senior

5 Jacob Gibson - Sophomore

6 Jonathan Terrero - Junior

7 Austin Herink - Junior

8 Vick Harrison - Senior

9 Reed Allison - Senior

10 Parker Smith - Junior

11 Austin Massey - Sophomore

12 David Morgan - Senior

13 Orlando Alcantara - Sophomore

14 Christian Cazorla - Sophomore

15 Jackson Earle - Junior

16 Michael Huff - Junior

17 Tyler Davis - Junior

18 Stephen Cannon - Sophomore

20 Will Hilliker - Sophomore

21 Eric Goodwin - Sophomore

23 Michael Palmer - Sophomore

25 Eli Isenhower - Junior

28 T.J. Parker - Sophomore

30 Andrew Ragland - Sophomore

31 Landon Seaborn - Sophomore

32 Conner Guthrie - Sophomore

34 Trevon Young - Sophomore

35 Michael Lee - Junior

37 Zack Grayson - Sophomore

40 Kimsey Bell - Junior

42 Zack Lee - Junior

43 Jacob Morris - Sophomore

44 John Kondor - Senior

50 John Gaither - Sophomore

51 Trent Crouch - Senior

52 Oleg Stukinov - Senior

53 Michael Ledford - Junior

54 Dalten McDonald - Junior

55 Darius Pillow - Junior

56 Chapman Parks - Sophomore

57 Zack Brammer - Sophomore

58 Malik McDermott - Junior

59 Tanner Lawrence - Junior

60 Michael Millsap - Sophomore

62 Tre’Var Moore - Junior

63 Trey Simpson - Sophomore

64 Joseph Morgan - Senior

65 Jonathon Cousineau - Sophomore

68 Tristen Sherman - Sophomore

70 Robert McMahan - Junior

71 Cody Bradford - Junior

73 Andrew Lowe - Sophomore

75 Daniel Golan - Senior

76 John Smalley - Sophomore

77 Koran Kennedy - Sophomore

80 Bryan Adams - Sophomore

81 Parker Carson - Junior

82 Abraham Arrington - Sophomore

84 Jay McIntyre - Sophomore

86 Rod Dennard - Sophomore

87 Chris Ofori - Junior

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