published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Preps Preview: Coahulla Creek Colts

Erick Dominguez and the Colts will face Gordon Lee in the first home game in program history.
Erick Dominguez and the Colts will face Gordon Lee in the first home game in program history.
Photo by Dan Henry.

BY THE NUMBERS

1 — Top win total (for North Murray) in a first varsity season in northwest Georgia in the past 10 years.

4 — Defensive shutouts posted by the Colts during last season’s junior varsity campaign.

7 — Seniors listed on the first Coahulla Creek football roster. The junior class is the largest, with 26 listed.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 31 at Murray County

Sep. 7 Gordon Lee

Sep. 14 Christian Heritage

Sep. 21 at Sonoraville*

Sep. 28 Cartersville*

Oct. 5 at Gordon Central*

Oct. 19 Lakeview-F.O.*

Oct. 26 at Ringgold*

Nov. 2 North Murray*

Nov. 9 Adairsville*

* Region 5-AAA game

COAHULLA CREEK COLTS

Coach: Jared Hamlin (first year here, 40-31 in seven seasons overall)

Stadium address: 3361 Crow Road, Dalton, GA 30721

RECENT HISTORY

There is no varsity history with the Colts, who had some high points during last season’s junior varsity 8-2 season.

THREE STRENGTHS

1) The defensive line is the strong point of the team starting out. Tackle Cordarius Tarver (6-2, 265) and end Jordan Tant (6-5, 215) are the building blocks of the unit.

2) Quarterback Hunter Williams missed the start of last season’s junior varsity competition with injury but came back to prove that he’s a true dual threat.

3) Though the coaching staff and players expect to be competitive from the first kickoff, there is very little pressure on the Colts this first season. In addition, opposing teams may tend to overlook them.

THREE CONCERNS

1) How will the Colts react when the bright lights of Friday night come on? It’s something the coaching staff has been working on with up-tempo, high-pressure practices.

2) The Colts believe they have a solid group of starters for a first-year program, but quality depth is a luxury they don’t yet have.

3) With so much emphasis on getting the starting 11 on each side of the ball settled, the special teams are still a work in progress.

THREE QUESTIONS WITH ERICK DOMINGUEZ

(Junior receiver/free safety)

Q: What do you hope to see early on? Is it about winning or just making progress?

A: I just want to see us playing hard. We learned so much last year and this spring, and I believe we’ll pick right up and start strong. We really plan to impress people this year.

Q: What do you hope the game-day atmosphere will be here for that first varsity home game?

A: I just hope we have a lot of rowdy fans getting into it and cheering hard. I think we’ll be a little nervous, but that’s not a bad thing. We’ll be ready for it.

Q: What kind of foundation can this group lay for future Colts?

A: Hopefully a strong foundation based on a hard work ethic. If we show young kids how hard we work and the right way to do things, we’ve done our job.


ROSTER

2 Cody Wood - Senior

3 Ivan Perez - Junior

4 Darius Miller - Junior

5 Michael Ward - Junior

6 Gabriel Durham - Junior

7 Marquis Monroe - Junior

8 Jackson Sheppard - Sophomore

9 Josh Phillips - Junior

10 Austin Gossett - Sophomore

11 T.C. Cole - Sophomore

12 Erick Dominguez - Junior

13 Kip Davis - Sophomore

14 Blaine Williams - Junior

15 Luke Brock - Freshman

16 Alex Hefner - Junior

17 Austin Coker - Junior

18 Francisco Sanchez - Junior

19 Hunter Horn - Senior

20 Aaron Croom - Freshman

21 Levi Wilson - Junior

22 Joseph Ellison - Sophomore

23 Jake Smith - Sophomore

24 Jacob Watson - Junior

25 Labron Kendrick - Junior

26 Max Wilson - Freshman

27 Cameron Burton - Junior

28 Drew Lamb - Junior

29 Baley Jones - Freshman

30 Salvador Baragan - Freshman

31 Josue Dominguez - Freshman

34 Cody McKinney - Freshman

35 Brady Mull - Sophomore

40 Taylor Poteet - Junior

42 Tommy Peden - Freshman

44 Cordarious Tarver - Senior

45 Blake Sissom - Junior

51 Aaron Elrod - Sophomore

54 Harvey Walker - Sophomore

55/87 Storm Whitfield - Senior

57 Ross Hargis - Freshman

60 Hunter Reed - Junior

61 Ben Carr - Junior

62 Brandon Mitchell - Sophomore

64 Tyler Warniz - Junior

66 Joel Phillips - Junior

68 Christian Castro - Sophomore

70 C.J. Underwood - Freshman

71 Brantley Lansing - Freshman

72 Alejandro Rosalas - Junior

74 Austin Center - Junior

75 Spencer Flood - Sophomore

76 Dakota Ware - Freshman

78 Austin Cronan - Freshman

80 Josh Foxx - Sophomore

81 Michael Cantrell - Sophomore

82 Brandon Brown - Sophomore

84 Jake Dean - Freshman

87 Tyler Brown - Freshman

88 Jordan Tant - Senior

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