published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Boyd-Buchanan Buccaneers

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    Jim Cardwell enters his fourth year as a starter for the Bucs, who once again have state-title aspirations.

Boyd-Buchanan Buccaneers

Coach: Grant Reynolds (63-27 in his ninth year here and overall)

Last year: 12-2, lost 27-6 to Friendship Christian in a state semifinal

‘13 dreams: Reynolds said the Bucs have some talented players this year, but many of them are young. For instance, eight new starters will appear on defense. Skill positions are a team strength. Team speed is more than adequate. “Hopefully by the end we’re playing our best,” Reynolds said. “We’re not ever going to compromise our goals of winning a district championship and winning a state championship. That’s what we’re striving for.” Jim Cardwell (5-foot-9, 180) contributes at safety and as a kickoff and punt returner, but his primary duty is quarterback, where he’ll be starting for a fourth year. Junior Austin Jackson (6-0, 210) is expected to play key roles at both running back and linebacker. Guard and defensive tackle Eli Legg (6-0, 225) got valuable playing time last season as a freshman.

Number of interest: It was 2008 the last time the Buccaneers lost to a league opponent, 13 games ago.

13 years ago: Reynolds was the defensive coordinator on the first Boyd-Buchanan team to advance as far as a state semifinal.

1-through-3: Senior quarterback, safety and kick returner Jim Cardwell

Q. Having been a starter at quarterback the last three years, what are your thoughts entering your final prep season?

A. It flew by real fast. It seems like yesterday I was playing with Ross Keesler and all those guys. It was my first year. Now it just seems like it flew right by.

Q. With your father, Carter, being your offensive coordinator throughout your high school career, what has that been like?

A. He always wants me to do the best I can. He’s always told me, “You can be a regular high school kid and go through the motions and just be average, or I’ve done this for 35 years and I know what it takes, and if you want to do it, let me know. Either way I’ll support you.” So I said, “Let’s do it.”

Q. What’s been the most memorable thing about wearing a Buccaneers football uniform?

A. I think my favorite part is just being with the guys, goofing off in the locker room and hanging out with them. I especially remember last year’s group. We did everything together.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 at Red Bank 7:30

Aug. 30 at McMinn Central 7:30

Sep. 6 Franklin Road Academy 7:30

Sep. 12 Notre Dame 7:30

Sep. 27 at Donelson Christian Academy 8

Oct. 4 at Grace Academy* 7:30

Oct. 11 South Pittsburg 7:30

Oct. 18 at Copper Basin* 7:30

Oct. 25 at Sequatchie County 8

Nov. 1 Silverdale Baptist Academy* 7:30

  • District 5-A game

2012 Stats

Passing

C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Jim Cardwell 94-157-6 59.9 1,090 11

Rushing

Att. Yards TDs

Rance Harden 258 1,528 21

Jim Cardwell 174 1,224 18

Receiving

No. Yards TDs

Grant Mathis 27 337 4

Austin Hall 14 256 3

Tackles

Solo Assists Total

Steven Ingram 69 37 87.5

Rance Harden 64 27 77.5

Roster

No. Name Class

1 Jim Cardwell Senior

2 Brogen Baker Senior

3 Austin Jackson Junior

5 E.J. Matthews Sophomore

6 Jeremy Borders Freshman

7 Skyler Anderson Sophomore

8 Ross Wortman Freshman

9 Ryan Watkins Senior

10 Cooper Hodge Sophomore

12 Jacob Gambrell Junior

13 Jayson Smith Junior

14 Ethan Cochran Junior

15 Jake Harden Sophomore

16 Chris Lyon Senior

17 John Barber Freshman

18 Evan Martin Freshman

21 Damaris Macon Junior

22 Cameron Pope Senior

23 Bray Wilson Senior

31 Isaiah Dillard Sophomore

32 Devin Spiegelhalter Sophomore

34 Elliot Cochran Freshman

37 Andy Floyd Senior

41 Blake Stevens Senior

46 Tanner Harris Freshman

50 Will Raines Freshman

51 Alex Roland Junior

52 Caleb Davis Junior

53 Isaac Antwine Freshman

55 Arkeem High Freshman

56 Calvin Conn Junior

57 Jacob Graham Sophomore

61 Jordan Raines Sophomore

63 Eli Legg Sophomore

64 Blake Braswell Freshman

65 Chris Henry Junior

67 Kade Owens Freshman

70 Brandon Spurling Junior

72 Christian Richards Junior

74 Kell Stott Freshman

78 Wyatt Henderson Sophomore

80 Saint Martin Freshman

86 Jack Keebler Sophomore

88 Carter Broome Sophomore

about Kelley Smiddie...

Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com.

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