published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Calhoun Yellow Jackets

Calhoun Yellow Jackets

Coach: Hal Lamb (157-29 in 14 years here; 162-44 in 16 years overall)

Last year: 14-1, 7-0 in Region 7-AA; lost 31-14 to Jefferson in the Class AA state final

‘13 dreams: The expectations in Calhoun are the same every year now — make a championship run. After an upset loss to Jefferson in the title game last year, the Jackets are motivated, though a bit young at some key positions. Coach Lamb and offensive coordinator Mike Davis must groom Fields Chapman to replace two-time all-state quarterback Taylor Lamb and his 7,000 yards, and they again are replacing a strong group of graduated receivers. The offensive line, led by center Katrova Dew, could be one of the program’s best. A defense that held together amid much change a year ago has a new coordinator in George Hoblitzell but returns only five starters, including leading tackler Will Conley.

13-for-13 contenders: The Jackets return two major playmakers in Alex Urbano and Tydus Curtis, who had 2,500 combined yards a year ago. Urbano again will be the featured back, while Curtis is the lone experienced receiver back and is one of the fastest at the position in school history. Another key player is senior receiver/defensive back Andrew Haynes, who was lost early last season with an injury. He likely will be a rare two-way starter for the Jackets.

Number of interest: 13 — consecutive region championships the Yellow Jackets will have won if they claim the 7-AA title again this season. The 12 titles in a row include 78 consecutive league wins — and counting.

13 years ago: 2000 was a big year for the program. Calhoun finished 7-4 in Coach Lamb’s second season and made the state playoffs for the first time in three years.

Program superstition: Coach Lamb isn’t overly superstitious, but he does have a few football-related habits, including wearing the same clothes on Fridays as long as the Yellow Jackets are winning and eating the same meal on Sunday afternoons before breaking down game video.

1-through-3: Senior quarterback Fields Chapman

Q. You’ve waited your turn to lead this team. What did you learn the past two years as the backup?

A. I was fortunate to be behind someone as talented as Taylor Lamb. I learned a lot about being a quarterback. He taught me how to read coverages, which is important in this offense.

Q. Did losing in an upset in the Class AA championship game stick with you guys in the offseason?

A. I remember after that game what an unreal sick feeling I had — and still have when I think about it. Knowing we had it in our hands and let it get away still hurts, and none of us want to feel that again.

Q. The atmosphere at Phil Reeve Stadium is special. What makes it stand out to you?

A. It’s unbelievable. I’ve not seen another atmosphere like what we have. The stands are packed every Friday night, no matter who we’re playing. As players, we get chill bumps just walking into the stadium.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 at Ridgeland

Sep. 6 Dalton

Sep. 13 at Carrollton

Sep. 20 Dade County*

Sep. 27 Coosa*

Oct. 11 at Pepperell*

Oct. 18 at Murray County*

Oct. 25 Armuchee*

Nov. 1 at Model*

Nov. 8 Chattooga*

*Region 7-AA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Taylor Lamb 284-420-7 68% 36

Fields Chapman 14-22-0 64% 2

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Alex Urbano 187 1,304 23

Taylor Lamb 75 437 12

Cole Jackson 39 316 4

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Josh Barnes 94 1,052 5

Tydus Curtis 64 1,030 12

2013 Roster

1 Alex Urbano Senior

2 Thomas Lester Junior

3 Brett Moss Senior

4 Tydus Curtis Senior

5 Austin Bennett Junior

6 Andrew Haynes Senior

7 Drew McCracken Junior

8 Fields Chapman Senior

9 Logan Walraven Senior

10 Chandler Curtis Senior

11 Matt McHan Junior

12 Kaelan Riley Sophomore

14 Mitch Morrow Senior

15 Jarrett Carden Sophomore

16 Carson Brown Junior

17 Zach Ruth Junior

18 Will Conley Junior

20 Tanner McCormick Senior

21 Chazz Moss Junior

22 Kolby Reynolds Sophomore

23 Chase Jackson Senior

24 David Prater Junior

25 Jon Register Senior

26 Ethan Woodard Sophomore

27 Romi Shah Junior

28 Cole Jackson Junior

29 Dusty Baker Sophomore

30 Thomas Haggard Junior

31 Michael Stacy Senior

32 Tristan Fuller Junior

33 Ross Callahan Senior

34 Nathan Petty Junior

35 Jonah Landry Sophomore

36 Jordan Towe Sophomore

37 Tyler Ellis Senior

39 Noah Ferguson Sophomore

40 Jireh Wilson Sophomore

41 Harshal Patel Sophomore

42 Nick Allen Sophomore

43 Jamie Reynolds Sophomore

46 Bryson Bushong Sophomore

47 Christian East Sophomore

48 Konnor Akridge Sophomore

50 O’Shea Davis Senior

51 J.R. McBrayar Junior

52 Austin Byrd Senior

53 Spencer Cross Junior

55 Hayden Crabtree Senior

56 Angel Cornejo Senior

57 Easton Trotter Sophomore

58 Matt Landry Senior

59 Thomas Ross Sophomore

60 Blake Garland Sophomore

61 Matthew Mullinax Sophomore

62 Katrova Dew Senior

63 Drew McEntyre Sophomore

66 Tucker Foster Junior

67 Cameron East Senior

68 Hunter Moss Junior

69 Esteban Valladares Junior

70 Blaine Anderson Sophomore

71 Truett Moss Junior

72 Hunter Dunlap Sophomore

73 Dustyn Harris Junior

74 Nathan Walraven Senior

75 Austin Stout Sophomore

76 Marcos Ambrocio Sophomore

77 Eddie Guerrero Junior

78 Brantson Pierce Senior

79 Grayson Tilley Junior

80 Michael Tippins Sophomore

82 Jacob Robinson Sophomore

84 Rhett Rogers Sophomore

85 Dalyn Silvers Sophomore

88 Dustin Harrison Sophomore

90 Danny Ambrocio Junior

95 Gabriel Garcia Sophomore

96 Alex Flores Sophomore

97 Abraham Pacheco Sophomore

98 Brandon Blaylock Senior

about Lindsey Young...

Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...

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