published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Christian Heritage Lions

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    Christian Heritage quarterback Trevor Brown is aiming to improve on a breakout junior season in which he completed almost 60 percent of his passes for more than 1,600 yards and 17 TDs.
    Photo by David Uchiyama /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Christian Heritage Lions

Coach: Preston Poag (11-9 in two seasons)

Last year: 5-5, 2-3 in 6A-A

’13 dreams: The Lions jumped into the deep end of GHSA football last year with great anticipation. They did not drown even though they finished with 29 players. “It was a good first year,” Poag said. “You have to get those experiences.” Some Region 6-A coaches have picked Christian Heritage to win the region. It’s possible.

13-for-13 contenders: Poag said it best: “I’ve got them all back from last year.” The entirety includes senior quarterback Trevor Brown (5-foot-10, 160), senior running back and linebacker Austin Lowe ( 5-11, 190) and an impressive duo of senior receivers in Will Fischer (6-2, 190) and Nich Bartley (6-0, 180). n 13 years ago: Christian Heritage School was four years into its building and had no dreams of increasing its athletic profile to compete with GHSA members. The school started in 1986 with 35 students.

Number of interest: 106 —That’s how many tackles junior Ivan Townsend made last season, including 9.5 for lost yardage.

Program superstition: Coach Poag and his players nixed one tradition due to superstition. “Every time we wore gold pants, we lost,” Poag said. “We’re not going to wear them anymore.”

1-through-3: Senior receiver Will Fischer

Q. What has it been like going through the GHSA transition?

A. It’s phenomenal and the program has grown a lot to get us great coaches and great facilities, and it’s a blessing to play here.

Q. What will you guys be prepared for this year that you weren’t last year?

A. We didn’t have as much of a knowledge of the teams, so we’ll be more prepared. But they know our strengths and weaknesses as well.

Q. What are Coach Poag’s favorite practice phrases?

A. There’s a lot of them: Finish the drill. Go hard. Be prepared. Don’t quit.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 Model

Sep. 6 at Murray County

Sep. 13 at Coahulla Creek

Sep. 20 Fellowship Christian

Sep. 27 at Mt. Zion, Carroll*

Oct. 4 at Gordon Lee*

Oct.11 Darlington*

Nov. 1 at Trion*

Nov. 8 Region play-in

*Region 6 A-A game; Games at 7:30 Eastern

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I PCT Yards TDs

Trevor Brown 118-197-13 59.9 1,602 17

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Austin Lowe 104 662 7

Jake Stokes 77 670 9

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Nick Bartley 39 587 9

Will Fischer 33 504 9

Roster

No. Name Class

1 Brian Pierce Senior

2 Andrew McEntyre Senior

3 Wesley Hagan Freshman

5 Ahmaad Tanner Freshman

7 Trevor Brown Senior

8 Chase Herndon Freshman

9 Hunter Dixon Senior

10 Chandler Coley Senior

11 Nick Bartley Senior

12 Will Fischer Senior

14 Patterson Beene Freshman

16 Jake Stokes Senior

18 Tyson Cooper Sophomore

20 Devin Smith Freshman

21 Hutch Crawford Senior

22 Austin Lowe Senior

24 Matt Cook Sophomore

27 Alex Fisher Freshman

32 Ian Robbins Junior

50 Herschel Beene Junior

52 Evan Townsend Junior

55 Harrison Kranzlein Senior

58 Spencer Robbins Junior

60 Luke Burdetter Sophomore

63 Bryce Delozier Junior

65 Heath Hardaway Freshman

67 Mac Raughton Freshman

70 John Whiteside Freshman

72 Evan Akers Freshman

76 Collin Calhoun Junior

77 Logan Gazaway Junior

79 Noah Holsomback Junior

80 Seth Roberson Freshman

85 Lucas Grant Freshman

86 Nathan Brown Freshman

88 Logan Mashburn Junior

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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