published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Gordon Lee Trojans

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    The Trojans have solid numbers and three quarterbacks who could contend for the starting job.
    Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Gordon Lee Trojans

Coach: Charlie Wiggins (5-6 in one season; 48-41 overall)

Last year: 5-6, 2-3 in 6 A-A, lost to eventual state champion Emauel County Institute in the first round of playoffs

’13 dreams: The Trojans have the goal — like many other schools — of winning their region and making the playoffs. The attainability of those goals will be based on attrition from last year and player development during the preseason and game to game. The Trojans graduated seven defensive starters — most of whom started at least three seasons — including all-state linebacker Bryce Bailey. Wiggins said the offense should remain “status quo.”

13-for-13 contenders: The average size of players for the Trojans — especially at skill positions — is about 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. Yet Wiggins said the team is more athletic than often in the past, and it has experience, including three senior quarterbacks — any of whom could take most of the snaps — in Zach Cobb (6-1, 170), Garrett McAllister (5-11, 165) and Hayden Casteel (5-10, 170). “They’re all three going to be on the field all over the place,” Wiggins said. “All of our quarterbacks and running backs need to have good years for us to be successful.”

13 years ago: “Most of the guys on the team now were 4 years old,” Wiggins said. “Some of the seniors may have been in kindergarten. I was the [offensive coordinator] at Maryville College and my daughter, Ashton, was born that Christmas.”

Number of interest: 21 — The Trojans scored 21 rushing touchdowns last year while rushing for 2,361 yards on 402 carries as a team. n Program superstition: Gordon Lee has a tradition called the “The Trojan Walk” for every home game. The players file into the stadium before the game through a throng of fellow students and fans and past monuments for every state championship in every sport.

1-through-3: Senior athlete Zach Cobb

Q. What sports did you play growing up, and what do you play now?

A. I played football, basketball and baseball, and I still play football and baseball.

Q. Why did you give up hoops?

A. Coming into high school, I didn’t want sports taking my whole time, so I gave up the one I wanted to play least.

Q. What’s the best part of playing for Gordon Lee?

A. It’s the tradition that comes with it. It’s a tradition that everybody in the city is at every game Friday night.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 at Lakeview-F.O.

Sep. 6 Coahulla Creek

Sep. 13 at Armuchee

Sep. 27 Whitefield Academy

Oct. 4 Christian Heritage*

Oct. 18 Darlington*

Oct. 25 Trion*

Nov. 1 at Mt. Zion, Carroll*

Nov. 8 Region play-in

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

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I PCT Yards TDs

Garrett McAllister 50-99-8 50.5 523 9

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Zach Cobb 135 885 6

Adam Vandiver 102 770 6

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Bryce Bailey 18 159 2

Zach Cobb 8 125 2

(NOTE: bolded players are returning)

Roster

No. Name Class

2 Sean Coakley Junior

3 Nick Wilson Junior

4 Logan Hill Freshman

6 Dalton Owens Junior

7 Hunter Teeters Junior

8 Colin Wright Junior

10 Caleb O’Neal Sophomre

11 Garret McAllister Senior

14 Logan Parish Sophomore

15 Austin Sturdivent Sophomore

16 Chase Wood Senior

20 Caleb Butcher Freshman

21 Aaron McCurdy Freshman

22 Scott Royal Junior

24 Zach Cobb Senior

26 Gabe Veazey Senior

27 McKinnon Young Freshman

32 Evan Clayton Freshman

33 Drew Cobb Freshman

35 Andrew Toans Sophomore

36 Zach Liner Sophomore

39 Cameron Scroggins Sophomore

40 Braxton Salmon Sophomore

42 Andrew Coulter Sophomre

51 Clayton Ware Senior

52 Jake Butcher Senior

56 Dallas Goodlet Junior

57 Tanner Davis Freshman

58 Tristan Crabtree Senior

60 Evan Fraley Freshman

61 Andrew Wilson Freshman

62 Tyler Smith Junior

63 Nicolas Rousseau Senior

64 Peyton Vowell Sophomre

65 Garrett Kerns Senior

66 Spencer Wilson Sophomore

67 Jake Rodgers Junior

68 Austin Dees Junior

74 Ryker Smith Sophomre

75 Jarod Streetman Sophomre

77 Matthew Stadter Sophomre

80 Nate Young Senior

81 Chris Davis Sophomre

85 Jake Leiviska Freshman

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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