published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Warriors

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Warriors

Coach: Todd Windham (24-37 in six years here; 63-92 in 15 years overall)

Last year: 7-3, 4-3 in Region 5-AAA

‘13 dreams: The Warriors will be hard-pressed to equal last year’s success, when they tied for fourth in the region, with the sheer volume of starters lost to graduation. They lost 13 seniors, several of whom were two-way starters, including quarterback/linebacker Trey Silmon, receiver/cornerback Jackson Wallin and running back/linebacker Nate Long. Any shot at a playoff spot in a region that overall lost a lot of talent resides in the trenches. Windham likes his starters up front, but depth is a big issue.

13-for-13 contenders: Sky Rogers will assume the quarterback duties and the Warriors may take to the air more often to take advantage of his arm. Jacob Gilbert is the top returning running back and also likely will start at linebacker in a revamped 3-3 stack scheme. Tight end/defensive end Triston Evans is poised for a breakout season, Windham thinks.

Number of interest: 9 — The Warriors have only nine seniors, but they are introducing 16 ninth-graders. Also, the team’s last playoff appearance was in 2009, the year before the current seniors joined the program.

13 years ago: The Warriors began the John Allen era with a 3-7 season. The following four years, however, were the most successful in program history with 37 wins.

Program superstition: It’s not really a superstition, but the Warriors like to crowd together in a small area of the locker room before kickoff. The room is silent until the knock on the door signals it’s game time. The players then work themselves into a frenzy before taking the field.

1-through-3: Senior running back/linebacker Jacob Gilbert

Q. What’s going to be the key to the Warriors being competitive this season?

A. We have to stay healthy. I know we’ll be ready to play and hit somebody, but we have to avoid injury. We’re not expected to win a lot of games, so we have that underdog attitude.

Q. Is there an early game that’s going to tell everybody where this team stands?

A. To me, the first three games are key. Gordon Lee is always a good rivalry. Heritage, even though they were 0-10 last year, is a huge rivalry, and it’s always tough to play at Dade County. We’ll know what we’re made of after those three.

Q. You guys lost a couple of heartbreakers last year, including one to rival Ringgold that kept you out of the playoffs. How does that motivate you?

A. That Ringgold game set the whole mood for this season. We want it so bad after being so close last year. We hate losing, and having experienced that 0-10 season … we’re not going to have that.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 Gordon Lee

Sep. 6 Heritage

Sep. 13 at Dade County

Sep. 20 at Adairsville*

Sep. 27 at Gordon Central*

Oct. 4 Cartersville*

Oct. 18 Coahulla Creek*

Oct. 25 North Murray*

Nov. 1 at Ringgold*

Nov. 8 at Sonoraville*

*Region 5-AAA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Trey Silmon 67-101-4 66% 962 10

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Pooh Harden 201 1,402 10

Trey Silmon 108 484 3

Jacob Gilbert 20 124 2

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Jackson Wallin 24 396 5

Daniel Parrish 27 298 1

Roster

2 Daques Davis Freshman

3 Sam Eaves Junior

4 Cole Crawford Senior

6 Ryan Keefe Junior

8 Grayson Avans Freshman

10 B.J. Raines Junior

11 Noah Flowers Freshman

12 Skyler Rigers Senior

14 Nic O’Connell Senior

16 Nick Farmer Junior

17 Keyvon Rivers Senior

19 Trae Ford Freshman

20 Hayden Griffin Sophomore

21 Triston Evans Senior

22 Easton Guinn Freshman

23 James Knight Freshman

25 Jordan Pickett Sophomore

27 Jacob Williams Junior

34 Jacob Gilbert Senior

35 Cole Templin Sophomore

36 Shamar Catoe Junior

39 Alex Smith Sophomore

41 Kylin Livingston Freshman

43 Seth Scarborough Freshman

44 Jesse Flanagan Junior

45 Jacob Hood Sophomore

47 Dustin McBryar Junior

48 Cameron Pewitt Junior

50 Brian Rich Sophomore

51 Lucas Heard Senior

53 Jacob Michal Freshman

54 Josh Wright Sophomore

56 Chase Smith Junior

57 Tanner Ivester Junior

58 Jacob Ivester Junior

59 Bryson Suggs Sophomore

60 Andrew Whitis Junior

61 Austin Maslanik Freshman

62 Taylor Brown Sophomore

63 Matt Fitzgerald Freshman

64 Konner Lea Sophomore

65 Frankie Pinkston Junior

66 Riley Howe Freshman

70 Nathan Mooneyham Freshman

71 Zane Crowder Freshman

75 Todd Turner Senior

76 Patrick McCracken Sophomore

77 Kane Suttles Junior

78 Ken Wallin Sophomore

80 Jordan Burgess Junior

82 Tanner Bennett Junior

83 Stephen Bishop Junior

85 Chris Neaderhiser Freshman

87 Destin Noble Sophomore

89 Tristan Bennett Freshman

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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