published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Lookout Valley Yellow Jackets

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    Lookout Valley senior Kendall Parham will be counted on to be a leader on the offensive and defensive lines as the Yellow Jackets make a run at a trip to the state playoffs.

Lookout Valley Yellow Jackets

Coach: Tony Webb (54-44 in 10 years here and overall)

Last year: 5-6, lost to Copper Basin in the first round of the 1A playoffs

‘13 dreams: The Yellow Jackets have reached the playoffs seven of the last eight seasons but will have to rely on an inexperienced offensive backfield growing up in a hurry to reach the postseason again. There is a lot of experience in the trenches, as four starters return to each side of the line. And while running back Jaylen Wynn will be in his first season as the primary offensive weapon, he did gain considerable varsity experience last year and has game-breaking speed.

13-for-13 contenders: Kendall Parham (6-foot-4, 280) is a four-year starter on the offensive line and will contribute on the defensive line as well. He’s a college prospect and one of only two senior starters, along with tackle/linebacker Earth Reed (5-9, 175). Wynn (5-11, 170) is a junior who ran for more than 400 yards last season and also is a good receiver for freshman quarterback Evan Walker (6-1, 150). Walker already has coaches excited about his potential, and the plan is to let him throw the ball at least 15 times per game.

Number of interest: 10. The years Tony Webb has been the Yellow Jackets’ head coach, making him the dean of District 6-A. Before Webb, Lookout Valley had not had a coach stay with the program longer than five years consecutively.

13 years ago: Led by all-state quarterback James Watkins, who was more dangerous as a runner, the Jackets had one of the most successful seasons in program history, reaching the second round of the state playoffs before losing a tough one at Charleston, 21-20, to finish 8-4 overall.

Program superstition: Although the team itself doesn’t have any superstitions, Parham said he and many of his teammates do spend the minutes just before exiting the locker room to take the field sitting at their lockers and listening to music. “We like to listen to something that’s going to get us psyched up — something with a loud beat and tempo that puts you in the mood to go play hard,” Parham said.

1-through-3: Four-year starter Kendall Parham

Q. Now that it’s your senior season, how are you approaching it differently than years past?

A. I feel like I have to go extra hard in practice and in games to help my team more. We’re a small team so we have to win games by giving more effort, and as a senior I want to go out winning as many games as we can. It would be huge for me to help us get back into the playoffs again.”

Q. How tough is it on a team that has so many guys who have to play both ways?

A. It’s really tiring. We run a lot of extra sprints at practice just to be in better condition than the teams we play, because we know we have to be prepared. It can be tough, especially on us linemen, being out there for four quarters playing on both sides of the ball. But I love being out there. I love to hit. That’s my favorite part of the game, so I want to be out there as much as I can.

Q. What’s something about you, off the field, that not many people know?

A. My favorite subject is math, and I plan on becoming either an engineer or an accountant. I would love to play college football, and I dream about that already. I want to play for as long as I can, but once it’s over I’ll probably find a career that involves math.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 at Silverdale Academy

Aug. 30 at hattanooga Christian

Sep. 13 Grace Baptist Academy

Sep. 20 Marion County*

Sep. 27 Bledsoe County

Oct. 4 at Whitwell*, 8

Oct. 11 Meigs County

Oct. 18 at South Pittsburg*, 8

Oct. 25 at Copper Basin

Nov. 1 Sale Creek*

*District 6-A game

2012 Stats

Passing

C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Vann Scribner 61-99-4 61.6 883 8

Rushing

Att. Yards TDs

Jamal Jones 178-1,343 13

Vann Scribner 81-547 5

Jaylen Wynn 50-411 3

Receiving

No. Yards TDs

William Long 26-441 4

Roster

No. Name Class

7 Trevor Johnson Junior

11 Adrian Mcghee Junior

13 Austin Stansifer Sophomore

14 Evan Walker Freshman

20 Gavin Thacker Junior

21 Jaylen Wynn Junior

22 Javonte Epps Junior

32 Pascual Aranda Junior

34 Jaxon Holloway Freshman

40 Sean Kirk Senior

50 Kyle Smith Sophomore

51 Ben Lowrance Sophomore

54 Steven Elders Freshman

55 Kendall Parham Senior

60 Michael Minnick Sophomore

62 Hurley Wallace Junior

64 Peyton Cook Junior

65 Austin Yarbrough Junior

66 David Cromer Sophomore

70 Earth Reed Junior

72 Josh Jones Sophomore

76 Logan Alder Freshman

77 Preston Evers Sophomore

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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