published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - North Sand Mountain Bison

North Sand Mountain Bison

Coach: Adam Gilbert (21-11 in four years here)

Last year: 8-3, lost to Sheffield in the first round of the Alabama Class 2A playoffs.

‘13 dreams: The Bison return nine defensive starters and six from an offense that averaged 34 points per game. There is also more depth than in recent memory, all of which should mean another playoff run.

13-for-13 contenders: Senior Cody McBryar (5-foot-10, 200) takes over at quarterback after having been a utility player for the last two years, playing a variety of positions. The team won’t throw the ball nearly as much as the last three seasons when Tyler Vann threw for more than 2,500 yards each year. Senior running back Dexter Walsh (6-2, 220) now becomes the offensive focus, but senior receivers Ean MIles (5-8, 160) and Eric George (5-10, 170) will need to provide balance as well. Senior Colt Shrader (6-2, 235) is the backbone of the offensive line, and sophomore Michael Farber (5-10, 185) anchors the defensive line.

Number of interest: 3. The players who likely will have to start on both sides of the ball. That’s a small number for a 2A program, and having a rotation of nine linemen should help keep everyone fresh for the late stages of games.

1-through-3: Senior Cody McBryar

Q. You played receiver and running back last year, so what’s the toughest part of switching to quarterback this year?

A. Knowing where everybody has to be on every play. I have to make sure everybody is lined up right and then know where they’re all supposed to go after the snap.

Q. What do you see as your role on the team now as a senior quarterback?

A. That will change from week to week. We want to establish a run game, and I feel good about helping the team running the ball, but if the team needs me to throw, I feel confident I can do that, too.”

Q. Do you have any superstitions?

A. I’ve been wearing the same socks for every game for the last two years. It’s a pair of blue and white ones that I thought looked nice, and then after I played good in them I kept wearing them. I do wash them after every game, though.”

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 at Dade County

Sep. 6 Section*

Sep. 13 at Sand Rock*

Sep. 20 Gaston*

Sep. 27 at Sylvania

Oct. 4 West End*

Oct. 11 at Ider*

Oct. 18 at Fyffe*

Oct. 25 Westbrook Christian*

Nov. 1 Pisgah

*Region 7-2A game

2012 Stats


Tyler Vann 151 264 8 2,185 20


Tyler Vann 97 724 12

Dexxter Walsh 116 544 8


Andrew Duncan 41 540 4

Cody McBryar 20 343 3


Dexxter Walsh 57 21 78

Cody McBryar 35 17 52


No. Name Class

1 Cody McBryar Senior

3 Leon Sievers Junior

4 Michael Farber Sophomore

5 Eric George Sophomore

6 Hunter Hill Freshman

7 Chase Cagle Junior

8 Derek Alonzo Senior

9 Ben Britt Senior

10 Ean Miles Senior

11 Dylan Worley Senior

12 Austin Cummins Sophomore

13 Garrett George Sophomore

20 Pierce Porter Freshman

23 Bailey Guffey Freshman

27 Jordan Harmon Sophomore

32 Jake Marlborough Eighth-grader

33 Dexxter Walsh Senior

34 Tanner Atchley Freshman

44 Tristan Yates Senior

45 Alex Michaels Sophomore

53 Hunter Lowery Senior

54 Marcus Spangler Sophomore

57 Dallon Atchley Sophomore

58 Lucas Waldrop Senior

59 Alex Phillips Senior

61 Zackary Williams Sophomore

65 Hunter Phillips Sophomore

74 Colt Shrader Senior

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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