published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Red Bank Lions

Red Bank Lions

Coach: E.K. Slaughter (4-6 in one year here; 25-26 in five years overall)

Last year: 4-6, ending a seven-year postseason string

‘13 dreams: The Lions will be more reserved offensively, shifting from a wide-open passing attack to a more conservative option game that will feature some spread sets. They’re listed by a couple of other coaches as dark horse title contenders in District 6-AA. “We will be better than people think,” said Slaughter, who feels good about the starters but is concerned about the quality of depth if the team suffers an injury or two. There are five starters returning on each side of the ball, but the staff was uncertain in early August about punting and kicking specialists.

13-for-13 contenders: The Lions’ hopes will hinge on quarterback Mike Robinson’s performance. He has been called dynamic, but he’ll have to be on his game if their offense is going to be efficient. Senior defensive end Brandon Wright (6-3, 250) is a college prospect who has qualified academically and already has drawn interest from some mid-major schools. Two junior linemen are key: Courtney Stamper (6-4, 255) and Myles Smith (6-4, 265).

Number of interest: Jeff Price, brother of Signal Mountain coach Bill Price, played at Red Bank in the early 1980s and holds the school record with 13 career 100-yard rushing games. He’s also among the school’s single-season rushing leaders with 1,315 yards in 1981.

13 years ago: While Slaughter was in his first year as a teacher and coach at Northwest Whitfield, Red Bank was enjoying an unbeaten run to a state football championship behind running back Gerald Riggs Junior.

1-through-3: Defensive end Brandon Wright

Q. What are Red Bank’s chances this year?

A. We have a great chance to win the district. Our defense is strong and we have great runners in the backfield.

Q. Who is the team’s best player?

A. Michael Robinson. He’s so smooth. He takes control of the offense, he takes care of the ball and he takes care of business.

Q. You’re 6-foot-3, 250; are you getting any college interest?

A. I want to play college football. Mostly so far, it’s been Tennessee Tech and Samford. I made a 23 on the ACT, so I’m qualified.”

— Ward Gossett

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 Boyd-Buchanan

Aug. 30 at Soddy-Daisy

Sep. 6 Brainerd *

Sep. 13 Signal Mountain

Sep. 20 Central *

Sep. 27 at Rhea County

Oct. 11 at East Ridge *

Oct. 18 at Hixson *

Oct. 25 Howard *

Nov. 1 at Tyner *

  • District 6-AA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Hagen Wilkey 114-216-10 1607 11

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Darius Akridge 134 568 8

Hagen Wilkey 97 462 8

Demetrius Williams 23 91 2

Michael Robinson 21 67 0

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Chris Tucker 37 489 5

Michael Robinson 25 400 3

Quan Springs 15 260 3

Khalik Hudson 21 249 0

Darius Akridge 10 123 0

Roster

No. Name Class

3 David Johnson Sophomore

4 Frunsez Kendricks Junior

5 Michael Robinson Senior

6 Courtney Stamper Junior

7 Caleb Tate Sophomore

10 Josey Janow Senior

11 Jerome Hughley Junior

12 Malik Davis Junior

13 Christian Velazquez Junior

20 Will Davis Sophomore

21 Demarcus Rivers Sophomore

22 Courney Stallworth Sophomore

23 Darius Akridge Senior

25 Shawn Caldwell Junior

27 Gabe Smith Junior

28 Robert Perry Sophomore

30 Eddie Giddens Junior

44 Cordale Colvan Sophomore

45 Conner Nelson Sophomore

50 Josh Bullion Junior

52 Trevor Skiles Junior

54 Carlos Woodruff Sophomore

55 Trasan Stamper Sophomore

56 Myles Smith Junior

58 Dagen Burnett Senior

65 Jaylen Moore Junior

66 Brandon Wright Senior

67 Adolphus Hollingsworth Senior

71 Alex Chambers Junior

74 Conagher Smith Senior

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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