published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Sequatchie County Indians

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    Sequatchie County running back Blake Cates is expected to produce for the Indians offense as they look to improve on last year’s two-win season.
    Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Sequatchie County Indians

Coach: Ken Colquette (first year here; 249-81 in 28 years overall)

Last year: 2-8, including losses to Notre Dame and Signal Mountain by a combined score of 102-7 to end the season.

‘13 dreams: The Indians obviously want to improve on last year’s showing and have turned to the veteran Colquette, who last served as a head coach from 2001 to ‘04 at Grundy County. Colquette is familiar to Sequatchie fans, though having won state championships and numerous playoff trips while coaching at neighboring Marion County. There are seven returning offensive starters, but the team is going split-back with a strong eye on option offense. Much of the offensive load figures to fall on running back Blake Cates and quarterback Dylan Harvey, both seniors. The coaching staff sees the offensive line and experienced depth as a plus.

13-for-13 contenders: Cates is a smaller speedster at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, but has been clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. If he can stand up to the pounding that goes with a veer back, there will be more schools than the Coast Guard Academy looking. Harvey proved a year ago that he could throw the ball, and the Indians will pass often enough to keep defenses from keeping eight men in the box.

Number of interest: Colquette is the Dunlap school’s 13th coach in 38 years, dating back to Jimmy Garren in 1975. The most successful of the previous 12 was Sid Fritts, who had four seasons with 10-plus wins and just one losing season. And then there was a string of two-year guys including Jay Davis, Mike Zeller, Kevin Saunders and B.J. Armstrong.

13 years ago: The Indians started this millennium with a winning record and a playoff showing. They went 6-4 with four shutouts but lost to Goodpasture in the first round of the playoffs. Colquette was in between jobs after spending three seasons at Vidalia in Georgia.

1-through-3: Tight end Scott McCarver

Q. What have you discovered about Coach Colquette?

A. You’re not guaranteed a spot. He’ll jerk you out of there at any time. But he’s a good coach and he knows what he’s talking about. I’d describe him as an old-school coach. He’s hard to please, but that’s what it takes to be a state championship team.

Q. How will Sequatchie do this year?

A. A lot better than we did last year. There was a failure of [senior] leadership last year. We have much better leadership this year, and we’re a lot more physical. A lot of that is Coach Colquette. He’s been separating the boys from the men and finding out who wants to play and who doesn’t.

Q. Who’s the best player on the team?

A. Blake Cates, who’s my best friend. We’ve grown up together. He’s an excellent player like his dad, Tony Cates, who played here.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 @Community

Sep. 6 Grundy County *

Sep. 13 @South Pittsburg

Sep. 20 @Chattanooga Christian *

Sep. 27 @Marion County

Oct. 4 Bledsoe County *

Oct. 11 Stone Memorial

Oct. 18 @Notre Dame *

Oct. 25 Boyd-Buchanan

Nov. 1 Signal Mountain *

*District 7-AA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Dylan Harvey 10-29-3 192 0

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Jake Pickett 32 291 2

Austin Lamb 31 130 3

Blake Cates 24 115 0

Keith Billingsley 20 70 0

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Madison Tucker 3 78 0

Blake Cates 1 43 0

Jake Pickett 2 43 0

Scott McCarver 3 31 0

Roster

No. Name Class

1 Keith Billingsley Senior

2 Hayden Hicks Junior

4 Stephan Hall Sophomore

5 Justin Parsons Senior

8 Brad Thompson Junior

9 Jarred Keener Sophomore

10 Dylan Harvey Senior

11 Troy Sanders Sophomore

12 Brandon Turner Junior

14 Jerrick Daniel Senior

15 Chris Beckwith Sophomore

16 Christian Payne Senior

17 Colby Reed Sophomore

20 Jackson Hamblen Senior

21 Brelyn Grant Sophomore

22 Blake Cates Senior

24 Austin Stevens Freshman

25 David Lujan Freshman

27 Scott McCarver Senior

28 Alex Turner Sophomore

29 Dylan Sanders Freshman

30 Daniel Bush Freshman

32 Jerimiah Barger Junior

33 Brayden Grant Freshman

35 Robbie Vandergriff Junior

37 Hunter Davenport Freshman

40 Kyle Cates Freshman

42 Josh Bailey Freshman

44 Dakota Silvers Senior

46 Archer Thompson Freshman

50 Tyler Teague Senior

51 Hayden Foster Junior

52 Billee Bush Sophomore

53 Deegan Marshall Junior

54 Zane Swanger Sophomore

55 Billy Morrison Sophomore

56 Jess Layne Freshman

57 Jacob Stewart Junior

58 Noah Smith Freshman

60 Alex Romero Junior

61 Jared Bass Junior

63 Chris McCormick Sophomore

64 Richard Daniels Junior

66 Kraig Bice Senior

67 Chandler Morrison Senior

68 Austin Miller Freshman

70 Wyatt Presto Junior

71 Peyton Tate Sophomore

73 Jon Boston Freshman

75 Ethan Pelfrey Freshman

76 Joseph Coulson Freshman

77 John Higgins Freshman

78 Brent Holland Junior

81 Daniel Marshal Sophomore

82 Jonah Adams Sophomore

84 Jared Hobbs Sophomore

85 Blake Ramsey Freshman

87 Matthew McDowell Junior

88 Garrett Daughtery Freshman

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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