published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - South Pittsburg Pirates

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    New coach Tim Moore will be working hard to keep the South Pittsburg Pirates in their usual place as a playoff team.

South Pittsburg Pirates

Coach: Tim Moore (first year here, 40-40 in seven years overall)

Last year: 8-4, lost 14-13 at eventual state champion Gordonsville in the playoffs’ second round.

‘13 dreams: There’s a new coach and fewer than half the starters return from last year on each side of the ball, but expectations remain high for one of the area’s most consistent programs. Moore played for South Pittsburg and understands those expectations, and with the return of Mr. Football finalist Jajuan Lankford at running back, and better depth in the offensive line, the Pirates again should contend for not only the district title but also a deep push into the playoffs.

13-for-13 contenders: Aside from Lankford (5-10, 180), who ran for more than 2,000 yards as a sophomore and more than 1,000 last year, junior Corbin Fitzgerald (5-10, 185) is a breakaway threat whether he plays quarterback or running back and senior Kahlil Mitchell (5-11, 200) should be a physical presence at both fullback and linebacker. Seniors Ricky Fehr (6-1, 265) and Kyan Mitchell (6-1, 245) will anchor both sides of the line.

Number of interest: 11. The average number of wins for the Pirates over the past 10 seasons. During that span they have played in four state-title games and lost in the playoffs to the eventual state champions four other times.

13 years ago: One year after having gone 15-0 for the first time in program history and claiming the state title, the Pirates plummeted. With the loss of 20 seniors from the previous year, the Pirates won just two games and those were wiped away for playing an ineligible player, leaving them officially 0-9 for the worst finish in program history.

Program superstition: As the Pirates exit their locker room before taking the field, each player and coach reaches up to touch the lucky horseshoe hanging over the doorway. When the team is on the road, they typically use tape to make a horseshoe shape over the door to touch.

1-through-3: New head coach Tim Moore

Q. What’s it like coming back to coach your alma mater?

A. It’s very exciting for me to know I’m coming back to coach on the field where I used to play. It’s really an honor to be the coach here because it’s one of the most solid programs there is. It fills me with pride to be here, and I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition the program has built.

Q. You won several state titles at BGA and coached at two other midstate area schools. What’s the biggest difference in those programs and where you are now?

A. The biggest thing is the community is a lot more involved here. It’s a major difference. They’re so involved in every aspect, from making sure the kids have what they need for us to be successful, to lining up buses and meals. There’s no shortage of people wanting to help our program.

Q. What’s the biggest difference people will notice in you and (predecessor) Vic Grider?

A. I don’t have much of a sense of humor. I’m very serious minded, and I’m always thinking just about taking care of the job. My wife says I have no sense of humor and I’m not the guy who tells a lot of jokes, and the players have already said that’s different than how Vic was.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 at Bell County (Ky.)

Aug. 30 Hixson, 8

Sep. 6 at Sale Creek*

Sep. 13 Sequatchie County, 8

Sep. 20 Whitwell*, 8

Sep. 27 at Grundy County, 8

Oct. 11 at Boyd-Buchanan

Oct. 18 Lookout Valley*

Oct. 25 Polk County

Nov. 1 at Marion County*, 8

  • District 6-A game

2012 Stats

PASSING C-A-I YARDS TDS

Jake Stone 24-62-2 471 4

RUSHING ATT. YARDS TDS

Demetric Johnson 115 1,687 29

Jajuan Lankford 79 1,074 12

Corbin Hale 86 680 6

RECEIVING NO. YARDS TDS

Demetric Johnson 11 303 4

TACKLES SOLO ASSISTS TOTAL

Jake Stone 100 38 138

Corbin Hale 57 35 92

(NOTE: bolded players are returning)

Roster

No. Name Class

1 Kyree Pryor Freshman

2 Anthony Sellers Senior

3 Darnez Fitzgerald Sophomore

4 Corbin Fitzgerald Junior

5 Jared Jones Freshman

6 Jajuan Lankford Senior

7 Chase Blevins Sophomore

10 Kitt Grider Junior

11 Andrew Hawkins Senior

12 Joseph Lilly Freshman

13 Jeff Bennett Junior

15 Hunter Downs Sophomore

21 Payne Mosley Senior

22 Kyle Blevins Senior

24 McKenna Blevins Junior

25 Gage Phillips Freshman

28 Kahlil Mitchell Senior

30 Chase Frame Sophomore

35 Mitch Butner Freshman

42 Tristan Adams Junior

50 Ethan Moss Sophomore

52 Trabaie Conner Sophomore

53 Kyle Crouch Senior

54 Jay Riley Mayfield Freshman

55 Josh Long Junior

56 Stephon Mithcell Senior

57 Cooper Lewis Senior

58 Austin Abbott Freshman

60 Kyan Mitchell Senior

62 Ricky Fehr Senior

66 Cody Fehr Freshman

67 Kyle Channin Senior

70 Blake Ellis Junior

72 Cole Henson Junior

76 Sam Nelson Junior

77 Tommy Crouch Junior

78 Logan Kirk Freshman

81 Kavin Pryor Junior

87 Ryan Reynolds Freshman

90 Tylor Smith Senior

Head coach: Tim Moore

Assistant coaches: Wes Stone, Freddie Tidmore, David Hale, E.J. Bradford, Dan Tierney.

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