Middle Georgia spring football capsules

April 20, 2014 

Baldwin

Head coach: Lee Hannah, first season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/6.

Players to watch: DE Malik Clark, OL Sylvester Clark, WR Brandon Goodman, LB Shelton Graves, OL Trevan Gresham, LB Ty’Christian Henry, DB Quavez Hill, LB Quandarious Holsey, WR Jerrel Simmons, RB Kentavious Thomas.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Braves have to quickly adjust to Hannah and his systems after he was hired recently as the Braves’ head coach.

Bleckley County

Head coach: Tracy White, third season.

Region: GHSA 4-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/6.

Players to watch: LB Shamar Slappy, TE/DE Caleb Wynne, FB/DL Tijea Randall, CB/WB Antavis Robertson, OL Tyrone Rozier, WB Jeremy Marshall, LB Damien Farrow.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Royals must replace quarterback Tavon Ross, three starters on their offensive line and three starters in the secondary.

Brentwood

Head coach: Bert Brown, 15th season.

Region: GISA 4-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 4/4.

Players to watch: QB Samuel Joiner, OL/DL Ty Mimbs, RB/LB Wes Moye, OL/DL Tristan Smith, OL/DL Garrett Senter, WR/DE Andre McNeely.

Spring practice dates: May 5-14.

Keys to spring: The War Eagles are moving back toward the wing-T a little more this season.

Central

Head coach: Jesse Hicks, third season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/8.

Players to watch: OL/DT Rashad Burney, WR Ivory Childers, DT Javious Johnson, DE Quint Nash, CB/WR Bobby Cummings, CB Jaren Harris, RB Jeremiah Daniels, QB Derrick Evans, TE/FB Brian Williams Rice.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: Hicks is planning a physical practice for the Chargers.

CFCA

Head coach: Chris Oxford, fifth season.

Region: GICAA 1-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/7.

Players to watch: RB Joel Murray, LB Tyler Collins, RB Jaylen Jackson, WR Madison Duggan, FB Seth Johnson, TE Alex Balkcom, LB David Campbell, OL Patrick Davis, LB Zach Peaster.

Keys to spring: The Lancers are looking to improve their passing game.

Covenant

Head coach: Wes Tanner, second season.

Region: GICAA 1-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 9/8.

Players to watch: OL/LB Khristian Tate, RB/DB Owen Freel, FB/SS PJ Taylor, OL/DL Jackson Lambert, RB/WR/DB Leon Simmons, FB/DLB/LB Jourdain Irvin, QB Corey Farr.

Spring practice dates: May 12-16.

Keys to spring: The Rams make the move to the GICAA this season. They have a large incoming freshman class.

Crawford County

Head coach: Greg Street, third season.

Region: Non-region schedule.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 12 total.

Players to watch: Tyrick Reeves, Quay Wiggins, Avery Vigna, Reid Tolbert, Adam Morris, Raynard Shannon, Brandon Mullins.

Spring practice dates: TBA.

Keys to spring: The Eagles continue to look for numbers to help build their program.

Crisp County

Head coach: Lee Campbell, fourth season.

Region: GHSA 1-AAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/8.

Players to watch: QB Witt Campbell, DB/WR Montre Hartage, LB Alfred Patrick, LB Gregory Harvey, RB Jarkevius Glover, C John Thomas Black, ATH Brandon Dowdell.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Dodge County

Head coach: Rex Hodges, fourth season.

Region: GHSA 1-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 9/6.

Players to watch: Roscoe Wilcox, Landon Martin, Mitch Tanner.

Spring practice dates: May 12-23.

Keys to spring: The Indians have to be ready quickly for the season. Their first region game is Aug. 29.

Dooly County

Head coach: Jimmy Hughes, fifth season.

Region: GHSA 4-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 5/4.

Players to watch: RB Chanin Hamilton, WR Trevoski Lundy, FS Jerome Pressley.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Dublin

Head coach: Roger Holmes, 13th season.

Region: GHSA 3-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 5/6.

Players to watch: TE/DE Juwan Wells, T/DE Robby Allison, FB/LB Larry McGirt, QB/P Robert Strickland, PK Barry Brown, WR/DB Anderson Brihm, RB/DB Johnny Willis.

Spring practice dates: May 1-16.

Keys to spring: The Fighting Irish must rebuild their depth at running back and in the secondary.

East Laurens

Head coach: Gary Morton, fifth season.

Region: GHSA 3-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 4/4.

Players to watch: Kevin Lovett, Michael Plummer.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

FPD

Head coach: Greg Moore, 15th season.

Region: GHSA 7-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/3.

Players to watch: RB/WR Jam Morris, WR/DB Jonathan Raines, LB Noah Groover, OL Palmer Haynes.

Spring practice dates: May 12-22.

Keys to spring: The Vikings are searching for depth on the offensive and defensive lines.

Fitzgerald

Head coach: Jason Strickland, third season.

Region: GHSA 1-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/8.

Players to watch: CB/WB Trey Graham, S/WB Gerald Morgan, WB Taeylon Gaulden, LB Michael Jackson.

Spring practice dates: May 5-20.

Keys to spring: The Purple Hurricane must find replacements for two offensive linemen and all-region quarterback Romarius Gaulden.

Gatewood

Head coach: Jeff Ratliff, second season.

Region: GISA 4-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 4/5.

Players to watch: LB Luke Leverett, OL/LB Isaac Weeks, RB Palmer Clark, OL/DL Austin Matysiak, DE Will Cullens.

Spring practice dates: May 6-15.

Keys to spring: The Gators are looking for the rising juniors and seniors to step into leadership roles. They’re also looking for help at fullback and linebacker.

GMC

Head coach: Steven Simpson, second season.

Region: GHSA 7-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/6.

Players to watch: OL Parker Williams, RB/DB TJ Lowe, QB/OLB Tyler MacCartee.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Hancock Central

Head coach: Zackery Harris, seventh season.

Region: GHSA 7-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 4/6.

Players to watch: QB Montkevious Fluellen, LB/FB Jermaine Reynolds, WR/DB Sonate Reynolds.

Spring practice dates: April 28-May 9.

Keys to spring: The Bulldogs are focusing on their offensive line.

Hawkinsville

Head coach: David Daniell, third season.

Region: GHSA 4-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/6.

Players to watch: QB/DB Dakota Sloan, DB/RB Malik Holliman, LB/RB Warren Singletary, DE/TE Royce Owens, LB/RB Tyronne Wright

Keys to spring: The Red Devils must find a running back to replace three-time all-region standout Dontavious Grace and find some replacements on the offensive line. Defensively, they must fill holes at middle and outside linebacker.

Houston County

Head coach: Von Lassiter, second season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/8.

Players to watch: Zach Taisler, Romarcus Williams, Robby McCoy, Like Wasson, Chase Riley, Khenon Walker,Myron Jacobs, Kenny Gant, Darion Anderson,Caleb Daffron, Jaylen Searcy, Daniel Jackson, Steven Robinet, Jacob Gates, Jake Fromm.

Spring practice dates: May 6-17.

Keys to spring: The Bears are looking to build off the success of last season and continue their growth in their offensive and defensive systems.

Howard

Head coach: Barney Hester, second season.

Region: GHSA Region 2-AAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/6.

Players to watch: FB Jaquan Stinson, WR Alphonso Stevens, LB Abel Grant, DB Clifton Tucker, T Alamin Younis, RB Tahjai Morant, QB Courvosier King, OL/DL Brice Fincher, OL/DL Greg Pertilo, OL/DL Cody Varner.

Spring practice dates: April 28-May 9.

Keys to spring: Hester’s players and program are trying to continue to get stronger and faster, building on what they accomplished last year.

John Milledge

Head coach: J.T. Wall, fourth season.

Region: GISA 4-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/5.

Players to watch: Colby McCommon, Cody Miller, Cam O’Neal, Zach Meeks, Chase Register, Jon Qualls.

Spring practice dates: May 5-15.

Keys to spring: The Trojans have some leadership roles to fill.

Johnson County

Head coach: Don Norton, eighth season.

Region: GHSA 3-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/4.

Players to watch: C Zac Frost, RB Michael Taylor, RB Keith Hall, WR Ronquez Harden, WR Cortlen Horne, RB Colby Price, DL Desmi Young, LB Kevion Scott, LB Brad Rawlings, DB Josh Knight.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Jones County

Head coach: Justin Rogers, first season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAAA.

Spring practice dates: TBA.

Lamar County

Head coach: Jamie Abrams, first season.

Region: GHSA 4-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 5/5.

Players to watch: RB/LB Juan Tucker, QB/DB LJ Smith, TE/LB Pippin Davis, TE/DL Marcus Fuller, OL/DL Rashad Johnson, OL/DL Michael Banister, OL Chris Elliott.

Keys to spring: The Trojans, with Abrams taking over as the head coach after being promoted to replace Franklin Stephens, are looking to develop depth at their skill positions.

Macon County

Head coach: Larry Harold, third season.

Region: GHSA 4-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/8.

Players to watch: LB Roquan Smith, DL Malik Walker, DL Jerquez Huey, DB Kyron Smith, OL Raymond Smith, ATH Devontae Hudson, QB Khari Lane.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Mary Persons

Head coach: Brian Nelson, third season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/6.

Players to watch: DE Demarcus Davis, QB Cal King, ATH Quen Head, OL Tyler Camp, WR Malik Bledsoe, DL Mykel Lucear, RB/LB John Perkins, LB Quen Shannon, ATH Keri Brown, OL Amari Walker, WR JT Stokes.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Montgomery County

Head coach: Eric McDonald.

Region: GHSA 3-A

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/8.

Players to watch: Brandon Carswell, Paul Legrant, Jaland Kelly, Demar’Rea Wright, Antanarian Troupe, Quincey Doyle, Jordan White, Bakari Woods.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Monticello

Head coach: TBA.

Region: GHSA 4-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 10/10.

Players to watch: Lane Thomas, Garrison Williams, Quincy Standifer, Jordan Stone.

Spring practice dates: TBA.

Mount de Sales

Head coach: Keith Hatcher, first season.

Region: GHSA 7-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/7.

Players to watch: QB Carson Leatherwood, RB Keith Farris, WR Darius Wonnum.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Cavaliers are learning new schemes with Hatcher entering his first season as the team’s head coach as they prepare for their return to the GHSA.

Northeast

Head coach: Bruce Mullen, 10th season.

Region: GHSA 4-AA.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Northside

Head coach: Kevin Kinsler, fifth season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/4.

Players to watch: OL Brandon Sandifer, OL Quentin Stanford, RB Willie Jordan, FB T.J. Anderson, WR Nate Greene, WR Jurmon Weaver, DL Isaiah Jonson, DL Jimmy Jackson, LB Tyree Williams, DB Rakwon Young.

Spring practice dates: April 28-May 9.

Keys to spring: The Eagles have to establish a quarterback and find some starters on the offensive line and at receiver, linebacker and in the secondary.

Peach County

Head coach: Chad Campbell, eighth season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/9.

Players to watch: DE/TE Marquies Price, TB Keyshawn Lowe, TB Nick Searcy, QB/DB Tyrique McGhee, WR Saire Davis, OL Bryce Mackey, OL Clifford Bouza, OLB Kevin Nixon, OLB Kyle Nixon.

Spring practice dates: May 1-16.

Keys to spring: The Trojans must replace all-state players Chavis Dickey, Tyler Gibson and Greg Williams while also searching for depth.

Perry

Head coach: Erik Soliday, second season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/8.

Players to watch: WR KJ Smith, S Devontae Danielly, DL Chad Howard.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Panthers will focus on blocking and tackling.

Piedmont

Head coach: Rhett Farmer, sixth season.

Region: GISA 1-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/6.

Players to watch: QB Hunter Knox, RB Gaven Edge, WR Hank Strickland, OL/LB Payden Cantera, OL Mikey Weatherly.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Putnam County

Head coach: Kyle Gourley, second season.

Region: GHSA 4-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/8.

Players to watch: Tyrone Davis, Trevon Ellison, Deitrick Solomon, Damarius Evans, Mike Hill, Jashauwn Youmans.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The War Eagles are working on getting their offensive schemes installed.

Robert Toombs

Head coach: Thomas Smith, fourth season.

Region: GISA 2-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/7.

Players to watch: RB/SS Rico Rogers, DE/TE Addison Fisher, RB/CB Marion Dingle, QB Brent Anderson, DE/TE Hunter Floyd, DT/FB Drew Todd, LB/FB Landon Cowart, WR/FS Bryson Davis, OL/DT Tyler Ray, OL/DT Donnie Barrow, LB/WR Tracer Gould, CB/WR Zach Holmes.

Spring practice dates: May 26-30.

Keys to spring: The Crusaders are hoping to continue the momentum from their GISA title last season.

Rutland

Head coach: George Collins, seventh season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 4/3.

Players to watch: QB Timori Northcutt, WR Dallas Smith, RB TJ Faulks, OL Derrick Moye, DB Brandon Bawn, LB Jimel Dean, DB Anthony Whitehead.

Spring practice dates: April 29-May 15.

Keys to spring: The Hurricanes are searching for help on the offensive line and leadership lost from last year’s team.

Southwest

Head coach: Joe Dupree, second season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/7.

Players to watch: QB/WR Justin Slocumb, QB/WR Tyree White, WR Josh Evans, Dior Irons, Qua’Vonte Davis, OL Ahmad Roberts, DB Tavares Roberts, FS Juwan Taylor, SS Deahdrick Jones, DL Nahum Williams, DL Dalvin Andrews, LB Kenny Exum, DL Kendrick Exum, DL Alton Trim.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Patriots continue to search for more players to build their program.

Stratford

Head coach: Mark Farriba, sixth season (second season of second stint).

Region: GHSA 7-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 4/3.

Players to watch: WB/DB Conner Corbitt, T Connor Collins, C Alex Koplin, RB/LB Austin Devenney, G/DE Cole Garrett, WB/DB Sean Grossnickle, DB Lawson Massey, G/DE Carter Canady.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Eagles are working younger players into their systems as they prepare for their first season in the GHSA.

Tattnall Square

Head coach: Clint Morgan, second season.

Region: GHSA 7-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/7.

Players to watch: FB/LB Jonathan Ward, RB JJ Battle, RB Ahmad Barron, WR Aubrien Kemp, OL Spencer Boyd, OL Philip Dunn, DE Bradley Earls, DB Cole Gaylord, DB Kell Jarriel, DB Nick DiPonzio, DB Blake Simmons, DL Christian Rodgers, OL Jacob Binner.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Keys to spring: The Trojans continue to learn Morgan’s system as they prepare for their first season in the GHSA.

Taylor County

Head coach: Chris Kirksey, 11th season.

Region: GHSA 4-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 5/4.

Players to watch: QB James Whiteman, S Kelby Monts.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Telfair County

Head coach: Matt Burleson, third season.

Region: GHSA 2-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/5.

Players to watch: OL Howard Williams, OL Jarrod Rodgers, FB Drew Williams.

Spring practice dates: April 28-May 9.

Keys to spring: The Trojans must find a starting quarterback as they continue to build their program.

Treutlen

Head coach: Britt Ingle, 11th season.

Region: GHSA 3-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 2/2.

Players to watch: QB Brad Cammack, RB/LB Jerrell Woods, OL/DL Jeremy Raiford, DB/WR Magel Johnson.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Trinity Christian

Head coach: Matt Hammett, first season.

Region: GISA 2-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/6.

Players to watch: Wyatt Payne, Seth Morton, Luke Price, Cleve Warnock, Patrick Whittle, Charlton Strickland.

Keys to spring: Hammett takes over as the Crusaders’ head coach, and the players will need to adjust to new systems.

Twiggs County

Head coach: Dexter Copeland, 10th season (first season of second stint).

Region: GHSA 7-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/8.

Players to watch: RB Jamon Height, QB Tez Brown, TE/LB Mack Thorpe, OL/DL Chris Marcus, RB/LB C.J. Morse, RB/DB Robert Cornelius, RB/DB Devion Height, OL/DL Nathanial Freeney,TE/LB Gage Watson.

Spring practice dates: TBA.

Keys to spring: Copeland returns to the program after four seasons at Baldwin. The Cobras are working on getting stronger and faster and adjusting to new schemes.

Upson-Lee

Head coach: Tommy Parks, first season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 3/3.

Spring practice dates: April 30-May 16

Keys to spring: Parks takes over the program, which is looking to solidify its offensive line and secondary.

Veterans

Head coach: David Bruce, fifth season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 5/7.

Players to watch: QB Logan Byrd, RB Desjuan Harris, G Logan Hurless, DE Jamar Simmons, DE Sam Dumas, S Rashaad Bolton, CB DJ Rozier, LB Matthew Hearst.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Warhawks have holes to fill at defensive tackle and linebacker, and they are hoping to continue to develop toughness and discipline.

Vidalia

Head coach: Lee Chomskis, eighth season.

Region: GHSA 2-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 8/8.

Players to watch: QB Jordan Black, NG Josh Eason, DE Devin Johnson, HB Dedrick Johnson, G Samuel Collins, HB Nathan McBride, DE Nathan McLeod.

Spring practice dates: April 28-May 9.

Keys to spring: The Indians are searching for leadership moving into next season.

Warner Robins

Head coach: Bryan Way, 11th season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 5/4.

Players to watch: DE Stephone Raybon, RB Jacquan Burns, CB/RB Reggie Gordon, WR/DB Danny Hite III, DB Kaman Cooper, WR/DB Marquez Callaway, RB/LB Terry Harris, DE Trey Ethridge, C Colby Price.

Spring practice dates: May 1-15.

Keys to spring: The Demons must replace their linebacker corps, quarterback and fullback while trying to develop depth on the offensive and defensive lines.

Washington County

Head coach: Joel Ingram, ninth season.

Region: GHSA 3-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/6.

Players to watch: QB A.J. Gray, DE Logan Hunt, LB Will Coneway, LB Stacy Thompson, DE CJ Davis, DB Lorenzo Watts, OL Quinton Morris, OL Dylan Steadman, OL Odell Jones.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Golden Hawks must replace a large group of seniors that led the team to the state title game last year.

West Laurens

Head coach: Stacy Nobles, fourth season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/3.

Players to watch: QB Garrel Quainton, RB/DB Greg Covin, RB/LB Darius Bradford, TE/OLB Kameron Jackson, PK/P Bill Leroy, FB/LB Matthew Turner, OL/DL Jesse Sohn, OL Blake Bracewell, WR/DB Ramel Mason.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: Most of the Raiders’ offense returns, but they must replace three offensive linemen. The defense is talented but inexperienced.

Westfield

Head coach: Ronnie Jones, 22nd season.

Region: GISA 4-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/8.

Players to watch: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, SE/FS Giles Amos, T Khorey Holliday, T Dehmal Amrit, TE Cam Forrester, TE Cameron Washington, G/OLB Conner Cawthon, ILB Wade Walker, CB Tucker Moody, CB Tanner Westbrook, CB Hugh Duggan, DT John Walker Moore, DT Walker Davison.

Spring practice dates: TBA.

Keys to spring: The Hornets will focus on fundamentals.

Westside

Head coach: Sheddrick Risper, sixth season.

Region: GHSA 2-AAA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/8.

Players to watch: RB Cedric Hollingshed, CB Marquez Sanford, WR Steve Dolphus, MLB Tradonis Causey.

Spring practice dates: May 5-16.

Keys to spring: The Seminoles will hope to land a starter at quarterback while improving their kicking game and getting more stability with their offensive line.

Wheeler County

Head coach: Dennis Logue, fifth season.

Region: GHSA 3-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 5/5.

Players to watch: RB/WR Quinterrius Williams, OL Jonathan Bargo, OL JW Foskey, RB/LB Corey McRae, WR/LB Tyler Woods, DL Jadie Worthing, DL Jurtavious Ferguson, LB Mario James, DB Lawerence Williams, DB Israel Phillips.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Wilcox County

Head coach: Mark Ledford, 14th season.

Region: GHSA 2-A.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 7/6.

Players to watch: WR Quinn Tisdol, WR Telly Whitfield, RB Maurice Edwards.

Spring practice dates: No spring practice.

Windsor

Head coach: Jimmy Watts, second season.

Region: GISA 4-AA.

Offensive/defensive starters returning: 6/5.

Players to watch: RB/LB Josh Brooks, S/RB Dylan Bass, FB/LB Jonathan Osborn, OL/DL Tavis Malakius, OL/DL William Owenby, OL/DL Tyler Phillips, OL/DL Brennan Collins.

Spring practice dates: TBA.

Keys to spring: The Knights continue to work to get stronger as the players look to learn the coaches’ systems.

Note

The following schools did not return their spring practice information: Crisp Academy, Fullington, Jeff Davis, John Hancock, Toombs County, Wilkinson County.

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