published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Preps Preview: Meigs County Tigers

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FAN’S GUIDE TO THIS YEAR’S MEIGS COUNTY TIGERS

Coach: Ricky Holliday (5-6 here in his first season and overall) Stadium: Jewell Field Address: 105 Abel Avenue, Decatur, TN 37322

THREE STRENGTHS

1) After winning more games under a first-year head coach than they did the previous two seasons, the Tigers seemed to have bought into the new system.

2) Despite the graduation of two 300-pounders, the offensive line should be a strong unit. Only right guard, where a junior and sophomore are competing for the spot, is a position where a newcomer will play.

3) Coach Holliday said sophomore quarterback Bryson Baker is shrewd beyond his years on a football field. Baker was moved into the position halfway through last season, making a coverage read and throwing to an alternate receiver for a touchdown on his first pass, and the job has been his since.

THREE CONCERNS

1) Several inexperienced sophomores are going to be counted on to play key reserve roles and in some cases starting roles. Coach Holliday said freshman Ryan Rayl will start at tight end, but he’s earned the position.

2) Jacob Kile, Austin Cooley and Brandon Perry are among the sophomores expected to have to grow up quickly. They’re linemen and that’s where the Tigers need some depth.

3) Meigs gave up 42 and 44 points in its last two games last season after holding six of its previous nine opponents to 17 or fewer, including two shutouts. How the returning players respond early in the season could be pivotal.

BY THE NUMBERS

8 — Winning seasons for Meigs County in the 10-year span from 1998 to 2007, and another of those seasons was 5-5.

9 — Games in which Meigs County scored at least 14 points last year, although four turned out to be losses.

12 — Seasons since the Tigers’ last playoff victory, 30-27 over Smith County in the first round in 2000.

Three questions with ...

Tyler Shelton

Senior receiver/Running back/linebacker

Q: Of the positions you play, which do you like best and why?

A: Linebacker, just because I like to hit.

Q: What do you feel good about your teamheading into the season?

A: I think we're going to be a physical team that's not going to back down.

Q: What would a playoff wn mean?

A: We haven't had one in a long time. A playoff win would be amazing for our community.

2011 STATS LEADERS

RUSHING Att Yards Avg TD

Travis Savage 200 1,074 5.4 9

Dakota Green 132 819 6.2 6

Steven Cronnon 36 205 5.7 2

*Lee Wilson 44 178 4.0 2

PASSING Comp-Att Yards Int TD

*Elliott Aikman 23-50 331 6 4

*Bryson Baker 20-47 238 3 4

RECEIVING Att Yards Avg TD

Travis McHone 8 159 19.9 3

Travis Savage 7 110 15.7 2

*Jesse Mills 5 89 17.8 1

TACKLES Solo Assists Total

Carter Scott 58 31 89

*Lee Wilson 46 36 82

*returning player

SCHEDULE

Aug. 17 at Upperman

Aug. 24 Sequatchie County

Aug. 31 Sequoyah*

Sept. 7 Silverdale Baptist

Sept. 14 at McMinn Central*

Sept. 28 at Sweetwater

Oct. 5 at Cannon County

Oct. 12 at McMinn County

Oct. 19 Tellico Plains

Oct. 26 Polk County*

*District 5-AA game

ROSTER

1 Tyler Millard Junior

2 Bryson Baker Sophomore

3 Elliot Aikman Senior

4 Tyler Lawson Freshman

5 Bryson Ridge Freshman

6 Quincy Parris Junior

8 Tristan Fisher Freshman

9 Chase Himes Junior

10 Derek Letner Sophomore

14 David Hicks Junior

15 Ryan Rayl Freshman

16 Tommy Curouthers Sophomore

20 Tyler Shelton Senior

22 Jesse Mills Senior

24 Austin Goforth Senior

25 Zack Ridge Sophomore

28 Dakota Ricker Sophomore

30 Lee Wilson Junior

32 Taylor Fugate Sophomore

33 Dakota Kennedy Senior

40 Zack Thomas Sophomore

42 Austin Dake Freshman

44 Bryan Savage Senior

46 Brian Baskowsky Freshman

50 Cody Kennedy Junior

50 Marcus Carver Freshman



51 Greg Williams Senior

52 Derek Gennoe Senior

53 Tyler Williams Junior

55 Marcus Smock Freshman

56 Richard Cleary Freshman

57 Zack Farrington Junior

58 Austin Cooley Sophomore

59 Gavin Scott Freshman

60 Dakota Lowe Senior

62 Brandon Perry Sophomore

63 Jacob Kile Sophomore

65 Cole Patton Senior

66 Dylan Taylor Sophomore

68 Blaze Bunch Freshman

71 Blake Hogan Senior

72 Alec McKenzie Freshman

73 Austin Kennedy Junior

74 Travis Morrison Freshman

75 David Brown Freshman

78 Tyler Trew Senior

80 Cameron Hurn Senior

85 Tanner Peaden Sophomore

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