published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Preps Preview: North Murray Mountaineers

BY THE NUMBERS

5 — New assistants joining the first-year head coach, including defensive coordinator Chris Hayes and former Southeast Whitfield and Duke University player Marcus Jones.

18 — Lettermen returning this season, though Coach Gann lists only four starters returning on offense and defense.

6 — Home games this year for the Mountaineers, including four Region 5-AAA contests.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 31 Southeast Whitfield

Sep. 7 at Dade County

Sep. 14 Johnson, Gainesville

Sep. 21 Cartersville*

Sep. 28 at Sonoraville*

Oct. 5 Adairsville*

Oct. 19 at Ringgold*

Oct. 26 Lakeview-F.O.*

Nov. 2 at Coahulla Creek*

Nov. 9 Gordon Central*

* Region 5-AAA game

NORTH MURRAY MOUNTAINEERS

Coach: David Gann (First year here and overall)

Stadium: Mountaineer Stadium

Address: 2568 Mount Carmel Church Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705

RECENT HISTORY

The Mountaineers are entering their third season of varsity play and their first under former Ringgold assistant coach David Gann. Here’s a look at the regular-season win total for the last five years:

2011 (0)

2010 —(1)

2009 Did not play

2008 Did not play

2007 Did not play

THREE STRENGTHS

1) The Mountaineers have one of the more unknown talents in the area in senior running back/safety Jacob Mays. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder starred at several college camps this offseason and will be a focus of the North Murray offense.

2) Though the Mountaineers are coming off an 0-10 season, they move into a new region (5-AAA) that includes several other teams coming off losing records. The coaches believe contending for a playoff spot is a possibility.

3) Most of last year’s offensive production returns, including senior quarterback Brady Swilling, who accounted for 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

THREE QUESTION MARKS

1) The offensive and defensive lines lack depth, something the coaches hope to develop during camp and the nonregion portion of the schedule.

2) The team isn’t as physical as the new staff would like, a facet of the game the Mountaineers will need for the I-based, run-first offense to thrive.

3) How the team handles adversity early may well determine its fate later. It’s part of a message Coach Gann stressed in camp.

THREE QUESTIONS WITH BRADY SWILLING

(Senior quarterback)

Q: What are your first impressions of the new coaching staff?

A: At first we were a little devastated, but now that we’ve gotten to form a bond with these coaches I think the change was good. The attitude is great here. The coaches push us really hard, and everybody here just wants to impress them and earn their respect.

Q: This is the first senior class to have started here as freshmen. How do you hope to be remembered?

A: I hope we can leave behind a strong legacy, and that has to happen this year. Last year we didn’t really have leaders, but we learned more than anything what not to do. I hope, personally, I can leave behind some tough records to break and that we can have a winning season.

Q: Your family, including your father, Keith, has a good history of athletics in this county. Is that a good or bad thing for you?

A: It gives me a certain expectation to live up to, but it also pushes me a little harder than I normally might be pushed, so I guess it’s a good thing.


ROSTER

1 Tino Hernandez - Senior

3 Seth Clayborne - Senior

4 Christian Bukle - Senior

5 Jared Campbell - Senior

6 Christian Rangel - Junior

7 Lucas Sexton - Freshman

9 Jacob Mays - Senior

10 Brady Swilling - Senior

11 Payton Swilling - Sophomore

12 Izzy Hernandez - Senior

13 Matthew Clayton - Sophomore

14 Ryan Crider - Senior

15 Hinton McConkey - Sophomore

16 Taylor Brown - Senior

17 John Davis - Sophomore

18 Aaron Mendez - Sophomore

19 Chris Lawson - Freshman

20 Leonardo Lechuga - Freshman

21 Dylan Bartenfield - Junior

22 Juan Salaises - Freshman

23 Jon Olinger - Senior

24 Brandon Freeman - Senior

25 Gary Epperson - Sophomore

26 Bo Sasser - Sophomore

27 Brandon Patterson - Junior

28 Jeremy Panter - Sophomore

29 Jordan Couch - Freshman

30 Adrian Cooks - Sophomore

31 Levi Amos - Sophomore

32 Andrew Decker - Freshman

33 Steven Holmes - Junior

34 Jonathon Cain - Sophomore

35 John Chastain - Junior

36 Micah Burgess - Freshman

37 Cody Bryson - Junior

40 David Brown - Freshman

42 Arturo Salaises - Junior

43 Cody Tucker - Senior

44 Dakota Rhoden - Sophomore

45 Zach Crumley - Junior

51 Caleb Campbell - Sophomore

52 Brandon Adame - Sophomore

54 Chris Townsend - Junior

55 Isaiah Jackson - Senior

56 Wesley Sanford - Freshman

57 Blake Langham - Sophomore

58 Jacob Ledford - Senior

59 Cody Torres - Sophomore

60 Tyson Taylor - Sophomore

61 Emmanuel Jacobo - Freshman

62 Hunter Martin - Sophomore

63 Trey Williams - Freshman

65 Taylor Bryson - Senior

66 Jordan Ray - Sophomore

67 Jason Townsend - Freshman

68 Hayden Lunsford - Senior

69 Wayne Agan - Senior

70 Brandon Jackson - Junior

71 Ethan Sampson - Freshman

72 Vincent Hidalgo - Freshman

73 Jason Perdue - Freshman

74 Austin Amos - Freshman

75 Driston Gregoire - Freshman

76 Nicholas Thomas - Freshman

77 Wesley Ross - Senior

78 Cody Dodson - Freshman

80 Justin Peacock - Junior

81 Fernando Rangel - Freshman

82 Michael Loughridge - Freshman

84 Tyler McKenzie - Freshman

85 Justin Mathis - Junior

86 Aaron Granger - Junior

87 Dustin Cooper - Freshman

88 Uriel Carrillo - Freshman

89 Isaiah Stennette - Freshman

91 Layton Collins - Sophomore

92 Kensely Nicholson - Freshman

94 Lane Holsomback - Sophomore

97 David Elrod - Sophomore

99 Derek Hanson

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