published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Preps Preview: Sequatchie County Indians

Sequatchie County coach Chad Barger is looking to replace his starting quarterback, his top two receivers and top three rushers from last year’s team.
Sequatchie County coach Chad Barger is looking to replace his starting quarterback, his top two receivers and top three rushers from last year’s team.
Photo by John Rawlston.

BY THE NUMBERS

4 — Barger’s previous seasons with the Indians and their playoff appearances in that time. Sequatchie is 27-18 in that time and 1-4 in the postseason, the win coming against archrival Bledsoe County, Barger’s alma mater.

5 — Times the Indians have failed to score in double digits in 45 games the last four years. They scored no fewer than 14 in a game last season, and the last time they were shut out was a 2008 playoff loss (45-0) to Smith County.

43 — Freshmen and sophomores among Sequatchie County’s 64 players, with only eight seniors. The 21 freshmen know success. They went 7-1 in their middle school league, their only loss by 18-14 to South Pittsburg.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 17 at York Institute, 8

Aug. 24 at Meigs County

Aug. 31 at Grundy County,* 8

Sept. 7 South Pittsburg, 8

Sept. 14 Chattanooga Christian,* 8

Sept. 21 Marion County, 8

Sept. 28 at Bledsoe County,* 8

Oct. 5 Whitwell, 8

Oct. 12 Notre Dame*

Oct. 26 Signal Mountain,* 7

* District 7-AA game

Games start at 7:30 p.m. except where noted.

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY INDIANS

Coach: Chad Barger (Fifth year here, 38-38 in his seven years)

Stadium address: Highway 127, Dunlap, TN 37327

RECENT HISTORY

The Indians began last year with a three-game win streak, averaging 24.3 points per game, and sewed up another postseason entry with back-to-back wins over Whitwell and Notre Dame. They lost the final two games of the year, though, to Signal Mountain and then Harpeth to finish 7-4. Here’s a look at the regular-season win total for the last five years:

Season 1 5 10

2011 ———————(7)

2010 ———————(7)

2009 ——————(6)

2008 ——————(6)

2007 —(1)

THREE STRENGTHS

1) While there are few seniors, the ones who are there are considered a strength. Barger called Jake Pickett, Gaither Barker and Max Songer “war daddies for the last couple of years.” The offensive line will be big, anywhere from 230 pounds to 265-270.

2) New starting quarterback Deylan Harvey gives the Indians more of a passing threat than they’ve had in Barger’s four previous seasons. He will be asked to keep the Indians out of bad offensive situations more than to win games. Will the Indians throw more? Barger said it’s likely.

3) The coaching staff. Barger loves having former head coaches Curt Jones and Sam Montgomery among his assistants, because they can alleviate some of the headaches that go with the head coaching title. He feels that very few details will get past his staff. Another former head coach on last year’s staff — defensive coordinator Mickey Mays — now is coaching the defensive line for the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators.

THREE CONCERNS

1) Inexperience. There are five starters returning on each side of the ball, but some of those are two-way players. There are always times when sophomores and freshmen will make youthful mistakes.

2) The offensive backfield is new and there is no proven showpiece like Jerry Fain in 2011 or Hunter Lewis in 2010, each a 1,000-yard runner at least once.

3) The secondary will have four new starters in safeties Brandon Turner and Harvey and cornerbacks Madison Tucker and Jackson Hamblen. Harvey and Turner played very little and Hamblen only sparingly last year. Tucker is athletic but his forte has been basketball. This is the senior’s first foray into high school football.

THREE QUESTIONS WITH DEYLAN HARVEY

(Junior quarterback)

Q: Sequatchie has a good run of playoff appearances. What do you think your chances are this year?

A: I think we’ll do pretty well, if we throw the ball a little bit. I think we can compete and qualify for the playoffs again. There will be some good games in the district this year.

Q: What is the most important thing a quarterback does?

A: Runs the offense, controls the team. I can throw pretty well.

Q: What’s the most important thing you have learned from football?

A: You have to try hard if you want to succeed.


ROSTER

1 Keith Billingsley - Junior

2 Hayden Hicks - Sophomore

3 Kyle McDowell - Senior

4 Colby Reed - Freshman

5 Jacob Miller - Freshman

6 Jake Pickett - Senior

7 Madison Tucker - Senior

8 Brad Thompson - Sophomore

9 Bryson Turner - Junior

10 Deylan Harvey - Junior

11 Troy Sanders - Freshman

12 Brandon Turner - Sophomore

13 Nathan Stoner - Freshman

14 Jerrick Daniel - Junior

15 Trent Killen - Freshman

16 Christian Payne - Junior

18 Jarred Keener - Freshman

20 Jackson Hamblen - Junior

21 Brelyn Grant - Freshman

22 Blake Cates - Junior

24 Deegan Marshall - Sophomore

25 Brandon Rudd - Freshman

27 Scott McCarver - Junior

28 Alex Turner - Freshman

29 Billy Morrison - Freshman

30 John Kramer - Sophomore

32 Dalton Lee - Sophomore

33 Jerrod Herron - Sophomore

34 Jacob Stewart - Sophomore

36 Justin D. Hobbs - Senior

37 Peyton Scoggins - Freshman

40 Trenton Cavanaugh - Sophomore

42 Preston Yother - Freshman

44 Matt Lewis - Junior

45 Logan Wells - Junior

47 Justin M. Hobbs - Senior

50 Tyler Teague - Junior

51 Hayden Foster - Sophomore

52 Billee Bush - Freshman

54 Zane Swanger - Freshman

55 Max Songer - Senior

56 Trevor Clark - Junior

57 Andrew Harvey - Freshman

58 Jeremiah Barker - Sophomore

61 Jared Bass - Sophomore

62 Jordan Cline - Sophomore

63 Zack Layman - Senior

64 Richard Daniels - Sophomore

66 Kraig Bice - Junior

67 Chandler Morrison - Junior

69 J.D. McDaniel - Senior

70 Wyatt Presto - Sophomore

71 Peyton Tate - Freshman

72 Gaither Barker - Senior

74 Juan Dees - Freshman

75 Kyler Hudson - Sophomore

78 Brent Holland - Sophomore

79 Robert Easterly - Freshman

81 Daniel Marshall - Freshman

82 Jonah Adams - Freshman

84 Jared Hobbs - Freshman

85 Fisher Voncanon - Sophomore

87 Matthew McDowell - Sophomore

99 Alex Romero - Sophomore

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