published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Preps Preview: Sweetwater Wildcats

FAN’S GUIDE TO THIS YEAR’S SWEETWATER WILDCATS

Coach: Craig Moser (first year here, 72-55 in 11 seasons overall)

Stadium address: 414 South High Street, Sweetwater, TN 37874

THREE STRENGTHS

1) The most stable group for the Wildcats should be the offensive line. Four of the five are seniors, and each of them started last year.

2) Sweetwater has more depth at linebacker than anywhere else, which explains why it’s making a switch to a multiple 3-4 from its 4-3 base of last season.

3) Up-tempo practices in early preseason illustrate that the Wildcats, who haven’t ended with a winning season since 2006, have shown up ready to work.

THREE CONCERNS

1) Uncertainty abounds in the backfield. Competition to be the leading ball carrier remained undecided through the first week of practice in pads.

2) Multiple-season starting quarterback Gavyn Davis may be the hardest to replace from last year. But at least it’s known sophomore Andrew Barr will be his successor.

3) A change in head coaches has brought about a change in philosophy. The Wildcats want a more balanced offensive attack if they can pull it off.

Recent history

Sweetwater, which was eliminated from the state playoffs last season with a first-round loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville, has earned postseason berths the last two years. They finished 5-6 each time, just as in their most recent playoff season before that, 2007. Their last playoff victory was in their 9-4 year in 2006, when they were eliminated in the second round by Alcoa, the powerhouse program that also eliminated them the next two times they reached the postseason. Here’s a look at the regular-season win total the last five years:

Season

2011 —————(5)

2010 —————(5)

2009 ——(2)

2008 ————(4)

2007 —————(5)

SCHEDULE

Aug. 17 Tellico Plains

Aug. 24 at Stone Memorial

Aug. 31 Grace Academy

Sept. 7 Oliver Springs

Sept. 14 at Polk County*

Sept. 28 Meigs County*

Oct. 12 McMinn Central*

Oct. 19 at Bledsoe County

Oct. 26 at Sequoyah*

*District 5-AA game

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