published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Central Purple Pounders

Central Purple Pounders

Coach: John Allen (5-15 in two years here; 72-69 in 13 years overall)

Last year: 2-8.

‘13 dreams: More offense, definitely more wins. In five of their eight 2012 losses the Pounders were ahead at halftime. Junior quarterback Scout Morgan has provided what Allen called “precision passing” in the team’s 7-on-7 scrimmages, and a high completion percentage will be a must as Central goes from a wing-T to the spread offense. Junior running back Kevin McKenzie will ease some of the pressure. There are eight starters returning on each side of the ball and the Pounders have a capable kicker in Tareq Faleh as they try for their first playoff appearance since 2010, when they went 6-5 in Sam Montgomery’s one year as head coach.

13-for-13 contenders: While Morgan is a first-year starter, he must perform well if Central is to move the football consistently. Sean Montgomery is an outstanding linebacker and the Tillers — receiver Tre and defensive back Terry — will be fairly new to opponents. Tre has “grown a foot and gotten faster,” and Terry “was injured last year so nobody got to see him,” Allen said.

Number of interest: The Pounders will play Marion County on Sept. 13 in the first meeting between two of the area’s oldest programs.

13 years ago: The Pounders went 3-7 under first-year coach Curt Jones, who would lift the program to an 8-4 record three years later with the school’s first playoff victory since 1986. Allen was in his first year as a head coach and led Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe to its first win over Ridgeland.

1-through-3: Linebacker Sean Montgomery

Q. How tough was the 2-8 last year?

A. It was a tough pill to swallow — heartbreaking because we had so much talent and speed. There was a lot of confusion within the team. We never really came together, and there were too many guys thinking games were over when we were ahead at the half. Guys know now that games aren’t over till the clock reads 00:00.

Q. Who’s the best player on the team?

A. I can’t really say. Everybody has an equal share in the team, and they’re all good at their positions.

Q. What about goals?

A. One is to come together as a team and develop a strong connection, then win games and get in the playoffs.

— Ward Gossett

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 Polk County

Sep. 6 East Ridge *

Sep. 13 at Marion County

Sep. 20 at Red Bank *

Oct. 4 Tyner *

Oct. 11 Brainerd *

Oct. 18 at Howard *

Oct. 25 Hixson *

Nov. 1 at McMinn Central

  • District 6-AA game

2012 statistics

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Dominique Dawson 37-85-5 661 5

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Michael Ray 67 320 5

Sean Montgomery 27 159 0

TaQuan Johnson 53 155 0

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Kevin McKenzie 22 181 4

Traviunta Trammell 14 177 2

Roster

No. Name Class

1 Terry Tiller Senior

2 Kevin McKenzie Junior

3 David Pollard Junior

4 Brian Billingsley Junior

5 Tyler Lowe Junior

6 Josh Cooper Senior

7 Isyah Funk Sophomore

8 Devin Swafford Sophomore

9 Ja’Quarius Cole Senior

10 Thomas Crownover Sophomore

11 Tre Tiller Junior

12 Jamaine Akins Senior

13 Phillip Bonnington Junior

14 Skylor Turner Freshman

15 Scout Morgan Junior

16 Jacob DeLorenzo Junior

17 Dakota Fowler Sophomore

18 Wyatt Green Sophomore

19 Jeffrey Gaines Sophomore

20 Jarred Walker Senior

21 Sean Montgomery Senior

22 Ryan Tool Sophomore

23 Taven Spann Sophomore

24 Adarius Ray Junior

25 James Walker Sophomore

26 C.J. Montgomery Freshman

27 Xavier Norwood Junior

28 Shymez Brabson Freshman

29 Tareq Faleh Junior

30 Ryan Montgomery Sophomore

31 Tracy Penson Junior

32 Chris Burns Freshman

33 Alonzo Heyward Freshman

34 Brian Sledge Sophomore

35 Peyton Nichols Freshman

36 Chris Foy Junior

37 Jax Brown Freshman

38 DayQuan Witcher Sophomore

39 Zadarius Williams Freshman

40 Jamel Metcalf Junior

41 Dawson Bellomy Freshman

42 Josh May Freshman

43 Spencer Bayless Sophomore

44 Tucker Smith Freshman

45 Antonio Baker Junior

47 Kajuan Depree Freshman

48 Isaac Coffman Freshman

49 Tyler Cartwright Senior

50 Patrick McGhee Sophomore

51 Dylan Neely Junior

52 Eddie Gillette Sophomore

53 Montrel Price Sophomore

54 JonathanLittle Sophomore

55 Morris Chatman Junior

56 Corey Little Sophomore

57 Sam Stephenson Junior

58 Ashby Wilson Sophomore

59 Terrance Brown Freshman

61 Brandon Kent Freshman

62 Chris Easting Sophomore

63 Jared King Senior

64 Alex Padavana Freshman

66 Alexander Lloyd Senior

67 Jordan Long Sophomore

69 Gavin Ainslie Freshman

70 Caleb Morgan Junior

71 Hayden Forgey Junior

72 Andrew Wilson Sophomore

73 Curtis Noiseaux Sophomore

74 Holt Kirk Sophomore

77 Bradley Carson Senior

78 Jordan Guidry Junior

79 Jacob Watts Freshman

80 Kordarrius Coleman Senior

81 Colby McKinney Freshman

82 Jared Eddy Freshman

83 Tyler Kuhn Freshman

84 Bryce Wilcoxson Freshman

86 Jason Langston Junior

87 Bryson Nichols Freshman

88 Kade Martin Sophomore

89 Jerry Reese Sophomore

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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