published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Heritage Generals

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    Heritage coach Tim James will look to rebuild the Generals, who went winless last season.
    Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Heritage Generals

Coach: Tim James (13-37 in five seasons here; 67-64 in 13 years overall)

Last year: 0-10, 0-5 in 7B-AAAA

‘13 dreams: The good news for the Generals is that they’ve rallied from these depths before under Coach James, who had to replace more than 30 graduates last season. The bad news is the veteran coach must replace what little offensive production the team had last year. James won’t evaluate this year on wins and losses. He wants to see more competitive fire from his team and some leaders to step up. The most noticeable change is the new spread offense under coordinator Jeremy New, a change expected to make the best use of new quarterback Dylan Bice.

13-for-13 contenders: The 6-foot-3 Bice, only a sophomore, will be counted on to move the sticks in the controlled passing attack, and he has a pair of rangy receivers in Christian King (6-2, 190) and Tyler Meroney (6-4, 175).

Number of interest: 15 — Seniors on the roster, 20 fewer than the program graduated two years ago.

13 years ago: The year 2000 was a big one for James, who was in his final year as an assistant coach at East Ridge before taking the head job. It was also the year he became a father.

Program superstition: The relatively young program hasn’t developed any superstitions just yet, but they enjoy a pregame routine called the Generals March. A player or group earns the right to carry a ceremonial sword and lead the team through the Jeff Sims Memorial and down through the stands onto the field.

1-through-3: Sophomore quarterback Dylan Bice

Q. What did you learn from last season that can help you this year?

A. We had a couple of close games last year, and those can help us because we can play with those teams. We’re young, mainly sophomores and juniors, so we have to move forward. An 0-10 season will really push you to get better. Nobody wants to go through that again.

Q. You have a new offensive coordinator, and the plan is to throw the ball more. For a quarterback this is good news, right?

A. It’s awesome. We’re getting to throw it this year, so I like it. Everybody believes in it and we all like it. There’s a lot to learn, but we’ve done well in the 7-on-7s. We’ve got great receivers, so I think it’s going to be good for us.

Q. What are your realistic expectations for this year?

A. I could see us winning at least four games and maybe more. To do that we’ve got to play as a team this year.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 Ringgold

Sep. 6 at Lakeview-F.O.

Sep. 13 Cass

Sep. 20 at Pickens County

Oct. 4 Northwest Whitfield*

Oct. 11 LaFayette*

Oct. 18 at Southeast Whitfield*

Oct. 25 Dalton*

Nov. 1 at Ridgeland*

Nov. 8 Region play-in

*Region 7B-AAAA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Jacob Carter 32-89-9 36% 502 1

Rushing Att. Yards Tds

Caleb Dietz 98 541 1

Ketwun Burns 64 314 2

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Seth Hickman 10 283 0

Caleb Dietz 6 76 0

Roster

1 Blake Burch Junior

2 Gage Hall Sophomore

3 Brady Sambles Senior

4 Brandon Dorn Junior

5 C.J. Bendall Junior

6 Austin Rector Junior

7 Christian King Junior

8 Tanner Nance Freshman

9 Khalyahl Hood Sophomore

10 Damian Goins Senior

11 Jordan Burse Sophomore

12 Eric Goins Sophomore

13 Cody Gann Junior

14 Reed Coulter Sophomore

15 Drew Sherrill Sophomore

16 Blaine Loveless Junior

17 Josh Turner Senior

18 Dylan Bice Sophomore

19 Michael Lewis Junior

20 Sam Faragalli Sophomore

21 Tyler Childers Junior

22 Grant Gunter Junior

23 Michael King Sophomore

24 Chase Shelby Sophomore

25 Colby Wood Senior

28 Lorenzo Hood Sophomore

29 Hunter Harris Sophomore

31 Dylan Graham Junior

33 Nick Thurman Junior

40 Andrew Chavez Sophomore

41 David Besh Junior

43 Brock Elam Sophomore

47 Tyler Phillips Sophomore

48 Devin Dean Junior

50 Cristian Gonzalez Sophomore

51 Nick Garner Sophomore

52 Austin Crane Senior

53 Joseph Millwood Sophomore

54 Brandon Morrell Sophomore

55 Dillon Sisk Senior

56 Austin Alexander Junior

57 Anthony Weldon Sophomore

58 Caleb Waldrep Senior

59 Chris Johnson Sophomore

60 Garrett Brown Sophomore

61 Reagan Dyer Sophomore

62 Christian McDade Sophomore

63 Devin Burkhart Senior

64 Jacob Riggs Junior

65 Will Pettigrew Junior

66 Chandler Faragalli Senior

67 Ryan Deason Senior

68 Gavin Gilbert Sophomore

69 Brian Davenport Freshman

71 Wheeler Owens Sophomore

72 Jonathan Keown Senior

73 Tyler Hall Senior

74 D.J. Luster Sophomore

75 Justin Locke Junior

76 Luke Shehee Sophomore

77 Caleb Ernsberger Senior

78 Isaac Miller Junior

79 Josh Perry Senior

80 Spencer Gladsen Junior

81 Tyler Meroney Senior

85 Hunter Lewis Sophomore

93 Adam Alhyege Sophomore

95 Ahmad Salma Sophomore

98 Jacob Bonine Sophomore

about Lindsey Young...

Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...

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