published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - LaFayette Ramblers

LaFayette Ramblers

Coach: Chad Fisher (first year here; 27-34 in six years overall)

Last year: 1-9, 1-4 in 7B-AAAA

‘13 dreams: The Ramblers begin the Fisher era with an eye toward the future after a rough 2012. The former Gordon Central coach isn’t worried about wins and losses. The 2013 season is about building a foundation, which starts with a drastic change from the wing-T to the spread offense. As Fisher said about his first Ramblers team, “The biggest thing is to get them in the mindset that they can be competitive. That’s a huge step.”

13-for-13 contenders: One of the team’s biggest stories is the return to the playing field of Lance Estus. The senior basketball star will be, barring late injury, the team’s starting quarterback, and he has two good possession receivers in Clayton Underwood and Hunter Clark. The team’s strength lies in the front seven of the defense, led by linebackers Sam Lemons and Clayton Lane.

Number of interest: 50 — Games below .500 for the Ramblers all time in 90 years of competition, but the program is 32 games above the break-even mark at home.

13 years ago: The Ramblers were in their first season under current Ridgeland offensive coordinator Eric Edwards, who is one of 11 head coaches the program has had in the last 28 years.

Program superstition: Coach Fisher considers himself a very superstitious guy. On game days, for example, he will use the same stapler to put his game plan together, then hand it to the administrative secretary, who will then set it down. He plans to use the same procedure at LaFayette, though he had yet to tell the secretary as of early August.

1-through-3: Senior receiver Clayton Underwood

Q. What are your thoughts on Coach Fisher switching to the spread offense?

A. I think we made a big improvement, just on the change of offense alone. We’ve moved the ball better on offense than we did last year in 7-on-7s, and more kids have stepped up to make more plays. As a receiver I love the spread because I get to touch the ball more.

Q. Is there an early game that will show you what type of team you are?

A. I think our Trion game will let us see where we are because they’re a good team. We can’t go into that game thinking we can’t win just because they beat us last year.

Q. What is the biggest improvement you’ve seen in this team during the offseason?

A. The intensity has stepped up a lot, and I can see what that has done for us this summer. That’s where it all starts.

2013 Schedule

Sep. 6 at Trion

Sep. 13 Cedartown

Sep. 20 River Ridge

Sep. 27 at Gilmer County

Oct. 4 Southeast Whitfield*

Oct. 11 at Heritage*

Oct. 18 at Dalton*

Oct. 25 Ridgeland*

Nov. 1 at Northwest Whitfield*

Nov. 8 Region play-in

*Region 7B-AAAA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Mackenzie Kelehear 20-63-5 32% 321 2

Alize Woodall 6-14-3 43% 93 0

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Cody Dallas 150 713 6

Kolbe Mosley 36 124 0

Taylor Parris 15 68 0

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Hunter Clark 12 288 4

Taylor Parris 8 93 0

Roster

1 Cameron Marsh Senior

2 Clayton Underwood Senior

3 Andrew Burse Junior

4 Dylan Queen Senior

5 Josh Neal Sophomore

6 Lance Estus Senior

7 Alize Woodall Senior

8 Austin Whitten Junior

9 Curt Jones Senior

11 Hunter Clark Senior

13 Trevor Bowman Sophomore

14 Logan Teasley Freshman

15 Conner Green Sophomore

16 Levi Roe Freshman

17 Sam Lemons Senior

18 Houston Lumpkin Freshman

19 Cody Howard Senior

20 Adam Ellisor Sophomore

21 Ramsey kadarian Freshman

22 Clayton Lane Sophomore

23 Ethan Tripp Junior

24 Kolbe Mosley Junior

25 Jacob Shaw Freshman

26 Jacob Morrison Sophomore

27 Travis Gray Senior

28 T.J. Hawkins Sophomore

29 LaTravious McClinic Freshman

30 Justus Cleverley Sophomore

31 Jacob Green Freshman

33 Tracy Miller Senior

34 Ben Owenby Sophomore

35 Hunter Blevins Freshman

36 Micah Seay Sophomore

37 David Price Senior

38 Dustin Willie Junior

39 Chase Smith Freshman

40 Bryson Smith Freshman

41 Jerison Patterson Freshman

42 Dustin Jackson Sophomore

43 Xzravia Underwood Junior

44 River Thompson Freshman

45 Adrian Smith Sophomore

46 T.J. Brooks Sophomore

47 Damon Jones Freshman

48 Nathan Bowman Freshman

49 Levi Gilbreath Sophomore

51 Ty Ferguson Senior

52 Chase Davidson Senior

53 T.J. Sisemore Freshman

54 Cody Morrison Junior

55 Donnie Cornett Sophomore

56 Logan Cannon Junior

57 Aaron Austin Sophomore

58 Juston Elrod Sophomore

59 Ryver Mitchell Sophomore

60 Paul Snider Senior

61 Logan Wattenbarger Sophomore

62 Michael Sartin Senior

63 Brandon Davis Freshman

64 Mathew Mathis Senior

65 T.J. Dixon Freshman

66 Zach Gill Sophomore

67 Logan Suggs Sophomore

68 Jake Russell Freshman

69 Tanner Van Pelt Freshman

70 Jalen Hill Sophomore

71 Zack Jones Senior

72 Mason Wilson Freshman

73 Tim Talbert Sophomore

74 Nick Kurtz Sophomore

75 Mason Mathis Freshman

76 Justin Morrison Junior

77 Zack Cornett Junior

79 Kaemdenne Stoker Senior

82 Caleb Warren Senior

83 Donte Jackson Freshman

84 Wes Story Sophomore

85 Damian Johnson Freshman

86 Antonio Maston Freshman

87 Christian Rogers Junior

88 Taylor Parris Senior

89 Dillon Reynolds Freshman

90 Nick Cathey Freshman

91 Noah Davenport Freshman

92 Rhett Neal Freshman

94 Coty Dilbeck 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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