published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - Meigs County Tigers

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    Ricky Holliday’s Tigers aim torebound from last year’s one win season.

Meigs County Tigers

Coach: Ricky Holliday (6-15 in two seasons here and overall)

Last year: 1-9 as District 5-AA member

‘13 dreams: Eight sophomores got a lot of game experience last year, whether they were ready for it or not. So Meigs County is going down a classification with an experienced group of starters. The combination of the two should help the Tigers improve their record, but District 3 still will present plenty of challenges. Grace Christian and Greenback were both 10-2 and second-round playoff teams last year, and Rockwood and Midway also playoff teams. The Tigers are awaiting the return of middle linebacker and fullback Lee Wilson (6-foot-1, 240), their leading 2012 tackler who had surgery July 29 on a foot he broke while going through drills at Jacksonville State University earlier in the month. Big things also are expected from fellow seniors Austin Kennedy (6-3) and Quincy Parris (5-10), who check in at a combined 440 pounds. Kennedy, a two-way tackle, carries 200 more of those pounds than Parris, a running back and safety.

Number of interest: It’s been 13 seasons since the Tigers last won a state-playoff game.

13 years ago: Current Meigs principal Clint Baker, whose son, Bryson, is a junior and the starting quarterback for the Tigers, was in his first season as head football coach. He guided them to a 10-2 record and the second round of the playoffs.

Program superstition: A ceramic statue of a tiger sits perched on a brick pedestal behind the end zone where the players enter a gate to their home field. All the players touch it before they gather to run through the customary big paper sign.

1-through-3: Senior fullback and linebacker Lee Wilson

Q. What has it been like for you missing so much practice time?

A. It’s just been terrible. I’ve been at home and can’t do anything. I’ve been keeping [the broken foot] elevated. Hopefully I can get it to heal soon. I’m going into my senior season and it’s been rough. I want to be there to lead my team. We’re hoping to have a good season.

Q. How does the team feel about moving into a new district?

A. I think we’re kind of excited about it. In our old district we were borderline on the number of students in the school to qualify, so we were on the lower end. Those other schools had a lot more kids than we did. It was a disadvantage in my opinion. Now we’re in a district with schools closer in numbers with ours.

Q. When are you expected back and how do you feel about it?

A. From the time of the surgery, the good scenario would be four weeks. It could be six weeks. It could be longer. If it’s four weeks, then I would be back at the Monday practice of week one. That would be good because our off week is the first week of the season (week zero). I’m hoping that’s how it goes. Our defense especially is in real need of some leadership right now.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 at Sweetwater 7:30

Sep. 6 Greenback* 7:30

Sep. 13 at Sale Creek 7:30

Sep. 20 Rockwood* 7:30

Sep. 27 McMinn Central 7:30

Oct. 4 Grace Christian* 7:30

Oct. 11 at Lookout Valley 7:30

Oct. 18 at Midway* 7:30

Oct. 25 Harriman* 7:30

Nov. 1 at Tellico Plains* 7:30

*District 3-A game

2012 STATS

Passing

C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Bryson Baker 70-113-7 800 2

Rushing

Att Yards TDs

Dakota Ricker 69 760 6

Quincy Parris 100 450 1

Receiving

No. Yards TDs

Jessie Mills 25 261 1

Dakota Ricker 13 174 0

Elliott Aikman 17 159 2

Tackles

Solo Assists Total

Lee Wilson 56 40 76

Jacob Kile 47 37 65.5

Roster

No. Name Class

1 Tyler Millard Senior

2 Bryson Baker Junior

3 Dakota Ricker Junior

4 Tyler Lawson Sophomore

5 Bryson Ridge Sophomore

6 Quincy Parris Senior

7 Tyler Moats Sophomore

8 Tristan Fisher Sophomore

9 Blake Westmoreland Sophomore

10 Derek Letner Junior

12 Brandon Swanson Freshman

14 David Hicks Senior

15 Ryan Rayl Sophomore

16 Brandon Lawson Junior

17 Jesse Rayl Freshman

18 John Bratcher Junior

22 Justus Palko Sophomore

25 Zack Ridge Junior

30 Lee Wilson Senior

32 Taylor Fugate Junior

33 William Bearden Freshman

34 Lucas Goforth Sophomore

40 Zack Thomas Junior

42 Brandon Donaldson Sophomore

44 Casey Tate Freshman

46 Brian Baskowsky Sophomore

49 Jake Prince Junior

50 Cody Kennedy Senior

51 Blaze Bunch Sophomore

52 Aiden Sidereas Sophomore

53 Tyler Williams Senior

55 Marcus Smock Sophomore

56 Richard Cleary Sophomore

57 Zach Farrington Senior

58 Austin Cooley Junior

59 Gavin Scott Sophomore

60 Mitchell Fowler Freshman

62 Brandon Perry Junior

63 Jacob Kile Junior

65 Justin Stephens Freshman

66 Dylan Taylor Junior

70 Michael Ogle Freshman

71 Jacob Baker Freshman

72 Alec McKenzie Sophomore

73 Austin Kennedy Senior

74 Mason Anderson Freshman

75 Tannyr Beaty Senior

77 Dylan Hiefner Freshman

78 Seth Norris Freshman

80 Cody Meadows Junior

85 Tannyr Peaden Junior

92 Jordan Carrol Junior

99 Stanley Mayton Freshman

about Kelley Smiddie...

Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com.

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