published Friday, August 16th, 2013

2013 - North Murray Mountaineers

North Murray Mountaineers

Coach: David Gann (5-5 in one year here and overall)

Last year: 5-5, 2-5 in 5-AAA

‘13 dreams: The Mountaineers in Gann’s first year were an offensive juggernaut, scoring 25 or more points in eight games. Unfortunately, they allowed 35 or more points in seven games, including 70 to Adairsville. The bad news for Gann and crew is that nearly all the offensive points and yards graduated. New defensive coordinator Courtney Braswell has a solid linebacking corps to build around as he switches the Mountaineers to a 3-4 scheme.

13-for-13 contenders: Talented juniors Hinton McConkey and Peyton Swilling are battling for the quarterback spot, but whoever doesn’t win the competition will start somewhere and each will be critical to the team’s production. Three-year starting linebacker John Chastain, the team’s leading tackler, returns to lead the defensive revival. Two athletic sophomores, Jordan Adams and Drake McCowan, likely will start both ways.

Number of interest: 5 — New defensive coaches hired by the Mountaineers, led by the aggressive Braswell.

13 years ago: The Mountaineers weren’t around, but Gann was about to enter a new phase of his career. The 2000 season was his final year as offensive line coach at Northwest Whitfield, and he spent the next two years working under Phillip Fulmer as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee.

Program superstition: The program is too young to have developed any longtime superstitions, but the opening of a new fieldhouse will coincide with a new pregame entrance into the team’s stadium and onto its state-of-the-art turf field.

1-through-3: Junior quarterback Hinton McConkey

Q. This team lost a lot of offense last year. Do you think that’s causing people to overlook this team this year?

A. I think they are. Honestly, I think we’ll be better this year. We lost a lot of seniors, but we do have a new coaching staff that’s going to help us a lot.

Q. What will it take to for this team to reach that next level and make the playoffs?

A. We have to do the little things better. It’s like last year. We were beating Cartersville at halftime and we came out in the second half and they killed us. We just couldn’t finish games, but that will change this year because of our conditioning.

Q. Several teams in Region 5-AAA lost a lot to graduation last year. Can the Mountaineers be the best of that bunch and get a playoff spot?

A. I guarantee you we’ll be there. We’ve worked too hard to not make it.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 at Southeast Whitfield

Sep. 6 Dade County

Sep. 13 Johnson, Gainesville

Sep. 20 at Cartersville*

Sep. 27 Sonoraville*

Oct. 4 at Adairsville*

Oct. 18 Ringgold*

Oct. 25 at Lakeview-F.O.*

Nov. 1 Coahulla Creek*

Nov. 8 at Gordon Central*

*Region 5-AAA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Brady Swilling 95-175-7 54% 1,519 16

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Brady Swilling 164 1,510 12

Jacob Mays 83 591 6

Christian Buckle 69 533 8

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Jacob Mays 28 450 9

Christian Buckle 17 264 2

Roster

1 Mathew Clayton Junior

2 Blake Davis Freshman

3 Jordan Adams Sophomore

4 Darius Towns Junior

5 Mason Pittman Junior

6 Christian Rangle Senior

7 Leonardo Lechuga Sophomore

9 J.T. Langford Freshman

10 Fernando Rangel Sophomore

11 Payton Swilling Junior

12 Ethan Payne Freshman

13 Kody Bryson Senior

14 Brody Frazier Freshman

15 Hinton McConkey Junior

16 Elisa Lechuga Senior

17 Brady Harper Freshman

18 Aaron Mendez Junior

19 Jasper Pierce Freshman

20 Tanner Deal Freshman

22 Ryan Nix Freshman

25 Lane Holsomback Junior

26 Michael Loughbridge Sophomore

27 Jose Delacruz Freshman

28 Trey Jackson Freshman

29 Drake McCowan Sophomore

30 Noah Allen Freshman

31 Levi Amos Junior

34 Jonathon Cain Junior

35 John Chastain Senior

36 Tanner Cockburn Senior

37 Javier Alfaro Sophomore

38 Tyler Baggett Freshman

39 Kevin Bogovich Freshman

41 Hunter McCurdy Freshman

45 Preston Bartley Freshman

46 Cody Ponders Freshman

47 Juan Salaises Sophomore

50 Wesley Sanford Sophomore

51 Caleb Campbell Junior

52 Brandon Adame Junior

53 Hunter Dunn Junior

54 Chris Townsend Senior

55 Dylan Sturgill Freshman

56 Aidan Noe Freshman

57 Blake Langham Junior

58 Emmanuel Jacobo Sophomore

59 Adrian Godfrey Freshman

60 Dawson Oliver Freshman

61 Dakota Owens Freshman

62 Hunter Martin Junior

63 Trey Williams Sophomore

65 Ethan Martin Freshman

66 Jordan Ray Senior

67 Layton Collins Junior

69 David Elrod Junior

70 Brandon Jackson Senior

71 Ethan Sampson Sophomore

72 Tristan Warnack Freshman

73 Justin Sisk Freshman

74 Tyler Serrano Junior

75 Tyson Taylor Junior

80 Justin Peacock Senior

81 Nathan Bradley Freshman

82 Fernando Pulido Freshman

83 Christian Pate Freshman

85 Justin Mathis Senior

86 Jordan Barnes Freshman

88 Uriel Carrillo 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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