Preps Preview: Christian Heritage Lions

Preps Preview: Christian Heritage Lions

August 17th, 2012 by Staff Report in Sports - Preps

Christian Heritage quarterback Trevor Brown threw for more than 1,000 yards in nine games in the Glory for Christ League. The Lions will play in the GHSA this fall.

Photo by David Uchiyama /Times Free Press.


0 - Games Christian Heritage has played in GHSA competition

1 - Fields the school is building for this season and future years.

4 - Seasons Coach Poag played at North Carolina State.


Aug. 31 at Model

Sep. 7 Murray County

Sep. 14 at Coahulla Creek

Sep. 21 at Fellowship Christian*

Sep. 28 Mount Zion, Carroll*

Oct. 5 Gordon Lee*

Oct. 12 at Darlington*

Oct. 26 at SW Atlanta Christian*

Nov. 2 Trion*

Nov. 9 Region 6-A play-in game

* Region 6-A game


Coach: Preston Poag (6-3 in one season here and overall) Stadium: Lions Field Address: 1600 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dalton, GA 30720


Christian Heritage is taking a big leap this year. It will be competing in the GHSA for the first time after playing in the Glory for Christ League. The Lions played nine games last year and are in the process of building a state-of-the-art stadium on campus. They are a fledgling program.


1) The backfield. The Lions return junior quarterback Trevor Brown, junior fullback Austin Lowe and running back Jake Stokes. "They're good football players and they've really improved," Poag said.

2) The linebackers. The Lions will have all three linebackers back from last season, including sophomore Evan Townsend. "They're leaders, they work hard and they're good football players," Poag said. "They've been through the fire even though they're young."

3) Skill spots. The Lions, with so few players on the roster, had most playing on offense and defense. That experience should help this season. "We have a lot of guys who play a few series for us and help us," Poag said. "Will Fisher, Brian Pierce, and then we bring in other guys who we can put in there on both sides of the ball."


1) Depth. The Lions have no seniors on the roster and have few players with more experience than a single season. "A lot of Single-A teams have from 35 to 45 players, so we're there with them," Poag said.

2) The kicking game. Poag and his team will rely on decorated soccer players Hunter Dixon and Andrew McEntyre, who have never played football but have NCAA-scholarship potential. "They've never played football, but they both have strong legs after just starting to learn," Poag said.

3) Depth on the line. "We have to get guys ready on the lines, and that's a big concern," Poag said. "It's a product of being a small school, and I know others have the same problem."


(Junior quarterback)

Q: What are some other sports you enjoy and why?

A: I play baseball. I pitch and play third base.

Q: What expectations do you have for the season?

A: We want to compete the best we can and do the best we can.

Q: What intimidates you about playing in GHSA football?

A: They talked about us setting a legacy, and I think it's good to set the foundation for teams to come up after us.


1 Brian Pierce - Junior

2 Tyler Tipton - Freshman

3 Kyle Stanley - Sophomore

5 Andrew McEntyre - Sophomore

6 Sam Sikes - Sophomore

7 Trevor Brown - Junior

8 Michale McKinney - Senior

9 Hunter Dixon - Junior

10 Chandler Coley - Junior

11 Nick Bartley - Junior

12 Will Fischer - Junior

14 Brady Souther - Sophomore

16 Jake Stokes - Junior

18 Tyson Cooper - Freshman

20 A.J. Cooper - Senior

21 Devin Saunders - Sophmore

22 Austin Lowe - Junior

24 Matthew Cook - Freshman

32 Ian Robbins - Sophomore

34 Caleb Hill - Sophomore

40 Spencer Robbins - Sophomore

50 Herschel Beene - Sophomore

52 Eva n Townsend - Sophomore

55 Harrison Kranzlein - Junior

60 Luke Burdette - Freshman

62 Joe Cancelleri - Senior

63 Bryce Dolozier - Senior

76 Collin Calhoun - Sophomore

77 Logan Gazaway - Sophomore

78 Noah Holmsback - Sophomore

88 Logan Mashburn - Junior