Preps Preview: Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

Preps Preview: Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

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

Members of the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe football team come together after a morning football practice at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.

Photo by Alyson Wright/Times Free Press.

BY THE NUMBERS

8 - Returning offensive starters for the newly installed Pistol no-huddle attack, including four linemen.

5 - New assistant coaches on the LFO staff, including offensive coordinator Houston White and a familiar last name for one of the new defensive coaches, Josh Mariakis.

29 - Wins against Catoosa County rival Ringgold, the most against any other program. However, the 34 losses to the Tigers also are the most versus any other program.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 31 at Gordon Lee

Sep. 7 at Heritage

Sep. 14 Dade County

Sep. 21 Adairsville

Sep. 28 Gordon Central*

Oct. 5 at Cartersville*

Oct. 19 at Coahulla Creek*

Oct. 26 at North Murray*

Nov. 2 Ringgold*

Nov. 9 Sonoraville*

* Region 5-AAA game

LAKEVIEW-FORT OGLETHORPE WARRIORS

Coach: Todd Windham (17-34 in five years here, 56-89 in 14 overall)

Stadium: Tommy Cash Stadium

Address: 1850 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

RECENT HISTORY

Since the John Allen years of the early 2000s the Warriors have struggled to find consistency, twice going winless while also making the playoffs in 2009. Here's a look at the regular-season win total for the last five years:

2011 ----(4)

2010 (0)

2009 -------(7)

2008 ----(4)

2007 --(2)

THREE STRENGTHS

1) A new offense led by first-year coordinator Houston White will take advantage of the athletic ability of LFO's skill-position players.

2) Linebackers Nate Long and Trey Silmon give the Warriors two of the hardest-hitting defenders in northwest Georgia.

3) The Warriors have embraced the role of underdog in new Region 5-AAA, which includes a mix of double-A teams from last year and a few triple-A programs.

THREE CONCERNS

1) A lack of numbers in the sophomore and freshman classes will limit the amount of depth Windham and his staff can employ and means the Warriors have to stay healthy.

2) The quarterback position was unsettled as training camp began, but Windham feels confident that either Ringgold transfer Sky Rogers or Silmon - or a comination of both - will be an upgrade on last year's revolving door under center.

3) Defensive line play was a strength a year ago, but LFO lost all-star Kelly Payne and two other starters to graduation.

THREE QUESTIONS WITH NATE LONG

(Senior linebacker and fullback)

Q: This program went 0-10 two years ago and started 0-4 last year, but you regrouped to have a good season. How is that going to help you this year?

A: It's more motivation to come back this year and be even better. The seniors this year are very tight. We don't fight with each other like some of the guys did last year.

Q: What is the one key for LFO to take that next step?

A: Love. You've got to love one another and work hard. As a senior I've got to be a leader and make sure we stay together. And we've got to stay hungry. Right now, on a scale of 1 to 10, we're a 20. That's hungry!

Q: Who is your biggest rival and why?

A: That's a hard one to weigh. It's either Ringgold or Heritage. When Heritage first came here we beat them, but they've beaten us the past two years, so there's a good rivalry now. We haven't beaten Ringgold in the past six or seven years, so we want to end that streak.


ROSTER

2 Jackson Wallin - Senior

3 Sam Eaves - Sophomore

4 Devin Wolfe - Freshman

5 Corey Agridano - Freshman

9 Cole Ellis - Senior

10 B.J. Raines - Sophomore

11 Pooh Harden - Senior

12 Skyler Rogers - Junior

14 Trey Silmon - Senior

16 Nick Farmer - Sophomore

17 Keyvon Rivers - Junior

20 Hayden Griffin - Freshman

21 Tristan Evans - Junior

22 James Knight - Freshman

23 Kalina Hyde - Senior

25 Jordan Pickett - Freshman

27 Randall Eaker - Senior

32 Kyle Trego - Senior

34 Jacob Gilbert - Junior

35 Cole Templin - Freshman

36 Casey Burse - Freshman

37 Ryan Tucker - Junior

43 Nate Long - Senior

44 Austin LaFerry - Junior

48 Cameron Pewitt - Sophomore

50 Brian Rich - Freshman

51 Lucas Heard - Junior

53 Jonathan Bolen - Senior

54 Steven Lewis - Senior

56 Chase Smith - Sophomore

57 Tanner Ivester - Sophomore

59 Bryson Suggs - Freshman

60 Andrew Whitis - Sophomore

64 Konner Lea - Freshman

65 Frankie Pinkston - Sophomore

70 Garrett Sanders - Sophomore

71 Jok O'Barr - Senior

72 Kirk Sanders - Junior

75 Todd Turner - Junior

79 Dusty Melford - Junior

80 Jordan Burgess - Sophomore

89 Daniel Parrish - Senior

91 Dylan Flowers - Senior