Preps Preview: McMinn Central Chargers

Preps Preview: McMinn Central Chargers

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

McMinn Central coach Josh Goodin, right, and the Chargers have 16 starters back this fall.

McMinn Central coach Josh Goodin, right, and the...

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.


Coach: Josh Goodin (8-23 in three seasons here and overall)

Stadium: Charger Stadium

Address: 145 County Road 461, Englewood, TN 37329

Three strengths

1) A number of juniors and seniors on the defensive side will be starting for a third year.

2) The Chargers should be able to incorporate the pass into their offense a little more this year. Senior Darecio Borden and junior Josh Scudder are speedsters, and others with different skill sets will lend support.

3) Things should run a little smoother offensively, running the same scheme for a second consecutive year.

Three concerns

1) Offensive line was already a question, even before senior Jamal Anthony tore an ACL in spring practice. Three up front this year will be first-year starters.

2) Skepticism is widespread among special teams, although senior kicker Dylan Cochran is able to make extra points. Coach Goodin said he feels good about Cochran trying field goals from 30 yards in, possibly 40.

3) Depth could be a problem. Even though the roster has 50-plus players, inexperience is prevalent among the substitutes.

Three questions with ...


(Senior lineman)

Q. After tough seasons the last couple of years, what is the team's outlook for this year?

A. We will be better than even. We will go to the state championship. I think we will.

Q. What does this team have to do well to get things turned around?

A. Practice hard. You've got to be there. Don't skip practices, and come every day.

Q. If all goes well, what can this team accomplish?

A. State championship, baby. That's it.

By the numbers

3 - McMinn Central's coaches named Goodin, with brothers Matt and Cody among Josh's assistants.

7 - Times the Chargers scored at least 14 points last year, although six were losses.

21 - Freshmen who will dress out on this year's squad.


RUSHING Att Yards Avg TD

*Denzell Boyd 154 822 5.3 6

*Wyatt Barnett 73 532 7.3 4

PASSING Comp-Att Yards Int TD

*Levi Holley 55-102 730 7 3


*Darecio Borden 15 313 20.9 1

*Denzell Boyd 14 175 12.5 2

TACKLES Solo Assists Total

*Wyatt Barnett 47 27 74

*Gage Johnson 40 22 62

*returning player

Recent history

McMinn Central has played in 28 state-playoff games, including a Clinic Bowl, but the Chargers have fallen on hard times. With eight starters returning on both sides of the ball, they are looking to have a bounce-back year after going 1-19 the last two seasons combined. Here's a look at the regular-season win total for the last five years:


2011 -(1)

2010 (0)

2009 -------(7)

2008 ---------(9)

2007 ---------(9)


Aug. 17 McMinn County

Aug. 24 at Notre Dame

Aug. 30 Polk County*

Sept. 7 at Loudon

Sept. 14 Meigs County*

Sept. 21 Bledsoe County

Sept. 28 at Sequoyah*

Oct. 5 at Kingston

Oct. 12 at Sweetwater*

Oct. 19 Stone Memorial

*District 5-AA game


1 Darecio Borden Senior

2 Ryan Dahle Sophomore

3 Ben Crofts Sophomore

4 Will White Junior

5 Denzel Boyd Junior

6 Tyler Knight Junior

7 Josh Scudder Junior

8 John Barnes Senior

9 Luke Davis Sophomore

10 Levi Holley Senior

11 Wyatt Barnett Junior

12 Jackson Guy Freshman

13 Dalton Runyan Freshman

14 Chad Williams Senior

15 Derek Johnson Senior

16 Zayne Baxter Freshman

17 Zeb McKinney Junior

18 Jordan Brooks Freshman

19 Dylan Cochran Senior

20 Caleb Lawson Senior

21 Isaiah Castro Sophomore

22 Lane Holley Senior

23 Tony Guardiola Freshman

24 Josh Knight Sophomore

25 Tyler Burger Freshman

26 Colby Cook Junior

28 Alan Runkles Junior

29 Nick Austin Freshman

30 Robbie Chancellor Freshman

32 Gage Johnson Junior

36 Nick Buckner Freshman

38 Matthew Moses Freshman

39 Cody Culberson Freshman

40 Trenton Kimbler Freshman

42 Jesse Forshee Freshman

44 Hunter Stokes Freshman

45 Mason Warner Sophomore

48 Jake Croft Freshman

49 Don Middleton Freshman

50 Derrick Adams Senior

51 Collin Garwick Freshman

53 Chris Mull Sophomore

54 Josh Roach Sophomore

57 Joe Croft Freshman

59 Kelund Martin Freshman

60 Zac Bridwell Freshman

61 Ben Jackson Senior

62 Nathan McDowell Senior

64 Jamal Anthony Senior

69 Camdon Partin Senior

70 Nolan Triplett Sophomore

74 Tony Hammonds Senior

75 Cody Sullender Freshman

77 Dylan Swilley Sophomore

79 David Ables Sophomore

82 Ryan O'Neal Senior

84 Kaleb Nichols Sophomore

86 Drew Pierce Sophomore