2013 - Marion County Warriors

2013 - Marion County Warriors

August 16th, 2013 by Stephen Hargis in Sports - Preps

Marion County coach Mac McCurry will be looking to build on the Warriors' solid 9-3 season in 2012.

Marion County coach Mac McCurry will be looking...

Marion County Warriors

Coach: Mac McCurry (9-3 in one year here, 229-68 overall)

Last year: 9-3, beat perennial power Trousdale County to reach the quarterfinals before losing at eventual state champion Friendship Christian.

'13 dreams: It's been nearly 20 years since expectations were this high going into a season for the Warriors. That's because eight starters return to each side of the ball from last year's team that made a surprisingly deep playoff push. There won't be any surprises this year as Marion heads into the season as not only a district favorite but one of the top teams in all of 2A. All-state running back Blake Zeman (5-foot-11, 231) is back after rushing for more than 1,600 yards, and Hamilton Shoemaker (6-1, 210) and Chandler Willis (5-9, 205), are two other bruising backs returning.

13-for-13 contenders: Zeman not only was the Warriors' leading rusher and the tone-setter on offense, but he also led them in tackles in several games as a linebacker. He's a punishing runner and a perfect fit in McCurry's brand of the wing-T, as are Shoemaker and Willis. Logan Walters (6-2, 180) played some at quarterback last year, and that should have him ready to take over the position full time. Taylor Condra (5-11, 285), Hayden Tudors (6-0, 260) and Mason Hargis (5-11, 270) form a strong, veteran group of linemen.

Number of interest: 18. The years it's been since the Warriors won a district or region title. They have finished second several times, even knocking off region champ Boyd-Buchanan in the playoffs to avenge a regular-season loss, but haven't won a league title since 1995, when they went on to win the last of their four state championships.

13 years ago: 7-4

Program superstition: It's not so much superstition as tradition, but most area fans identify the program with the tractor whistle, an extremely loud blast that follows each big play for the Warriors at home in Jasper. It is met with cheers by Marion fans but is an annoying sound for opponents when the Warriors are on a roll.

1-through-3: Junior all-state running back Blake Zeman

Q. You've pretty much got a target on you with every team you play focusing on trying to stop you. How do you deal with that?

A. I like it, because if teams are keying on me it's just going to open things up for other people to have big plays and for our team to have success. I don't mind that at all. It's not about my stats - it's about winning games.

Q. What's the biggest difference going into this season, compared to last year?

A. Our confidence level is a lot better. With a year in Coach Mac's system, everybody knows what their job is and what we're supposed to do. We don't have to think about it: We can just go out and play more now.

Q. There's a lot of buzz in the community after the success the team had last year. How does it feel to be a part of the teams that have turned things back around here?

A. It's a great feeling because I grew up here and I know how important football is to everybody here. We're all excited to get the season started and see if we can build on what we did last year.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 at Grundy County, 8

Aug. 30 Bledsoe County, 8

Sep. 6 at Whitwell*, 8

Sep. 13 Chattanooga Central, 8

Sep. 20 at Lookout Valley*

Sep. 27 Sequatchie County, 8

Oct. 4 Sale Creek*, 8

Oct. 11 at Copper Basin

Oct. 25 at Chattanooga Christian

Nov. 1 South Pittsburg*, 8

*District 6-A game

2012 Stats (one tab between categories)


Att. Yards TDs

Blake Zeman 177 1,635 20

Jayme Ford 16 246 2


No. Name Class

1 Blake Zeman Junior

2 Cam Foshee Sophomore

3 Logan Walters Sophomore

6 Quin Beasley Sophomore

8 Chase Hamilton Junior

9 Bradley Baxter Sophomore

10 Blake Brooks Junior

11 Hunter Zeman Freshman

13 Christian Stephens Sophomore

14 Mason Grooms Freshman

15 Hamilton Shoemaker Senior

17 Alex Kirkendoll Freshman

20 Guy Hansard Freshman

21 Josh Henderson Sophomore

22 Josh Cantrell Sophomore

24 Deion Riley Junior

25 Terrance Saylors Junior

31 Bailey Bradford Sophomore

32 Eli Morrison Freshman

34 Corry Murry Freshman

35 Chandler Willis Junior

37 Patrick Bradford Junior

38 Brennon Keef Junior

39 Hayden Fowler Senior

40 Hunter McClain Freshman

41 Bryce Massengale Sophomore

44 Kyle Jenkins Junior

45 Eric Layne Freshman

47 Houston McCellroy Freshman

48 Ben Dempsy Freshman

49 Noah Walters Freshman

51 Sawyer Blevins Senior

55 Payton Lacy Freshman

57 Austin Thomas Sophomore

58 Jessy Stoneseiter Senior

59 Logan Campbell Freshman

60 Matthew Alder Junior

61 Josh Smith Junior

62 Drew Daniels Freshman

63 D.J. Haney Freshman

64 Drew Grisham Sophomore

66 Hayden Tuders Junior

67 Payton Jones Junior

68 Jake Allender Sophomore

70 Ishmail Avila Freshman

71 Taylor Condra Senior

73 Cory Tucker Freshman

74 Ty Heifner Freshman

75 Mason Hargis Senior

76 Tyler Wildermuth Sophomore

77 Jordan Lehman Sophomore

78 Billy Guy Sophomore

87 Clay O'Shields Senior

Head coach: Mac McCurry

Assistants: Joe Dan Gudger, Randy Kirkpatrick, Michael Schmitt, Tim Starkey, Chad Rogers, Josh Coley, Larry Richards.