2013 - Ringgold Tigers

2013 - Ringgold Tigers

August 16th, 2013 by Lindsey Young in Sports - Preps

Ringgold quarterback Slade Dale ran and threw for more than 1,000 yards last year and is one of 10 offensive starters back for the Tigers.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

Ringgold Tigers

Coach: Robert Akins (35-27 in six seasons here; 262-155 in 36 years overall)

Last year: 6-5, 4-3 in 5-AAA; lost 37-14 to North Oconee in the first round of the GHSA playoffs

'13 dreams: The Tigers hope to ride a retooled offense back to the playoffs, and they have the tools to get there. Three-year starting quarterback Slade Dale gives Ringgold one of the region's elite playmakers, but he's not alone. Running back/receiver Kile Sholl and receiver Christian Plott each averaged better than 20 yards per reception a year ago. Coach Akins and his staff have tweaked the option attack to better protect Dale and to cut down on turnovers. Any deep playoff run will hinge on the defense's improvement. The Tigers allowed an average of 33 points in their five 2012 losses.

13-for-13 contenders: Dale passed and ran for 1,000-plus yards each and led several late-game rallies. Akins is counting on his senior to take better care of the ball. Junior defensive end Zach Morris, who is drawing attention from SEC and ACC schools, is one of the region's top pass rushers.

Number of interest: 18 - Starters back for the Tigers this season, including 10 on offense.

13 years ago: The Tigers were 4-6 under Lamar Brown, who was in his second season coaching his alma mater following the retirement of longtime coach Don Patterson.

Program superstition: According to Akins, he's not had a player wear No. 13. "I can't remember a kid in my 35 years that's worn 13, to be honest," he said. "I guess it's a superstitions thing. We've got a number 13 jersey and somebody could wear it if they wanted to, but we're not going to hand it out unless they ask for it."

1-through-3: Senior defensive end/tight end Dallas McGee

Q. Why will you guys be more physical this year?

A. We've pretty much been together since the eighth grade, and we've worked out extremely hard this year. We've got a hard season coming up and we are preparing for it. We're pretty physical anyway, but we've got a long way to go to get where we want to be.

Q. Given that Ringgold has 18 starters back, what are the expectations in the locker room?

A. It's very high. The seniors are hoping to leave a legacy for those that follow us. We've been striving since our freshman season to get in and win a playoff game, and to be the first team in history here to win one would be quite an accomplishment.

Q. Is there one game this season that will tell you guys where you stand?

A. To me, it's the Dalton game. That's going to set our season, and it will give us an idea of what we can accomplish.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 at Dalton

Aug. 30 at Heritage

Sep. 13 Central, Carroll

Sep. 20 Gordon Central*

Sep. 27 Adairsville*

Oct. 4 at Sonoraville*

Oct. 18 at North Murray*

Oct. 25 at Coahulla Creek*

Nov. 1 Lakeview-F.O.*

Nov. 8 at Cartersville*

*Region 5-AAA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Slade Dale 72-120-7 60.0 1,268 16

Rushing Att. Yards Tds

Slade Dale 123 1,187 12

Kile Sholl 87 498 8

Bobby Campbell 37 229 2

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Christian Plott 17 404 7

Kile Sholl 14 329 4

Roster

1 Brett Baldwin Freshman

2 J.T. Roach Junior

3 Kile Sholl Junior

4 Ethan Dalton Junior

5 D.L. Goins Junior

6 Caleb Peters Senior

7 Slade Dale Senior

9 Zack Morris Junior

10 Preston Orman Freshman

11 Preston Gass Freshman

12 Cody Wilson Junior

14 Brandon Wright Junior

15 Devin Lancaster Sophomore

17 Christian Plott Senior

21 Nathan Bello Junior

22 Garrett Morris Sophomore

23 Adrian Hart Junior

24 Alec Harper Junior

25 Angel DeValle Junior

28 Sean Kittle Sophomore

29 Tyler Ha Freshman

31 Austin Phelps Senior

34 Jacob Chisenall Senior

37 Dakota Chambers Sophomore

40 Clint Broom Freshman

41 Grayson Coleman Sophomore

42 Paul Michael Sophomore

43 Dakota Baer Senior

45 Chris Watts Senior

48 Cameron Hood Sophomore

50 Christian Etheridge Senior

51 Deante Mitchell Junior

52 Noah Parrish Freshman

54 Chase Burke Senior

56 Matthew Dunn Freshman

59 Tyler Samples Freshman

60 Jonathon Rodriguez Senior

61 Jacob Fuller Sophomore

62 Jesse Wade Sophomore

63 Hunter Sosebee Junior

65 Caleb Elswick Freshman

66 Christopher Fuqua Sophomore

67 Eric Johnston Junior

68 Brandon Tathem Sophomore

70 Ethan Seay Freshman

71 Ryan Emmer Senior

72 Tristan Pierce Sophomore

73 Bryan Derben Junior

74 Zack Shanan Senior

75 Deshon Bowen Sophomore

78 Kolton Begley Junior

82 Dallas McGee Senior

85 Nathan Woods Sophomore