2013 - Signal Mountain Eagles

2013 - Signal Mountain Eagles

August 16th, 2013 by Ward Gossett in Sports - Preps

Signal Mountain junior tight end Harrison Moon will be a big part of the Eagles' offensive attack this season.

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

Signal Mountain Eagles

Coach: Bill Price (34-5 in four years here; 151-101 in 26 years overall)

Last year: 7-4, lost 42-41 to Page in the first round of the state playoffs

'13 dreams: The schedule is tougher with more balance in District 7-AA and the addition of Bradley Central and perennial Class 4A playoff power Greeneville, but Price believes this is the most talented team he has had at Signal Mountain, and that includes the undefeated state championship team of 2010. The Eagles are looking forward to having a healthy Diamez Franklin in the backfield after he struggled through an injury-laden junior season. Of course, the big backfield load is 260-pound James McClellan, the Eagles' leading rusher in 2011. They're breaking in a new quarterback in southpaw Jack Teeter, who's replacing current Kentucky freshman Reese Phillips. The offensive line is big, averaging 250-plus pounds, and a favorite target for Teeter could be 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end Harrison Moon. The defensive line will be anchored by 360-pound Marcus Hardy.

13-for-13 contenders: Franklin, who also played some at linebacker, has recovered from a high-ankle sprain and rib injuries that hobbled him most of the 2012 season, and he's packing in the neighborhood of 195 pounds to go with the quick feet. Moon, though just a junior, already has FBS scholarship offers.

Number of interest: The Eagles needed 13 wins in 2010 to get to the Class 2A state championship game. They fell behind early despite their "point-a-minute" offense but rallied in the second half to beat Trinity Christian 56-28 to complete an undefeated season.

13 years ago: Signal Mountain High School was no more than a wish for some and a goal for others. The school opened in 2008.

Program superstition: It's become tradition for the team to touch the Eagle head before entering the stadium and then to listen to "The Boys of Fall."

1-through-3: Quarterback Jack Teeter

Q. How good can this team be?

A. We have a lot of starters coming back. I think we'll be a good football team. If we push ourselves and put in all the work, we could be in a position to go all the way.

Q. Is there pressure on you because of Hogan Whitmire and Reese Phillips, your predecessors?

A. There's a lot of pressure. Coach Price is always yelling and then a lot of parents asking me how I'm doing and if I'm ready for [the season]. But I think I'm ready for it. Pressure is something I look forward to. Some people may doubt me, but I want to prove them wrong and show them I can do it.

Q. What's it like playing for Bill Price?

A. Practices are long and hard, but he's a good coach. If you mess up he's on you, but he makes you want you to try and do it right the whole time. He's tough and he yells a lot, but outside of football he's a really good guy.

- Ward Gossett

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 East Hamilton

Aug. 30 Tyner

Sep. 6 at Bledsoe County *

Sep. 13 at Red Bank

Sep. 20 Grundy County *

Sep. 27 at Bradley Central

Oct. 4 Notre Dame *

Oct. 18 Chattanooga Christian *

Oct. 25 at Greeneville

Nov. 1 at Sequatchie County *

*District 7-AA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Reese Phillips 172-274-3 2,274 15

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

James McClellan 122 678 10

Robert Turner 102 654 7

Diamez Franklin 89 471 3

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Madison Byrd 83 1251 9

Casey Johnson 27 357 0

Chris Abernathy 24 236 0

Diamez Franklin12 155 2

Roster

No. Name Class

1 Jackson Etter Freshman

2 Diamex Franklin Senior

3 TaDarrius Hodge Junior

4 Nathan Johnson Sophomore

5 Evan Greve Senior

6 Zach Brown Senior

7 Ryan McCaffery Junior

8 Levi Glasscock Junior

9 Jack Teeter Junior

10 Cody Snow Senior

11 Skye Wilson Freshman

12 Chris Feemster Junior

13 Corey Dehart Sophomore

14 Jack Chandler Sophomore

15 John Ryan Wilson Junior

16 Nick Spalding Junior

17 Garrett Hensley Freshman

18 Dallas Payeton Junior

20 Ryan Claxton Senior

21 Lee Nagle Sophomore

22 Clay Adams Sophomore

23 Hunter VanDyken Junior

24 Garland Wood Freshman

25 TaDarrell Hodge Freshman

26 James McClellan IV Senior

27 Walter Gailmard Junior

28 Cale Shelton Junior

29 Kaleb Menzel Junior

30 Houston McClain Senior

31 Jake Carmichael Sophomore

32 William Franklin Junior

33 Cade Oglsby Sophomore

34 Chris Moore Junior

35 Colin Weigert Freshman

39 Hunter Broughton Sophomore

40 Drew Dudley Sophomore

42 Ben Brown Sophomore

44 Harrison Moon Junior

45 Parker Swan Sophomore

46 Luis Gutierrez Senior

50 Cole Sitton Senior

52 Isaac Green Freshman

53 Cole Johnson Freshman

54 Dusty Hall Senior

55 Jared Menzel Sophomore

56 Andy Faulk Sophomore

57 Devin Laman Junior

60 Calelan Clemons Freshman

61 Micah Pressley Senior

62 Garrett Bird Freshman

64 Colin Rich Senior

66 Jacob Wright Senior

70 Bryson Foss Freshman

73 Aaron Williams Junior

74 Davis Brock Senior

76 Marcus Hardy Senior

79 Grant Hensley Senior

80 Drake Cunningham Sophomore

88 Leyton Teal Sophomore