2013 - Sonoraville Phoenix

2013 - Sonoraville Phoenix

August 16th, 2013 by David Uchiyama in Sports - Preps

Sonoraville Phoenix

Coach: Roger Gentry (5-15 in two seasons here and overall)

Last year: The Phoenix clipped Model 18-17 in their third game for their only win of the year.

'13 dreams: The 2012 season turned out to be a nightmare. Players fell to season-long injuries early in the season, and their replacements fell for games at a time, Gentry recalled. The Phoenix were spread thin against deeper and more experienced teams. "We had seven or eight gone for the season," Gentry said. "Then we lost them for a week at a time. We would have been better with Brandon Rawls, Robbie Johnson, Jackson Murray and Chris Baker."

13-for-13 contenders: Gentry exited camp with 82 players on the roster. They are the survivors embarking on a new trek for Sonoraville. "I have expectations to go out and win football games," Gentry said. "I'm tired of talking about it and making excuses. It's time for Sonoraville football to step up to the plate." Gentry brought in a new defensive coordinator, Jim Kramer, and gave him the keys to restructure. On offense, senior quarterback Griff Bryant has been coachable and tossed it well in 7-on-7 competition. But most of the anticipation is around running back Andrew Slaton (6-foot-1, 185) who won state track championships in the 100-meter dash and the 110 high hurdles. "I'm looking for a big year out of him," Gentry said. But Thomas Gray (5-11, 270) and the rest of his line must pave the way. Junior Clark Johnson (6-5, 200) can open things on the outside and catch passes from either quarterback when he's on the field. Kenny Cooper (6-3, 275) is a rising star if he can turn baby fat into muscle.

Number of interest: 6 - the number of years since the school opened and the Phoenix went winless in their first season.

13 years ago: The property where Sonoraville resides was likely pastures and field with hooved animals roaming where football players practice now. Gentry was coaching at Sandy Creek High School.

Program superstition: The Phoenix grab each other in the locker room a few minutes before kickoff and rededicate themselves to each other. As Gentry said, "We all gather up and we grab ahold of each other; then we look at each other and say, 'You can count on me.'"

1-through-3: Senior lineman Thomas Gray

Q. How often do your teammates joke about your sports glasses?

A. They do sometimes, but I've worn them all four years in high school, so they're used to it.

Q. How well can you see without them?

A. Horrible. I'm blind as a bat.

Q. How do you turn around the jokes on teammates?

A. All the other linemen are as big as me, so I'll crack "big" jokes at them.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 30 at Pickens County

Sep. 6 at Gilmer County

Sep. 13 Model

Sep. 20 at Coahulla Creek

Sep. 27 at North Murray

Oct. 4 Ringgold

Oct. 18 Adairsville

Oct. 25 Gordon Central

Nov. 1 at Cartersville

Nov. 8 Lakeview-F.O.

*Region 5-AAA game

2012 Stats

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Tyler Harris 127-267-17 1,336 11

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Jackson Murray 87 672 8

Tyler Harris 28 92 2

Receiving No. Yards TDs

Chris Baker 43 501 3

Jackson Murray 26 304 1

Matt Edgar 26 240 1


No. Name Class

2 Tanner Sanderson Junior

3 C.J. Corley Freshman

4 Griff Bryant Junior

5 Marco Munoz Freshman

6 Clark Johnson Junior

7 Austin Carter Sophomore

8 Andrew Slaton Senior

9 Maurice Moore Freshman

10 Dakota French Senior

12 Junior Solis Junior

14 Dylan Dixon Sophomore

16 Morgan Holt Freshman

17 Chris Green Senior

18 Bevin Harris Junior

19 Nathan Holbert Freshman

20 Logan Sutton Senior

21 Bailey Reece Freshman

22 Josh Newport Senior

23 Alex Hales Freshman

24 Houston Nance Junior

25 Jack Miles Junior

26 Joey Skibo Senior

27 Hunter Lay Sophomore

28 Mackenzie Kilpatrick Senior

30 Gage Burger Senior

31 Cody Long Sophomore

32 Logan Guess Sophomore

33 Tate Moore Freshman

35 Braxton Blalock Junior

36 Gabe Johnson Senior

37 Stone Logan Freshman

38 Joseph Leatherwood Freshman

41 Jarett Derryberry Senior

42 Jarred Storm Junior

44 Jonathon Silvers Sophomore

45 Riley Kilpatrick Junior

48 Chris Gonzalez Junior

49 Randall Goodman Senior

50 Dylan Rhinehart Junior

51 Noah Cloer Freshman

52 Caylen Hager Sophomore

53 Adam Bennett Senior

54 David Sherriff Sophomore

55 Israel Smith Freshman

56 Tanner Gray Sophomore

57 Caleb Chambers Senior

58 Kenny Cooper Sophomore

59 Ace McCoy Senior

60 Jake Harford Senior

61 Jonathan Novicki Sophomore

62 Sherrod Agee Freshman

63 Ryan Brown Senior

64 Noah Davenport Freshman

65 Bryson Peace Junior

66 Zach Farr Freshman

68 Austin Pasley Sophomore

69 Caleb Storm Freshman

70 Thomas Gray Senior

71 Dalton Litton Sophomore

72 Landon Williams Freshman

74 Elisha Hager Sophomore

75 Paton Dempsey Junior

76 Tyler Maines Sophomore

77 Shane Gibson Sophomore

78 Landon Vest Sophomore

80 Avery Boley Junior

81 Aaron Brooks Junior

82 Alex Macias Freshman

83 Austin Easterwood Sophomore

84 Nathaniel Smith Sophomore

85 Andrew Clay Freshman

87 Thomas Hayes Sophomore

88 Scott Lumpkin Senior

89 Demarcus Irick Senior

90 Chris Crowe Sophomore

91 Tyler Luker Senior