Hargis: Boyd Buchanan rebuilds rapidly with Gary Rankin as football coach

Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / In his first year at Boyd Buchanan, Tennessee prep football coaching legend Gary Rankin has the Buccaneers off to a 4-0 start while emphasizing the importance of team over individual.

Whether a turnaround was coming was never in doubt. When Boyd Buchanan made a statewide splash in February by hiring Gary Rankin — Tennessee prep football's all-time leader in wins and state championships — as coach of the Buccaneers, the only question was how quickly the effects would be felt on the field.

Despite taking over a once proud program that had suffered through four losing seasons in the past five years — with a 17-33 overall record during that span — it turns out the answer, not surprisingly, is immediately.

Not quite halfway through the regular season with Rankin overseeing things, the Bucs have already avenged a pair of 20-point losses from last year against Davidson Academy and Christian Academy of Knoxville, and Friday they'll travel across town for a key Division II-AA East Region game at Silverdale Baptist with a chance to begin a season 5-0 for the first time in seven years.