Preps Football Preview: Red Bank Lions

Preps Football Preview: Red Bank Lions

August 18th, 2017 by Staff Report in Sports - Preps

Red Bank High School's Calvin Jackson (5) dodges a tackle on his way to a big gain. Jackson has moved from quarterback to receiver this season.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Region 3-3A // Tom Weathers Field at Red Bank Community Stadium, 640 Morrison Springs Road, Chattanooga, TN 37415

At the helm

Chad Grabowski

(18-16 in three years here; 50-21 overall)

Heroes assemble!

The Lions return 5 off., 5 def. starters.

Super powers

The defensive line figures to be the Lions' anchor point, a group that features DEs Jamel Davis (6-4, 265) and Ivan Young (6-3, 205) and newcomer NG Sam Gilbert (5-11, 215).

Possible kryptonite

The 2016 region champions will start a rookie at QB, Madox Wilkey (6-0, 180), and they're looking for a pair of OL starters.

Spidey sense tingling

Red Bank's goal is a second straight region title, and coordinators Drew Akins (offense) and Charles Weems (defense) have had a year to implement their schemes.

Here I come to save the day!

Davis is a stalwart, the type who's going to draw double teams, and former QB Calvin Jackson (5-11, 185) could make a bigger impact as a RB/WR. Also back are RB Zay Brown (5-11, 200) and WR Mike Porter (5-9, 175), and they've been joined by transfer WR David Crosby (6-3, 185), who sat out last year after moving from Brainerd.

Up, up and away!

The Lions had their best season under Grabowski last year, going 8-4 although getting upset by East Ridge in the playoffs' second round.

"There will be some pressure on Wilkey, but we have enough athletes around him to make him more successful. He won't have to carry the load," Grabowski said. "Zay Brown is back. He's bigger, stronger, faster, and his effort will be huge for us. And we have some packages for Calvin also."

The DL is probably the Lions' calling card.

"That's the heart of our defense," Grabowski said. "Jamel and Ivan —- most people know who they are — and Sam worked really hard in the offseason to become one of our strongest players. He's ultra quick, too."

2016 Results

Aug. 19 Soddy-Daisy won, 22-14

Aug. 26 Baylor lost, 47-7

Sep. 2 Howard won, 28-13

Sep. 9 McCallie lost, 47-0

Sep. 16 East Ridge won, 22-10

Sep. 23 Central won, 33-14

Sep. 30 Signal Mountain won, 29-8

Oct. 14 Chatta Christian won, 47-0

Oct. 20 Alcoa lost, 28-0

Oct. 28 Notre Dame won, 21-3

Nov. 4 Upperman won 54-13 (first round)

Nov. 11 East Ridge lost, 35-28 (second round)

8-4, 5-0 Region 3-3A

2017 Schedule

(All times 7:30 Eastern)

Aug. 18 at Soddy-Daisy

Aug. 25 at Central

Sep. 1 Signal Mountain

Sep. 15 at McMinn Central

Sep. 22 Hixson

Sep. 29 at Sweetwater

Oct. 6 Walker Valley

Oct. 13 Brainerd

Oct. 20 at Lenoir City

Oct. 27 Loudon

Region 3-3A games in bold


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