2017 Covering the Entire State: Division II-A Capsules

2017 Covering the Entire State: Division II-A Capsules

It’s three days before the 2017 season kicks off which means it’s time to cover the entire state, so this is the sixth year of my Covering the Entire State Series as I will look at Division II-A today.

Besides the team capsules, there is also a list of new Division II-A head coaches as well as the longest winning and losing streaks in Division II-A going into the 2017 season.

The schools are listed in alphabetical order by district

New Faces In New Places– There are four new Division II-A Head Coaches in 2017: J.D. Sellers, Clarksville Academy; Darby Palmer, Jackson Christian; Murry Rhodes, Rossville Christian and Brad Lowery, Zion Academy

 

Longest Winning Streaks in Division II-A going into 2017:
Clarksville Academy- 2
Rossville Christian- 1

 

Longest Losing Streaks in Division II-A going into 2017:
Concord Christian- 18
Chattanooga Grace- 3
MTCS- 3
Zion Christian- 3

 

Longest Current Tenured Division II-A Coaches
John McNeal, Friendship Christian- 25 years
Dennis Goodwin, DCA, 24 years
Bob Ateca, Chattanooga Grace, 7 years
Jeff Brothers, Nashville Christian, 7 years
Vic Shivers, Fayette Academy, 5 years

 

Concord Christian Lions
City- Knoxville
County- Knox
Enrollment- 197
Last Year’s Record- 0-9
Region- East
Head Coach- Troy Fleming (0-18 in two years at Concord)
Offensive Coordinator-Travis Flickinger

Defensive Coordinator- Caleb Newsome

Offense- Spread

Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 16 (8 on Offense, 8 on Defense)
Last Playoff Appearance-Never Qualified
Key Returnees- Jon Roberts (OL/DL, Sr.), Todd Henningsen (LB/RB, Sr.), Rafe Keyes (WR/DB, Jr.), Baylor Smith (OL/DL, Jr.), Elijah Kniss (OL/DL, Jr.) Sam Kniss (RB/LB, Fr.), Dayne Davis, (QB, Jr.) Grant Sillyman (WR/LB, Soph.)
Key Losses- Evan Bachman (WR), Dylan Brandenburg (TE), Matt Massengill (ATH)
Streak Going Into 2017- 18 game losing streak

 

Donelson Christian Academy Wildcats
City- Donelson
County- Davidson
Enrollment-209
Last Year’s Record- 8-4, lost to Lausanne in Quarterfinals
Region- East
Head Coach- Dennis Goodwin (211-83 in 24 years at DCA)
Offensive Coordinator- Dennis Goodwin
Defensive Coordinator-Brian Beaubien
Offense- I Formation
Defense- 4-3
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 9 (4 on Off/5 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees-Jackson Schierling (OL/DE, Sr.), Blake Johnson (OL/LB, Sr.), Houston Troup (RB/DB, Sr.), Colton Oakley (WR/DB, Sr.), Henry Mosley (WR/DB, Sr.)
Key Losses-Stephen Gober (OL/DL), Eli Thibado (FB/LB), Jaydon Walker (RB/DB),Travis Reaves (WR/DB),
Streak Going Into 2017- one game losing streak

 

Ezell Harding Eagles 
City- Antioch
County- Davidson
Enrollment- 154
Last Year’s Record- 4-7, lost to Knoxville Webb in first round
Region- East
Head Coach- Kraig Campbell (9-23 in three years at Ezell)
Offensive Coordinator- Kraig Campbell
Defensive Coordinator- Antione Owens
Offense- Spread
Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 9 (5 on Off/4 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Eric Baxter (WR/LB, Sr.), Logan Barker (RB/DE, Sr.), Derek Griffen (WR/DB), Colton Cahill (OL/DL, Sr.), Ingram Page (WR/DB, Sr.), Justin McLean (WR/DB, Sr.), Jonah Hedges (QB/DB, Sr.), Andrew Webster (OL/DL, Soph.), Reed Stiemle (OL/DL, Soph.), Jared Puckett (OL, Sr.)
Key Losses-Hunter Spence (OL/LB), Jaron Puckett (RB/LB), Malik Ruffin (RB/LB), Ethan Shutes (WR/DB), Brandon Marsh (DL/OL), Bailey Phillips (QB/DB), Aaron Brooks (WR/DB),
Streak Going Into 2017- two game losing streak

 

 

Friendship Christian Commanders
City- Lebanon
County- Wilson
Enrollment- 211
Last Year’s Record- 6-5, lost to USJ in first round
Region- East
Head Coach- John McNeal (220-109 in 25 years at Friendship)
Offensive Coordinator- John McNeal
Defensive Coordinator- Duane Lowe
Offense- Multiple
Defense- 40
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 15 (7 on Off/8 on Def
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Jacob Bostian (WR/DB, Sr.), Taylor Carman (FB/LB, Sr.), Jackson Cherry (TE/LB, Sr.), JaJuan Foutch (RB/DB, Sr.), Ben Jamison (RB/DB, Sr.), Chad Holcombe (WR/DB, Sr.), Cade Powers (OL/DT, Sr.), Mathew Skeen (OL/DT, Sr.), Luke Smith (OL/DE, Jr.), Ernie Gallatin (FB/LB, Jr.), Justin Seagraves (RB/LB, Soph.), Ryan Jackson (OL/DL, Soph.)
Key Losses- Hunter Williams (OL/DT), Spencer Burge (RB/SS), Chris Draper (OL/DL), Brady Stovall (OL/DE), Gregory Elliott (OL/DE),
Streak Going Into 2017- one game losing streak

 

Grace Baptist Eagles
City- Chattanooga
County- Hamilton
Enrollment- 135
Last Year’s Record- 4-7, lost to Columbia Academy in Class 1A first round
Region- East
Head Coach- Bob Ateca (59-107 overall, 25-48 in seven years at Grace)
Offensive Coordinator- Bob Ateca
Defensive Coordinator- Tommy Morrell
Offense- Multiple
Defense- 4-2-5
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 16 (8 on Off/8 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Zac Fisher (TE/LB, Sr.), Taylor Johnston (OL, Sr.), Cade Tinsley (QB, Jr.), Mathew Lindon (OL/DL, Jr.), Ross Adams (RB/LB, Jr.), Adam Echols (WR/S, Jr.) Avery Halloran (OL/DL Sr.) , Noah Gray (WR/DB Jr.) Jimmy Green (RB/DB Jr.)

Key Losses- Jared Thompson (QB/LB), Dalton Morrison (OLB/RB), Nathan Merritt (OL/DL), Brandon Sherr (OL)
Streak Going Into 2017- three game losing streak

 

Middle Tennessee Christian Cougars
City- Murfreesboro
County- Rutherford
Enrollment- 235
Last Year’s Record- 7-4, lost to Wayne County in 1A first round
Region- East
Head Coach- Fred Shambaugh (22-10 in three years at MTCS)
Offensive Coordinator- Fred Shambaugh
Defensive Coordinator- Kent Pippenger
Offense- Spread
Defense- Multiple
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 10 (5 on Off/5 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Mason Williams (OL/DL, Jr.), Matthew Swift (OL/DL, Sr.), Logan Brady (WR/DB, Sr.), Andrew McConnell (RB/DB, Sr.), Stone Basham (OL/DL, Jr.), Will Cole (OL, Sr.), Daniel Templeton (OL, Jr.), Kemari McGowan (RB, Soph.), Jackson Green (QB, Soph.), Grant Pickard (DB, Sr.), Josh Letzler (DB, Sr.), Wilson Lovinski (DL, Sr.)
Key Losses- Joe Peck (QB/DB), Taylor Gardner (WR/DB), Lucas Dale (WR/DB)
Streak Going Into 2017- three game losing streak

 

Mt. Juliet Christian Saints
City- Mt. Juliet
County- Wilson
Enrollment-162
Last Year’s Record- 6-4
Region- East
Head Coach- Dan Davis (11-20 in three years at MJCA)
Offensive Coordinator- Dan Davis
Defensive Coordinator- Tommy Wilson
Offense- Multiple
Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 17 (9 on Off/8 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- Never Qualified
Key Returnees- Alex Pitman (QB/DB, Sr.), Hunter Stonebraker (TE, Sr.), David Hylick (DT, Sr.), Brayden Cox (LB/OLB, Sr.), Preston Sloan (WR/DB, Sr.), Camden Burgess (TE, Sr.), Dawson Perry (LB/OLB, Sr.), Jacob Hall (SS, Sr.), Michael Stahl (FS/WR, Sr.), Jacob Sherrod (LB, Sr.), Darius Hylick (RB/SS, Jr.), Andrew Kittrell (LB, Jr.), Will Dedman (DT, Jr.), Logan Collier (WR/DB, Jr.), Clayton Manning (OL/DE, Jr.)

Key Losses- Sam Eastin (RB/LB), Austin Collier (RB/LB),

Streak Going Into 2017- one game losing streak

 

The Kings Academy Lions
City- Seymour
County- Sevier
Enrollment- 179
Last Year’s Record- 4-7, lost to BGA in first round
Region- East
Head Coach- Matt Lowe (70-44 overall, 16-16 in three years at TKA)
Offensive Coordinator- Matt Lowe
Defensive Coordinator- Jeff Lusby
Offense- Spread
Defense- 4-3
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 10 (5 on Off/5 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Cole Lusby (LB, Sr.), Brandon Burgess (QB, Sr.), Jonathan Atchley (LB, Sr.), Shawn Hamilton (DE/OL SR), Tucker Brown (WR/DB SR), Jacob Hoffman (TE/LB SR), Chris Akporoghene (OL/DL, Jr.), Bailey Rollins (OL/DL, Soph.), Jake Weekly (WR/DB, Sr.), Tommy Gagne (WR/DB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Isaiah Jeffers (WR/LB), Phillip Sellers (RB/LB)
Streak Going Into 2017- two game losing streak

 

Clarksville Academy Cougars
City- Clarksville
County- Montgomery
Enrollment- 240
Last Year’s Record- 3-6
Region- West
Head Coach- J.D. Sellers (0-0 in first year at Clarksville Academy)
Offensive Coordinator- J.D. Sellers
Defensive Coordinator- John Crosby
Offense- Multiple
Defense- Multiple
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 10 (5 on Off/5 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2015
Key Returnees-Jackson Manning (OL/DL, Sr.), Jason Longwell (WR/DB, Sr.), Hunter Bracy (TE/LB, Sr.), Jackson McIntosh (OL/DL, Sr.),
Key Losses- Will Lankford (OL/DL), Garrett Bauer (WR/DB), Matthew Morris (OL/DL), Eli Grissom (TE/LB), Noah Clayton (WR/DB)
Streak Going Into 2017- two game winning streak

 

Davidson Academy Bears
City- Nashville
County- Davidson
Enrollment- 223
Last Year’s Record- 7-4, lost to FACS in first round
Region- West
Head Coach- Jonathan Quinn (19-15 in three years at Davidson)
Offensive Coordinator- Jonathan Quinn
Defensive Coordinator- Matt Ashley
Offense- Spread
Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 13 (6 on Off/7 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees-Stone Norton (QB, Jr.), Da’Joun Hewitt (RB/LB, Jr.), Ian Kane (OL/DL, Sr.), Ani Izuchukwu (TE/DE, Jr.), Rolly Amadasun (OL/DL, Sr.), Ben Switzer (WR/DB, Sr.), Nathan Bess (K/P, Sr.), DeShaun Jackson (WR/DB, Sr.), Jacob Wasill (OL/DE, Sr.), Eli Palmer (OT/DE, Sr.), Austin Ford (LB, Sr.), Courtland Jordan (WR/LB, Sr.), Colton Quinn (LB, Sr.)
Key Losses- Obinna Eze (OL/DL), Dakota Makatche (OL/LB), Eli Breece (WR/DB), Jackson Vetetoe (WR/DB), Dominick Ferrara (WR/LB),
Streak Going Into 2017- one game losing streak

 

 

Fayette Academy Vikings
City- Somerville
County- Fayette
Enrollment- 205
Last Year’s Record- 7-4, lost to DCA in first round
Region- West
Head Coach- Vic Shivers (21-33 in five years at Fayette)
Offensive Coordinator- Vic Shivers
Defensive Coordinator- Hal Montague
Offense- Pro
Defense-3-4
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense-19 (9 on Off/10 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Spencer Hayden (QB/S, Sr.), Hunter Pulliam (FB/LB, Sr.), Reid Holland (RB/S, Jr.), Will Washington (LB/FB, Jr.) Peyton Bowling (OL/DL, Jr.) Colin Fletcher (OL/DL, Jr.), Dawson Wilburn (OL/DL, Jr.), Will Rhea (RB/DB, Jr.), Cameron Massey (LB/WR, Sr. ), Rube Scott Rhea (QB/S, Soph.), Zach Anderson (OL/DL, Soph.), Luke Austein (OL/DL, Soph.)
Key Losses- Nick Klein (LB/OL)
Streak Going Into 2017- one game losing streak

 

Jackson Christian Eagles
City- Jackson
County- Madison
Enrollment- 236
Last Year’s Record- 4-7, lost to Riverside in Class 2A first round
Region- West
Head Coach- Darby Palmer (0-0 in first year at Jackson Christian)
Offensive Coordinator- Darby Palmer
Defensive Coordinator-Paul Keller
Offense- Spread
Defense- 4-2-5
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 12 (7 Off/5 Def)+
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Trey Rast (LB/OL, Sr.), Gunnar Lewis (SS/WR, Sr.), Grant Eison (OL, DL, Sr.), Jake Rice (OL/DL, Sr.) Matt Jackson (WR/DB, Sr.) Evan Payne (OL, DL, Jr.), Zach Simpson (DE, TE, Jr.) Luke Robertson (RB, LB, Sr.) Zach Shelton (OL, DL, Jr.) Nick Simpson (TE, LB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Will Buehler (QB), Ethan Anderson (LB/WR), Tucker Burton (DB/WR), Hayden Love (DB/WR), Collin Cantrell (FS/WR), Rufus Whitmore (DL/RB)
Streak Going Into 2017- one game losing streak

 

Nashville Christian Eagles
City- Nashville
County- Davidson
Enrollment- 213
Last Year’s Record- 10-3, lost to Wayne County in 1A Quarterfinals
Region- West
Head Coach- Jeff Brothers (100-65 overall, 72-20 in seven years at Nashville Christian)
Offensive Coordinator- Phillip Montgomery
Defensive Coordinator- Andrew Shaw
Offense- Multiple I
Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 17 (8 on Off/9 on Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Jack Elliot (OL/DL, Sr.), Warren Hanson (OL/DL, Sr.), Maverick Marlin (OL/DL, Sr.), Jesse Watson (WR/DB, Sr.), Bobby Clark (WR/DB, Sr.),Daniel Watson (FB/LB, Sr.), Brant Lawless (DL, Sr., Tennessee commitment), Xavier Myers (RB/DB, Jr.), Jesse Parrish (LB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Slater Howard (DB), Noah Schurmann (OL/DL), Bryce Pemberton (QB), Andrew Sullivan (TE/OLB)
Streak Going Into 2017- one game losing streak

 

Tipton Rosemark Rebels
City- Millington
County- Shelby
Enrollment- 197
Last Year’s Record- 5-6, lost to Lausanne in first round
Region- West
Head Coach- Collin Pinner (5-6 in one year at Rosemark)
Offensive Coordinator- Collin Pinner
Defensive Coordinator- Shannon O’Brien
Offense- Wing T
Defense- 4-2-5
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 12 (7 Off/5 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2016
Key Returnees- Donald Crowe (DB/QB, Sr.), Peyton Ryan (FS/QB, Jr.), Zack McCranie (LB/OL, Sr.), Grayson Crum (DL/OL, SR.), David Jacobs (DE/T, Sr.) Mac Fullen (RB/DB, SO)
Key Losses- Austin Willins (DE/OL), Jose Flores (LB/FB),
Streak Going Into 2017- two game losing streak

 

Zion Christian Eagles
City- Columbia
County- Maury
Enrollment- 127
Last Year’s Record- 1-9
Region- West
Head Coach- Brad Lowery (0-0 in first year at Zion)
Offensive Coordinator- Brad Lowery
Defensive Coordinator- Brad Lowery
Offense- Spread Option
Defense- Split 4
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense- 10 (5 Off/5 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2012
Key Returnees- Demandrez McClain (RB/WR, Sr.), Luke Lowery (RB/LB, Jr.), Curtis Lance (LB, Jr.), Mark Lowery (QB, Soph.), Josh Buckner (DB/RB, Sr.), Chandler Parker (LB/OL, Jr.), Laramie Plott (DL/OL, Sr.), Justin South (OL/DL, Jr.)
Key Losses-Max Melton (WR/DB,), Jackson South (WR/DB), Jon Lowery (LB), Josh Michel (K),
Streak Going Into 2017- three game losing streak

 

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