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2019 Extreme Preview

2019 Extreme Preview


By Spencer Tomsett:



  2018 was a season in which young talent flourished, legends made a lasting impression, and chapters were brought to a close. We saw 8-Man Football in Tennessee continue to grow with several teams returning, and players continued to solidify the fact that 8=11, meaning that the only difference between 8-Man and 11-Man football is the number of players on the field.

Gone are the days of meaningless bowl and consolation games, as the MTAC has adapted a “wildcard” 1st round of the playoffs starting in 2019, and we may just start off this evolution with a bang. Ezell-Harding Christian School (Antioch) swapped spots with The Webb School (Bell Buckle), bringing a fresh look to the conference as well as a “Battle of the Bell” rivalry with Lighthouse Christian School, while several established teams return with a wealth of improved under-classmen.

In this preview, we’ll break down Tennessee School for the Deaf and the 11-team Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference.


Tennessee School for the Deaf (Knoxville, TN)
Division: Mason-Dixon League
Head Coach: Jordan Cooper (2nd season, 4-3 overall)
Assistant Coach: Keith Swaney
2018 Record: 4-3
Key Returnees: Lorenzo Currie (Ath, Jr.), Jerry Williams (QB/FS/P, Jr.), DJ Cross (WR/LB, Jr.), Malcolm Williamson (WR/LB, Jr.), Tristan Davidson (OL/DL, Sr.)
Key Losses: Matthew Neely (OL/DL), Jeremiah Staggs (FB/DE)
          Streak Going Into 2019: 2 Losses

         Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference

Christian Community School Colts (White House, TN)

Division: MTAC North
Head Coach: Jordan Flanders (5th season, 37-10 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Tommy Thornton, Ben Pugh
2018 Record: 11-1 (Won in MTAC Championship Game, Lost in NHSA National Championship Game to Evangel Christian (AL))
Key Returnees: Brooks Pugh (WR/DB, Sr.), Micah Jones (QB/DB, Sr.), Dan Adams (K, Sr.), Avery Harper (G/DE, Sr.), Johnny Stapleton (WR/CB, Sr.)
Key Losses: Jackson Dotterer (FB/LB, signed with Lindenwood  University), Nathaniel Rowley (QB/DB), David West (OL/DL), Zach Rogers (OL/DL, signed with Sewanee University of the South)
Streak Going Into 2019: 1 Loss


Lancaster Christian Academy (Smyrna, TN)
Division: MTAC South
Head Coach: Jason Bragg (2nd season, 8-2 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Shaun Bell, James Jansen, Dustin Hargrove, Justin Beshearse, Fred Legendre
2018 Record: 8-2 (Lost in MTAC Semi-Final, Won MTAC Consolation)
Key Returnees: Deuce Bragg (QB, Fr.), Isaiah Moore (WR/DB, Jr.), Elijah Moore (RB/LB, So.), Lane Spurlock (OL/DL, So.), Devon Hargrove (WR/DB, So.)
Key Losses: Mason Dunklin (OL/DL, Sr.), Jacob Gurley (WR/DB, Sr.), JD Gray (WR/DE, Sr.) Mattthew Baudion (RB/LB, signed with Kentucky Christian University)
Streak Going Into 2018: 1 Win


Tennessee Heat (Mt. Juliet, TN)
Division: MTAC North
Head Coach: Ryan Scott (3nd season, 8-14 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Tony Diaz, Rick Rury, Wayne Rial
2018 Record: 5-7 (Lost in MTAC Semi-Final, lost MTAC Consolation)
Key Returnees: Trey Rury (OL/DE, So.), Brandon Goolesby (QB, Jr.), Kelton Copeland (RB/LB, So.), Ty Whitaker (OL/DL, So.), Ross Scott (OL/DL, Jr.), Carter Sutton (TE/DE, So.), Aden Luchtefeld (WR/DB, Fr.), Alijah Diaz (OL/DL, Sr.)

Key Losses: Chris Savley (OL/DE), James Redding (RB/LB), Micah Degrood (OL/K/DL), Preston Sloan (WR/DB),
Streak Going Into 2019: 2 Losses


Bowling Green Christian Academy Warriors (Bowling Green, KY)

Division: MTAC North
Head Coach: Don Brown (4th season, 16-13 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Kris Crowe, Marc Thomason, Todd Allison, Shane Guy, Tucker Brown, Tanner Brown, Riley Davis
2018 Record: 7-3 (Won in MTAC Bowl Game)
Key Returnees: Cooper Guy (OL/DL, Sr.), Gage Holman (RB/DB, Sr.), Joel Thomason (WR/DB, Sr.), Cam Bee (WR/DE, Jr,)
Key Losses: Tanner Brown (QB/CB), Riley Davis (WR/LB/K), John Stock (OL/LB), Ben Thomas (OL/DL)
Streak going into 2019: 2 wins

Riverside Christian Academy (Fayetteville, TN)

Division: MTAC South
Head Coach: Travis Creasy (7th season, 30-27 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Matt O’Neal, Greg Eaton, Kevin Whitworth
2018 Record: 3-7 (Lost in MTAC Bowl Game)
Key Returnees: Riley Hall (RB/LB, Sr.), Crutcher Ezell (RB/LB, Jr.), Jake Rubelsky (QB/DB, So.), Raymond Hunt (WR/DB, So.), David Black (QB/DB, Sr.), Jonathan Knotts (OL/DL, Sr.)
Key Loss: John Trahin (RB/LB)
  Streak Going Into 2019: 1 Loss


Lighthouse Christian School (Antioch,TN)

Division: MTAC North
Head Coach: Bryan Hollis (1st season, 0-0 overall)
Assistant Coach: Scott Smith
2018 Record: 5-3 (Ineligible for postseason)
Key Returnees: Deddrick McClain (OL/DL, Sr), Christian Sharp (WR/DB
Key Losses: Rickie McDowell (QB/DE), Michael Bond (RB/LB, signed with Tennessee State University)
Streak Going Into 2019: 1 Loss


Franklin Christian Academy Falcons (Franklin, TN)

Division: MTAC South
Head Coach: Steve Adams (3rd season, 9-10 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Shaka Hill, Tim Harrison
2018 Record: 3-6
Key Returnees: Daniel Holcomb (QB, Sr.), Asa Sheets (RB/DB, Jr), Zach Dooley (RB/LB, So.), Andy Reid (WR/DB, Jr.)

Key Losses: Sonny Reid (QB/WR/DB, signed with Carson-Newman), John Buchanon (RB/LB, transfer to Centennial High School)
Streak Going Into 2018: 1 Win


St. Andrew’s Sewanee (Sewanee, TN)

Division: MTAC South
Head Coach: John Hargis (7th season, 16-33 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Neal Johnson, John Wheeler
2018 Record: 2-6
Key Returnees: Cailan McClean (OL/LB, Sr.), Cam Robinson (OL/DL, So.)

Key Losses: Jalen Tillman (G/DT), Larson Heitzenrater (OL/DL), Ben Matthews (RB/LB), Jarret Willis (OL/DL)
Streak Going Into 2019: 1 Loss


Franklin Classical School (Franklin, TN)

Division: MTAC South
Head Coach: Matthew Herrera (1st season, 0-0 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Seth Witherington, Ray Harlow
2018 Record: 0-8
Key Returnees: Josh Austin (DE/TE, Sr.), Josh Salstrand (RB/DB, Jr.), Ernie McKennon (OL/DL, Sr.), Jonah Rhorci (RB/LB, Sr.)

Key Loss: Kaden Dickerson (RB/LB, signed with Campbellsville University)
Streak Going Into 2019: 10 Losses


South Haven Christian School Patriots (Springfield, TN)

Division: MTAC North
Head Coach: Jason Zimmerman (3rd season, 8-8 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Michael Crawley, Dewayne Wilson, Brent Atkinson, James Sawyers
2018 Record: 0-7
Key Returnees: Estevan Covington (OL/DL, Sr.), Emmanuel Deng (WR/CB, Jr.), Andrew Crawley (QB/CB, Jr.),
Key Losses: Frankie Gagliano (RB/LB), Inseo Savre (OL/DL), Nick Ambrose (OL/DL)
Streak Going Into 2018: 7 Losses


Ezell-Harding Christian School (Antioch, TN)

Division: MTAC South
Head Coach: Dustin McGhee (2nd season, 3-9 overall 11-Man)
Assistant Coaches: Chad Thompson, Germayle Franklin, Jamie Lock, Orlando Hughes

2018 Record: 3-9 (in TSSAA)
Key Returnees: Derek Griffin (QB/DB, Sr.), Reed Steimle (OL/LB, Sr.), Andrew Webster (OL/LB, Sr), Alex Valbeuna (OL/DL, So.), Braxton Coleman RB/LB, So.), Jamari Liddell (WR/DB, Jr.)

Key Losses: Kejuan Calloway (RB/DB), Marc Crues (RB/LB), Jordan Hunt (WR/DB)
Streak Going Into 2019: 8 Losses


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