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Covering The Entire State Series: Division II-A Capsules

Covering The Entire State Series: Division II-A Capsules

 

Its the last week of July which means it’s time to cover the entire state, so this is the ninth year of my Covering the Entire State Series as I will look at Division II-A today.

The classification has seen an increase of five teams come into Division II-A which increases the team total to 17 teams in 2019.

Three private school teams that have been playing in Division I with other public schools have made their way into Division II-A as Grace Christian Academy-Franklin comes from Class 1A, while Columbia Academy and Trinity Christian come into DII-A both from 2A.

USJ comes into DII-A after previously playing in Division II-AA and Webb School at Bell Buckle will come into Division II-A after being a eight man program the last eight seasons.

Webb School will actually change places in Division II-A with Ezell Harding who are leaving 11 man football and will transition to eight man football.

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 2019 season.

New Faces In New Places- There is one new Division II-A Head Coach in 2019: John Crosby, Clarksville Academy

Longest Winning Streaks in Division II-A going into 2019:
Davidson Academy- 13

Losing Streaks in Division II-A going into 2019:
DCA- 11
Jackson Christian- 3
USJ- 3

Longest Current Tenured Division II-A Coaches
John McNeal, Friendship Christian- 27 years
Bob Ateca, Chattanooga Grace, 9 years
Jeff Brothers, Nashville Christian, 9 years
Blake Butler, Trinity Christian, 8 years
Vic Shivers, Fayette Academy, 7 years

Donelson Christian Academy Wildcats
City- Donelson
County- Davidson
Enrollment- 203
Last Season’s Record- 0-10
Region- DII-A East
Head Coach- Paul Wade (53-27 overall, 0-10 in one year at DCA
Offensive Coordinator- Paul Wade
Defensive Coordinator- Brian Beaubien
Offense- Spread I
Defense- 3-4/4-3
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 17 (8 Off/9 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2017
Key Returnees- Parker Kelley (QB, Sr.), Nathan Tripp (RB/LB, Sr.), Parker Howell (WR/DB, Sr.), Noah Collier (OL/DL, Sr.), Julian Cabezas (OL/DL, Sr.), Aiden Francis (OL/DL, Soph.), Chase Carnahan (WR/DB, Sr.), Matthew Scales (QB/WR/DB, Sr.), Jon Lewis (WR/DB, Jr.), Jordan Lewis (RB/DB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Mitchell Ray (OL/DL), Clayton Glascock (WR/DB)
Streak Going Into 2019- 11 game losing streak

Friendship Christian Commanders
City- Lebanon
County- Wilson
Enrollment- 208
Last Season’s Record- 10-3, lost to Davidson Academy in DII-A title game
Region- DII-A East
Head Coach- John McNeal (243-112 in 27 years at Friendship Christian)
Offensive Coordinator- John McNeal
Defensive Coordinator- Duane Lowe
Offense- Multiple
Defense- Multiple
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 15 (7 Off/8 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Justin Seagraves (RB/LB, Sr.), Ryan Jackson (OL/DL, Sr.), Mitchell Bare (OL, Jr.), Cade Holcombe (LB, Sr.), Dorian Champion (DB, Sr.), Camden Hayslip (WR, Jr.), Lee Palmer Bridges (OL, Sr.), Jahiem Robinson (RB, Sr.), Jackson Eskew (WR/DB, Sr.), Bobby Owen (LB, Jr.), Hayden Alexander (LB, Sr.), Noah Tidwell (OL/DT, Soph.), Caleb Bridges (LB, Jr.), Morgan McGregor (FS, Soph.)
Key Losses- Luke Smith (OL/DE), Ernie Gallatin (FB/LB), Braden Reese (QB), Kaylor Gaines (OL), Mac Reeder (LB)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Grace Baptist Eagles
City- Chattanooga
County- Hamilton
Enrollment- 153
Last Season’s Record- 7-4, lost to Davidson Academy in DII-A Quarterfinals
Region- DII-A East
Head Coach- Bob Ateca (70-118 overall, 36-59 in nine years at Grace)
Offensive Coordinator- Bob Ateca
Defensive Coordinator- Nathan Rector
Offense- Multiple
Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 10 (4 Off/6 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Justin Carter (WR/DB, Sr.), Tillman Smith (WR/OLB, Sr.), Austin Starr (OL/DL, Sr.), Noah Bastian (OL/DL, Jr.), Conner Brown (OL/DL, Jr.), Will Lehman (WR/FS, Sr.)
Key Losses- Cade Tinsley (QB), Mathew Lindon (OL/DL), Ross Adams (RB/LB), Adam Echols (WR/S), Noah Gray (WR/DB), Jimmy Green (RB/DB)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Grace Christian Academy-Franklin Lions
City- Franklin
County- Williamson
Enrollment- 233
Last Season’s Record- 1-8
Region- DII-A East
Head Coach- Rusty Smith (12-27 in four years at GCA)
Offensive Coordinator- Rusty Smith
Defensive Coordinator- Bruce Anliker
Offense- Pro/Spread Hybrid
Defense- 4-4
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 9 (5 Off/4 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2017
Key Returnees- Kytn Wolf (LB, Jr.), Kitch Cash (DL/LB/TE, Sr.), Ty Davidson (ATH, Sr.)
Key Losses- Cole Scott (WR/DE), Sam Johnson (OL/LB), Gabe Buzek (WR/DB)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Middle Tennessee Christian Cougars
City- Murfreesboro
County- Rutherford
Enrollment- 248
Last Season’s Record- 9-3, lost to Fayette Academy in DII-A Qurterfinals
Region- DII-A East
Head Coach- Fred Shambaugh (38-18 in five years at MTCS)
Offensive Coordinator- B.J. Robertson
Defensive Coordinator- Fred Shambaugh
Offense- Spread
Defense- Multiple
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 12 (6 Off/6 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Kemari McGowan (RB, Sr.), Jackson Green (QB, Sr.), Matthew George (DB/WR, Sr.), Trey Harris (LB, Jr.) Drew Lusk (LB, Jr.), Tyler Webb (OL/DL, Sr.), Gavin Wallace (OLB, Sr.), David Carey (OL, Soph.)
Key Losses- Mason Williams (OL/DL), Stone Basham (OL/DL), Daniel Templeton (OL), Drew Berry (S/WR), Eli Ownby (LB/RB)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Saints
City- Mt. Juliet
County- Wilson
Enrollment- 165
Last Season’s Record- 7-3, lost to Nashville Christian in DII-A Quarterfinals
Region- DII-A East
Head Coach- Dan Davis (27-27 in five years at MJCA)
Offensive Coordinator- Dan Davis
Defensive Coordinator- Tommy Wilson
Offense- Multiple
Defense- 4-2-5
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 13 (6 Off/7 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Gavin Forsha (LB/TE, Sr.), Christian Link (QB/DB, Jr.), Kolton Rhoades (OL/DL, Sr.), Jack Crouch (DB/WR, Sr.), Alex Keasler (OL/DL, Jr.), Jamarion Thomas (DB/WR, Soph.), Carter Branim (K/P, Jr.), Montrell Walker (LB/TE, Jr.)
Key Losses- Darius Hylick (RB/SS), Andrew Kittrell (LB), Logan Collier (WR/DB), James Rhoades (OL/DL), Perrion Davis (OL/DL)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

The Kings Academy Lions
City- Seymour
County- Sevier
Enrollment- 172
Last Season’s Record- 3-8, lost to Clarksville Academy in DII-A first round
Region- DII-A East
Head Coach- Jonathan Sellers (3-3 in one year at TKA)
Offensive Coordinator- Jonathan Sellers
Defensive Coordinator- Aaron Kirby
Offense- Spread
Defense- 3-3 Stack
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 12 (6 Off/6 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Zack Tilley (WR/DB Sr.), Na’Kelin McAfee (RB/DB, Soph.), Bailey Rollins (OL/DL, Sr.), Evan Whaley (RB/LB, Sr.), Ja’Chim Williams (WR/LB, Jr.), Tyler Mink (WR/DB, Jr.), Jake Tipton (RB/LB, Soph.)
Key Losses- Brandon Anderson (OL/DL), Tommy Gagne (WR/DB), Levi Hall (OL/LB), Drew Blair (QB/DB)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Webb School at Bell Buckle Feet
City- Bell Buckle
County- Bedford
Enrollment- 203
Last Season’s Record- 8-2, lost to Community Christian in MTAC title game
Region- DII-A East
Head Coach- Jeff Murphy (8-2 in one year at Webb)
Offensive Coordinator- Jeff Murphy
Defensive Coordinator- Joffery Vanderbilt
Offense- Uptempo Spread
Defense- 4-3
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 10 (6 Off/4 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- Never Qualified for 11 man playoffs
Key Returnees- Shemar Frey (WR/LB, Sr.), Avante’ Harris (QB/RB/DB, Soph.), Weston Coop (QB/DB, Soph.), Jordan Jenkins (WR/DB, Jr.), Joshua Goco (RB/LB, Jr.), Bart Morton (OL/DE, Jr.), Corbin Whitney (WR/DB, Soph.), Jameson Brown (WR/DB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Noel Kim (OL/DL), Frank Li (OL/DL), Brandon Azar (OL/DL), Cole Zuckowsky (OL/DL), Emannuel Onate (RB/LB), Elijah Foutch (RB/LB), Henry Moore (WR/DB), Nile Archer (DB/WR)
Streak Going Into 2019-one game losing streak

Clarksville Academy Cougars
City- Clarksville
County- Montgomery
Enrollment- 242
Last Season’s Record- 2-10, lost to Friendship Christian in DII-A Qurterfinals
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- John Crosby (0-0 in first year at Clarksville Academy)
Offensive Coordinator- John Crosby
Defensive Coordinator- Micah Hughes
Offense- Multiple
Defense- Odd Front
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 12 (5 Off/7 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Landry Forte (RB/LB, Sr.), Weston Bell (WR/QB/DB, Sr.), Ralin O’Neal (FB/LB, Sr.), Deiondre Wilson (WR/DB, Sr.), Brody Woodson (TE/LB, Sr.), Nick Whitlow (K, Sr.), Miller Barnett (QB/DB, Soph.), Gregory Carter (WR/DB, Sr.)
Key Losses- Bryce Robinson (QB/DB), Montgomery Allison (OL/DL), Calvin Gray (OL/LB)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Columbia Academy Bulldogs
City- Columbia
County- Maury
Enrollment- 262
Last Season’s Record- 9-3, lost to Waverly in 2A second round
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- Charlie Lansdell (73-33 overall, 65-11 in six years at Columbia Academy)
Offensive Coordinator- Charlie Lansdell
Defensive Coordinator- Seth Anderson
Offense- Spread T
Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 10 (5 Off/5 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Jahdell LeeQuay (SS/RB, Sr.), Paxton Powell (OL/DL, Sr.), Jacob Perry (OL/DL Sr.), Evan Durham (OL/LB, Sr.), Harrison Warren (OL/LB, Sr.), Max Ballard (WR/DB, Jr.), Spencer Fields (WR/DB Sr.), Will Garrison (K/P, Jr.), Kyle Young (QB, Jr.), Bryant Beranek (QB, Soph.)
Key Losses- Josh Cook (RB/LB), Rush Lansdell (DB/WR), Davis Cofer (TE/LB), Tre Davidson (LB/RB), Dawson Carter (DB/WB), Charles Modeste (DB/WR), Trenton Boshers (OL/DL), Anderson Porter (OL/DL), Copeland Esslinger (TE/DL)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Davidson Academy Bears
City- Nashville
County- Davidson
Enrollment- 264
Last Season’s Record- 13-0, beat Friendship Christian for DII-A state title
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- Jonathan Quinn (43-16 in five years at Davidson Academy)
Offensive Coordinator- Jonathan Quinn
Defensive Coordinator- Ron Lambert
Offense- Spread
Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 16 (8 Off/8 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Chris Pillow (OL/DL, Sr.), Bryce Rawls (TE/FB, Sr.), A.J. Quinn (TE/DE, Jr.), Jared Vetetoe (WR/DB, Jr.), Jaiden Rice (WR/DB, Sr.), Isaiah Muirhead (OL, Jr.), Jalen Brockman (OL/DL, Soph.), Canaan Russell (LB, Jr.), Peyton Oliphant (LB/RB, Jr.), Hunter Cruse (TE/LB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Stone Norton (QB), Ani Izuchukwu (TE/DE), Da’Joun Hewitt (RB/DB), Mikyan Duncan (LB), Wilson Swann (WR/DB), Trevor Horton (WR/DB), Lauren Brooks (K)
Streak Going Into 2019- 13 game winning streak

Fayette Academy Vikings
City- Somerville
County- Fayette
Enrollment- 196
Last Season’s Record- 10-2, lost to Friendship Christian in DII-A Semifinals
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- Vic Shivers (38-40 in seven years at Fayette Academy)
Offensive Coordinator- Vic Shivers
Defensive Coordinator- Hal Montague
Offense- Pro
Defense- 4-3
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 15 (8 Off/7 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Rube Scott Rhea (QB/S, Sr.), Zach Anderson (OL/DL, Sr.), Luke Austein (OL/DL, Sr.), Noah Sweeney (OL/LB, Sr.), Isaac Armour (DB/RB, Sr.), Jacob Prather (LB/RB, Sr.), Luke Moore (DB/WR, Jr.), Quint Stackley (LB/WR, Sr.), Ryan Parks WR/DE, Sr.)
Key Losses- Reid Holland (RB/S), Will Washington (LB/FB), Peyton Bowling (OL/DL) Colin Fletcher (OL/DL), Dawson Wilburn (OL/DL), Will Rhea (RB/DB), Trey Powers (LB/TE), Richard Tapp (LB/TE)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Jackson Christian Eagles
City- Jackson
County- Madison
Enrollment- 238
Last Season’s Record- 5-6, lost to MTCS in DII-A first round
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- Darby Palmer (9-13 in two years at Jackson Christian)
Offensive Coordinator- Harold Hooper
Defensive Coordinator- Paul Keller
Offense- Spread
Defense- 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 11 (6 Off/5 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Owen Hughes (DB, Sr.), Caedan Clark (QB, Sr.), Peyton Tinsley (WR,FS, Jr.), Will Cisco (WR,DB, Jr.), Colton Nash (OL, Sr.), Andrew Hughes (DB, Sr.), Jackson Taylor (RB,LB, Jr.), Cameron Maners (OL/DL, Jr.),Chance King (FB,LB, Soph.), Danya Brooks (WR,FS, Jr.)
Key Losses- Evan Payne (OL/DL), Zach Simpson (DE/TE), Zach Shelton (OL/DL), Nick Simpson (TE/LB), Obed Hearns (RB), Graham Scott (SS), Hal Carter (LB), Tate Myers (LB/FB), Austin Lewis Allen (DE/LT)
Streak Going Into 2019- three game losing streak

Nashville Christian Eagles
City- Nashville
County- Davidson
Enrollment- 223
Last Season’s Record- 6-7, lost to Davidson Academy in DII-A Semifinals
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- Jeff Brothers (114-76 overall, 86-31 in nine years at Nashville Christian)
Offensive Coordinator- Jeff Brothers
Defensive Coordinator- Andrew Shaw
Offense- Multiple I
Defense- 4-2-5
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 11 (4 Off/7 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Brayden Bonds (QB, Sr.), Matt McClary (QB, Jr.), Micah Fann (LB, Sr.), Aaron Gray (DL, Sr.), Dakota Owens (RB, Sr.), Josh Strickland (LB, Soph.), Harris Adams (DL, Jr.), Darian List (LB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Jesse Parrish (LB), Adam Young (RB/LB), Zach Young (WR/DB), Tanner Goodman (OL/DL), Hayden Jarrell (OL/DL), Elijah Reid (RB/LB), Garrett Collins (OL/OLB), Devon Clarke (WR/DB).
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

Tipton Rosemark Rebels
City- Millington
County- Shelby
Enrollment- 185
Last Season’s Record- 6-5, lost to Grace Baptist in DII-A first round
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- Collin Pinner (17-16 in three years at Tipton Rosemark)
Offensive Coordinator- Collin Pinner
Defensive Coordinator- Jacob Cole
Offense- Wing T
Defense- 4-2-5
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 12 (6 Off/6 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Mac Fullen (RB/SS, Sr.), J.T. May (FB/LB, Sr.), Tyler Byrd (QB/LB, Sr.), Jonah VanKampen (WR/DB, Sr.), Jordan Artzer (OG/LB, Sr.), Matthew Coats (OG/DE, Sr.), Tucker James (FB/LB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Jake Roane (FB/LB), Christian Stafford (OL/DL), Clayton Brown (LB/RB), Howard Gray (WR/RB/DB), Peyton Ryan (FS/QB), Nathan Bradley (OL/DL)
Streak Going Into 2019- two game losing streak

Trinity Christian Academy Lions
City- Jackson
County- Madison
Enrollment- 222
Last Season’s Record- 6-6, lost to Peabody in 2A second round
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- Blake Butler (54-40 in eight years at Trinity)
Offensive Coordinator- Michael Mancini
Defensive Coordinator- Blake Butler
Offense- Spread
Defense- Multiple
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 8 (4 Off/4 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Kevin Davis (WR/KR, Sr., Miami (OH) commitment), Eli Morris (OL/DL, Jr.), Max Speight (OL/DL, Jr.), Harrison Freeman (RB/LB, Soph.), Eli Stewart (WR/DB, Jr.), JP Oliver (OL/DL, Jr.), Needham Goodwin (QB/LB, Soph.), Eli Cross (RB/DB, Sr.), Kevon Pirtle (OL/DL, Sr.)
Key Losses- Riley Graves (WR/DB), Justin Moore (OL/DE), Addison Coleman (LB), Lane Lamberth (WR), Matt Spurgeon (QB), Mitch Sisk (WR/DB), Garrett Bond (OL/LB), Samuel Chilcutt (OL/LB)
Streak Going Into 2019- one game losing streak

University School of Jackson Bruins
City- Jackson
County- Madison
Enrollment- 248
Last Season’s Record- 4-6, lost to CPA in DII-AA first round
Region- DII-A West
Head Coach- Michael Stroup (35-33 overall, 11-11 in two years at USJ)
Offensive Coordinator- Tommy Browder
Defensive Coordinator- Erit Turner
Offense- Multiple
Defense- Multiple
Returning Starters on Offense/Defense- 17 (9 Off/8 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance- 2018
Key Returnees- Caleb Willis (DB/RB, Sr.), Cade Taylor (OL/DL, Sr.), Logan Antwine (LB/WR, Jr.), Blaine Verdung (DL/OL, Jr.), Wesley Carlock (WR/DB, Sr.), Dezmon Wallace (RB/LB, Sr.), Carter Craig (TE/LB, Sr.)
Key Losses- Mario Nicholson (OL/DL), T.J. Tharpe (LB/FB), Thomas Ivy (OL/DL), Rone Sewell (OL), Garrett Reynolds (WR/DB)
Streak Going Into 2019- three game losing streak

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