Last Year’s Record– 11-1, lost to CPA in second round
Head Coach– Jerrell Cogmon (0-0 in first year at Stratford)
Offensive Coordinator– Fred Copeland
Defensive Coordinator– Jerrell Cogmon
Assistant Coaches– Chad Lyons (WR/DB), Thomas Porter (QB/Freshmen HC), Matt Taylor (OL), Ryan Wood (LB/Freshmen DC), Samquan Evans (DL), Craig Freeman (Football Operations)
Defense– Even front
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense– 12 (6 Off/6 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance– 2016
Key Returnees– Jaalon Gupton (OL, Jr.), Alexender Kelly (DL, Sr.), Lacorey Buchanan (LB, Sr.), Michael Williams (LB, Sr.), William Davis (OL, Jr.), Rod Reed (DB, Jr.), Roderick Owens (WR, Jr.), Robert Lilly-Sneed (WR, Sr.), Deairrus Waller (OL, Jr.), Calvin Farmer Jr. (RB, Jr.), James Moore (QB, Soph.), Malique Johnson (DB, Soph.), Quasean Robinson (OL, Jr.)
Key Losses– Josh Trueheart (QB), Greg Smith (OL), Artavus Kelly (OL), Kieshawn Gaddes (OL), William Cruz (LB), Bradley Jones (DB), Winston Hooten (DB), Zyshaun Simmons (DL), Terrell Carter Jr.(DB), Ledarius Haynes (DL)
After serving as the defensive coordinator for the last two seasons at Stratford, Jerrell Cogmon is ready to step out of the shadows and run his own program as he was promoted to Spartan head coach in April after Maurice Fitzgerald left for Hillsboro.
Before Cogmon joined Fitzgerald two seasons ago at Stratford, the Spartans languished through eight straight losing seasons since their last winning season back in 2006.
But the culture was changed and the Spartans are 19-5 the last two seasons and had an undefeated regular season last year before falling to CPA in the 2nd round of the playoffs to finish 11-1.
Now Cogman gets the keys to the car and with six starters returning on both sides of the ball, a third consecutive winning season is well within sights.
The Spartan offense will be led by sophomore quarterback James Moore who lead the Stratford freshman team to a 4-1 record last year.
Moore will benefit from having a solid offensive line returning as juniors Jaalon Gupton, Deairrus Waller and Quasean Robinson will again pave the way. Junior William Davis will also see time on the line.
Another junior in C.J. Farmer will take over the starting job at running back while Stratford will have four players back at wide receiver in Robert Lilley Sneed (17 catches for 177 yards, 2 TDs; 21 of 36 passing for 332 yards, four touchdowns), Jevon Thompson (six catches for 110 yards, two touchdowns), Marquis Reed (one catch, six yards) and Roderick Owens (five catches, 95 yards, one TD).
Defensively, the Spartans have the players to repeat their defensive performance from last season as opponents only averaged 9.5 points against the stout Stratford defense.
Stratford allowed seven points or less in seven games last year which included three shutouts in their first four games.
The Spartans return leading tacklers Lacorey Buchanan (84 tackles, 15.5 for loss and eight sacks) and Michael Williams (73 tackles, 10 for loss and 2.5 sacks) at linebacker.
Senior Alexender Kelly (45 tackles, 6.5 for loss) will lead the defensive line while three starters return in the secondary in the form of Rod Reed (44 tackles, team high six interceptions), Marcus Ballard (eight tackles) and Malique Johnson (19 tackles).
34-40 overall record, two playoff appearances
By The Numbers:
11- Number of head coaches that Stratford has had since the school opened
19-5- The Spartans record the previous two seasons
1961- Year that Stratford high school opened
Stratford In the Playoffs
Total Number of Playoff Appearances- 14
Playoff Record- 13-14
Deepest Playoff Run- Made two semifinal rounds in 1991 (Class AAA) and 1993 (5A)
Coach Cogmon’s Thoughts
“We are the defending Class 3A Region 5 Champions. Our kids are working hard towards success. With that said, none of this guarantees success. This is a prove it year for not only the player’s but me as a Coach. We all understand this going in. The Spartans we will be ready to compete for victory. The Legend and knowledge of Maurice Fitzgerald won’t be there for us to lean on in this fall.”
August 18- at CPA
August 25- at Hillsboro
September 1- Father Ryan
September 8- at Clarksville Northwest
*September 15- East Nashville
September 22- Maplewood
*September 29- Pearl Cohn
October 6- at Rossview
October 13- OPEN
*October 20- at Whites Creek
*October 27- Giles County
*Denotes Region Game