August 18, 2019

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Stratford Removes Interim Tag from Thomas Porter, will be Spartan Head coach in 2019

Stratford Removes Interim Tag from Thomas Porter, will be Spartan Head coach in 2019

Thomas Porter made the best of a bad situation as he was named the interim head football coach at Stratford after the first week of the regular season.

The Spartans made the Class 3A playoffs with a 2-8 but then the real fun started.

Stratford under the tutelage of Porter then won three playoff games upsetting Camden 29-22, Pearl Cohn 32-27 and Fairview 26-14 before falling 20-14 in overtime to Covington in the 3A Semifinals.

For his work, Porter has had the interim tag removed and is the Stratford head football coach going forward.

“It was a very easy decision to remove the tag from Coach Porter because of his body of work and how the players have responded to him and his coaching staff,” Stratford principal Michael Steele said.

“He’s a very calming influence at school and besides being a very good coach, he is a great teacher in the classroom and that is very important to us as well.”
Stratford finished the season with a 5-9 record but made the Semifinals for the first time since 1993 as the Spartans finished that season 12-2 and lost 7-0 to Lincoln County in the Class 5A Semifinals.

Stratford could be very good in 2019 as junior running back James Moore among others will be returning as Moore rushed for 2,273 yards and scored 25 touchdowns on the season.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead these young student athletes and I am a strong believer that hard work will take you a long way and I will continue to work hard as a Teacher, Mentor, coach & husband.
I know that each year won’t have the same results of this last post season but I know if we can continue to grow as a program and our athletes as student-athletes we will be just fine and the success will continue,” Porter said.

Moore was huge in the playoffs for Stratford as he rushed for 915 yards (228.8 average per game) and scored 12 touchdowns for the Spartans.

There are currently 19 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Bledsoe County, Boyd Buchanan, Brighton, Carter, Cumberland County, East Hickman, Fayetteville, Gallatin, Hillcrest, Hunters Lane, Lipscomb Academy, Melrose, Northpoint Christian, Smith County, Tellico Plains, Walker Valley and Westview

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