So what can Greeneville do for an encore of their 2010 Class 4A state title season?
Win the state title in 2011 of course and the Greene Devils have all the firepower to do that, but there are at least nine other teams that can challenge Greeneville’s recent 4A dominance.
Here’s the 4A Preseason Top 10.
Next week Class 5A is profiled.
10. White House Blue Devils
Spring ranking- 10
Last Season’s Record-7-6, lost in Quarterfinals to Lexington
District- 9-AA, finished 3rd in 2010
Head Coach- Jeff Porter
Key returnees- Trent McEwen (WR, Sr.), Caleb West (WR/DB, Sr.), Tyler Davis (RB/DB, Sr.), Heath Johnson (QB, Sr.), Grant Wicker (QB/RB, Jr.), Kevin Jackson (FB/LB, Sr.), Alan Cope (LB, Sr.), Micah Kelly (OL/DL, Jr.), Zach Morris (OL/DL, Jr.), Bryce Bumbalough (OL, DE, Jr.), Chase Dunlap (K, Sr.)
Key Losses- Zach Hughes (OL), Joey Smith (OL), Andy James (TE), Travis Brown (WR), Derek Conquest (WR), Cody Hall (LB),
Spring Star- Caleb West. The senior made a sacrifice for the good of the team by moving from running back to wide receiver and responded well.
2011 Schedule- Aug. 19-OPEN; Aug. 26-Portland; Sept. 2-at Westmoreland; Sept. 9-Station Camp; Sept. 16-Greenbrier; Sept. 23-at Beech; Sept. 30-at Goodpasture; Oct. 7-at Livingston Academy; Oct. 14-Macon County; Oct. 21-at Smith County; Oct. 27-Sycamore
Analysis- The Blue Devils have a ton coming back and coach Jeff Porter feels this could be a special year for his team.
If the offense progresses throughout the season led by quarterback Heath Johnson look for White House to challenge for the 9-AA title and make it past the Quarterfinals.
9. Red Bank Lions
Spring ranking– 9
Last Season’s Record-7-5, lost in 2nd round to Maplewood
District-6-AA, finished 4th in 2010
Head Coach- Tim Daniels
Key Returnees-Deres Benn (WR/DB, Sr.), Niquia McDuffie (QB/DB, Sr.), Kamend Watson (WR/DB, Sr.), Randall Lee (RB, Sr.), Hagen Wilkey (QB, Jr.), J.J. Lewis (RB, Fr.), Adulphis Hollingsworth (OL, Soph.)
Key Losses- Kelvin Clay (WR), Izaiah Rutledge (TE/DE), Denzel Owens (FB/LB), Donovan Hargis (WR/DB), Garrett Vineyard (OL/DL), Alex Young (OL/DL).
Spring Star-Adulphis Hollingsworth. The sophomore offensive lineman put together a nice spring and convinced the Red Bank coaches that he’s ready to play big minutes.
2011 Schedule-Aug. 19- OPEN; Aug. 25-at Soddy Daisy; Sept. 2-at East Ridge; Sept. 9-Walker Valley; Sept. 16-at Hixson; Sept. 23-Cleveland; Sept. 30-Chattanooga Central; Oct. 7-Brainerd; Oct. 14-Howard; Oct. 21- at East Hamilton; Oct. 28-at Tyner
Analysis- Red Bank is coming off a disappointing season but there is optimism this season as the Lions are a year wiser.
Junior quarterback Hagan Wilkey and sophomore Niquia McDuffie will both compete to be the Lion signal carrier but should flourish after a decision is made.
8. Mitchell Tigers
Spring ranking– 5
Last Season’s Record-6-5, lost in Class 5A 2st round to Hardin Co.
District- 16-AA, finished 3rd in 16-AAA
Head Coach-Nathan Cole, Sr.
Key Returnees-Nathan Cole, Jr. (WR/DB, Sr., 64 catches over 1,000 yards receiving, 13 TDs), Terrance Ayers (QB, Sr., 1,844 passing yards, 19 TDs), Greg Buckhanon (OL/DL, Sr.), Quincy Folson (RB, Sr.), Tim Pearson (SS, Sr), Martavius Smith (RB, Sr.), Dewun Todd (RB, Jr.), Alfonso Parker (RB, Jr.), Devin Preyer (DB, Sr.), Sedrick Jones (DT, Sr.), Jeremiah Balfour (WR, Sr.), Antonio Gilliam (FS, Jr.),
Key Losses- Artaves Gibson (RB), Stepfon Davis-Boyd (DE), Trey Ford (DB), Jeremy Woods (OL), Eddie Wright (OL), Detavious Johnson (RB), Farico Young (RB), Brandon Price (WR), Kenneth Crawford (LB), Kevin Layrock (DT)
Spring Star-Anthony Williams. The junior linebacker had a surprising spring that coach Nathan Cole loved to see.
2011 Schedule- Aug. 19-Westwood; Aug. 26-at Manassas; Sept. 2-Fairley; Sept. 9-Melrose; Sept. 16-Sheffield; Sept. 23-at Craigmont; Sept. 30-at Oakhaven; Oct. 7-OPEN; Oct. 14-at Carver; Oct. 21-at Whitehaven; Oct. 28-Hillcrest
Analysis- The Tiger air attack will be just fine as they bring back senior quarterback Terrance Ayers and highly recruited wide receiver Nathan Cole Jr. who had 64 catches for over 1,000 yards last season.
The biggest question will be who among Quincy Folson, Alfonso Parker, Dewun Todd or Martavius Smith will fill Artaves Gibson shoes.
If they find that the Tigers could make a serious run in Class 4A after being in 5A the last two years.
7. David Lipscomb Mustangs
Spring ranking- 6
Last Season’s Record-9-4, lost in Quarterfinals to Maplewood
District- 10-AA, finished 3rd in 2010
Head Coach– Glenn McCadams
Key Returnees-Gabe Glimps (RB, Jr.), Daniel Bruce (K, Jr.), Cooper Jackson (LB, Soph.), William Vantrease (DE, Sr.), Brandon Holland (WR, Sr.), Evan Sanderlin (OL/DL, Sr.)
Key Losses- Baylor Blickenstaff (QB), William Officer (RB), Lance Runion (WR/RB), Dale Babb (RB), Benjamin Haynes (WR), Guy Simmons (DE), Hank Hillin (LB), Seth Hubler (LB), Joel Mason (CB), Ryan Cagle(DE)
Spring Star-Gabe Glimps. The junior running back will be counted on to be the bell cow on offense replacing the departed William Officer.
2011 Schedule- Aug. 20-Camden; Aug. 26-OPEN; Sept. 2-East Literature; Sept. 9- at Nashville Overton; Sept. 16-at Maplewood; Sept. 23-Goodpasture; Sept. 30-Whites Creek; Oct. 7-at Greenbrier; Oct. 14- at Pearl-Cohn; Oct. 21-CPA; Oct. 28-at Stratford
Analysis- The number one question for the Mustangs is trying to find a quarterback to replace Baylor Blickenstaff, the competition is between junior William Burgess and sophomore Luke Simpson.
If that problem is solved look for the Mustangs under legendary coach Glenn McCadams to make a run at the district 10-AA title.
6. Liberty Crusaders
Spring ranking- 7
Last Season’s Record- 9-3, lost in 2nd round
District- 14-AA, finished 2nd in 2010
Head Coach– Steve Hookfin
Key Returnees- Stevie Bush (QB, Sr.), Courtney Bush (RB/WR, Jr.), Cordarius Owens (WR, Jr.), Devin Wallace (LB, Sr.), LaDarius Finley (WR, Jr.), Emmette Lindsey (FS, Sr.), Matt Smith (WR, Sr.), Tyler Taylor (LB, Jr.)
Key Losses- Tevin Bryant (RB), Jakeem Blaylock (WR), Vontarius Cathey (LB), Takeema Ross
Spring Star-Matt Smith. The big (6-5) junior wide receiver had a terrific spring as he used his size and speed to dominate smaller defensive backs.
2011 Schedule– Aug. 19-at Henry County; Aug. 26-at Dyer County; Sept. 2-McNairy Central; Sept. 9-OPEN
;Sept. 16- at Lexington; Sept. 23-at Jackson Northside; Sept. 30-Fayette Ware; Oct. 7- Jackson Southside; Oct. 14-at Chester County; Oct. 21-at Jackson Central Merry; Oct. 28-Bolivar
Analysis- In some ways Liberty underachieved last season as they were beaten in the second round and only won nine games after winning 12 in 2009.
Despite that look for a great season this year from the Crusaders as quarterback Stevie Bush returns under center.
The big hole will be who will replace Tevin Bryant at running back.
If Courtney Bush can fill the void by Bryant the Crusaders can make a run at District 14-AA title which was won last season by Lexington.
5. Lexington Tigers
Spring ranking- NR
Last Season’s Record- 11-3, lost in Semifinals
District- 14-AA, finished 1st in 2010
Head Coach- Bryant Hollingsworth
Key Returnees- Corey Kocisko (DL, Sr.), Ryan Halliburton (LB, Sr.), A. J. Gray (LB, Jr.), Taylor Ballagh (OL, Jr.), Alec Hodgin (OL, Jr.), Kerry Sellers (QB, Sr.), Kristopher Williams (RB, Jr.), Colton Bradfield (OL, Sr.)
Key Losses- Russ Henderson (DL), Timothy Rogers (DL)
Spring Star- Kerry Sellers. The senior quarterback showed great leadership and promise during the spring and the Tiger offense should thrive under him.
2011 Schedule-Aug. 20-OPEN; Aug. 27-Riverside; Sept. 2-at Fayette Ware; Sept. 9-Hardin County; Sept. 16-Liberty; Sept. 23-at Scotts Hill; Sept. 30-at Jackson South side; Oct.7-Chester County; Oct. 14-at Jackson Central Merry; Oct. 21-at Bolivar; Oct. 28-McNairy Central
Analysis– Lexington had a breakthrough year last season as they were only game away from making a title game appearance as they won 11 games the most since winning 12 in 2005.
Senior quarterback Kerry Sellers returns to run the Red Tiger offense and has a big weapon in junior running back Kristopher Williams.
With the weapons that Lexington returns look for them to win district 14-AA and to make another deep postseason run.
4. Giles County Bobcats
Spring ranking- 3
Last Season’s Record- 9-3, lost in 2nd round to David Lipscomb
District-12-AA, finished 2nd in 2010
Head Coach- David O’Connor
Key Returnees- Al Cobb (QB, Jr.), Orlando Holt (RB, Sr.), Luke Pierce (DB, Sr.), Zach Holt (DB, Sr.), Chase Tallent (OL, Sr.), Blake Satters (DL, Jr), Devin Pope (RB,.Sr.), Tory Hardison (WR, Sr.),. Trey Shirey (RB, Sr.)
Key Losses- De’Quan Nelson (RB), Bracey Myles (RB), Reynolds Damien (DB), Michael Stevenson (LB/DB), Trey Horton (DB), Rodney Brown (LB), Sam Abernathy (LB), Ballentine Alex (DL), Drew Garrett (DL)
Spring Star- Al Cobb. The junior had an up and down season as a sophomore but according to head coach David O’Connor made tremendous strides in the spring.
2011 Schedule– Aug. 19-at Lincoln County; Aug. 26-Lawrence County; Sept. 2-at East Hickman; Sept. 9-Hickman County; Sept. 16-at Marshall County; Sept. 23-OPEN; Sept. 30-Spring Hill; Oct. 7-at Fairview; Oct. 14-Summitt; Oct. 21-at Lewis County; Oct. 28-Page
Analysis– With Al Cobb back the Bobcat air attack will be tough to stop the big question will be at running back as returning starter Orlando Holt suffered a knee injury and could miss the entire season.
Senior running back Devin Pope will try and step up and if he does it could be another great year in Pulaski.
3. Signal Mountain Eagles
Spring ranking- 2
Last Season’s Record- 15-0, Won Class 2A State Championship
District- 7-AA, finished 1st in 6-A in 2010
Head Coach- Bill Price
Key Returnees-Andrew Price (RB, Sr.), Mitchell Hall (RB, Sr.), Jon Patton (WR, Sr.), Reese Phillips (QB, Jr.), Sam Wright (OL, Sr.), John Evans (OL, Sr.), Tim McClendon (LB/RB, Sr.), Austin Presley (OL, Sr.), Drew Chambers (DT, Sr.), Elijah Turnage (DE, Jr.), Zack Bowman (FB/DE, Sr.), Ross Purcell (LB, Sr.), Will Queen (WR/DB, Sr.)
Key Losses- Hogan Whitmire (QB), Gervell Morgan (RB/LB), Donnie Garner (RB/LB), Shea Baker (OL), Will Sawyer (DT), Seth Weir (SS)
Spring Star- Reese Phillips. The big junior quarterback is already drawing offers and he hasn’t even played a down yet at quarterback.
2011 Schedule- Aug. 19-East Hamilton; Aug. 26-Tyner; Sept. 2-@Bledsoe County; Sept. 9-@Blackman; Sept. 16-Grundy County; Sept. 23-South Pittsburg; Sept. 30-Notre Dame; Oct. 7-@Polk County; Oct. 14-Chattanooga Christian; Oct. 21-OPEN; Oct. 28-@Sequatchie County
Analysis- The Eagles won a 2A state title last season in only two seasons but 4A will be a different story.
They will break in a new quarterback in Reese Phillips who is a big time prospect as a junior. Andrew Price and Mitchell Hall both return to lead the ground game and Jon Patton will be the go to receiver.
The Eagles will have to reload on defense and they have a new defensive coordinator in Mac McCurry. Signal Mountain has a tough schedule as they travel to 6A school Blackman, 3A school Bledsoe County, Polk County and host 1A powerhouse South Pittsburg.
2. Maplewood Panthers
Spring ranking- 4
Last Season’s Record- 12-2, lost in Semifinals to Greeneville
District- 10-AA, finished 1st in 2010
Head Coach– Arcentae Broome
Key returnees- Alvin Stokes (QB, Sr.), LeDarius Vanleer (RB, Sr.), Navonte Parks (WR, Sr.), Denzel Jones (RB, Sr.), Chris Lee (LB, Sr.), Randall Smith (DB, Sr.), LaVonte Goins (OL/DL, Jr.), Ronald Nelson (LB, Sr.)
Key losses- Stanley Hagan (RB), Dwayne Smith (WR), Darryl Clark (WR), Tadarius McGill (WR), Jontez Vaughn (LB), Bryan Pointer (DB), Brandon Pointer (DB)
Spring Star- LeDarius Vanleer. The senior will have the backfield all to himself this year and had a great spring for the Panthers.
2011 Schedule– Aug. 19-at Hunters Lane; Aug. 26-Brentwood Academy; Sept. 2-at Whites Creek; Sept. 9-at Riverdale; Sept. 16-David Lipscomb; Sept. 23-at East Literature; Sept. 30-Pearl-Cohn; Oct. 7-at CPA; Oct. 14-Stratford; Oct. 21- OPEN; Oct. 28-at Lancaster, Christian
Analysis– Maplewood had a great season last year that ended with a semifinal loss to Greeneville.
Senior quarterback Alvin Stokes returns to lead the offense while senior running back LeDarius Vanleer will get all the carries after rushing for 826 yards last season while backing up 2,000 yard rusher Stanley Hagan.
The Panthers also have a ton of talent on defense as well. They also have an interesting non region schedule as they host Brentwood Academy in week one and travel to Riverdale in week four.
1. Greeneville Greene Devils
Spring ranking- 1
Last Season’s Record- 15-0, Won 4A State Championship
District- 2-AA, finished 1st in 2010
Head Coach- Caine Ballard
Key Returnees-Jamel Hall (DE, Sr.), Terrell Rollins (DT, Sr.), Ethan Malone (DT, Sr.), Garrett Rambo (DE, Sr.), Derrik Thornton (LB, Sr.), Daniel Epperson (LB, Sr.), Koryei Jefferson (DB, Sr.), Taylor Schuffler (RB/DB, Sr.), Brennen Hollowell (WR, Sr.), Kelby Wilson (WR, Sr.), Dunkan Gibson (OL, Jr.), Justin Tomlinson (OL, Sr.), Brandon Jones (OL, Jr.), Austin Perkins (LB, Sr.), Ben Ogle (K, Sr.), Tanner Stewart (QB, Jr.), Zak Finchum (QB, Soph.), Walker Troy (RB, Jr.), Brandon Kenney (LB, Sr.), Trevor Wright (DB, Soph.)
Key Losses- William Carmichael (QB, Class AA Mr. Football Back Winner), B.J. Spradlin (RB), Chaz Story (LB), David Sandoval (WR), Jacob Cope (OL)
Spring Star- Brandon Kenney. The senior linebacker didn’t play on the state title team last season but the 230 pounder showed a ton of speed in the spring.
2011 Schedule- Aug. 19- Science Hill; Aug. 26-at Morristown West; Sept. 2-OPEN; Sept. 9- at Franklin County; Sept. 16-South Greene; Sept. 23-Alcoa; Sept. 30-at West Greene; Oct. 7-at Cumberland Gap; Oct. 14-Chuckey Doak; Oct. 21-Grainger County; Oct. 28- at Claiborne County
Analysis– Greeneville’s main question will be who will replace Class AA Mr. Football Back Winner William Carmichael. Junior Tanner Stewart and sophomore Zak Finchum are the viable candidates right now.
Senior Taylor Schuffler will move to running back from wide receiver to replace 1,000 yard rusher B.J. Spradlin.
Defensively, the Greene Devils will be stout as they return their entire defensive line led by senior defensive end Jamel Hall and defensive tackle Terrell Rollins.
If the quarterback situation works itself out to hard not to see Greeneville in Cookeville in the 4A title game for the third straight season.
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