Clarksville Prep Football Preview: Area teams excited about upcoming 2021-22 season | ClarksvilleNow.com – Clarksville Now

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Local high school football coaches give a breakdown of their individual teams and outlook on the upcoming season.
Coach: Isaac Shelby, 8th year
2020 Record: 5-6, fourth in Region 7-5A
Starters graduated/returning on offense: 4/7
Starters graduated/returning on defense: 3/8
Key Departures: OL Nicholas Edwards; WR Nekoda Clark; OL Kyler Smith; OL Coltyn Stansberry; TE/LB Elijah Mcgaha; LB Jonathan Payne; DL Jeremiah Martin
Key Returners: QB/RB/DB Rayshawn Bowling, Sr.; RB/QB/LB Jamar Carnell, Jr.; RB/WR Jamauri Cobbs, Jr.; FB/LB Christopher Bagatini, Sr.; OL/DL Jakobie Watkins, Sr.; DB Camden Allison, So.; LB Deago Buck, Sr.; OL Jordan Kennedy, Sr.; LB Gavin Phillips, Jr.; K/P Andrew Irvin, Sr.
Congratulations to @AndrewI92999030 for winning the kicking and punting competition at the 2021 Jamboree pic.twitter.com/7Qok4dFvSS
— Clarksville Football (@ClarksvilleFB) August 14, 2021

Outlook: “Our quarterback (Davin Garinger) is injured,” Shelby said. “He’s not going to play this year. He tore his labrum playing baseball. He’s a really good kid, and we’ll have him back next year. … I’m really excited about this season and we appreciate everyone’s support.”
Coach: Scott Murray, 1st year
2020 Record: 1-10, ninth in Division II-A West
Starters graduated/returning on offense: 2/9
Starters graduated/returning on defense: 2/9
Key Departures: QB/S Triston Ladson; WR Ky’Ron Washington
Key Returners: WR/LB Keith Richburg, Sr.; WR/S Paris Pridgen, Sr.; WR/S Tyson Hagewood, Sr.; OL/DL James Seay, Sr.; K/P Beckham Sonnabend, Sr.
.@Keith14334213 scores one on a fade route for CA. Another nice throw by Cooper Wallace. @Brady_MSP pic.twitter.com/1DfTrOqEsS
— Blaine Kellar (@sports_bk) August 7, 2021

New Additions: QB Cooper Wallace Jr.
Outlook: “I want to thank God for the blessing and opportunity to be here,” Murray said. “We’re really excited about our numbers. Since fall camp started, we haven’t had one football player quit. That tells you the kind of kids we’re dealing with at Clarksville Academy. We feel like we have a very special group, including nine seniors that are returning.”
Coach: Les Greer, 3rd year
2020 Record: 2-6, fifth in Region 7-5A
Starters graduated/returning on offense: 5/6
Starters graduated/returning on defense: 6/5
Key Departures: RB/LB Tishun Miles; OL/DL Brandon Dickenson; RB/LB TQ McCullen; TE/LB Anthony Smith
Key Returners: QB/S Jaylen Washington, Sr.; WR/CB Corben Howard, Sr.; WR Quentavius Barnes, Sr.; OL/DL Donovan Stevens, Sr.; OL/DL Taeshawn Clark, Jr.; RB/LB Frederick Ellis, So.
New Additions: RB/S Keontay Showell, Jr.
1st QTR- 5:33
Keontay Showell comes up with the interception for @Kenwood_Fball. The Knight defense held after the Wildcats originally had it 1st and goal from the 1-yard line. pic.twitter.com/i9E6XllpZc
— Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) August 14, 2021

Outlook: “We look to compete in region 7-5A for a home playoff game,” Greer said. “We return several key skill-position players and a solid group of linemen. On offense, we have multiple-year starters at quarterback, wide receiver and offensive line. On defense, we have an improved group of front-seven players and should defend opposing offenses’ run games better.”
Coach: Jeff Tomlinson, 10th year
2020 Record: 3-6, sixth in Region 5-4A
Starters graduated/returning on offense: 3/8
Starters graduated/returning on defense: 4/7
Key Departures: LB Kael Davis; WR Timmy Campbell; DL Cayden Ward; OL Tucker Mixon; DB Mason Shelton; LB Seth Norman
Key Returners: DL/OL Caden Scruggs, Sr.; QB Logan Sykes, Sr.; RB/S Landon Welborn, Sr.; OL Ashton Hembree, Sr.; LB Casen Cunningham, Sr.; LB Bryce Hill, Sr.; RB Kade Davis, Jr.; RB Andrew White, Jr.
3 things are guaranteed in this life. Death. Taxes. And Montgomery Central is going to run the ball. Great counter play for the touchdown. pic.twitter.com/QxQ9GgWdy2
— Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) July 31, 2021

Outlook: “We lost some great seniors, but we have a veteran team coming back,” Tomlinson said. “We have hard-working experienced players and we hope to do well this year.”
Coach: Brandon Clark, 3rd year
2020 Record: 7-3, second in Region 7-5A
Starters graduated/returning on offense: 7/4
Starters graduated/returning on defense: 5/6
Key Departures: WR Jaylen Bussey; WR Jaylin Bowser; OL PJ Tufele; DL Malik Scott; DB Paulzon West; LB Elijah Leaupepe; LB KaMari Williams; DL Gage Robinson; K Nick Kauffman; RB Juwan Harris
Key Returners: QB Jaiden Puig, Jr.; WR Dezmond Fort, Jr.; OL Prince Tufele, Jr.; OL Deonta Wilson, Sr.; LB Diontae Wright, Sr.; DB Jaydon Jones, Sr.; LB Tedo Berrios, Sr.; DB Cam Hudson, Jr.; DL Camren Jackson, Sr.; OL Kanye Stephens, Jr.; DL Gabriel Austin, Jr.; RB Christopher Allen, Sr.
2nd QTR- 7:09
Christopher Allen scores on this 13-yard touchdown run which was followed up by a Ty’Kease Blanton 2-point conversion. @NEEagleFootbal1 18, Sycamore 0. pic.twitter.com/6WLOF8obo1
— Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) August 14, 2021

New Additions: WR/RB Ty’Kease Blanton, Jr.; RB Khameron Athy, So.
Outlook: “We definitely took a hit from graduation last year especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Clark said. “I believe we have enough talent to be a very competitive team once again. It often boils down to how disciplined we can be as an overall team. The more disciplined this team can be, the more games we will win. We have pieces in place to have an explosive offense and enough talent on defense to be able to make other teams work for yards.”
Coach: Reynaldo Pena, 1st year
2020 Record: 1-7, sixth in Region 7-5A
Starters graduated/returning on offense: 7/4
Starters graduated/returning on defense: 4/7
Key Departures: OL Casey Fuaau; DB Kimarion Austin-Walker; TE/LB Zach Klenk; QB Ryan Silverstrim
Key Returners: QB Raymond Rodarte, Jr.; WR Kole Fitzwater, Sr.; OL Aiden Carter, Sr.; SS Ethan Tackett, Sr.; OLB Micah Comer, Jr.; OL Micah Mullins, Sr.; WR Bobby Demyers, Jr.; RB Jewaun Moffett, Jr.
Nice patience shown from the @northwestfootb2 running back. pic.twitter.com/nNT4KcJpkN
— Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) July 31, 2021

Outlook: “We want to compete in our district and improve with a junior-heavy team,” Pena said. “We are always going to compete to make the playoffs in a tough district. I think with our amazing quarterback (Rodarte) we can definitely make great strides to improve on last season.”
Coach: Todd Hood, 5th year
2020 Record: 5-4, fourth in Region 5-6A
Starters graduated/returning on offense: 8/3
Starters graduated/returning on defense: 7/4
Key Departures: LB Mark-Anthony Prescott; K/P Andrew Welch; DL Ashton Chavis; WR/DB Aaron Bolster; TE/DE Corey Bolster; DB Justin Williams; LB Austin Gibbs; OL/DL Camron Everett; OL Jeremiah Gilbert; DB Justice Farmer; DB Samuel Harding; RB Diivonta Phillips
Key Returners: QB Garrett Diemel, Jr.; S Sam Brown, Sr.; TE/LB Seneca Bradley, Sr.; WR Parker Kirkpatrick, Sr.; RB/LB Michael Arthur, Sr.; OL/DL Dustin Chavis, Jr.; LB Jordan Kitchen, Sr.; RB/LB Brandon Rushing, Jr.
On the first play of the second period, @RossviewFTBL scores from three yards out. Extra point good. The Hawks go out in front 7-2 after a bad snap resulted in a safety in the first period. pic.twitter.com/aDTomfwv5Q
— Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) August 14, 2021

Outlook: “We are a very young team this year and we expect to battle each and every week,” Hood said. “We have some older players that will have to carry this team in these battles. We look forward to an exciting year in 2021 and we strive to get into the playoffs once again the year in 6A.”
Coach: James Figueroa, 5th year
2020 Record: 2-7, seventh in Region 7-5A
Starters graduated/returning on offense: 2/9
Starters graduated/returning on defense: 3/8
Key Departures: QB Ti-Anthony Wagner; LB Verron Greene; OL DeAndrew Todd; LB Xavier Crouch; WR/RB Ty’Kease Blanton
Key Returners: QB Kayden Pace, Jr.; WR/S Cavin Roberson, Sr.; WR/S Octavious Mahogany, Jr.; RB Ian Godfrey, Jr.; RB/LB Montel Richardson, Jr; OL Scott Albertson, Jr.; WR/S Marcus Gildersleeve, Sr.; OL/DL Zeshaun Hudson, Jr.; OL/DL Adrian Fisher, Jr.
New Additions: TE/DL Allen Kisseih Jr.; RB Jaisaun Ousley, Fr.
Freshman running back Jaisaun Ousley takes it 31 yards for the touchdown. Coyote quarterback @KaydenPace2’s pass attempt then somehow ends up in the hands of his intended receiver for the successful 2-point conversion. @Westcreek_FB holds on to defeat the Colonels 8-7. pic.twitter.com/3y4OeplhzC
— Neil Rye (@NryeCvilleNow) August 13, 2021

Outlook: “One of our team strengths would be our speed at the skill positions this year,” Figueroa said. “We recruited a lot of track athletes to come play this year and it should provide some much-needed depth at wide receiver and defensive back. We also pulled a few linemen from the hallways, so that should provide some beef up front to play in a really talented 6A region. One of our team weaknesses would be the inexperience of some of our older guys. We have some talented juniors that are playing football for the first time, so we must get them up to speed and ready to play at the varsity level instead of building them up through junior varsity.”
By Neil Rye, sports reporter for ClarksvilleNow.com. Reach him by email at nrye@clarksvillenow.com or call 931-220-9764.
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