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Lions, Bulldogs Turn Success Into Many All-league Selections

By Kevin Weaks
Press Sports

Success equals selections. That was definitely true for Dresden and Gleason. Dresden picked up eight spots, while Gleason earned five picks on the All-District 13A football team for the 2012 season.

The Lions won 11 of their 13 games, reaching the semifinals of the Class 2A state playoffs. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, posted a 6-5 overall record, earning a home game in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.

Defense keyed both teams’ run this past season, which was reflected on the all-league team as five of Dresden’s selections and four of Gleason’s picks came on that side of the ball.

Devan Raymer led the Dresden contingent as he was named the league’s offensive player of the year award after rushing for over 2,000 years. He also earned All-State accolades.

The Lion group also included offensive linemen Todd Morgan and Josh Turnbow, another all-stater, defensive linemen Alex Ellison, linebackers Joey Caldwell, Austin Daniel and Logan Thomas and defensive back Colter Swafford.

Gleason’s representatives include linebackers Chris Copeland, Archie Rich and Blake Taylor, defensive back Chase Ezell and wide receiver Austin Perry.

Raymer was a do-it-all player on offense, lining up at both running back and receiver in the team’s spread and wing sets and also took direct snaps from the wildcat formation. He proved worthy of head coach Keith Hodge’s trust by rushing for 2,008 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He also threw for two touchdowns among his six pass completions for 126 yards, and Raymer caught seven passes for 143 yards.

Dresden’s defense limited opponents to a touchdown or less in six games. Ellison was a playmaker up front with 64 total tackles, including 20 solo stops. He had 15 tackles behind the line, including three sacks.

Caldwell was the team’s top tackler with 112 stops, including 39 primary tackles. He made 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including three sacks.

Austin Daniel led Dresden with 19 tackles for a loss, including five sacks, among his 80 total stops. He had 32 solo tackles and also intercepted a pass. Logan Thomas also spent time in opponents’ backfields with 14 tackles for a loss, including four sacks. He had 65 total stops, including 38 solo stops, and two pick-offs. Swafford made his share of big plays from the defensive backfield, led by his five interceptions. Among Swafford’s 61 tackles were 37 solos and four behind the line.

Gleason’s defense was dominant in its six wins, posting a pair of shutouts and holding two other opponents to a touchdown. Greenfield scored 14 points and Scott Hill put up 21 in games that were lopsided Bulldog wins.

Rich was among the team leaders with 105 tackles while knocking down a pass, grabbing two interceptions and recovering five fumbles. Copeland counted 10 sacks among his 81 tackles. He also forced a fumble, recovered one and picked off a pass. Both Ezell and Taylor registered 40 tackles on the season. Taylor had five sacks and forced a fumble, playing just half the season due to injury. Ezell, meanwhile, broke up 10 passes, recovered three fumbles and picked off two passes. He took one of his fumble recoveries 80 yards for a score.

Perry led the way for an offense that could move the ball and put up points, catching 25 passes for 400 yards. Six of his receptions went for scores for a Bulldog team that scored at leas 20 points in seven games. He was strong on the defensive side, too, with 116 tackles, including a sack, with three picks and a fumble recovery. Published in The Weakly County Press 12.20.12

Little goes Gleason’s Way vs. Rebs

By Kenneth Coker

Sports Editor

If it wasn’t one thing going wrong for Gleason, it was another on Friday evening during a 31-14 defeat to McKenzie. The Bulldogs failed to establish a running game during the first half, missed numerous  blocks and had a total of three turnovers against the Rebels, who had entered the game winless. “We were ready to play I thought, but didn’t execute on  offense during the first half,” Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins said. “It seemed like it was thing or another - either our pass protection was wrong or someone missed a blocking assignment. And then, we had a couple times where the quarterback was five-stepping into the pocket instead of three. “We never could get anything going offensively.”

With the win, McKenzie improves to 1-3 (1-1 in District 13A play), while Gleason falls to 2-2 (0-2 in 13A action).

On Friday, the Rebels employed an impressive 1-2 punch on offense. McKenzie’s Christopher Allen finished with 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns among his 23 carries, while teammate Hunter Lowe had 13 carries for 103 yards. Additionally , Rebel quarterback Ty McClain finished with 105 yards through the air.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by Kyle Williams, who rushed for 63 yards on five carries. Williams also finished with over 100 yards on kick returns. Gleason quarterback Tanner Trevathan was 10-for-23 with 102 passing yards. Trevathan was intercepted three times.

On Friday, McKenzie was held to a three-and-out on its first drive as was the Bulldogs. The Rebels drove down field on their second possession and were at the Gleason 17 yard line with a fourth-and-one. McKenzie’s Hunter Lowe took the carry, but was stuck behind the line of scrimmage for a three-yard loss by Bulldog Archie Rich. Gleason’s elation was short lived as Williams fumbled as he was hit after a catch on the next  drive. Rebel Noah Lowrance recovered the drop at the Gleason 23 yard line.

On first down, McClain hit Tristen Lowe in the flats for a 10-yard positive. Hunter Lowe got the Rebs within the 10-yard line with a four-yard take on second down. Then, Allen finished the drive as he motored nine yards untouched to pay dirt. Seth Jeffrey booted the point after through the uprights to make the score 7-0 in favor of the visiting team with 3:28 remaining in the opening quarter.

Gleason was stopped for a cumulative loss of four yards on the drive that followed and a punt was forced on fourth down. After the boot, McClain took to the air and found Austin Chapman or a 35-yard touchdown on a home run swing that went down the Rebel sideline. Jeffrey hit the PAT to put the Rebels up 14-0 with 1:43 remaining in the first canto.

On the following kickoff, Williams sprinted to the Bulldog 46 to set up the host team with a great field position. However, Gleason was unable to cash in on the opportunity. The Bulldogs ultimately turned the ball over on downs.

McKenzie’s next drive – its first of the second quarter – was a three-and-out. The snap on the punt attempt was high and Gleason took down the Rebel special teams player that recovered said botch at the four-yard line.

Bulldog Blake Taylor ran for no gain on first down, while Chase Ezell’s jet sweep was stopped for a yard loss on second down. On third-and-goal from the five, Trevathan found Ian Legens over the middle for the touchdown. Daniel Solano kicked the point-after to make the score 14-7 with 8:59 to go before intermission.

The momentum swung in Gleason’s favor after the score as Will Clark recovered a McKenzie fumble. The Rebel defense held its composure, though, forcing a turnover on downs and avoiding disaster.

McKenzie’s offensive troops worked quickly on their next possession. Hunter Lowe took the first two hand-offs for a total of 17 yards. Then, Allen sprinted 61 yards to the end zone. Jeffrey made his third PAT of the evening to make the score 21-7 in the Rebels’ favor with 6:23 left before halftime. The Rebel defense intercepted Trevathan twice through the remainder of the second quarter with Junior Chavez and Grant Lowrance each making one pick.

Both teams went scoreless in the third quarter although Gleason showed had its first sustained drive of the outing – an 11-play sequence that bogged down was stopped short of pay dirt at the McKenzie two-yard line. Taylor took seven handoffs for 35 yards during the aforementioned possession.

During the fourth quarter, McKenzie tacked on a touchdown as Allen capped an 11 play, 61- yard drive with a two-yard dive over the middle for the score. Jeffrey did the point-after honors to put the Rebels ahead 28-7 with 9:45 left in the fourth quarter.

Grant Lowrance had the biggest play of the aforementioned drive – a 35-yard reception just before  the end of the third period.

The Bulldogs responded with a six-play, 65-yard drive to the end zone for the team’s second TD of the evening. Williams took a counter 37 yards for the Bulldog touchdown carry with 6:45 remaining to play. McKenzie tacked on three more points at the end of its final offensive drive of the evening as Jeffrey booted a 29-yard goal with 3:08 remaining. Source: Dresden Enterprise.

Gleason a Spoiler to Hall's Parade

Even a weather postponement did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Bulldog defense as Gleason handed Halls a 27-6 homecoming loss on Saturday night.

The contest, originally scheduled for Friday night, never reached kickoff as lightning turned an hour-and-a-half delay into an eventual postponement.

“I was worried about how we would come out on Saturday night,” Gleason head coach Noah  Lampkins admitted. “Our team was really fired up and ready to play Friday night and I wasn’t sure how they would be affected by the postponement.”

Lampkins didn’t need to worry for long. Both squads traded short gains and possessions throughout  the majority of the opening frame.

Gleason’s first series on offense produced a turnover on downs deep in Tiger territory. Halls didn’t hold on to the football for long as Bulldog Austin Perry recovered a fumble within just a few yards of the end zone and Kyle Williams scored the game’s first TD on a five-yard carry. The extra point failed, but the Dawgs lit up the scoreboard first with a 6-0 advantage.

Gleason’s next score was the result of another Halls’ miscue as Chase Ezell recovered a Tiger fumble and took it 75 yards for the scoop-and-scamper score. Williams ran in the conversion and the Bulldogs held a two touchdown lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, it was the Tigers’ turn to shine on defense as Halls blocked a punt and returned the ball for its only score of the night. As Gleason could produce nothing on offense for the duration of the second quarter, the Dawgs held on for a 14-6 lead going into the halftime break.

In the third quarter, Ian Legens broke nine tackles to score from 25 yards out and Mark McKenzie’s extra-point kick made the score 21-6 in favor  of the visitors.

Legens delivered again in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard reception from Tanner Trevathan to make account for the final tally.

Halls drove the ball late in the game and looked to be headed to the end zone, but Archie Rich intercepted a pass that effectively ended the contest.

The Gleason coach attributes the majority of the credit to his defense for taking away any opportunities Halls may have had to get back into the game. “We played great defense,” Lampkins said. “We forced several turnovers, but we were poor on special teams and our offense still needs a lot of work. That’s something we’ll still have to work on game in and game out.”

Standing out for the Dawgs on defense was the play of Blake Taylor, Chris Copeland and Ian Legens, who sparked the Gleason D by picking up multiple sacks and applied pressure needed to jump start  the Bulldogs in the scoring column.

Legens also received kudos from the coach on his performance on offense, impressing Lampkins with his runs and especially his 25- yard touchdown carry in which  he essentially called his own number by predicting that the route would be open. In addition to Legens, Lampkins recognized the play of Williams in picking up tough yardage on the ground.

Through three games , Gleason finds itself looking at a 2-1 record, having only lost its game against District 13A opponent West Carroll.

The ’Dawgs enter the next contest injury-free and ready to carry their momentum against District 13-A rival and winless McKenzie. The 0-3 record of the Rebels means nothing to  Gleason, however, and the Bulldogs are preparing to face an always-tough McKenzie squad.

“They may be winless, but they’ve had to play Westview, Dresden and Trenton in their first three games and a lot of teams would be winless in that situation,” Lampkins stressed. “We’ve not even looking at the record. “They are a well-coached team and they run a very diverse offense with Ty McClain throwing the ball and Hunter Lowe getting the majority of the carries along.” Source. Dresden Enterprise.

Gleason Not Ready for Eagle Onslaught

By Kenneth Coker

Sports Editor

Gleason football head coach Noah Lampkins said his team didn’t start playing proper football until the second quarter during Friday’s 21-6 defeat at West Carroll.

By then, the War Eagles – a Class A semifinalist last season – had a 14-0 cushion, which the Bulldogs were unable to overcome.

“We didn’t play very well offensively,” Lampkins said. “We didn’t get off the bus ready to play tonight. I don’t think we really started playing football until about four or five series into it. By then, we’d already given up a couple scores.”

On the flip side, West Carroll’s 1-2 punch of Jamal Glenn and Jacob Wynn was hard to stop. Glenn finished the game with 106 rushing yards and a touchdown among his 12 carries, while Wynn was the team’s workhorse, taking 24 hand-offs for 77 yards.

Gleason quarterback Tanner Trevathan finished the game 8-for-19 with 84 passing yards. Will Clark was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 44 yards on eight carries.

With the triumph, West Carroll improves to 2-1 on the campaign with a 1-0 record in 13A play. The Bulldogs’ record evens up at 1-1 (0-1 in 13A action). West Carroll hosts Greenfield this Friday, while Gleason goes to Halls.

Gleason’s Blake Taylor played on Friday, but was hampered by a groin injury suffered during the Bulldogs Week 0 triumph over Greenfield. Reportedly, Taylor did not practice last week due to the injury.

“We limited Blake quite a bit tonight,” Lamkins said after the  game. “That really hampered us. We needed him back there under center some. He’ll be ready to go next week.”

On Friday evening, the War Eagles’ defense did its job throughout the first quarter, holding the Bulldogs to a total of 12 yards and affording the WC offense 17 snaps.

Two of West Carroll’s touchdown drives began in the first period. Both of the Bulldogs’ first-quarter possessions ended with a punt.

Gleason received the opening kickoff, but WC forced a three - and- out and eventual punt.

Thanks to a deep kickoff by West Carroll’s Darwin Martinez, the Bulldogs began their first possession at the War Eagle nine yard line.

Gleason netted only eight yards on its first drive as quarterback Tanner Trevathan hit Chris Copeland for that gain on second-and-10.

After the punt, the War Eagles needed seven plays to travel 39 yards to pay dirt. Glenn hit Robert Reynolds for a 14-yard connection on fourth and six to keep the drive alive. Then, Wynn bulled 10 yards up the middle with a Glenn QB keeper to follow for seven yards. Wynn finished off the drive with a four-yard run up the gut and into the end zone. Martinez booted the point after and the War Eagles led 7-0 with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter. Gleason played catch-up the rest of the game.

Trevathan finished a touchdown drive just before halftime with a 13-yard scoring connection with Bulldog Austin Perry. At halftime, WC led 14-6. Gleason had a golden opportunity in the fourth quarter after Copeland and Taylor combined to block a War Eagle punt and began the ensuing possession with a first-and-goal from the WC seven.

Three incomplete passes and one run for a loss later, West Carroll had forced a turnover on downs. The War Eagles chewed up the remainder of the clock. Source: Dresden Enterprise.

’Dogs go Over Heads of ’Jackets

By Randy Cavin
Press Sports

Five touchdown passes by Gleason’s Tanner Trevathan, with three in just under a minute near the end of the first half, were too much for visiting Greenfield in the 41-13 win by the Bulldogs. This week, Greenfield has moved its game with Lake County to 7 p.m. Thursday. Gleason will play at West Carroll on Friday.

It was the opening game of the 2012 season for both teams, and it was apparent with both teams combining for nine fumbles and one interception. The Bulldogs fumbled six times, losing two of them. The Yellowjackets lost all three of their fumbles and were intercepted on the last play of the game.

For Gleason, though, it was the quarterback play by Trevathan and the receiving of Austin Perry that did most of the damage.Perry caught his first touchdown from six yards out from Trevathan with 1:20 left in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead. The Yellowjackets responded quickly when Jeffery Johnson took the ensuing kickoff at the 20-yard-line, made a cut to his left and raced down the sideline 80 yards for the score.

Greenfield’s first-year head coach Don Pitt tried to keep the momentum going his way by attempting an onside kick, but the Bulldogs recovered it for excellent field position at their own 47.

Kyle Williams gave the Bulldogs a first down on a 14-yard run, and Trevathan hit Perry on a fly pattern from 27 yards out with 38.7 seconds to play.

Gleason elected to not kick it deep to Johnson again, which paid off immediately for the Bulldogs.
Tanner Smithson could not handle the short kick, and Gleason’s Archie Rich recovered the loose ball on Greenfield’s 34-yard-line. It took just two plays for the Bulldogs to score, with a Trevathan-to-Perry connection from 29 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 lead going into the half.

“We had some big mistakes that hurt us, and they just happened to be all right in a row,” a disappointed Pitt said. “We just have to keep on moving and get better starting Monday. They are not going to hang their heads. It is an improvement because we fought for four quarters. We did not win on the scoreboard, but we got better as a team.”

The ’Jackets were packing the line to keep the Bulldogs’ running game in check in the first half, but Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins made some adjustments to his game plan and turned to his passing game.

“They were crowding the box, and I was still being stubborn by trying to keep running like we could out-man them,” Lampkins said. “But, they were getting after us pretty good. So we just started throwing the ball. The coaches up top said to start throwing it. They are not covering anybody. So that is what we started doing. Once we started doing that, we had some success.”

Trevathan’s big night included going 12-of-19 for 139 yards with his five passing touchdowns.

Perry was all over the field with seven catches for 120 yards and five touchdowns. “He (Perry) had a huge game,” Lampkins said about his top receiver. “He came over to the sideline wanting the ball, telling me what routes to work, where to run it, how to do it, and how to set it up. He has a lot of experience. I think he even started when he was a freshman. He really, really shined tonight.”

The Yellowjackets, meanwhile, struggled throughout most of the game to get any offensive rhythm going. The running game was non-existent because of the inexperience on the offensive line. The passing game, with Johnson at quarterback, was finally able to move the ball downfield on a few plays.

Johnson found Zachary Lewis for a 22-yard gain to begin the fourth quarter and later hit an open Miles Cavitt from nine yards out with 11:03 to play. Zach Grebe’s point after attempt was blocked by Perry to make it 34-13 game.

Johnson was 9-of-21 for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cavitt caught five passes for 89 yards and one score. Blake Taylor had one touchdown pass for the Bulldogs, going 2-for-3 in the air, while also catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter.

“Our offensive line is a big issue,” Pitt said. “So, we are going to get back on the boards and set up a plan for Lake County and get these linemen moving a little bit more.

Gleason’s defense took advantage of the Yellowjackets’ inexperienced line. Johnson was sacked four times, all in the first half. Michael Hudson had one sack, Avery Orr and Chris Copeland combined on a sack while Copeland also got to Johnson on a solo sack.

The Bulldogs finished with 412 total yards, 235 on coming from the ground game. Greenfield ran the ball 17 times for 31 yards and had a total of 151 yards of offense.

A Greenfield cheerleader was hurt when a Gleason running play was forced out of bounds.
Madison Scarbrough was hit on the play and the force of the collision knocked her under the visitor’s bleachers. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance after she was attended to by EMS personnel. Preliminary reports said she suffered a hip injury.

No word on her condition as of press time. Published in The WCP 8.28.12


Speedy Bulldogs Could Thrill Fan Base

By Kenneth Coker

Sports Editor

Speed thrills or so they say. Gleason High School head football coach Noah Lampkins can hope that rings true for his 2012 Bulldog team.

The GHS boss – who is starting his 11th season at the helm of his alma mater’s gridiron gang – told that he projects one of his team’s strengths this season will be its speed. “We’ve got decent speed from what I’ve seen,” Lampkins said. “There’s four or five kids that run the football pretty well for us.

“We’ve also got a lot of experience at our skill positions. I feel like we’re returning the majority of our defense as well. The defense was an aspect of our game that I feel we improved on a lot last year.”

Gleason completed the 2011 campaign with a 6-6 record. The Bulldogs’ campaign last year was memorable as it included the first home playoff game since 1982.  Gleason triumphed over South Fulton in said postseason contest at Parks Edwards Field to gain its first-ever playoff victory at home. Overall, it was the second playoff triumph for the Bulldog football program – both coming during Lampkins’ tenure as head coach at Gleason.

Fan support was the highest it has been in quite some time at GHS with standing-room only crowds at both playoff games. “Winning will bring the crowds out,” Lampkins said. “People want to support a winning team. We had  support when we were losing, but it makes it a lot more exciting when you are winning games. “The fans want to see a good product on the field and an exciting team. I think we’ve provided that.” In four of the past five seasons, Gleason – which employs a hybrid wing offense – has finished with either a winning record or at the .500 mark.

This season, Tanner Trevathan (Jr., 6-0, 165) has been pegged to lead the Bulldogs into battle as the team’s new quarterback. Trevathan, who was a back-up last season, replaces Conner Verdell, three-year starter at the position and lost to graduation. Lampkins said Trevathan is ready for the workload of being QB and to settle into a leadership role on the field.

The Bulldogs have at least five candidates for the all-important wingback positions. Chase Ezell (Jr., 5-8, 155), Ian Legens (Soph., 5-7, 155), Chris Copeland (Soph., 5-9, 170), Blake Taylor (Sr., 6-1, 205) and Kyle Williams (Soph., 6-1, 175) are all expected to take hand-offs from Trevathan. “All of those guys can run,” Lampkins said of his five WB possibilities. “They’re shifty, explosive kids. It doesn’t drop off any when we sub in. “That’s a good situation to be in.” Taylor may also be called upon to see time at quarterback, fullback or wide receiver. Lampkins tabbed him as the offense’s utility player. “Blake is our play everywhere guy,” Lampkins said. “He’s going  to be a big part of our offense every week. We’ll have packages put in for him. He can throw the ball just as well as Tanner and he’s a  threat to run the ball, too.”

A pair of juniors, Will Clark (5-8, 190) and Archie Rich (5-8, 160), could split time at fullbackfor the Bulldogs. The position has been a staple of the GHS offense with a powerback plowing the way through the middle during much of Lampkins’ tenure as head coach.

At split end, returning All-District 13A performer Austin Perry (Sr., 6-2, 190) is locked in and a player that Lampkins said he knows what to expect from. Perry was also lauded for his good hands and route-running ability.

Tracy Perry (Fresh., 6-2, 210) will see time at tight end along with Reece Montgomery (Jr., 6-0, 205). Montgomery saw some action last season, while Perry is an imposing figure even as a freshman. With so many receiving threats, Lampkins said his team has put in extra work on its aerial assault during the offseason.

On the line, Avery Orr (Jr., 6-0, 215) has reportedly stepped into the role as center after projected starter Slade Williams (Soph., 5-10, 220) was hampered by a knee injury.

Brandon Carrington (Sr., 5-11, 270) is a returning starter at right tackle. He is expected to be the anchor of the offensive line. At right guard, Daniel Solono (Sr., 5-6, 215) is the favorite to receive the starting nod. Sophomore Spencer Stewart (6-2, 250) is expected to be Gleason’s starting left guard. Stewart subbed for Cole Verdell during an injury last season. Meanwhile, Cody Williams (Soph., 6-3, 240), Brandon Lee (Sr., 6-5, 270) and Matthew Hudson (Jr., 6-3, 270) are battling for playing time at left tackle. The two that don’t gain the starting nod will ultimately be called upon as the utility linemen.

On defense, Taylor and Copeland have been given the nods as the starting outside linebackers. Lampkins lauded Taylor as one of the best linebackers in District 13A. Taylor was named to the All-District 13A team last season.

Clark and Rich, who both started on defense as junctures  last season, are expected to be the Bulldogs’ inside linebackers. Lee is locked in as the Gleason nose guard, with Carrington, Solano, Slade Williams, Michael Hudson (Jr., 6-1, 205), Tracy Perry and Montgomery all possibilities at defensive end. Tracy Perry and Montgomery may see time as linebackers, as well.

In the secondary, Austin Perry is Gleason’s strong safety. Lampkins said the senior defensive back could be the best in the district. Trevathan, Taylor and Kyle Williams are all in the mix to be the Bulldogs’ free safety. Legens and Ezell have been penciled in as cornerbacks. Ezell was said to be a “good cover guy” by Lampkins.

On special teams, Taylor will be handling the placekicking and extra-point duties. The punter’s job is reportedly up for grabs. Ezell , Kyle Williams, Copeland and Legens each could be called upon to return kicks and/or punts.

 Lampkins is the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator. Gleason mainstay Mike Bennett is the defensive coordinator. Bennett also works with quarterbacks and inside linebackers. GHS product Albert Collins is in charge of the offensive and defensive lines. Two other Gleason products are also members of Lampkins’ staff. Bryan Sanders and Nicky Spain have joined the sideline crew. Source: Dresden Enterprise.

Junior Bulldogs Looking to Notch More Wins This Time Around

Sara Rachels

Special to the Enterprise

Much like Weakley County and northwest Tennessee are now facing drought-like conditions, the Gleason Junior High football team is hoping to end a drought that affected them in the win column last season.

Coming off a run of three straight years in which they hoisted the Reelfoot Conference championship trophy, the Bulldogs earned one win in 2011. Now, Gleason Junior High faces the 2012 campaign having lost several eighth-graders and with 21 players listed on the roster.

Seventh-year head coach Noah Lampkins will be looking to two players in particular to lead the young Gleason corps – Ryan Cole at tailback and Heath Keeling at fullback. The rest of the lineup, however, will be looking to make an impact without experience on their side.

On the offensive line, Clayton Cook and Frazier Wilson are penciled in as tackles. Tucker Green and Seth Bowers are prepared to line up as guards and Braxton Vickers is set to be the center. Devon Kerr lines up at tight end. Meanwhile, Terry McKinney will play split end and Luke Gatewood will be the flanker.  Carrying the ball will be Keeling at fullback and Cole at tailback. Tim Russell is a new face at quarterback.

On defense , Coleand Chandler Brown are expected to be the safeties. Gatewood and McKinney will probably see time at cornerback. Wilson and Greg Graham are in the hunt to be the team’s the defensive ends. Keeling, Russell, Kerry and Green are all competing for time in the linebacking corps. Playing nose guard will be newcomer Logan Stewart. Chandler Brown lines up at safety.

“It’ll be a nice mix of seventh and eighth graders,” Lampkins said. “We lost a decent-sized class of eighth graders last year including Tracy Perry, who was our leading tackler and scorer.”

In this year of rebuilding, Gleason faces a familiar schedule of opponents with no new schools to compete against. Every team Gleason faces will provide a challenge, according to Lampkins, and at this point, it’s too early to tell who the Bulldogs will match up well against. “The big kids have been working hard,” Lampkins said. “They’ve been coming in and getting themselves in shape working on strength with simple push-ups and weights. They’ve done really good in equipment this year.”

On the bright side, the Bulldogs reported no injuries and will be looking to rely on a new group of faces to help them end their drought and get back to the top of the Reelfoot Conference. Source: Dresden Enterprise.

2nd Look at 1st Unit Goes Well for ’Dogs

By Randy Cavin
Weakley County Press Sports

It looks like the second time was the charm for Gleason and its first unit defense on Tuesday with the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage of the season. The first unit offense did its job, too, against perennial 1A power Lake County.

The Bulldogs’ first team scored four touchdowns against the Falcons, with three scored by the offense and one by the defense, as Gleason came out on top with a 4-3 margin in touchdowns scored.

The defense was nothing short of spectacular. The Falcons scored on their first possession of the game and intercepted a Tanner Trevathan pass for a score to take a 2-1 touchdown lead.
But then, the Gleason defense took over. The first unit was consistently disrupting Lake County’s rhythm by winning the battle at the line of scrimmage. That made the Gleason head coach very pleased.

“I am very happy with the first string guys,” Noah Lampkins said. “We were very aggressive defensively and flying to the football. We were gap sound defensively, and we really got to the football, even when they got the ball downfield we were hitting them.”

The Falcons fumbled six times, thanks to the pressure the Bulldogs were putting on them. Gleason recovered five of those, including one by Austin Perry that he ran back 42 yards for a touchdown to give Gleason a 3-2 lead. Will Clark intercepted a Lake County pass for a 25-yard return, but he was forced out of bounds just five yards short of scoring.

Gleason also had a pair of sacks with Brandon Carrington and Blake Taylor sharing one. Taylor was also in on the second sake with Michael Hudson.

“You start doing things like we did, and you get excited about that,” the head coach said. “We had multiple sacks and the other night we were missing the quarterback. We were not getting to the football. We did not have any fun down at TCA. We had fun tonight.”

The fumble bug also hit the Bulldogs with five fumbles. Two were on the offensive second unit and those were recovered by the Falcons. The fumbles by the second unit were a result of mishandling of the snap and a bad snap.

The offensive first team had its share of fun, too. Kyle Williams had a nice 30-year run on an end-around. Carrington, an offensive lineman, grabbed a tipped pass and turned it into a 15-yard gain. Archie Rich scored on a one-yard plunge to tie the game 2-2.

One thing Lampkins was extremely happy about was the long drives the Bulldogs were able sustain. Gleason had one scoring drive that took 16 plays to complete and another one that took 15 plays.

“Offensively we moved the ball well and we drove it down there,” Lampkins said. “Our two first-team quarterbacks played real well on those long drives. I felt good about our running game, too. There are a few things we have got to tweak. We ran between the tackles pretty well when we needed to and we were able to get down to the goal line and finish.”

Trevathan and Taylor split duties at quarterback for the first team. Chris Sumner played quarterback for the second team.

The Bulldogs will complete their preseason warm-ups when they host Collinwood Aug. 17 in what is a jamboree-style of scrimmage. The varsity will play Collinwood in the first half and both junior varsity teams will play in the second half. Gleason will host Greenfield in Week 1 on Aug. 24. Published in The WCP 8.9.12


’Dogs Hope Rough Road Only Temporary

By Randy Cavin
Weakley County Press Sports

Gleason Middle School had a rough 2011 season after winning the Reelfoot Conference three consecutive years.

The Bulldogs could only manage to get one win last season after only losing one in 2010 and going undefeated in 2009. Head coach Noah Lampkins knows it is going to take some time to get his small number of kids back on the winning track.

“It is a rebuilding process,” he said. “It is a small school. Things go in cycles, and we just happen to be in one of those cycles now where we are limited in the number of athletes in those certain grades. But it is a good group of kids.”

The 2012 Bulldog roster has only 21 players listed and those players will get their first test on Tuesday when they travel to South Fulton to take on the Red Devils. South Fulton is the only team Gleason beat last season.

“We competed in some games last year,” Lampkins said. “It went down to the wire against West Carroll, and we competed well against Bruceton. But it is a rebuilding deal and, hopefully, we will improve this year. But, we are not very big and we are not very fast.”

The Bulldogs will be relying on eighth-grader Tim Russell at quarterback. This will be his first year to play at the quarterback position and he will play linebacker on defense.

“He is a good size kid and has some natural ability,” the head coach said. “So, we will find out more about him against at South Fulton.”

Eighth-grader Ryan Cole will be returning to his starting role at running back. Lampkins will be counting on him to get the ball into the end zone a lot for the Bulldogs. He has good speed with decent size and with an aggressive style of running the ball.

Joining Cole in the backfield will be eighth-grader Heath Keeling. He is a converted fullback who played right guard on the offensive line in 2011.

“He is a real aggressive masher who is one of those hard-nosed kids who plays really hard,” Lampkins said.

Protecting Cole and providing the hole for the running game on the offensive line will be seventh-graders, Braxton Vickers, Seth Bowers, and Tucker Green. The eighth-graders on the line are Frazier Wilson and Clayton Cook. At tight end will be Devon Kerr, who is also an eighth-grader.

Playing at wide receiver will be eighth-grader Luck Gatewood and seventh-graders Terry McKinney. Seventh-grader Jonathan Roland and sixth-grader Hart McKenzie round out the wide receiver position.

Lampkins will have his defense run the 3-4 and 5-2 schemes, switching up when the situation calls for it.

Seventh-grader Chandler Brawner and Cole will be playing the safety positions with McKinney and Gatewood manning the corners.

At defensive end will be seventh-grader Greg Graham. He will be joined by Wilson as the other defensive end. The nose tackle will be seventh-grader Logan Stewart.

The linebackers will be Russell and Keeley. They will be responsible for shoring up the line and putting additional pressure on the quarterback.

There are three teams in the Reelfoot Conference — Gleason, Greenfield and Dresden. The Lions were last year’s conference champs. The 2012 schedule has Gleason playing South Fulton, Bruceton, West Carroll, Greenfield, McKenzie, Huntingdon and Dresden. Lampkins says he tries to schedule the same teams that the high school plays in order the get his middle school kids better prepared for the high school competition. Published in The WCP 8.9.12


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