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2010 Bowling Green High School Football
The 2009 football season at BGHS saw the Purples capture their seventh consecutive district title, win the region for the fourth time in five seasons, and win ten games for the seventh time in eight years. BGHS made their eighth appearance in the state semifinal round, losing to John Hardin, 28-21, in their quest to appear in the state finals for the sixth time. For the fifth straight year, BGHS had a player sign with a Division I school as Tyreon Clark inked a scholarship with FCS level school, Austin Peay. Alfred Gilbert, Jr. signed with Kentucky State, Josh Blaine signed with Evangel College, and Sam Howard will walk-on at Kentucky.
The 2010 football season will bring the same district and region schools before reclassification mixes things in 2011. The area 5A district (District 2) will include Warren Central, Grayson County, and Barren County. First, second, and third round opposition in the playoffs will come from District 1 (Hopkinsville, Christian County, Madisonville, Owensboro, and Ohio Co.). A state semifinal would feature the Region winner from District 1 and 2 against the Region winner from Districts 3 and 4. The eastern half of 5A includes three-time defending state champion Highlands along with 2006 state champions Covington Catholic (3A) and Mercer County (2A). The regular season schedule will include great challenges as well. The Purple's non-district foes include 6A state runner-up, Trinity and 5A region runner-up, Christian County. Owensboro and Doss will also likely be ranked among the top of Class 5A this season and Franklin-Simpson should be highly ranked in Class 4A.
Here is a position personnel sketch of the Purples leading into 2010:
Returning starter: Scooter Hollis/Chandler Sears
Players graduated: none
Hollis split time with Sears for most the season in 2009. Hollis took over as the starter for the final three games of the playoffs and responded by playing his best football of the season. Sears is still rehabbing a baseball injury that required surgery in May. If one of the QB's wins the job in 2010, the other will likely see significant time at WR. Freshman Devin Hayes will provide depth at QB.
Returning starters: Tevin Anderson
Players graduated: Lavance Anderson
Lavance Anderson leaves after a stellar career and three years as a starter at BGHS. His brother, Tevin, spent 2009 in the backfield with Lavance and is expected to return as a starter in 2010. Hunter Neveras, a transfer from Greenwood, has been impressive in summer workouts and will certainly be a part of the Purples success this season. Two juniors, Brandon Green and Montel Carpenter missed much of 2009 with injury issues but are expected to play significant roles this season. Sophomore Lee Sublett and freshmen Danny Duvall and Blake Pillow could see some time on special teams.
Returning starters: none
Players graduated: Sam Howard, Wes Cole, Zach Williams
Quality play at this position is going to be a key to the BGHS offense. In 2009, BGHS WR's were talented and experienced. This season will bring new faces that will be forced to learn quickly to bring big play potential to the Purples. Will Kilgore, who missed the '09 season with a back injury is the only player in the mix that has experience at the position. Senior DB Devon Daniel will be asked to compete at the WR spot with Junior newcomer Sam Wilson, and sophomore Spencer Renfro (who played QB last year). Three talented Freshmen, Nacarius Fant, Blue Tisdale, and Cheivy McCutchen could also see playing time.
Returning starter: Will Porter / Tyler Gibbs
Players graduated: Josh Blaine
Porter and Gibbs have outstanding experience and should give the Purples quality play at this position. Josh Kublin is a new-comer to the BGHS program that could provide quality depth.
Returning starters: Adam Hoffman, Joe Manley
Players graduated: Elliott Quick, Will West, Cameron Adams, Lance Goodrum
Spring practice saw significant changes made in the offensive line personnel. Defensive players Jake Hodges and Joseph Hoffman both responded well and will be the starters at tackle for the Purples. Joe Manley has established himself as one of Kentucky's top recruits for 2012 and will start at guard along with Ryan Willoughby. Adam Hoffman returns at center, but was injured in an off-the-field accident in June and his return by August is questionable. Willie Teal, Josh Minton, Tyler Hollis, Stone Begley, and Mitchell Adamic will all battle for playing time.
Returning starters: Jerrett Ingram, Franco Irvin, Jake Hodges, Caleb Brent
Players graduated: Matt Beeler, Terrance Barksdale
BGHS likes to play several players to keep fresh bodies along the defensive line. Four players with a great deal of experience return for BGHS. Ingram, Irvin, and Brent all played a great deal in 2009, while Hodges missed much of the season with a knee injury. Hodges will return and will see playing time on both sides of the ball. Depth in the defensive line will be provided by Randy Johnson, Mahlon Robinson, and Daqwan Irvin.
Returning starter: KJ Cofer, Chase Proctor, Houston Natcher
Players graduated: Jay Beard
BGHS suffered the loss of Jay Beard to an injury early in the '09 season and made the decision to play with three sophomore inside linebackers through the season. Cofer, Proctor, and Natcher all proved to be good players and should give the Purples a great defensive foundation in 2010. One of these players could be moved to outside linebacker before the season begins in an attempt to get the best players on the field. Junior Jordan Guillen and freshman Linclon Quick could also see playing time here.
Returning starter: none
Players graduated: Josh Blaine, Alfred Gilbert, Jr
While both of the starters from 2009 will be playing college football, BGHS is left with big question marks here. Much like the WR position on offense, the quality of play at outside linebacker will be a key to the defense in 2010. Junior Armando Music is a talented player who should secure on the outside spots. Stephon Randolph's, family moved to Virginia in July therefore the Purples will look to Houston Natcher to start at the other OLB spot. Luke Stahl and Jake Hodges could both see time here.
Returning starter: Michael Bailey, Devon Daniel
Players graduated: Tyreon Clark, Sam Howard
Bailey and Daniel were full-time starters in 2009 while Jack Miller and Jackson Sowell both saw significant playing time in 2009. Those four should be the favorites to start in 2010 but Montel Carpenter has been impressive during spring and summer workouts and could emerge as a starter in the secondary. Junior Herbert Scruggs will provide quality depth at this position along with freshmen Hunter Rogers, and Tyler Jopes.
BGHS soccer players Peter May and Sam Williams should be able to handle both the kicking and punting jobs.
Kevin Wallace enters his 17th season at BGHS (15th as the head coach). Wallace passed Dan Haley in career wins at Bowling Green High School early in the 2007 season. Wallace also has the highest winning percentage and the most playoff wins of any coach in Purple history. Wallace is 151-32 (.825) at BGHS and 196-93 (.678) in his 24 years as a head coach. If the Purples can win four games in the 2010 season, Wallace will become only the 25th football coach in Kentucky history to win 200 career games. If BGHS starts 4-0, Wallace will win his 200th game in September at Warren East, where he played and started his head coaching career in 1984.
Here is a sketch of the 2010 staff:
Quarterbacks Mark Spader Defensive Coordinator Jeff Griffith
Running Backs Billy Lindsey Defensive Line Chuck Glass
Tight Ends Blake Settle Outside Linebackers Justin Chaffin
Wide Receivers Tyler Siddens Defensive Backs Demont Franklin
Offensive Line Junior Hayes Freshman Chris Seabolt
Administrative Steve Dotson Freshman Ben Faust
Defensive Volunteer Rickey Shive