Towns County took a big step back last season after making its first-ever playoff run in 2017. Subsequently, coach John Cornett (’16-’18) has moved on, and the Indians have lost a few big-time playmakers in Trent Bradshaw, Alan Gillis, Will Travis, and a few others. It’s time to open a new era for Towns County with coach Jason Roquemore, a long-time Johnson head coach with plenty of experience. He becomes the fifth head coach in the last 8 years in Hiawassee.
7 Things To Know About the Indians
1. New Faces & Names
The new face isn’t just Roquemore. Towns County will have to turn the page with new up-and-comers like Kyle Oakes, Garrett Oakes, and Reece Hampton. Get used to seeing those names.
2. Strength is in Skill Positions
Despite losing the top skill position players from last year in Bradshaw (QB), Gillis (ATH), and Travis (WR), the depth at skill positions is still the strength of this team.
3. Concentrating on the Line
Roquemore has his work cut out for him, and he states the biggest focus for the Indians this offseason has been developing depth at both offensive and defensive line. While those guys get little attention in the highlight reels and recaps, they are no doubt the most important pieces on a football team.
4. Multiple Offense Attack
The Indians will feature many looks in 2019 on the offensive side of the ball. Kyle Oakes will be the starting QB, while his go-to receiver will be brother Garrett Oakes. Dakota Edge will get the bulk of the carries from the backfield.
5. 3-4 Defense
The defensive scheme for Towns County will be the 3-4. Shane Sparks, Reece Hampton, and Dakota Edge will be the primary pieces on that side of the ball.
6. King & Sparks Are Key
In the trenches, a lot will be expected of Conner King and Shane Sparks to anchor what is a young and inexperienced line.
7. Growth Expected
Look for growth as the season moves on, which will come with experience for guys that have little-to-none, and as familiarity sets in for Roquemore and his players. It will take some time, but Roquemore does have a plan. “I expect for this year’s team to show growth throughout the season,” he says. “I look for our confidence to build each week in the concepts that we are teaching and coaching that will hopefully make us competitive once region play begins.”