Gridiron Preview 2020: Lumpkin County
The Indians are itching to get back out on the field and put a 1-9 season in the rearview mirror. Moreso, a trip to the playoffs would be the first since 2014 if they can accomplish that.
Head Coach: Caleb Sorrells, 2nd season
2019 Record: 1-9
Caleb Sorrells begins year two. He has a good offensive mind, and it’s still early but he is looking to build a culture for the Indians. Since 2012, Lumpkin has had five head coaches.
“We’re figuring out how good we can be and work to get there,” says Sorrells. “TONS of unproven players who will have a chance to turn potential into performance. We expect to have a year of growth at every position.”
SEP 4 – vs Franklin County
SEP 11 – @ Chamblee
SEP 18 – BYE
SEP 25 – vs Banks County
OCT 2 – @ St. Francis
OCT 9 – BYE
OCT 16 – @ Gilmer*
OCT 23 – @ North Hall*
OCT 30 – Cherokee Bluff*
NOV 6 – @ White County*
NOV 13 – vs Dawson County*
NOV 20 – vs West Hall*
*7-AAA region game ^schedule edited to reflect recent GHSA decision to delay season 2 weeks
Personnel & Schemes
Key Departures: Aaron Hopkins, BoJack Dowdy, Tucker Kirk
Key Returning Players: Drew Allison, JoJo Allison, Jared Hoch, Ricky Hicks
Up & Coming Players: Cooper Scott, Caden Gibson, Caleb Norrell, Jay Grizzle
Offense: The offense is a run-first spread. Dowdy and Allison got the most carries last year, and Tucker Kirk was the signal caller. Dowdy and Kirk are gone, so there are some questions on this end on who will generate more firepower. Cooper Scott (sophomore) will take over at QB, and Caden Gibson will be the featured back. He’s a sophomore, along with go-to receiver Caleb Norrell.
Defense: Losing Aaron Hopkins is a big hit to say the least, as he was a next-level talent on the defensive side of the ball. Many guys will need to follow in his footsteps. The scheme will be an odd front. JoJo Allison, Drew Allison, and Jared Hoch will be the senior trio to lead the defense.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: Sorrells points to the strength of the program as the growing numbers and expectations from underclassmen, including 30-plus freshmen. That’s HUGE! Sorrells is the right guy for this gig, because after going through five coaches since 2012, culture is/was an issue here. He’s building that foundation.
Focusing On: Commitment to fundamentals and a continued emphasis on family, tempo, discipline, grit, and ownership. Notice how many of these things fall in the “culture” category. Culture first, and winning will follow. Sorrells has it right. As he’s noted above, there are loads of young, unproven players looking to prove themselves. That’s especially true on the O-Line, where Ricky Hicks (junior) comes back as a third-year starter at center. The rest of the line is filled out by upcoming juniors and sophomores. The D-Line will be led by JoJo and Drew Allison, and the DL depth and development will be critical as the line was bit bad last year by the injury bug.