Gridiron Preview 2020: Towns County
The Indians, who came up winless in 2019 for the first time since 2007, will look to make a turn in 2020 with much more success.
Head Coach: Jason Roquemore, 2nd season
2019 Record: 0-10
Jason Roquemore enters his second year at Towns, and seeks to take the next step in what has been a rebuild in Hiawassee. The offense returns some solid skill players who Roquemore believes will provide explosive plays. “Hopes are high as we enter summer camp,” says Roquemore.
SEP 4 – @ Hayesville (NC)
SEP 11 – vs Armuchee
SEP 18 – vs Our Lady of Mercy
SEP 25 – BYE
OCT 2 – @ Lakeview
OCT 9 – vs Bethlehem Christian
OCT 16 – vs Lincoln*
OCT 23 – @ Commerce*
OCT 30 – BYE
NOV 6 – @ Greene County*
NOV 13 – vs Social Circle*
NOV 20 – @ Washington-Wilkes*
*8-A region game ^schedule edited to reflect recent GHSA decision to delay season 2 weeks
Personnel & Schemes
Key Departures: N/A
Key Returning Players: Garrett Oakes, Kyle Oakes, Colin Crowder, Reece Hampton
The Indians return many of their playmakers from last season. The issue is, was, and will be the depth. With such a small number of players, staying healthy will be crucial.
Up & Coming Players: Colin Crowder missed all of last season with a broken wrist. He didn’t really get a chance to shine. Roquemore foresees Crowder having an immediate influence in all three phases of the game.
Offense: Towns County will go with a multiple attack scheme. That runs through starting QB Mason Thomas, featured back Kyle Oakes, and go-to receiver Garrett Oakes.
Defense: It will be a 3-4 scheme for the defense. Reece Hampton (ILB) and Crowder (SS) will be the two shouldering much of the load. Defensively, the team will be young, but Roquemore will look for them to grow weekly.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: Offensive skill guys, notably the Oakes brothers. “I feel like we have guys that can WIN in space on the permiter,” says Roquemore.
Focusing On: The Indians are focusing on skill and depth on the line, both sides. All teams’ success comes down to what happens in the trenches. “The trenches have been our biggest area of focus this offseason,” adds Roquemore. “We have several kids competing for spots on both sides of the ball.”