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Bulldogs answer the call

Class 3A, Region 3

Coach Kyle Glover (29-14 in four seasons at Marbury)

Last year 9-1 regular season, 6-1 region, lost to Pike Co. in second-round playoffs

Key losses QB Jeremy McAdam, RB Ronnie Johnson, RB Chris Ingram, WR Jake Garnett, OL Josh Tatum, OL Zack Peppers, DE Cody Rauschenberger DB Jacoby Browder

Schedule

8/29 Holtville

9/5 at LaFayette*

9/12 Dadeville*

9/19 at Beulah*

9/26 Open

10/3 B.B. Comer*

10/10 Montevallo*

10/17 at Trinity*

10/24 Montgomery Academy*

10/31 at Verbena

* region game

Key game at Beulah. Other than a 35-28 loss (Marbury’s only regular season setback) to Calera, Beulah was Marbury’s toughest game of the season. And now the Bulldogs have to play the game away from home.

Roster

1-Jerry Tyus-Fr.

2-Tyler Crane-Jr.

3-Jylon Tyus-So.

4-Pierre Warren-Jr.

5-Wesley Warren-Sr.

6-Barry Davies-So.

8-Keston Chatman-So.

10-Houston Powell-Sr.

11-Dillon Hudson-Jr.

14-Nathan Bennett-Fr.

15-Michael Hand-Sr.

21-Drew Helsler-Jr.

22-Hunter Edwards-8th

24-Charles Averhart-So.

28-Daniel Satterfield-Sr.

31-Brandon Locker-Sr.

32-Corey Thorne-Jr.

33-Ricky Richards-Sr.

34-Hunter Brown-Sr.

38-Caleb Powell-So.

40-Arthur Lee Walton-Fr.

41-Billy Sickler-Fr.

44-Daris Key-Fr.

46-Brandon Cobb-So.

50-Jonathan Bonifay-So.

51-Jordan Davis-So.

52-Jerrof Osbourne-So.

53-Josh Ingram-Sr.

54-Kendall Cargile-Jr.

55-Eris Orr-Jr.

56-Brady Cox-So.

57-Malon King-So.

58-Trey Davis-Fr.

60-Jeff Painter-Jr.

74-Shane Phillips-Fr.

75-Terry Henley-Sr.

Key player Pierre Warren, receiver, defensive back, quarterback. With his game-changing ability, Warren has the opportunity to take lots of pressure off several of his teammates. He’ll have to in order for the Bulldogs to repeat their 2007 success.

Few state schools can claim that six members of their 2007 team are now playing college football, but Class 3A Marbury can do just that.

That excellent senior class – which included 16 seniors, won 10 games and went to the second round of the state playoffs – was great for Marbury’s reputation but not so great for the 2008 Bulldogs, who must find a way to replace all that talent.

“There are always guys that step up,” Marbury coach Kyle Glover said. “You have younger guys that have leadership capabilities, but they don’t use them because they don’t have to – they’re not seniors.

“About a week ago, we were doing pursuit drills and it was just like the light turned on with these guys. That’s when it becomes fun.”

Quarterback

Sophomore Keston Chatman has grown a lot since last year, Glover said.

“I really feel like this will be Keston’s team,” he said.

Junior speedster Pierre Warren, a potential major college recruit next year, could take some of the pressure off first-time starter Chatman by taking some snaps and adding a new dimension to the Marbury attack.

Running back

It will be tough to replace

departed Ronnie Johnson and Chris Ingram, who combined for more than 2,600 yards and 39 touchdowns, but Charles

Averhart will try. The sophomore did average 6 yards a carry last year on his way to gaining 373 yards.

Receivers

Senior Wesley Warren was third on the team last year

with five catches and is a team leader. Pierre Warren and his considerable talent will also see time at this position.

Tight end Michael Hand could be one of the offense’s most dangerous weapons.

Offensive line

Seniors Terry Henley (center) and Josh Ingram (tackle) are the only returning starters on a unit that must replace stars Josh Tatum and Zack Peppers.

Defensive line

Hand will play one defensive end spot, and Henley and Ingram will play tackle.

That will be a somewhat unusual sight for Marbury fans.

“We’ll do something this year that we haven’t done a

lot, which is have guys going both ways,” Glover said. “We’re trying to get the best 11 on the field.”

Chris Ingram was the only two-way player last season.

Linebackers

Seniors Hunter Brown and Brandon Locker were first and third, respectively, on the team in tackles last year, and both are back. Stepping in to the vacant spot will be junior Kendall Cargile.

Secondary

Pierre Warren will be a reg-

ular contributor here. Newcomer Tyler Crane, a junior, seems to have locked down one corner spot, and

junior Corey Thorne will likely play safety. Senior Houston Powell will likely see action at several different positions.

Special teams

Caleb Powell is a placekicking specialist that Glover said has worked hard to improve during the offseason. He’s the only sure thing on the special teams.