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2009 Wakulla High School Football Special Section

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  • The

    NewsWakulla

    THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, September 3, 2009

    WHS Football Special Section

    InsIde War Eagle Football Photos Team Schedules Season in Review

  • Page 2F The Wakulla News WHS Football Thursday, September 3, 2009

    Fall means footballs, War Eagles, Seminoles, Gators

    Dear Readers:The Wakulla News is pleased to present

    another special section to highlight the War Eagle, Wildcat and Bear football programs in 2009.

    While the major focus is on the Wakulla High School War Eagles, we have included some information on the Wakulla Middle School Wildcats and Riversprings Middle

    School Bears football programs.We have included the WHS cheerleaders

    and features on all aspects of the football program from the field to the press box.

    The 2008 season was a 5-5 campaign that featured a playoff berth and a loss against Panama City Beach Arnold. The War Eagles could make a claim to being average last year with higher expectations despite a young team this year.

    We hope that the special section will help parents, players and fans gear up for the 2009 football season. Expectations are always high for the War Eagle gridiron squad. The gridiron has been mostly kind to Wakulla.

    There is also some information included about FSU from our former General Manager Ira Schoffel who is at The Osceola.

    We appreciate the cooperation of the ad-ministration, coaches, boosters and players for helping us gather the information.

    A big thanks to Ken Fields, Lynda Kin-sey and Karla Nelson for helping out with pictures.

    Enjoy the special section and tell us what you think. Contact me at kblackmar@thewakullanews.net.

    Good luck War Eagles, Wildcats and Bears!Keith BlackmarEditor, The Wakulla News

    Dear Wakulla County sports fans,As a former athlete, teacher, coach and

    principal, I have a deep appreciation for the value of athletic and extracurricular activities in the well-rounded education of our students.

    Lessons learned in these activities pay off later in life and prepare our students for the challenges of adulthood.

    I support all of our many programs here in Wakulla County and ask that you encourage our students. I want to wish the Wildcats, the Bears and the War Eagles the best of luck during their outstanding 2009 seasons.

    Good Luck, David Miller, SuperintendentSuperintendent David B. Miller

    Message from Superintendent David Miller

    Former coach knows football and a few other sports, too!

    1 Tre McCulloughSS, RB Jr.5-8 155

    2 Morgan HenryK Sr.5-11 170

    3 Darrius LewisCB, WR Jr.5-8 155

    4 Jamar EllisRB, CB Sr.5-8 150

    5 Deonte HutchinsonQB, CB So.5-7 150

    6 Justin HelmadollarSS, RB Jr.5-9 170

    7 Tamarick HolmesOLB, WR So.5-11 190

    8 Chris HemmkerWR, DB Sr.5-7 150

    10 Evan McCoySS, RB So.5-10 175

    11 Demetrius LindseyCB, RB Fr.5-7 155

    12 Casey EddingerQB, P Jr.6-0 175

    13 Kyle RoddenberryFS, WR Jr.5-8 155

    14 Quanzee DavisFS, WR So.5-7 165

    15 Johnie RobinsonQB, FS Fr.6-0 160

    17 Josh WilsonSr.

    18 Damonte MorrisWR, CB So.6-0 160

    20 Willie Blake

    CB, RB So.5-7 150

    21 Marshane GodboltRB, CB So.5-11 160

    22 Antonio Kilpatrick (C) FS, RB Sr.6-0 170

    23 Kevin JamesLB, RB Fr.6-0 180

    24 E.J. ForbesLB, RB Sr.5-8 190

    25 Antonio BowdryWR, CB Jr.6-0 165

    28 Willie Thomas (C) RB, LB So.5-10 180

    33 Lorenzo Randolph (C) OLB, RB Sr.6-0 200

    34 Fred CummingsLB, RB Fr.6-1 205

    35 Mikel CromartieCB, WR Fr.5-7 160

    40 Conner HarrisonLB, RB Jr.5-8 175

    42 Branden CardenOLB, TE Jr.5-8 170

    44 John BrownLB So.5-8 175

    50 Tyler Schmidt (C) OLB, OL Sr.6-3 240

    51 Matt FieldsNG, G Jr.5-8 190

    52 Tyler Brown (C) T, DT Jr.6-2 190

    54 Tyler Corbett

    T, DL Jr.6-2 215

    55 Luke TaylorOLB, G So.5-11 190

    56 Mason DotsonC, NG Jr.5-8 175

    57 John Cooper (C) T, DT Sr.6-1 250

    58 Nick WalkerDT, G So.5-10 255

    59 Dalton HallC, DT Sr.6-0 245

    65 Jacob ThomasG, DT So.5-7 175

    66 C.J. RobertsNG, G So.5-8 170

    67 Anthony LanierDT, T So.5-10 260

    69 Caleb VernonDT, T Jr.6-2 265

    72 Jeffery MillerDT, T So.6-5 265

    74 Judson MesserG, DT Sr.6-0 265

    77 Logan BarwickC, DT Sr.5-8 250

    85 Tyler PounceyG, DT Sr.5-9 185

    99 Tevin GarnerDT So.5-9 225

    C denotes a team captain. Colors: red,

    white and blue. Mascot: War Eagle. Head Coach

    Scott Klees

    2009 Wakulla War Eagles

  • By KEITH BLACKMARkblackmar@thewakullanews.net

    The 2009 Wakulla War Eagle football team could be called young. Coach Scott Klees used the term as he unveiled his fourth edi-tion as head coach under the August sun.

    Klees has youth all around the team, but the offensive line does have a core group of seniors.

    The dozen seniors includes: Morgan Henry, Jamar Ellis, Chris Hemker, Antonio Kilpatrick, E,J, Forbes, Lorenzo Randolph, Tyler Schmidt, John Cooper, Dalton Hall, Judson Messer, Logan Barwick and Tyler Pouncey.

    Fall practice returned a familiar face in quarterback Casey Eddinger who missed spring practice to play baseball for Coach Mike Gauger.

    The economy and state budget woes forced the coaching staff to make a unique decision. With no money available to pay junior varsity football coaches, Klees decided to share the varsity and junior varsity coach-ing duties with his present staff.

    The coaches who will be stalking the sidelines include: Head Coach Scott Klees,

    Defensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach Chris Tomaini, Running Backs and As-sistant Head Coach James Vernon, Offensive Line Coach Grady Guess, Linebacker Coach and Special Teams Coordinator George Kil-bourne, Defensive Backs and Special Teams Coach Eddie Metcalf, Defensive Line Coach Marcus Farlin, Outside Linebackers Coach Bronson Sweatt, Offensive Line and Defen-sive Line Coach and JV Defensive Coordina-tor Wayne Mackin, Quarterbacks Coach T.R. Roberts, Assistant Coach Brandon Randolph, Assistant Coach Andrew Johnson and As-sistant Coach Josh Manning. Don Whaley and Matt Higgins are the trainers.

    Klees said he did not want to use vol-unteer coaches for the JV because the ju-nior varsity is the life blood of the varsity program and he wanted better continuity between the two teams.

    Wakulla was limited to three double practice sessions before school started. Other districts started school later than Wakulla and had more two-a-days. But Klees was not worried.

    They have a great attitude, he said of his players. Were real young and they are

    working extremely hard.Sophomore Deonte Hutchinson would

    have been the starting quarterback if the games started in August, said Klees. Also in

    the running for the QB position are fresh-man Johnie Robinson and junior Casey Eddinger.

    Continued on Page 4F

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  • Page 4F The Wakulla News WHS Football Thursday, September 3, 2009

    Continued from Page 3FExperience returns in the backfield where E.J.

    Forbes, Lorenzo Randolph and Antonio Kilpatrick will run.

    On defense, the three runners will play linebacker (Forbes and Randolph) and safety (Kilpatrick).

    We have nine players battling it out on the offensive line, said Klees of the senior domi-nated position.

    The schedule drops Godby, Rickards and Madison County, but gains Lincoln, Florida High, North Florida Christian and old rival Jefferson County.

    The district changes from Panama City Bay, Rickards, East Gadsden, Wakulla and Godby to Wakulla, Lincoln, Leon and Chiles.

    We feel good about the schedule, said Klees. It is tough as always. We have a chance to win every game and a chance to lose every game if the team does not give a supreme ef-fort each week.

    Klees said the solidifying point for the team seems to have been an FCA camp in Marianna.

    It was a turning point for these kids, he said. The secret to our success will be the unity built from that camp.

    Reflecting on the junior varsity program where Coach Scott Collins roamed the sidelines last year, Klees said district teaching positions were not available this year to put a new high

    school teacher in as coach.Our JV program is our future, added Klees.

    It puts more stress and work on the varsity coaches, but I think it will pay off. The freshman class is very strong.

    Captains for the 2009 season include six mostly upperclassmen: Antonio Kilpatrick, Lorenzo Randolph, John Cooper, Tyler Schmidt, Willie Thomas and Tyler Brown.

    Klees noted that several members of the 2009 team are sons of former players. Some of the sons, he smiled, may turn out to be better than their talented fathers.

    Willie Thomas and Marshane Godbolt are talented sophomores. The freshmen impact will come from Johnie Robinson, Kevin James, Fred Cummings, Demetrius Lindsey and Mikel Cromartie. Klees said he will alter the offensive game plan to take into account the quarterbacks on the field. Robinson was a starter on a Tallahas-see team while Hutchinson started on the JV and Eddinger has varsity starting experience.

    The expectations are always high at Wakul-la, said Klees. Were so young we dont know how it will go, but it is always our goal to have a winning season and make the playoffs.

    As usual, Wakulla has a group of seniors