Coach Brian Bohannon and his Kennesaw State Owls are less than a week away from playing their inaugural game at East Tennessee State.
Coach Brian Bohannon and his Kennesaw State Owls are less than a week away from playing their inaugural game at East Tennessee State.
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Owls enter final week of prep heading into inaugural game
by John Bednarowski
sportseditor@mdjonline.com
August 29, 2015 03:01 AM | 648 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coach Brian Bohannon and his Kennesaw State Owls are less than a week away from playing their inaugural game at East Tennessee State.
Coach Brian Bohannon and his Kennesaw State Owls are less than a week away from playing their inaugural game at East Tennessee State.
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KENNESAW — The Kennesaw State football program has already worked its way through many firsts — first signing class, first fall practice, first fall scrimmage, first spring practice, first spring game. On Friday, with only six days remaining before their inaugural game at East Tennessee State, the Owls said they were ready for the firsts to be over so they could concentrate on football. “We’re not too focused on the first game,” said safety Taylor Henkle, a former Kell High School standout. “We’re just focused on the game.” Starting quarterback Trey White agreed. “We’re not here to be playing the first game,” said White, a junior transfer from The Citadel. “We’re here to get the first win.” White thinks Kennesaw State may have an advantage this week because East Tennessee State will have to go through all the activity and chaos with Thursday being the inaugural home game for the Buccaneers’ reborn football program. “I think the team that can handle it the best will win,” White said. Thursday’s game will be unique with the fact that there is no game tape for either side to study in making a game plan, but Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon said the teams know one another better than outsiders may expect. Bohannon said he has been coaching against ETSU’s Carl Torbush for a long time. The staffs know one another and they each have an idea of what they can expect when they line up Thursday. “It would be nice to know what we’ll face,” Bohannon said, “but that’s what makes this first game so exciting.” To help prepare for ETSU, Kennesaw State ran its scrimmage last weekend as if it was a true game, with warmups and a coin toss. The team was split in two, utilizing both sidelines, and the coaches used headphones to relay information. Bohannon said it was a good operational workout for everyone. Coming out of the scrimmage, the Owls also released their final preseason depth chart. In addition to White, other offensive starters include Central Florida transfer Micah Reed and former South Paulding standout Jae Bowen at running back, and Sprayberry product P.J. Stone at wide receiver. The 22-year-old Stone is a senior who will be playing his first competitive game since 2010, his final season at Sprayberry. He attended Eastern Kentucky briefly but did not play a game before returning home to Cobb County. On defense, Luther Jones will start at nose tackle, with Dez Billingslea and Izzy Sam at linebacker. Dante’ Blackmon, an Appalachian State transfer, will get the nod at cornerback across from junior college transfer Keon Roman and Henkle at safety. Barring injury, Bohannon doesn’t see the depth chart changing before the team leaves for Johnson City, but that doesn’t mean the backups will be sitting on the sidelines very long. How much a player plays will depend on game situations. “There’s some No. 2s that will get as many reps as the 1s,” Bohannon said.
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Whitefield Academy quarterback Carson Brown is sacked by Mount Paran Christian’s Carter Smith, bottom, and Garret Harris. The Eagles won the first game in their new stadium, dominating a Wolfpack team playing their first game of the season.
Whitefield Academy quarterback Carson Brown is sacked by Mount Paran Christian’s Carter Smith, bottom, and Garret Harris. The Eagles won the first game in their new stadium, dominating a Wolfpack team playing their first game of the season.
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Eagles record shutout to open new stadium
by Matt Nascone
MDJ Sports Correspondent
August 29, 2015 02:56 AM | 1064 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whitefield Academy quarterback Carson Brown is sacked by Mount Paran Christian’s Carter Smith, bottom, and Garret Harris. The Eagles won the first game in their new stadium, dominating a Wolfpack team playing their first game of the season.
Whitefield Academy quarterback Carson Brown is sacked by Mount Paran Christian’s Carter Smith, bottom, and Garret Harris. The Eagles won the first game in their new stadium, dominating a Wolfpack team playing their first game of the season.
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KENNESAW — A heavy dose of Taylor Trammell and a suffocating defensive effort allowed Mount Paran Christian to open Catherine Steele Sewell Stadium with a resounding 35-0 victory over rival Whitefield Academy on Friday. Trammell, the Eagles’ senior running back, rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries, and he added two catches for 32 yards and another touchdown. “He is just an incredible player. He has got to get used to carrying the load this year,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “Last year, we had a 1-2 punch, with him and Dorian (Walker) at tailback. We have got some weapons around Taylor and I am just proud of him. We will need him to be healthy and run the ball hard if we are going to have a good year this year.” On the other side of the ball, the Eagles completely shut down the Whitefield run game, as the Wolfpack rushed for minus-47 yards in the game and compiled only 18 total offensive yards. Of Whitefield’s 18 rushing plays, 10 went for negative yards and the Wolfpack did not gain more than 3 yards on the ground until late in the fourth quarter. The game was a sour debut for new Whitefield coach Quinn Gray, and another positive one for Mount Paran, which was coming off a down-to-the-wire win against Erwin High School in Asheville, North Carolina. “I was proud of the defense coming back and getting a shutout this week,” Jordan said. “I think it just comes down to being the first game for them, but I think coach (Gray) has got them going in the right direction.” Gray said Friday was a tough start to the season, but he was proud of how his team competed until the final whistle. “We did not have a scrimmage game or a kickoff game. This was our first game, so this was what we expected out of the offense,” Gray said. “Our depth showed up (Friday). We don’t really have a lot of depth, but those 28 kids fought their butts off. They fought hard, and it just so happens we got a little tired toward the end of the second quarter.” Mount Paran opened the scoring on its second drive of the game, when Trammell rumbled 53 yards on the ground for the touchdown. The Eagles pushed the lead to 14-0 about halfway through the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Matthew Norton and pushed the lead to 21-0 when Norton connected with Trammell for a 34-yard touchdown through the air with 6 seconds to play in the first half. Trammell rushed in from 1 yard out near the end of the third quarter and capped the scoring with a 42-yard run on the Eagles’ first offensive play of the fourth quarter.
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Sprayberry quarterback Andrew Pereira keeps the ball Friday game against Kennesaw Mountain.
Sprayberry quarterback Andrew Pereira keeps the ball Friday game against Kennesaw Mountain.
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