WESTERN FOOTHILLS 3A FOOTBALL PREVIEW: St. Stephens Indians

Published Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

ST. STEPHENS INDIANS

 

(all games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Aug. 20 – at Bandys
Aug. 27 – Bunker Hill
Sept. 3 – Maiden
Sept. 17—at W. IREDELL
Sept. 24—N. IREDELL
Oct. 1—HICKORY
Oct. 8 – at N. LINCOLN
Oct. 15—at E. LINCOLN
Oct. 22—STATESVILLE
Oct. 29—at FRED T. FOARD

Conference: Western Foothills 3A

LOWMAN

Head coach: Kyle Lowman (0-0-0, first year)

Assistant coaches: Eric Mendel, DC-DBs; Matt Jones, LBs; Todd Cook, WRs; James Mayfield, OL; Rafael Ibarra-Orozco, DL; Stephen Carpenter, DBs-LBs; Darrin Sherrill, RBs

Last season’s records: 2-5 overall; 1-5 Northwestern 3A-4A, sixth place

Last season’s results: FREEDOM, L 14-18; at McDOWELL, L 18-21; Bessemer City W 30-0; at WATAUGA, L 13-49; ALEXANDER CENTRAL, L 28-35; at S. CALDWELL, L 13-14; at HICKORY, 2 27-19

SCHOOL FOOTBALL HISTORY

Last season in state playoffs: 2015, 3A

Last state playoff victory: 2015, d. Canton Pisgah 14-13, first round

All-time state playoff bids (since 1972): 9

Conference titles (or shares of) since 1980, last: None

BY THE NUMBERS

OVERALL

Returning starters: 11

Returning lettermen: 23

OFFENSE

Set: Multiple

Returning starters: 5

Leading returning rusher: Peyton Young, 6-0, 165, Jr. (3-(-4), no TDs)

Leading returning passer: Young, 0-3-0, no yards, no TDs

Leading returning receiver: Michael Watkins, 5-9, 150, Jr. (18-128, 1 TD)

Other key returnees: Kasen Turner, 6-2, 235, Jr., OL; Andre Britt, 6-1, 200, Sr., OL; Josh Waters, 5-10 190, Jr., OL; Noah Gascheidmeier, 6-1, 190, Jr., TE-WR

Top newcomers: Chance Wilson, 5-11, 135, Jr., QB; Elijah Nash, 6-0, 165, Jr., WR; Ethan Atwood, 5-9, 150, Jr., WR; Kristian Williams, 62, 295, Soph., OL; Brycen Gaither, 5-9, 160, Fr., RB

DEFENSE

Set: 3-4

Returning starters: 6

Players to watch: Andre Britt, 6-1, 200, Sr., DL; Jacob Schwartz, 5-10, 180, Sr., LB; Chip Hendren, 5-11, 180, Jr., LB; Tony Rangel-Garcia, 5-7, 150, Sr., LB; Michael Watkins, 5-9, 150, Jr., DB; Ji Ikard, 5-9, 150, Sr., DB; Chance Wilson, 5-11, 135, Jr., DB; Peyton Young, 6-0, 165, Jr., DB; Elijah Nash, 6-0, 165, Jr., DB; Ethan Atwood, 5-9, 150, Jr., DB

 

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