Pigskin Preview Revealed: Coweta Tigers Feature – Presented by Excel Therapy

Coweta Tigers

Coach: TIM HARPER    

Schedule:
9-6 – vs. Wagoner 

9-13 – vs. Tahlequah 

9-20 – at Catoosa 

9-27 – at Ada 

10-4 – at Durant 

10-11 – vs. Edison 

10-17 – vs. McAlester 

10-25 – at Hale 

11-1 – vs. Bishop Kelley 

11-8 – at Glenpool 

Quick Hits:

Coweta avenged a 47-37 loss in week two at Tahlequah to hold the Tigers to just seven points in a 26-7 first round playoff victory. 

Quarterback Cam Chrisman finished 23 of 34 for 246 yards and four touchowns passing along with another rushing touchdown in that week two loss at Tahlequah. 

Coweta and Ada will meet for the fourth time on September 27th at Norris Field in Ada. Coweta has won two of the three meetings including a 36-7 romp last year. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 5-7

2017 – 8-3 

2016 – 6-5

2015 – 7-4

2014 – 5-6 

2013 – 4-6 

OFFENSE 

Tim Harper takes over the Coweta football program after spending the last six seasons at the helm of Mena High School in Arkansas. Last season he took Mena to the playoffs and went 8-4 on the season. The Tigers are hoping Harper can come in and inject some juice into the program. He returns five starters to the offense, with Blake Lair (6-0, 175, Sr.) leading the way at wide receiver. Lair averaged over 100 yards a game and scored 15 touchdowns last year. Running back Wesley Spohn (5-7, 150, Jr.) returns after rushing for over 700 yards and scoring eight TDs. The offensive line could be the strength of the unit as Rex Shieldnight (5-9, 260, Sr.), Chandler Wheeler (6-5, 230, Sr.) and William Withers (6-1, 250, Jr.) anchor what is developing into an efficient and productive offensive line. “We will be young in some spots and our kids will have to have a great summer to be ready for the upcoming season,” said Harper. “Gage Hamm has a great opportunity to step up offensively and will be supported by a group of guys that have started for us for the last few years.” 

DEFENSE 

The defense is shaping up nicely for Harper and his staff. Justin Hines (6-7, 240, Jr.) and Jon Fadayev (5-11, 190, Sr.) have a chance to make some real noise this season at defensive end. Hines is a rangy player who is tough to stop, while Fadayev has good speed around the corner. Jesse McDermott (5-9, 170, Sr.) and Blake Garman (6-0, 195, Sr.) are two linebackers expected to make a major impact this season. Last year McDermott had 92 tackles and Garman registered 64 tackles with seven tackles for loss. Gage Hamm (6-3, 180, So.) put in the work last year in the secondary accounting for 73 tackles and four interceptions as a freshman. Gunnar McCullough (6-2, 220, Jr.) is a big, hard-hitting safety. McCullough had 63 tackles and four picks in 2018. Jaxson Stidham and Brent Krumziek will round out the linebacker corps.