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COALGATE WILDCATS 

Coach: NATHAN HILL

LAST 6 YEARS:
2018 – 10-2

2017 – 8-3

2016 – 8-3

2015 – 6-5

2014 – 5-6

2013 – 1-9

OFFENSE

Like any successful program, the time may come to take a breath and do some rebuilding. After four straight years of making the Class 2A playoffs, that could be the case for the Wildcats and new head coach Nathan Hill in 2019. There are just two starters returning on the offense for Coalgate in linemen Brayden Barnes (6-3, 270, Jr.) and Jacob Knight (5-11, 260, Jr.). Otherwise players will have limited varsity experience in the skill positions for the Wildcats. The quarterback, in all likelihood, will be Gavin Blue (5-10, 170, So.), who spent his freshman season in a backup role as running back, where he had 32 carries for 156 yards. Running back chores will fall to Trey Wilkinson (5-10, 180, So.), who saw limited action with just nine carries last season. Two senior wide receivers will share team leadership duties in Haydn Vick (6-4, 190) and Matt Grant (6-2, 180).

DEFENSE

This side of the ball will need to carry the load early on as they return five starters to run Hill’s 4-4 defense. Grant is the leading tackler returning with 48 stops last year at either a linebacker or free safety position. Vick, who had 20 tackles and an interception in 2018, rejoins Grant in the secondary. Wilkinson and Brent Johnson (5-10, 225, Jr.) will start at linebacker while Zack Davis (5-9, 170, Jr.) and Matthew Callicoat (5-8, 170, Sr.) will line up again at the corners. Between them they had 45 tackles last year. So far Hill likes what he has seen from the Wildcats. “I am excited about these young men and how hard they work. We will be a tough, physical team on both sides of the ball with the expectation of getting back to the playoffs once again,” Hill said.

8-30 – vs. Christian Heritage

9-6 – at Atoka

9-13 – OPEN

9-20 – vs. Antlers

9-27 – at Dickson

10-4 – vs. Comanche

10-11 – at Kingston

10-17 – vs. Lindsay

10-25 – at Davis

11-1 – vs. Tishomingo

11-8 – at Marietta