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Shiloh Generals 2011 Football Preview

Shiloh Generals 2011 Football Preview

Mascot: Generals. Coach: Brian Montgomery (0-0 at Shiloh, 16-14 overall) Region: 8-AAAAA Last playoff appearance: 2003

Offense

First-year coach Brian Montgomery has scrapped the West Coast wing-T offense Shiloh has run in previous years and has brought in a pro-style offense. The new system should cater to Shiloh's strengths a lot better. The Generals are deep at skill position players, in particularly at receiver.

2011 Schedule

Aug. 26 Newton

Sept. 2 at Tift County

Sept. 9 at South Gwinnett

Sept. 16 at Parkview

Sept. 23 Dacula

Sept. 30 Grayson

Oct. 7 at Archer

Oct. 14 Brookwood

Oct. 21 at Berkmar

Oct. 28 Central Gwinnett

2010 Results (1-9)

at Newton L 24-6

at Tift County L 32-14

South Gwinnett L 45-12

Parkview L 47-7

at Dacula L 34-0

at Grayson L 48-0

Archer L 17-14

at Brookwood L 44-7

Berkmar W 48-42

at Central L 51-27

"We're athlete heavy this year," Montgomery said. "We've got a lot of great wide receivers out there."

Paul Martin and Orlandrick Ellis lead the group, while about five to 10 other players should see considerable playing time.

Shiloh had a quarterback battle over the summer and DeVante James has emerged as the starter. DeShon Taylor (pictured) is one of several running backs that will get carries.

"He doesn't run east and west a lot," Montgomery said. "He's a north and south runner. He protects the ball well and runs really hard."

Taylor will have five senior linemen blocking for him this year. The group is led by 6-2, 290-pound guard Alex Gardner.

"Our offensive line has done a great job," Montgomery said.

Defense

Shiloh will run a three-man front with multiple looks and Montgomery really likes the personnel he has with the group. Linebacker Stephen Weatherly leads the unit. Weatherly transferred from North Atlanta, where he made 66 tackles and 12 sacks and had two interceptions. He has committed to Vanderbilt.

Shiloh will play primarily out of a 3-5 defense, but can show multiple looks with Weatherly capable of playing end or linebacker. A.J. Center and Martin Rhymer bring senior leadership to the defense.

The secondary features Donald Clark, a move-in from American High School in South Florida. Clark had a standout spring and has already grabbed the attention of college recruiters. Marnez Ogletree, a transfer from Meadowcreek, has also drawn college attention.

"Our defense is sound. We've got strong, fast defensive linemen, we've got linebackers that can run and we've got DBs that can play," Montgomery said. "The only weakness we have is if all 11 get hurt."

Building, not rebuilding

A quick scroll down Shiloh's past season records and you can see the Generals have had minimal success in recent years. Montgomery has helped build programs in Texas and Alabama. His latest stint was at North Atlanta where he led the Warriors to their best three-year mark in school history. Now he replaces Keith Wilkes after a 1-9 season and is trying to build Shiloh in the ultra competitive Region 8-AAAAA.

"It was a great opportunity to come over," Montgomery said. "No one has really won since Charlie (Jordan) was here and that's why the stadium is named after him."

Jordan is Shiloh's longest tenured coach and since stepping down after the 1998 season, Shiloh has had a carousel of head coaches. Montgomery is the sixth different coach in 13 years. No coach has lasted longer than three years.

"One thing the coaching staff has agreed on, we're not in the rebuilding process here, we're in a building process," Montgomery said. "We're starting from the ground and we're looking forward to the challenges. We know you can be successful if you put in the work."

Getting to the next level

Montgomery was 16-14 in his three years at North Atlanta, but his best stat might be the number kids he's helped get to college.

Montgomery has had 19 players sign the past two years, including a handful of Division I players.

"We're really focused on getting guys to the next level," Montgomery said.

Shiloh already has one college bound player in Stephen Weatherly committed to Vanderbilt, but there could be others joining him on National Signing Day in February.

"We have 22 seniors. I'm definitely putting forth great effort so you can see those 22 kids have somewhere to go at the end of the season," Montgomery said.

Etc.

Shiloh had more than 140 players out for fall practice, which has nearly doubled from last season ... The Generals will wear Nike uniforms this fall and have changed the logo on the helmet. Shiloh will replace the "4S' with a shield and swords, similar to the Oakland Raiders' logo ... Mitchell Ferguson and Chip Rogers were the only assistants retained from the previous coaching staff ... Montgomery spent three years on the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad from 1996-98.

-Brandon Brigman

PROBABLE STARTERS

Offense

QB DeVante James 96-3, 180, Jr.)

RB Deshon Taylor (6-1, 185, Jr.)

FB Fred Mooring (6-4, 240, Jr.)

WR Stephen Weatherly (6-5, 215, Sr.)

WR Paul Martin (5-10, 175, Jr.)

WR Orlandrick Ellis (5-10, 175, Sr.)

RT Justin Callaway (6-2, 255, Sr.)

RG Kyle Hill (5-10, 205, Sr.)

C Marquis Shelton (6-2, 240, Sr.)

LG Alex Gardner (6-2, 290, Sr.)

LT Rolanzo Bruce (6-3, 265, Sr.)

K Morgan Blake (5-5, 145, Jr.)

Defense

DE Phillip Trocheck (6-2, 215, Sr.)

NG Alex Gardner (6-2, 290, Sr.)

DE De'Shawn Minor (6-0, 200, Sr.)

MLB Kolade Bakrin (5-8, 175, Jr.)

SLB A.J. Center (6-1, 240, Sr.)

WLB Tyrone McDuffie (5-9, 175, Jr.)

Dog Stephen Weatherly (6-5, 215, Sr.)

Dog Martin Rhymer (6-0, 180, Sr.)

CB Andy Okala (5-10, 175, Jr.)

CB Nick Kayea (5-6, 165, Jr.)

S Brandon Wise (6-0, 180, Sr.)

P Daniel Wardell (5-11, 175, Jr.)

Shiloh Roster

1 Donald Clark WR/DB 11

2 Austin Lang LB/RB 11

3 Clayton Smith WR 12

4 Brandon Wise DB/RB 12

5 Ellis Orlandrick WR 12

6 Stephen Weatherly LB/WR 12

7 Jonathan Washington LB 10

8 Paul Martin WR 11

9 Demetrius Hall DB 12

10 Corey Farrow LB 11

11 Will Larimore QB 10

12 Daniel Wardell WR 11

13 Grant Swinton WR/DB 10

14 Michael Oden TE 12

15 Nick Kayea DB 11

16 Cameron Stewart WR 9

17 DeVante James QB 11

18 Martin Rhymer BD/LB 12

19 Ari Werts QB/DB 10

20 Andy Okala CB 11

21 Deshon Taylor RB 11

22 Ricky Miller DB 12

23 Sean Halsey QB 10

24 Marnez Ogletree CB 12

25 Tyrone McDuffie LB 11

26 Harden Helm RB 10

27 Austin Davis DB 11

28 Garland Whorley RB 11

29 Jered Fenn RB 11

30 Kolade Bakrin LB 11

31 Davon Perrin DL/LB 12

32 Fred Mooring FB/DL 11

33 Trevon Jones RB 11

34 Derek Witherspoon RB 11

35 Charles Shavers RB 9

36 Tori Pierce LB 10

38 Michael Hudson WR/DB 10

39 Justin Shorter WR/DB 10

40 Grady Bryant LB/DB 12

41 Jabari Parker CB 12

42 Davron Duffan LB/DB 12

43 DaVenta Adams LB/DL 10

44 Gerald Mobley DB 10

45 Ibebunjo Obinna DB/LB 11

46 Blake Morgan K 11

47 Temi Ibisanmi LB 11

48 Kahil Gilchrist WR/DB 10

49 De'Shwan Minor DL 12

50 Jared Wallace DB/LB 10

51 Keith Thicklin DL 11

52 Phillip Trocheck DL/TE 12

54 Tyler Claytor OL/DL 12

55 Marquis Shelton OL 12

57 London Bates DL 11

58 A.J. Center LB 12

59 Clayton Campbell DL 11

60 Rolanzo Bruce OL 12

61 Scott Roberts OL 10

62 Juan Quero OL 9

63 Raekwon Shelton TE 10

64 Zach Wardell OL 12

65 Kyle Hill OL/DL 12

67 Jay Cooksey OL 11

70 Alex Gardner OL/DL 12

71 John Freeman OL 11

73 Triston Golden OL/DL 11

77 Justin Callaway OL/DL 12

78 Nikel Allen OL 10

80 Desmond White DB/LB 10

81 Matthew Moore TE 11

82 Devonta Henderson WR 10

83 Thomas Massey WR/TE 10

85 Cole Johnson TE/WR 11

86 Dijon Maupin WR 11

87 Joseph Dirij WR 10

88 Patrick Colon WR 11

89 Nicholas Bradley WR xx

91 Antavius Cain DL 10

92 Christopher Morris DL 10

94 Minas Yohannes LB 10

96 Brandon Hughes DL 11

97 Michael Dennis DL 11

98 Matthew Garrett DL 11