Alcoa Tornadoes

The Alcoa Tornadoes had the wind sucked out of their storm last season as the once proud football power from Blount County struggled to an uncharacteristic 3-7 record. Alcoa has a fine tradition that includes five State Championships the last coming in 2000. Since then there has been a dramatic turn for the worse.

Into the storm steps new Head Coach John Reid, who coached William Blount to a respectable 6-5 record in 2002. Reid brings a back to basics approach to his new position. "My philosophy is to take care of details," said Coach Reid. "The fundamentals of football get you through the season. Hard work and a positive attitude mean everything." A positive attitude is just what the doctor ordered for the beleaguered Alcoa program.

While certainly not giving up on this season before it starts, Coach Reid knows the future holds promise for the Tornadoes. "We will be very young and start mostly sophomores and some freshmen," said the Coach. "While we have a very tough schedule, we will play hard and have fun."

In the past, Alcoa has featured some of the finest athletes in the area that were able to light up the scoreboard. Reid is installing a multiple I offensive attack scheme. The rebuilding project welcomes back last year's starting quarterback, Joey Fiegler. He completed 80 of 203 passes a year ago for 1226 yards and 13 touchdowns. Unfortunately, Fiegler threw 15 interceptions. He will surely improve on those numbers in 2003.

The feature tailback should be sophomore talent Dustin Lindsey (6'2" 220). A year ago Lindsey rushed 46 times for 170 yards. He was also a reliable receiver as he snared 16 passes for another 175 yards. Lindsey will see those numbers increase dramatically. Senior David Wilder might also see some carries as he toted the football 20 times for 120 yards last season. All purpose back Logan Love (6'0" 180) carried 15 times for 59 yards and caught 9 aerials for 108 yards and even completed 5 of 8 passes for 60 yards in 2002. Freshman Bart Hicks (5'9" 200) will see plenty of action at fullback during his initial year of high school football.

Dennis Dean made 7 catches for 128 yards as a receiver last year. Senior Benny Fuller (6'3" 280) hopes to leave a lasting impression with big plays at wide receiver for Alcoa.

The offensive line, like much of the Tornadoes lineup, is a work in progress but sophomore Martin White (6'1" 275) should be the center. One of the guards will be Brandon Brewer. The tackles should be senior stalwart Jordan Keller (6'3" 270) and Drew Miller.

The Tornadoes hope to build a whirlwind defense that flies to the football and arrives with authority. The defensive line should be a team strength as sophomore Brandon Warren (6'3" 205) and Dean line up as ends. Keller returns at one of the defensive tackle spots along with White giving Alcoa strength inside.

Sophomores headline the starting spots at linebacker. Lindsey has the speed to make plays from sideline to sideline along with the athletic Love. Coach Reid is looking for one more headhunter to fill out his 4-3 defense at linebacker.

The secondary will feature Wilder at one of the spots at cornerback. The other three positions are yet to find a clear starter.

With so many holes to fill and young players starting at key positions, first year Head Coach John Reid and his staff have their work cut out for them. Alcoa has history on their side. There is talent available but the makeover of the team will be difficult at best this season. The schedule is brutal and features Blount County rivals William Blount in a grudge match, always tough Heritage and super power Maryville. While the Alcoa Tornadoes will take their lumps at times this season, the future begins now! The turbulence will surely be restored to the Tornadoes soon!

Pigskin Preview Prediction- 4-6 Playoff Contender- No

Prep Tennessee Top Stories