Harriman Blue Devils

The Harriman Blue Devils fire has been reduced to ashes as the program has not won a game in two years. Into the smoldering remains of this tradition rich team steps new Head Coach Travis Tapp, who was the Blue Devils offensive coordinator in 2002. Tapp is determined to restore Harriman to competitiveness and that task starts now.

"There are juniors on this team that have never experienced a win in high school football," said Coach Tapp. "While we may be a year or two away from getting back to where this program needs to be, these kids have worked extremely hard and have a lot of pride. I want to see these guys win so bad I can't stand it."

With that kind of passion it is easy to see why the future does indeed look promising for Harriman. Six starters return on both sides of the ball. "Depth is our biggest concern heading into the season," said Coach Tapp. We do have a bunch of senior linemen on both sides of the ball so one thing we will be able to do is play a lot of guys on the line.

The Blue Devils will operate out of the Wing-T offensive attack like many high school teams. This is a ground oriented offense that will rely heavily on the big fellas up front. The Harriman offensive line includes senior center Chris Hamby (5'11" 235) as the anchor. Fellow senior Keith Steelman (5'10" 225) will back up Hamby. The guards will be senior Shane Perrine (5'10" 195) and junior Bret Grizzard (5'9" 175). The tackles should be senior behemoth Mark Williams (6'3" 293) and junior Josh Neal (6'0" 225) while senior Josh Dunlap (5'9" 230) will provide depth at tackle.

The Harriman quarterback will be junior athlete Jason Eble (6'1" 175) who took over as the Blue Devils' signal caller midway through last season. Freshman Julian Goins (6'1" 185) will back up Eble and has an outstanding future. "Eble is a good athlete, is smart and has a strong arm while Goins is also athletic and is going to be something down the road," said Coach Tapp.

The Blue Devils Wing-T backfield features split halfbacks and a fullback. One of those runners will be senior Piere Cleveland (5'6" 155). Juniors Logan Kirkland (5'11" 165) and Alex Hall (5'9" 190) will get plenty of carries at halfback. Hall is versatile and will play both half and fullback. Strongman Javon Ivy (6'0" 265) will get the nod at fullback and is a punishing blocker but also can move really well and has worked hard in the weight room according to Coach Tapp. Sophomore talent Quenelle Frazier (5'9" 155) hopes to get his chances to shine at running back.

When Eble drops to throw he will surely look in the direction of senior tight end Zach Christian (6'3" 260) who has very good hands. Junior Michael Fickey (5'9" 150) will line up at wide receiver and look for the football in passing situations.

Harriman has a kid working hard to become the team's placekicker. Sophomore David Scanlon (5'9" 140) is a soccer player hoping to get the chance to score points in the kicking game for the Blue Devils. "Scanlon is a great kid who has worked to get better and really wants to do well," said Coach Tapp.

On defense the Blue Devils will line up in a 4-4 and should be much improved over last season. The line should be stout with Hamby and Williams at tackle along with Neal and senior Ricardo Newman (5'8" 190) in the rotation. The ends will feature senior Patrick Davis on one side. Davis is a basketball player with a wide wingspan. He will also handle the punting duties for Harriman. The other end will be Christian with Dunlap getting plenty of opportunities to get in on the tackling fun along the defensive front.

The linebackers will include Grizzard and Perrine at inside backer. "Grizzard will make plays all over the field. He isn't the biggest guy around but if everybody played like him we would be tough," said Coach Tapp. Hall and Cleveland will line up at outside linebacker.

The secondary is set with Kirkland and Fickey at the corners and Frazier at free safety. Look out for freshman Dominique Chapman (5'10" 150), he could find himself as a starter at safety as he is an exciting prospect in the defensive backfield.

Times have been tough for fans attending games at Wallace Black Field in Harriman. The Blue Devils are tired of being kicked around and will look to turn the program around in 2003 under first year Head Coach Travis Tapp, who was successful in reviving the program at Oakdale. Look for Harriman to be much improved this season. The schedule is difficult with traditional powers Kingston, Coalfield, Oliver Springs and Oneida all on the first half of the slate. Sweetwater and Wartburg will not be a walk in the park as well. Then there is the matter of Rockwood in the oldest rivalry in the State of Tennessee. When opposing teams take on this bunch of Blue Devils, they will certainly be in for a battle.

TNPrepSports.com Prediction- 3-7

Playoff Contender- No

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