Sevier County Smoky Bears

The Sevier County Smoky Bears have become a traditional 5A football power under the tutelage of Head Coach Steve Brewer. The Smoky Bears won the State Championship in 1999 and have made eight consecutive playoff appearances dating back to 1995. Last season Sevier County struggled to finish 6-5 playing tough tight tense games each Friday night.

If the Smoky Bears are to make it nine playoffs in a row, they must do so replacing many key players lost to graduation. "We have great young men who are hard workers," said Coach Brewer. "We will have to work hard all summer in the weight room. Fall camp will tell a lot about this team."

Brewer's team's are noted for their high octane multiple offensive system that can light up the scoreboard. The success or failure of the 2003 season will largely depend on the development of young quarterbacks and offensive line.

Competition for the QB position should be exciting. Junior Brandon Kennedy (5'10" 155) who earned a letter last year and sophomore Phillip Chaney (6'3" 170) must be ready to execute Brewer's complicated passing attack.

A major plus for the Smoky Bears is experience at the other skill positions. Senior Aaron Miller (6'0" 145) caught 4 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns a year ago. Junior Nick Miller (5'9" 160) made 4 catches for 40 yards and a score, senior Jordan Brewer (6'0" 150) snared 5 aerials for 50 yards and tight end Levi Morton (6'0" 195) who made a couple of catches including one for six points are returning lettermen capable of making the big play.

The tailbacks are back and should supply a solid groung attack Brewer hopes will take pressure off his young QBs. Senior Jeremy Parton (6'1" 179) rushed 80 times for 623 yards and 7 touchdowns earning honorable mention All Region a year ago. Fellow senior Justin Sutton (5'10" 170) was a workhorse carrying the pigskin 118 times for 627 yards and six scores. The fullback should be junior Jayson Parton (5'10" 174).

A young offensive line will be anchored by strongman Josh Ward (6'3" 317) who was first team All Region as a junior. Ward had 19 domination blocks from his guard position and is the World Record holder for his age group in the bench press with an astounding 551 pound effort. The other guard should be senior Taylor Burgess (6'0" 212). At center will be junior Robbie Ellingwood (5'10" 207) and the behemoths at tackle should be bookend juniors Tyler Gordon (6'4" 288) and Adam Metcalf (6'2" 286). Junior Bond Jones (6'2" 244) should supply quality depth to a huge offensive line.

Sevier County's defensive unit must grow up in a hurry! "We have no returning starters on the defensive line but they showed promise in spring practice," said Coach Brewer. The tackles should be Jones and Jonathan Romine (6'0" 241) while the ends on defense should be sophomore Jake McGinnis (6'3" 220), junior Casey England (5'11" 200) or junior Blake Rogers (5'11" 205).

There is experience at linebacker. Sutton is the top returning tackler as he totaled 79 hits with 4 sacks, 10 minus yardage stops and a fumble recovery while being voted All Region on defense last year. Jeremy Parton jumped in on 48 total tackles with two fumble recoveries and an interception. Sophomore Zack Tarwater (6'0" 195) should be another starter at LB.

The secondary is a complete makeover over an outstanding unit from a year ago. The cornerbacks should be seniors Caleb Foster (5'11" 160) and Michael Musgrove (6'0" 160). The free safety will be junior Ryan Roberts (5'8" 143) and the strong safety should be fellow junior Zac Pate (5'11" 184).

The Sevier County Smoky Bears have built a winning tradition built on a high flying offense, a hard nosed defense and competing with both for four quarters. The schedule is rugged with region powers Dobyns-Bennett and improving Jefferson County in the way plus key games with traditional rival Oak Ridge, Class AAA power Seymour and always tough Halls. If the Smoky Bears are to ring the traditional bell signifying a win enough times to make it nine playoffs in a row, young kids must become men in a hurry. Prediction: 7-3

Playoff Contender: Yes

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