Tellico Plains Bears

The Bears of Tellico Plains High School have been unable to shake the doldrums of post season hibernation for years. In steps new Head Coach Glen Puryear whose task will be to awaken the sleepy Bears and restore their roar in 2003. That job will be very difficult early in his tenure as Tellico Plains will just about be starting from scratch this year. Only a handful of starters return to a team that finished a disappointing 4-6 a year ago.

"We as a staff must get the most out of the player's potential," said Coach Puryear. "We put in place incentives for attendance and effort during the off season and it has gone extremely well. We are going to put a team on the field that the Town of Tellico can be proud of and compete every game and see where that takes us," continued the coach.

Coach Puryear's offensive scheme is the Pro-I. The offense returns only two starters off last year's team that averaged about 21 points per contest. One of those returnees is sterling senior quarterback Denny Perrine (5'10" 170). "Our quarterback is outstanding," said Coach Puryear. "If we can find somebody to catch the football, we should be pretty decent in the passing game." Freshman Chris Garren (6'0" 190) will be Perrine's understudy at QB.

The Bears will also feature a pretty fearsome offensive line that the coach feels will be pretty stout. The anchor at center will be senior Brad Abernathy (6'0" 215). The guards should be senior strongman James Howe (5'7" 185) and sophomore C.J. Holder (5'11" 190). The tackles are fellow seniors Watty Morgan (5'10" 270) and behemoth Dewayne Eller (6'0" 315).

The O-line's duty will be to first and foremost protect Perrine when he drops to throw, then blast running lanes for senior tailback Kyle Ahrens (5'10" 175). The fullback should be another senior in Steven Stone (5'10" 215) who is a powerful blocker and capable ball carrier in short yardage situations. Freshman talent Joe Debity (5'7" 150) should see plenty of action during his initial year of high school football.

Tellico Plains' receivers must come through for the Bear's offense to reach its potential. Perrine will get the ball to the open man. The only returnee is senior tight end Darby Frayse (6'3" 225). He will be an inviting target if he can get open. The wide receivers should be senior Emmit Jaynes (5'9" 165) and junior Daniel Hamer (5'5" 140). Garren will find a spot in the rotation at receiver.

The same basic cash of characters will headline the Bear's 50 defense. The defensive line should be solid. The noseguard will be Howe. Morgan will be a stalwart at tackle while Holder and junior Ben Greeson (5'10" 190) will battle for the other spot. The ends should be Frayse and Stone. Freshmen Jonathan Harris (5'9" 185) and Bret Taylor (5'11" 210) will supply depth early in their careers.

The Linebackers should be solid as Abernathy will nail down one of the two spots. Senior Josh Witt (6'1" 215) is a load at the other linebacker position.

Tellico Plains' secondary will be tested all season long. The cornerbacks should be Hamer and junior Brad Ledford (5'10" 170) while the safeties should be Perrine and junior Brad Davis (5'9" 160). Debity and Garren will try to work into the rotation at defensive back.

Head Coach Glen Puryear takes over a program starved for wins. His job of building Tellico Plains into a playoff contender will not be easy especially during his first year at the helm. The Bears growl has been more of a purr during recent seasons but the future is bright as Puryear attempts to build a winning tradition at Tellico Plains High School. Prediction- 3-7

Playoff Contender- No

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