Closer look at Kendrick Cherokees

August 26, 2012 

QUICK FACTS

Coach: Jerry Dukes, fifth year, 5-35 (5-35 overall)

Assistant coaches: Parise Bailey, offensive coordinator; Collins Jones, defensive coordinator; Art Thomason

Homefield: Memorial Stadium

2011 record: 2-8

Region: 5-AA

2012 SCHEDULE

Aug. 31 at Americus-Sumter 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 Marion Co. (M) 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Bowdon 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 Temple (K) 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Heard Co. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 at Bremen 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 Chatt. Co. (K) 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 Manchester (K) 7 p.m.

Nov. 1 Jordan (K) 7 p.m.

Nov. 9 Spencer 7:30 p.m.

2011 Results

Aug. 25 Randolph-Clay L, 33-20

Sept. 2 at Northside-WR L, 51-0

Sept. 9 at Columbus L, 7-0, 2OT

Sept. 23 Temple L, 20-12

Sept. 29 at Callaway L, 49-20

Oct. 7 Jordan W, 36-6

Oct. 14 Heard County L, 33-8

Oct. 20 at Carver (Columbus) L, 47-0

Oct. 28 at Manchester L, 50-6

Nov. 4 Spencer W, 34-6

BREAKING DOWN THE CHEROKEES

The Good: The team will be experienced in 2012. Kendrick will feature four seniors and five juniors on offense. On defense, it will be five seniors and four juniors. The offense will be led by senior running back Jamar Comar, who could be a force in the running game. He is being looked at Shorter and Jacksonville State. Junior John Hines will be the quarterback.

The Bad: The two wins from last season came against Jordan and Spencer, which combined to win just two games last season. Coach Jerry Dukes is still trying to work to change the culture of losing. The Cherokees have not had a winning season since 1995.

Our take: The schedule is loaded with road games in the first half of the season, where the experience of the team could certainly play a factor. Kendrick needs to steal a couple of those games on the road and put itself in good position for a winning record with four games in Columbus to close the season. The Cherokees should be able to improve upon its two-win season from a year ago.

-- David Mitchell

ROSTER

Name Pos. Cl.

1 Jamar Comar RB/DB 12

2 Dover Coppins REC/DB 12

3 Antonio Jones RB/DB 11

4 Jerffery Reed RB/LB 12

5 Travonte Chambers RB/DB 12

6 Devonta Crawford RB/DB 10

7 Jonathan Hines QB/DB 11

8 Marvin Lewis TE/LB 11

9 Emmanuel Brown TE/LB 11

10 Jacorey Davis RB/DB 11

11 Anthony Giles REC/DB 9

12 Tryell Smith RB/LB 9

13 Khalil Crawforth RB/DB 11

14 Tamaryis Newman QB/DB 9

15 Joshua Jackson RB/LB 9

16 Jeremial Fax RB/DB 9

17 Daddrian Denson RB/DB 9

18 Dakari Denson RB/LB 11

19 Dante Williams RB/LB 11

20 Reno Lee RB/DB 11

22 Kelvin Mason RB/LB 12

24 Stacy Williams RB/LB 10

26 Jeffrey Freeman REC/DB 9

27 Anfernee Miles REC/DB 10

28 Brandon Wade RB/LB 11

29 Gabriel Foster REC/DB 9

30 Ladarius Hill REC/DB 9

31 Henry Wilson RB/LB 10

32 Junior Faumuina RB/LB 10

34 Justin Dore RB/LB 9

36 Tyrone Calloway REC/DB 10

37 Jolan Moody TE/LB 9

38 Triston Dowdell RB/LB 10

39 Nekoe Phillips RB/LB 10

40 Jakeith Davidson RB/LB 10

41 Antwon Burns REC/DB 9

42 Tyrell Griffin REC/DL 10

43 Anthony McGruder TE/LB 10

44 Shedrick Worthy RB/DB 9

51 Patrick Fax C/DL 11

52 Travis Smith OL/Dl 12

53 Quontez McCaskey OL/LB 10

56 Dacoya Wilson RB/LB 9

58 Raheem Johnson OL/DL 12

59 Brian Grant OL/DL 10

60 Jerrell Green OL/DL 9

61 Richard Jackson OL/DL 10

62 Lanoah Hardy OL/DL 10

63 Malek Mabry OL/DL 10

64 Tyler Moore REC/DB 9

65 Heath Pugh OL/DL 12

66 Kevin Hill OL/DL 9

67 Keath Pugh OL/DL 12

68 Dominique Nelson OL/DL 10

69 Da'Jon West OL/DL 10

70 Virgil Ellison OL/DL 10

71 Kelon Glasgow OL/DL 10

72 Emmanuel Lemon OL/DL 10

73 Johnel Wilson OL/DL 12

74 Leander James OL/DL 10

75 Arrieyon Trice OL/DL 11

76 Malik Robinson OL/DL 12

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