Hardaway faces uphill battle in tough region

August 25, 2013 

Coach: Jeff Battles, sixth year, 20-31 (37-38 overall)

Assistant coaches: Jeff Battles, offensive coordinator, Hunter Jackson, defensive coordinator, David Mackie, Kevin Noviello, Chris Liesendahl, Kendall Mills, Mike Gethin, James Short, James McGee, Kevin Orek

Homefield: Kinnett Stadium

2012 record: 3-7

Region: GHSA 1-AAAAAGood news: Experienced offensive line, starting quarterback, talented running back and a defensive leader all returning from last season -- what's not to like? On paper, the Hawks appear to be more prepared to make gigantic strides in the right direction than they have in years. The offensive line, led by senior Desmond Barmore, has a lot of size, quarterback Blake Berry understands the offense and junior running back Justin Crawford has home run potential.

Bad news: It has to overcome its own history, more than anything. Winning hasn't come regularly for the Hawks in recent years, and figuring out how to not just be talented, but play at a high level on a consistent week-to-week basis takes time. The region is solid and won't make anything easy on any of the playoff contenders.

Our take: There may be some moments where the Hawks fail to maximize their potential, but overall this team looks like the one to break the trend. The region is tough, but most teams are at a comparable skill level. It isn't crazy to suggest Hardaway may be hosting a playoff game by season's end.

--David Mitchell

2013 schedule

Aug. 30 Jordan (K) 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Columbus (K) 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 at Shaw (K) 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Lowndes 8 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Newnan 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 Lee County (K) 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 Bainbridge (K) 1 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Thomas County Central 8 p.m.

Nov. 1 at Harris County 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 7 Northside (K) 7 p.m.

2012 results

Aug. 31 Jordan W, 49-21

Sept. 7 Columbus W, 48-14

Sept. 14 Shaw L, 27-6

Sept. 21 Lowndes L, 57-0

Sept. 28 Newnan L, 38-7

Oct. 5 Lee County L, 36-21

Oct. 19 Bainbridge L, 24-19

Oct. 27 Thomas County Central L, 52-0

Nov. 2 Harris County L, 28-21

Nov. 8 Northside W, 33-20

ROSTER

No. Name Class Pos.

2 Justin Crawford Jr. RB

3 Lawrence Gibbs Sr. WR

4 Christian McBride So. RB

5 Kameron McFolley Fr. RB

6 Chris Claiborne Jr. DB

7 Christian Matthew Sr. DL

8 Jalen Burgess Sr. DB

9 Jon Irvin Sr. WR

10 Malik Fowler Sr. TE

12 Quinton Guy Sr. DB

14 William Moore Sr. QB

15 Blake Berry Jr. QB

16 Jalance Beard So. DB

17 Torrie Beard Sr. DB

18 Miguel Nieves Sr. WR

19 Troy Monroe Jr. WR

20 Ja'kobe Ellerbee Fr. RB

21 Darius Blackmon So. RB

22 Ronnie Ivey Sr. LB

23 Zach Bragg So. TE

24 Treavon Davis Sr. LB

26 De Harris Jr. WR

27 David Hall Sr. LB

28 Keith Hill Sr. LB

29 Deyon Hicks So. DB

31 DeMarquez Peterson So. LB

35 Coregann Hunter Jr. WR

40 Chris Masenburge Sr. DL

44 Darius Green Sr. DL

49 Kyle Oliver Jr. DL

50 Christian Sellars Fr. OL

51 Devin Singletary Sr. DL

52 Brett Faulkner Sr. OL

59 Xavier Lewis So. OL

60 Raymond Patterson So. DL

61 Cale Dansby Sr. OL

62 Scott Davis Fr. OL

63 Malik Jackson Sr. OL

64 Desmond Barmore Sr. OL

67 Cedric Johnson Sr. OL

81 Cameron Bowman Sr. WR

84 Logan West So. TE

Keith Averitt Fr. DB

Quakom Boynes Jr. WR

Chris Brown Fr. LB

Robert Cook So. OL

Tyle'k Cooper Fr. WR

Christopher Dalton Fr. LB

Ryan Dixon So. OL

Jeremiah Greene Fr. LB

Demarcus Harris Fr. RB

Julian Holtzclaw Jr. LB

Damien Hopkins Jr. LB

Roosevelt Jackson Jr. TE

Travis Jacobs Jr. RB

Kieran Juilan Fr. LB

Aaron Long Fr. WR

Jonathan Mack So. lB

Evan Moore Fr. TE

DiGregory Nevilles Jr. LB

Andre Nutt Fr. DB

Walter Palmore Jr. DL

Cameron Patrick So. QB

Christian Patrick Fr. DB

Jamir Payne So. OL

Xzavier Pollard Fr. LB

Noah Powell Fr. DB

Tyler Raleigh Fr. QB

Julien Robinson Fr. WR

Jordan Simmons Fr. DB

Brenton Simpson Fr. RB

Bruce Simpson Jr. RB

Anthony Smith Fr. OL

Jacorey Thomas So. DL

Bailey Walden Fr. DB

Michael Wallace Fr. OL

Koren Wilson Fr. RB

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