High School Sports

Spencer High aims for playoff berth in 2013

Coach: Calvin Arnold, second year, 3-7 (3-7 overall)

Assistant coaches: Robert Sanders, co-offensive coordinator, Walter Jackson, co-offensive coordinator, Calvin Arnold, defensive coordinator, Larmot Burton, Marvin Broadwater, Edward Mullins

Homefield: A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium/Kinnett Stadium

2011 record: 3-7

Region: GHSA Region 5-AAGood news: The offense should have a lot of success. It returns running back Damarkus Robins, quarterback Tarvarska Davis, wide receiver/running back Darrius Lightfoot and wide receiver Richard Jones at the skill positions. Those guys put up big numbers a season ago, led by Robins' near 3,000 all-purpose yards. Those guys have the ability to once again be prolific in 2013.

Bad news: The team is looking to find its identity on defense. Last year, it allowed nearly 40 points per game, negating the high-powered offense. Only two starters return, but the unit could improve in its second year in head coach/defensive coordinator Calvin Arnold's system. Sometimes a fresh start is what a unit needs to find its footing.

Our take: While some may classify a playoff berth as a surprise simply because of the team's history, that should be Spencer's expectation this season. Kendrick was able to break a playoff drought in the region last year, and Spencer finished right on the Cherokees' heels. If it can improve on defense, postseason football is a definite possibility.

--David Mitchell

2013 schedule

Aug. 30 Carver (M) 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 5 Randolph-Clay (M) 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Manchester 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 Jordan (K) 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 Temple (M) 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 Bremen (K) 4 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Bowdon 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 Chattahoochee County (M) 7:30 p.m.

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

Nov. 8 Kendrick (K) 4 p.m.

2012 results

Aug. 31 Carver L, 47-6

Sept. 7 Randolph-Clay L, 34-33

Sept. 14 Manchester L, 51-16

Sept. 21 Jordan W, 46-14

Sept. 28 Temple W, 50-21

Oct. 12 Bremen L, 55-26

Oct. 19 Bowdon L, 61-28

Oct. 26 Chattahoochee County W, 36-34

Nov. 2 Heard County L, 54-28

Nov. 9 Kendrick L, 24-20


No. Name Class

2 Michael Williamson So.

4 Damarkus Robins Sr.

5 Rodney Thirkield Jr.

6 Ervin Davis Fr.

7 DaymeontaWhite So.

8 Patrick Jones Sr.

9 Kahlil Thomas Fr.

10 Richard Jones Sr.

11 Tae-Deshawne Eubaire Sr.

12 Tarvaraska Davis Sr.

13 Triston Williams Jr.

16 Saiveon Dixon So.

17 Kameron Blackshaire So.

18 Chris Young Fr.

19 Jalen Taylor Fr.

20 Brandon Taylor So.

21 Derric McGee Jr.

22 Dashae Hubbard So.

23 Darrius Lightfoot Sr.

23 Anthony Smith Sr.

26 Tavis Thirkield Fr.

27 Nikeith Clark Fr.

28 Jayson Sims Jr.

29 R'tavius Conway Fr.

30 Montevian Cochran So.

32 Ryan Williams So.

33 Jeremy Burgess So.

34 Adrick Lee So.

38 Cleveland Farley Jr.

40 Bryan Williams So.

42 Da'Shawn Robers Jr.

48 Daimeyon Taylor Sr.

50 Chris Baker So.

51 Jasaad Graves So.

52 Juanyae Wilson Sr.

53 Carl Ash So.

54 JeQuan Dean Jr.

55 Douglas Turner Sr.

59 John Leonard So.

60 Almo Taylor Sr.

61 Jason Siota So.

65 Lamarcus Williams So.

69 Malachi Wilson So.

70 Aaron Woodland So.

75 Allen Brown So.

78 Raekwon Allen So.

89 Cedrik Stone Fr.

90 Jamarcus English So.

92 Marquis Hamilton Fr.

93 Dayquon Thornton Fr.

99 Cristhian Amable So.