There have been several changes to District 9-A entering the 2013 season. One team has left, a new team has arrived and still, two other teams have switched classes.
District mainstay Cascade has moved to 12-AA. Fayetteville City has entered the district for its first year of varsity football and Eagleville and Middle Tennessee Christian School have moved from 1A to 2A.
All that being said though, the consensus opinion of multiple coaches within the district has the same two teams that finished first and second last season as the two most likely candidates to finish at the top of the district this season.
“I think the class of the district is going to be Eagleville and Moore County,” said Forrest coach Brian Coleman, who was an assistant at Riverdale last season.
Moore County’s (10-1 in 2012) Matt Taggett was a Class A all-state safety in 2012 in addition to being a 1,000-yard running back. He’ll be one of the Raiders’ – and the district’s – top performers in 2013 too.
Eagleville quarterback Ryan Jordan will be the district’s top returning quarterback (more than 2,000 passing yards and 24 touchdowns in 2012) while running back Chris Hale will be the Eagle’s top returning skill player.
Moore County coach Scott Smith said Eagleville is the team to beat, while Eagleville coach Steve Carson said Moore County will be the toughest test in 9-A.
“Eagleville is always the team to watch in our region, especially with Cascade no longer in (it),” Smith said.
Added Carson: “Moore County has got to be preseason No. 1. They return everybody.”
And while both coaches might not agree on each other as the favorite, both do believe district newcomer Fayetteville will be the team to watch in 2013.
Forrest, Fayetteville and Community all have the opportunity to really shine this season too, and could finish in any behind the top-two title contenders.
Huntland and MTCS return a lot of starters as well, and could make some noise before all the games are said and done.