BATTLE GROUND ACADEMY
Region: Division II-A East/Middle District 2
Coach: Roc Batten, fifth season
Last season: 10-3, fell to Webb School of Knoxville in DII-A championship
Players to watch:
Clay Beathard, Sr. QB — 2014 Division II-A Mr. Football Back of the Year totaled more than 2,500 yards from scrimmage and 28 touchdowns a season ago. Patrick Wells, Sr. LB/WR — 2014 all-district selection will be relied on to lead an inexperienced unit that returns just three starters from last year’s DII-A runner-up squad. Terrell Webster, Sr. WR/RB/DB — Versatile skill player hauled in 56 receptions for a team-leading 866 yards and eight touchdowns; should once again be one of Beathard’s top targets. Harrison Fuller, Sr. OL/DL — 6-foot-1, 250-pound two-way lineman will be among the leaders in the trenches for the Wildcats. Paul Trapeni, Sr. TE/DE — Physcial 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is expected to be a force on both sides of the ball in 2015.
Quote: “We’re expecting a lot from (Beathard). Any time you bring back your starting quarterback who had a really good year the year before, that’s exciting for you as a football team. But along with that, we’re putting more on him in terms of leadership and guiding his team.” — BGA coach Roc Batten.
(*-region) Aug. 21 Goodpasture 7 p.m.; Aug. 28 at Friendship Christian 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 4 at St. Benedict 7 p.m.; Sept. 18 University School of Jackson 7 p.m.; Sept. 25 at Page 7 p.m.; *Oct. 2 Davidson Academy 7 p.m.; Oct. 9 at Webb School of Knoxville 7 p.m.; *Oct. 23 at Ezell-Harding 7 p.m.; *Oct. 30 at Franklin Road Academy 7 p.m.