Brevard preview: New coach needs to ‘teach’ team how to win

Brevard preview: New coach needs to ‘teach’ team how to win


Brevard preview: New coach needs to ‘teach’ team how to win


BREVARD – Craig Pritchett enters his first season as Brevard’s football coach with a tall task.

He’s trying to infuse a winning mentality as he inherits a team that suffered through an 0-11 season in 2014.

“You have to teach them how to win, you’ve got to change the culture into something that can help us be successful,” said Pritchett, who previously coached at Ridgeland High in Rossville, Georgia.

“I’ve seen people buy in and have seen some success and some excitement in the weight room and that’s carried over to where we’ve had success in 7-on-7 games. The numbers, while not what I hoped they were, the ones that are coming are working real hard.”

Brevard won its last conference football championship in 2007 under former coach Dan Essenberg. Since then the program’s combined record is 24-57.

Pritchett does have some players to work with as seven starters return on offense and four more on defense. The offense will be built around a pair of players who earned All-Western North Carolina Athletic 3-A/2-A Conference honors a year ago.

Junior quarterback Tanner Ellenberger is coming off a season in which he completed 216-of-351 passes for 2,471 yards. He threw 19 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. Also returning is Nick Cabe, a junior receiver who hauled in 61 passes for 790 yards and nine touchdowns. Both are among the top returners in Western North Carolina in their respective positions.

“We’ve got a great core group of juniors that got a lot of experience as younger players, and they’re coming back to lead us,” Pritchett said. “They have another year under their belt and in the weight room, so there’s some good leadership qualities.”

The coach also is excited about his offensive line, led by seniors Zach Davis and Caleb Gilbert. Among the other returning players with promise are sophomore running back/defensive back Ari Williams, who started as a freshman, and junior running back Tanner Pettit.

“A player like an Ari Williams came on as a freshman last year and asserted himself as a player,” Pritchett said.


Conference: WNC Athletic 2A/3A.
Coach: Craig Pritchett (0-0 career record).
Offense: Hybrid Wing T.
Defense: 4-4.
2014 record: 0-11, 0-7.
Returning starters: 11 (seven offense, four defense).
Predicted conference finish: Sixth


No. | Player | Pos. | Yr.

2 Ari Williams RB/WR/DB 10

4 Raymond Montandon RB/LB 12

5 Lane Pressley RB/DB 11

6 Hamilton Lopez WR/DB 12

7 Kyle Williams WB/DB 11

8 Jordan Morris WR/DB 12

9 Samuel Kicklighter K/P 11

10 Tanner Ellenberger QB 11

13 Luke Ellenberger WR/DB 9

16 Daniel McJunkin WB/LB 11

28 Langston Wilkes WR/DB 12

32 Jesse Lowery RB/DB 11

33 Tanner Pettit RB/LB 11

50 Rome Robinson OL/DL 12

52 Riley Smith OL/LB 11

53 Nathan Golden OL/DL 12

54 Ashton Landreth OL/DL 10

55 Taevon Hunter OL/DL 12

57 Earon Wilkes OL/LB 11

64 Corey Mackey OL/DL 10

65 Dillon Pickford OL/DL 12

66 Kohl Padgett OL/DL 10

74 CJ McGown OL/DL 11

75 Caleb Gilbert OL/DL 12

76 Xzayva Walker OL/DL 10

79 Zack Davis OL/DL 10

84 Kyle Williams TE/DE 10

85 Nick Cabe WR/DB 11

88 Jared Johnson TE/DE 10


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