McDowell preview: Record-setting Ray returns for Titans

McDowell preview: Record-setting Ray returns for Titans


McDowell preview: Record-setting Ray returns for Titans


MARION – Many of McDowell’s passing records already have Casey Ray’s name beside them.

And every one is subject to change with the senior returning for his third year as a varsity quarterback.

Ray was the lone Titans football player named to the All-Mountain Athletic Conference team in 2014 after throwing for 1,781 yards and 10 touchdowns with 18 interceptions. His single-season yardage and a 348-yard performance in a 36-34 loss to Roberson were school records.

Ray is one of 15 starters (eight offense, seven defense) back from last year’s 2-10 team.

“We’ve been averaging about 55-60 kids every workout, and they’re pretty excited to get this thing going,” McDowell coach Carson Gowan said. “Of course, we’re happy to have some experience at quarterback. Casey does a good job. And most of our guys are back. We used a lot of young kids last season, and you hope (the experience) pays off.”

Ray comes into his final high school season having completed 203 of 419 attempts for 2,903 yards and 19 touchdowns. Jason Van Dyke, who played in the 1989 Shrine Bowl, is believed to be the only 3,000-yard passer that the Titans have ever produced. But the total of Van Dyke’s career yardage is unknown.

As Gowan stated, McDowell has some experience back around Ray, including its top receiver yardage-wise from 2014 — senior Ethan McMahan (36 catches for 604 yards and three touchdowns). Junior Chase Justice is a newcomer to the receiving corps whom Gowan expects to contribute.

Blaise Parker, Chase Campbell and Isaiah Burch are veteran linemen, and Riley Harting is back at tight end in the team’s Multiple I offense. Everyone in that group is a senior with the exception of Burch, who is a junior.

Defensively, the Titans welcome back Campbell, junior Tre Spearman and senior Isaiah Smith up front. Junior Isman Martino returns at linebacker, where he will be joined by a pair of newcomers — senior Tanner Allen and junior Damon McNeely.

Matt Moss and Tyler Banks have been part of the secondary, while fellow junior Terion Camp is a first-year addition.

McDowell’s season opener is Aug. 21 at R-S Central. This is Gowan’s eighth year as coach.


Conference: Mountain Athletic 3-A/4-A.
Coach: Carson Gowan (19-60 career record).
Offense: Multiple I.
Defense: 3-4.
2014 record: 2-10, 1-5.
Returning starters: 15 (eight offense, seven defense).
Predicted conference finish: Sixth.


No. Player | Position Year

2 Camron Roberts WR 12

3 Eunique Waters WR 12

4 A.J. Logan RB 12

5 Rico Dowdle QB 12

6 Sean Jones RB 11

7 Noah Eberhardt DB 12

8 Charlie Lehman DE/TE 11

9 River Naisang K 11

10 Austin McCurry LB 12

11 Keyal Talbert WR 11

12 Nathan St. Onge WR/QB 10

14 Andrew Moore WR 12

15 Connor Sullivan DB 11

17 Andrew Wall TE/DB 11

18 Chris Carpio WR 11

19 Josh Proffitt DB 11

20 Dakota Mraving LB 11

21 Ethan Sayles WR 11

23 Will Israel LB 11

24 Andreas Hill LB 12

25 Ben Wallen LB 11

26 Malik Long DL 12

30 Gio Carpio DB 12

33 Deshawn Finley DB 12

42 Noland Smith DE 11

44 Frank Torres DL/TE 10

45 Javier Guzman DL 12

50 Randall Cooper OL 10

52 Tyler Diaz DL 11

54 Noah Austin DL 11

64 P.J. Campbell OL 11

65 Austin Boyd OL 11

68 Matt Miller OL 11

70 Antwan Kelly OL 12

72 Jake Setterlind OL 10

73 Tyler McLaughlin OL 12

74 Kyle McWhirt OL 11

75 Jaylon Hill OL 12

77 Taylor Buckner OL 10

78 Chase Warren OL 11

80 R’Mani Lynch WR 11

88 Talon James DL 90

Rocky Steppe DL 12

95 Najae Buchanan DL 12

99 Leo Chavez


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