Rossview enters new league hoping for more success

Rossview enters new league hoping for more success


Rossview enters new league hoping for more success


Rossview coach Ron Lambert (right) encourages his team as they compete during the first official day of football practice last month.

Rossview coach Ron Lambert (right) encourages his team as they compete during the first official day of football practice last month.

When Ron Lambert took over the Rossview football program he promised a return to consistent play and postseason appearances.

After two straight years of delivering on that promise, Lambert is now looking for more.

Rossview will start the 2015 football season with sights set on more than just a “good” year. Two years ago saw the Hawks reach the Class 6A playoffs, losing in the first round to Independence. Last year, Lambert led the Hawks to a second-round appearance in the playoffs before losing to Memphis Whitehaven, 14-7.

“We want to win a (state) championship,” Lambert said. “I won’t back down from that. That’s our goal, ultimately. That’s everyone’s goal. I figure at some point we can get there. I don’t know when that will be but you start each season with those goals in mind and then lets see how far you can go.”

Lambert has never been shy about setting the target high and pushing his players to reach it. And this season, the goal will be no different even if his team will look drastically different than last year’s 8-4 squad.

Rossview graduated 19 seniors from last year’s team, including its entire backfield in Charles Talleyrand, Triston Luke and Isaiah Johnson. Johnson was among the state’s top runners the past two years while Luke dominated at Fort Campbell before transfering for a one-year standout performance at Rossview last year.

This season, the Hawks welcome a new quarterback in West Creek transfer Jordan Justice who enters his senior year. Justice has already picked up every aspect of Rossview’s offense and Lambert has been impressed.

“We’re not looking for Jordan to be Charles Talleyrand,” Lambert said. “Jordan is special in his own right. He gives us a mental toughness at an important position. For me, he has the “It” factor. He’s a leader and the director of our offense. Charles had that “It” factor too, but Jordan’s is a little different.”

Lambert said Justice’s leadership is often stoic although he has been vocal at times in huddle.

“He’s not a rah-rah guy, but he does take control of the huddle,” Lambert said. “It’s good to see that because I think the kids respect that.”

While Justice takes over the signal calling duties, the Hawks must find a way to replace nearly 3,500 yards of rushing offense last year with the graduations of Luke and Johnson. Rossview has a three back system to take over this season led by senior Ethan Clayton and sophomore Isaiah Phillips.

Clayton has dealt with injuries in years past that has stalled his progress but is healthy this season. Phillips is a more shifty back, a much different runner than Johnson’s bulldoze style.

But Lambert is high on freshman Fred Orr.

“He came over from Clarksville Academy,” Lambert said. “He’s special. He is more running back-savvy than the guys we’ve had here the past few years. He’s an instinctual runner. Once we saw him, he was on varsity from Day One. The kid has a lot of speed a lot of juke to him.”

Justice’s arrival allows backup quarterback Muncie Prater return to his natural position of wideout. Prater played quarterback for a few games last year after Talleyrand tore his knee the second week of the 2014 season.

Seniors Czar Prado, Jefferson and Eric Brundage will occupy the wide receiver positions this season while Rossview will enter the fall with an offensive line that features just one returning starter in Chris Duberry.

Sophomores Gavin Price and Zach Spoonamore will likely be among the five starters up front along with Walter Singleton. Lambert expects to rotate between nine and 11 players on the line.

“We’re pretty young there but they’ll get better as the season goes on,” Lambert said. “We have some depth and size this year but we’re just young.”

Like that line, Rossview’s defense has only one returning starter. Cardavious Davis returns as an outside linebacker. Most of the other defensive players either played JV last year or didn’t play much varsity.

Youth won’t be an issue on defense as much as inexperience but Lambert feels if the attitude is right, the Hawks will be solid on that side of the ball.

“It’s all about effort and attitude anyway,” he said. “It’s just about getting 11 guys to the ball. We don’t have any studs but we have guys who can be playmakers.”

The Hawks start the season Friday at 7 p.m. playing host to East Nashville. Like Clarksville High, West Creek and Northeast, the Hawks face a new region with the substraction of Springfield, Kenwood and Northwest and the addition of Brentwood, Dickson County and Centennial..

“We know we have to beat Henry County,” Lambert said. “They are still in our league and as long as they are, they’ll be the team to beat. We haven’t beaten them in more than five years so that’s something we’re looking forward to. But everyone in our league has the chance to be a playoff team. We have to make sure we’re one of the four at the end of October.”

George Robinson. Prep writer. 245-0747. Twitter: @Cville_Sports


Region: 7-5A

Nickname: Hawks

Coach: Ron Lambert (6th season)

Last season: 8-4; (Lost to Whitehaven, 14-7, last season in second round of 6A playoffs)

Players to watch: Jordan Justice, Sr., QB – Transfer QB from West Creek. Was a two year starter for Coyotes. Muncie Prater, Sr., WR – Prater was the backup QB last year, but moves back to natural WR position. Ethan Clayton, Sr., RB – Clayton returns as the most experienced running back. Keyshawn McClendon, Sr., RB; Jayce Dunlap, Sr., LB; Czar Prado, Sr., WR; Cardavious Davis, Sr., OLB.

Quote: “We lost 19 starters last year and have only three returning. So this is going to be a young team in terms of experience but I think our skill level will remain high enough to put us in a position to win a lot of games. How many? I don’t know. But we’ll be competitive in every one of them.” – Ron Lambert, Rossview coach.

Schedule (*- region game)

Aug. 21 East Nashville, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28 at Beech, 7 p.m.

*Sept. 4 Brentwood, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 at Station Camp, 7 p.m.

*Sept. 18 at Clarksville High, 7 p.m.

*Sept. 25 Dickson County, 7 p.m.

*Oct. 2 at Henry County, 7 p.m.

*Oct. 8 West Creek (Thurs), 7 p.m.

*Oct. 23 Centennial, 7 p.m.

*Oct. 30 at Northeast, 7 p.m.


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