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    Wilson County football coaches and players stand beneath the marquee at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. Pictured (front row, from left) are Mt. Juliet Christian head coach Dan Davis, Wilson Central head coach Brad Dedman, Mt. Juliet head coach Tre Perry, Lebanon head coach Sam Harp, Watertown head coach Gavin Webster, Friendship Christian head coach John McNeal, (back row, from left) Mt. Juliet Christian lineman Josiah Scott, Wilson Central lineman Alex Comer, Mt. Juliet outside linebacker Justyce White, Lebanon running back and corner Jarren Stewart, Watertown running back Luke Turner and Friendship Christian linebacker Gene Carman. Photo: Jared Felkins

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    By Andy Reed, Lebanon Democrat

    Friendship Christians lineup was somewhat in a state of flux during the early days of fall practice.But that wasnt a bad thing. Long-

    time coach John McNeal and his staff had a lot of good players to choose from.There are a lot of positions we

    havent settled yet, McNeal said ear-lier this month. Were running two different groups.Linewise, weve got more depth

    than weve had in a while. We have jobs open and were going to see who fills them at pretty much all of the positions. Offensive line, weve got some young guys, but we have more depth than weve had in a while. At wide receiver, we have a good core there. Were not locked in to a cou-ple. Running back, we have four guys whove run well this fall.One position which is settled is

    quarterback, where 6-foot-2, 210-pound sophomore Mike Jones Jr. will shoulder more of the load after work-horse running backs/receivers Austin Taylor and Steven Hollis graduated. Jones name pops up regularly on the recruiting websites on the top-100 lists. He passed for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 750 yards and 10 scores as a freshman.Sophomore JaJuan (Speedy) Foutch

    (5-8, 165) brings speed to the back-field where he will join junior Spen-cer Burge (5-7, 150) and rotate with

    Friendship Christian CommandersDiv. II Class A East & Middle RegionHead Coach: John McNeal2014 record: 10-2Last playoff season: 2014, lost in state quarterfinal to St. Georges 2015 SCHEDULEAug. 21 at Davidson Academy 7 p.m.Aug. 28 Battle Ground Academy 7:30 p.m.Sept. 4 *at Knoxville Webb 6:30 p.m. CDTSept 18 Franklin Road Academy 7:30 p.m.Oct. 2 *at Mt. Juliet Christian 7 p.m.Oct. 9 at Northwest 7 p.m.Oct. 16 *Donelson Christian 7 p.m.Oct. 23 at Portland 7 p.m.Oct. 30 Lancaster Christian 7 p.m. *East-Middle District 1-A game

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    senior Chris Mickle (5-11, 180) and sophomore Ben Jamison (5-10, 200).Seniors Will Burruss

    (6-0, 165), Hayden White (6-2, 180) and Marshall Taylor (6-0, 220) return at wide receiver and will be joined by senior Parker Hodges (6-2, 170). Tay-lor will also line up at tight end where senior Gene Carman (5-10, 215) and sophomore Jackson Cherry (5-11, 170) also work.Up front where the

    Commanders lost three seniors from last years 10-2 season, senior Joshua Eatherly (5-10, 210) and freshman Luke Smith (6-0, 220) are vying for the center po-sition. Juniors Hunter Williams (6-4, 280) and Brady Stovall (6-3, 230) and junior Nick Norton (6-1, 240) are working at tackle while senior Luke Shoulders (5-8, 220), junior transfer Chris Draper (6-3, 280) and sophomore Mat-thew Skeen (6-3, 270) are laboring at guard.On defense, sopho-

    more Cade Powers (6-0, 250) will join Norton, Shoulders and Skeen at tackle. Stovall, Eatherly and Smith will join ju-nior Gregory Elliott (6-4, 220) at end.Carman, Taylor and

    senior Gage Bentley are the veteran linebackers. Carman racked up 121 tackles, including 17 for loss and three sacks with three fumble re-coveries in 2014.In the secondary,

    Jones, White and Mickle are back at safety while Foutch, Hodges and Jamison rotate at cornerback with Burruss and soph-omore Chad Holcombe also in the mix.Friendship has been

    blessed with reliable extra-point kickers in recent seasons. But McNeal is having to go deeper to find kickers and punters this time around. Burruss won the PAT contest by a wide margin, McNeal said. Jones was the punter at the end of last season and will be in the mix with Carman and sophomore Zach Greene.As for kickoffs?We dont have a true

    kicker, McNeal said. Well just have to get an athlete and go with the best we have on kickoffs.

    Photos: Andy Reed, Lebanon Democrat

    Freshman Luke Smith (left in top photo)battles sophomore Matthew Skeen (62)

    in a line drill.

    Quarterback Mike Jones Jr. (1) will also beon the lookout from the defensive secondary.

    Running back/receiver Parker Hodges (far right photo) makes a leaping catch

    against Dalton Karstens (13).

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    By Andy Reed, Lebanon Democrat

    After failing to break into the win column in 2014, the Lebanon Blue Devils wont have to worry about making the 15 playoffs.Due to the TSSAAs latest clas-

    sification change, Lebanon is among the 32 largest schools in the state and placed in the new Class 6A in which every team will qualify for the playoffs.But Lebanon coach Sam Harp is

    more focused on the Week 2 opener against Warren County than the Week 12 postseason.Right now our goal is winning the

    first game, said Harp, whose Blue Devils will reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007. We cant look too far ahead, obviously.After going through the Blue Dev-

    ils first winless season since 1979 and joining a new region, Harp tried to fill his non-region schedule with more winnable games. Warren County has struggled in recent sea-sons, Portlands lone win was a close contest at Lebanons Clifton Tribble Field/Danny Watkins Stadium last season and Summit is a new school which also went 0-10 in 2014. But beating those teams alone wont be enough to say the rebuilding process is well on its way.If we get that first win, thatll get

    us some momentum and keep us going throughout the season, said Lebanon senior athlete Jarren Stew-art (5-foot-9, 190 pounds), whos likely to line up at all of the skill posi-tions except tight end.Harp is looking for more than the

    first victory.Weve got to get some signature

    Lebanon High SchoolBlue DevilsRegion 3-6AHead Coach: Sam Harp2014 record: 0-10Last playoff season: 2007, lost to Lincoln County 2015 SCHEDULEAug. 28 Warren CountySept. 4 *at McGavockSept. 11 SummitSept. 18 *Mt. JulietSept. 25 at PortlandOct. 2 *at Wilson CentralOct. 9 *RavenwoodOct. 16 *at AntiochOct. 23 *at John OvertonOct. 30 *Franklin

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    wins, beat someone were not supposed to beat, Harp said. If we can get some signature wins, then I think we can get over the hump.Entering his third season at

    Lebanon, the seven-time Ken-tucky-champion coach said the foundation of the program is more firmly in place, particu-larly in the area of the coach-ing staff.I have a full (12) coaching

    staff this season, Harp said. Last season, we ended the season with three assistant coaches. You cant do that at this level, or at any level. I feel

    very confident and very good about the staff I have now and the kids have bought in.The key Blue Devil will be

    Stewart, who started the quar-terback until tearing his ACL at midseason. Jackson Gray (5-11, 220) finished the season at QB and will be the regular there while Stewart moves all over to take advantage of his athleticism.I understand the offense

    so if he puts me anywhere on the field, its not a problem, Stewart said. I understand where to go and what to do. Its not a problem learning ev-

    Senior Jarren Stewart will get the ball from any one of six different positions.Photo: Andy Reed, Lebanon Democrat

    erything about it.(Gray) has come a

    long way. Hes finally gotten