Cornerstone Christian Chargers
AISA Class 1A, Region 1, Area 1
2005 Record: 6-6 (4-3 Region)
Cornerstone Christian head coach Tim Smith and the Chargers will look to build on a 6-6 overall record in 2005 that saw CCS make a first-round playoff appearance. Smith feels like his squad will be highly competitive despite losing a number of key players to graduation and transfer. Smith is confident about what he has seen early on from his squad, but a number of injuries and sickness have limited full-team practice time. Using a double wing I-set, Smith said his team will rely heavily on its ground game, but will not pass up the opportunity to put the ball in the air.
Senior Jake Horton will start under center for the Chargers this season. Smith said he will rely on Horton, who doubles as a defensive end for the Chargers, to guide the offense and make sure his calls are understood. Junior Zac Ray will back Horton up.
With the majority of the Chargers’ offensive scheme circulating around the ground game, Smith will depend heavily on his running backs to move the ball down the field. Smith said he will rely on senior Avery Alexander for speed out of the backfield and Jesse Silvers for power up the middle. Silvers will try to fill the void left by standout fullback Austin Vinsant, who transferred to Chelsea High School during the summer. Senior Casey Perryman will get his share of touches in the two-and three-back formation for the Chargers. Seniors Blake Etress and Kirk Robinson provide depth for Cornerstone.
Etress and Robinson will help even out the Chargers’ offense at the wide receiver positions. Despite a ground-focused attack, Smith hopes the two leaders can give his squad another dimension. Sophomore Patrick Shaw, freshman Andrew Shears and junior Zac Ray will all provide support at the wideout position.
Senior Daniel Bulger, a three-year starter, brings experience to an offensive line that will be charged with paving the way for Cornerstone’s ground attack. Juniors Josh Criswell and Kirk Johnson provide quickness and strength at the guard positions. Senior Justin Lucas and junior Antuane Riggins anchor the Chargers’ line at tackle.
Caleb Whitson joins Lucas and Riggins in solidifying the Chargers’ interior defensive line. Junior Eric Lindsey will spell the three starters at the inside positions. Horton and Alexander will start at defensive end.
Johnson anchors the Chargers’ linebacker corps at the middle position. He’ll be flanked by Criswell and Silvers. Smith said he hopes Johnson’s size, at 6 feet, 251 pounds will be an effective tool for stopping the opposition’s advances.
Smith will start four backs in the secondary on a regular basis. Perryman and Etress will start at the corner positions for the Chargers. Robinson will start at strong safety while Shaw and Ray will split time at the free safety position.
Smith will rely on Horton for all of his place kicking and punting duties.
Aug. 25v. Sumter
Sept. 1@S. Choctaw
Sept. 8v. Central
Sept. 15@W. Alabama
Sept. 22v. Open Door(HC)
Oct. 6v. Coosa Valley
Oct. 20v. Meadowview