BLOG: Watch out for the Alexander Central Cougars in 2015

BLOG: Watch out for the Alexander Central Cougars in 2015

Only 17 more days until the first high school football practice and it will be a day Alexander Cougar fans should be thrilled to see as this could be a stellar season in Taylorsville.

Current head coach Nick Bazzle got to AC back in 2012 and the team has yet to have a winning record.  In his first year, the Cougars went 5-7.  In 2013, they went 5-7.  And last season, they went 4-7 and missed the playoffs.  I'm going to go out on a limb now and say, the Cougars will be above 500 this season and will be a factor in who wins the North Piedmont 4A-3A conference.

The Cougars have 8 starters back on both sides of the ball.  In the previous seasons, coach Bazzle only had 5 total in 2013 and 8 total in 2014 so to have 16 is a big reason for optimism.  Experience breeds confidence and this team finally has both going into a season.

This is coach Bazzle's first senior class at AC and it is led by the top 3 rushers returning and they are all seniors.

QB Landon Hammer is back coming off a season where he rushed for 13 hundred yards and 10 TD and also threw for 554 yards and 6 TD.

Second leading rusher, RB Devante Clark is back as well after rushing for 770 yards and 9 TD in 2014.

The third leading rusher for AC in 2014 was fullback Bradley Anderson.  He rushed for 574 yards and 7 TD.

On both the offensive and defensive lines, this team will have a lot of size and depth.  The O-Line will be anchored by Ryan Whitley, Dustin Adams, and Sam Powers.  Look for Fox McAlpin, Nathan Price, Austin Robinson, and Ethan Lingle to provide leadership on the D-Line.

The Cougars also return their top 2 tacklers in Jake Watson and Corey Sherrod.

Watson racked up 75 tackles and had 1 INT in 2014.

Sherrod had 75 tackles.

The last time the Cougars won a conference title was the last time they finished the season above .500.  That was in 2010.

I'm not saying they are going to win the North Piedmont 4A-3A, but they are going to be right in the thick of things with Mooresville, Statesville, South Iredell, and Lake Norman.  This is yet another conference race I am looking forward to in 2015.


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