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Head coach: Package Carpenter (2-8 right here and general)
Returning starters: 5 offensive; 5 defensive
Final 12 months’s document: 2-8 general, didn’t qualify for GHSA Class AAAAAA playoffs
Key gamers: Tyson Greenwade (6-0, 196) Sr. RB, Bannon Phalen (6-3, 218) Jr. TE, Jeffson Locke (6-4, 230) Jr. TE/DE, Luke Blanchard (5-9, 143) Sr. WR/RB, Assad Tanner (6-0, 173) Sr. DB, Riley Souther (6-0, 280) Jr. OL, John Ridley (6-0, 220) Sr. DL
Season outlook: The way in which their coach seems at it, the Catamounts are already winners in 2022.
Dalton, caught within the state’s second-highest classification the previous six years, has moved all the way down to AAAAA. Friday nights will probably be spent a lot nearer to residence, the place outdated rivalries will probably be rekindled and new ones will probably be solid as Carpenter begins his second season as head coach at his alma mater after 19 as an assistant.
“Our journey schedule final 12 months typically had us enjoying on the opposite facet of Atlanta,” he mentioned. “We needed to depart at 2, and this 12 months we will depart at 5. Till you have skilled it, you don’t have any concept how a lot distinction that makes.”
In Area 7 the Cats will probably be reunited with Calhoun, Cartersville, Cass, Hiram and Woodland-Bartow, all former area foes. To be aggressive, Dalton must regroup from its worst season in practically 80 years.
“We had an awesome turnout over the summer time, and as soon as we put pads on it has been nice,” mentioned Carpenter, who has greater than 100 gamers on the roster. “That is my twenty first season right here, and there are loads of issues which have historically been carried out right here that made this program profitable.
“It is nonetheless about blocking and tackling, and proper now the blocking half is the difficulty. We have linemen in our youthful group, however we’re not very deep with our principal group.”
The talent group is among the many space’s greatest. The Cats have an elite tailback in Greenwade and depth in Blanchard, Adriel Hernandez and Warner Ross. After graduating star receivers Karim Web page and Journey Boston, Dalton is reloading with Blanchard, R.J. Story, Bubba Tanner and Kenny London, a bunch Carpenter known as “extraordinarily expert.”
The Cats ought to make the most important enchancment on protection, beginning with ends Phalen and Locke, a Christian Heritage switch. Carpenter mentioned the secondary, anchored by Tanner, ought to permit the entrance seven to be extra aggressive.