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Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016

Football preview: Gaither

Versatile senior Golden for Cowboys

Jimmy Golden literally does it all for the Cowboys.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior plays tight end, linebacker, running back, special teams and on both the offensive and defensive lines. Gaither coach Jason Stokes said Golden's mentality to do whatever is needed is exactly what they are encouraging.

“Jimmy is just the epitome of flexibility,” Stokes said. “He loves being a football player. He's definitely the lynchpin of what we're trying to build here.”

Golden said it wasn't easy to put his ego aside at first.

“Playing all over started sophomore year when I wasn't playing much, and they needed help on the O-line, so I just played that,” Golden said. “As I matured I became less selfish about it, and now I don't care at all where I play as long as it helps the team.”



Alex McGough is entering his third year as Gaither's starting quarterback, but he does have an entirely new position.

The senior is now the Cowboys' leader and has taken his new role to heart.

“He's been huge for us every year, and he's now taken on that leadership role,” Stokes said. “He's really teaching while he's out there, and he's like an extension of myself, like another coach, out there.”

Winning mentality

The Cowboys were at one of their lowest points when they finished 1-9 and 3-7 in 2010 and 2011.

Stokes took over the program the following year and has guided Gaither to a 17-7 record and consecutive playoff berths, and that is paying dividends in the form of 110 kids in the program this season.

“We've built an expectation to win,” McGough said. “People thought the first year it was lucky. Last year we proved it wasn't lucky, and if we do it again then it's like building a dynasty.”


Running backs

The Cowboys graduated its top four running backs from last season who racked up 2,014 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns.

“We're having some young kids step up, some guys switch from defense and we had a kid named Yhaquille Grant come over from Sickles,” Stokes said. “It's going to be running back by committee. They know there's competition, but at the same time they're wanting each other to do well to fill that void.”

Defensive line

Graduation was equally damaging to the defensive line, which lost three starters.

“We shifted the defense, so we're not asking those ends to explode up the field like last year,” Stokes said. “We want them to control their gap, do your job and with our good linebacking crew we can fly around and do some good things. If we're sound with that secondary we'll get things done.”


Aug. 30: at Chamberlain

Sept. 6: Newsome

Sept. 12: Plant

Sept. 20: at Freedom

Sept. 27: at Durant

Oct. 4: Wiregrass Ranch

Oct. 18: at Sickles

Oct. 25: Tampa Bay Tech

Nov. 1: Steinbrenner

Nov. 8: at Plant City


No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Nate Ferguson Ath 5-9 175 Jr.

2 DJ King OLB/DB 6-0 185 Sr.

4 Joseph Bouchard OLB 5-8 155 Sr.

5 Jalen Cochran RB 5-9 185 Sr.

6 Yhaquille Grant RB/DB 6-1 185 Sr.

7 Javon Hammond Ath 6-1 185 Sr.

8 Devon Weiand LB 6-0 190 Sr.

9 Jeff Suarez WR 6-0 185 Sr.

10 Matt Respess WR 6-1 185 Sr.

11 Cameron Baker WR/DB 6-1 170 Sr.

12 David Mazur QB 6-0 175 Jr.

13 Nicholas Mejio DB 5-10 160 Sr.

15 Alex McGough QB 6-3 200 Sr.

17 Alex Garren WR 5-9 175 Sr.

19 Stephen Waddel QB 6-0 175 Jr.

20 Elijah Hudnell OLB/DE 6-1 190 Sr.

21 Sam Ford RB/WR 5-10 160 Jr.

22 Tyree Gracein RB/DB 5-9 155 Sr.

23 Johns Malkom WR/DB 5-9 160 Sr.

24 Amani Oruwariye DB 6-1 170 Sr.

26 Malik Huffk Ath 5-8 155 Jr.

28 Mike Rodriguez RB/LB 5-9 175 Jr.

29 Isaiah Edwards WR 5-9 165 Jr.

30 Tyler Staat LB 5-11 185 Jr.

32 Curtis Wilder RB 5-8 185 Jr.

33 Stanley Washington RB/DB 5-9 175 Jr.

34 Corey Hobson K 6-0 175 Jr.

35 DJ Hargrove OLB 5-9 185 Sr.

40 Josh Michael LB 6-1 190 Jr.

41 Jordan Trumbach DB 6-0 175 Jr.

44 Mike Rovollada LB 6-0 205 So.

45 Shane McGough LB 6-1 220 So.

47 Adrian Williams DL 6-0 210 Jr.

49 Tyler Trumbach OL/DL 6-0 225 Sr.

50 Bryan Hartman LB 6-0 185 Sr.

51 Jimmy Golden OL/DL 6-1 210 Sr.

52 Aaron Matos OL 6-1 215 Jr.

54 Danny Tipton OL 6-0 240 Jr.

55 Brad Smith DE/LB/OL 6-2 215 Sr.

56 Darrin Davis DT 5-11 235 Jr.

60 Trevor Cardo LB 6-0 190 Sr.

61 Ariel Guerra DE 6-2 215 Sr.

65 Tyler Castro OL 6-0 215 Jr.

66 Jose Vila OL/DL 6-1 250 Sr.

70 Tyler Hill OL/DL 6-2 295 Jr.

72 Kenny O'Brien OL/DL 61 300 Jr.

73 Jason Baldree OL 6-2 240 Jr.

77 Anthony Prieto OL 6-1 235 Sr.

79 George Garcia OL 5-9 230 Jr.

80 Logan Young WR 6-0 175 Jr.

82 Anthony Outlaw WR 510 165 Jr.

87 Jacob Paul DE 6-2 185 Jr.

88 Quinn Crecy DE 6-0 200 So.

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