50 in 50: Carrollton

This is the measure of a strong program: In what was by most accounts a rebuilding year in 2012, Carrollton went 8-4 and was one play away from being in the state quarterfinals – they were eliminated in one of the state’s best games in 2012, a five-overtime loss to Marist — with a team completely devoid of returning skilled players.

Fast-forward to 2013, and the Trojans’ prospects look bright. With nine starters back from an offense that scored 467 points, the main questions on that side of the ball are who will fill two spots on the offensive line and which quarterback – Will Garrett or Will Hesterlee – will see more time.

There are questions on defense, where the Trojans lost six starters, but the offense has enough talent and experience returning to mitigate any defensive struggles.

Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague, who finished 2012 with 207 career coaching wins, is unconcerned about the two-quarterback system.

“Through my years, some of my best teams have had two quarterbacks,” Teague said. “We Started it in Swainsboro. Went 12-1 with two kids that interchanged. This is probably the fourth time since I’ve been here I’ve had two quarterbacks. Both of them are going to have a lot of confidence and I won’t hesitate when I put them out there.”

The presence of Trey Chivers and Jarvis Terrell could make most other offensive decisions moot. Chivers was the Trojans’ most productive offensive player in 2012, rushing for 816 yards and leading the team in receiving with 23 catches for 512 yards, scoring a combined 17 touchdowns.

And then there’s Terrell, who as a freshman last fall gave glimpses of electrifying talent, including a 24–yard, two-touchdown performance against LaGrange in the regular-season finale.

“A freshman’s a freshman,” said Teague. “It took him a while to get his feet wet.”

Though Terrell got the bulk of his carries in the latter stages of the season, he finished with 695 yards and eight touchdowns, and has taken his ability to the track this spring, where Teague says he has already run the fastest 100-meter dash (10.71) in school history. Let that sink in: Carrollton has one of the preeminent track programs in state history, and Terrell has already put his name in the school record books.

Carrollton Trojans

2012 record: 8-4, 6-1 Region 5-AAAA. Lost in second round to Marist in five overtimes.

Starters returning: 9 offense; 5 defense

Key players lost: FB Dan Harris, DE Armani Phillips, DE B.J. Addison, LB Turner Martin

Key players returning: RB Trey Chivers, RB Jarvis Terrell, QB Will Garrett, QB Will Heterlee, K Tyler Newsome

Spring practice dates: May 13 – May 22

Schedule: Aug. 30 at Oxford (Ala.), Sept. 6 Chapel Hill, Sept. 13 Calhoun, Sept. 27 Columbus, Oct. 4 Fayette County, Oct. 10 at Troup County, Oct. 18 Shaw, Oct. 25 at Alexander, Nov. 1 Sandy Creek, Nov. 8 LaGrange.

Outlook: The Trojans return virtually all of their skilled players from last year, and if they shore up some key losses on defense another deep playoff run seems likely.

22 comments Add your comment

Jefferson

May 2nd, 2013
2:23 pm

Calhoun will not like the ride home from Carrolton next fall I suspect. Last years game was a thriller.

WarEagle

May 2nd, 2013
3:09 pm

Carrollton is an early favorite to win the state championship. Very good, disciplined, well-coached team, with most of the starters returning. Good fan base too.

1bighammer

May 2nd, 2013
3:51 pm

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1bighammer

May 2nd, 2013
3:55 pm

Whoever comes out of Region 5-AAAA inot the Playoffs this year will have to be considered a favorite to win the Championship.

SportsTopFan(c)

May 2nd, 2013
6:28 pm

FootballTopFan(c) would like to congratulate the Carrollton Trojans and Coach Rayvan Teague on a good solid football program !!!

Carrollton teams are well coached and play hard.

Coach Teague and fans have high expectations for this Trojans team.

Football Top Fan supports high school football.

Trojan94

May 2nd, 2013
7:05 pm

Trojan56 ask and you shall received! Go Trojan!

FactCheckPlease

May 2nd, 2013
8:35 pm

Apparently the FootballTopFan act is getting so old and is so lame even you aren’t paying attention — you posted under a different name than what you called yourself in the actual post. VeryDumbPost(c)

Bruce

May 2nd, 2013
9:03 pm

Carrollton’s rally cry has been ” Wait till next year” for the past 15 yrs. Well next year is coming soon. If not this year, then next year will never come.

SouthGaDude

May 3rd, 2013
7:31 am

Enjoying the 50 on 50 series. Will Valdosta and Lowndes be included?

AverageJoe

May 3rd, 2013
8:56 am

Looks like the home game (week 9) vs Sandy Creek will be the game of the regular season in that region. Last year, SC won 30-7. What will happen this year on the Trojans turf?
And, they could very well meet again deep in the playoffs

Trojans

May 3rd, 2013
11:50 am

The main 3 key starters returning for Carrollton is Cole Cook, Jake Sanders, and Dontavious Russell. They are 3 year starters and have proven to be a force on the field. All three have several BCS college offers and are all rank in the top ten at their position in Georgia.

Trojan56

May 3rd, 2013
9:42 pm

Article is pretty spot on. Defense will be fine. One correction though. Although Terrell is very fast, it’s not true about the 100 meters time being the fastest in school history. That belongs to Stan Rowe who ran a 10.37 in ‘03. He did break Reggie Brown’s freshman record in the 200. Don’t remember the time. Speaking of Reggie, I think Terrell will be the most talented player we’ve seen here at Carrollton since Reggie Brown. That’s saying a mouthful

rural boy

May 4th, 2013
9:24 am

As a lifelong Carroll county resident,one must realize that the monies available for this program is much greater than any surrounding schools(checkTeagues salary)plus the ability to recruit surrounding schools has only helped,Word is the big money guys want a state championship NOW.

Trojan4life

May 4th, 2013
10:31 am

Yes we do have better support than other schools in the county. We raise more money in the concession stand sales than the cowerdly lions booster club raises. We want Championships in every sport! Winning recruits! Ask Sandy Creek or any top program.

rural boy

May 4th, 2013
12:03 pm

Concession stand sales? I am talking about the handful of boosters who actually control the city. About all the players,both present and past,who started in the county system and ended up in the city program when their athletic skills were noticed.Its not just Central but all county schools.Congratulations on a fine program,but you and I know the real story.

Trojan4life

May 4th, 2013
7:03 pm

As a former Trojan, curently a booster and parent I know what kind of real work goes into the Trojan Nation. Hey I also appreciate the handful that can give a little more. I stand by the fact that a winning tradition is a very useful recruiting tool. Teague does make a very nice salary, maybe this is the year. Actualy the football team loses a few players these days because of the competition level. I wish I knew this conspiracy story that you are referring to.

rural boy

May 5th, 2013
11:54 am

certainly have no problem with the Trojan nation as I have many friends and kin folks in that organization.It is certainly a first class place.Nor do I know of any conspiracy story and was not trying to confer that.Only stating that the playing field is not level.They have the big money boys that will pay what is required to win.Period.Just a fact that the city and county both now.I have no hatred or jealousy towards anyone an hope you have season.

Trojan56

May 6th, 2013
11:53 am

@rural boy, This false accusation has been made about us since coach Grisham was in charge. You guys said that he recruited too. Is it too much to admit that we are just better? I can speak from experience. Not only am I a current booster and Trojan Mentor but I am an alum and former player under Ben Scott from ‘93-’96 (by the way, y’all accused him of recruiting as well). On top of that, I have lived in Carrollton my entire life, so I know what I’m talking about. During my playing time, we were in the semis twice and I didn’t play with anyone who had not attended Carrollton City Schools since kindergarten. Do we have guys occasionally transfer from local schools? Yes. That is more a product of them seeing the difference for themselves not being recruited. Bottom line is, you guys have to find some excuse as to why you get beat every year. Put yourself in the players position. If you were a good football player and had a passion for being successful and wanted to win and go on to play in college, wouldn’t you rather be at Carrollton? Is it so hard for you to believe that a player and his parents are making that decision on their own?

Sandy Creek

May 6th, 2013
12:35 pm

AAAA goes through SC

Trojan4life

May 6th, 2013
6:20 pm

That is a true statement Creek but this article is about Carrollton. You guys will have your turn.

rural boy

May 7th, 2013
7:52 am

@Trojan56,as a residence of this county for more than 60 yrs.perhaps my experience may be a little more.Recruitment by any name is the same.This the same arrogant attitude of we’re better than you that has persisted since Central’s existence.As stated earlier,y’all have a fine program with some good people,but it’s about the money.It is now as it has always been,the big money boys run the show.

Trojan94

May 7th, 2013
5:58 pm

Recruiting is all I ever hear I just want to say from all the schools that recruit and from the ones like carrollton that don’t, who cares about schools that don’t take pride in there football programs and bashes other programs that do. Bottom line every year when football season starts nobody cares about the haters. If you say things like programs are recruiting rather it’s true or not (like carrollton) then you can consider a hater. GO TROJANS!!