What’s up with the Towers defense?

After going 0-10 a year ago, the Towers football program needed something good to happen. So this year’s 2-0 start is quite welcomed.

Under first-year coach Michael Holloway, the Titans have opened the season with a pair of shutout wins: 13-0 over Jackson and 44-0 over South Atlanta. It matches their win total from 2011 and is the most since 2009, when they went 7-4 and reached the playoffs.

The last time Towers has had two shutouts in a season was 2009, when they tallied three. The last the Titans had back-to-back shutouts was 2004.

Towers hasn’t opened the season with two consecutive wins since 2000 and haven’t started 3-0 since 1985. This week Towers takes on Clarkston (1-2), which scored 27 points last week against Strong Rock Christian.

The Towers defense scored both touchdowns against Jackson, once on a fumble recovery in the end zone, the other on an interception return.

Pierce County finding  its stride

After sputtering in the opener, a 24-7 win over Bacon County, Pierce County got things rolling in a 42-20 win over Dublin.

The Bears (2-0) are led by quarterback Tyler Harris, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior who has committed to SMU. Harris operates most out of the shotgun formation, with coach Sean Pender using a variety of different formations.

Pierce County went 10-2 last year, losing to Peach County in the second round of the playoffs. The Bears are now 20-5 under Pender, a former Valdosta State receiver who played under Hal Mumme, the noted guru of the passing game.

Don’t overlook these guys

Pike County’s Artez Oglesby carried 21 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-0 win over First Presbyterian Day.

White County’s Maurice Sutton ran eight times for 80 yards and one touchdown and Dalton Whitfield carried nine times for 70 yards and two TDs in a 31-0 win over Lumpkin County.

Rockmart beat Coosa for the ninth straight time, a 27-24 win. Julian Welch ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. J.C. Lovelace returned an interception for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.

Adairsville’s Sidnee Johnson ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 win over Armuchee. Austin Harris carried five times for 113 yards.

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September 10th, 2013
8:58 am

The Towers football Head coach first name is James, I think. I went to the south Atlanta game and was surprised not the same ol towers. They looked a lot more disciplined. I heard those guys were a bunch of middle school coaches. They got my vote! But still not convinced they ready for the better AAA teams. Watching, waiting and rooting!

Dekalb Co Guy

September 10th, 2013
8:03 pm

I havent saw them play this year, but saw them play a couple of games last year and they were pretty bad. Clarkston blew them out last year, so that lets you know something there. I tend to agree with WeGoHard, they are vastly improved, but the competition has been very weak so far. The competition will get stiffer for them dont really see them challenging the private schools or Cedar Grove or Decatur for a playoff spot. But I think 4-6 or 5-5 is an attainable goal for them this year and considering where they were last season, that would be a tremendous accomplishment


September 10th, 2013
9:46 pm

I’m driving home and what do I hear? I hear the Towers coach, players and the dag on band on the radio talking about homecoming and how their going to beat on up Clarkston. I guess i have to go to the game just to see if they can back up the boasting that the whole world knows if you get beat. I haven’t seen Clarkston play. Hey who goes to a Clarkston game anyway? The best thing to come out of Clarkston was big Walter Tate back in the 80s. This game will be the battle of the bad.LoL Towers test like i said before will be in the the region play. Blessed Trin. Cedar Grove and state runner-up St.Pius. Talk after them!

Dekalb Co Guy

September 12th, 2013
12:54 am

I saw Clarkston play against Druid Hills a couple of weeks ago and Clarkston was competitive for maybe a half against Druid Hills. Clarkston beat them pretty bad last season, they have a chance to turn the tables this year. I would give Towers the edge this season and Towers should win next week too vs Douglass. As far as region, the only probable win I see for them is McNair