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Broad Shoulders ~ Red Boiling Springs Bulldog Football Team Featured in Middle Tennessee Sports Maga PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Reprinted at the request of RBS Bulldog Football Fans

Story By: John Ferguson

Think fast - when can a head coach with a career record of 4-9 be called a success? When his name is Kyle Shoulders, head coach of the rising Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs.

Rising? With a record like that? Well, yes - but, to understand where this is going, you have to know where the program has been.

The loveable losers

Most everyone in Tennessee knows about Red Boiling Springs. Not many know where it is, but they know what it’s famous for - 0-61.

Before the 2009 season, the Bulldogs had not won a game since Week 9 of the 2002 season. Six consecutive 0-10 seasons - that kind of streak is hard on the soul.

None provide affluence. Money comes hard there, as evidenced by the string of empty shops you drive past on the way to the school. The growth in the county is all to the west, in neighboring Lafayette.

Most towns like this rally around their football teams as a source of community pride and unity - 0-61 makes either seem hollow.

The only tradition the Bulldogs had was losing. Their latest stretch of futility wasn’t even the worst in the program’s history - the team went 0-63 between 1986 and 1993. From 1986 to 2008, the football program was 18-212. As one coach described it, “Everyone wanted to schedule us for homecoming.”

Coach after coach threw himself into the maw - 1980 RBS graduate Tony Boles stepped up in 2003, and then stepped down, winless, in 2007. He was followed by Scott Baughn, who survived one winless season before leaving for personal reasons.

Reasons for the streak abound. The school only enrolls about 200 students, one of the tiniest in the state. Money for anything is scarce. Some of the home situations are not the best.

Maybe losing was to be expected.

Too young to know any better

In April 2009, Kyle Shoulders was chosen from four applicants to fill the head coaching vacancy at RBS. The 26-year-old was well aware of the history of the program, having graduated from nearby Macon County High in 2002. His senior year of high school was the last time the Bulldogs had won.

After earning his teaching degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Shoulders returned to Macon County to teach and coach, serving as offensive coordinator for the Tigers.

“Actually, the losing record was a bit of an encouragement to me,” Shoulders said. “I knew I could make it my own. I could bring in my own staff, my own traditions, and start moving the program in the right direction.”

Shoulders started by calling some coaching friends and asking them a crazy question: How about coming to Red Boiling Springs?

The new Bulldog staff brought both youthful exuberance and winning expectations with them. Jason East, 28, coached at state powerhouse and district-foe Trousdale County, a program diametrically opposite RBS in terms of tradition and success. Longtime area football stalwart Bob Fitzpatrick, who played at Tennessee Tech and coached at Macon County, came on board as a volunteer.

“They may have thought I was a little crazy when I first called them, but then they realized that we could all be on the same page together, building something from scratch,” Shoulders said.

Shoulders then added an even younger Jeremy Phillips, who at 22 is enrolled in college and working towards his teaching degree. Phillips doubles as coach and scout team quarterback - put pads on him, and you would be hard-pressed to separate him from his charges.

Even the managers were young - two sophomores and a junior.

There’s a new sheriff in town

The staff went right to work on all aspects of the program. They refurbished the stadium, finding a good field under years of neglect. They tore old lockers out of the field house, renovated the weight room, and created a better home away from home for the team. Next came tearing down the old bad habits.

“The old program had no summer workout program, no conditioning, and no two-a-days in preseason. In fact, one of the first things we had to correct was attendance at practice,” Shoulders said. “In years past, boys would just skip practice.”

Shoulders dropped two rising seniors from the team during the spring; in fact, they were the two best athletes on the squad, including the presumptive starting quarterback.

“They didn’t want to do the work,” Shoulders said and shrugged, telling a story about one hot day during the summer when the team was out running through town. The young man in question drove by the team, radio blaring, laughing and yelling.

“He had told some players that he’d be back starting for the team in the fall, after skipping all the conditioning and training. One of the team members came and asked if that boy could come back, and I said, ‘No.’ I think that sent a message to our boys.”

The staff set four lockers slightly apart and named four captains not for their ability but for their leadership in the classroom, in the hallways and on the field.

A new start

There’s a sign on the wall in the weight room that reads, “Did I make my team better today?” It is a mantra that the new staff spent the spring practice and summer instilling in the Bulldogs.

“We never talked about the losses,” Shoulders said. “We always looked towards the future, and told the boys ‘Don’t look back.’ “

Instead of a spring scrimmage, the team played a Red vs. White game - quite a feat for a club with only 28 players. However, the combined infusion of youth and commitment sent a jolt through the community, which turned out in numbers for the spring game.

That energy, in turn, helped motivate the players through the summer workout program. Their resolve resonated even more with the townspeople, who responded with more support in the form of money.

Signage along the fences of the stadium multiplied, the program began to see a little bit of money, and even though hopes were rightfully muted, the town turned out in full force on Aug. 21 for the Bulldogs’ home opener against Oakdale.

The Eagles never knew what hit them.

Running back Shelton Watson rushed for a touchdown to give RBS an early lead. Quarterback Cody Dickens found Brandon Kelley in the end zone for a late first-half strike, and Kelley picked off and returned an Oakdale pass in the dying seconds of the quarter, giving the Bulldogs a 21-0 halftime lead. Dickens rushed for one more score in the third, and the team celebrated wildly as the crowd rushed the field at the final horn. Red Boiling Springs 28, Oakdale 12.

Two weeks later after a bye week, a last-minute touchdown pass against visiting Pickett County brought some strange new vocabulary to town, words never associated with RBS football.

Undefeated, and on a winning streak.

Teaching an old Dog new tricks

Reality crashed down the following Friday, when Watertown hung 50 first-half points on the RBS squad. The Bulldogs finished the 2009 season with a 2-8 record. The young pups were competitive in three other games down the stretch, giving hope that the program was indeed on the rise.

Coach Shoulders, now teaching on campus at Red Boiling Springs, has seen his roster grow to over 30 players. The habits and training patterns introduced by the coaching staff are no longer new and strange to the boys, and after a calendar year together, the team has been able to expand their basic playbook and football I.Q. The tragic death of sophomore lineman Brandon Tidwell during the summer galvanized the feeling of team and family. The program is moving forward - the proof is found in their 2-0 start this season.

 That success, however, brings a whole new set of challenges.

The burden of expectations

At the base of the hill atop which the school stands is Big Ed’s BBQ, home of some of the best grilled and smoked meat you’ll find anywhere. The place is only open Thursday through Sunday, and a sign on the door lists the operating hours as, “open until sold out” - which, according to the locals, happens quickly. “Get there early,” advised Coach Fitzpatrick, who walked in himself about thirty minutes after recommending the place.

Through the aromatic hickory smoke, owner Nathan Brown pointed out a perceptible difference around town.
“People come in on Saturdays and want to talk about the games,” Brown said as he moved some chicken around on the grill. “That never used to happen. But the biggest difference is in the boys. They come down here after school to get some food, and they carry themselves differently. Now, they’re proud of the jersey they’re wearing, compared to before.”

The staff also noted the change. “There’s a big difference. On game days, you see the team colors all around town,” Michelle Bell said, serving a steady stream of customers, many of whom were sporting RBS outfits in anticipation of the night’s game.

Those rising expectations present a whole new set of problems for the RBS coaching staff, a fact not lost on Shoulders.

“As the season progressed last year, it was a struggle at times to keep the team motivated, especially in some of the lopsided games,” the coach mused. “It’s harder to be a 2-8 team than a 0-61 team.”

That makes sense, in a strange way. When you expect to lose, and everyone expects you to lose, then there is no pressure - simply fulfill the self-fulfilling prophecy. 0-61 is a novelty act, a sideshow ... 2-8 is just another struggling football team.

The team, and the town, are both learning what it means to expect success. It’s called building a program, a task Shoulders and his staff do not take lightly.

“We want the boys to feel the pride of being part of a program,” Shoulders explained. “I tell them all the time that it takes a special breed of person to play football. Not everyone can put in the time, heart, and effort necessary to have success in this sport.”

The staff emphasize to the boys the concept of Being a Standard, and hope that the program produces young men who go on to contribute to their community and society when they graduate. Along the way, Shoulders also works hard to instill in the team a love of the game itself.

“We try to show them how important football is to them while they’re playing. As a player, I took some things for granted - now I wish I could go back, just for one more practice, one more game.”

“We’ve tried to instill in these boys the importance of attendance, a good work ethic and dedication - I’m glad that their hard work paid off, and they’ve gotten to show off what they earned.”

Cross Country News PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

By: Coach Glendon G. Gattis
Macon County girls tied for third with David Lipscomb with 84 points. The tie was broken with the results of the 6th runner. David Lipscomb finished in 3rd place, Macon County in 4th. The top 3 teams advance to the State Meet.

“Our girls ran well, led by Freshman Katie Swindle in 3rd place and Senior Mackenzie Painter in 10th, who both qualified for the State Cross Country Meet. The top 5 scorers were rounded out by Freshman Jasmine Chaparro, 20th, Sophomore Terra Pryor, 34th, and Junior Meerim Talipova in 37th. Sophomore Katie Hix, who has been battling an injury most of the season finished in 47th, and Freshman Casandra Wilson continued to improve with a 60th place finish. The girls raced more today rather than just running.”

“The boys were led by the 7th place finish of Junior Andrew Emberton. Senior Taylor Boxold, still recovering from an appendectomy back in September  finished in 29th place, while Freshman Mason Doss finished in 30th.Seth Smith finished in 38th, Jordan Kemp 62nd, Corey Eden 80th, and Dylan Sexton 95th.”

Macon County Soccer League Game Report PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Week 6 10-23-10

U4 Division
*Game time 11:15am
Jay Greenís Red team played Anita McClardís Tangerine team
Score:  Red 26 ñ Tangerine 1
Scoring for red was Valerie Kirby with 18 goals and Taylor Green with 8 goals.  Coach Green, ìThe team played an awesome game!  Go Big Red!î
Scoring for tangerine was Omar Onate with 1 goal.

*Game time 11:45am
Seth Blankenshipís Lime Green team took on Courtney Brawnerís Purple team
Score:  Lime Green 30 ñ Purple 6
Scoring for lime green was Chloe Blankenship 22 goals, Mattie Goad 7 goals, and Elyssa Walrond with 1 goal.  Coach Blankenship said, ìI am so proud of my girls this season and thank you to all the parents.î
Scoring for purple was Kaden Woodard with 5 goals and Kyra Carver with 1 goal.  Coach Brawner said, ìI am very proud of my team.  They played very well together.î

U6 Division
*Game time 9:00am
Joey Flowersí Purple team played Rhonda Cothronís Turquoise team
Score:  Purple 6 ñ Turquoise 1
Scoring for purple was Hayden Wix 2 goals, Brady Driver 2 goals, Braylon Flowers 1 goal, and Emma Davis with 1 goal.  Coach Flowers reported all the team played great!  Scoring was led by Hayden Wix and Brady Driver with 2 goals each.  Braylon Flowers and Emma Davis followed with 1 goal each.  Kyra White and Elijah Meador assisted with great offense and defense.  Jasmine Cruz played another great game of goalie defense.
Scoring for turquoise was Allison Thompson with 1 goal.  Coach Cothron reported Kylee Frasier, Tristan Newberry, Allison Thompson, Cole Runyon, Colin Cothron, and Willie Osorio all played well.  The team has shown great improvement throughout the season.

*Game time 9:45am
Ronda Paredesí Tangerine team took on Kasi Hireís Lime Green team
Score:  Tangerine 6 - Lime Green 2
Scoring for tangerine was Christofer Paredes with 5 goals and Stone Donoho with 1 goal.  Coach Paredes reported the whole team played very well today and pointed out good offensive play from Julissa Martinez.
Scoring for lime green was Kadie Hire with 2 goals.  Coach Hire said, ìEveryone had a good game!î

*Game time 10:30am
Kyle Turnerís Royal Blue team battled Susan Stevensí Red team
Score:  Royal Blue 5 ñ Red 3
Scoring for royal blue was Katelyn Austin with 4 goals and Delaney Turner with 1 goal.  Coach Turner also highlighted Karson Meador, Kennedy Marshall, and Kaneeka Wrightís good performance today.
Scoring for red was Cadence Carter with a hat trick, all 3 goals.  Coach Stevens reported also playing well was Austin Woodard, Roxy Barber, Carson Green, Will Stevens, and Kyra Gregory.

U8 Division
*Game time 9:00am
Eric Carverís Purple team played Rachel Dulworthís Lime Green team
Score:  Purple 2 ñ Lime Green 1
Scoring for purple was Kyndal Luddick with 2 goals and Emily Ashburn with 1 assist.  Coach Carver said, ìThe team played great together today and it has been a great season working with these kids and parents.î
No report was submitted from Lime Green.

*Game time 9:45
Wesley Clayborneís Tangerine team took on Wendell Jones and Chris Woodardís Turquoise team
Score:  Tangerine 7 ñ Turquoise 0
Scoring for tangerine was Brandon Nunez with 4 goals and Logan Whittemore with 1 goal.  Coach Clayborne reported Gavin Clayborne, Isaac Kirby, Eli Austin, Emily Ward, McKenzie Wix, and Abby Kemp all played really good offense and defense and said, ìI am really proud of my kids.î
No scoring was reported for turquoise.  Coach Jones and Coach Woodard reported Wesley Talley, Kara Case, Caroline Steva, Abby Shoulders, Eli Woodard, Kaitlyn Driver, Jason McMillan, and Tyler Jones all played very hard.

U12 Division
*Game time 9:00am
Craig Cothronís Purple team battled Perry Knight, Adam Steva, and Shane Dillerís Lime Green team
Score:  Purple 3 ñ Lime Green 2
Scoring for purple was Brandon Lau with 2 goals and Jonathan Martinez with 1 goal.  Coach Cothron reported playing great defensively were Alexandria Edward, Brianna Winsett, Keeley Wilkerson, and Callie Cothron.  Playing great offensively were Jamie Ashburn, Jonathan Martinez, Jordan Powell, Brandon Lau, and Katelyn Cothron.  Also a good midfield performance was turned in from Isaac Marshall, Brooklynn Edwards and Nash Wagner along with great goalie play from Addison Wright.
Scoring for Lime Green was Jeremiah ìYimmyî Pinzur with 1 goal, Hunter Carver with 1 assist, and 1 Own Goal.  Coaches Knight and Coach Steva reported a see-saw game between Lime Green and Purple and a great game for the parents and fans to watch.  ìYimmyî Pinzur sent a bullet in on a corner kick from the left side that came off a Purple played to level the match at 1 goal apiece.  ìYimmyî then scored another after receiving a great pass from Hunter Carver to put Lime Green up 2-1.  That lead stood until the dying moments when Purple mounted a heroic charge scoring 2 goals late and getting a big win.  The coaches also pointed out great play from Mike Steva defensively along with Mia Brawner, Nick Knight, and Sam Denney.  The midfield saw spirited play from Keely Carter, ìYimmyî Pinzur, Ben Bray, and a great performance from Leah Steva.  Up front were Catherine Kemp, Hunter Carver, and strong play from Autumn Matthews.  Hannah ìGracieî Steva turned in another fine game as the net minder.

*Game time 10:30am
Edmundo and Carol Chaparroís Turquoise team took on Brian Morganís Tangerine team
Score:  Turquoise 8 ñ Tangerine 5
Scoring for turquoise was Connor Chaparro with 7 goals, Joshua Hauskin with 1 goal and 2 assists, and Jared Hill with 1 assist.  The coaches reported a good game from everyone.  A great goalkeeping performance was turned in by Ethan Wakefield.  Kaitlyn Stone, Gabe Jones, Shayla Ochoa, Colleen McClard, Isaac Wakefield, and Cameron Duncan all played well on defense.  Logan Duncan, Jared Hill, and Cameron Wohlgamuth had a good game in the midfield.  A great offensive performance was turned in by Olivia Belton, Joshua Hauskin, and Connor Chaparro.
Scoring for tangerine was Spencer Morgan 2 goals, Parker Smith 2 goals, and Caleb Clark with 1 goal.  Coach Morgan said, ìAll my players did an outstanding job.  I am very proud of the effort that was shown today.î

U18 Division
*Game time 10:30am
David Denneyís Turquoise team battled Carl Dobbsí Red team
Score:  Turquoise 4 ñ Red 2
Scoring for turquoise was Moses Pinzur 2 goals, Tyler Steen 1 goal, and Winston Sandifer with 1 goal.  Coach Denney reported, ìA big day for the Turquoise team as they put a win down against the red team.  We played a very good first half with several scoring chances.  A big thanks to Tyler Steen and Jesse Denney for their good showing in goal.  Amanda Denney, Derrick Lau, Ryan Tucker, Hunter Sullivan, and Jonathan Pinzur all had a good day in defensive positions.  Samuel Thomas, Samantha Matthews, Travis Carver, Cody Lau, and Tonya Michael had an outstanding game in the midfield.  Winston Sandifer and Moses Pinzur had a great day offensively.
Scoring for red was Shawn Kemp with 1 goal and Micah Schanel with 1 goal.  Coach Dobbs said, ìThe team has played hard, but need to pull it back together.î  Playing well were Micah Schanel, Caleb Anderson, Kendrick Carter, Nicholas Hill, Kayla Anderson, Alex Hill, Gabe Johns, Dylan turner, Autumn Smith, John Griffith, Shawn Kemp, Rachel White, Drew Pharis, Mary Meador, and Ethan Phillips.

*Game time 12:00pm
Larry Dallasí Tangerine team took on Bobby Hillís Lime Green team
Score:  Tangerine 7 ñ Lime Green 2
Scoring for tangerine was Caleb Centers 2 goals, Chris Wisdom 2 goals, Ben Cook 1 goal, Brad Centers 1 goal, and Frank Hernandez with 1 goal.
Scoring for lime green was Steven DellíAquila with 1 goal and Nathaniel Hulme with 1 goal.  Playing well for lime green were Jacob Barber, Kyle DellíAquila, Steve DellíAquila, Claudia Hulme, Nathaniel Hulme, Aundrea Swanson, Emily Kemp, Marshall Avera, Ryan Avera, Jose Hernandez, and Robert Hill.  Coach Hill also added, ìA great job by the team which has shown improvement since the beginning of the season.î
Macon County Peewee Football & Cheerleading League News PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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By: David Phillips

This coming Saturday, October 30, we will be playing in the 13th annual Lions Bowl here at Pat Parker Memorial Field.  Beginning at 9:00 AM, the LSU Tigers will be playing the Spartans; at 10:15 Bama will be playing the Tigers; at 11:30 the Titans will be playing the Vols; at 12:45 the Cowboys will be playing the Westmoreland Raiders; at 2:00 the Bulldogs will be playing the Westmoreland Jets; at 3:15 the Steelers will be playing the Westmoreland Eagles and at 4:30 the Blue Raiders will be playing the Westmoreland Titans.

Our regular season came to an end this past Saturday as the flag division played their last games and received their trophies from the league.  Each of our 6 teams seemed to improve over the season and we look forward to having them all come back and play next year also.  We want to thank all of the coaches who volunteered their time to this league and the kids this season and also thanks to all the parents who allowed your child to play this year.

The 1st 6-8 game had the Vols defeating the Tigers in OT 12-6.  For the Vols, Matthew Murphy had 135 yards, 1 TD and 5 tackles; Luke Robinette had 60 yards and 6 tackles; and Trace Holmes and Brandon Jones had 3 tackles each.  For the Tigers, Isaac Belton had the touchdown.

The 2nd 6-8 game had Bama winning over the Titans 24-14.  For Bama, Logan Locker had 105 yards, 1 TD and a 2-pt conversion; Conner Johnson had 90 yards, 1 TD, a 2-pt conversion and 8 tackles; Cameron Houston had 61 yards, 1 TD, a 2-pt conversion and 5 tackles; Jordan Steen had 5 tackles; Tyler Jenkins had a 2-pt conversion and Will Talley had a 2-pt conversion and 3 tackles.  For the Titans, Curtis Oliver had 181 yards, 2 TD’s and 7 tackles; Brian Kirby had 50 yards; Wesley Carver had 25 yards; Logan Williams had 23 yards; Brandon Jenkins had a 2-pt conversion and 3 tackles; and Michael Matthews had 2 tackles.

The 3rd game was a 9-12 game and had the Steelers defeating the Spartans 32-0.  For the Steelers, Jason Sewell had a TD; Tanner Cleary had a TD; Mason Warfield had a TD; Josh Tirjan had a TD and Spencer Tirjan had a TD.  For the Spartans, Jordan Powell had 25 yards and 2 tackles; Christopher Birchfield had 27 yards and 3 tackles; Matthew Trent had 5 tackles; and Dylan Texcahua, Luke Texcahua and Christopher Oliver had 2 tackles each.

The 4th game was a 9-12 game and had the Blue Raiders winning over the Bulldogs 28-6.  For the Blue Raiders, Cayden Shrum  had 148 yards, 2 TD’s a 1-pt conversion and 5 tackles; Bailey Law had 102 yards, 2 TD’s, a 1-pt conversion and 5 tackles; Hunter Dickens had 22 yards and 2 1-pt conversions; Houston Stafford had 6 tackles; and Dylan Glasgow and Brian Swindle had 4 tackles each.  For the Bulldogs, Seth Carlisle had 115 yards, 1 TD and 6 tackles; Riley Phillips had 27 yards and 5 tackles; Shane Whitefield had 7 tackles; Jared Whitefield, Zach Emmitt and Landon Wix had 5 tackles each; and Lee Pruitte and Kelton Ballou had 3 tackles each.

The 5th game was a 9-12 game and had the LSU Tigers defeating the Cowboys 20-8.  For LSU, Braxton Crawford had 122 yards and 4 tackles; Bryson Smith had 44 yards, 2 TD’s and 4 tackles; Tyler Swindle had 12 tackles; Tyler Johns had 7 tackles; James Dorris had 5 tackles; and Aaron Kirby had 4 tackles.  For the Cowboys, Taylor Carman had 56 yards and 4 tackles; Cole Carnahan had 26 yards and 4 tackles; Seth Barber had 26 yards and 2 tackles; Chase Whittemore had 8 tackles; Trent Boles had 6 tackles and Chase Long had 3 tackles.

Everyone in the community needs to come out and support our local teams this coming Saturday as they play against some visiting teams from Westmoreland.  Show your support for our local future stars!

MCHS Volleyball Team Ends Season 6-4 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Macon County High School Volleyball team finished their season when they lost to Sycamore in the semi-final match on Tuesday Oct 12th. The team finished 3rd their District with a District record of 6-4. The MCHS Volleyball team also finished with a Regular Season record of 17-10. The team received the District 9AA Sportsmanship Award for the year. Two players from Macon County also received individual awards. Cassidy Baughn received All-District, and Megan Smith received All-Tournament.
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