Cutter Morning Star: Eagles keep momentum

Conference: 5-2A
Coach: T.C. Shamel
’13 Record: 7-4 (5-2)

The Cutter Morning Star Eagles had one of their most successful seasons in school history in 2013.

“We finished 7-4 and went to the state playoffs for only the third time in school history,” Coach T.C. Shamel said. “We also had the second largest win total in our program’s history.

“We rushed for 2,500 yards and scored 29 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively, we intercepted 21 passes and scored eight defensive touchdowns.”

The move down to 2A two seasons ago has been kind to the Eagles. The highlight of the season came with a “big win over Magnet Cove on senior night!” In 2013, the Eagles proved they could beat the best in the 5-2A, and they look to build on that success this fall.

The Eagles return four starters on both sides of the ball. Expected starters include senior Zack Wren (running back/defensive back), senior Jeremy Casey (wide receiver/linebacker), junior Holden Boyden (wide receiver/linebacker), junior Darren Guilliot (offensive/defensive lineman), senior Dane Meredith (offensive/defensive lineman), senior J.D. Simmons (quarterback/defensive back), senior Trevor Wren (offensive lineman/linebacker), sophomore Daniel Kimpton (offensive/defensive lineman), junior Travis McDowell (wide receiver/defensive back) and senior Sam Larsen (offensive/defensive lineman).

“We have a lot of holes to fill both offensively and defensively after losing eight starters to graduation,” Shamel said.

Zack Wren is a member of this year’s 501 Football Team.

“Zack has great instincts while playing the game of football,” Shamel said. “Makes the game appear easy at times. His teammates look to him for guidance on and off the field.”

The 5-2A gets even tougher this season with the addition of England.

“Magnet Cove, Bigelow, Conway Christian, Poyen and newcomer England will all be contenders,” Shamel said. “We are beginning the season with confidence after making the playoffs in 2013. Our weakness is that we have no experience. We will be very young, and our numbers will be low heading into the summer workouts.”