Corky Kell: Carrollton Trojans football preview

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Carrollton is one of the most storied and successful programs in the nation and owns an all-time record of 632-213-28 (.740) and seven state championships. The team finished 13-2 with a loss to Griffin in the state championship last season and have plenty of talent returning. The big change is new head coach Ed Dudley, who fills in for Rayven Teague. Dudley spent his previous five years at Ware County but is familiar with the Trojans program after spending the 1988-91 seasons as Carrollton’s defensive coordinator under head coach Ben Scott. In his four seasons as coordinator, Dudley’s defenses held 35 opponents to single digits, including 21 shutouts.

The offense will be coordinated by Tripp Allen, who left Walton to reunite with Dudley and the Trojans. Allen served as Walton’s offensive coordinator for 15 seasons and replaced former Carrollton offensive coordinator Joey King, who now serves as head coach at Cartersville. Allen is a 3-time Cobb County Offensive Coach of the Year (2003, 2007, 2011).

He began his coaching career at Carrollton straight out of graduating from West Georgia. This is when he would meet then-defensive coordinator Dudley, who would coach at Buford, Walton and Ware County after his time as an assistant. Dudley beat out over 200 candidates for the job and Allen served his coordinator from 1999-2009. The duo was so successful at the East Cobb school that the field house is named Dudley Field House.

The Trojans are traditionally built to run the football and they will remain a ground and pound offense while using no huddle and an uptempo pace to keep the defense guessing. On Carrollton’s defensive side of the ball, Georgia Tech-commit Dante Wigley is a lockdown corner at 6-foot-1, 183-pounds. Wigley will also step in as a running back and wide receiver and is one of the team’s top playmakers. Jack Garrett is a solid quarterback that replaces his older brother Will Garrett, who started last season with 1,146 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Jarvis Tarrell rushed for 80.1 yards per game last season with a team-high 17 rushing touchdowns and will lead the backfield as a junior this season.


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