Trojans loaded for state title run

Carrollton Trojans

Carrollton has been a consistent football powerhouse over the past 10 years thanks to head coach Rayvan Teague. The Trojans have appeared in the state playoffs every year since Teague came aboard in 2002 (according to, but have fallen short of the state title each year.


“I think we have a group this year that has some capabilities,” said Teague. “I don’t know if we are the best team in the state but I know we will be one of the best and hopefully we can put it together and stay healthy and make a good run in the playoffs.”


With nine starters returning on offense and six on defense, the Trojans have experience, speed and commitment to lead them into the 2013 season.


“With the speed and the knowledge coming back this season, we were able to expand and explore a little bit more and hopefully that will show up in points scored,” said Teague.


The Trojans have also been working hard in the offseason. They have incorporated winter and summer workouts to prepare them for the tough schedule ahead. The team is committed and it is seen through the various athletes who have been successful on the gridiron.


“We try to demand a lot out of our kids as far as practice goes and as far as commitment to the weight room,” said Teague. “We had a really good winter workout. Then the coaches are always evaluating our plan and we are hopefully making the right adjustments to give our kids the best opportunity for the season.”


The goal for the Trojans will be to win a state championship this year. Defensive tackle Dontavius Russell will be returning for the Trojans. He received over 23 offers from various Division I schools, but committed to the University of Georgia. Along with Russell, TE Brandon Walton, TE Cole Cook and kicker Tyler Newsome have also received various offers from Division I schools with no commitments.


The Trojans also returned three starters from the secondary.


“Our strengths will have to be our experience back on offense,” said Teague. “I think we have really good size on the starting line. Our strength on defense would have to be that we returned 3 out of 4 starters in our secondary.”


The Trojans’ season-opener is on Aug. 30 at Oxford (Ala.).

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