Spotlight: Tate High School, 11/11/16
Tate made an impressive run to the state semifinals last season, but with so few starters returning the expectations were a step back year for the Aggies.
They've squashed those predictions, winning eight of ten games and earning a return to the playoffs
Tate had only two full time starters returning from last year, but any concerns about a major drop-off were answered quickly.
In week two against highly respected West Florida Tech, the Aggies won by two touchdowns.
Jake Henry is a huge reason for the success. All-area as a receiver and defensive back last season, the senior shifted to quarterback with tremendous results.
He throws for nearly 1,500 yards, with 19 touchdowns against only two interceptions and at the same time, He's the team’s leading rusher, going over 1,000 yards with 11 more scores.
The Aggies had very little experience on the offensive line, usually not a promising sign, but five guys have stepped up all starting every game.
The group, led by senior guard Jared Bethea, who was the only returning starter.
The defense, with no full time starters back, took some lumps along the way, but they've come on strong late in the year. Especially in stopping the run.
However, in terms of being opportunistic that's been there all season.
Patrick Palmer leads the turnover charge. The sophomore, a converted receiver, certainly knows how to catch it, with seven interceptions.
The rock for this defense is senior Caleb Campbell, he leads the teams in tackles from the defensive tackle spot...which is rare. Coach Lindsey points to his impressive consistency.
All of it's produced another impressive season, but a playoff spot wasn't secured until the final minute of their last game.