Brantley Coach David Lowery Brantley Coach David Lowery

The fifth ranked Brantley High School Bulldogs will travel to Providence Christian (5-1; 3-1). Brantley is 5-1 overall and undefeated in the region. The region also contains Florala who has the same record. They will play next week. This week's game could keep Brantley in contention to win the region or it could better the chances of Providence Christian landing a better seeding.

Brantley suffered their first loss in regular season play in two years in the fifth week of the season. It was also their first home loss in five years.

We talked with Coach David Lowery about the season, and the game this week.

Rebecca Johnston: What's going right for you. Who is doing a good job for you this year?

Coach David Lowery: "Chase Hawes our offensive guard (6-0, 225 Sr) is having a great year. Jared Hall (6-0, 210 So) the other offensive guard."

"Chase Hall (5-11 165 So) our quarterback. Running back Anthony Gulley (5-11, 185 Jr), he's right at 900 yards rushing plus with his receiving and kickoff returns he's a little over 1,300 all purpose yards right now."

RJ: Defensively?

DL: Our defensive secondary Roy-L Knighten (5-10, 165 Sr) has five interceptions and two fumble recoveries along with 37 tackles. Linebacker Dexter Daniels (6-3, 215 Sr), he is right at 62 tackles for the year."

RJ: You have mentioned a few underclassmen. Have you been pleased with what you've seen this year?

DL: "I've been pleased with a lot of our younger players. We're playing a lot of young players. We had 17 seniors last year so for a 1A school we have tried to regroup a little bit. We've got a big sophomore class. We are getting a lot of production out of our them and a lot of good leadership out of our juniors and seniors."

RJ: Do you have any up and comers who we should keep a watchful eye?

DL: Our quarterback Chase Hall is a sophomore, and Jerry Hall is a sophomore. Those are two that have definitely stepped up for us offensively."

"I've got a linebacker that is a sophomore, Tory Upshaw, he's making a lot of strides and a lot of progress. He is 6-1 180 pounds."

"We also have a defensive end that is a sophomore Chris Walker (5-10, 170). We've had several sophomores step in and play big for us."

RJ: Are all the sophomores you mentioned starters?

DL: "All four of those are starters."

RJ: Was it a difficult task to get the team up after the loss to (2A) Highland Home or were they an angry bunch?

DL: "No, I think we were kind of chomping at the bit to try again. It obviously hurt the kids and hurt the staff. It hurt everybody to lose one, but you've got to regroup and move on."

RJ: Were you surprised your team came out and scored their highest point total of the season with 55 against a ranked and undefeated opponent?

DL: "I kind of felt like we would play well coming off the loss to Highland (Home). Actually, it was our first home loss in five years. I felt like we would get up and be ready to play real well, and the kids responded. We had a pretty good night."

RJ: Talk about your opponent this week, Providence Christian.

DL: "Providence has a very good football team. They are 5-1 just like we are (3-1 in the region). They are very good on offense, and they look like on tape they have just been getting better each and every week. Playing down there at their place is going to be a tough football game."

RJ: Do you have a large fan base who will travel with you with the success you've had over the years?

DL: "We do. We usually take a real good crowd. This is probably one of our longer trips, but I don't see it as being a problem. It's about an hour's ride. I don't see it being that big of a deal. Most of our games are pretty local though."

RJ: Everything going good this week?

DL: "Monday was a learning day. We went a little slower. Tuesday we picked it up, and Wednesday a little more. It's been pretty good."

"We're about normal on injuries for this time of year. We've had three real good football games in a row. Ariton was a real physical team. Highland Home was a physical football team. Last week against McKenzie, and it was a pretty physical game. We're beat up and banged up, but I think pretty much everyone else is too." source for Alabama high school football.

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