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Versatile, Power-Packed Tigers Could Take It All


August 31, 2010 by wcobserver

Team Packs 23 Seniors

By Susan McCarthy

Coach Rodney Selph jokingly calls himself a “bland coach.” He’s obviously not talking about his coaching style; his West Fork varsity football team is favored to win the 3A division by many publications, including Hooten’s Arkansas Football. But Selph is not one to brag.

“You don’t win championships in a magazine,” Selph said.  “Our goal isn’t to be picked to win, our goal is to win….practice, work at it…make it happen.”

Selph’s team has 23 seniors with eight offensive and eight defensive starters returning this fall.

“I’m really excited,” said senior Logan Genz running back and linebacker.  “We’ve got a lot of starters returning.  We’ve got a good offense and defensive, a strong secondary and a young, but real talented quarterback.”

Dylan Harrison, a junior will lead the team as quarterback, replacing all-state quarterback Isaac Muggy, who graduated in May.  Selph says Harrison’s key weapon on the field is “first and foremost…speed.”

“He runs a 4.6-40,” Selph said.  “He’s a natural leader…a quarterback has to be that.”

The Tigers offensive line is also packed with a lot of power with seniors Zane Carroll, 5’9”, 220 pounds, Taylor Karnes, 6’1”, 230 pounds, and Taylor Shadrick, 6’1”, 240 pounds.

“They’re big strong guys; they’re the core of the team,” said Selph.  “They’re experienced.  They’re smart.  We’re happy to have those guys back.

Selph has a lot of versatility in his team as many of his players will be playing skilled positions on both sides, offensive and defensive.  These include seniors Griff Smith, Logan Genz, Tyler DeWitt, Nathan Miller, and junior Chis Worley.  Shadrick, Genz, Jarnagan, and Karnes, also play both sides.

The Tigers moved from 4A to 3A this year; Selph said school enrollment determines which division they play in.  “We were the smallest 4A school the last two years.  This year we’re the biggest 3A school,” Selph explained.

Staff Photographer Brooke McNeely Galligan West Fork defensive player Payton Hurt (34) goes to block Dylan Harrison’s pass Thursday Aug. 12 as they run through plays during practice at West Fork.

This will be Selph’s third year as head coach for West Fork.  He will be supported by Brad Lindley, defensive coordinator, Bryan Dougan, offensive coordinator, and Bob Wise, defensive line coach.  The Tigers went 7-4 last season.

The West Fork Tigers began practice on Aug. 2 and have had to endure temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s most days.

“We’ve gotten better.  Our offensive plays have tightened up.  We’ve gotten better at not missing tackles, said junior Wil Jarnagan, who at 5’10”, 175 pounds plays both running back and linebacker positions.

“We’re hoping to have a good year.  We have high expectations for these guys…they know that.  They have high expectations for themselves.  Hopefully, the winning will take care of itself,” Selph said.

West Fork will host Magazine at its first home game on Friday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m.  West Fork will also scrimmage at home against Gentry on Aug. 24.  Both junior high and varsity teams will play; kick-off for the junior high game is at 5:30; varsity kick-off is at 7 p.m.



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