Southeast High School Raiders

October 25, 2013

Consider the possibilities

Much more than bragging rights at stake as Southeast hosts Northwest


Ringgold (6-1, 4-0) at

Coahulla Creek (2-5, 1-3)

The Colts host a Ringgold team on a roll, with the Tigers — who beat North Murray 49-27 last week — having won four in a row since losing 19-15 to Central-Carroll on Sept. 13, the only time this season they haven’t scored at least 30 points.

Ringgold’s average of 36 points per game is second in Region 5-3A only to powerhouse Cartersville — which is averaging 50 per outing — and the Tigers have no shortage of threats capable of putting the ball in the end zone.

With all of that in mind, Coahulla Creek coach Jared Hamlin understands the importance of not missing assignments on defense.

“They are as good as anyone we play,” Hamlin said. “We’re going to have to be fundamentally sound defensively.”

Among the offensive weapons for the Tigers are senior quarterback Slade Dale, junior running backs D.L. Goins and Kile Sholl and junior wide receiver Christian Plott. All are capable of putting up big numbers, as they did against the Mountaineers. Goins, Plott and Sholl each had more than 100 yards rushing or receiving last week, while Dale passed for two touchdowns.

Dale’s ability to use both his arm and legs to break down a defense reminds Hamlin of a certain Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback currently starring at Texas A&M.

“Just by the way he does things, he reminds me of Johnny Manziel,” Hamlin said of Dale, who has committed to the University of Georgia’s baseball program and led his Tigers to a 33-27 triple-overtime victory at Dalton to open the season. “Not that he is, but he has that kind of threat. He throws and runs it well. We have to try to keep him wrapped up and keep him from getting loose.”

The Colts will look to control the ball and the clock against Ringgold, a recipe that brought them success in the first half of last week’s 28-18 loss to LFO. This time, though, they’d also like to come away with more points after getting into the red zone.

Against the Warriors, Coahulla Creek had four drives 11 plays or more and ran 48 plays during the first two quarters, when the Colts’ no-huddle offense was working efficiently.

Text Only
Southeast High School Raiders
  • 7on7 championship game6.jpg Bringing in the best

    When high school football coaches look for events to take their teams to during the summer, they are looking for three things — top competition, organization and hospitality.
    For The Daily Citizen’s Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship, the Dalton community and local business leaders take care of the latter. The tournament officials work tirelessly to provide the organization. And the two combined assure the top competition will show up.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • NW softball state championship file 1 mlh.jpg In the lineup again

    When Northwest Whitfield repeated as the Georgia High School Association Class 4A softball state champion last fall, that appeared to be the last time the majority of the Lady Bruins’ senior class would be teammates on the diamond.
    Now, thanks to the Stump on Sports All-Star Softball Classic, five of those six seniors will reunite to play together one more time.

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Junior golf: Hicks able to hang for final round

    Despite giving up a few strokes from Monday’s opening round of 4-over-par 76, Dalton’s Landon Hicks was the only local competitor to advance to the third round of the Georgia Junior Championships.

    June 18, 2014

  • Isabel Salinas 5 mlh.jpg All-Area Spring Female Team: Salinas hoping things keep getting better and better with age

    Isabel Salinas’ freshman season for Southeast Whitfield High School’s track and field team wasn’t up to her standards, and she really isn’t sure why it ended up that way in 2013. It could have been her injuries. It could have been not being in proper shape.
    One thing Salinas, nicknamed “Izzy” by friends and coaches, does know is that her sophomore year went a lot better.

    June 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • poty seth.jpg All-Area Baseball Team and Player of the Year

    As a freshman at Northwest Whitfield High School, Seth Pierce came out of nowhere and was as dominant a pitcher as the area had. Finishing his “rookie” season with the Bruins, the left-handed Pierce led the area with nine victories — he also had one save — and showed overpowering dominance with a 9-3 record and 89 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. He finished his first season on the hill in Tunnel Hill with a 1.71 ERA while allowing 61 hits and 23 walks. Those numbers were also recorded against competition in a higher classification as the Bruins were playing Class 4A ball when the state had just five classifications. His performance earned him honors as 2012 The Daily Citizen All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

    May 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • State soccer: Raiders come up a goal short

    GAINESVILLE — Southeast Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team needed at least one break to go its way against Johnson-Gainesville in Tuesday’s Class 4A state semifinals.
    Even when the Raiders believed they had earned a break, they didn’t receive the credit.

    May 14, 2014

  • Lumpkin at SE soccer 1 mlh.jpg Prep boys soccer: Different routes for Dalton, SE

    The boys soccer teams at Dalton and Southeast Whitfield high schools are eyeing a return to the Class 4A state title game.
    But while they share a common ambition, the routes the Catamounts and Raiders must take to reach the championship on May 17 at Kennesaw State University are taking a different turn tonight.

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • SE signing 1 CW.jpg Prep volleyball: SE libero Paloblanco to Temple

    In volleyball, the libero position is limited to playing on the back row and specializes in defensive contributions.
    Southeast Whitfield High School senior Yasmeen Paloblanco wasn’t limited in what she meant to the Lady Raiders, though, and her ability to excel as a libero is helping her remain on the court as she heads to college.

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • harper signing1.jpg Challenges met

    Since he was very young, Southeast Whitfield High School senior Rhett Harper has often had a ball in his hand, with another game to play or a practice somewhere on his calendar.

    April 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hopkins sisters 2 mlh.jpg Sectionals for sisters

    TUNNEL HILL — When you consider all of the hours of practice, all of the years of gymnastics training and the physical demands of being a cheerleader, the last word you would expect to hear an athlete use to describe herself is “lazy.”

    April 26, 2014 1 Photo