Gordon Lee Trojans

Head Coach: Josh Groce

Contact: josh.groce@glschools.org / 706-382-3100

2020: 10-2 (2nd in 6A Public)

2021 Outlook:

The Trojans are coming off one of the best seasons in school history and look to keep the momentum going in 2021. They have to replace a lot of experience on both sides of the ball, including Region Player of The Year, RB Cade Peterson but the Trojans have a strong core of players returning in 2021.

Offense: 2nd Team All Region RB Bo Rhudy (Jr.) returns after rushing for 919 yds and 11 TDs in ’20. He will be joined in the backfield by rising Junior Nate Dunfee who averaged 11.4 ypc last season with 6 TDs on just 32 attempts. Junior Conner Whitman is slated to take over the QB role from graduating Senior Blake Groce. The Trojans lose a couple of All Region lineman up front but Chandler Brown (2nd Team All Region) returns to anchor an OL that includes Justin Cruise, Brodie Genter, and Ely Shell.

Defense: The strength of the Trojans on defense will be their secondary. Defensive backs Penn Askew, Ryan Swaney, and Kade Cowan return in ’21. All three we All Region players this season. A lot of new faces at LB and DL for the Trojans next season. Holt Roberts and Whitman will step in as the anchors at LB with the 4 OL named above going both ways on the defensive front along with Hunter Stephens.

Coach Groce’s Take: “Building off the success from 2020 the players have learned what it takes to be a successful program. This off-season, they are willing to put the time into film study and weight room to prepare themselves to be the MAN. This group of Upcoming juniors and seniors are a tight knit group and want to work hard together to accomplish great things.”

NwGaFootball Take: It’s tough to replace POY and one of the best Senior classes in school history and take a step forward but Coach Groce and his staff have these guys believing they deserve to be at the top of this Region. I feel like they may take a little step back this season but 2022 looks like the year for the Trojans.

Prediction: 3rd in 6A Public; I think 1st place is a lock (Bowdon) but 2 through 4 will be a dogfight in 2021.

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