From the time he could walk, Trent Lowman has been around Bandys football.Growing up on the practice field and in the locker room along with his father, Randy, who spent 38 years with Bandys football team, to his time as the Trojans starting quarterback (1998-2000) to his recent role as an assistant coach, Lowman knows the program inside and out.This season, the youngest Lowman son, 30, takes over the program from his veteran father, who led the Trojans to 206 wins in 26 seasons as head coach.It means a lot for me to carry on the family tradition, Lowman said. I have some of my own ideas, but you dont try to fix something thats not broken. Its nice to be able to take over an established program.Bandys senior Colton Medlin is glad to have a familiar face at the programs helm.He is a good coach, and everybody loves him, Medlin said. I think were all excited about playing for him.Lowman will begin his tenure in the new Southern District 7 2A conference along with former familiar foes Bunker Hill, Maiden, Newton Conover and West Caldwell as well as East Lincoln, Lincolnton and West Lincoln.Lowman and the Trojans will have to take on the new conference with a team that returns only six starters two on offense and four on defense but boasts 28 seniors, whose experience with offensive coordinator Kyle Lowman, the head coachs older brother, and defensive coordinator Frank Porter should also provide stability.Bandys will continue to feature its pro style offense from the shotgun-spread and I-formations.At quarterback, Logan Beegle, a senior who was the backup last season, and junior Devin Cox, a junior transfer who started for North Lincoln last year, will compete for the starting role.Junior tailback Quiante Derr will get a heavy dose of work. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder emerged as the primary back last season, exploding for a 250-yard performance against Newton-Conover.Derr will have help from Logan Hughes, who started at cornerback last season but will be a two-way starter this year.When the Trojans go to the air, they will miss Hunter Lackey (63 catches and 15 touchdowns last year), but have several good options, starting with senior Dylan Street and Jeremy Carr as well as Medlin, a tight end.The most experienced unit on the Bandys offense is the line, where senior center Matt Bailey (5-11, 245) will anchor the line with classmate Josh Campbell (5-11, 210) moving from left tackle to left guard. Seniors Jeremy Fischer (6-2, 205), Kyle Shaw (6-0, 225) and Farod Hooker (6-4, 265) round out the group.The Trojan defense will be led by outside linebackers Andrew Brotherton and Medlin, who both started last season and should have an even bigger impact this year.Senior Jack Powers, who Lowman calls one of his smartest players, will also start at linebacker.Bandys defensive line should also be solid, with Shaw leading the way in the middle with Brotherton and Medlin also figuring in on the ends at times.We want to get our best players on the field, no matter where they line up, Lowman said. We have some guys who can move around, playing in different spots and make things harder on our opponents on both offense and defense.The Trojan secondary also looks good, with Carr and fellow senior Chris Botkins at cornerback, and with Hughes and Brenton Jones at safety.Bandys has established itself as a perennial conference contender and factor in the playoffs. The Trojans hope to continue that trend again this year.It wont be easy with a conference loaded with strong programs, but Trent Lowman likes his team.Im really looking forward to this season for a lot of reasons, Lowman said. We have a great group of seniors who work hard and play hard. They are not going to be flashy, but they are going to give you everything theyve got. That is what this program is all about.
Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013
Bandys Trojans turn to familiar face to run football program
Bandys Coach: Trent Lowman (First year) 2012 record: 9-5 (4-3). Returning starters: 6 (2 offense, 4 defense) Key players: • RB Quiante Derr, 5-9, 195, Jr.: After emerging in second half of last season, the Trojans’ feature back will get the ball often. • OLB/TE Colton Medlin, 6-1, 195, Sr.: Trojan senior leader, who has interest from UNC Charlotte, Elon, will have to be a big factor both ways. Can’t miss games: East Lincoln, Sept. 27; Maiden Oct. 18; Newton-Conover Nov. 8
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for Mooresville News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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