Boyd-Buchanan School 2022

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography

Q & A With Coach Gary Rankinboyd buchanan football coach headshot 

Q: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: We have high character, a strong work ethic, and great leadership in our upper class.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Our ability to establish the run offensively, as well as our ability to stop the run defensively.

Q: Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A: Caden Johnson (WR/DB), Matt Stone (RB/LB), Garrick Cason (OL/DL), Jaylon Sanderfer (RB/LB), Thad Ballinger (OL/DL), Ty Barnes (OL/DL), Brohns Donaldson (WR/DB), and Jacob Shockley (OL/DL).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: The depth we have from our skill positions is our greatest reason for optimism.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: The lack of depth on our offensive and defensive line.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: With a brand-new coaching staff, we are going to focus on this year’s development of our players.

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: We are putting all our focus on this year.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: Yes. With a new staff, we will have a different offense and defense, as well as special teams.

Q: How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A: We have some good speed at our skill positions. We will look to utilize that as one of our primary strengths.

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Coach name: Gary Rankin (38 yrs. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Boyd Buchanan)

Division/Class: TN II-AA

2021 Overall Record: 4-6

2021 District Finish: 5th

Mascot: Buccaneers

2022 Schedule


19 Greenback (H)

26 Davidson Academy (A)


2 Christian Acad. of Knox. (A)

9 Howard (A)

16 Silverdale Baptist (A)

23 Columbia Academy (H)

30 Chattanooga – Christian (H)


14 Notre Dame (A)

21 Knoxville Webb (A)

28 Grace Christian -Knoxville (H)

Coach’s View

As always in Division II-AA, we face a very tough schedule week in and week out. We look to have a great summer and fall camp, culminating in a very exciting and successful season.

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