Whitwell High School 2023

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography and Courtesy of Whitwell High School

Q & A With Coach Rocky Stephenson

Coach Rocky Stephenson of Whitwell High School

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

A. A close group of guys that care about each other.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. Believing in the process.

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

A. Brandon Easterly, Bennett McDougal, Zach Rollins, and Therion Mordecai.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. We have a lot of experience and the guys work hard.

Q. What will keep you up at night?

A. Injuries.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. I think winning nine times last season will help our confidence going forward.

Q. Any lessons learned from last year?

A. We learned that hard work
pays off. We need to continue working harder.

Q. Will we see anything different this year?

A. Hopefully more wins!

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

A. We have good overall speed.


Coach name: Rocky Stephenson (3 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Whitwell)

Division/Class: TN I-1A

2022 Overall Record: 9-3

2022 District Finish: 2nd

Mascot: Tigers

2023 Schedule


18 Huntland (A) 

25 Greenback (A)


1 Jo Byrns (H) 

8 Lookout Valley (H)

15 Sale Creek (A) 

22 Copper Basin (H)

29 Bledsoe Co. (A)


6 Oliver Springs (A) 

20 Chattanooga Prep (A)

26 South Pittsburg (A) 

Coach’s View

A good mix of older players coupled with some exciting younger players gives us a good chance to have a very successful season. We need to stay focused on the process of becoming a better team and take each game one at a time.