For year two, ‘We Not Me’ Cards plan to soar high

Published 4:00 pm Friday, August 19, 2022

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The roster used in the print version of this story was taken from the KHSAA website prior to press time Wednesday. The roster has since been updated as has this story to reflect the current GRC football roster.

As with many programs undergoing a transition, the George Rogers Clark Cardinals football team faced some challenges in 2021. 

However, fresh off a 2-9 season that ended in a loss to Bryan Station during the first round of the playoffs, the team sees reason for optimism. 

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“They’re having fun [and] working hard,” said second-year head coach Joe Chirico. “Kids know how I think, how my staff thinks, and what we expect. They’re working hard to get better every day.” 

The team will have a slew of position players returning for the fall. 

Senior Tyleik Maxwell, also a basketball team member, will return at quarterback. In contrast, Tate Spayd – who has received offers from schools that include West Virginia State University – returns as both a wide receiver and defensive back.

Notably, running back Kalen Washington – who is only a sophomore – will return in Cardinal red as the team’s primary ball carrier following a 1,000-yard rushing season. 

However, other players – including linebacker Kareem Guerrant on defense – also look to make a name for themselves. 

“We’ve got some linemen that are putting in good work and getting some guys back from injury that were hurt last year,” Chirico said.

While the 10-game regular season schedule includes various teams, perhaps the most challenging portion will be the final four contests in which the Cards play the Bryan Station Defenders, Madison Central Indians, Oldham County Colonels, and Conner Cougars. 

The four teams went a combined 35-14 last year, including a semifinal berth by Madison Central before losing to eventual Class 5A State Champion St. Xavier. 

As the coach of a previous state championship-winning team at Paintsville High School, Coach Chirico is no stranger to top-notch competition. 

“They’re all worth taking note of for us,” said Chirico. “District games are always important, and they’re all good teams. We’re just trying to get to their level and see what we can do.” 

Primarily powered by a spread offense and 3-4 defense, the Cards look to do just that, beginning with a contest on Friday, August 19th, against the Cooper Jaguars in Union. 

“[We are] just looking forward to getting ready to go play someone else, and see what we can do,” Chirico said. “We’re trying to put the best eleven guys on the field that we can.”


66 Cameron Abbott DE, DL Sr.
67 Jonah Ballard OL, DL Fr.
81 Jaylen Berry TE, DE, LB Jr.
  Hudsen Bishop Jr.
61 Dylan Burke OL, DL So.
55 Christopher Carter OL, DL Jr.
23 Bryce Chestnut RB, WR, S Jr.
7 Sam Clements QB, WR, DB So.
53 Brian Crawford OL, DL Jr.
27 Evan Davenport RB, WR, CB, DB Fr.
10 James Davis QB, WR, S So.
63 Josh Davis OL, DL Fr.
74 Cody Gibson OL, DL Fr.
12 Blake Gladson RB, WR, DB Jr.
21 Kareem Guerrant RB, DE, LB Sr.
25 Santi Guerrant WR, DB Fr.
62 Hunter Gulley OL, DL Jr.
45 Paxton Hammonds TE, LB Fr.
82 Nate Hannah TE, DE Fr.
35 Najee Harris TE, LB So.
13 Hayden Heath WR, LB Jr.
2 Joey Hill WR, DB Jr.
85 Amauri Holloman WR, DB Fr.
  Cole Horn PK, P So.
17 Jones Howard WR, TE, LB So.
16 Yeremiah Israel RB, WR, DB So.
4 Camahni John WR, DB So.
41 Reggie Jones WR, S Fr.
80 Xavier Lavelle TE, LB Fr.
19 Landon Marcum TE, DL Sr.
5 Tyleik Maxwell QB, DB Sr.
52 Jesse McQuade OL, LB Sr.
9 Ty Miller WR, TE, LB Jr.
60 Keenan Ogle OL, DL Fr.
70 Dylan Peck OL, DL Fr.
20 Jaquari Rankin RB, LB Fr.
42 Brayden Ritchie RB, WR, DB Fr.
50 Logan Ritchie DL So.
28 Tanner Rivers WR, DB Fr.
56 Waylon Saunders OL, DL So.
71 Ryan Sears OL, DL So.
22 Bryce Shortridge WR, DB Fr.
14 Tate Spayd WR, DB Sr.
44 Acey Spencer OL, DL So.
6 Sam Steele TE, LB Jr.
69 Logan Sturgill OL, DL Fr.
51 Ashton Tackett OL, DL Jr.
68 Braylen Taylor OL, DL So.
64 Drake Tillett OL, DL Sr.
  Clay Turley PK, P Jr.
3 Zaydin Turner RB, WR, DB Jr.
41 Max Vaughn LB Fr.
1 Kalen Washington RB, WR, DB So.
54 Kash White OL, DL So.
3 Ty Wilburn RB, WR, DB So.
78 Jackson Wright OL, DL Sr.


Aug 19, 22 Cooper away 7:30 PM
Aug 26, 22 Madison Southern home 7:30 PM
Sep 2, 22 West Jessamine home 7:30 PM
Sep 9, 22 Montgomery County home 7:30 PM
Sep 23, 22 Campbell County away 7:30 PM
Sep 30, 22 Lafayette away 7:30 PM
Oct 7, 22 Bryan Station home 7:30 PM
Oct 14, 22 Madison Central away 7:30 PM
Oct 21, 22 Oldham County home 7:30 PM
Oct 28, 22 Conner home 7:30 PM