Countdown to Kickoff: A Look at the Dresden Lions

Hodge looks to continue Dresden's success

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Keith Hodge was the offensive coordinator during Dresden’s run to the 2A football state title game last year. Today Hodge is head coach of the Lions football team.

“It has been crazy,” said Hodge when asked about his new duties at Dresden High School.

“It has been non-stop, go, go, all the time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a good feeling, you know. It’s been crazy, but it’s been worth it,” said Hodge.

Hodge took over for Scott Hewett. Hewett stepped down to focus on administrative duties at the high school.

Getting the Lions back to the championship game will be a challenge for Hodge as Dresden lost four all-state players – including quarterback Gatlin Hatchel.

“Hatchel is one of the guys we lose and that’s huge,” said Hodge.

Hatchel is now a freshman quarterback at the University of the Cumberlands.

“To lose a guy that plays both ways that makes plays on both sides of the ball, that’s tough, but it’s good to have somebody ahead of you like that to show you how to play,” said Hodge.

Dresden will need senior quarterback Davis Moran to provide a similar offensive spark Hatchel gave the team in contests last year.

“I expect big things out of him,” said Hodge when asked about Moran.

“He’s a coachable kid and he works hard and he expects big things out of himself, too,” said Hodge.

A lot has changed for Dresden football, but one thing has not.

“Same as last year, my brother will be the defensive coordinator,” said Hodge.

“I like having him out there and I hope I can hang on to him as long as I can. I really do,” said Hodge.

Chris Hodge was a member of the Henry County coaching staff during the Joe Gaddis era in Paris.


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