Pigskin Preview: Taylorville Tornadoes


School: Taylorville

Mascot: Tornadoes

Head Coach: Jeb Odam

Years at School: 10

Overall Record: 66-38

Assistant Coaches: Lee Mateer, Brian Blomquist, Brian Sample, Alex Siempelkamp, Caleb Worsham, Kyle Owens, Jason Handegan, Ben Althoff, Jeremy Alwerdt, John Roberts, Zach Crowley, Ben Briggs

Last Year’s Conference Record: 6-0

Last Year’s Overall Record: 11-1

Postseason: Lost Quarterfinals to Rochester

2018 Team Scoring Average: 40.5

2018 Team Yards per Game Average: 449

2018 Team Yards per Game Passing: 299

2018 Team Yards per Game Rushing: 149

2018 Team Points Allowed Per Game: 22.9

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game: 298

2018 Team Yards Allowed per Game Passing: 181

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Rushing: 129

School State Championships: 0

School Conference Championships: 21

Biggest Rival Game Every Year: MTZ or Effingham

Number of Players out this season: 53

Number of returning letterman: 21

Number of returning starters: 7

Offense: 3

Defense: 4

Top Returnees from 2018


Kyle Breckenridge      OL       SR       6’1”     220

Jackson Tex                OL       SR       6’1”     210

Chance Dickey           OL       SR       6’0”     225

Austin Herkert            RB       SR       5’10”   170


Chaz Allen                  OLB    SR       6’0”     175

Dalton Smith               OLB    SR       5’10”   170

Cam Woodward          S          SR       6’0”     175

Who are the newcomers we should know about and why?

Caden Mileham – QB with nice touch on the ball and good competitor

Ethan Mileham – great quickness at WR

Cole Repscher – Mike Linebacker with good athleticism

Ryan and Mason Bates – Twin DLine with good size

What are the questions marks for this team heading into the 2019 season?

Lots of new faces in new places, lack of overall players

What’s something unique about this team that’s worth noting? 

Strength will be upfront on both sides of the football

Head Coach Jeb Odam says:

“If we can get some big wins early, that will give us some confidence.”