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Grundy will get their season underway one night early as they travel to Jasper for a Thursday night contest to begin the 2014 season. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm. A win over the Warriors would give the Jackets a great jump start to their season.
“They’re big, physical and probably the best Marion team I’ve seen since I’ve been head coach. They’re very physical team that likes to pound it and run right at you with Zeman. It’s going to be a good test for us. It’s always a great rivalry to start with. We’ll go in there and try to throw in some knockout punches on them and see what we can get going,” said Jacket Head Coach Nick Bryant.
Grundy performed well in the annual Sequatchie Valley Jamboree Friday night in Whitwell. They faced Lookout Valley in the second and fifth 20-minute quarters and won by 7-0 and 21-0 scores.
In the first matchup, Houston Mainord hit Trey Hampton for a two-yard touchdown pass for the score at the 13:35 mark of the quarter. Kevin Stewart’s extra point was good after bouncing off the upright and through the goal posts, giving Grundy a 7-0 lead. That was the only score of the quarter.
“It was a little messed up this year having to play the same team in the jamboree. I don’t know if that’s happened many times. We made do and we both got in some good work against each other.
In the first game, we have to clean up the mess on the holding penalties and things like that. We looked good throwing the ball. We need work on the ground game some more. We did a better job defensively getting contain in. We’re coming along pretty strong,” stated Bryant.
Grundy dominated the fifth quarter winning 21-0. James McDaniel set the tone with a 42 yard run with just 53 seconds gone in the quarter. Stewart added the kick and the Jackets led the Jackets 7-0. McDaniel added another score from 22 yards out at the 15:40 mark. With 7:20 to go Mainord hit Dakota Jones from seven yards out. Stewart booted the PAT and made the final 21-0.
“In the second game we got a lot of reps in with a lot of different people. We looked good pushing the ball and moving it down the field with some younger people. That’s always good to see your depth improving,” complimented the coach.
The Yellow Jackets have plenty on their plate this season with a tough schedule. A lot rides on the performance of senior standout lineman Terrince Bramhall and junior quarterback Houston Mainord. A lot more will ride on what other Jacket players step up and make a name for themselves this season. With as much as opponents will focus on Bramhall and Mainord that will give plenty of others the opportunity to surprise many before the season is over.
So, the season begins a day early Yellow Jacket fans in Jasper. It will be Thursday night lights and the boys on the field will want to hear your support in the stands. So polish up your Purple and Gold and…..GET OUT TO THE GAME!