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Grundy’s Junior Jackets did very well in their jamboree Saturday at John A. Anderson Field in Tracy City defeating OLPH three touchdowns to one and Dayton City four to none. The team opens their regular season Thursday at Dayton City for a 6:00 Central time kickoff.
Offensive leaders for Grundy on Saturday in rushing were Josh Wingo with seven carries for 165 yards and three touchdowns, Ethan Nunley with six attempts for 34 yards and a score, Kollyn Cooper with four rushes for 32 yards, Hunter Sylvester Hunter with five for 20 yards, Evan Nunley with one for 18 and Braden Sanders with three rushes for 16 yards.
Braden Sanders led in passing completing 2 of 3 for 84 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Ethan Nunley completed 1 of 3 for 28 yards and a TD.
On the defensive side Johnnie Adkins and Josh Wingo had four tackles each. Kollyn Cooper, Hagen Cash, Jaden Ruehling and Grayson Lawson notched three each. Nicky Johnson, Ethan Nunley, Hunter Sylvester, Brandonle Bennett and Chase Meeks made two stops each. Hunter Northcutt, Braden Sanders, Evan Nunley and Jacob Meeks had one tackle each. Grayson Lawson and Kollyn Cooper each had a fumble recovery. Jory Scissom intercepted a pass.
“We are moving in the right direction. I feel a lot of that is due to the assistant coaches being more comfortable with our offensive and defensive scheme. When you have assistant coaches who are committed to teaching fundamentals and a group of kids who are committed to working hard you’re going to see results.
However, the Veer offense and 3-3 stack defense are schemes some of the coaches had not taught before. We all went through a learning period, me included. Now with the assistants understanding of the offensive and defensive scheme being more rounded I feel like all the players are getting better at every practice. There is little if any time wasted. I am even finding time to work with the little league teams and coaches which was a goal of mine when I took this job.
I was able to cross off another goal of mine this week by adding a place kicker to my roster. Bailey Hill will be handling our PAT attempts this year. I’m excited to have a kid who is interested in becoming a kicker. With him being a 6th grader at Pelham that will give him time to perfect his art before entering high school,” said Junior Jacket Head Coach Casey Tate.