Nothing has been easy about the first six games of the season for the Yellow Jackets and a bye week is exactly what the doctor ordered. The Jackets will not play this Friday, and have time to heal up some wounded warriors before facing the last four games of the season. Grundy fell 46-6 at South Pittsburg Friday night to fall to 1-5 overall. The team remains 1-1 in Region 4 Class 3A.
“They had speed. Defensively we had one-step forward and two steps back. We get one thing fixed and we just regress in another department. We’re trying to teach kids what to do on offense and trying to teach them what to do on defense. They still can’t get past the whole overwhelmed thing. They come out and get down 30 points before they even start coming around and playing,” said coach Casey Tate.
“The bye week will help us. We’ve got a lot of kids injured and a lot of kids just limping around. Offensively we need some other people to step up. You can only run the horses so long and everybody knows it. Offensive line wise I know we only scored six points but we have a 14 year old snapping the ball. I thought he played way better this week than he did last week. The offensive linemen are coming together and talking to me on the sidelines and at halftime.
“The procedural things that you should have down long ago that’s where we’re at. They understand how a game actually works, how to get the call from me, how to line up and check. Kevin Castro actually walked the line of scrimmage tonight and checked us into a slant pass like we’ve been begging him to for weeks. We didn’t hit it but we got a pass interference. So they’re starting to understand the small procedures they need to.
“Now tackling is not where it needs to be. We’re still just getting caught in that shock and awe. All my kids aren’t freshmen but even the majority of my juniors, this is their first year playing football. They’re coming along.
“I know it’s painful. It’s painful for me. It’s painful for them but I respect them for sticking it out. They come. They work hard. They’re trying. In the face of great adversity they’re trying to get better. They’re being coached hard. To be coached that hard with little success and still sticking it out shows their character. A lot of people have just turned their colors in. That’s the easy way out. You have to respect these kids. If I say we’re going to have a Saturday morning workout they’ll be there. They want to get better and they are. It’s just not going to show up on Friday night in South Pittsburg. I love them and I respect them and we’re going to keep digging and keep working.”
South Pittsburg led 33-0 midway through the second quarter Friday before the Jackets got on the board. James McDaniel punched in a three-yard touchdown run to put Grundy on the board with 1:36 remaining in the quarter. The Pirates scored once more before half and once in the second half to make the final 46-6.
Kevin Castro led the Grundy offense with 89 yards on 11 carries. James McDaniel followed with 79 on 12.
Corbin Lusk and Travis Cunningham led the way on defense with 8 tackles each with adding 2 quarterback sacks. Cody Crisp, James McDaniel, Matt Burrows and Josh Hoback made 4 tackles each with Hoback notching a quarterback sack.
After the week off Grundy travels DeKalb County October 9. The Tigers are currently 4-2 on the season with wins over Warren County, York Institute, Cumberland County and Smith County. They have losses to Stone Memorial and Macon County. DeKalb will play at Sequatchie County this Friday.
So rest up this week Grundy fans, do anything you can to get behind this team that needs your support and then next week…Get out to the game!