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Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 1:44 pm

Sequachee Valley Jamboree kicks off tonight; season opener 2 weeks away

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Jody Hargis
The Sequachee Valley Jamboree kicks off the 2019 football season for high schools in the immediate area tomorrow night (Friday). There will be eight quarters starting at 6 p.m., at Crisp Field, on the campus of Grundy County High School.
Jamboree schedule
Marion County vs. Lookout Valley
Whitwell vs. Silverdale Baptist Academy
Bledsoe County vs. South Pittsburg
Grundy County vs. Sequatchie County
Marion County vs. Silverdale Baptist Academy
Whitwell vs. Lookout Valley
Bledsoe County vs. Sequatchie County
Grundy County vs. South Pittsburg
Season preview
The Yellow Jackets will have to wait two more weeks to kick off the 2019 season as they are idle during Week one of TSSAA football. The home opener will be against the South Pittsburg Pirates on Friday, August 30, at 7 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets, under the direction of second year head coach Tracy Hayworth, are looking to improve on last year’s disappointing 1 – 9 campaign. The Jackets were very young in 2018. Although still relatively young with a junior heavy class of players, the Jackets should be much more experienced and stronger than last year.
Coach Hayworth feels like that both sides of the ball in the trenches are much improved with experience and strength.
“We got pushed off the ball a lot last year and were not able to protect our quarterback, nor were we able to get a push for our running game last year,” he commented. “I feel the off season has helped and we will be able to hold our own on both lines this sea-son.”
Offensively, he will use a multiple offensive system with a lot of emphasis on the run – pass option. He has several athletes that are interchangeable from quarterback to running back to receiver. This includes even lining up as a tight end. Senior Evan Nunley will hopefully fill the gap as the leader of the skill group. Coach Hayworth says that Nunley can play all the skill positions. Junior Jordan Hackworth also fills that role that gives their offense multiple looks to confuse their opponents. Junior Jacob Dixon has worked real hard to develop his quarterback skills and Coach Hayworth thinks that he will get a chance to be the starter and looks for him to have a good year.
Sophomore Gavin Tate was injured in the off season and the coach hopes to bring him along slowly and have him ready for the charge down the back-stretch so to speak. Junior transfer Trenton Ashley, although experienced on the defensive side of the ball, looks like a prime candidate to help at tight end and receiver with good hands.
Defensively, while he feels the defensive line is much improved, the line-backer position will be the strength. Nunley and Ashley will be solid at the inside linebacker positions and Hackworth will bring experience at the outside position. The secondary is still a question mark although newcomer Jory Scissom brings size to the cornerback position. Several others are in the hunt for playing time on the back side of the defense.
Defensively, even though they will primarily be in a 4 – 2 – 5 look, the Jackets will use multiple fronts according to their opponents strengths and weaknesses.
“Special teams, especially the kickers, are probably the weakest part of our team,” says Coach Hayworth. “We’re looking for someone to provide consistency in this area.”
Zac Campbell, Chevy Green, Josh Childers, Dawson Misolek, Bryson Braden, and D.J. Barks are just some of the individuals that Coach Hayworth is looking for leadership in the trenches to help the Jackets be successful.
Coach Hayworth, also has several coaches to help him during practice as well as games. Nick Meeks will run the offense, while Colby Newsome is helping with the lines on both sides of the ball. Bryan Melton is helping with the quarterbacks, while Virgil McNeece and Brandon Brown will be helping as well. The Junior Jacket coaching staff of head coach Conner Kreutz, along with assistants Brandon Gentry and Anthony Jones, will help out in the press box on game nights.
Football season is upon us! The Jackets will have two more weeks to prepare for a perennial tough opponent in the South Pittsburg Pirates and counting that game will have 10 weeks without a break. Hopefully, fans will fill the stadium both at home and away to cheer on the Yellow Jackets to help them have a successful 2019 season.