The Grundy County Yellow Jackets faced an old rival last Friday night in Dunlap on a crisp autumn evening. The Sequatchie County Indians proved why they were the best of Region 4 -3A as they ran past the Jackets 49 – 0. The Indians, who have been ranked as high as second in the state according to the AP Poll, are undefeated at 9 – 0, and clinched the top seed in the region with the win. The Jackets suffered their sixth consecutive loss and close out the season tomorrow night at home on “Senior Night” against Smith County.
After the Jackets fumbled the opening kickoff and the Indians fumbled the first play from scrimmage, the Jackets came out airing the ball out and made one first down. However, on 3rd and eight from their own 32, Jacket QB Ethan Nunley was picked off at the Indian 46. After a return of eight yards, the home team was in business at the Jacket 46.
Ten plays later Hunter Davenport dashed into the end zone from a yard out to put the hosts on the board and a 6 – 0 lead. The PAT kick was no good.
The Jackets continued to move the ball through the air as Nunley found fellow sophomore Daygon Dodson on two completions and 20 yards before the drive stalled at their own 42 yard line. Two plays later Ethan Barker hit Davenport for Sequatchie County’s only pass completion for a 41-yard touchdown strike. Abraham Martinez added the PAT and the Indians led 13 – 0 after one quarter.
The Jackets stayed with the passing game in the second quarter with some success, but couldn’t find the end zone. The Indians on the other hand used a strong rushing attack to strike for four more touchdowns in the quarter and went to intermission with a commanding 42 – 0 lead.
The second half saw one more score from the Indians as the clock ran under the 35-point rule. The Jackets were able to find some success running in the fourth quarter. The young troops did what they do best. They fought to the bitter end.
The Jackets were led on defense by Josh Wingo with 12 tackles. Junior Aaron Comer had a good defensive game with six stops. Seniors Matt Burrows and Dewayne Grooms had five tackles, while senior James McDaniel had four tackles.
Wingo led the rushing with 27 yards on five carries. Nunley was 12 – 30 -1 for 165 yards through the air. Wingo with 73 yards, junior Casen King with 65 yards, and Dodson with 31 yards receiving led the air attack. They each had four catches.
Coach Tate still was able to find some good things from his young team. He said, “I felt the young guys did a good job stepping into starting roles due to injuries. The older kids played hard and never gave up; we are shorthanded and combined with injuries makes us really thin at multiple positions.”
The Jackets end the 2016 season tomorrow night at Crisp Field. Game time is 7 p.m.