It was a tough night for the Yellow Jackets in their final home game of the season as they fell 49-0 to Sequatchie’s Indians. The loss dropped Grundy’s record to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in Region 4, Class 3A.
“Dunlap is a good ball team, especially defensively. Our struggle on defense continued but offensively we really struggled. They’ve been really tough to run the ball on this year and we’re kind of a run first ball team. I thought Ethan Nunley showed a lot of composure and played well considering he took some big shots. He bounce back and never said a word and kept playing. I’m proud of my seniors. They went out and tried to keep everybody up.
“It’s just a process and if you don’t realize you’re in that process you can get caught up and be real negative, and I’m bad about that anyway. In this situation, you have to focus on the positives. We got a lot of young kids playing time tonight and they need that. I don’t want to get caught up in this stuff again to where they have no experience at all. If you’re down big you need to get young kids in the game when you can.
“We’re going to go to Smith County and play strong to give these seniors something to go out on. All of these kids have worked hard. These kids that have stayed with it aren’t going to be kids who quit easily in life. I look for these seniors to persevere.
“We’ve got seven days left of this season. After the end of those seven days there’s going to be some changes. The policies on how we do everything will change. Football is a tough sport and it’s a grind but I’ve never been through a grind like this year. So, the kids that have made it through it are good character kids who work hard. They’ve been right in ball games with good ball clubs. I think we’ve improved. I think we’ve got better as coaches and players,” said Coach Casey Tate.
The Indians posted 42 points in the first half putting the game under the mercy rule for the second half. They added one more TD and PAT in the second half to make the final 49-0.
Offensively the only positive yards for the Jackets were on the arm of Ethan Nunley who completed 5 of 7 passes for 19 yards. The Jackets had -3 yards in rushing on the night.
Corbin Lusk led the defense with 5 tackles. James McDaniel, Cody Crisp and Matt Burrows made 4 tackles each. Travis Cunningham had 3 stops.
The Jackets travel to Smith County Friday for the final game of the season. The Owls are 5-4 on the season and 2-3 in the region. They have wins over Macon County, Gordonsville, Livingston Academy, Cannon County and York Institute. They have lost this season to Sequatchie County, DeKalb County, Stone Memorial and Upperman.
Get on the road early Friday and…Get out to the game!