The Grundy County Yellow Jackets opened the 55th annual Sequatchie Valley Jamboree Friday night at Beene Stadium in South Pittsburg rallying to tie the Silverdale Baptist Academy Seahawks 14-14. The Jackets fought back twice after giving up long plays to the Seahawks. They needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion on the last play of the period.
Sophomore running back Josh Wingo scored the Jackets first touchdown to draw the Jackets within 7-6. After SBA scored to increase their lead to 14-6, Jacket sophomore QB Ethan Nunley made a not-to-be-denied 20- yard run on the final play of the quarter to pull the Jackets within two points at 14-12. The Jackets converted the two-point conversion for a 14-14 tie in the opening period of the annual event before a standing room only crowd.
Later in the evening, the Jackets played Lookout Valley in the sixth period. The defense stymied the Yellow Jackets of Lookout Valley throughout the period. The Jackets got some impressive runs from backup signal caller Hagen Cash. Cash scored one of the Jacket TDs, and Wingo scored the other as the Jackets won the quarter 14-0.
Head Coach Casey Tate was proud of his team’s effort and had this to say: “I was proud of how the kids didn’t give up against Silverdale. We gave up some big plays and fought back to tie it up. Our defense has been playing well, but our offense really clicked well to lift up the team. We have to pick each other up and we did. The line had a couple of missed assignments, but improved as they went along. Andrew Sanders was able to get some good movement and that kicked our offense into gear. These young men have worked hard and have shown resiliency and I was proud of them. Overall, we have to continue the process of improving at our individual positions and as coaches, but I was proud of my staff and players tonight.”
SV Jamboree scores
Sequatchie County 7 v Bledsoe County 0
So. Pittsburg 21 v Lookout Valley 0
Marion County 7 v Whitwell 0
Sequatchie County 7 v Silverdale 7
Marion County 8 v Bledsoe County 0
So. Pittsburg 7 v Whitwell 0
The Yellow Jackets were able to play many players in front of a huge crowd. That experience should give the Jackets a boost as they play host to the Whitwell Tigers tomorrow night in the season opener. Game time is 7 p.m., at Crisp Field on the GCHS campus.
Football season is here. The Yellow Jackets need all fans to come out and support them. These young men have sacrificed a lot of time to represent their school in a game they love. There isn’t a better way to spend a Friday night this time of year than to be at a high school football game, especially if the Jackets are playing.