The Junior Jackets moved to 2-0 on the season defeating Bledsoe County last Thursday by a 24-8 score.
Leading the offense was Josh Wingo with 8 carries for 172 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ethan Nunley followed with 5 Carries for 43 yards and a score as well as completing 1 of 4 in passes for 18 yards. Kollyn Cooper caught that 18-yard pass.
On defense, Wingo led the way with 7 tackles. Kollyn Cooper followed with 5 tackles. Johnie Adkins had 3 tackles and an interception. Evan Nunley had 2 tackles with an interception. Hunter Sylvester, Nicky Johnson, Chase Meeks, Brayden Sanders and Brandonle Bennett had 2 tackles each.
On special teams, Evan Nunley ran back two punts for 34 yards. Cameron Elsea made one punt for 43 yards.
“We picked up a win against an SVC opponent and it always feels good to beat a team from the valley. I did feel that we played sloppy in the first half and had way too many fundamental breakdowns. The offensive line was having a difficult time picking up blitzes and were confusing assignments. The defensive line was being pushed around a little, and we were just playing with little emotion and weren’t showing any heart,” said Coach Casey Tate.
“After we made some halftime adjustments we came out and had some success in our running game and started wearing their defense down, which is our plan going into every game. Our defense played good for the most part, but a few fundamental breakdowns allowed Bledsoe to capitalize and score,” said Tate.
“Coach Graham pointed out after the game that he felt that when Bledsoe scored, our team showed up. I felt the same way, and I’m glad to see the kids take it personal when another team scores on them but we have to play at that level for an entire game if we want to be a force in the valley again. I was very impressed with some individual efforts. I thought Chase Meeks had a great game on both sides of the ball.
“Everybody sees Josh Wingo running and he is a great athlete, but I can’t help but see the linemen doing work getting him to the second level untouched. Chase did a phenomenal job at both offensive and defensive tackles. I played on the offensive line my entire career at Grundy and I’ve been the O Line coach on every team I’ve helped prior to this job, so I enjoy being able to praise those guys in the trenches when they do good.
“My assistants and myself are anxious to get back on the practice field and get ready for Sequatchie County this week. We both are 2-0 and we both run the veer and have hard-nosed defenses, so it should be a great test for our team,” said Coach Casey Tate.