Jackets open season next Friday
The annual Sequachee Valley Jamboree has brought the valley football together for years to get their first glimpse of what their favorite football team has to offer. Last Friday night was no different. At Crisp Field, on the campus of Grundy County High School, the six longtime rivals of the Sequachee Valley and teams from Lookout Valley and Silverdale Baptist Academy brought their fans in droves to get that first taste of “Friday Night” football that will monopolize the next 11 Friday nights.
The regular season kicks off this week in Tennessee. The Jackets will have an open date tomorrow night (Friday) and then their ticket is full for the remaining 10 weeks as they will play every Friday after tomorrow night. All of the Jacket opponents open up this week.
The jamboree was played with a 15-minute running clock for each quarter. There were eight quarters with eight teams playing in two quarters each.
Marion County 7 – Lookout Valley 0
The Warriors broke a scoreless tie with a 52-yard pass play from the quarterback to the tight end down the hash with 3:58 remaining in the opening quarter. Without any rush, the PAT kick was good.
Silverdale Baptist Academy 13 – Whitwell 0
The Seahawks took advantage of a Whitwell team that kept their starters on both sides of the ball on the sidelines with two 20-yard touchdown jaunts. The first PAT kick was good and the second one hit the left upright and bounced away no good.
South Pittsburg 7 – Bledsoe County 0
The Pirates, who are obviously the most talented team in the valley, scored on a 57-yard burst up the middle by their running back with 4:51 left to play against the Warriors. The PAT kick was good.
Sequatchie County 7 – Grundy County 0
The Indians used a solid running game against the Jackets to move down the field to score with 9:50 to go in the quarter. Sophomore fullback Harley Meeks carried most of the load on the drive and capped the drive with a one yard plunge. The PAT kick was good. The Jackets moved the ball, but a fumble loss stalled their drive. It was the first action the Jackets had against an opposing team.
SBA 0 – MCHS 0
After a 20 minute intermission the Seahawks and the Warriors got things going in the fifth quarter with a scoreless tie. Neither team put up much of a threat as penalties and turnovers stalled their drives.
LVHS 0 – WHS 0
The sixth quarter was pretty much a carbon copy of the fifth quarter as the Yellow Jackets of Lookout Valley and the Tigers played to a scoreless tie, as well. Penalties dominated the possessions of both teams.
SCHS 6 – BCHS 0
Two bitter rivals faced each other in the seventh quarter as the Indians and Warriors went head – to – head. The Indians moved the ball to the Warriors one yard line, but the Warriors put up a goal line stand and denied the Indians a touchdown. The Warriors fumbled late in the quarter deep in their own territory and the Indians tossed a touchdown pass on the final play of the quarter for their score. No PAT was attempted.
SPHS 7 – GCHS 0
In the final quarter the Pirates moved down field and scored with 9:55 remaining on a 15-yard sweep. The PAT was good. The Jackets failed to move the ball on their first possession. On the Pirates second possession, the Jacket defense seemed to get acclimated to enemy competition and shut down the Pirates on a three and out. On the Jackets ensuing possession, the offense showed signs of life with a 40-yard pass and run in the flat from Jacket QB Jacob Dixon to running back Jordan Hackworth to move into Pirate territory. However, with the clock winding down a desperate attempt to complete a pass down field was intercepted by the Pirates to end the final quarter of the jamboree.
“Even though the jamboree didn’t go as well as planned, I felt that there were many valuable lessons to be learned both positive and negative,” said Head coach Tracy Hayworth after the Jamboree.
“I felt that we needed to be better on our techniques, both offensively and defensively. We need to be playing with lower pad level and be more physical on both sides of the ball, increasing our visionary skills, rather its pre – snap or post – snap, and most importantly having more field awareness of down and distance, and clock management. If we continue to improve, with painstaking attention to detail in these areas, we will be very competitive with a great possibility of winning more football games.
“We were able to get aligned and recognize coverages. I was very enthused about being able to cover the deep ball against some very fast receivers. We were able to execute on offense and run the ball effectively and were able to get open, and run effective routes with our receivers, which produces a double threat to opposing defenses.
“All in all, I think that we just need to continue to work hard, concentrate to focus on our abilities, and have ongoing skill development in every aspect of the game,” concluded Hayworth.
The Yellow Jackets will open their season next Friday, at Crisp Field, entertaining the South Pittsburg Pirates. Game time will be 7 p.m. Their opponents open up with games ranging from Wednesday (yesterday) to Saturday. Whitwell, because of a scheduling miscue, played at East Ridge yesterday and travels to Bledsoe County on Saturday. They will play two varsity games in basically three days. Below is a list of the Jackets’ season opponents’ games for the week. I don’t have game times, but assume most of them will begin at 7 p.m. That is the traditional time for high school football games across the state.
Schedule for Week 1
August 21: Whitwell at East Ridge
August 22: Upperman vs. Cookeville at Tennessee Tech
August 23: Cannon County at White County; DeKalb County at Warren County; Franklin County at Coffee County; Smith County at Macon County; York Institute at Jackson County
August 24: Sequatchie County at South Pittsburg; Whitwell at Bledsoe County