The Grundy County Yellow Jackets played their last home game of the season Friday night against the Sequatchie County Indians. Before the game, six football seniors were honored along with seniors from, cheerleading, volleyball, cross country, golf and band.
This was the first game in two weeks for the Jackets and as they took the field it was different. The Jackets didn’t run out in their usual style, instead the cheerleaders, football players, coaches and some fans walked out with arms locked sending a message of “unity”. Everyone in the home crowd was on their feet clapping and cheering for them and not many had a dry eye.
Grundy took the opening kickoff and made a huge run and it seemed like they had the momentum but it was short lived. The Indians were too much for them to handle. The Indians scored 6 touchdowns to Grundy’s one.
This is normally a huge rivalry game for the two teams, but what the fans seen was great sportsmanship from both teams. The Sequatchie players and fans were also lifting the Jackets up, encouraging them and cheering them on throughout the game.
Although they didn’t pick up a win on the scoreboard, falling to the Indians 42-7, Friday night’s game was a turning point for the GCHS football program. Despite all of the negativity that surrounded them in the media the past week, all 38 players, coaches, parents, and fans came together as one and for the first time, in a long time, the people of Grundy County came together as one. Everyone that attended the game on Friday night was there to support a team that almost didn’t get a chance to finish their season. They were winners just by stepping on the field.
“The players don’t know what they have accomplished by stepping out on that field Friday night. I am proud of every single one of the players and because of them, Grundy County Football has a chance at a future for generations to come,” interim head coach, Nick Meeks stated.
Tomorrow night the GCHS Football team will be traveling to Smith County High School for their last regular game of the 2017 season. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. If you see a GCHS Football player this week, stop and encourage them and wish them good luck and as always GO JACKETS!!