By Chris Gregory, Managing Editor

The Trousdale County High School football team put on a display of strength Friday night as part of its annual Lift-a-thon.

The players drew encouragement from the crowd at Jim Satterfield Middle School and from each other in preparation for spring practice, which began this week.

New coach Brad Waggoner said he could already see the results of the players’ hard work since he took over the Yellow Jacket program in January.

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Award winners pose after Friday’s Trousdale County Football Lift-a-thon. Pictured from left are: Travaris Claiborne (Sophomore award), Steve McClain (Attendance), Isiah Harper (Attendance, Pound for Pound), Cameron Rankins (Freshman), Xavian Seay (Ironman – overall winner), Jake Gregory (IronJacket), Brison Mince (Senior), Cooper Belcher (Junior) and Braden Hawkins (Most Improved).

“They’ve come a long way since January and we still have a ways to go,” Waggoner said. “They have done a really good job of working hard to this point.

“The next phase starts with spring practice and we have to make that core work on the field now. We’re headed in the right direction.”

Players competed to lift the most weight in both the clean and press on Friday, after having been measured on squat earlier in the week.

The Ironman award, presented by Bobby Joe Lewis to the player with the highest combined total in all three lifts, went to rising junior Xavian Seay, who totaled 1,130 pounds.

The Pound-for-Pound award went to senior Isiah Harper, while junior Jake Gregory won the IronJacket award as the No. 2 finisher in the pound-for-pound category.

Class awards went to senior Brison Mince (1,060 pounds), junior Cooper Belcher (1,035), sophomore Travaris Claiborne (930) and freshman Cameron Rankins (815).

Senior Steve McClain joined Harper in being recognized for attendance at every workout session thus far. The Most Improved award went to junior Braden Hawkins for gaining at least 50 pounds in each lift since January.

Waggoner thanked sponsors V&C Manufacturing, Citizens Bank, Wilson Bank & Trust, Hartsville Pharmacy, Tri-County Electric and Donoho, Taylor & Taylor for their support of Trousdale County football.

The Yellow Jackets will host the annual Tobacco Bowl Jamboree on Aug. 11 before opening the 2017 season at Lebanon on Aug. 18.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.