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Trousdale County’s Kobe Pridemore signs with Freed-Hardeman

Trousdale County’s pipeline into the college baseball ranks got a bit longer Monday afternoon when senior Kobe Pridemore signed a scholarship offer from Freed-Hardeman University.

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Kobe Pridemore signs scholarship papers Monday under the direction of Freed-Hardeman assistant Aaron Spragg.

Pridemore, a pitcher/first baseman for the Yellow Jackets, was joined by his parents, grandparents and teammates for the signing ceremony at Trousdale County High School.

Aaron Spragg, a graduate assistant at Freed-Hardeman, was on hand to represent the school, which is located in Henderson, Tenn.

“We obviously want good kids and we heard a lot of good things from his coaches and others we talked to,” Spragg said of Pridemore, who was recruited as a pitcher. “He’s obviously a really good player, he’s got a big body. He’ll be fun to work with as a pitcher.

“We’re excited to get him into our rotation and see what he can do on the field.”

As a junior, Pridemore hit. .426 and had a 2.61 earned run average. The Yellow Jackets were 8-1 in games he started on the mound. In travel ball this fall, he hit .340 and had a 1.55 ERA, according to his mother, Rene Pridemore.

“Kobe’s a great young man; he’s a great leader,” added former TCHS baseball coach Travis Humes, who was also on hand for the signing. “Kobe is an individual who loves the game of baseball. He’s going to be an incredible addition for Freed-Hardeman.”

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or [email protected]

Tarvaris Claiborne selected to play in all-star football game

Trousdale County senior Tarvaris Claiborne has been selected to play in Friday’s 13th annual East vs. West All-Star Classic.

Claiborne played tight end and linebacker for the Yellow Jackets and was an all-state selection in 2018.

The game will be played Friday at 7 p.m. at Austin Peay’s Fortera Stadium in Clarksville and can be seen on ESPN3.

Jackets basketball routs Westmoreland; girls top Watertown

Trousdale County had two nights of hoops action last week, with each team getting one win.

On Dec. 3 at Watertown, the Lady Jackets squandered a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but managed to hold on for a 61-60 victory. Numerous ill-advised shots and turnovers allowed the Lady Purple Tigers to close the gap late in the game.

“It’s exciting to get our first win of the year, but definitely not how we wanted it to go,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “We have to handle pressure better.”

Senior Chloe Donoho led the Lady Jackets with 21 points – 17 of which came on free throws – while sophomore Kailen Donoho had a career-high 19 points. Senior Tori Simmons and junior Claire Belcher each had six points, junior Kirsten Eversole two and junior Kinley Brown one.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets were still shorthanded without the football players and points were tough to come by in a 53-33 loss.

“We played well in spurts but overall just not very disciplined,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “Their constant press wore us down and forced us into some mental errors.”

Sophomore Andrew Ford netted eight points while junior Alex Ford had six and junior Landon Carver five. Senior Brandon Ramsey, junior Trent Pharris and sophomore Garrett Rieger had four points each and sophomore Kane Burnley had two.

On Friday night, Trousdale County hosted Westmoreland.

The Lady Jackets had a tough outing, losing leading scorer Chloe Donoho to an ankle injury just 1:12 into the game in a 47-20 loss. Trousdale County trailed 24-2 at halftime and didn’t get their first field goal until junior Morgan White hit a 3-pointer with 4:05 left in the third quarter.

The Lady Jackets made just five baskets and committed 23 turnovers in the loss.

“It was a heartbreaking loss to a really great team,” Hawkins said. “We lost our captain and point guard in the first minute of the game and we were lost without her.

“I was still pleased defensively as we held them to 24 points in a half, but offensively we couldn’t get much going without Chloe.”

White and Belcher each had four points, Kailen Donoho and Simmons each had three while senior Josie Garrett and freshman Autumn Parrish had two each.

On the other hand, the Jackets pretty much had their way with the Eagles and they led by 19 points at the half and cruised to a 64-30 victory.

“It definitely felt good to have everyone back,” Sleeper said. “We were able to rotate a lot of guys and it kept us fresh and able to stay on the attack.

“We still have plenty to work on, but this was a positive step in the right direction.”

Three Jackets reached double figures as junior Cameron Rankins had 19 points, Alex Ford 11 and sophomore Xavier Harper 10. Pharris had eight points, Kane Burnley six, Andrew Ford three and freshman Brandon Gooch three. Ramsey and sophomore Keenan Burnley each had two points.

Trousdale County was to host Jackson County on Tuesday night, then travel to Clay County on Friday and Smith County on Monday. The Jackets will host Pickett County on Tuesday.

JSMS basketball sweeps Gordonsville

Jim Satterfield Middle had two nights of basketball action last week.

At home on Dec. 2, JSMS won both of its games with Gordonsville.

The Jr. Lady Jackets won 39-29 led by Aubrie Wemple’s 11 points and 10 from Braylee Potts. Kayleigh Dunn, Abby Elmore, JaNae’ Aponte’ and Zion Badru each had four points while Taren Simmons had two.

The Jr. Jackets let a 12-point lead get away late but held on for a 46-42 victory.

Cole Gregory and Kobyn Calhoun had 14 and 11 points respectively, Dalton Stafford had nine, Kingston McClain six, Noah Cook three, Mason Eden two and Jake Fergusson one.

On Dec. 5 at Smith County, JSMS suffered a pair of losses.

The Jr. Lady Jackets lost 32-19 as Wemple had seven points, Potts six, Dunn two, Aponte’ two and Ella Elmore two.

The Jr. Jackets dropped a 50-17 decision as Stafford had six points, Cook four and Gregory three. Fergusson, Calhoun, Eden and Cooper Henley each had one point.

JSMS will host Tucker’s Crossroads on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Larry Woody: TWRA’s trout stocking is great present for fishermen

The line twitched, tightened and tugged.

And from the clear, icy water a dazzling rainbow exploded.

A rainbow trout to be exact – one of approximately 85,000 stocked every winter by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in streams and impoundments across the state.

One of those impoundments is Marrowbone Lake. The day I was there last winter, the temperature was freezing but the fishing was hot.

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The TWRA’s trout stocking is underway.

Casting a tiny spinner into gin-clear, ice-fringed coves, I caught one trout after another. The fish averaged about a foot long. They were spirited little fighters, the winter sun glistening off pink-and-silver sides as they tail-danced on the surface.

The trout are stocked for the purpose of being caught, kept and eaten. Few survive once the water begins to warm in the spring, although a some do in deeper, cooler waters.

There is a seven-fish daily limit, no size limit, on the stocked trout. The TWRA discourages culling – replacing a smaller fish on a stringer with a bigger fish. Trout are delicate and usually won’t survive if put on a stringer and later released.

Once a limit is caught, an angler can continue to fish, but all trout caught beyond the seven on the stringer must be released. When releasing a trout it should be handled as little as possible, and with wet hands in order not to remove the fish’s protective slime.

The trout are hatchery-raised and transported to stocking sites by TWRA fisheries personnel. The trout will bite as soon as they are released.

In addition to a fishing license, a trout license is required, except for holders of a Lifetime License and Sportsman License.

Information about stocking dates and sites, along with detailed trout fishing regulations and license requirements, is available in the Tennessee Fishing Guide and on the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org.

Trout fishing regulations vary in some waters, such as the Caney Fork River, and size and creel restrictions may differ between rainbow, brown and brook trout. But the stocked rainbows are easy to identify (they are illustrated in the Tennessee Fishing Guide), and in most of the stocked waters they are the only trout species present.

Some critics of the winter trout-stocking program believe the Agency’s resources could be better devoted to stocking species of fish that can survive year-round and reproduce.

But the trout stockings are popular, affording average anglers a chance to catch a special type of fish, and the TWRA says the program more than pays for itself through the sale of trout licenses, bait and tackle.

Favorite baits include kernels of yellow corn, worms, salmon eggs and an array of commercial trout baits. The trout also can be caught on artificial lures, including small spinners, crank baits, and flies and streamers. A specially designed “Trout Magnet” jig is also effective.

I’ve heard complaints that hatchery trout are mushy and not good to eat, but I haven’t found that to be the case. The stocked trout are no more “mushy” than native trout, and are delicious when rolled in corn meal and pan-fried.

The little trout are testy and tasty. What’s not to like?

Yellow Jackets’ playoff run ends in semifinals

Trousdale County’s goal of a return trip to the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl ended Friday night with a 22-20 loss at Meigs County in the semifinals.

The Tigers (13-1) proved too tough at home, where their 20 seniors have lost just twice in their high school careers.

Meigs County came in averaging 39 points per game, but Trousdale County (11-2) used a solid defensive effort to keep the Tigers from crossing midfield in the first half.

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Meigs County quarterback Aaron Swafford (19) raises the ball in celebration after scoring the eventual winning touchdown against Trousdale County.

Meigs’ defense was equally challenging, as the Jackets’ best drive reached the Tigers 20 before a fumble ended that possession. The game was scoreless at halftime.

Trousdale County received the second-half kickoff and needed just a few plays to get on the scoreboard. Junior fullback Cameron Rankins ran off right tackle and rambled 47 yards to the end zone and classmate Heath Chasse’s kick gave the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 edge.

The Tigers answered with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Football winner and Navy commitment Aaron Swafford to Gabriel Maldonado. Swafford ran in a two-point conversion to give Meigs an 8-7 lead.

Swafford struck again late in the third quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run. A two-point pass fell incomplete but left Meigs County ahead 14-7.

Trousdale County responded quickly, tying the game at 14 on a 12-yard touchdown run from senior Kobe Ford and Chasse’s kick.

Swafford drove Meigs down the field to regain the lead, completing a 50-yard pass that set up his second touchdown run, from 10 yards out with 5:10 remaining in the game. Swafford also ran in the two-point conversion to give the Tigers a 22-14 lead.

The Jackets had no quit in them, putting together a drive capped by Rankins’ 4-yard touchdown run with 1:52 remaining on the clock. However, Rankins was stopped just shy of the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt and Meigs held onto a 22-20 lead.

An onside kick attempt by the Yellow Jackets was recovered by Meigs, who ran out the clock to advance to the state title game for the third time.

Rankins finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, while Ford had 89 yards and a TD on 11 runs. After missing six games with an injury, Jayden Hicks returned at quarterback and had 56 rushing yards on seven attempts.

Swafford was almost the entire Meigs offense, rushing 23 times for 77 yards and two TDs while adding a pair of two-point runs. He also completed five of eight passes for 96 yards and another score.

Nine seniors finished their Trousdale County careers in Ben Chumley, Tarvaris Claiborne, Ford, Jay’dynn Hayward, Will Holder, Austin Knapp, Aaron Pickett, Davis Stewart and Jaylan Skinner.

These seniors went 38-13 in their four years and won nine playoff games, including four on the road, and also played for a state championship in 2018.

The Jackets finished 11-2 in their first season under coach Blake Satterfield.

Jackets basketball falls to Gallatin

Trousdale County played host to Gallatin in basketball on Nov. 25 but dropped both games.

The Lady Jackets were outscored in every quarter and fell 64-31 to the Lady Green Wave (4-0).

Senior Chloe Donoho tossed in a game-high 12 points and sophomore Kailen Donoho added nine. Senior Tori Simmons had five points, junior Claire Belcher four and junior Morgan White two.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets fell behind quickly, trailing 19-9 after the first quarter and falling 64-31 to the Green Wave.

Junior Alex Ford pumped in 12 points and classmate Trent Pharris added seven. Senior Brandon Ramsey had five points, junior Landon Carver three and sophomore Andrew Ford two. Sophomores Kane Burnley and Garrett Rieger had one point each.

Trousdale County will host Westmoreland on Friday at 6 p.m., then will entertain Jackson County on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in their first Region 8-A game.

JSMS: Jim Satterfield Middle hit the hardwood Nov. 26 at Macon County and suffered a pair of losses.

The Jr. Lady Jackets lost 40-20 as Aubrie Wemple scored six points, Taren Simmons five and Jeleah Marshall three. Kayleigh Dunn, Marley Dalton and Abby Elmore each had two points.

The Jr. Jackets lost 47-24 as Dalton Stafford had 10 points, Kobyn Calhoun six, Cole Gregory four, Jake Fergusson two and Mason Eden two.

JSMS will play at Smith County on Thursday and will host Merrol Hyde on Monday.

Yellow Jackets rally late, end Watertown’s season again

Trousdale County showed great resolve in its quarterfinal game at Watertown on Friday night, as the Yellow Jackets twice rallied in the fourth quarter to claim a 22-19 victory over the Purple Tigers.

Junior Cameron Rankins gave the Jackets (11-1) the lead for good with 4:17 to play and Trousdale leaned on its defense to secure the win.

“These seniors, these upperclassmen, everybody on this team, you could see it in their eyes that they had worked too hard, that they had sacrificed too much to let it all go in just a few minutes,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield. “When we came here in Week 3 that was for a region championship, but round three it’s a little more than a region championship. It’s for a chance to play in a state championship and I’m proud of them.

Watertown won the coin toss and took the ball to start the game. After a couple of first downs the drive stalled and the Tigers punted the ball. The Yellow Jackets went three and out on their first series and punted, giving Watertown the ball at the Trousdale 49.

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Trousdale County’s Cameron Rankins goes over Watertown’s Elijah Williams (15) to score the eventual winning touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ 22-19 victory.

The Purple Tigers (10-3) drove to take an early lead as sophomore quarterback Brayden Cousino found junior Brandon Watts for a 22-yard touchdown. Senior Cole Miller’s kick put Watertown up 7-0 with 3:18 left in the first quarter.

Trousdale County responded with a long drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown run from senior Kobe Ford. Junior Heath Chasse’s kick tied the game at 7.

With 3:50 left before halftime, Cousino called his own number and outpaced the Trousdale defense for a 60-yard touchdown run. Trousdale senior Jay’dynn Hayward blocked the extra point but the hosts took a 13-7 lead into the locker room.

Neither team did much in the third quarter but with the Jackets in need of a big play, senior Ben Chumley delivered with a 50-yard run to set his team up deep in Watertown territory.

Rankins would finish the drive by muscling in from two yards out and Chasse’s kick put Trousdale County ahead 14-13 with 11:15 remaining.

Watertown would regain the lead on a 3-yard run from senior Deramus Carey on a drive helped by 30 yards of penalties on the Yellow Jackets, who were flagged for a personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct on the same play. An attempted two-point pass was broken up but left the Purple Tigers ahead 19-14.

Trousdale County refused to quit, marching back down the field. Rankins converted a successful fake punt into a first down along the way, and capped the drive by going over the top for a 4-yard touchdown. The Jackets reached into their bag of tricks again on the two-point conversion, as Rankins hit Chumley with a pass out of a “swinging gate” formation. The successful try put Trousdale County ahead 22-19.

The Jackets got a fourth-down stop near midfield to regain possession, but Watertown used its timeouts to keep hope alive. The Jackets’ punt was blocked, giving the Tigers the ball at the Trousdale 31 with just over two minutes left.

But Jackets senior Aaron Pickett got inside position on a receiver and intercepted a pass along the visitors’ sideline to end the threat and Trousdale ran out the clock.

Rankins finished with 95 yards rushing and two TDs on 17 carries. Chumley added 84 yards on seven tries and Ford had 18 runs for 63 yards and a TD.

The Yellow Jackets were able to avenge their only loss of the season as they fell 16-13 in overtime at Watertown earlier in the season. Trousdale County also eliminated Watertown in the quarterfinals of the 2018 playoffs.

Trousdale County, Meigs County to clash in 2A semifinals

Trousdale County will make its 18th appearance in the semifinal round of the playoffs Friday night when the Yellow Jackets travel to Decatur to face the Meigs County Tigers.

Meigs advanced with a 49-21 victory over Oneida. The Tigers are 12-1 on the season with their only loss coming 27-16 at Class 1A power South Pittsburg.

Meigs’ only defeat in 2018 was a semifinal loss to Trousdale County as the Yellow Jackets won 32-29 on the Creekbank. That is the only time the two schools have met on the gridiron.

The Tigers are lead by Navy commitment and 2018 Mr. Football winner Aaron Stafford. The quarterback ran for 313 yards and four touchdowns against Oneida in the quarterfinals. He is a finalist for Mr. Football again this year, just as he was as a sophomore.

“They are going to want redemption and they have a great guy leading their team to get that done,” said Trousdale coach Blake Satterfield. “So we have to do something to slow that guy down. You can’t stop people like that; you just have to try to slow them down and minimize what they do.”

Meigs County is located at 105 Abel Avenue in Decatur. Kickoff Friday will be at 6 p.m. Central.

The game can be heard on WTNK 93.5-FM / 1090-AM and streamed online at funradiotn.com. Live scoring updates will also be available on The Vidette’s Facebook page.

TCHS basketball teams drop opening games

Trousdale County started its 2019-20 basketball season Saturday with four games at Gallatin High.

The Lady Jackets dropped their opener, falling 50-47 to Clarksville Northwest.

Senior Chloe Donoho paced TCHS with 18 points and junior Claire Belcher had nine. Sophomore Kailen Donoho had seven points, senior Tori Simmons four, senior Josie Garrett three, junior Kinley Brown three, junior Morgan White two and junior Kirsten Eversole one.

In their second game, the Lady Jackets struggled on offense and fell 65-30 to Gallatin.

Choloe Donoho scored nine points, Simmons seven, White six, Kailen Donoho four, Belcher two and Brown two.

In the boys’ opener, the Jackets came up short against Northwest by a 46-45 score.

Junior Alex Ford had 18 points and classmate Trent Pharris had eight. Sophomores Kane Burnley and Andrew Ford had six points each, junior Landon Carver had four and senior Brandon Ramsey three.

In the second game, Gallatin claimed a 56-48 win over the Yellow Jackets.

Alex Ford had 14 points and Andrew Ford 12, Burnley and Carver had seven each, Pharris four, sophomore Garrett Rieger two and freshman Tyler Dixon two.

Trousdale County will travel to Watertown on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

JSMS: Jim Satterfield Middle dropped both games at Red Boiling Springs on Nov. 18.

The Jr. Lady Jackets lost 47-25 as Ella Elmore had eight points, JaNae’ Aponte’ six and Mary Linville four. Kayleigh Dunn, Abby Elmore and Aubrie Wemple each had two points and Braylee Potts had one.

The Jr. Jackets fell 35-25 as Cole Gregory had 12 points, Kobyn Calhoun six, Jake Fergusson five and Kingston McClain two.

On Nov. 21, JSMS split its games at Tucker’s Crossroads.

Wemple scored 10 points in the Jr. Lady Jackets’ 29-17 victory. Aponte’ followed with eight points while Dunn and Linville had four each, Abby Elmore had two and Potts one.

In the boys’ game, Calhoun had 12 points but no one else reached double figures as the Jr. Jackets fell 42-27. McClain added six points, Gregory five, Dalton Satfford two and Devan Walford two.

JSMS will host Gordonsville on Monday.

Larry Woody: Fewer lands available for hunters

The rural Sumner County cornfield in which a world-record buck was killed three years ago is now a bustling housing development.

It’s a familiar scenario in most Middle Tennessee counties, including rapidly growing Wilson. Bramble fields once home to rabbits and quail are now landscaped lawns. Woods that used to teem with squirrels and other wildlife are now are traffic-congested strip malls.

Some prime deer and turkey habitat on the Plateau where I hunted as kid is today a sprawling multi-use development known as Fairfield Glade. Decades ago, I saw my first wild turkey in a meadow that is now a golf course.

Photo by Larry Woody
Pastoral scenes like this are dwindling across the state.

Back then if you wanted to go hunting you simply shouldered your rifle or scattergun and stepped out the back door. A field or forest was a bobwhite-whistle away.

Today most hunters have to make a long drive to reach property to which they have access. And they are the lucky ones. More and more hunters have no place to hunt, no matter how far they are willing to travel.

Granted, there are Wildlife Management Areas which are open to the public. But they tend to be crowded and inconvenient. Another option is a hunting club or land lease, but both are prohibitively expensive for the average weekend hunter.

The way things are going, it won’t be animal-rights extremists and the gun-control gang that will kill hunting. It will die quietly from lack of accessible hunting land.

Out-of-control development is doing more to doom hunting than all the PETA protests in history. And it’s only going to get worse.

When most government officials look at an expanse of open land, they don’t see deer grazing. They see dollar signs.

A rolling pasture produces only a few dollars of tax revenue. A housing development on that same land will generate millions. Which do you think government officials will opt for when a developer requests re-zoning?

We can’t pin all the greed on the government. Many private landowners – especially Generation Xers and millennials – are of the same ilk.

All across the state, farms that have been in a family for generations are going on the auction block. The youngsters have no nostalgic attachment to the land. They take the money and run.

Their great-great grandparents hacked the homestead out of the wilderness, the next generation tamed it, and their descendants continued to tend it and nurture it. The land wasn’t just their livelihood, it was their life. Now it goes to the highest bidder, with developers salivating in the background.

I don’t see any solution. You can’t force young people to love the land and want to protect and preserve it. And elected officials seem powerless – or unwilling – to rein in rampant development.

And once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

I’ve been writing about the outdoors for over a half-century, and the most-asked question I get from readers is, “Where can I take my kid to hunt?”

The answer becomes harder every year, as bulldozers growl where quail once whistled, and pristine pastures are paved over and turned into traffic-clogged shopping malls.

Over the roar and the snarl, the fumes and the clutter, we’re told it’s the sign of “progress.”

Wilson Bank Player of the Week: Kobe Ford

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The Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week for Trousdale County High School football is Kobe Ford, who was selected by the coaching staff for his performance in the Nov. 1 game against Jackson County.

WB&T Manager Lisa Dies presented Ford with a branded Jackets backpack.

Trousdale County, Watertown rematch in quarterfinals

Trousdale County will return to the site of its only defeat of the 2019 season on Friday when the Yellow Jackets travel to Watertown to face the Purple Tigers in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

Watertown won Region 4-2A and is 10-2 overall. The Purple Tigers have defeated Gordonsville (19-13), Trousdale County (16-13 OT), DeKalb County (42-20), Cascade (34-12), White House (28-8), Westmoreland (35-0), Jackson County (42-8), East Robertson (56-20), Tellico Plains (47-0) and Bledsoe County (35-21) and have losses to Nolensville (32-14) and Upperman (21-20).

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Kobe Ford crosses the goal line for a touchdown for Trousdale County in the second round against Tyner. The Yellow Jackets advanced to face Watertown.

In Week 2 the Jackets lost 16-13 in overtime after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter and losing four fumbles, including one in overtime. Trousdale County had led the game 13-0 at halftime and didn’t allow a score until late in the third quarter.

“We have got to do the things obviously that we didn’t do so well the first time,” said Trousdale coach Blake Satterfield. “Hanging onto the ball, open-field tackling, not giving up the big play defensively, then we will have a chance to compete with them in the fourth quarter.”

Last year the Jackets lost the regular-season game to Watertown and played the Purple Tigers in a quarterfinal rematch. In that game, the Jackets trailed 8-7 in the third quarter when Keyvont Baines scored on a 27-yard run on fourth down. Baines added a 2-point run that put the Jackets ahead 15-8, which would be the final.

Friday’s game can be heard live on WTNK 93.5-FM, 1090-AM and streamed live at funradiotn.com. Live scoring updates will also be available on The Vidette’s Facebook page.

Yellow Jackets ram their way past Tyner in second round

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets advanced to the Class 2A quarterfinals with a 28-7 victory at Tyner Academy in the second round of the playoffs.

The Jackets (10-1) used a potent rushing attack and a stingy defense to get the job done against the Rams (8-4), who came into the contest averaging 40 points per game.

“You can’t stop a team like Tyner; you just have to limit what they do,” said Trousdale coach Blake Satterfield. “You look at that scoreboard tonight and see a 28-7 victory; I think that is a job well done.”

The Jackets won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving Tyner the ball to start the game.

The Rams started at their own 31 and gained three first downs before giving the ball up on downs at the Trousdale County 22.

The Jackets then put together a drive that was capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by senior Kobe Ford. Junior Heath Chasse’s extra point put the Jackets out front 7-0 with 52 seconds left in the opening period.

Neither team managed much in the second quarter, but Trousdale County extended the lead just before halftime when junior Cameron Rankins broke loose off left tackle and rambled 40 yards to the end zone. Chasse’s kick made it 14-0 with 7 seconds left.

The half ended with Tyner throwing a long pass that was intercepted by Trousdale junior Jayden Hicks, who saw his first action since suffering an injury against East Robertson.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Trousdale County increased its lead to 21-0 with a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Rankins, who now has six TDs in two playoff games this season.

Tyner got on the board later in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback and Mr. Football semifinalist Martavious Ryals threw a jump ball on fourth down that was snared by Miami (Ohio) commitment Jeremiah Batiste for a 12-yard score. The kick from Alejandro LeZuleta made it 21-7 with 6:31 remaining.

Trousdale County put the game away when Ford broke off left end for an 8-yard touchdown run with just under three minutes left. Chasse’s kick made it 28-7.

Ford finished with 143 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Rankins rushed the ball 24 times for 138 yards. Seniors Ben Chumley and Davis Stewart each added 14 yards rushing.

Trousdale County threw one pass, which Rankins completed to senior Tarvaris Claiborne for 21 yards.

On defense, Claiborne and fellow senior Jay’dynn Hayward were each credited with 11 tackles. Chumley had eight tackles while Ford had six stops and a forced fumble. Junior Jordan Pickett had six tackles and classmate Sebastian Linarez had five.

Larry Woody: Hunters need to put safety before shooting

The recent fatal hunting accident on the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area has some hunters concerned about utilizing the popular public land managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

“The accident was a factor,” said Lebanon’s Roy Denney about his decision to cancel a Catoosa camping trip and deer hunt he and a friend had planned for months.

“The cold weather was also part of it,” Denney said, “but after hearing about the accident we were concerned about the area’s congestion.”

Although the Catoosa WMA spans over 82,000 acres in parts of three counties, during deer season it can become crowded in some of the more accessible spots.

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Hunters must clearly identify their target before shooting.

A party was hunting on Catoosa on Nov. 8 when one of the members – a 38-year-old Knoxville man – was fatally shot by his father. A media report said he was “struck in the torso after being mistaken for a deer in the thick woods.”

A subsequent report said the man had shot a deer and was on his way to retrieve it when he was shot. He reportedly had removed the mandatory blaze orange hat and vest he had been wearing.

Although a number of hunters have died of natural causes on Catoosa – mostly from heart attacks – the recent fatal shooting was just the second in the WMA’s half-century history. The other occurred decades ago when a hunter was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. The shooter was never identified.

I grew up in nearby Crossville, and an uncle and a cousin spent their careers as Catoosa game wardens. I’ve always enjoyed touring the scenic area – in September I went with Denney and his friend on a scouting trip – but I’ve hunted on it only once, in the mid-1960s.

Back then Catoosa was one of the few places in the state with a sizable deer population, and hunters poured in from everywhere. The roadsides would be lined with tents and RVs, and opening day sounded like a war zone.

I didn’t like the idea of being surrounded by hundreds of strangers with high-powered rifles, unknown skills, and possibly itchy trigger fingers.

Safety wasn’t my only concern. I didn’t like getting to my stand in the dark, and shortly after sunrise a hunter would come stomping through the woods, scaring off every deer in the vicinity.

Catoosa was too congested for my taste, so, except for one trip, I did my deer hunting on private land. There weren’t as many deer, but the hunting was more enjoyable.

In the past couple of decades the state’s deer population has exploded, offering more private-land hunting opportunities. But Catoosa continues to attract large numbers of hunters who seek a trophy.

On Catoosa only bucks with a minimum of four points on one antler or a 15-inch antler span can be taken. Since I’m not a trophy hunter, Catoosa’s not for me. I want to be able to shoot a smaller buck if I choose to.

I have nothing against trophy hunting – most of my hunting buddies shoot nothing but big bucks – but I don’t hunt for antlers. So between Catoosa’s trophy-only rule and the crowded conditions, I have no desire to hunt there.

I realize hunting accidents can and do occur on private land, which is why every hunter, wherever he hunts, needs to follow common-sense safety rules.

Always wear the requisite blaze orange, and never shoot at “movement.” If the target is not clear, don’t dare shoot. One split-second mistake could result in a dead hunter.

Remember that before you pull the trigger.

JSMS splits pair of basketball games

Jim Satterfield Middle had two nights of basketball action last week against Merrol Hyde and Red Boiling Springs.

On Nov. 11 at Merrol Hyde, the Jr. Lady Jackets scored a 47-21 victory as JaNae’ Aponte’ and Aubrie Wemple each had eight points. Mary Linville had seven points, Ella Elmore five and Braylee Potts, Emma Elmore and Jaleah Marshall had three each. Taren Simmons, Kayleigh Dunn, Zion Badru and Chyanna Marshall each had two points.

In the boys’ game, the Jr. Jackets fell 50-36 despite 15 points from Dalton Stafford. Cole Gregory added 12 points, Kingston McClain four, Jake Fergusson three and Mason Eden two.

The next day, Red Boiling Springs visited JSMS and handed the Jr. Lady Jackets a 34-17 loss.

Aponte’ scored six points, Dunn four, Abby Elmore three, Wemple two, Simmons one and Jaleah Marshall one.

In the boys’ game, Kobyn Calhoun netted 14 points and Gregory 12 as the Jr. Jackets won 26-24 in overtime.

JSMS will host Tucker’s Crossroads on Nov. 21.

TCHS starts season: Trousdale County will play four Hall of Champions games on Saturday at Gallatin High School.

At 1 p.m., the Lady Jackets will play Clarksville Northwest, followed by a boys’ matchup at 2:30 p.m.

The girls will then play Gallatin at 4 p.m. with the boys following at 5:30 p.m.

Trousdale County will have its home opener Monday against Gallatin, with the girls’ game getting underway at 6 p.m.

Wilson Bank Player of the Week: Kasen Payne

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The Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week for Trousdale County High School football is Kasen Payne, who was selected by the coaching staff for his performance in the Oct. 18 game against Cascade.

WB&T Office Manager Lisa Dies presented Payne with a branded Jackets backpack.

Trousdale County wrecks Marion County in playoff opener

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 42-0 win over Marion County on the Creekbank Friday evening.

The Jackets scored on their first four possessions and added two more touchdowns in the second half as they evened the overall series with the Warriors at three wins apiece.

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Yellow Jackets to make second-round trek to Tyner

Trousdale County will hit the road for the second round of the TSSAA playoffs when the Yellow Jackets play at Tyner Academy in Chattanooga on Friday.

The Rams (7-3) advanced with a 54-0 win over Westmoreland. In the regular season, Tyner defeated Chattanooga Central (67-10), Bledsoe County (32-14), Marion County (48-0), Tellico Plains (52-0), Webb (67-18), Brainerd (49-6) and Polk County (56-3). The Rams’ losses came to Howard (27-19), Baylor (35-0) and Alcoa (49-0).

“I think they are a lot better than they were last year,” TCHS coach Blake Satterfield said of Tyner. “I am looking forward to it and I know our community is. I think we can get ‘em.”

The Jackets made this same trip in the second round last year and came away with a 35-0 victory as Dyson Satterfield scored three first-quarter touchdowns.

Tyner Academy is located at 6836 Tyner Road in Chattanooga.

The game will kick off at 6 p.m. Central and can be heard on WTNK 93.5-FM / 1090-AM and streamed online at funradiotn.com. Scoring updates can also be found on The Vidette’s Facebook page.

JSMS basketball teams struggle in Rockvale tournament

Jim Satterfield Middle School took part in the Rockvale Middle Basketball Tournament last week but had a rough go of things.

The Jr. Lady Jackets fell 42-25 to Rockvale on Nov. 5. Mary Linville scored eight points, Taren Simmons six, Ja’Nae’ Aponte’ six and Ella Elmore five.

The Jr. Jackets lost 52-17 to Rockvale.

On Nov. 7, the girls lost to Siegel 53-15. Linville netted six points, Aponte’ six and Elmore three.

The Jr. Jackets lost to Coffee County 38-26.

Kobyn Calhoun scored 11 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Cole Gregory added five points, Jake Fergusson three and Kingston McClain three.

JSMS will travel to Red Boiling Springs on Monday.