WB&T Player of the Week: Week 4

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The Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week for Trousdale County High School football is Tarvaris Claiborne.

Selected by the Yellow Jacket coaching staff for his performance in the team’s game against Gordonsville, Claiborne was presented with a commemorative printed football by WB&T Assistant Office Manager Seth Thurman.

Larry Woody: The mysterious ooze of milkweed

Awhile back I was hiking through the countryside and come upon a milkweed plant. I couldn’t resist plucking off a leaf to watch the creamy white “milk” ooze out and trickle down the stalk.

It fascinated me as a kid, and decades later it still does.

A milkweed is like a cow with leaves.

Old folks used to claim the sticky ooze from a milkweed would cure warts. My cousin Ralph dabbed some on a wart once, and all he got was a sticky wart.

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Milkweed’s mysterious ooze.

Like most common-place plants, I never gave milkweed much thought. I’d milk one and move on. It was only recently that I took time to do some research on it. (I became curious about what, exactly, Ralph used to rub on his wart.)

Turns out, the juice from a milkweed can be mildly toxic, depending on the age of the plant. Despite that, the leaves of a milkweed, like the leaves of young, tender dandelion and early-spring shoots of poke-stalk, are edible in moderation. Just don’t ask for second helpings.

The milk is the fascinating part about a milkweed. Some insects, including butterflies, feed on the sticky substance, gradually accumulating the toxins in their body. That makes them unappetizing to birds and other would-be predators.

In other words, they eat milkweed milk to keep from being eaten.

I wonder why pigs don’t try the same trick with pig-weed? If pig-weed tastes as bad as it smells, nobody would ever eat barbecue again.

I also wonder how rabbit tobacco got its name. Did someone catch a rabbit taking a chaw out behind the barn? I tried rabbit tobacco once as a kid and didn’t feel a craving for more.

I can understand why a fox-tail weed is called “fox tail” – it looks like the bushy tail of a fox. But a mole-bean plant doesn’t look anything like a mole.

Snuff balls are as intriguing as milkweed. When you stomp one, a big cloud of something resembling brown snuff poofs out. That’s how snuff balls pollinate. The brown powder doesn’t look very appealing, but neither does dipping snuff.

Spanish needles are appropriately named. When you walk through a patch they stick to your socks and britches legs and prick like tiny needles.  According to legend, they drove early European explorers nuts – Spanish needles needled the Spanish.

How lambs-ear got it name is obvious: the leaf is as soft, fuzzy and floppy as a lamb’s ear, and about the same size and shape. When you rub one you expect it to say “baaaaa.”

One of nature’s biggest misnomers is the sourwood tree. The blossoms from a sourwood make the sweetest honey. Visit the old country store at Muddy Pond and you’ll see jars of home-processed sourwood honey flying off the shelves. Shoppers make a bee-line to it.

It’s ironic that sourwood blossoms make sweet honey, while sweet-gum blossoms are sour.

As for milkweeds, I’m skeptical about their sap being an effective wart-remover. It didn’t work for Ralph; last time I saw him, he still had his wart.

However, the milkweed plant has its uses.

For example, I milked one for this column.

Trousdale County stings early, often vs. Cascade

Coming off a tough overtime loss last week, Trousdale County took out some frustrations on Cascade on Friday night in a 48-7 victory.

The Yellow Jackets (6-3, 3-1 4-2A) jumped out to a 20-0 lead after one quarter and led 35-0 at halftime against the Warriors (3-5, 1-3).

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Trousdale County’s Jayden Hicks is pushed out of bounds after a run against Cascade. The Yellow Jackets won 48-7.

“I told the kids this morning the best thing after a tough loss is to come out and respond,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “We did a good job tonight of responding the right way and jumped on them.”

Dyson Satterfield opened the scoring with a 48-yard run barely 90 seconds into the game and the Yellow Jackets did not let up.

Quarterback Keyvont Baines threw touchdown passes of 21 and 26 yards, and possibly set a school record with a 97-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.

The Trousdale defense got in on the scoring as well when sophomore lineman Mason Basford picked up a loose ball and rumbled 61 yards to the end zone.

The second half began with a running clock under the TSSAA’s mercy rule and the Yellow Jackets emptied their bench as the fourth quarter began.

Baines finished with 104 yards rushing on three carries as seven different players carried the ball for Trousdale County.

“We wanted to come in and work on some things in our perimeter game,” Waggoner said. “We did a good job of getting the ball to some of our playmakers tonight.”

Trousdale County will have its bye next week before ending the regular season at Jackson County on Oct. 26.

“We’ve gone 16 straight weeks – we need a week off,” Waggoner said. “We’ll get some work and get ready to hopefully play the next six weeks.”

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

Yellow Jackets can’t finish, fall to Whitwell in OT

Trousdale County might have outplayed Whitwell based on the stats, outgaining Friday night’s opponent by nearly 100 yards.

But critical mistakes – two turnovers, seven penalties and a missed field goal on the last play of regulation – were too much for the Yellow Jackets (5-3) to overcome in a 13-7 overtime loss to the Tigers (7-0, No. 5 in Class A).

“I thought it was a very tough loss to a very good football team,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “I think our kids played extremely hard, but after grading film we need to do a better job of blocking on the perimeter and getting to the second level with our line.”

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Trousdale County’s Dyson Satterfield (21) is tackled short of the goal line on fourth down during overtime Friday. The Yellow Jackets would lose 13-7 after Whitwell scored on its ensuing possession.

After a scoreless first half in which each team was stopped on downs in their opponent’s territory, the Yellow Jackets opened the second half with a 10-play, 64-yard drive that took up 5:28 and ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Keyvont Baines. Sophomore Heath Chasse’s extra-point kick gave the hosts a 7-0 lead and put Whitwell behind for the first time all season.

The Tigers would tie the game early in the fourth quarter by dipping into their bag of tricks. Senior quarterback Warner Ashworth motioned toward the sideline and the snap went to senior Hudson Petty. The two-time All-State selection looked as though he would run a Wildcat-type play, but pulled up before the line of scrimmage and tossed the ball to Ashworth, who was uncovered, for a 16-yard touchdown. Sophomore Evan Nunley tied the game with his kick and 10:51 left to go.

The Jackets would drive into Whitwell territory on their next possession, but Baines’ pass to junior Tarvaris Claiborne was underthrown and intercepted. Trousdale’s defense rallied to force a three-and-out and the Jackets took over at their 40 with 1:50 remaining.

Sophomore Jayden Hicks broke off a 19-yard run and a personal-foul penalty moved the ball to Whitwell’s 34.

The drive would stall at the 14 and Baines attempted a 31-yard field goal to win the game with five seconds left, but the kick was low and to the right.

Whitwell won the overtime coin toss and opted to go on defense.

The Jackets ran the ball four straight times, but were unable to reach the end zone as senior Dyson Satterfield was tackled at the 3 on fourth down.

Whitwell would take the game as Petty followed his big linemen on third-and-3 into the end zone for the winning touchdown.

“I have been doing this a long time and I have zero excuses,” Waggoner said. “All I know to do is to get back to work.”

Trousdale County’s defense had another solid night, holding Whitwell to 13 points. The Tigers had been averaging 48 points per game entering the contest.

Claiborne finished with 10 tackles (one for loss) from his linebacker position, while junior Jay’dynn Hayward had nine tackles (one for loss).

Senior lineman Jake Gregory had seven tackles (one for loss) and a forced fumble.

Playing in his first game of the season after serving a suspension for an offseason violation of team rules, Baines rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Satterfield added 94 yards on 19 runs, taking him over 1,000 rushing yards for the season.

Online voters had chosen this matchup as the Titans High School Game of the Week and Whitwell coach Randall Boldin will receive $1,000 for his program.

Whitwell has now won three of its four all-time meetings with Trousdale County.

Yellow Jackets making first trip to Cascade

Trousdale County will return to Region 4-2A action this week as the Yellow Jackets make their first-ever trip to Wartrace to face the Cascade Champions.

The Champions, named after horses, are 3-4 overall and 1-2 in region play with wins over Community (26-0), Jackson County (42-14) and Grundy County (55-35). They have losses to Moore County (33-0), Jo Byrns (23-0), East Robertson (34-7) and Watertown (53-7).

“Cascade is a team that has caught fire,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “They have won three games in a row and blew out Jackson County two weeks ago, then put up 55 on Grundy County.

“We have to go on the road so it will be a great gut-check for our team. We look forward to the challenge!”

This will be Trousdale County’s third game against Cascade, having won 35-14 in the second round of the 2010 playoffs and posting a 42-0 win on the Creekbank last season.

Cascade High School is located at 1165 Bell Buckle-Wartrace Road in Wartrace, roughly 80 miles from Hartsville.

WB&T Player of the Week: Week 3

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The Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week for Trousdale County High School football is Houston Stafford.

Selected by the Yellow Jacket coaching staff for his performance in the team’s game against Watertown, Stafford was presented with a commemorative printed football by WB&T Office Manager Lisa Dies.

Larry Woody: Falling for the start of squirrel season

Last month Roy Denney invited me on an opening-day squirrel hunt on his Gladeville farm, but I gave him a million reasons why not.

That’s approximately the number of seed ticks I picked during a walk in the woods a few days before.

There may have been a few chiggers mixed in for good measure. My ankles were raw from all the scratching.

I told Roy to check back after the first bug-killing frost.

It was tough sitting out opening day, which was always special when I was a kid growing up in the mountains.

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Lebanon’s Roy Denney with squirrels bagged on a hunt last season.

How special?

I talked my bride into postponing our wedding by one day because her suggested date conflicted with the opening of squirrel season.

To be honest, there was a little more to it than that. Three boyhood buddies and I were heading off in different directions that fall – one up North to work, me and another off to college, one to Vietnam – and we figured that weekend might be the last we’d all get to spend together.

As it turned out, we were right. That was 51 years ago, and all four of us have never been together again at the same time. After our morning squirrel hunt we met back at the farmhouse for grilled burgers, and to toast my next-day nuptials.

I’m sure my future in-laws were starting to wonder what their little angel had got herself into – having to postpone her wedding for squirrel season. But it worked out, and we spent 51 wonderful years together.

Back to squirrel hunting: Back then, I don’t recall being bothered by seed ticks. Same with poison ivy. Nowadays if I so much as glance at one of the three-pronged poisonous plants I immediately break out.

Along with more ticks and chiggers and poison ivy, it also seems a lot hotter than it used to during early squirrel season. And the skeeters are much worse. Some claim the increased heat is due to global warming, but that doesn’t explain global-skeetering.

On top of all that, the hills and ridges seem a lot steeper than they used to.

I squirrel hunt for fun, and struggling up a steep ridge, swatting skeeters and unable to see the tangles of poison ivy because of the sweat running into my eyes, is not my idea of fun.

I’m drawn to the nostalgia of squirrel hunting. Like most young hunters of my era, I cut my teeth on squirrels. It was challenging to slip through the dewy early-morning woods and try to ambush a nut-gnawing bushy-tail high stop a shagbark hickory.

Nowadays, kids skip squirrels and start out hunting big gobblers and mossy-racked bucks.

They literally don’t know what they’re missing.

I try to get in a few squirrel hunts every fall, and I plan to go as soon as the days cool off. To me that’s what it’s all about – a crisp autumn morning, the woods damp and hushed, the trickle of hickory nut hulls through the leaves …

And no ticks, chiggers and skeeters.

Yellow Jacket can’t finish plays, fall to Whitwell in OT

They say the team that finishes plays usually wins the game.

That cliché proved true Friday night as Whitwell (7-0) took advantage of Trousdale County’s inability to finish drives to hand the Yellow Jackets (5-3) a 13-7 loss in overtime.

The game was voted the Titans Game of the Week by fans, and Whitwell will receive a $1,000 donation from the Tennessee Titans for winning the game.

Hudson Petty scored the winning touchdown for the Tigers, who are ranked fifth in Class A and entered the game averaging 48.3 points per game.

Trousdale County got the ball first in overtime and failed to score as Dyson Satterfield was stuffed at the 3 on fourth down.

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Trousdale County’s Dyson Satterfield (21) is tackled short of the goal line on fourth down during overtime Friday. The Yellow Jackets would lose 13-7 after Whitwell scored on its ensuing possession.

“I told our kids they have nothing to hang their head about,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “I could have made two better calls on offense but you have to tip your hat to them. Our kids battled but we just couldn’t sustain drives on offense.”

The two teams battled to a scoreless first half, with each having turned the ball over on downs in their opponent’s territory. In addition, Trousdale’s opening drive ended with a fumble after the Yellow Jackets had gone inside the Whitwell 30.

In the second half, Trousdale County took the ball and marched 64 yards on 10 plays, capping the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. It was Baines’ first game of the season after serving a suspension for an offseason violation of team rules.

Whitwell would tie the game early in the fourth quarter, but Trousdale County had two chances to win late in regulation.

One drive ended with Baines throwing an interception on a ball that was underthrown after receiver Tarvaris Claiborne had beaten his man deep.

The Yellow Jacket defense rallied to force a three-and-out and took the ball back at its own 40 with 1:50 to play.

Jayden Hicks’ sideline run plus a 15-yard personal foul penalty moved the ball to Whitwell’s 34, and Trousdale drove the ball inside the 15 before the Jackets opted to try a last-second field goal.

Baines, who kicked last season, was sent out instead of regular kicker Heath Chasse, but the 31-yard try was low and to the right.

“It was just out of Heath’s range, I felt,” Waggoner said.

Baines finished with 139 rushing yards on 25 carries for Trousdale County, while Satterfield ran for 94 yards on 18 carries. The Yellow Jackets outgained the Tigers 281-184 in total yards.

Trousdale County will return to Region 4-2A action next week as the Yellow Jackets travel to Cascade.

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

Yellow Jackets turn lights out on East Robertson

The lights went out with around two minutes left in Trousdale County’s game at East Robertson on Friday night.

But the Yellow Jackets (5-2, 2-1 4-2A) had long since turned out the lights on the Indians (5-2, 2-1) with 21 first-half points in a 42-0 victory.

“It was another great team win,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “I thought our guys did a great job of preparing during the week and then a great job of dominating a good East Robertson team.”

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Trousdale County linebacker Tarvaris Claiborne (7) tackles an East Robertson ball carrier during Friday’s game. The Yellow Jackets shut out their third straight opponent in a 42-0 victory.

The shutout was the third consecutive one for the Yellow Jackets, something that last occurred in 2005 when they blanked Gordonsville 34-0, Clay County 52-0 and Mt. Juliet Christian 63-0.

“Our defense had another great night with another shutout,” Waggoner added. “Give credit to Coach (Blake) Satterfield, (Matt) Dyer and (Paul) Pierson for really getting those guys ready to play.”

For the third time this season, the Jackets scored on their first possession as senior Dyson Satterfield raced 31 yards to the end zone with 7:49 left in the first quarter. Sophomore Heath Chasse’s kick made it a 7-0 start for the visitors.

Trousdale County would add to the lead on its third possession on a 3-yard run by sophomore Sebastian Linarez for a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.

On their next possession, junior Tarvaris Claiborne raced around the left end on fourth down for a 19-yard touchdown – the first rushing score of his career. Chasse’s kick made it 21-0 and the Jackets took that lead into the locker room.

The second half featured more of the same with Satterfield scoring on a 24-yard run and Linarez adding a 33-yard score on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Linarez’s score made it 35-0 and started a running clock.

With 4:37 left to play, sophomore Jeffrey Rankin became the eighth Yellow Jacket to score a touchdown this season as he broke through the defense and raced 26 yards to the end zone to make it 42-0.

The Trousdale defense was equally strong in holding an opponent to under 100 yards of offense for the third game in a row.

Senior Jake Gregory showed the form that earned him all-state honors last year, being credited with seven tackles (three for loss) and two sacks.

Claiborne also had seven tackles (two for loss) while junior Jay’dynn Hayward had five tackles (two for loss).

Senior safety Houston Stafford grabbed his third interception of the season and sophomore Cameron Rankins had perhaps the biggest hit of the night on the return, leveling a would-be tackler.

Satterfield finished with his sixth 100-yard rushing effort of the season, totaling 124 yards and two TDs on 19 carries. Sophomore Jayden Hicks ran for 81 yards on six carries, while Linarez finished with 49 yards and two scores on five attempts.

The Jackets are now 6-0 all time against East Robertson.

Trousdale County to host undefeated Whitwell

Trousdale County’s Yellow Jackets will host the Whitwell Tigers on Friday night in what looks to be one of the state’s top matchups.

The Tigers are 6-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class A, having beaten Boyd-Buchanan (51-6), Bledsoe County (41-0), Copper Basin (61-0), Signal Mountain (41-10), Lookout Valley (47-0) and Polk County (49-25). Whitwell will be coming off its bye week.

“It is another great opportunity to play a top-five team in the state,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “Whitwell is undefeated and has blown out every team they have played. They are a senior-oriented team who has five all-state caliber players.”

At Whitwell last year, the Tigers kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired to hand the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 loss.

“I expect a great atmosphere on the Creekbank Friday night in what will probably be the state’s game of the week!” Waggoner added.

It will also be Senior Night, with the team’s 11 seniors to be recognized before the game.

The game won the online vote to be the Titans’ Game of the Week, while Friday Night Main Event is scheduled to return to Hartsville for the second time this season for its pregame show.

Live coverage can be heard on WTNK 93.5-FM, 1090-AM and online at funradiotn.com.

JSMS Athletes of the Week: Oct. 4, 2018

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John Greer Jr. and State Farm Rep. Janice Scruggs presented Certificates of Recognition & Athlete of The Week T-shirts to the Student Athletes of the Week from Jim Satterfield Middle School for the week of Sept. 24.

The JSMS Lady Yellow Jacket Athletes of The Week are volleyball players Anna Martin and Charlee Dixon.

Martin is a hitter/defensive specialist for the volleyball team and had several strong performances on the volleyball court vs. Macon County, Jackson County and Clay County. Dixon is a hitter/defensive specialist and also had several strong performances last week.

Pictured from left (top photo) are: Scruggs, JSMS volleyball coach Krystul Gregory, Martin, Dixon and Greer.

The JSMS Football Athletes of The Week are Jesse Whitson, Kyle Blair and Jaylin Cantrell.

Whitson plays offensive/defensive line positions for the Jr. Jackets and has been solid on both sides of the ball in recent games. Blair plays tight end & linebacker, while Cantrell plays OL/DL.

Pictured from left (bottom photo) are: Scruggs, JSMS football coach Matt Dyer, Whitson, Blair, Cantrell, Greer and JSMS Principal J. Brim McCall.

Lebanon wife runs business while husband fishes

Jana Beck brings home the bacon so husband Mickey can bring home the bass.

As Mickey recalls, the arrangement went something like this:

“Honey, I’m turning my business over to you. You run it; I’m going fishing.”

“That’s about how it went,” says Mickey, founder and owner of Lebanon-based Micktel Telecommunications, who asked his wife Jana to oversee the business while he pursues his dream of fishing professionally.

Jana’s reaction?

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Lebanon native Mickey Beck’s goal of making it on the pro fishing circuit is supported by wife Jana.

“She said she was fine with it,” Mickey says. “She knew this is something I’d always wanted to do, and she told me to go for it. I knew the business would be in good hands. That was five months ago, and so far, everything has gone smoothly.”

“Mickey worked hard to build the business and had it in good shape, so I didn’t mind running it,” Jana says. “I told him if I need him I’ll call him, and so far I haven’t had to call.”

Mickey, a native of La Vergne, moved to Lebanon 12 years ago, attracted by the quality of area schools (they have two sons) and growing business opportunities. But while his mind was on telecommunications, his heart was on the water.

Mickey says he inherited his competitive fishing spirit from his mom.

“When I was a little kid she’d take me fishing and do some trash-talking,” he says with a chuckle. “She’d kid me about catching more fish or bigger fish than I did. Now I’m the same way. I tell my mom I got it from her.”

During his years of fishing various pro circuits – American Bass Anglers, FWL, Military Trails and local competitions – Mickey has fared well. His biggest payday was three years ago when he collected a $19,000 first-place prize in a one-day tournament.

Last week he teamed with another fisherman to win the Sgt. Daniels Benefit Bass Tournament on Kentucky Lake. That tournament was a Military Trails event to benefit fallen soldiers and law enforcement officers. Mickey, a four-year veteran of the 101st Airborne, says such events are special to him.

Next on his schedule are tournaments in South Carolina and Missouri, in addition to some local events on Old Hickory and Percy Priest lakes.

“There’s good money to be made in pro fishing, but it’s like anything else, you have to put in the time and really work at it,” he says. “That’s the key – having the time to devote to it. You can’t just go out on a weekend now and then, throw a bait in the water, and expect to compete with these guys.

“That’s why is was so important for Jana to run our business; it frees me up to fish full-time. I’ve also got some great sponsors, like Two Rivers Ford, that help out. I’m fortunate to have a lot of support, from my wife to my sponsors.”

Mickey says some of his toughest tournament competition is home-grown – semi-pro Lebanon fishermen such as Drew Boggs, Daniel Johnson, Tony Eckler, Joey Mallicoat and the Drennon brothers, Buster, Jason and Michael.

“There are some really good fishermen from here,” Mickey says. “That’s good – competing against each other makes us all better fishermen.”

A competitive spirit, tough competition and a supportive wife – that combination could take Mickey to the top.

Trousdale County makes East Robertson third straight shutout victim

A blackout that ended Friday night’s Trousdale County-East Robertson matchup a few minutes early was almost fitting.

The Yellow Jackets (5-2, 2-1 4-2A) shut down the Indians’ high-powered offense, beating the hosts 42-0 on Friday night.

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Trousdale County’s Noah Hrobsky (54) sacks East Robertson quarterback Cameron Swift during Friday’s game. The Yellow Jackets allowed just 67 total yards and recorded their third shutout in a row, winning 42-0.

East Robertson (5-2, 2-1) had averaged 32.8 points per game in its five wins but managed just 67 yards of offense against Trousdale County, which recorded its third consecutive shutout.

“Coach (Blake) Satterfield and the other coaches are doing a great job with the defense,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “East Robertson is really good on offense, but we were able to come out here and shut them down, especially after last year.”

East quarterback Cameron Swift, who nearly carried his team to an upset of Trousdale County last season, was held to 50 yards passing and 3 rushing.

Meanwhile, Dyson Satterfield scored twice on runs of 31 and 24 yards for the Yellow Jackets and finished with 124 yards on 19 carries – his sixth 100-yard effort of the season.

Satterfield’s second score capped a drive that lasted nearly half of the third quarter and put the Yellow Jackets up 28-0.

Sebastian Linarez added a pair of touchdown runs for Trousdale County, which totaled 343 yards of offense – all on the ground.

Linarez’s 33-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 35-0 and started a running clock under TSSAA rules. The game was called with just over three minutes left when the lights on the home side of the field went out.

“These players did a great job tonight of showing up. They’re all about each other,” Waggoner said. “I challenged our kids at halftime and it was great to see us come out in the second half and dominate.”

Trousdale County will take on undefeated Whitwell, ranked No. 5 in Class A, next week in Hartsville. East Robertson will be off next week before traveling to Westmoreland on Oct. 12.

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

Yellow Jackets shut out Macon County on Homecoming night

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets made their 2018 Homecoming a memorable one with a 28-0 victory over the Macon County Tigers on Friday night.

With the win, the Jackets improved to 4-2 on the season and posted their second shutout in a row after blanking Westmoreland 37-0 the week before.

“It was another great team win for us against Macon County,” said Jackets coach Brad Waggoner. “Our defense did a great job of getting its second shutout in a row while limiting them to under 60 yards total offense.”

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Trousdale County’s Noah Hrobsky (54) chases after a fumble as heavy rain falls Friday against Macon County. Hrobsky recovered the fumble, setting up a touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-0 victory.

The Jackets held the Tigers (2-3) to 58 total yards and just 24 rushing yards on 29 carries. It was the first time Macon County had been shut out in its last 34 games and helped avenge last year’s 42-20 loss by the Jackets.

Special teams came up big for Trousdale County as the Yellow Jackets blocked four punts in the game. The game’s first big play came in the second quarter when senior Houston Stafford blocked a punt, setting the Yellow Jackets up at the Tigers 37.

On the next play, senior Dyson Satterfield raced to the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. Sophomore Heath Chasse’s kick made it a 7-0 game with 8:35 left before halftime.

As rain was pouring down, Macon County fumbled the ball on its next possession and Jackets senior Noah Hrobsky fell on the loose ball, setting up Trousdale again with terrific field position.

That drive was capped by sophomore Sebastian Linarez’s 2-yard touchdown run and the Yellow Jackets took a 14-0 lead into the locker room.

Trousdale received the ball to start the second half and marched down the field, taking a 21-0 lead after Satterfield carried the ball in from 11 yards out. The Yellow Jackets have won the coin toss in all six games this season and deferred each time.

The game’s final touchdown came on the last play of the third quarter when Satterfield bulled his way over a defender into the end zone for a 5-yard score.

Satterfield would finish the game with 140 yards on 15 carries, giving him five 100-yard rushing efforts in six games this season.

Junior linebacker Tarvaris Claiborne paced the defense with nine tackles (one for loss) and a sack.

Hrobsky added seven tackles (two for loss), two sacks and a fumble recovery. Sophomore Mason Basford had six tackles and a sack and junior Will Holder was credited with five tackles (three for loss), a sack and two blocked punts.

“I thought with the weather conditions our kids did what they had to do to win the game,” Waggoner said.

It was the Yellow Jackets’ 56th victory in 76 games against Macon County, which had won the last two games in the series.

Trousdale County travels to East Robertson for region matchup

Trousdale County will hit the road on Friday when the Yellow Jackets travel to Cross Plains for a Region 4-2A matchup with the East Robertson Indians.

East Robertson is 5-1 overall and 2-0 in region play. The Indians have defeated Richland (50-23), Cascade (34-7), Jo Byrns (22-8), Jackson County (26-20) and Clay County (36-12) and have a 34-0 loss to White House.

“East Robertson is a very good football team,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “They are very big, have a great quarterback and a great wide receiver. They are explosive on offense and are well coached.”

Last year, the Yellow Jackets trailed 22-15 late in the third quarter before scoring the last three touchdowns to pull out a 36-22 victory on the Creekbank.

“They should have beaten us last year and we were fortunate to get out of here with a win,” Waggoner said. “It will be an extremely tough matchup on the road for us.”

Trousdale County and East Robertson have played just five times previously, with the Yellow Jackets winning each game.

JSMS ends football season by beating Watertown

The Jim Satterfield Jr. Jackets ended their season on Sept. 18 by picking up a 14-6 victory over Watertown on the Creekbank.

Quarterback Kyle Shockley and running back Cole Gregory had touchdowns for the Jr. Jackets on runs of 11 and 27 yards respectively. Gregory also added a 2-point conversion run.

The Jr. Jackets were to have played a makeup game on Monday at Stone Memorial, but weather concerns forced the cancellation of that game.

The Jr. Jackets finished the season with a 2-4 record, with three of the losses coming by a touchdown or less.

The team was coached by Matt Dyer and Hayden Williams.

JSMS Athletes of Week: Sept. 27, 2018

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John Greer Jr. and State Farm Multi-Line Rep. Janice Scruggs present Certificates of Recognition & Athlete of The Week T-shirts to the Student Athletes of The Week from Jim Satterfield Middle School.

The JSMS Lady Yellow Jacket Athlete of the Week is Anna Beth Martin, a hitter & defensive specialist on the volleyball team.

She has been a consistent player, especially in recent games vs. Red Boiling Springs & Smith County.

The JSMS Yellow Jacket Football Athlete of the Week is Eric Gunter, who plays OL & DL for the Jr. Jackets.

Gunter had a solid game on both sides of the ball against Watertown Middle on Sept. 18. The Jr. Jackets won the game 14-6.

Pictured from left are: Scruggs, football coach Matt Dyer, Gunter, volleyball coach Krystul Gregory, Martin and Greer.

Special state youth deer hunt to be held Oct. 27

Youngsters ages 10-16 who have never killed a deer can apply for a special youth hunt on Oct. 27 in Humphries County. The annual hunt is arranged by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and volunteer assistants.

Information about the hunt and how to apply is posted on tnwildlife.org.

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Deer season is here.

Deer import changes: Deer season is approaching, and the TWRA reminds hunters about changes in the regulations regarding importing venison and other products.

As part of an ongoing effort to keep Tennessee’s deer free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Agency has expanded its import regulations to include all states and Canadian provinces; previously, only states and provinces in which CWD has been found were subject to the restrictions.

Details about how to prepare venison, hides and antlers to meet import regulations are available at tnwildlife.org and in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide.

Elk watching: An “elk cam” has been set up for viewing elk on an East Tennessee Wildlife Management Area. The cam can be accessed on the TWRA website at tnwildlife.org.

Hunter Ed reminder: Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a Hunter Education Class to get a hunting license. Information about the classes, including on-line, is available at tnwildlife.org.

A special license, with certain restrictions, is available for those who fail to complete the class in time for hunting seasons, some of which are already underway.

Detailed information is listed in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide.

Boating safety: Even though summer is officially over, boat traffic remains heavy on area waters and the TWRA will continue to crack down on safety violators.

The main emphasis in on Boating Under the Influence (BUI), which carries penalties similar to driving an automobile under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Trousdale County blanks Macon County 28-0 on Homecoming

Photos by Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette
Trousdale County’s Noah Hrobsky (54) chases after a fumble as heavy rain falls Friday against Macon County. Hrobsky recovered the fumble, setting up a touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-0 victory.

Trousdale County’s special teams made what was already a special night on the Creekbank even sweeter, blocking three punts as the Yellow Jackets defeated Macon County 28-0 on Homecoming night.

It was the second straight shutout for Trousdale County (4-2) after a 37-0 blanking of Westmoreland last week.

“Any time you get a shutout, you feel great,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “Our kids are getting better and we had some other guys step up tonight.”

The first blocked punt, early in the second quarter, set up the first of three touchdowns for Dyson Satterfield. The Yellow Jacket senior finished with 140 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the 100-yard mark for the fifth time in six games this season.

On Macon County’s next offensive play, the Tigers fumbled the ball and Trousdale recovered, setting up another short field. Sebastian Linarez’s 2-yard run allowed the Yellow Jackets to take a 14-0 lead into the locker room.

The Jackets blocked three punts in all, two by Houston Stafford.

Trousdale County’s Dyson Satterfield (21) bulls his way into the end zone for his third rushing touchdown of the evening on the last play of the third quarter Friday. Satterfield ran for 140 yards as the Yellow Jackets won 28-0.

“That first blocked punt was a big turnover and led to a score,” Waggoner said. “Any time you get a big play on special teams, it generates energy and momentum.”

Defensively, Trousdale County held Macon County to 58 yards of offense and just 24 rushing yards.

The Yellow Jackets had this game marked after losing 42-20 to the Tigers (2-3) in Lafayette last season.

“Last year wasn’t a very good loss and we remembered for a year,” Waggoner said. “Our kids did a good job preparing all week long and kept battling.”

Trousdale County will return to the Region 4-2A part of its schedule next week as the Yellow Jackets will travel to East Robertson.

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

Yellow Jackets dominate Westmoreland in region matchup

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets wasted little time in thumping the Westmoreland Eagles 37-0 in a key Region 4-2A game Friday night on the Creekbank.

The Jackets (3-2, 1-1) scored on their first four possessions and had 28 points before the No. 7-ranked Eagles (4-1, 1-1) got their initial first down.

“It was a great team win for us,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “We had heard all week how good they were and they were ranked and undefeated, but we challenged our kids to just prepare the right way and go out and play to our standard.”

It was just the third time in three seasons that Westmoreland has been shut out, with two of those coming against Trousdale County.

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Trousdale County’s Dyson Satterfield (21) scoots down the sideline on his way to a 52-yard touchdown run on Friday against Westmoreland. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Eagles 37-0.

Senior Dyson Satterfield got the evening started with a 14-yard touchdown run with 5:54 left in the opening quarter. Sophomore Heath Chasse’s kick made it a 7-0 game.

On the next possession, sophomore Jayden Hicks stretched the lead to 14-0 with a 23-yard run.

Sophomore Alex Ford added his first career touchdown, catching a pass from classmate Cameron Rankins and outracing the defense for 66 yards. The lead would grow to 28-0 after Rankins found junior Tarvaris Claiborne from 11 yards out with 5:24 left in the first half.

Westmoreland hit a 61-yard screen pass on its last possession of the first half and had first-and-goal from the Trousdale 10, but the Jacket defense held firm and kept the Eagles out. Westmoreland would finish the game with just 96 yards of total offense.

On the first play of the third quarter, Satterfield scored his second touchdown as he raced 52 yards down the home sideline. The 35-0 score invoked the TSSAA’s “mercy rule” and started a running clock.

The defense would add a safety in the fourth quarter, as junior Will Holder and sophomore Makel Bilbrey combined to drop a Westmoreland ball carrier in the end zone with 10:53 to play.

“We did a much better job of closing the game out and making sure there was no letdown in the second half,” Waggoner said. “Our young guys did a great job in the second half.”

Satterfield finished with his fourth 100-yard rushing effort of the season, totaling 150 yards on 16 carries.

Rankins completed all four of his passes for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Claiborne led the Trousdale defense with six tackles, three for loss, as the Jackets got their first shutout under defensive coordinator Blake Satterfield. Junior Jay’dynn Hayward added four tackles, one for loss.

Trousdale County has won its last six games against Westmoreland and now leads the all-time series 13-10.