By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Four members of the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets have been recognized on a pair of all-state football teams.

Seniors Keyvont Baines and Jake Gregory, along with junior Tarvaris Claiborne, were named to both the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and Tennessee Football Coaches Association all-state teams. Junior Jay’dynn Hayward was selected to the coaches’ team.

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette
From left: Jake Gregory, Keyvont Baines, Tarvaris Claiborne, Jay’dynn Hayward

Baines was named as a defensive back after ranking second on the team with three interceptions. In eight games, he also ran for 739 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing 21 of 39 passes for 323 yards and four TDs.

Gregory was named all-state for the third year after accounting for 75 tackles (24 for loss), 8½ sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery from his defensive line position.

Claiborne, named as a linebacker, finished the season with 80 tackles, 12 for loss, two sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. On offense, he also had 13 receptions for 294 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a touchdown as well.

Hayward was the Yellow Jackets’ leading tackler from his linebacker position with 85 tackles, (24 for loss), four sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

The foursome helped lead the Yellow Jackets to an 11-4 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl.