By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Trousdale County will hit the road to face a familiar foe this week when the Yellow Jackets travel to Gordonsville to take on the Tigers.

Gordonsville has a new head coach for the first time in 11 years as Scott Clemons stepped into that role after the departure on Ron “Moose” Marshall. Clemons is no stranger to the Gordonsville program, having spent over 20 years as a Tigers assistant.

The Tigers are 2-1 overall and 1-0 in Region 4-1A with wins over Smith County (20-12) and Red Boiling Springs (44-14). Their loss was to Watertown (48-8) in Week 1.

Gordonsville is led by 15 seniors, including running back Braxton Givens (5-foot-9, 185 pounds), who was a Mr. Football semifinalist in 2017. Givens became Gordonsville’s all-time leading rusher against Smith County, breaking the record held by Brad Cowan. Entering Friday’s game, Givens now has 4,642 career rushing yards.

“Gordonsville is a very good football team who is physical and tough,” said Jackets coach Brad Waggoner. “It’s a tough place to play and the last time we went there they beat us and shut us out.

“We’ve got to get over the Watertown loss and get back to work. We look forward to Friday night!”

Trousdale County leads the series against Gordonsville 53-14-2 and has won 24 of the last 26 games against the Tigers, including a 42-0 win at the Creekbank last year.

In their last trip to Turney Ford Field, the Jackets were shut out 9-0, committing three turnovers and having a touchdown called back by penalty.