By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets raised their record to 2-2 last Friday with a 42-20 victory at Gordonsville.

It was the 25th win for the Jackets in their last 27 games against the longtime rival Tigers (2-2).

“I am proud of our kids coming off a tough loss the week prior and starting off fast and dominating the game,” said Jackets coach Brad Waggoner. “It was a team win and I couldn’t be prouder of each player on our team in doing what they were asked to do in order for us to be successful.”

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette
Trousdale County quarterback Cameron Rankins (5) bowls over a Gordonsville defender for the first of his two rushing touchdowns Friday. Rankins also threw for a score as the Yellow Jackets won 42-20.

It was a fast start for the Jackets, who stopped Gordonsville’s opening drive with a Houston Stafford interception and then took just five plays to go 74 yards to the end zone.

Sophomore quarterback Cameron Rankins capped the drive by rambling five yards for the touchdown. Classmate Heath Chasse’s extra-point kick gave Trousdale County a 7-0 lead with 8:58 left in the opening quarter.

On their second possession, the Jackets took a 14-0 lead as sophomore Jayden Hicks burst through the defense and raced 77 yards for the score.

A Trousdale miscue handed Gordonsville its first points as Rankins was unable to corral a high snap. Tigers junior Layton Cripps picked up the loose ball and lumbered 65 yards for a touchdown. Senior Levi Halliburton’s kick trimmed the Jackets’ lead to 14-7.

But Trousdale would respond with two straight touchdowns to extend the lead to 28-7, which they took into halftime. Sophomore Sebastian Linarez scored on a four-yard run and junior Tarvaris Claiborne caught a 38-yard scoring pass from Rankins.

The second half turned into a sloppy one with numerous penalties on both teams and multiple Gordonsville fumbles.

Rankins would add a one-yard touchdown on a QB sneak and senior Dyson Satterfield scored on a 12-yard run for the Jackets.

Gordonsville got two touchdowns from junior Skyshn Washer on runs of seven and three yards against the Trousdale backups.

The Jackets finished with 358 yards rushing and 447 yards overall. Hicks finished with six carries for 157 yards, while Satterfield rushed for 112 yards on 15 carries.

Gordonsville senior Braxton Givens, the school’s all-time leading rusher with over 4,600 yards, did not play because of disciplinary reasons. Givens was a Mr. Football semifinalist in 2017.

Junior Jay’dynn Hayward led the Trousdale defense with 10 tackles (one for loss) and a sack, while Stafford recorded two interceptions.

Trousdale County now leads the series against Gordonsville 54-14-2.

Player dismissed: Waggoner announced after the game that junior RB/DB Kobe Ford had been dismissed from the team, citing “behavior that is unacceptable.”

Further details were not available.