By Chris Gregory, Managing Editor

With spring football practice over and summer workouts set to begin, Trousdale County coach Brad Waggoner said he was pleased by the overall results.

Waggoner said he saw a tougher and more disciplined team, which were two of the goals he had for the Yellow Jackets, who return much of last year’s 8-4 team.

“I thought the spring was a good indicator for us to see how far we’ve come,” Waggoner told The Vidette. “I saw the weight room, the strength carry over to the field.”

Waggoner said he saw great attitude from the players and “relentless effort.”

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Trousdale County’s Kobe Ford weaves through the Smith County defense during a scrimmage on May 16.

The Yellow Jackets closed spring practice with a scrimmage against Smith County on May 16 on the practice field.

“I was really pleased with our effort every day, working to get better,” Waggoner said. “I wanted to see us play with the toughness and physicality that Trousdale County is known for. I give the kids an A for that part.”

Waggoner said the Yellow Jackets experimented with tweaks to the offense and defense during spring workouts, and singled out sophomore Cameron Rankins for his performance at quarterback and assistant Davy Cothron for his work with each of the Yellow Jacket quarterbacks.

“There’s no question he can play that spot,” Waggoner said. “Cameron threw the ball very well in the scrimmage and I think that surprised just how good the passing game was.”

The coach also talked up the performance of some of the younger players, some of whom could start or see significant time in backup roles. Waggoner mentioned great improvements from sophomore linemen Mason Basford and Jevon Burnley.

Defensively, Waggoner singled out junior Jay’Dynn Hayward, a linebacker from Florida who moved to Trousdale County during the spring semester.

“He’s got a chance to be one of the best 11 on defense,” the coach said. “He’s very physical.”

On offense, Waggoner praised sophomore running back Sebastian Linarez and junior running back Kobe Ford for their hard work.

“(Sebastian) got better every day. When you’re playing every down, he really improved,” the coach said.

“Kobe is a tough, hard-nosed running back,” Waggoner added. “He really grew up and had a great spring.”

The Yellow Jackets will face Gallatin in the Tobacco Bowl Jamboree on Aug. 10 and will open the season on Aug. 17 at home against Lebanon.

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