By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Trousdale County will return to Region 4-2A action on Friday when the Yellow Jackets host the undefeated and No. 7-ranked Westmoreland Eagles.

“Westmoreland is a very good football team,” said Jackets coach Brad Waggoner. “They are typical Westmoreland: physical and do a great job of running the football.”

The Eagles are 4-0 overall and 1-0 in region play with wins over Ezell-Harding (26-9), Macon County (33-7), Jackson County (27-6) and Clarksville Academy (12-10).

They are led by coach Chad Perry, who served as defensive coordinator for the previous five seasons. Perry does have prior head coaching experience from his time at Coosa, Ga.

On the field, Westmoreland will look to senior Tate Sloan (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), who leads the team in rushing from his tailback spot and also leads in tackles from his linebacker position.

This will be the 23rd meeting between the two teams, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 12-10 edge in the series.

Trousdale Coutny has won five in a row against Westmoreland, including all three games since the series resumed in 2015 and a 42-6 win at Westmoreland last season.

Recognizing champs: The 1993 Class A state championship team will be recognized during halftime on Friday night. That year, the Jackets went 12-1 and defeated University School of Jackson 14-0 in the Clinic Bowl at Vanderbilt University.

The cheerleaders from the 1993 team will also be recognized.

Pep rally: A pep rally will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in Hartsville City Park in preparation for the Sept. 21 Homecoming game against Macon County. The event is free and open to the public.

JSMS: The Jr. Jackets lost 48-12 at Smith County last Thursday to fall to 1-3 on the season.

JSMS hosted Upperman on Tuesday for Homecoming and will play its last home game of the season next Tuesday against Watertown at 6:30 p.m.